08 March 2019
School-home partnership is a collaborative relationship that promotes the shared responsibility of a child’s education between the school staff and parents. At PCF Sparkletots @ Teck Ghee Blk 415, we facilitate the School-Home Enriching Learning Link (SHELL) program through captivating activities that strengthens and builds positive school-home relationships.
A child’s development is set primarily at home and in school, and when these two environments are attuned, it produces measurable gains in a child’s holistic development. It is also a great avenue to keep parents informed about their children’s educational needs and to assist them in recognising the primary role of the family in education.
(A child putting a letter into a friends bucket)
Bucket Fillers is one of the activities from the SHELL program. This hands-on activity is based on the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. The book was read to the children and it teaches how we can express kindness and appreciation daily, and the effects our actions and words have on others and ourselves via an invisible bucket. The book explains that everyone has an invisible bucket that is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it is empty, we feel awful.
As an interactive activity and as part of our kindness advocacy, our K2 children are given their very own bucket to be decorated and displayed at the Kindness Corner in the classroom. When they witness someone doing a kind deed, they would write a note to them and drop it inside their friend’s bucket along with a pompom ball. For writing the note, they would also drop a pompom ball into their own bucket to signify that kindness go both ways.
As an extension to this activity, parents partake in a similar activity at home with their children as part of the SHELL program. Children are tasked to create a pledge with their parents stating how they would show kindness to their family and the community. Under their parents’ guidance, children wrote and decorated their pledge before sealing their promise with a colourful handprint. Parents can take this opportunity to teach their children valuable lessons about giving, sharing, and caring.
(Parents with the child and the pledge she wrote)
All pledges are gathered and stitched into a giant Kindness Quilt to remind children of their promises to make this world a happier place for everyone. Parents shared the positive behaviours shown from their children from these activities. For example, their children reminded them to refrain from saying words that could potentially hurt another person.
These activities teaches children about the value of their words and actions, as well as encourage kindness and respect at school and at home.
(Presenting the kindness quilt)
Written by: M Suseela (Centre Principal) | PCF Sparkletots @ Teck Ghee Blk 415
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