Thank you to all the parents who attended our Parents as Classroom Helpers courses over the past 2 weeks. It was wonderful to see so many eager parents willing to volunteer their time and help out in the classrooms.
The focus of the Parents as Literacy Helpers course last Friday was exploring the different skills that children require in order to develop as fluent readers and writers. Parents learnt various strategies for how they can support literacy development in the early years of schooling. Everyone had a go at trialing some of the games and activities used in the classroom such as word, letter and sound games, as well as practising how to share and read books in small groups. We had a rich discussion about the importance of feedback, encouragement and helping students persevere by promoting a growth mindset.
Today’s Parents as Numeracy Helpers course focused on unpacking mathematical language, exploring how children learn mathematics, and strategies for helping in the classroom. We learnt about the big ideas in mathematics and the importance of being able to think flexibly when working with numbers. We played games, discussed misconceptions and shared prompts to support learning.
Thank you to all our parents who attended our sessions. We truly appreciate your support and can’t wait to welcome you into our junior classrooms this year!
– James Clapham, Mollie Buxton, Katie Ahearn and Chris Borcek