Early Years Evaluation: It Can Also Be About Family Engagement

Kinder MenuIn support of the Early Years Evaluation and of early learning, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has presented six webinars.  Recordings of these sessions can be found on the RBE division website here.  The recordings are posted on the RBE site as they become available.

Today’s webinar focused on engaging families with EYE.  Many participants from around the province shared their ideas for sharing results with families.  While some schools choose to share results at three-way conferences there are many other ways to share.  Most of what follows is combined with parent outreach and/or education around early learning.  Here is the list that was shared.

  • a fun gym night and family potluck (Gymblast is a structured gym program that I have hired for my school…might be fun to do something like that with kinders and their families or grade eight students can be asked to plan gym activities for students while parents meet with teacher and all gather together at the end for a meal)
  • Pancake breakfast
  • a Muffin and Me morning.  Parents spend time reading with their child while teacher shares results with families.
  • Numeracy Games night
  • Carnival for Kinders – Results are shared as children participate in the carnival
  • Family and School Together – Six to eight families come to the school for games and a meal.  The meal can be potluck or one family providing for the rest.  As I thought about this option, I wondered if this might be a place where an School Community Council could be involved.

What great ways to engage families in their child’s education.  AND literature confirms that when parents become involved with their child at an early age, they stay involved.

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About lgatzke

I am an assessment supervisor passionate about getting kids smarter. As Dylan Wiliam says, "Smart is not something you are, smart is something you get".
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