LearnLead programs link home, school and community learning and build on Bronfenbrenner’s model recognizing parents as a child’s most important teacher and influence. Our Learning Model validates and expands on what parents already know and introduces new strategies that help parents promote two-generational discovery and conversation. LearnLead’s workshops support peer-to-peer learning and encourage parents to discover their own creativity, network with each other, and prepare to support informal learning at home and in the community.
We promote 3 basic principles:
- Parents before children, to recognize parents as the engine, not the caboose of children’s learning.
- Parents and teachers together, or in parallel programs to promote home- school cooperation.
- Child-centered use of community resources, to enrich and extend children’s learning
Parent workshops promote peer learning and expand the networking and sense of community among parents at the hosting organization. Parents engage in brainstorming and hands-on crafts that result in materials or activities for and with children, and develop an enhanced sense of how to use community resources. Pocket guides provide support as parents use new skills to teach, guide, and enjoy their young children.
The video below speaks to our philosophy and process for working with parents.
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