Involving Parents of Young Children in Science, Math and Literacy Activities.Report as inadecuate

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A summer parent involvement project was set up in a Chicago inner city public school in a Hispanic neighborhood. The eight-session program was intended to help parents: (1) become involved with the school program by becoming comfortable with the school setting; (2) enjoy reading and writing and replicate these experiences with their children; (3) enjoy and understand science and math processes and replicate these processes with their children. The program was designed to include support activities to build rapport, such as providing refreshments, providing free books, and providing one day a week during which parents could bring other children not enrolled in summer school. The project was also designed to include educational, achievement activities related to family literacy, science, and math. The activities included making healthy snacks for kids, making arts and crafts items, and making books. Parents enjoyed the variety and responded well to each type of activity. The success of this program indicates that different languages and cultures need not be a barrier to parent participation, because the desire to educate children well is universal. (Contains 28 references.) (AP)

Descriptors: Cooperation, Family Involvement, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Inner City, Literacy Education, Low Income Groups, Mathematics Skills, Parent Education, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Science Instruction

Author: Landerholm, Elizabeth; And Others


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