“ Scrap” the Old Ways of Conducting Parent Workshops. Presented by: Beth Williams Parent Services & Susan Saunders Technology FDLRS/Miccosukee. Purpose:. Discuss the critical elements needed for an effective parent workshop Share a parent scrapbooking project.
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“Scrap” the Old Ways of Conducting Parent Workshops Presented by: Beth Williams Parent Services & Susan Saunders Technology FDLRS/Miccosukee
Purpose: • Discuss the critical elements needed for an effective parent workshop • Share a parent scrapbooking project.
Elements for an Effective Parent Workshop... • Timely • Relevant • Create a safe sharing environment • Consider different learning styles • Informal-time to network with other parents • Convenient • Materials provided • Provide “Just the Facts” • Food • Fun
The key word here is… Individual
May need to look at using a continuum of approaches including… • One-on-one • Videoconferences • Conferences • On-line courses/tutorials • Classes • Workshops • Lunch & Learn • Social events paired with educational material
History of Parents R US • Parents Are Using Skills • Started in 2000 • Perry, Florida • Collaborative Effort • Pre-K, Teen Parent Program, Evenstart, ESE, Headstart, others • Lunch & Learn • Monthly
Topics for 2005-6 Parents R US Schedule • Sept: Developmental Milestones/ Scrapbooking • Oct: Developing Early Literacy • Nov: Loving Guidance • Jan: A Walk in the Shoes of Kids That Learn Differently • Feb: Food for Thought: Nutrition and Physical Movement • Mar: Let’s Not Stress About It! • April: Transition & Celebrating Success
Scrapbooking 101 Motivation Participation Know How
The results are in • We had 19 parents start the project. • We had 9 complete a pre/post test measure • We asked parents 4 questions. • We asked parents to draw a picture of their family and label the members.
Question #1 • How often do you scrapbook? • ____ Very often • ____ Occasionally • ____ Rarely • ____ Never • 5 parents responses • 3 parents responses • 1 parent response
Question #2 • Is scrapbooking an activity that you fine enjoyable? • ____ Love it! • ____ Like it • ____ Find it okay • ____ Don’t like it • ____ Don’t know • 4 parents responses • 3 parents responses • 2 parent response
Question #3 • Do you currently save your family memories in an organized manner? • ____ Yes • ____ Somewhat • ____ No • 3 parents responses • 6 parents responses
Question #4 • How many hours or minutes of “quality time” a day would you estimate that you spend with your child(ren). • _____ hours or _____ minutes • 5 parents responses • 2 parents responses • 2 parent response
Draw a House, Tree, or a Person Activity • Popular in the 1950’s • When we draw pictures of self/family, we give some degree of understanding about our self image. • Our drawings should not be seen as hard science but rather as suggestions on which we may ask further inquires.
General Comment: • All the drawings in the series of 9 people seem to reflect a degree of immaturity/naivety based on the stick figure appearances. • Note the general lack on hands and feet. Our hands greatly help us cope with the world. Our feet keep us grounded. So when there is an absence of hands and feet, we wonder how the person is coping with solving everyday problems.
“Selfless Scrapbooks” Making the world a better place one scrapbook at a time. • Abused/Neglected Children in a shelter • A parent with Alzheimer’s • Babies in a neonatal unit • Families effected by Hurricane Katrina • Babies in an orphanage • Runaway teens living in a shelter
Closing thoughts… Let’s start to dream of the possibilities…