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Early Childhood Network Meeting
School of the month: Immanuel Lutheran School, Belvidere Meeting Notes: Area events
a.Immanuel hosted their 4th
annual Literacy Fair today, February 15 in three different sessions in their
church sanctuary. Here’s some
Eric Litwin who wrote the original “Pete the Cat” books as well a new series about “The Nuts & Groovy Joe”
. He had great messages for the students
as well as parents & teachers. He
talked a lot about the importance of music with literacy.
charge to the participants…a great outreach event
750 participants attended this special event
challenge…raising the funds especially since big name author are expensive.
also hosts a Fall Educators Conference.
Contact the school for more information about both of these conferences.
Topic for the
Evening: Parent Education
a. Challenges of Parent Education
the millennials: You must have
intentional plans for listening to them, keeping up with their technology,
developing relationships with them
of support for parenting skills from the extended family
out more and more information with technology is often hard to keep up with.
Set, Go” Kindergarten Readiness program through Rockford Lutheran. Reps from Rockford Lutheran has developed
this new program for with developmental assessment tools as well as strategies
to assist students needing remediation.
Contact Curtis Wudtke at Rockford Lutheran for more information and a
possible presentation about it in your school.
He and his early childhood staff developed this tool in recent years. http://www.rockfordlutheran.org/
St. Peter, Arlington Heights shared information (information) about some
On-Demand LEA webinars which were developed by Kim Marxhausen. They are called the “Parenting Matters”
series, they are on the LEA website, free for use by LEA members. They also can be used by non LEA members at a
cost of $40 per webinar. These webinars are @ 20-30 minute informative
webinars on a variety of issues to parents including
Kind of Smart….Self Regulation”.
The webinars have built-in discussion questions spread
throughout the presentations. These
webinars have great adaptability beyond parent interest and can easily be used for
short staff development presentations for both teachers and assistants, too.
St. Peter also shared some Parenting Links which are on their
website www.stpetermyschool.com and used by many visitors of their
website. Be sure your links are
current and up-to-date so the visitors return to your site.
ME” a free app uses text message to share quick bursts of information to groups
of people in a closed format. Immanuel
Belvidere uses it in many of its classrooms
Lutheran (TLC Preschool) recently used some Thrivent Action Grant monies to
purchase a variety of parenting materials/books for easy, assessable use by its
parents. They highlight some of these
materials with bullet pointed information in their electronic newsletters which
they send out to parents, grandparents and other related family members of the
students in their preschool.
Belvidere found closed group FACEBOOK and other related text messaging social
media announcements to be very effective.
They also use “old fashioned” methods such as wristband paper notes to
get information noticed and read by their parents, too.
of the Month: Immanuel Lutheran School,