Free Summer Learning
Happy Summer Everyone!
As you may or may not know, I just gave birth to our second beautiful little baby girl just two short weeks ago on June 11th. Today, I decided to try for the first time taking both children out together on my own. My older daughter is just four months shy of turning 3 and as you can imagine has a ton of energy, so I have been trying my best to schedule little events and trips to keep her occupied! Overall, I think things went very well and I'm happy and proud to report that we all survived our short journey with no bumps or bruises.
So, where did we go on our first outing?? ?
Well, my 2 year old loves going to the library and through this past spring we have made numerous trips to the toddler story hour offered at various times throughout the week. We always enjoy scanning the shelves together afterward to choose and check out just the right books, videos and magazines almost like a prize that gets unwrapped and enjoyed once we are home!
So why do I share this story with each of you today?
As a friendly reminder to both parents and therapists to utilize YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY!! It's FREE!
When I worked in homecare, I did many a session at several of the libraries in our area. These sessions were often some of our best and were always eye opening for parents so see, as their little one would often light up when around other children and when engaged in animated activities, etc.
The toddler time session we attended today began with a vibrant and interactive book about the ocean, two songs about the beach and then a sit down sea creature arts and crafts activity perfect for a child ages 2-3 years old. What a wonderfully inexpensive, yet completely age appropriate and concept enriched way to spend a morning with my soon-to-be preschooler!
So whether you are a mom at home with your little one(s) and looking for some free summer air-conditioned fun or you are a homecare therapist in need of practical places to practice speech skills with your 0-3 population, the local library may be the perfect solution.
Give them a call or visit the website and see what programs may be offered during the summer months at YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY!
*This summer many of my blog posts will be focusing on the parent-child relationship that is such a vital part of early intervention. If you are the parent of a child who either is currently or has previously participated in EI at any time during the ages of Birth to 5, please take a second to complete my online Early Intervention Parent Survey.
The purpose of this survey is to gather useful feedback about the EI experience from a parent's perspective. The results and insights gathered through this survey are anonymous and will be shared in the upcoming weeks on this blog. Thank you in advance for your participation!