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Parent-to-Parent

Have you missed a workshop?


If so, First Teacher understands! Life has a way of getting in the way of a parent's plan.  During our workshops, parents/caregivers share great ideas on how to easily fit school readiness activities into our already busy lives.    At First Teacher, we are always looking for ways to share our knowledge with each other in the moment.  Here are some examples from our workshops thus far:

September 2018: SELF-CARE SHOP        Fun fact: when we teach our children self-care practices, we provide them with the tools to recognize and cope with their emotions, a kindergarten-readiness skill!

First Teacher children practicing yoga during our self-care workshop.

First Teacher children practicing yoga during our self-care workshop.

October 2018: READ SHOP            Teaching our children the joy of reading can happen in many ways. Try creating a story with your child, write it down, read it to them, and then watch them beam with pride!

First Teacher parent, Jasen, reads a story he and his fellow First Teacher parent/caregivers created during read shop..

First Teacher parent, Jasen, reads a story he and his fellow First Teacher parent/caregivers created during read shop..

November 2018: EXPLORE SHOP       Exploring can be a messy way to expose our children to the wonders of the world. Don’t be afraid, make the mess in the name of learning - then teach them how to clean it up! Cleaning is exploration too!

First Teacher families mixed oil paint with baby oil, food coloring with water, and put the two together to make homemade lava lamps! (It was very messy)

First Teacher families mixed oil paint with baby oil, food coloring with water, and put the two together to make homemade lava lamps! (It was very messy)

December 2018: SLEEP SHOP              How is your child’s bedtime routine similar and/or different than your childhood bedtime routine? What does your child do to derail their bedtime routine? How often does your child go to sleep “on time”?

Families created lanterns, that can double as a night-lights, for their bedrooms during our sleep playdate.

Families created lanterns, that can double as a night-lights, for their bedrooms during our sleep playdate.

January 2019: COUNT SHOP We have the power to help make math fun and engaging for our children. There is much more to math than knowing your numbers. Math literacy includes identifying shapes, discussing the size of objects, as well as comparing and sorting various objects. Try talking with your child about what they see in the world: Look for big trees, small trees; How many red cars? How many blue cars? Math is everywhere in the world!

Parents & Caregivers played Connect 4 with this game board and dice. We also discussed how to change this game to fit the learning needs of our children.

Parents & Caregivers played Connect 4 with this game board and dice. We also discussed how to change this game to fit the learning needs of our children.

February 2019: TECH SHOP We know that technology is the way of the future. Parents and caregivers discussed how we balance the use technology in our home for the sake of our children’s growth and development. When you catch you child watching other children play on YouTube, have your child try those hands-on activities themselves!

While parents were in tech-shop, children used their imaginations to build and play.

While parents were in tech-shop, children used their imaginations to build and play.

March 2019: MUSIC & MOVEMENT SHOP Music can play a very important role in the growth and development of our children. At this workshop, families discussed their connection to music and how they currently use music to engage their children. Some parents use music to wake their children in the morning, others use it as a sign of transition without verbal direction. We all learned how music sends actual happy signals from our brain to the rest of our body.

Meanwhile, in childcare, children made instruments out of every day materials.

Meanwhile, in childcare, children made instruments out of every day materials.