Research conducted over the past two decades indicates the predictive nature of family involvement in children’s education to child school and life success (Jeynes, 2005). Beyond factors such as socioeconomic status and parental education, the extent to which families are involved in children’s education at home and at school has been shown to have the strongest relationship to student academic success (Henderson & Berla, 1994). This manuscript details a collaborative project between Burris Laboratory School and Ball State University, through which early childhood practicum students created web-based documentation pages to showcase kindergarten student learning. These pages opened the door to the kindergarten classroom, and provided families the opportunity to more fully engage in their children's learning. Additional benefits for children and preservice teachers are fully explored.
Zygmunt-Fillwalk, Eva M. and Hufffman, Renee
"A Picture Literally Is Worth a Thousand Words! Using Documentation to Increase Family Involvement,"
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Available at: http://digitalcommons.ric.edu/nals/vol2/iss2/3