The Swain School has announced a series of three community Parenting Education programs; the first was held in October. Each is free and open to the public, and will include discussion opportunities for those attending. Held in The McCann Center at The Swain School, 1100 S. 24th St., Allentown, PA.
"The Role of Play in a Quality Education" - a presentation by Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is a champion of play, arts and how they benefit children’s learning, and she backs up her suggested strategies with research.
The author of Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children REALLY Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less and ten other best-sellers is a scientist on a mission. In a world dominated by digital gadgets and high-tech toys, the Temple University developmental psychology professor hopes to show the world that children learn best through old-fashioned creative play.
“The real educational toys are not those that scream numbers and letters at you. Rather, they are the ones where children are in command - where they discover academic principles and master social skills,” said Hirsh-Pasek in a Temple University publication.
Join us as we begin a dialogue about the important role of play in our children’s lives.
"Peer Relationships in the Age of Social Media" - a presentation by author Rachel Simmons
Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
Although educator and author Rachel Simmons is best-known for The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence, her research-based strategies are appropriate for all children and the issues of psychological aggression.
The focus on bullying in girls, while long overdue, has obscured the dynamics of psychological aggression that unfold between boys. In fact, research has shown a shrinking gender gap in behaviors like relational aggression, especially by middle school. Adolescent boys are telling researchers that relational and social aggression - actions that damage friendship and reputation - concern them more than physical intimidation.
Simmons will directly address:
relational aggression (the use of friendship as a weapon)
gossip and rumors
the silent treatment and aggressive body language
the use of humor in aggression
This presentation will provide adults with guidance and strategies to help children navigate the relationships in their lives.