Helpers are Essential
At Busy Bees Kindergarten, the family is
considered an integral part of each child's
educational and social development. We encourage
parental participation in the classroom.
Who Benefits and
- The children feel that the parent values what
they do. Their school must be important to the
parents if they give up their time to attend.
Therefore, a child learns from an early age the
importance of school.
- Children get more adult attention and get to
do more activities. This would not be possible
with a higher child: adult ratio.
- The children gain a greater sense of identity
and independence. Young children are discovering
their own identity and developing a sense of
independence. Having parents "actively" involved
(not just as observers) helps to create a sense
of community. Children come to know adults other
than their parents, which helps them learn to
interact with more people, males and females
from different countries. This broadening
experience helps children to become comfortable
and confident with a wide range of adults, which
will help them tremendously when they go on to
- Parents can see at first hand what their child
is doing at school. They can then follow up
school activities at home and reinforce what
children are learning.
- Parents can build up good relationships with
the teachers. They can then feel more
comfortable approaching them about their
- Parents can see how their child participates
in the classroom activities. When a parent spend
time in the classroom they gain greater
understanding of the demands school life can
have on their child. They can then help their
child adapt to school life more easily.
- Parents meet their child's classmates and see
how their child interacts with other children at
school. When a parent sees how their children
socializes, they get a better picture of their
child as a whole human being. They come to know
the other important people in their children's
lives, so they can share their children's'
happiness and problems more fully.
- The increased child: adult ratio allows the
teachers to provide a more diverse range of
activities and have smaller group contact.
- The teachers are able to get to know the
child's parents; this helps them to understand
the child as a whole.
- Teachers and parents have more opportunities
to communicate with one another and pass on