For Toddlers 14-30 months and their caregivers
Play-and-Learn groups are facilitated parent/toddler playgroups, led by professional early childhood educators with years of experience guiding children as they learn to play with one another. These weekly playgroups allow children to make meaningful connections and develop early social skills as they interact with the same group of children over time, in a structured "preschool warm-up" environment.
Play-and-Learn groups also offer a very unique opportunity for parents to observe the instructor putting child development theory into action! During the course of the Play-and-Learn group, tricky toddler behaviors emerge and parents are able to see how the teacher handles the behavior - giving parents new language and strategies to use at home.
Each weekly session includes circle time (facilitated songs/games with the instructor), quiet observation of the children playing, parent observation of the instructor modeling interactions with the children, snack time (brought from home), and carefully selected weekly readings and discussions on important toddler topics like fostering social skills, navigating no's, tantrums, and more. Time is allotted each week to answer individual questions and concerns around these topics.
This session is six weeks long (March session will be 5 weeks). Please note that many families will sign up for several consecutive sessions, which allows both parents and children to fully immerse themselves in this routine/philosophy and gain the most benefits from the experience. These classes ideally are taken in sequence for up to 1-2 years before a child enters preschool.
Groups are limited to 9 children/caregivers. No drop-ins.
Tuesdays, March 19-April 16, 10:30am-noon at St Cyprian's 2097 Turk Street (at Lyon) San Francisco, CA 94115, $175 (5-week session)