General goals of the activity
- Create partnerships between the school and parents.
- Strengthen the family involvement in school activities.
- Promote activities in the institution where families are invited to participate.
- Promote the involvement and dedication of parents and other family members in the care and learning of children.
- Promote opportunities for families to learn and support each other.
- Create opportunities for community members to get involved and participate in early childhood education centers activities.
- Promote activities where the respect for Nature is implicit.
- Recognize that children are part of the of the community and that the community plays a key role in their early life experiences.
Description of the activity
- Ask each child to bring a clay vase from home.
- Students with teachers paint their vase in the classroom on the first day of the third term.
- A few days later, parents are invited to their child’s classroom, where each family plants/sows a plant of their choice (flowers or herbs) onits own vase.
- Each vase is identified by a label.
- Each child is responsible for the maintenance of his/her vase with the support of their respective teacher, and at the end of the school year, that vase is taken home.
(issues to be aware of when implementing the activity)
Instead of using a vase, the activity can be done outdoors, for example
in the school garden if there is one.
It is worth mentioning that it may be difficult for parents to participate, since the activity is conducted during working hours.
Role of the teacher
- Invite and encourage them to participate in the activity.
- To promote a warm and inviting environment.
- Collaborate with parents during activities.
- Advise and help children maintaining the vases.
Role of the family
The parents should participate actively and maintain interest in the development of the activity. Educators and students are responsible for vase decoration and choice of the plant type.
Added value for the child and the family
Cultural, environmental, artistic awareness.
Materials to be used
- Clay vases, soil, various seeds, wood, cardboard, paint or pens and glue.
Guiding questions to reflect on the general improvement of the service
- Are parents available to take part in so many activities?