Creative Social Skills Play Group Winter Session: Thursday mornings 9-11:30 January 19, 2023-February 23, 2023 Friday mornings 9-11:30 January 20, 2023-February 24, 2023
Overview This very small playgroup (3-4 kids) is designed for children who may find social situations challenging. It could be due to being at home for two years during covid, or perhaps your child is just exhibiting a challenging time in their life, or your child has a confirmed disability which could make social situations challenging. At any rate, this is a short-term small group tutoring session specifically designed to teach social and emotional awareness. Using your child’s natal chart, we can begin to understand why your child acts or behaves in a certain way or what patterns have been created. Once we start to understand these behaviors and patterns, we can begin to open up awareness of them and talk with you and your child about what is helpful and what is restrictive. But most of all, what I desire is to show you and your child that your child is absolutely perfect just the way they are. I encourage your child to attend a preschool as this is not a substitute for preschool.
Enrollment Process I begin with an enrollment meeting where I meet with parents which also can include the child(ren). If it is mutually determined that we should proceed with enrollment, I will gather the child’s birth data, and schedule a 60-minute appointment to discuss the child’s natal chart which I call the child’s curriculum here on earth.
At the natal chart reading, we will start to develop a plan with areas to focus on while being in a creative, fun studio space. The goal is to observe where behavior patterns emerge and begin the process of helping the child understand and observe who they are and what they would like and how to get there. An example would be if you have a child who wants to make friends. Yet every time they are around potential friends, your child exhibits behavior that is not conducive to building friendships. Your child may or may not be aware of how their play patterns do not set them up for building friendships. That is the moment we want to work with, bring awareness to, and build with it so that the child can meet their needs and can even begin to understand that previous pattern. Or, the child changes their desire, and prefers to play solo. We can view all of this from their natal chart. The emphasis will be placed on the fact that there is nothing wrong with your child. This is NOT a preschool class and this is only a short term group.
Goals The goal in all classes is for the child to fall in love with who they are. Which, in turn allows for a deeper appreciation and awareness within the family system. Often times, there is nothing more needed than awareness and self-acceptance. Even with children who are three (3) years old, once they become aware of some behaviors that might be restricting them, they come up with solutions as to what is needed to grow and evolve. This becomes intrinsically motivating for the child as all children want to fit in with friends and social groups. In order to do so, one must first know themselves and develop the self-confidence to join friendships and social groups. Self-confidence builds when one has validation of their patterns, habits, a reason why they do certain things, and the ability to maneuver through rough patches with courage and guidance.
Hours: Thursdays and/or Friday mornings from 9:00am-11:30am. $150 enrollment fee which includes your child’s natal chart reading and a plan for services. You will begin this session with a PDF that consists of around 4-6 pages. Enrollment is six (6) weeks.
Daily Schedule: 9:00 Arrival/creative/social play 10:15 Circle 10:30 Snack 10:45 Outdoor play/nature walk 11:15 Closing circle 11:30 departure This schedule is subject to change based on the rhythm of the children.
Tuition per Session One day per week: $420 Two days per week: $840
Tuition is due at enrollment. If a child misses a class due to vacation, illness, or weather, every effort will be made to make up the class on a different day in their same age group. However, this is not a guarantee.
Conflict is viewed as an opportunity for growth. If we fail to see conflict going on in the classroom, something is missing. Children will learn best if they have a meaningful situation (I really want that toy, or I do not want to sit next to that person, and so on) with which to practice their skills. In a situation where there is not physical force (hitting, kicking, etc), we begin first with the child who has the conflict and seek to understand why he/she spoke the way in which they did. We might talk about tone, or words that can be used to actually help them get what they desire. If the conflict situation involved the use of physical force, we first address the child who was the receiver of that force. We will use words with them such as, “Do not hit me,” or, “You cannot do that to me.” After the child does that, we then address the child who used physical force and ask them why they did that. Could it be that the child used mean words? Could it be the child stepped on their project? In other words, we want to address the fact that physical force is never okay. After that has been addressed, then we seek to understand and gather more information. Again, using their natal chart we can look at their communication style and begin incorporating this into solving conflict. The goal with any conflict is to have the child become more aware of their words and actions and to use their words and actions to communicate in a thoughtful, meaningful way.
Sick Policy: If your child has a fever or 100 or above, they must stay home for a minimum of 24 hours after the fever has gone. If a child seems lethargic, or sick while in care the parent will be called to pick them up. This is at the discretion of the director. Late Fees: A late fee of $1 per minute after 11:40 will be assessed and charged to the parent.
Medications: No medications will be administered while at Creative Bridges. A child may apply sunscreen to themselves.
Appropriate Clothing: We will be going outdoors every day. Please dress your child appropriately for all kinds of weather.
Disabilities: I welcome children with all disabilities. With a small class size, it is the ideal environment for children with disabilities to learn about themselves and the world around them in an intimate group setting.
Parents in the classroom: Parents are welcome to join in the group. Withdrawal: If it is determined that it is not a good fit for your child, this will be discussed with the parent in detail. If it becomes clear that your child will need support while in class, I will ask the parent to attend with the child.