Seminars and Events (Spring 2022)

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 (Ongoing Discussion Group)

Thursday March 10th, 7:15PM and/or Wednesday April 6th, 8:00PM and/or Wednesday May 25th, 7:15PM (Schill) 

Virtual discussion via Zoom

Co-op’s 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 Jen Schill

Supporting Language through Play hosted by Meredith Shatto, CCC-SLP

Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Virtual Class (Giomi)

Meredith Shatto, Speech Language Pathologist and Director of Speech Therapy at Seattle Therapy Network will present on Speech and Language development for children ages 0 – 5 years old. Come learn how to best support your child’s language during everyday routines and play based interactions. We will discuss developmental milestones and strategies for enhancing your child’s language throughout your day. We will explore the components of language, including your child’s understanding, expression, and articulation. We will review indicators of communication challenges and resources for additional support if needed.

Register with Teacher Jen here.

Grit, Grace, and Growth Mindset: Life Skills Children Need to Thrive in the World

Tuesday, March 29th, 7:00PM – 9:00PMVirtual Class (Franklin)

Want to better understand the science behind how children learn? What kinds of skills should we, as parents, focus on teaching our children? And how do we do it? In this seminar, we will take a closer look at fascinating research from experts in the fields of child development, psychology, and neuroscience to discover the essential skills children need to thrive in the world in the short and long term. You will come away with simple, effective strategies to promote engaged learning at home with your preschoolers

Register with Teacher Dawn here.

Feeding the Whole Family with Cynthia Lair

Thursday, March 31st, 7:30 – 8:30 PM  Virtual class/fundraiser

What should you feed those you love? And how can you get them to eat what’s best for the,? In this uplifting and practical class learn to set sturdy yet flexible boundaries that can help make mealtimes successful for everyone. Based on her book, Feeding the Whole Family, Cynthia will cover such topics as which foods are worth eating, how to make veggies exciting, just how much sugar is okay, and the value of sharing home cooked meals. Proceeds from this event go to the Mary E. Phillips Scholarship Fund, making our program accessible to all families.

Tickets available here.

Navigating and Advocating within the Special Education System (presented by ARC of King Co.)

Thursday, April 21st, 7:00 – 9:00 PM  Virtual class  (Schill)

Are you looking for ways to more effectively engage with your child’s education?
Please join us for TEN TIPS FOR ADVOCATING FOR YOUR CHILD, an overview of special education and recovery services for parents and caregivers of loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Topics include:

  • A brief overview of the law
  • Recovery services
  • Modifications vs. accommodations
  • IEPs vs. 504 plans
  • Supporting children with challenging behaviors
  • DATA!
  • Placement
  • Working with the IEP Team
  • And so much more!

Register with Teacher Jen  here.

Making the Most of Reading Aloud with your Child

Tuesday, April 26th, 7:30-9:30PM Virtual Class (Skeffington)

Early language and literacy development begins in the first 3 years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Reading aloud is a fun and effective way to connect with your child. However, it’s not always easy. How in the world are you supposed to read a wordless picture book out loud? Come discuss developmentally appropriate story formats, features, content, and language. And become familiar with early literacy behaviors. We’ll go beyond just reading the words on the page by trying out various ways to share stories with your infant, toddler, and preschooler. 

Register with Teacher Charlotte here.

Guidance & Discipline Techniques for the Very Young up to 18 months

Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Virtual Class (Garrett/Ushimaru)

Information on child growth and development, along with age appropriate behavioral expectations will be presented for this age. Direct and indirect guidance techniques will be discussed using Jane Nelson’s Positive Discipline book. Caregivers will learn how to set and enforce limits for your child.

Register with Teacher Kylene here.

Documentary film: Screenagers 

Thursday April 28th 6:30-8:30pm PM Virtual Screening + Facilitated Discussion(Schill)

Details coming soon!

Encouraging Dual Language Learning Early    

Tuesday, May 17th 7:30 PM-9:30 PM – Virtual Class (Skeffington)

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 backyard at The 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.

The Highly Sensitive Child

Thursday, May 19th, 7:30-9:30 PMVirtual Class (Schill)

Do you have a little person in your life who: is sensitive to funny tastes, loud noises, changes to routine? Upset by scary shows, movies, or books? Fearful in new situations? Prone to hurt feelings, upset by criticism, and thwarted by wanting to do things perfectly? If so, you might have a highly sensitive child! Come spend the evening with us as we learn how highly sensitive children operate, where the challenges lie, and how to ensure that their many gifts are able to shine brightly.

Register with Teacher Jen here.