Parental Workshop: Classes Nursery, Prep & I
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
- Nelson Mandela
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Parent involvement in early literacy is directly connected to academic achievement. Children need parents to be their reading role models with daily practice in order to navigate successfully through beginning literacy skills. This beginning literacy strategy will assist children to grow in all aspects.
The workshop started with the presentation of phonetics that show cased the sounds of the alphabets which were a fun and child centered approach to the parents seated for the workshop. It was a multi-sensory method for parents and teachers in motivating the children. The teachers and parents whole heartedly participated with the children who enjoyed the letter sounds by singing the phonic song with actions.
Early reading begins with the understanding of phonics and syllables. The teacher’s contribution was that children first learns the letters and sounds of the given language and then combine to make the syllables. Using multi-sensory method parents were taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words simultaneously. For early childhood literacy, the sight words are a comprehensive sequence of teaching techniques to build blocks. To make more clear to parents certain methods which are done inside the classroom like Rebus story, touch and feel story books were practically explained to the parents.
Reading makes a man complete, conference a ready man and writing an exact man. The art of writing is the art of discovering the belief. Writing skills are an important part of communication. Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling are key in written communications. Parents were provided with few suggestions to improvise writing amongst children. Activities and games were conducted to involve parents in order to motivate their children to develop and enhance writing.
Children acquire mother tongue naturally with very minimal formal teaching. The Hindi department focused on explaining parents about the necessity of correct pronunciation of letters. They put forth various slide shows to introduce letters and words. As a part of parents role they were encouraged to provide with Hindi story books and videos to improve learning Hindi amongst children.
The connection between reading, writing and discussion should be incorporated with daily literacy practice. Parental involvement can be defined as the active, ongoing participation of a parent or primary caregiver in the education of his or her child. Parents can demonstrate involvement at home-by reading with their children, helping with homework, and discussing school events-or at school, by attending functions or volunteering in classrooms. Parents are the most important partner in a child's education and schools can reap large dividends by capitalizing on their support. To be sure, such relationships require a lot of work by both educators and parents.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. As Swami Vivekananda has aptly emphasized the fact, that “Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man" thereby the workshop culminated with reiterating the fact that persistent and consistent efforts of imbibing Reading and Writing skills would undoubtedly yield fruitful results in the long run.