JAMESTOWN – Bush kindergartners in Eileen Healy’s class recently invited their families into their classroom to help create crafts and gifts for family and friends.
“It is an activity I have done for several years,” said Healy. “I do it because I want the children to see their families at school and involved in school activities. It’s been shown that parent involvement promotes better attendance and grades. The main reason though is to give children experiences that they might not have outside of school. I like families and students to have positive memories and experiences in school.”
Healy set-up stations including: creating holiday cards and ornaments with a ribbon inside that is the same height as the children, frosting, decorating and eating cookies, decorating snowmen to hang on the refrigerator and making beaded candy canes. All of the stations involved several concepts the kindergartners are working on in class: measurement, area, patterning, sequencing, following directions, caring for others and more.
Bush kindergarten classrooms plan to do a Family Engagement Night in April.