With today's early childhood classrooms more culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse than ever, teachers are challenged with creating a welcoming atmosphere that will encourage parents to participate in their children's learning community. At Kaplan Early Learning Company, we have the products teachers need to create empowered parents, share effective strategies in parent-friendly terms, and offer engaging events. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of young children by engaging the families in your classroom community.
Positive family-school partnerships are essential in helping children learn and grow, but figuring out how to connect with families to form and maintain these partnerships isn't always straightforward. This is especially true in early childhood environments because attending a child care or preschool program for the first time can cause a lot of stress for both the child and family.
Decades of research have shown that students are more successful when families are more involved, but increasing family engagement can be difficult even for experienced educators. There are a variety of obstacles that influence the school-to-home connection, which makes it even more important for educators to identify those obstacles early and work to create strategies that address those issues. Effectively removing family engagement obstacles will help educators and families work together to dramatically improve students' proficiencies and skills.
Parents and schools must be partners if the pursuit of academic success for all children is to become a reality. But the responsibility for building this partnership rests primarily with the school. To become effective partners, parents need the school's assistance to feel confident about their capacity to support their children's learning at home.
Pre-K - Grade 5. Add excitement to parent nights with our Family Fun Events. These CDs contain all the information you need to add fun and excitement to your Perfectly Planned Parent Involvement Workshop. Complete with invitation/flyer templates, weekly planner, Organizing and managing tips, and decoration/food ideas. Designed to complement the skill-based workshop survival kits, you can match up any theme with any skill at any grade level. You choose what works best to meet your needs. Get all 5 and save! Spanish translations for all communications included!
10 Minute Talks are mini-workshops for parents that allow you to turn a PTO/PTA meeting, a school performance or even an entertaining night of bingo into a "teachable moment." Each mini-workshop CD includes a presentation slide show, presenter script and 50 parent brochures to make it easy for schools to quickly share strategies/tips with parents in a matter of minutes. Offer a 10 Minute Talk at your next school event, or combine it with one of our Family Fun Event products.
Pre-K - Grade 5. Creatively draw parents and students to your next parent involvement night. N'vites are ready-to-use customizable invitations featuring catchy rhymes and colorful imagery to effectively and easily market your events. Each prepackaged volume of N'vites include a CD with 10 uniquely themed invitations, reminders and promotional signs that alert parents to an upcoming event they won't want to miss. Volume 1 includes themes like Fiesta, Pancake Party, Spring Fling and 7 others. Volume 2 includes Doughnuts for Dad, Math Night, Sports Mania and 7 others. Spanish translations for each included.
ThinkStretch™ will help you customize the Summer Learning Program to your school's needs by providing the materials for parents or teachers to host weekly playground study sessions.
Grade PreK - Grade 5. An affordable education program designed for full-school participation. The grade-specific Summer Learning Books are aligned with Common Core State Standards. Each weekly lesson contains a reading log, writing exercise, math worksheets, and a bonus activity. Brain and the Professor follow students through each book, keeping students engaged and entertained all summer. Set of 10.