The Importance of Parents’ Participation in the Teaching of English during Early Childhood Education

It is evident that two sessions in which the children are in contact with the English language throughout a week add up to a short period of time in their lives. It’s a challenge for teachers to create such an important world in English with such limited time. In the children’s memory, the activities, the words learned, the experiences in the English classroom “compete” with many other experiences and are hardly retained from the beginning to the end of some holiday or even the weekend. Therefore, encouraging the students to use their English and extending its meaning beyond the classroom is vital.

Schools, obviously, have many functions, but there is one which isn’t usually a priority, and this is undoubtedly the training of citizens. Not only should they have an effective integration into their society, but also, it must be accompanied by the training of citizen parents. If we could make the families participate, they would be given the chance of being trained in educational aspects such as pedagogical and didactic issues, but also, in issues which favor and affect their personal and social development. They will learn to be and feel part of something, immediately leading to an implication and commitment that would be otherwise impossible to achieve.

For that reason, we intend to involve all educational agents in the learning process, especially the family as the main educational agent, finding ways to create links between the class and other experiences in the children’s lives.In our school we develop attitudes that develop successful relationships with families, and there are no false premises such as a lack of training or competence of families in didactic, pedagogical, or organizational issues. There are some personal features, such as the socio-cultural origin, thoughts, and communicative capacity which determine the origin of the nature of the relationships.

We outline below some strategies to achieve this goal:

  • Prepare a selection of songs that students work on in class and could take home and listen to with their friends or family.
  • Encourage talking at home with friends, family, etc. about the story worked on in class.
  • Parents should ask their children what they have learned in English class.
  • Students should teach their friends the games they play in class.
  • Save classwork, drawings, etc. and discuss them with the family.
  • Organize a performance for another group at school.
  • Send information to parents so they will know about their progress.
  • Useful links:

– Álvaro