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  • A Little Bit of Everything

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten. Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Parents will choose the discussion topics for this class. Everything you want to know and were afraid to ask, including common and unique questions about being a parent. Some topics may include language and communication, parenting as a team, siblings, social skills and conflict and life balance. The class will be built by participants, designed around the group’s interest and children’s needs. The early childhood teacher will provide activities that are designed for children to play, explore and try out new skills. Hybrid: Classes listed as ‘Hybrid’ will include both virtual and in-person components. Families will have the option to attend onsite with a small group on alternating weeks, or participate completely virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in an on-site class.
  • Conscious Discipline

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten and Extended Age Group. Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Children’s brains are changing every day and it can be hard to keep up with all the new behaviors that can push our buttons. You’ll learn how brain state affects how we as parents approach our children’s behavior. Conflict can be an opportunity to teach and learn. This class will explore the two parts of discipline: the health of the relationship and the skill set involved. You’ll walk away with new insights about your child and yourself as well as strategies to try immediately. Virtual: Classes listed as ‘Virtual’ will be held completely online and a Zoom link will be sent to you following registration. Additional content will be available online. In-Person: Classes listed as ‘In-Person’ will be held at the Dakota Valley Learning Center in designated outside learning spaces, weather-permitting. Classes will be held on Zoom as necessary due to weather. Classes will be held in limited small groups. Hybrid: Classes listed as ‘Hybrid’ will include both virtual and in-person components. Families will have the option to attend onsite with a small group on alternating weeks, or participate completely virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in an on-site class.
  • Dynamics of Sibling Relationships

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. When there are two or more children in a family, relationships can be complex. This is a class in which you will discuss how children relate to one another as siblings in your ever-changing family systems. By understanding your children’s different temperaments, you will be able to help them live together and get their needs met in a win-win style as we navigate a whole lot of together time. Virtual: Classes listed as ‘Virtual’ will be held completely online and a Zoom link will be sent to you following registration. Additional content will be available online. In-Person: Classes listed as ‘In-Person’ will be held at the Dakota Valley Learning Center in designated outside learning spaces, weather-permitting. Classes will be held on Zoom as necessary due to weather. Classes will be held in limited small groups. Hybrid: Classes listed as ‘Hybrid’ will include both virtual and in-person components. Families will have the option to attend onsite with a small group on alternating weeks, or participate completely virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in an on-site class.
  • Emotions: Yours, Mine and Ours

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Parents and children who are emotionally intelligent are more likely to soothe themselves when upset, more adept at focusing their attention and better at relating to other people. Learn the five steps of emotion coaching based on the books The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, Ph.D., and Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman so you can raise the ‘emotional IQ’ of your child. Virtual: Classes listed as ‘Virtual’ will be held completely online and a Zoom link will be sent to you following registration. Additional content will be available online. In-Person: Classes listed as ‘In-Person’ will be held at the Dakota Valley Learning Center in designated outside learning spaces, weather-permitting. Classes will be held on Zoom as necessary due to weather. Classes will be held in limited small groups. Hybrid: Classes listed as ‘Hybrid’ will include both virtual and in-person components. Families will have the option to attend onsite with a small group on alternating weeks, or participate completely virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in an on-site class.
  • Finding Balance in Parenting

    Separating Class: Parent With Children Ages Birth through Prekindergarten. Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Parents are under a lot of pressure to do things ‘right’ in our fast-paced world with pervasive media. You make thousands of decisions a day, so sometimes it’s hard to find a balanced approach to parenting. While information is good, it can sometimes undermine your confidence and leave you even more confused. You’ll explore your own parenting philosophy and gain confidence in the common parenting issues of the day: nutrition, screen time, children’s activities, safety, family roles, self-care and other topics identified by the group. Hybrid: Classes listed as ‘Hybrid’ will include both virtual and in-person components. Families will have the option to attend onsite with a small group on alternating weeks, or participate completely virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in an on-site class.
  • Home Alone (parents and children ages 8-11)

    Prepare for being home alone ... for a few minutes, several hours or all day. Learn telephone rules, safe use of keys, household safety checks, constructive use of time, healthy snacks and how to deal with home-alone feelings. Fee includes a Home Alone workbook. Parent child class, one book per registered child.
  • How Much is Too Much? Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. How Much Is Enough? Raising Responsible and Respectful Children Ever wonder if your child’s latest request is too much? We all struggle with the demandsour children make and try hard to find the balance between providing for their needs and accommodating their wants. What do children need? What are the parenting skills we can use to help teach the healthy boundaries we all need? This class will use the book How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Illsley Clarke. It helps parents learn to place reasonable limits around “wants” and learn to say “no” without feeling guilty. Join other parents and figure out what is right for your family! Virtual: Classes listed as ‘Virtual’ will be held completely online and a Zoom link will be sent to you following registration. Additional content will be available online. In-Person: Classes listed as ‘In-Person’ will be held at the Dakota Valley Learning Center in designated outside learning spaces, weather-permitting. Classes will be held on Zoom as necessary due to weather. Classes will be held in limited small groups. Hybrid: Classes listed as ‘Hybrid’ will include both virtual and in-person components. Families will have the option to attend onsite with a small group on alternating weeks, or participate completely virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in an on-site class.
  • How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten and Extended Age Group. Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Sometimes it is difficult for parents to find the time in our busy lives to communicate well with children. In this class, you will learn to communicate effectively with your little ones so there are fewer episodes of whining and power struggles. Your children will be able to hear, see and practice good communication skills in the children’s room. This class is based on the book by the same title. Virtual: Classes listed as ‘Virtual’ will be held completely online and a Zoom link will be sent to you following registration. Additional content will be available online. In-Person: Classes listed as ‘In-Person’ will be held at the Dakota Valley Learning Center in designated outside learning spaces, weather-permitting. Classes will be held on Zoom as necessary due to weather. Classes will be held in limited small groups. Hybrid: Classes listed as ‘Hybrid’ will include both virtual and in-person components. Families will have the option to attend onsite with a small group on alternating weeks, or participate completely virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in an on-site class.
  • Wide-Open Spaces

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages 3, 4 and 5 Years and Extended Age Group. Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. In this class we will discuss ways children can interact with the natural environment and all the benefits of appreciating the great outdoors. Research reveals the necessity of contact with nature for healthy child and adult development. A growing body of research links our mental, physical and spiritual health directly to our association with nature. Come and find out why we are becoming a “de-natured” society. This class will include two local field trips to discover our community’s natural spaces as well as many nature activities that will engage your child. Bring a lawn chair for parent discussion. Please register ALL children, including siblings, who will be attending class. Virtual: Classes listed as ‘Virtual’ will be held completely online and a Zoom link will be sent to you following registration. Additional content will be available online. In-Person: Classes listed as ‘In-Person’ will be held at the Dakota Valley Learning Center in designated outside learning spaces, weather-permitting. Classes will be held on Zoom as necessary due to weather. Classes will be held in limited small groups. Hybrid: Classes listed as ‘Hybrid’ will include both virtual and in-person components. Families will have the option to attend onsite with a small group on alternating weeks, or participate completely virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one adult per family will be invited to participate in an on-site class.