Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. –Chinese Proverb
Language Schmanguage: Fun with Words, Poetry and Rhyme (MNCPD)
Come explore the fantastic world of rhyme and poetry, and find out just how fun fostering speech and language development with young children can be. See how reading and play can help small speakers learn the joy, wonder, and love of language.
Superhero and Hero Play (MNCPD)
We live in interesting times, in which real-life heroes share the spotlight with superheroes. Learn how to help young kids understand the difference, and how to support development of the hero in every child. Time for Q&A, sharing, small group, and discussion of children’s books will be included.
That’s a Family! (MNCPD)
Families come in many shapes and sizes, and there is a great picture book or two about nearly every one. Come explore family and family relationships, and learn about fostering understanding and acceptance of the great diversity of family in preschool and early school-aged kids through play and reading. Time for small group children’s book discussion, Q & A, and sharing will be included.
The Tapestry of Faith: Opening the Doors to Understanding (MNCPD)
We live in a diverse world, which includes a tapestry of varied faith communities. Learn about or refresh your memory about the major religions of the world, and the importance of fostering understanding and tolerance of religious diversity in children, using children’s books as a tool.
When It Hurts: Fostering Life Skills through Reading & Play (MNCPD)
If you have ever struggled to help children understand some of life’s more difficult challenges, such as a death in the family, divorce, moving, or the arrival of a new sibling, you are not alone. Discover how children’s books that are carefully crafted to speak a child’s language through words and pictures help young kids learn, grow, or heal in a safe, comforting way. New and classic children’s books will be presented, as well as activities to enhance the fun and learning.
Thank You: Fostering Gratitude, Peacefulness, and Optimism through Reading and Play (MNCPD)
We all love to hear a child say, “Thank you.” Yet, you can’t force a child to feel grateful, peaceful, or optimistic. Find out what you can do to help children learn the meaning and gain an appreciation for these values.
It Wasn’t Me! Fostering Positive Behavior through Reading and Play (MNCPD)
Children learn, try out and practice many tasks safely through reading and play. Find out how to tackle some common behavior challenges for children such as lying, hitting, sharing, teasing and name calling without lectures but with great children’s books and easy, inexpensive, and fun activities.
Can Do: Fostering Confidence, Courage, and Collaboration through Reading and Play (MNCPD)
If you have ever struggled to help children understand the importance of team work, bravery, self-esteem, or gain the confidence to say “I can” instead of “I can’t,” you are not alone. Discover how children’s books that are carefully crafted to speak a child’s language through words and pictures help young kids learn about hard-to-explain, big concepts while having fun. New and classic children’s books will be presented, as well as activities to enhance the fun and learning.
Children’s Book Workshop: Death and Grief (MNCPD)
Finding the right words to help children through the experience of death and grief is often difficult, which is why most experts agree that one of the ways to support grieving children is to read good books with them as a springboard for talking and learning about death and grieving. In this workshop, we will read and review children’s books about a variety of death and grieving experiences: loss of pet, dying grandparent, grieving a loved one, and more.
Raising and caring for children is important work—do you believe it? Do you acknowledge your strengths and talents, and the gifts you bring to the children in your life? You take care of everyone else, it seems—who takes care of you? Discuss the challenges to feeling good about your work and parenting, and discover new ideas for taking care of yourself, and how that helps the kids in your life.