This week students will:
Analyze the informal curriculum of the family and home environment on young children’s development and learning.
Describe how organizations and agencies within a community provide learning opportunities for children and their families, both formally and informally.
Generate a list of community resources that support families with young children.
Develop strategies to support families in accessing community services, despite physical, economic and other obstacles.
Discuss the analysis of data and the impact of findings philosophy and approach to family and community engagement.
Students will further explore the learning that occurs in the home and community (also known as the informal curriculum). This week’s discussions center on the impact of the informal curriculum on young children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and learning.
Scully P., Barbour, C., & Roberts-King, H. (2015). Families, schools, and communities: Building partnerships for educating children (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Chapter 8: Influences of the Home
Chapter 9: Community Influences on Children’s Development
To participate in the following discussions, go to this week’s Discussion link in the left navigation.
The Informal Curriculum
In the reading assignments this week, we have learned about the informal curriculum that occurs at home and in the community. The lessons children learn outside of school can have positive as well as negative impact. Read Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 of the required text.
Initial post (Due by day 3, Thursday)
Think back to your own childhood and describe at least two lessons you learned at home and two lessons you learned from your larger community/society.
How did these informal lessons shape you as an adult? Looking back now, do you feel you learned more from school (formal curriculum) or from your family and community (informal curriculum)? Why?
Connect your reflections to two outside resources, in addition to your text. Use APA 6th edition format for all citations.
Guided Response (Due by Day 7, the following Monday)
Review the posts of several classmates. Respond to at least two classmates by commenting on at least one ways that the text and course materials support your classmates’ reflections on informal and formal curriculum that they did not share in the original post. Respond thoughtfully by asking questions, comparing your own post to your classmates, or sharing new ideas or resources.
Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you (including the instructor) before the last day of the discussion. This will further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real work experiences with this topic.
Family and Community Resource List
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