Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Kids & Summer Workshop
"Kids and Summer," a free workshop and resource fair for parents, will be held Saturday, May 9 at both the Corvallis and Albany public libraries. The Corvallis event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Albany event (at the new library) from 1 to 3 p.m.
The workshop, "Keeping Kids Active & Learning This Summer," will feature guest speaker DaNette Wernette, who will share fun ways to integrate learning and play into everyday routines and how to foster social skills through play. Whether preschool or elementary age, these fun techniques help kids retain and build upon the abilities they've developed during the school year.
To help parents plan for summer, the event will include resource booths featuring local organizations that provide summer activities, camps and education. Child care will be provided free for the first 20 children on a first come, first served basis.
Ms. Wernette has been a professional parent trainer since 2001 and is passionate about promoting child learning and emotional well-being. She says, "I believe play is a multi-purpose parenting tool." DaNette leads parenting classes for LBCC, is a program manager and volunteer supervisor at CASA Voices for Children, and is a local parent.
This first event introduces a new series called Growing Families Together sponsored by a wide range of organizations, including LBCC's Parenting Education department, both Albany and Corvallis Parks and Recreation departments, both Albany and Corvallis public libraries, Samaritan Health Services and OSU Extension.