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The College of Education’s Chicago Center for Early Education (CCEE) hosts a workshop Saturday for parents and teachers focusing on tools to enhance school-age children's skills in math, science, and literacy. The workshop takes place at Malcom X. College, 1900 W. Van Buren, room 2611, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
“Parents and teachers are always looking for new ideas and new resources that can engage their children in interactive, fun and developmentally-appropriate ways,” said Barbara O’Laughlin, visiting senior research specialist and CCEE director. “We’re trying to encourage learning with others but also learning in a way that can help children move to the next level of competency.”
At the workshop, parents and teachers will learn how writing poems and reading poetry can foster literacy in children, build a math toolkit by creating a game for school-age children on telling time and construct an activity that fosters knowledge about the solar system.
O’Laughlin says that many parents already have an education focus in the household and dedicate time for specific learning activities. However, she says parents have an opportunity to expand upon dedicated lessons to include routine activities.
“Day-to-day kinds of activities that parents do with their children can be learning opportunities,” O’Laughlin said. “It’s an opportunity to explore the world, which allows them to develop more knowledge about things they are reading and will encourage further exploration in math, science and literacy.”
The workshop is part of the Center’s broader outreach to parents and teachers and an opportunity to promote the resources available to encourage interactivity and engagement with school-age children. The Center holds evening hours until 8 p.m. on Mondays and is open on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m.-noon to accommodate working parents or teachers.
For more information on the Chicago Center for Early Education, visit the Center’s website.