ELKO — Recognizing the need for safe, healthy and fun activities for parents to share with their children, the Family Resource Center is hosting a series of adult/child interactive classes. These activities are not designed as a drop-off activity, and at least one parent or caregiver must participate with the children. Class sizes are limited to 10 children and there is a small fee, set by the class facilitator.
The new classes in January include the following:
• Toddle Bop dance for children age 2-4 at 1 p.m. Jan. 8
• Hip-hop dance for ages 6 and up at 4 p.m. Jan. 11
• Yoga for ages 3-5 at 1 p.m. Jan 16
• Statement Art using recycled objects for all ages at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24
Children depend upon parents and/or caregivers to teach them everything they need to know to become successful adults. Involvements in wholesome activities help children become confident and are often occasions for parents/caregivers to get to know children on a deeper level.
Children exhibit different levels of mental development, various skills and diverse passions. Being with them and spending time together helps parents/caregivers come to better understand their child and make important decisions about their child’s individual needs. Young children, especially preschoolers, need safe, engaging activities to help fulfill their curiosity about the world around them.
It is important for a child to be nurtured in creativity and to have a wide variety of ways to participate with others. The activities at the Family Resource Center provide are an opportunity for the parent/caregiver to step back and observe how their children play and interact with other children as they learn the basic skills of sharing, communication and success in varied activities.
Spending family time where both parent/caregiver and child participate together develops a strong bond between families while developing an affinity for shared time and the specific activities enjoyed by both. Many families find it difficult to find shared playtime activities and the classes at the Family Resource Center are one way of fulfilling this critical need. Children love to see their parents act silly and have fun and they enjoy the quality time an adult spends with them during playtime.
Future activities include tea parties, etiquette lessons, new parent classes, sharing stories, making collages, hand sewing, board games, and sing-alongs. The staff at the Family Resource Center is looking for additional programming and welcomes suggestions for future classes. Guest facilitators share the class fees with the Center and must provide their own liability insurance where required.
Call the Family Resource Center, 753-7352, for information or to pre-register. You may also register in person Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.), at 331 Seventh St., at the corner of Railroad and Seventh streets.�