Community partnership creates early learning opportunities
Each week, children started their morning with free play. Playtime was then followed by finger plays, songs, read-alouds and activities involving art, literacy, math, fine and gross motor skills, and social/emotional skills. Each session also taught parents and caregivers about one of “The Basics,” five simple principles to remember when interacting with their children:
1. Maximize Love, Minimize Stress
2. Talk, Sing and Point
3. Count, Group and Compare
4. Explore Through Movement and Play
5. Read and Discuss Stories
Community resources available to assist families and their children were also highlighted each week. Community resources included Fruitastic, REAL Life Community Services, and Early Intervention Services including occupational, physical and speech therapist consultations. In addition, families could sign up for library cards and even check out books to take home each week.
The second Play and Learn series began in early March and focused on STEAM. The series was so popular that a wait list was instituted.