Learning Together is a parent observation class for students from twelve months to two years alongside their parents or primary caregivers. This class meets Tuesday from 3:30-5:00 pm. During the first half of the class, children will explore a wide range of creative learning modalities including art, sensory materials, play dough, dramatic play, and building manipulatives.
The second half of the program progresses to music, and outdoor play on the playground where a play structure, push cars and sandbox await. During this second part of the day, half the caregivers are invited to participate in a class discussion while the children play outside with the remaining caregivers and a teacher. While attendance is not mandatory, the discussion segment of the class is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to discuss relevant questions, and often proves to be a highlight of the program. Discussion topics are initially structured—covering practical subjects such as child development, positive discipline, healthy foods, and speech and language development—yet soon open up to suggestions by group members. This portion of the class provides an easy transition for children learning to separate from their primary caregiver while they explore with their peers in a safe environment.