This Spring, families involved in Comienza en Casa | It Starts at Home, a project of the Maine Migrant Education Program, were busy exploring early science concepts with their preschool aged children at home. Different from past seasons, we included a series of short, two minute videos featuring parents and children modeling early learning activities. The videos were selected to highlight the concepts of each unit. Parents had given feedback in the past about how helpful it was to have videos showing activities, but we were unable to generate a high number of quality videos on our own.
We were lucky enough to have someone point us in the direction of Ready Rosie, a resource developed in Texas which consists of hundreds of quality videos that model research based early education activities in English and Spanish. We contacted Ready Rosie and they were very generous in sharing their video library in such a way that we would be able to adapt it to our program structure and enrich the Spring Units. Feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive, so we look forward to enhancing our collaboration with Ready Rosie in coming seasons. We will also soon be sharing more about the Spring season on our Comienza en Casa webpage.
Comienza en Casa| It Starts at Home was created by Mano en Mano to serve the unique needs of migrant farmworker students and parents who are enrolled in the Maine Migrant Education Program. The program works together with families of preschool and kindergarten children who primarily speak little or no English in the home to promote school readiness, literacy in the home, and early education topics.