We don’t want to sound old and mean spirited. But we saw something at the museum that was so disturbing. There was a young adorable dad with his beautiful older baby boy, maybe14 months old - in his baby carrier on dad’s chest, facing out. The baby had the perfect view of the paintings and he was at ear level for dad to be talking with him about what they were looking at. Instead.… (drumroll please….) dad was holding his iPhone in front of the baby’s face with cartoons.
Why were we disturbed? Just a couple of days before that I had a conversation with a friend who was telling me how excited she is that her daughter chose to get married in a museum. My friend was saying how gratifying it is for her, as she has been taking her daughter to museums since she was a baby.
And that conversation inspired me to look at this post, which i find endlessly beautiful.
There was a great article yesterday in the NY Times about technology. Yes it’s happening…and it’s not a bad thing…but we must go with it thoughtfully and smartly. Make sure you read the comments after the article - they are very interesting.
What do you think?
WE LOVE TO PLAY!!!
We seem to post blogs about the importance of children’s play a lot. But when we see something great, we just can’t help ourselves! The importance of, and learning that goes on, when kids play is just endless. Our good friends over at the Child Development Institute said it well.
“Play is one of the most powerful learning experiences for children and adults. The everyday back and forth interactions between you and your child while riding a bike, playing house, or digging in the sand actually changes your child’s brain! A bicycle, doll house, or truck is not your child’s favorite toy - you are! You are the love of your child’s life. When you play together, it lights up the emotional centers of your child’s brain which are crucial in learning and memory.
Playing with your child by following their lead increases your child’s engagement and interest in learning. When a caregiver is directive in their play style, the child’s level of interest and engagement declines. If you impose too many of your ideas, then the play is less interesting to your child and your child is less likely to be learning from their play.”
So go have fun together!
Register NOW for Fall 2013 Infant and Toddler Playgroups!
- Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm or
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12:00pm.
TOO MUCH FUN!!!
This picture says 1,000 words! We are happily full for the summer Infant and Toddler Playgroups! Keep checking back here for information about registration for the fall program so you don’t miss out!
Those First 5 Years!!!
This may seem a little like “preaching to the choir”…but this graphic so clearly shows the importance to society of the first 5 years of a person’s life.
FRC Program Helps High School Students Get To College
A Panorama High School student in our Career & Academic Success team (CAST) program was recently awarded a $5,000 D.R.E.A.M.S. (Developing a Responsible, Educated, and Moral Society) scholarship, and was the only student in her school to receive the scholarship. The student worked with Jeanette Lopez, the high school coordinator for CAST at San Fernando HS and Panorama HS, on her college and scholarship applications. Prior to joining the CAST program and working with Jeanette, the student had no plans to attend college (even though she was eligible), but will now be attending classes at Cal State LA in the fall. WIth this scholarship, she will now be able to move forward and pursue her dream of becoming a family social worker.
We would like to congratulate all of our CAST high school graduates and are looking forward to continuing our work together as you move on to one of our college-based CAST programs.
The CAST program is made possible from a grant funded by Los Angeles Universal Preschool.
-From the LAVC College Bulletin, June 2-8, 2013
This is SO MUCH FUN!!!
Click to see a lovely short video about how babies socialize.
Anonymous asked: Do you have any classes during the summer to learn sign language ?
No, we do not. However, LA Pierce College does have course offerings available in American Sign Language during the summer and fall semesters.
Visit www.piercecollege.edu for more information.
Summer Sounds SO GOOD!!!
Wondering what to do this summer?
We love going to the Hollywood Bowl during the week for their children’s music series. It’s a great place to listen to music, maybe do some of the post-concert art activities and bring a picnic.
There are so many free and low cost great things to do on weekends as well. We love going to Mother’s Beach for the day - shallow calm water, good parking and picnic tables…and SHADE!
Register for the Summer Infant & Toddler Playgroups!
We are now enrolling for our Infant & Toddler 2013 Summer Session for you and your child (newborn to 30 months old)!
The playgroups will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12:00pm from June 11th to August 15th.
The enrollment fee is $10 and the summer parking pass is $5.
Pre-registration is required. To register, please follow the instructions provided below:
1) Go to http://lavalley.augusoft.net
2) Click on courses on the left hand side
3) Under the Play column, click on Just for Kids
4) Select Infant & Toddler Playgroups
5) Complete the required registration information
Anonymous asked: I am interested in the infant & toddler play group. Is it too late to join?
We still have spaces available in the afternoon sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Our morning sessions on Tuesday and Thursday are completely full at this time. Call us at (818) 778-5612 for more information or registration assistance.
IT’S MINE !!!
We all know that toddlers don’t share…but some of us don’t know they CAN’T share. Sometimes it’s so hard to take a deep breath and just delight in their ability to think the world revolves around them!
But…there is hope on the horizon….they grow up! Here’s a link to an article in the LA Times that will help put it all in perspective.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! The Story Pirates is a great family show! They have a new show that looks like it’s great for older toddlers and young preschoolers, and fun for adults as well.
The Geffen Playhouse is charming…it’s easy to get to in Westwood …and it’s surrounded by inexpensive family-friendly restaurants.
BAKING COOKIES = ACADEMIC SKILLS
Staying with our theme of the importance of everyday events for families having fun together…this beautiful image says it all!
We can all share in the absolute pure ecstasy this child is experiencing as she “helps” bake cookies!
For those of you who like to know what your child is learning: you’re building your relationship with each other, developing language skills as you chat together….and as she cracks, measures, pours, spills and blends…she’s learning parts, wholes and how matter changes… I could go on and on about the value and fun of cooking together!