By: Ms. Angy Talbot (ECFE Blog Writer)
I believe in the statement that parent-interaction time is, “The heart of Early Childhood Family Education programs in Minnesota’s programs for parents with young children”. It is a wonderful time for parents to interact with their children in a prepared and safe environment. This time is used for children to have an opportunity to socialize and interact with other children of similar ages. It benefits the parents by giving them an opportunity to observe, interact, and learn more about their child. The parents share quality time with their children, and on occasion, generate ideas that they can bring home to do with their child. This valuable time enables them to learn new songs they can sing with their children, recreate art projects, and interact with their child through play activities. When I attended ECFE with my child, I found it very beneficial having this chance to observe my child in a different setting with children her age. I could see developmentally where the other children were and how this compared to typical development. It helped me to observe how my child interacted with other children and how I could help her to learn social behaviors and skills. My daughter loved the messy play that we could do in an ECFE classroom and I did not have to worry about the mess. We painted many pictures together, played with silly putty called “Glurch,” and there were often many art activities that we explored and later tried out at home (I found the best play dough recipe from the Early Childhood Teacher). The time we spent together in ECFE are moments in her lifetime that I will never forget. I always looked forward to our days where we could just play together and forget about the outside world.
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