There were some wonderful ideas for incorporating the families' presence in the classroom environment at Rosa Parks Preschool. I think it is so comforting and homey for the children to see their families displayed in the classroom. It makes a strong statement of mutual support and commitment to the child.
Family Tree: A simple tree painted on a canvas. Each family member makes a "finger-print" leaf.
They include aunts, uncles etc. . . So cool!
Notice to the right, there are those wonderful branches with photos of each family hanging down. Love. Love.
Hopes and Dreams Loom: I love. this. so. much! I have a warm spot in my heart for woven pieces. The parent wrote their hopes and dreams for their child on a ribbon and wove it into the loom. This is so wonderful.
I would include the teacher's hopes and dreams for the students.
Here is their documentation sheet about the loom project.
Each family has a frame and a photo picture hanging right next to the "safe place."
Another great way to integrate the photos of the families around a safe place. Love the wheel. A rich symbol.