Importance of the First Five Years
Discussion Question – Module 3: The Importance of the First Five Years
1 This week, we have been focusing on the importance of quality caregiving and how it impacts the overall development of children in the first years of life. Using the information from your textbook and the article and videos, The Secret Life of the Brain, Are We Crazy About Our Kids, and Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything (Five Year Fund) answer the following questions
- After watching The Secret Life of the Brain, what is the most surprising thing you learned about the cognitive abilities of an infant?
- Why are authentic experiences important for brain development and what are some of the potential consequences for young children in terms of cognitive, physical, social/emotional, and language development if they are deprived of quality experiences in the first years of life?
- In your opinion, what changes in terms of policy, cultural and societal norms, parenting practices, and caregiver training need to occur to ensure all young children have access to quality care and caregivers?
This week, we have been focusing on adult relationships in infant and toddler programs. Using the information from your textbook and the supplementary articles and videos, discuss and answer the following:
1 What do you think is the most important thing when building relationships with children?
- Why is it critical to build a relationship with the families of the children you care for and what are some ways to build those relationships?
3 Consider the Ten Principles from an adult perspective (look at your slides), which one(s) do you feel is/are most important and why?
Find current research to support your position
Discussion Question Regulation, Resiliency, and Culture
This week, we have been focusing on behavioral regulation, resiliency, and culture. Using the information from your textbook and the supplementary articles and videos, discuss and answer the following:
1 Explain, using concrete examples and details, how resilience and the ability to regulate one’s emotions are related.
2 What role does culture and cultural background play in terms of resilience and regulation?
3 How does culture play a role in teacher assumptions/expectations regarding resiliency and regulation?
4 What are the some of the outcomes for children who do not develop resiliency or are unable to regulate their emotions? Find current research to support your position. CHD 216
After completing this assignment, you will be able to will design or find an Annual Program Evaluation and discuss how it covers the six types of family involvement.
Create or find an Annual Program Evaluation (parent questionnaire, group evaluation meeting, checklist, etc). This can be any kind of document used to evaluate parent involvement. Google topics such as Parent Involvement Survey, Self-Assessment of School/Program Parent Involvement Practices, Annual Program Evaluation: Parent Survey, Parent Evaluation Parent Questionnaire, Annual Program Evaluation for Parent Involvement Policy (PI), etc.
After finding or creating a document, discuss (compare and contrast) how the document relates to the six types of parent involvement: parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community. If your document is missing parts, then create the appropriate section to add to evaluation.
Remember this is a survey of how well the school is meeting the needs of the parents. I need specific comparison/contrast for each section. Some examples are below:
For the parenting topic, I was looking for the questions that wanted to know if the school helps families in parenting topics, child development knowledge and helping the parents to create a home environment that supports their child’s academic success. Questions like, number 12. I receive information on what my child should learn and be able to do in each grade in school; or number 22. I am given information about services to support my child’s learning and behavior needs and enhance his or her talents (tutoring, mentoring, camps, career exploration).
Parenting – questions 10, 11, 16, 24, and 25 address the schools’ provision of skills and techniques for parents to help them with parenting at home. It points parents’ involvement with homework activities, listening to your children and effectively communicating with them.
Part 2: COMMUNICATING
The questionnaire asks the parent on different methods the teacher has communicated with the parent.
Asks if the parent attends PTA meetings
Asks if the parent is involved in the student’s achievements by going to parent teacher conferences
The teacher is questioning the parent on what they can do to better communicate with the parent