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ECE 205: Introduction to Child DevelopmentInstructor Jessica BennettWeek 4 Discussion 202/27/2020Family InterestEarly Childhood: 4-8 years oldQ1: Do you encourage visits from parents?A1: Yes, I encourage visits from parents because their involvement makes fora more “family like” atmosphere. I believe parent engagement is one of the best ways to create a positive learning environment for every student. The more parents involved in their children’s education, the better their entire class’s behavior and motivation are. This can lead to better grades once the students’ progress through their education and enter higher grade levels.Q2: What do you expect from me as a parent?A2: I expect for you to attend any routine visits that we have set up or agreed upon. I expect you to have questions and feel comfortable asking me those questions. I also expect you to provide any feedback or concerns you may have – we are a team in this. If you don’t ask, I can’t provide an answer. And if you don’t share feedback or concerns, I won’t be able to try a differentapproach or find an alternative solution. Most importantly, I expect you to love and nurture your child as you already do!Q3: How do you communicate with parents? Is there a regular newsletter or a notice board? Is there a daily report or another way you inform parents of what children did during the day (naps, bottles, BMs, etc.)?A3: Each morning and afternoon, when parents are dropping off or picking uptheir child(ren), I am available for brief discussions about the child’s day, progress, etc. Near the pick-up and drop off area, there is a bulletin board where I will have daily and weekly events posted, important reminders, school calendars, and pictures of the children participating in activities. I send home a monthly newsletter with each child. I do post the monthly newsletter online as well. I communicate with parents via phone calls, emails, written notes, and in-person meetings.Q4: Can you give examples of some of the toys and activities in your learningenvironment and explain how they are age-appropriate?A4: The materials and activities utilized in my classroom inspire learning. Thechildren’s brains and bodies continue to develop so providing developmentally appropriate toys and activities is important in fostering that
growth. In the classroom you will find picture books, dolls, balls of various shapes and sizes, blocks, floor puzzles with large pieces, and games that require little to no reading of directions. There will be dramatic play areas such as a kitchen. The other areas are open to interpretation by the children and their imaginations; i.e the children may pretend they are at school, or they’re babysitting, or a doctor at the hospital, etc. There will be areas specific to learning activities such as circle time when we discuss the weather, month, days of the week, etc. Arts and crafts are an important part

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