Unlock The Key To A Successful Future For Your ChildThe Forum Courier of South Queens
January 28th - February 3rd, 2004 - page 27
In today's competitive everchanging world, many parents wonder if they should be doing something more with their child. After all, recent research clearly indicates that success in school, and in life, depends heavily on an abundance of appropriate educational experiences during the critical early years (birth through six years old). Like most parents, you want to give your children every possible advantage right from the start. The question is how?
Fortunately, research also indicates that for infants, babies, toddlers and preschoolers, "having fun" and "learning" are one in the same. It is through productive and pleasurable play activities that young children build wide and firm foundations for later academic achievement. These activities help them develop the broad concept and general skills they will use to master challenges in the years to come.
Once again, the question is how? What games do you play? What toys are most appropriate? What do certain songs and finger play teach? Discover with Me has the answers to these questions and more. Discover with Me is a new program to the area that is designed to provide a special time between a parent and child to stimulate a love of learning, increase self-confidence, enhance coordination and perpetual skills, and enrich the parent/child relationship. This is done in a small group environment. At Discover with Me, parents will learn how to work with their child to develop sensory abilities, creativity, and fine and gross motor skills, along with enhancing the child's social and emotional development.
In addition, children and parents will increase their language proficiency through the use of sign language. Camille Aguici, the instructor at Discover with Me, is a certified Child Life Specialist and a registered Drama Therapist in New York State. She has many years of experience working with young children and has- found that teaching sign language to children has many benefits. For starters, signing reduces frustration between parents and babies, accelerates verbal language development, enhances cognitive development and increases interest in books. Babies have control over their hands long before they develop the fine motor skills required for speech. Therefore, signing is an excellent way for care giver and baby to communicate.
For additional information on Discover with Me, call S.T.A.R.S. at 718-845-6956.