Night terrors, distractibility and tantrums.  Playdates, pouting and power struggles.

 

The behavior of small children can puzzle – and confound — even the most experienced parent or teacher.

 

Now Gateways is here to demystify their behavior and help parents and professionals alike navigate even the most challenging situations, and maximize learning during these key formative years.

 

Starting December 15 at the JCC in Newton is a series of free workshops led by Gateways developmental educators, guest experts and national book authors.    

 

To fit everyone’s schedules, educators are invited during the afternoon sessions and parents (grandparents too!) in the evenings. Note to educators: You can get PDP credits for these workshops by attending either the afternoon or evening sessions.

  

 Gateways Early Learning Series (GELS)

Workshops for Developing Life Skills in Preschool:

Confronting the Questions that Nag Parents &    

Professionals*

Inside/Outside: Getting the Kids Ready for Winter
      Wednesday, December 15.  3-5 p.m. for Educators, 7-8:30 p.m. for   

Parents     

      Presenter: Gateways Occupational Therapist Shana Krell

Take home activities designed to develop preschoolers’ competence and confidence.

The Power of Pictures and Words Together

January 12.  3-5 p.m. for Educators, 7-8:30 p.m. for Parents    

Presenters: Gateways Developmental Educators Sherry Grossman and Judy Weinberg

Explore the power of visual cues and stories to teach children about the world they live in. Make and take samples to use in class or at home.

Building Relationships through Parent-Teacher Conferences
      February 16. 3-5 p.m. for Educators, 7-8:30 p.m. for Parents    

Presenters: Gateways Developmental Educators Sherry Grossman and Judy Weinberg

Teachers serve as parents’ eyes and ears during the school day. Learn how both parties can optimize this key partnership for growth.

Is it a Big Problem or a Little Problem?    

Wednesday March 9. 3-5 p.m. for Educators, 7-8:30 p.m. for Parents    

Guest presenters: Judi Greenberg and Amy Freedman, co-authors of Is it a Big Problem or a Little Problem?
Learn when a behavior requires early intervention, and how to work together to ensure the best environment for optimum development.

Another Lens on Preschoolers

Thursday, April 7. 3-5 p.m. for Educators, 7-8:30 p.m. for Parents  

Guest presenter: Gateways and Newton Public Schools Preschool Special Educator Linda Sternberg

Take home a new ‘bag of tricks’ to help with difficult transitions both at home and in school.

What is Play Anyway? 

Wednesday, May 11. 3-5 p.m. for Educators, 7-8:30 p.m. for Parents  

Presenters: Gateways Developmental Educators Sherry Grossman and Judy Weinberg

Play is a child’s job. How do we support children to enter and sustain their play in constructive ways?

*PDPs available for all educators

All presentations are free of charge & open to the public  

And held at the Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton

Room 409