Apr. 25, 2021
When I was in preschool, my grandma gifted me a wooden puzzle stool. She had the letters of my name made into puzzle pieces that fit on the
Family and parent involvement is a crucial part of any child’s early education. Caregivers may not think of themselves as teachers, but they play an important role in their child’s lifelong learning. While schools provide rich learning environments for children, we know that parents and families are a child’s first and most important teacher.
Getting families engaged in their child’s learning and development has so many benefits for students, families, and schools. According to Youth.gov, family engagement in school settings can increase student achievement, decrease disciplinary issues, improve relationships between parents and teachers and between teachers and students, and contribute to positive student outcomes overall.
Nurturing home-school partnerships is paramount for facilitating these benefits. Teachers can serve as the primary partner with parents and families to encourage and support learning at home that will champion children’s learning.
Hatch Early Learning developed Ignite as a tool to support children’s learning at school, while also bridging the home-school environment for schools and families. When families are using Ignite at home, teachers and families can partner together in the child’s home learning using shared language. Ignite can also help families tune in to their child’s learning needs, strengths, and progress through the family dashboard.
When teachers and schools actively plan and support home learning experiences, everyone wins! To learn more about how to support family learning at home, watch the webinar and download the home learning activity included.
Many people envision kindergarten classrooms as being filled with tiny four-and-five-year-olds bouncing into school brimming