The children have made thoughtful plans about the learning that they wish to share.
“I want to show my mum and dad the home corner. The computer not work. Read ‘The Gruffalo Child’ because I love to. To show my mum and dad and brother the tree house and all the parks because they will like it. Make a paper boat and a paper airplane.” (Edie)
“The dinosaurs at the block area! I’m going to show them the big dinosaur cause I like colourful stuff. Book. Outside the mountain, roll down the hill.” (Giuliana)
“How I count the cars. The whale and shark. How I play.” (Juan)
“The sea animals because I want to show them the horn. A unicorn and a big whale. How I read the book, ‘Magical Glasses’.” (Nadiem)
There were common threads amongst the children about what they felt it would be useful for their parents to experience, including being outside, PE,the Agora, the places where are are together and have a sense of belonging such as their group meeting carpet, and wanting to show mummy and daddy the whole entire school.
Some of the children have a desire to make themselves a ‘teacher ID badge’ showing that they are leading the conferences and are responsible for helping their parents to understand the learning that happens at school.
Some of the children had in-depth discussions about play as they noticed that they had talked about playing at school and the need to show their parents what they played with and made a movie of their ideas.
“When you play, if you don’t know how to do something then you learn.”
The children discussed what they expected from their parents during this time.
Our parents responsibilities…
- to please come
- to listen to what I say and what my ideas are
- not allowed to break things like models
- don’t touch wet paintings
- don’t play on the phone
This time is devoted to you and your child being together in their space, where your child will be the guide to share his or her treasures, projects, or favorite areas with you. This will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience some of activities that your children are able to do at school. In this way, it is our hope that you will be able to make further connections between home and school, and that you will experience an “Aha!” moment – “Oh, now I understand…that’s what my child was telling me about! We hope this session will offer an enriching and meaningful experience to further deepen the connections between school and home.
I am really looking forward to the day. I love to see the joy on your children’s faces as they confidently and thoughtfully show you their daily lives at school and the many ways in which you interact so sensitively and positively with your children.
Director of Early Years