Children, Families, and Communities Guidebook: Communicating, Engaging, and Encouraging Family Partnerships
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This week you will continue to develop your Children, Families, and Communities Guidebook by completing the Communicating, Engaging, and Encouraging Family Partnerships section. This week’s readings included Chapters 8-10 of the Gestwicki text, which focuses on building family partnerships through effective communication. For this assignment, you will develop a section of your guidebook that includes a plan for a Family Night. This plan will allow you to share with your families examples of your curriculum, examples of instruction, your learning environment, and diversity considerations that you foster in your classroom. An example of this section and requirements can be found in the Instructor Guidance.
Guidebook Setup: This week, you will continue to develop your existing work by adding a new section titled, “Communicating, Engaging, and Encouraging Family Partnerships.” You will continue to build your Guidebook, using your chosen format from last week.
Guidebook: Communicating, Engaging and Encouraging Family Partnerships Section. For this section, you are going develop a plan for a Family Night in your classroom. You will create several communication examples to share with families during this night. They will include:
- An invitation that encourages them to come to this event. Try to get them excited about it and explain the importance of their attendance.
- A written transcript for an introductory welcome speech for the event
- A plan for children and families to explore the curriculum centers or activities in your learning environment. For this plan, explain four specific activities that families and children could do together during this event. For example, you might plan for children to read a short book with their families in the library area of your classroom and then draw their favorite character on a classroom bulletin board.
- A description or visual layout of how the learning environment will be set up for this event. Be sure to specifically describe how the learning environment will incorporate your teaching philosophy and cultural competence.
- A transcript for a closing speech that explains the importance of maintaining a close partnership throughout the year.
- Children, Families, and Communities Guidebook: Communicating, Engaging, and Encouraging Family Partnerships Introduction: Set up your Children, Families, and Communities Guidebook with a section titled, “Communicating, Engaging, and Encouraging Family Partnerships.” For this section, include an introduction that explains what is included and why close partnerships are important for families.
- Developing a plan for a Family Night: Develop a plan for a Family Night, where families come into your learning environment. Include the following:
- Invitation: Create an invitation for families to attend this event. Be sure it looks professional, while also getting families excited about it and explaining the importance of their presence at this event. Script for Welcoming Families: Develop a written transcript for an introductory welcome speech for this event. Be sure to explain the purpose of Family Night and discuss why family partnerships are important.
- Family Participation Activities: Develop a plan for children and families to explore the curriculum centers or activities in your learning environment. For this plan, explain four specific activities that families and children could do together in your learning environment.
- Learning Environment Description/Visual: Create a description or visual layout of how the learning environment will be set up for this event. Be sure to specifically describe how the learning environment will incorporate your teaching philosophy and cultural competence.
- Transcript for Closing: Develop a written transcript for a closing speech, thanking families for coming to this event and reviewing the importance of maintaining these partnerships throughout the year.
Writing and Formatting Expectations:
- Resource Support: Writing is substantiated by at least three supporting resources.
- Organization: Demonstrates logical progression of ideas within the writing.
- Syntax and Mechanics: Writing displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- APA Formatting: Writing includes citations and references in APA format, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Suggested Assignment Length:
In general, your assignment should be approximately three to four pages in length.
Next Steps: Review and Submit the Assignment:
Review your assignment, referencing the Grading Rubric, to ensure you have achieved the “Distinguished” levels of performance for each criterion. Next, submit your Children, Families, and Communities Guidebook to Waypoint for evaluation no later than Day 7.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
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RUNNING HEAD: GUIDE BOOK
Communicating, Engaging, and Encouraging Family Partnerships
Instructor: Dawne Hill
Communicating, Engaging, and Encouraging Family Partnerships
Being a child educational professional, I am the primary custodian of the children
while they are in school. Therefore, it makes me their second parent while they in school and,
by extension, part of the family. Thus, it is essential to create a strong bond between the
child's family while at home and the family in school. The relationship can only be realized if
both families communicate, engage, and encourage the partnership to develop through
regular interaction. The need for a stronger bond is what necessitated the creation of this
guidebook. As envisioned in the guidebook on parents' roles, parents play an essential role in
their children’s' development. They are the role models they look up to for directions.
Therefore, it is crucial we read from the same script and share ideas to ensure the child
develops in a stable environment both at home and in school.
Invitation for the families to attend a consultative camping event at the school
In my original guide book on developing family partnerships, I explained some of our
partnership's ideals. The forth ideal talked of listening as a form of interaction between the
families. Listening involves actively talking to the parents, learning their weaknesses while at
the same time appreciating their strengths. The sharing means that we complement each other
on the weaknesses and strengths to ensure the child is raised well. The consultative camping
event is the perfect way to interact. It will be conducted on the last weekend of the month and
will be at night in the scenic fields near the school. The date is meant to ensure minimal
interruptions to other parenting duties. Camping represents a calming, relaxed, and fun way
for families to interact and share ideas. It will also act as a consultative avenue for parents to
raise their concerns and give their suggestions.
All families are invited to the consultative family campout night. It will be held on the
last Saturday of the month. The event will start at 6 p.m. and run late into the night. I do not
expect there will be any time for sleeping. There will be plenty of fun activities for both
parents and children. You are also advised to bring your swimming gear. The nearby spring is
Please also carry your tent gears, bedding, utensils, and toiletries. You can bring some
snacks, but food will be provided. However, it will be raw, so parents are advised to carry
their cooking skills or recipes for the cookout activities. Children are encouraged not to bring
their toys to enable bonding and physical activities. Their parents should accompany all
children. While it is a funfilled activity, there will be time set aside for consultative meetings
Introductory welcome speech for the family night campout
Dear parents and children,
It is with great pleasure that is welcome you to this special consultative meeting. As
envisioned in our guidebook, communication between me, the child educational professional,
and you are essential. The main aim of this consultative meeting is to create an avenue for
communication, constant engagements, and solid partnerships that will ensure the children
develop into responsible and whole-rounded children. For this reason, these types of meetings
will be conducted regularly. The idea is to share ideas while sorting out issues that may arise
from time to time frequently.
I look forward to having candid and meaningful engagements for the betterment of
our children. I am excited about the role you have accorded me as the second parent to your
children and work to the best of my abilities to fulfill my duties.
Curriculum and activities that children and families will explore during the camping
The camping night event will be divided into four main activities. The first event will
be children's activities. The event will start with an optional swimming session for the
children. It will be supervised by trained guards and all parents to ensure the safety of
children. After the swimming session, ...