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Parent Education Curriculum

Parent Education Curriculum/Course Outline

       Bridges to Kinder provides observation and hands on experience allowing parents to understand child development theory in action and acquire new skills for increasing self-esteem, communication, cooperation, and problem solving.

Textbooks:

  • Positive Discipline for Preschoolers  by J. Nelsen, C. Erwin, & R. Duffy
  • Becoming The Parent You Want To Be  by L. Davis & J. Keyser
  • The Parents Tao Te Ching  by W. Martin
  • Parents Make the Difference  Early Childhood Newsletter
  • Course Goals:
  • To raise self-esteem of parents.
  • To expose parents to current thinking in child development.
  • To achieve a level of competence in working with preschool aged children.
  • To prepare parents to participate in a meaningful way in their child’s future education.
  • To enhance communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • To develop an understanding of their child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
  • To gain a working ability to understand and meet their own child’s developmental needs.  Translated to home environment, they become more able and confident in their parenting skills.
  • Under the guidance of teaching staff, parents will be given expanded tools and skills, which they will use in meaningful and concrete ways to enhance the school community.
  • To learn what county resources are available to them as parents.
  • Board members will expand their knowledge of administrative, leadership, and fundraising skills.

Performance Objectives:

  • Parents will become knowledgeable of developmental growth in young children.
  • Parents will become advocates for their children’s educational needs.
  • Parents will learn techniques for working with toddlers, preschool, and primary age children.
  • Parents will learn to enjoy and relax in the companionship of their child.
  • Parents will increase their awareness of the uniqueness of each child and accept their individuality.
  • Parents will become acquainted with and participate in a community service that teaches parenting and communication skills.
  • Parents will become active participants in school operation and program administration through a variety of activities.
  • Parents will become aware of county resources available to them and their children.

Instructional Strategies:

  • Handouts and annotated materials from the parent library.
  • Large and small group discussion.
  • Aiding in toddler, preschool, and primary grade classrooms.
  • Community speakers and lectures.
  • Workshops.
  • Fundraisers.
  • Field trips.
  • Parent conferences.
  • Classroom observation.
  • Films, visual materials and displays.
  • Developing and maintaining classroom buildings and outdoor facilities.

 Evaluation Methods:

  • Discussion and feedback of staff and peers at small group meetings.
  • Ono-on-one parent conferences with staff.
  • Written evaluation to demonstrate the following: Comprehension of program content, critique of staff and program, self-evaluation of skills and knowledge upon entering and when exiting the program.

 Course Repetition: 

Considering the unique needs of each parent/child relationship, and a child’s progress through developmental stages, a parent may continue to enroll so long as he/she has a child within the program’s age requirement.