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ERIC Number: EJ745987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
A-B-Cs of Bridging Home and School Expectations for Children and Families of Diverse Backgrounds
Cheatham, Gregory; Santos, Rosa Milagros
Young Exceptional Children, v8 n3 p3-11 2005
The purpose of this article is to describe what could happen in the classroom when parents and teachers have differing expectations of children's behaviors. It also describes strategies designed to accommodate these differences. Differences in acquiring classroom skills can occur because of differing expectations based on children's individual developmental patterns. For example, children with autism may be allowed a "warm up" time before they are expected to interact with others. Differences in expectations may also occur with families whose cultural and linguistic backgrounds are different has been termed the "EuroAmerican Normative Culture" (ENC). As such, this article focuses on children from homes that are culturally or linguistically different from the ENC. Strategies that teachers can use to address differences between children's behaviors and classroom expectations are presented. Specifically, three major approaches are combined into a cohesive and simple ABC (Accept-Building-Creating) approach as a way to help teachers remember the strategies that are effective in bridging home-school expectations for young children and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The article concludes by stating that "accepting," "building," and "creating" opportunities to better link home and school can contribute to how well students do in school. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States