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February 2019 Speaker Night: Young Children and Counting Collections

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About the Topic: Young Children and Counting Collections

Young children like to count but it’s a skill that needs to be modeled and taught. You can boost your child’s foundations in math by making counting fun and meaningful. Learn about math concepts and how to prepare your child for kindergarten by using counting collections. Each person will get to make a counting collection at the talk to take home.

About the Speaker:

Sylvia Ford MA is an Early Childhood Consultant who has been working with children and families in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years. She conducts educational seminars and provides many other services for parents, including private consultations and child observations that give parents information on development and helpful perspectives and ideas. As a member of the faculty at Skyline College, Sylvia has been teaching courses in Early Childhood Education since 1996.

Please NOTE: Speaker Night topics, date, and speakers are subject to change.

Speaker Nights - Parents Only Please!

  • To make the Speaker Night program an enjoyable event for all Las Madres parents, we would like to remind attendees to please respect the childcare arrangements that we all have to make by leaving children at home. We do endeavor to accommodate mothers with nursing babies wherever possible.  Thank you!
  • Please Note: Presentation of any one individual's philosophy, definitions of medical terms, training techniques, or suggestive advice, etc presented as part of the speaker night program does not constitute or imply recommendation or endorsement of the same by Las Madres Neighborhood Playgroups, Inc. They are intended to be reflective of alternative thoughts and resources so that you, as parents, may keep yourself informed on various subject matters and investigate more thoroughly, on your own, those issues or ideas that reflect your personal parenting style.

Past Speaker Nights


    October Speaker Night: October Speaker Night: Choosing a Preschool: What Are Your Choices and How Does It Work?

    Discover different types of programs and philosophies in early childhood education, from Montessori to project-based learning. Learn how to recognize developmentally appropriate practice, information on children’s readiness, and logistics of choosing a preschool.   

    September Speaker Night: Silbing Solutions with Patty Wipfler

    Patty Wipfler is the Founder and Program Director of Hand in Hand Parenting and is Co-Author of "Listen: 5 Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges." Her talk will focus on parenting with connection and sibling solutions (yessss!) There will be time for Q& A after. :) Please RSVP if you're able to make it! 

    August Speaker Night: Smooth Transitions into Preschool by Sylvia Ford

    Learn about ways to create a feeling of security for both children and parents as they enter into the preschool experience for the first time. Important aspects of separation anxiety will be explored along with strategies to help make the transition a positive one.

    July Speaker Night: Estate Planning and Guardianship by Deborah Azar

    Choosing a guardian to care for your children should you and your spouse die unexpectedly is one of the most important decisions you must make. It is also one of the most difficult. So difficult, in fact, that avoiding it is one of the most common reasons people put off estate planning. If you are hesitant to name a guardian for your children, consider the alternative: A court will name one without any input from you. So it is important to choose a guardian now, while you still have a say in the matter. Discussion will include the considerations you should think about in choosing a guardian for your children and estate planning strategies.

    June Speaker Nights: The Joys and Challenges of 2 and 3 Year-Olds by Sylvia Ford

    Learning facts about the development of two and three year-olds helps us understand their behaviors and fosters our ability to be patient with them. Discussion will include many strategies to nurture your child’s progress and savor this sweet but challenging stage of growth.

    April Speaker Night: A path to Self Care and Holistic Health in 2018 by Monique Clark from Innate Sense

    A talk for Parents looking for simple and effective ways to care for themselves and their families. Put your self care on the top of your to-do list and fill up your cup experiencing and learning about quick ways to boost your energy, relieve overwhelm, and be empowered to take the wellness of your family in your hands.

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    Hunger Scale & Energizing Activities

    My Food Philosophy

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    Turning No into Yes: Encouraging Cooperative Behavior in Children
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    Sibling Rivalry: Thanks to Stephanie Lovejoy for the handout
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