Leaders from a California-based program will provide training and resources to help teachers work with students and parents of the Flint Community Schools, according to Michigan Live News a flint group aims to to bring a parent involvement program to local schools, ” these home visits can happen afternoon, evenings, or weekends,” Blake Thorne further states at Michigan Live News.
Teacher Home Visits is nothing new to Michigan early childhood development. The Head Start Program at Daily School in Beecher, Michigan has already established a home visitor program for the preschoolers. They set up an appointment with the parents to come into the home before the month that the preschoolers are to start school. I also know a family that was in the Head Start Program.
I believe Home Visits can be a powerful instrument in helping a student achieve, because so often teachers may not have a clue as to what struggles or problems a child and their family might be having. Some children may be coming to school without sufficient breakfast.
I remember a time there was so much drinking, fighting, and dysfunction in my family that I loved to go to school to get away from it all. I did very well in school too; although I worried, I might come home to find someone had been hurt. School and church were my outlets. So often now other children in those types of situations my not do well in school. Other children may not be able to handle the stress of it all.
The Michigan Government states that home visits can help form relationships and encourage positive relationships with families.
Sometimes it is not enough for a teacher to teach in the classroom, the home visits in a different setting can possibly foster better relationships.
I have observed in some of the schools in Georgia, teachers develop healthy relationships and programs throughout the summer months with their entire classroom students that they had throughout the year. The programs and relationships with the teachers do not just stop in May or June when summer arrives.
Often teachers may not have a clue what hardships a child is dealing with. Sometimes children will cover it up because of shame. Other times they may act out in class, because that is the only way they know to deal with their situations. I have observed this.
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