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Your Child’s Individual Strengths

In this conversation café parents will begin to explore their child’s individual strengths, and the role they can play in supporting their child as a unique learner by:

  • recognizing that each of us have unique talents and learning styles.
  • reflecting on the benefits of recognizing how their child is smart and strong.
  • reflecting on their child’s gifts, talents and strengths and how this makes them a unique learner.
  • exploring opportunities to support and capitalize on their child’s individual strengths.

Parent leaders and educators will find a thought provoking question to inspire parent conversation, followed by discussion points that can be used to add to and further stimulate the conversation. It is Cafe’s experience that together most parents, given the opportunity, will raise many of the suggested discussion points. In this way the capacity of the group is built, while highlighting collective wisdom. The questions have been designed to lead from one to another but remember this is meant only as a guide to conversation. All of the questions may not be needed to reach the goals of the conversation and your conversation may naturally follow a different path.

For facilitators leading a conversation Café,  the conversation guide below is presented in a Power Point, 2 slides/page format, that permits easy reference between questions and suggested discussion points.

Your Child’s Individual Strengths – Conversation Guide

The following set of notes provides additional information for facilitators leading the Café, or parents wishing to delve further into the topic. Each page of information corresponds to one question from the conversation guide.

Supporting Your Child’s Individual Strengths Facilitator’s Notes1-1

Your Child’s Individual Strengths:  Accompanying Resources

These suggested quality resources are a starting point to guide parents in making connections with schools and community organizations and institutions working to provide support for learning. Resources are organized in the order they appear and are suggested throughout the conversation notes.  Café graciously accepts suggestions of additional quality resources focusing on the parent-school partnership.  Do you have a resource to share?

Resources individual strengths