Parents of young children are invited to free workshops
Parent University has a great fall lineup for parents of elementary students and toddlers. Workshop topics include school success, parenting with love and logic, inquiry-based science, kindergarten readiness, family story time, temper tantrums and power struggles.
All classes are free. Registration is required.
#1 Nuts and Bolts of Success
6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24
Student Services Center, Sedona Room, 1025 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa
Help your child succeed academically. Learn about easy-to-implement ideas, time management skills, learning styles and homework sessions. Help your child start the school year right.
#8 Parenting With Love and Logic®
6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6
MacArthur Elementary, Library Resource Center, 1435 E. McLellan, Mesa
The Love and Logic® Institute makes parenting fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. The practical tools and techniques can be used immediately. This class teaches humor, hope, empathy, respect, setting limits, consequences and healthy decision making.
#21 Inquire and Inspire
9-11 a.m., Saturdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24
Curriculum Services Center, Science Building, Room 131, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa
Bring your fourth- through sixth- graders for hands-on fun! We will explore the scientific method using experiments that will knock your socks off. The instructor will take you through the inquiry-based learning approach that is used to inspire genius.
#24 Kindergarten Readiness
6-8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12
Falcon Hill Elementary, Library Resource Center, 1645 N. Sterling, Mesa
Did you know? Several years from now, current kindergartners who do not pass third-grade reading will not be promoted to fourth grade. In this class, learn about the new standards, what your child will be expected to learn, how your child’s progress will be measured and how you can foster a good learning environment.
#16 Once Upon a Time: Family Story Times
6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4
Hawthorne Elementary, Library Resource Center, 630 N. Hunt, Mesa
Research shows the seeds of reading and school success are sown in the home. Listening to stories encourages imagination, interest and language acquisition in your child. This class features fabulous children’s stories and exciting hands-on activities. Come and have a stress free evening for the whole family! New stories are read each week. Bring your children to this class only.
#22 How to Be the Parent You Always Wanted to Be
., Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21, 28
Irving Elementary, Library Resource Center, 3220 E. Pueblo, Mesa
Based on the work of the popular Faber and Mazlish, you will learn the skills to deal with your children’s strong emotions, engage their cooperation, set firm limits while maintaining goodwill and resolve family conflicts.
#12 Taming the Temper Tantrum (for toddler age)
9-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 15
Early Education Center, 122 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa
When your child is between 1 and 2 years old, you’ll want to be ready for tantrums. Nearly all babies throw have tantrums — some more than others. Learning how to prevent and survive toddler outbursts is one of the many challenges in disciplining a young child. You will learn what causes tantrums, how to prevent them and what to do when the volcano erupts.
#15 Preventing Power Struggles
9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 24
Irving Elementary, Library Resource Center , 3220 E. Pueblo, Mesa
By definition, a power struggle involves two people, each of whom is equally committed to winning. Discover the secrets of preventing a power struggle, what to do when you are in the middle of one and how to heal after one occurs.
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