Creative Connections with Families
Do you have a family involvement idea that made a big splash in your program? Y4Y challenges you to share with colleagues across the country the ways you’ve connected with your families. Add your idea and describe how it turned out. As the discussion builds, you’ll find all sorts of new tactics to try.
Elementary students spent several weeks tasting and learning how to prepare different types of vegetables. Then we set up a store in a classroom, run by 5th grade students, and provided families and their children with vegetable soup and corn bread recipes and they walked through the store, following the recipe and collecting ingredients. Parents and students then took the food home and prepared it together and both parent and child wrote about the experience on prepared forms sent home along with the ingredients. It was a fairly expensive activity and not one we can do regularly, but it made a big impact. We are now working with a local group on crockpot cooking, focusing on nutrition and home economics.
For my kindergarten Students we did a project on unhealthy and healthy foods. Each student had pictures of foods that was given. On the poster board, it was in two groups and each student had to tell either it was healthy/unhealthy and then put the picture in the correct group.
We encourage parents to get involved in our efforts to improve the program and the school. Parents participate on a walkthrough team and help us identify ways to make our program a more welcoming place to be! http://www.crec.org/welcomingschools/