Student Internships

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You might be able to tell this is NOT an intern…it’s Mom.

One of the many great things about being an intern in the infant and toddler playgroups, is the connection that students are able to make between theory and practice. We teach that reading is a vehicle to attachment…but how cool to actually SEE it!

Our infant and toddler practicum class, CD 29, is full on-line. But come to the FRC for an add slip. We will be letting in a few extra lucky students!

For the Cost of a Starbucks Coffee…

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We’re sure by now you’ve noticed that we now need to minimally charge for playgroups. We (and you) have been so lucky and thankful that for all these years the College was able to cover the costs of playgroups for student and community families.

Sadly, times have changed and that isn’t true anymore. We now need to cover our own costs. We are so happy, that for now, it works out to be $5,  per FAMILY, per play session. We know it adds up, and for some of you, it’s a burden.

Please let us know…we are setting up a scholarship fund. 

P.S. If anyone knows of a funding source - please let us know!!!

CD 29 and the “Top 10 for 2-Gen”!

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Why is CD 29 so great??? In no particular order:

1. You are with babies and their parents at the same time ("2-Gen") and actually see attachment and separation and lots more!

2. So fun too see the BIG changes in a baby in 16 weeks!

3. You’ll become close friends with the other interns!

4. Makes your infant and toddler knowledge come alive!

5. The FRC becomes your favorite home-away-from-home!

6. Fun to be in the sand and water with toddlers!

7. Infants, toddlers and parents aren’t so scary!

8. What??? 3-units of CD credit for having so much fun????

9. Also counts for 3-units of supervised field experience for your CD Permit.

10. You’re gonna just love it!

And just gotta add: Lisa Brauer and Jeanette Lopez are amazing to watch, listen, and learn from!

The “S Word” and Toddlers: Sharing

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We know we can’t teach these little ones to “share” but we can certainly talk with them about “taking their turn” and learning to wait. 

Lisa is talking with Reece and McKenna about the process of waiting and getting a turn. It’s so hard to not get what we want, when we want it!!!

And we know that’s real life! Waiting is a skill that we want kids to learn…short times for little ones and with the language that goes with it. It’s great to point out to McKenna  that she waited….and then got what she wanted. It’s a small step to building real-life skills, as well as a big step to school readiness!

A typical day at the FRC! Remember to be with us this summer!

Here’s a nice read about sharing.

Why We Love Eye Contact!

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Feeding your infant? Tempted to text your friend to tell her something?

We’ve all been there…it’s so tempting to read a magazine or connect with a friend… and so NOT what’s good for your baby! It’s almost overwhelming to list the multitude of important learning that goes on for your baby when she looks at you - and you look back into her eyes. This article says it well and doesn’t even say it all!

Next time you’re at the FRC, bring the topic up and learn more about it!

Face(book) Friends???

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Oh yes, we have joined the crowd and are having so much fun on Facebook! Like us!

https://www.facebook.com/LAVCFamilyResourceCenter

Finally! The Answer to Our “Three Things…” Question!

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So the question was: “name three things this boy is learning”.

There are so many many more…but here are just three things he’s doing to prepare himself for school:

1. Hand/eye coordination: see how beautifully he holds the dinosaur AND gets it to his mouth? He’s going to need to be able to hold a pencil and read an assignment at the same time.

2. Focus and concentration: He is completely engaged in his activity. He’ll need that focus to stay with and complete his school assignments.

3. Curiosity: How does this taste? How does it feel…is it bumpy or smooth? Is it heavy? We want him engaged in the learning process and  love to learn!

These are all questions he’s answering and and tasks he is accomplishing by himself! It is exactly what he should be doing at his age.

Once again, we see a lovely reminder that we often need to get out of our kid’s way… put them in an environment (like the FRC!) that supports them…and lets them learn as they develop.

If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to ask the FRC staff. We LOVE hearing about what you’re thinking and wondering about!

Kindergarten Prep!

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Can you name 3 ways this child is preparing himself for kindergarten?

Our MOST Favorite Royal Baby Adviser!

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Remember this post? We were referring to two great parenting books. We were shocked to find out that we’re not the only ones who think Drs. Brazelton and Sparrow’s ideas are pretty special (just kidding!).

We’re very excited that Royal Baby George’s parent’s are hearing good sound advice and that they might be reading the same book our FRC families love… The Touchpoints Book!

And The Royals would be jealous of us…because the authors came and spent TWO WHOLE DAYS with us last fall at Valley College! 

Falling in Love… Over and Over Again….

imageI know I’ve said before that YOU are your child’s most important person, place or thing…but I can’t find any other words to describe this photo.

I just love the way the little boy is looking at his dad…and the way the dad seems to be having such a great time with his son.

That’s only one of the many great things about the FRC…it’s just time for you to be with your child and play…no cell phones, dishes or emails to distract you. An hour and a half of uninterrupted bliss!

Need Some Peace of Mind?

imageIf the Royal Baby might be sitting in an improperly installed car seat….then anything is possible! What about our own babies’ car seats? How do we know they are providing the very best protection they can?

Worry no more!!!! The CHP is providing a FREE car seat installation inspection! Make an appointment and take your car by for a checkup.

Thank you Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for sponsoring this great event!

My Toddler Wants My Attention ALL the Time!

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With our first children, it’s typical to think they DO need us all the time. At first they need us to meet all their needs -  diapers, food, comfort, interaction etc… And we’re so “in love”, and getting to know our babies, and that takes time. Everyday there’s something new to figure out.

But more and more, and as our parenting confidence grows, our role should include “observing” as well as “playing”. Our toddlers still want us…"we are our children’s favorite person, place or thing". Time together can be just “being together” as opposed to always thinking we need to be entertaining our children.

I really love this article. The author says it beautifully.

What do you think? Do you have strategies for dealing with this?

My daughter is 2 1/2 and she’s a TYRANT when we go to the park! Please help!

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Why do we expect our kids to be born with social skills? We don’t expect them to be able to tie their shoes before they are taught. Actually - that’s on our list of parenting duties. Kids need us to show and guide them how to treat other people. For most kids, sharing and cooperating takes a while to learn.

Your daughter still operates from her own point of view…and doesn’t quite “get” that other people have feelings. Mostly we can stand back and let kids work things out on their own…but sometimes they need our help. Our job is to observe and narrate what we see…help them to come up with an alternative that works for both kids.

Not only do kids need lots of experience with others to learn these skills, they need to be developmentally ready…and that’s not really until about four or so. Also make sure that’s top on the list of what her preschool does. She needs "social learning" well before "academic learning". A good school does that really well!

Parenting….or Putting One Foot in Front of Another….

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We all know there is no “recipe” or “instruction book” for parenting. Sometimes we wish there were. But it’s just not a onesizefitsall deal…kids are born with their own nature, birth order has an influence, how parents were raised matters….and on and on.

But what we DO know… is when we see a good book…we grab it and use it! Two such books come to mind immediately - Touchpoints and Becoming the Parent You Want To Be are both fantastic! 

I love these books! They help us to understand that kids do things because they are supposed to…that their timeline is theirs and their intent is not to torture us with challenging behavior. Of course we still need to discipline - that’s what makes them feel safe enough to explore and challenge. But it’s so reassuring to be able to take a step back and get clear about each other’s roles!

Both books are available in the FRC Lending Library.  Swing by and check out a copy today!

Choosing Child Care or Preschool

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We are so happy that we are a resource for the parents who bring their children to play at the FRC. We are proud that parents see us as knowledgeable… and feel comfortable asking us for guidance. We get many, many questions about lots of different topics, some easy, some more complicated. In the next few months we will address your concerns….so keep those questions coming!

A common request is for help navigating preschool programs in the community. We do know about many specific programs, and definitely have our point of view. But rather than give a list of what we like…we want to help you figure out what feels right for your family.There are so many issues to consider…and in the end, it comes down to your own instinct. You must feel good about your choice and it must work for the whole family.

As my dear dad said, "trust your gut". And I would also add, "first educate your gut and make it smart”. There are so many resources available…hope this helps to begin the process!

Let us know your thoughts!