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PERSPECTIVES P RES CHOOL IN PARENTING Newsl ett er Tit le PERSPE CTIVES IN PARENTIN G P REVENTION Winter 2009 T EAM THE BEST PRESENT IS YOUR PRESENCE! If you can’t be silly with your child, who can you be silly with?! What children enjoy most is when the important adults in their lives take time to just be with them, in the moment, having fun. So get on the floor, and try following your child’s lead in play. It will help: 1) your children stay calm and focused 2) strengthen your relationship through mutual delight 3) increase the likelihood your children will use you for help when needed Here are some ideas for simple things you can do anywhere... Peek-a-boo fun starts with in- You can play I Spy with shapes or col- fants. Just hide behind your ors. Start simple, and if your kids hands for a moment, and then guess your objects quickly, move on to surprise! Next you might try hiding harder objects. behind a blanket. You can even start hiding toys behind objects in Sensory games can be a fun way to front of your toddler, so your toddler practice hands-on learning. First try can find them– hooray! You can drawing shapes on your child’s back step it up to Hide-and-Seek as your with your fingertip. If your kids get good at kids get older. this game, you can graduate to letters and numbers. Name that Tune is something you can play anywhere, just hum some family favorites and see who can (if you have more than one person playing), or how long it takes to (if you have just one child playing) guess the song. Freeze Dance is another way to delight with your child. You can take turns stopping the music for each song. The key is to be silly together and practice self-control, all at the same time. Stories are always a great adventure, and can take you anywhere you want to go. Whether you have a book or tell a tale, it’s important to include your child. You can start by pointing out objects in books and what they are doing. With older children, you can talk about experiences from your own childhood or favorite moments with your child. Center for The Alexandria Community Services Board is a group of 16 citizen volunteers appointed by the Alexandria City Council. Board policies and programs are implemented and managed by Alexandria’s the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse. It is a Board Children policy not to discriminate in the admission to its programs and activities on the basis of race, 1900 N Beauregard St Suite gender, handicap, religion, or national and ethnic origin. Please contact us if you require 200 special accommodations, have any questions or complaints. Local Indoor Activities Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library Chinquapin Rec Center 5005 Duke Street 703-519-5900 3210 King Street 703.746.5553 Kate Waller Barrett Branch Alexandria Soft Playroom 717 Queen Street 703-838-4555 Designmed for preschool age children five and younger, the Soft Playroom offers a clean play environment to burn Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch off energy. Parents, guardians and their kids can share play 4701 Seminary Road 703-519-6000 zones loaded with soft toys and activities, while meeting with existing playgroups and making new friends. James M. Duncan Branch Library Hours: 9 am to one-half hour prior to closing. 2501 Commonwealth Avenue 703-838-4566 It is recommended to call the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center at 703.746.5553 prior to drop in use. The Soft Play- room schedule may be adjusted for regular cleaning, birth- Landmark Mall day party and private rentals. 5801 Duke Street 703-354-8405 Drop In Fee: $4 per child, per half hour. Chaperones free Children’s Soft Play Area Hours: 10am-9pm Monday thru Saturday Rixse Pool 12pm-6pm Sunday Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 6 am - 8:45pm Kennedy Center Friday 6 am - 5:45 pm 2700 F Street, NW Washington 800-444-1324 Saturday & Sunday: 8 am - 5:45 pm For more information about classes and open swim times, Millennium Stage call 703.746.5553. Free Performances every day at 6pm– no tickets required! Visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ "Buddie" Ford Nature Center millennium/schedule.html for the schedule, and find fam- 5750 Sanger Ave. 703.746.5559 ily favorites you can groove to! At the Nature Center, you can see live animals up close and learn about the cultural and natural history of Dora Kelley Na- ture Park. The Naturalists on staff are here to help you and your Smithsonian Museums family explore and enjoy Alexandria’s wild side! The Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center provides year-round programs and National Zoo exhibits on Alexandria’s human and natural history. For more 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington information, or to make program reservations, please call November–March the Nature Center at 703.746.5559. Animal exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm National Air & Space Museum Sunday: 1 - 5 pm 6th & Independence Ave SW Washington 202-633-1000 Alexandria Libraries Open 10am to 5:30pm daily. Each branch offers free regular story programs for differ- ent age groups. Because of high demand and limited space, National Museum of American History a few programs require registration. Call or visit the 1400 Constitution Ave NW Washington branch closest to you for more information. Open 10am to 5:30pm daily. Page 2 PERSPECTIVES IN PARENTING
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