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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.

  • May 28, 2016, 2:00-4:00PM

Spring is here and so many plants and animals are coming out to enjoy the nice weather. Join us as we learn about plants and animals native to Michigan and go on a hunt to find some of them outside behind the library. This outdoor program will take place on Wednesday, May 25 from 7:00-8:00PM It is open to kids aged five years to 11 years old and their caregiver. Registration for this program begins on April 26, 2016.

Drop into the Community Room from 6:30-8:00pm on Thursday, May 5 to make a Michigan-themed nature craft with mom. All ages welcome. 

 

Did you miss our Monday Manners Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a very polite storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Horrible bear! by Ame Dyckman

When Bear breaks a little girl's kite, she thinks he is a "HORRIBLE BEAR!"--until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying "I'm sorry."

Song: If You're Happy and You Know It

This is a great song to add your own verses! We included two extras this week:

     If you're thankful and you know it say thank you.

     If you're sneezing and you know it cover your mouth (and of course say "ahhhchoo")

International Yoga Day Demo

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Help us celebrate International Yoga Day by learning the basics of this healthy, calming practice. Local certified yoga instructor, Thirupu Siva-Palani, will share the movements and breathing that can make yoga an important part of a daily routine. This program is geared for children 8 and up with their parents and caregivers. Tweens, Teens and Adults welcome! Don't forget to bring your own mat or towel and wear loose clothing.

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Did you miss our Monday Art Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a creative storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

A story inspired by the life of the influential French master artist considers how he transformed his dreary childhood community in northern France through his expressions of color and form.

We had a great time with the song "Stick to the Glue," but there are a lot of fun songs on this disc to enjoy.

Starfish University: "Why Aren't my Child and I Clicking?"

During this free, new, 4-week series, Starfish University takes on the question, "Why aren't my child and I clicking?" by exploring Attachment Theory in parenting. 

Research says that parents and caregivers can have a greater impact on children’s outcomes than early childhood interventions.  Thus it is critical for Starfish to provide a wide range of robust programs to support parents (grandparents, caregivers, etc)  to build up their adult capacity and increase their effectiveness in supporting children.

Starfish University aims to help parents and caregivers develop a full range of skills and resources.  In doing so, the program supports all four SFS goals to ensure that parents have (1) Hope, confidence and motivation to grow and succeed, (2) A positive social / professional network, (3) Parenting knowledge skills and resources, and (4) Stability through access to resources in basic needs, economic opportunity, training and education. The "University" will be in session at multiple locations from May 2 - August 29 with topics ranging from Natural Hair Care to Scrapbooking to Friend of the Court Workshops. Please contact Jackee Brown to register for the CPL class.

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Starfish Family Services Early Literacy Workshops

On the second Monday of each month, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present free, educational and selected Early Learning Community workshops for parents, caregivers and daycare providers. Contact Starfish to register. This summer's workshops are as follows:

  • June 13 - Planning and Recall for Kids: Learning the benefits of planning with children and creating planning props to help organize time in addition to learning strategies to recall information.
  • July 11 - Schedules and Routines: Discussing the benefits to keeping a daily routine and providing a predictable social frame.
  • August 8 - Let's Move: Discover the importance of movement activities and how to incorporate them into active learning.

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2016 Summer Movie Madness

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Join us as we show fun, family movies throughout the summer.  You may bring your own pillows, snacks, and/or blankets to cozy up. Plus, we have air conditioning for those hot summer days :) Our schedule is as follows and may be subject to change.

  • 6/30 - Zootopia - In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. (rated PG)
  • 7/18 - Kung Fu Panda 3 - Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home. (rated PG)
  • 8/10 - Inside Out - After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. (rated PG) 

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Green Golly and her Golden Flute

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Tower-trapped Green Golly (unlike Rapunzel) is so inspired by life she can’t help but make music. This Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winning introduction to classical music uses musical storytelling and comedy to inspire imagination, creativity and positive self-expression. Green Golly is the delightfully funny, flute playing heroine who models discipline, overcoming challenges, thinking creatively and the development of character. Juilliard trained flutist and educator Barbara Siesel is Green Golly and award winning actor-storyteller-songwriter Keith Torgan is everyone else! This program meets Common Core learning standards in language arts, literacy in history and social studies and is open to patrons of all ages.

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