Parents as Partners
by ELC teachers Beth Saez & May Swatphakdi
Recently our ELC parents were invited to join the teachers for a very special interactive session to understand more about their child's learning. Since we at the ELC believe that parents are our partners in their children's learning journeys, we sought to share our intentions for the school year during this time.
We began our session by introducing our Who We Are unit, with the central idea being "how relationships differ depending on the connection people have with each other." We encouraged our parents to consider the big idea of "what does it mean to be human?" The parents were asked to think about the important values that they feel a human being should possess.
We then asked our parents to represent the ideas of building community and a culture of togetherness using an array of inviting materials we had on offer. With the instruction to work in groups, the parents gathered materials and set to work. This was a great opportunity for our parents to experience how the children use different mediums to convey their ideas through a piece of art.
There was much discussion, laughter and creative thought evident as the parents' creations developed. The finished pieces were both beautiful and symbolic; they are now displayed in the ELC. Groups shared on video their thinking and talked about concepts that were important to them. The excitement that circulated as the parents finished up was very evident, producing a real sense of "building community and the culture of togetherness" in the group.