Promoting Equal Participation of Parents

Santoro Education Lifeskills Foundation

Parents, the ALIVE2THRIVE lessons are also for you. We invite you to use these video lessons to introduce important discussions with your child.

While it can be difficult to bring up some of the topics covered by this curriculum, the video lessons are an easy and effective way for you to begin a long-term conversation about sensitive subjects. We ask the same thing from you as we ask of the teachers using this curriculum – that you equally invest your time, commitment and attention to the process.

The teaching process begins with you. It is crucial that you watch the video and review the handout before talking with your child. When reviewing the materials, think back to how the lesson might have been relevant to you when you were your child’s age and even how it is relevant to you now. Being able to share stories of the lesson’s significance will help you get your student to share themselves.

In addition, by you sharing, it shows your own investment in the learning process.

After you have reviewed a lesson’s materials, you are prepared to show the video and share the handout. Begin by staying within the guidelines of the handout, public and private questions. However, feel free to let your conversation with your child go beyond the questions in the handout. You know them better than we do. Encourage your child to maintain a conversation diary of all of their private question answers. Let them be the one to decide whether they want to share those answers.

Overall, the curriculum is designed in four modules and is meant to be used in order from start-to-finish. If you find that your child has a particular need, such as working with other students in class, you can start you may start with the Understanding Others or the Relating to Others modules. No matter which lesson you choose to begin this journey, know that this learning process takes time and requires being open and honest with your child. If you have any questions about using the program please visit the Contact page and send us an email or give us a call.