Play ~ Create ~ Connect
My Village is excited to offer a variety of classes for parents-to-be and families with young children. New parenthood is an incredibly joyful time, yet it comes with new stresses, challenges, and many new things to learn! We hope that these classes can become a place of community and support as you navigate this new chapter in your life. Come find your village!
Parent and Child Playgroups
New Classes Starting May 2019!
Baby Sign Workshop
Ever wonder what your baby is thinking? Are you frustrated trying to figure out what it is they are trying to tell you? Did you know your baby is capable of using gestures and signs to communicate before they can talk?
Your baby has lots to tell you! In this interactive and fun-filled workshop, you will learn over 100 signs, based on American Sign Language (ASL), that you can immediately start implementing in your child’s daily routines. Enhance their communication, decrease frustration, increase confidence and self-esteem, and deepen the bond between you and your child through this dynamic way of communicating.
This workshop will be lead by Ana Ayala, MA-CCC-SLP, a mother of two, and a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist with a degree in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University.
From Ana: "Although I have always been passionate about working with young children with communication deficits, it wasn’t until I saw my daughter at 15 months of age be able to communicate using over 45 signs, that I witnessed the value and magic of giving her the gift of having a voice beyond words. Come join me in this exciting adventure and walk away feeling inspired to create more opportunities to foster a strong foundation for communication and connection with your child through the use of baby sign language."
Registration includes a single parent and your child. Co-parent may attend as well for an additional $20 . If you register during the first week (early bird registration) a co-parent may attend for free! Babies are welcomed to attend but are not necessary. The material presented in this workshop will be geared more towards parents. This workshop is appropriate for parents of children from birth to 2 years.
Baby and Toddler Sign 6-Week Playgroup Series
The benefits of signing with your child are numerous. Research shows that sign language helps increase vocabulary, comprehension, self-confidence, and creates a deeper bond between parent and child. Babies are born with the natural instinct to communicate with the world around them. Did you know that babies as young as 4 months old can start learning this manual way of communicating?
Come connect with your child and with other parents through this engaging and interactive 6 week sign language playgroup series. Each week we will cover different themed units of vocabulary based on American Sign Language through a fun and creative mix of signs, songs, books and play.
You will not only learn useful signs that you can immediately start implementing in your daily routines, but you will also learn tips and techniques from a licensed speech and language pathologist for cultivating a strong foundation for communication.
Are you ready to join me in this exciting adventure and give your child the gift of having a voice beyond words?
This play group is for babies and toddlers 3-24 months of age. Co-parents are welcomed to attend together!
The act of creating something with one's own two hands helps to relieve stress and brings the joy of a job well done. Our craft workshops are a wonderful opportunity for adults to unplug, get creative, and learn a new skill in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Light refreshments are served.
All projects utilize high quality natural materials such as cotton, wool, and silk . Most projects will be handmade toys or items for the home, so these workshops are a wonderful complement if you have a child enrolled in a Playgroup. The joy of seeing your child cherish a toy that you created for them cannot be measured!
Please see the Calendar for upcoming craft workshops.
Mama Meditation Series
Being a mom brings us to a continuous state of giving which fills our hearts as we care for those important people in our lives. Yet now more than ever it is important for us to circle this giving back to ourselves so that we may stay connected and grounded in that person who keeps it all going - US.
Meditation is a tool to help us train our minds to enjoy and live in the present moment; to recover our personal power and reconnect to our authentic heart.
We invite you to join us in the journey to recovering this connection, reducing anxiety, and enjoying more of all the magical moments we have in our lives right here and now.
This meditation series is designed to give you the tools to get to the point of being aware of our feelings and guiding them to higher energy levels on an everyday basis.
Class 1: Meditation 101 - Connecting with Your Heart
Class 2: Be Present - Recover your personal power
Class 3: Mindful Mom: How to extend this state of joy to our family environment
Class 4: Visualize Your Life - Shape your feelings (How to Build your Visual Board)