“It is not the parent who seems to do it all perfectly who is to be admired. It is the one who recognizes his or her own failings and is willing to keep growing.” Dr. H. Wallace Goddard

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These parenting seminars are included in tuition for adult members of SSC Cooperative Preschools.  Attending one seminar fulfills the requirement for one quarter – but you may attend as many as you like.  Partners, nannies, grandparents welcome!   Not a current Co-op member?  Contact the instructor to see if there is space.

Adults only please unless noted in the class description.

RSVP is required 

PARENT EDUCATION CLASSES – SPRING QUARTER 2020

These Home and Family Life seminars are FREE for adult members of SSC Cooperative Preschools.  Attending one seminar fulfills the requirement for one quarter – but you may attend as many as you like.  Partners welcome!  Adults only please unless noted on the class description.

Co-op Butterfly Families (Discussion Group) — Schill

Sunday March 15th, 3:00-5:00 PM and/or Sunday April 26th, 3:00-5:00 PM, May meeting date is TBD: South Seattle College, Rainier Hall 202 (Next door to the SSC LAB SCHOOL CLASSROOM) 6000 16th Ave SW 98116 ***Via Zoom, please contact Teacher Jen for link***

Did you know?  We at Co-op have started a monthly discussion group for families with children with higher needs/sensitivities. The purpose of the group is to learn from one another, offering support, experiences, and resources, as well as building community and connection.  Wherever you are on your journey, ranging from a subtle observation you or your teacher has made, on up through formal diagnoses and services, all are welcome. If you would like to participate and/or need further information, please contact Teacher Jen here

Encouraging Dual Language Learning Early — Skeffington

Wednesday, March 25th 7:00-9:00 PM  South Seattle College, Rainier Hall 202 (Next door to the SSC LAB SCHOOL CLASSROOM) 6000 16th Ave SW 98116 ***Via Zoom, please contact Teacher Charlotte for link***

Very early childhood is the best time to learn multiple languages. Children who experience two languages from birth typically become native speakers of both—something that rarely happens in adulthood. Some of the latest research into how children accomplish this miraculous task is being conducted here in our own back yard at University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science. Come learn and practice developmentally appropriate language acquisition supports and identify other cognitive advantages to bilingualism and multilingualism.  Register with Teacher Charlotte here

***POSTPONED*** Exploring Healthy Screen Usage for Families with Young Children  — Schill/Giomi

Tuesday, March 24th 7:00-9:00 PM   South Seattle College Campus, Olympic Hall #120                                                                     

Do you have a young child in your life?  If so, chances are you struggle to find a healthy balance with screen media.  Join us for an evening with Dr. Dimitri Christakis, George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and an attending pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, as we explore how early experiences both real and digital impact children and what parents can do to raise healthy children in a media saturated world.

Ticket link here

Book Club: Raising White Kids — Schill 

Sunday, March 29th 7:45pm-9pm   Admiral Cooperative Preschool – Tibbetts Methodist Church 3940 41st Ave SW 98116  ***Via Zoom, please contact Teacher Jen for link***       

Many of today’s white parents were raised at a time when talking about race and racism was not common practice, meaning we have little experience to draw from and plenty of questions.  What can we do within our homes, communities and schools? How do we speak openly with white children about race and racism? How do we equip them to address racism when they encounter it? What strategies can we employ to live and act with more awareness in our diverse communities and teach our children to do the same?  Most important, how do we do any of this in age-appropriate ways? Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey offers meaningful dialog on these very issues.  Read the book and then join us on March 28th for deeper discussion and reflection.***Co-op has a few copies of the book to loan for those who need it – contact Jen Schill to borrow yours!***

Register with Teacher Jen here

For Tired Parents — Huntley

Monday, March 30th 7:00 – 9:00 PM Admiral Cooperative Preschool – Tibbetts Methodist Church 3940 41st Ave SW 98116 ***Online via Zoom – please contact Teacher Becky for the meeting link***

A child’s sleep problems can undermine the most confident of parents, and make the sweetest child grumpy!  We will discuss different types of problems such as bedtime procrastinating, nap strikes, middle-of-the-night waking, visiting the parents’ bed, etc., and options for solving them.  This will be a personalized, informal discussion.  Becky Huntley is the author of The Sleep Book For Tired Parents.       

Register with Teacher Becky here

Building Sibling Relationships (2-part class) — Skeffington  

Tuesday, March 31st 7:00-9:00 PM Siblings Part I: What to do and what to avoid in the thick of sibling struggles

Tuesday April 28th  7:00-9:00 PM Siblings Part II: Ways to support healthy sibling relationships

Lincoln Park Co-op Preschool – Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, Room 6B, 9131 California Ave SW  98136  ***Via Zoom, please contact Teacher Charlotte for link***

Do you feel like all you ever do is play referee between your kids? Is there constant bickering in your home? Sibling relationships can cause a great deal of family stress but can also be beneficial and rewarding. In this TWO-PART class, we will look at some common mistakes made when trying to help children with sibling struggles, as well as ways to better support healthy sibling relationships. The content will be shared over two classes; participation in both is recommended. Register with Teacher Charlotte here

Children Learn What They Live — Ushimaru

May 11, Mon., 7:00 – 9:00 PM  Admiral Cooperative Preschool, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW  98116

As a parent, you have values that you are passing on to your child in the decisions you make every day.  So, what are these values?  Are they honesty, kindness, generosity, self-worth, respect, patience, tolerance?  In this class we will talk about the ways you can identify and clarify your values as well as discuss how to inspire values through your parenting.  Register with Teacher Kylene here

***POSTPONED*** Community Webinar: Talking to Kids About Race — Schill

We often avoid talking about race with our young children but, whether we like it or not, children notice similarities and differences between people. When we are silent, they are left to draw their own conclusions about what “different” means. Without coaching or support, their conclusions may reflect and reinforce biases. Fortunately – when we are intentional – we can impact the ways that our children see, categorize, and make meaning about race. In this interactive seminar we engage materials from the organization Raising Race Conscious Children. We will develop strategies for talking with young children about race and and bias proactively. Register with Teacher Jen here

Living Between the Races —  Ushimaru

May 19, Tues 7:00 – 9:00 PM  Admiral Cooperative Preschool,Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW  98116

Let’s get together and talk about raising multi-racial and transracially adopted children.  Most parents do not have firsthand experience of what it is like being multiracial or of a different race.  At this seminar we will talk about educating ourselves, how to teach our children to live in an ethnically diverse area, learn about local resources and how to educate others when you receive unkind statements or unwanted questions.  Bring photos of your children to share for this evening of questions, answers and discussion.  Register with Teacher Kylene here