Parents

On the second Monday of each month during 2016,  the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present selected Early  Learning Community workshops for parents, caregivers and daycare providers. Join us on Monday, April 11 from 6:30-8:30PM to explore Active Learning.  Participants will grasp the importance of learning through play and learning the five ingredients and benefits of active learning.

storytime kit

We are very exited about a new resource available for families and teachers when our renovated children's library re-opens. This new item for checkout is called a Storytime Kit. In it patrons will find a picture book, a related puppet or plush , cd with songs, and a sheet of suggested fingerplays or action rhymes.  This is an excellent resource for families who would like to do their own mini storytime at home, or teachers of young children who need a quick resource for tomorrow's lesson. It is a great way for parents, grandparents and teachers to share some creative, valuable time with their kids. 

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3 1/2-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Friends' Activity Room (former purple room) starting Monday, April 18 thru Friday, May 27. Registration is online and begins March 24. Both sessions will cover the same stories and themes, please choose one of the following sessions.

Buddy's a basketball-playing golden retriever who finds a friend in the lonely misfit Josh and teaches him about the game. Bonus feature: Dog-U-Commentary - the Buddies dish about the story that started it all.

The movies feature an animal actor or animated critters that the whole family can enjoy.

A young cat and dog discover the dangers and delights of the outside world when they wander away from the farm.

Foster children Andi and Bruce have been placed with a flaky couple who care more for their aspiring rock careers than their charges. Their mischievous tendencies repeatedly get them into trouble. After a close call with the local pound, the kids end up searching for Friday, their secretly adopted dog, in an abandoned old hotel where they find several other stray dogs seeking shelter. They, along with three other local kids, begin caring for the strays. Bruce is a clever inventor whose innovative gadgets ensure top-notch care and constant entertainment for all the dogs. The police storm the hotel and take all the dogs to the pound. The kids attempt to rescue the dogs and it might just land them in separate group homes. Bernie, their social worker, will have to somehow convince the authorities, and perhaps a loving family, that the children were just doing what was right.

The Montessori method and philosophy is well proven and scientific. It is process oriented and helps the child normalize in a prepared environment and utilize his/her fullest potential. This method has worked for 100 plus years and if used will lay a solid foundation for your childrens' lives.

The aim of this on-going program is to provide parents the necessary tools to prepare their environment to suit the needs of their child, to set simple and workable ground rules and to help their child build his/her concentration, confidence, coordination, independence and order. The program's vision is to create a positive and joyful parenting experience that helps the child develop in all aspects of life. Parents may receive lesson plans from actual school environments to use or make at home. This program is presented by the staff from Banyan Montessori Academy.

  • Saturday March 26, 2016, 2:00-3:00PM, Community Room

Who loves Pete the Cat? I do! I do! Come to our Party with Pete on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  We will have tons of fun reading some Pete the Cat stories, creating some crafts, having a snack, and visiting with our super special guest, Pete himself! Registration begins February 23, 2016 and is open to kids ages 5 to 9 and their caregiver.  See you there and don't forget your camera!

spider web

Catch a web-full of amazing spider-facts with the Leslie Science & Nature Center when they stop by for Save A Spider Day on Sunday, March 13, 2:00-3:00 PM.  Registration for this educational program about nature's amazing arachnids is required and begins February 23. For all ages.

Photo Spider web by Charles Dawley (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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