ABCs Of Early Literacy: From Babbling To Books - A Workshop For Parents, Caregivers And Professionals Working With Young Children

Friday April 13, 2012: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This workshop, provided by MSU Extension, is directed at parents and professionals working with young children, whether in a public library or childcare setting. A second workshop on school readiness will be offered at 1:00 pm.

Learn more about the sights and sounds of emergent literacy, the precursor to formal reading. These reading readiness skills include oral language development, experimental writing, print awareness, phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and alphabetic principle.

What Children Need to Know to Start School - A Workshop For Parents, Caregivers And Professionals Working With Young Children

Friday April 13, 2012: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This workshop, provided by MSU Extension, is directed at parents and professionals working with young children, whether in a public library or childcare setting.

By the end of kindergarten a child will have been in class for 700 hours; but before kindergarten even begins, parents, grandparents, day-care providers, aunts, uncles, churches, businesses, libraries, and communities will have had the child for 52,000 hours. This is the time frame when children are learning important skills that can provide them with the cornerstones needed for the development of later academic success.

Parent Advisory Shelf: Let’s talk food.

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from phonics to tantrums to potty training to diet. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

There are some great books on food and nutrition for children that offer advice and guidance on topics such as dealing with picky eaters as well as nutrition facts. Check out Start fresh: your child's jump start to lifelong healthy eating, 44 things parents should know about healthy cooking for kids, or perhaps Healthy food for young children and these other nutrition books for some fresh ideas on food and children.

The Benefits Of Breastfeeding With Lisa Hammer, M.D.

Sunday March 18, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Breastfeeding has many benefits for infants, mothers and families. Did you know that: Breastfed newborns tend to have fewer ear infections and respiratory infections? Breastfeeding helps moms lose weight following delivery? Did you also know that women frequently encounter problems in the first few days to weeks and without adequate support, they make a decision to quit breastfeeding and transition to formula feeding?

This event is geared for new parents, expectant parents, grandparents, anyone involved in the care of a breastfeeding newborn and anyone who would like more information about breastfeeding and its benefits! Husbands and partners are also encouraged to attend. Topics will also include breastfeeding problems, milk production, pumping, latch technique, returning to work while breastfeeding and local breastfeeding support.

Join Lisa Hammer, MD, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), Clinical Assistant Professor in the UM Department of Pediatrics, as she discusses the benefits of breastfeeding.

Check out or place holds for books about breastfeeding from the Library.

Free ADHD Workshop

The Institute for Human Adjustment at the University Center for the Child and the Family will be hosting a parent education workshop on ADHD and other learning disabilities. Attendees will learn practical strategies for handling the challenges their families face and will also receive an opportunity to share ideas, resources, and support with people experiencing similar issues. The program will consist of three sessions on

Monday, April 16
Tuesday, April 24
Wednesday, May 2

The workshops will be held from 7-8:15 pm at 530 Church St., Suite 1465. Registration is required for attendance. If you are interested please call (734) 764-9466 to reserve your spot.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Janice Pagano Of Building Bridges Therapy Center Discusses Speech And Language Development In Children

Thursday February 16, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The theme for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012 is "Language: How We Communicate". But, what happens when communication is difficult? Are you concerned about your child's speech and language development?

Janice Pagano MA CCC Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical Director of Building Bridges Therapy Center will present information about signs and symptoms any parent can look for to determine if there is an area needing further attention. The guidelines presented will be applicable to children of all ages from birth through high school. Handouts, charts and practical rules of thumb will be provided.

Life After The Kids Leave: Facing The Challenge Of Relationships In Later Life With The Institute For Human Adjustment

Wednesday February 8, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

What is it like for partners when their family is all grown up? When the kids leave the nest? Changes of later life bring new challenges and opportunities to our relationships as we age together.

Join us, as we approach Valentine's Day, for a lecture exploring the differences in the post-parenting aging process for men vs. women with an emphasis on the relational aspects of adaptive aging. Sue Watts, LMSW, ACSW and Jeff Urist, Ph.D. will lead the session, which is co-sponsored by the UM Institute For Human Adjustment.

Preschool Expo

Are you in the market for a preschool? Are you looking for a good place to start your search? Then you should come to the Preschool Expo on January 29th! What is the Preschool Expo? It’s an event that brings representatives from many area preschools to one location, on one date. That way, it’s easy to gather information on preschools and talk with the representatives in order to find a good fit for your child! This free event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success by Six, Child Care Network, and U-M Work/Life Resource Center. Come explore your options at the Preschool Expo!

Date: Sunday, January 29th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00p.m.
Place: Palmer Commons on the U-M Campus
100 Washtenaw Ave.
(Located at the intersection of Central and Medical Campuses)
Parking: Free parking available in the structure across the street from Palmer Commons

Building Bridges Therapy Center Discusses: Kids Falling Through The Cracks And How Technology Can Hinder Or Advance Skills

Monday December 19, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

How can technology assist young children? And when is technology time just too much?

Join us for this informative evening as Occupational Therapist Stephanie Ramser and Speech Pathologist Janice Pagano from Building Bridges Therapy Center discuss the influences technology has on social skills, handwriting, and ADHD in young children - and also how it can help (or hinder) children in those formative school years.

Wow, I Wrote That!: Early Story Writing with Young Readers

Children love stories, reading them, hearing them, telling them. Stories help children experiment with language while practicing their ability to both imagine and describe their world.
Before your child is ready to write themselves, but when they are old enough to read and listen to stories, combine their love of your stories with your literacy to help them create their own book. Dictating stories for your child is an excellent way to practice their Vocabulary and Narrative Skills, both identified as Key Early Literacy Skills.
Staple together a couple of pieces of paper with their favorite crayons and markers nearby. Ask your child to tell you a story, which you then write down onto the paper. Don't worry too much about editing, since it is important that the child see that the story is their writing from their words.
After you’ve written down their story, have the child illustrate their story. They may want to have some of their favorite books nearby, so that they can emulate the style of those works. Be ready to read for them bits of their story from each page so that they can more closely match the picture to the part of the story.
After the story has been illustrated, take the time to have one or both of you read the story aloud, giving extra attention to the accompanying artwork and allowing the child to further embellish and explain that artwork and their story.
When finished, make sure to keep your child’s work, to be used as both a reading resource and as a memory of their writing life.

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