The Parent Connect event was the first of a three-part series at White Pines Middle School aimed at providing parents with strategies and resources to connect what children learn at school and how to continue it at home.
Thursday’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts session focused on positive behaviors. In the coming weeks, math and reading will take center stage.
Parents and their children joined together in the end for snacks and prizes donated by local businesses.
Fifth-grade teacher Annie Ratke said the group aspires to equip parents with the tools and knowledge about what’s going on at school.
Teachers spoke about the district’s Capturing Kids’ Heart initiative, brain development for middle school-age children and positive behavior intervention supports, which involves providing students with five positive actions for one negative behavior.
Following each lesson, parents participated in group activities for hands-on experience.
“In doing so, it will allow them to bring it home to their family,” Ratke said.
Melissa Bushen said she was there to know more about what her sixth-grade son learns at school each day. The Grand Haven mom said she is familiar with Capturing Kids’ Hearts.
Bushen said she’s looking forward to the session that tackles math, because she finds herself at a loss when her son has a question on that subject.
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