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“In traditional teaching, or in the average school situation, the parent is a shadowy figure who does not really become involved in the actual teaching situation. In the Suzuki approach, the success of the approach depends on the triangular relationship of parent, teacher & student, rooted in a strong environment. Each arm of the triangle is of equal length, indicating equal importance.” - Kay Colliar-Slone, They’re Rarely Too Young & Never Too Old To
Two Main Roles of the Parent
In The Class: Parent as Co-student • Model appropriate behavior, joining in enthusiastically with the activities. • Take the opportunity to carefully observe your child. This is a time when you can discover much about your childʼs educational needs and progress. • Closely observe the teacher. Much of the ʻdialogueʼ with parents happens in a subtle way through demonstration and modeling. At Home: Parent as “Home Teacher” • Play the CD regularly in the home. A thorough knowledge of the songs and rhymes does make a HUGE difference. • Take on the teacher role at home. Practicing regularly with your child builds their conﬁdence as well as yours. If you have questions on how to take on this role, ask the teacher. • Create a rich environment for learning, providing opportunities to observe and learn from others with much repetition and joyful encouragement.