Healthy habits from the time they’re little: the Little GEMS approach to Parental Engagement
The goal of the GEMS Parental Engagement is to improve student achievement and personal development, through strategic engagement of parents in their children’s learning.
More importantly however, engagement means to consistently challenge your children to think and learn new things beyond school and to take opportunities to learn at home – anywhere, anytime. As research continues to prove the positive impact engaged parents can have on student achievement, GEMS continues to encourage parents to take the lead and make family learning their lifestyle.
We call the GEMS approach to engaging parents in their children’s learning, “3-a-day” and we encourage parents to do the three most effective engagement strategies everyday:
talk about learning…
By talk about learning, we mean have regular two-way conversations about what your child is thinking and learning - this means listening too.
These three daily habits are doable and easily adapted to any family style or culture. It’s important that families do them naturally in their own way, and consistently.
Parents for whom English is not a first language are encouraged to do “3-a-day” in their home language(s). GEMS believes that even parents who may feel they lack the skills or confidence to support the curriculum, have something to offer and can encourage their students by being strong role models of learning.
Applicable at any age or stage, we hope that “talk, share, encourage” become healthy family learning habits, which stay with students throughout their school careers, and develop as their needs change.
Little GEMS and the dedicated GEMS Parental Engagement Website, www.learnaspirebe.com will offer suggestions for how to “talk, share, encourage” and consistent reminders to do your “3-a-day” for the benefit of our children.