Thursday, April 25, 2013

Update on the success trees at OEYC Ottawa South

In January, I shared that we were inspired by a post on the blog to create success trees at each of our drop-in program sites. (January 2013 post about Success Tree)

In many of our groups, the trees didn't seem to be "taking off" but we really believed in the concept of having parents/guardians and caregivers engaged and involved in observing their child's development and learning.

Time to come up with a strategy! One of our support workers suggested that we invite the adults at circle time to come up to the tree and write something that they have observed their child doing recently.

It worked really well! They wrote their observation and added it to the tree while the playgroup facilitator read them aloud to validate children's successes.

Once those observations were up, parents and caregivers seemed more at ease to add new successes as they observed them.

Persistence and problem solving are root skills that are as valuable to educators as they are to children in our programs!

Success Tree at Marius Barbeau francophone playgroup

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