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January Notes from The Children’s Room

Hello All,

Welcome 2015!!  The New Year has arrived and we are planning some great activities for the month of January. The Children’s Room is hosting all kinds of fun family activities. Here are some of the highlights:

Weekend Family Playdate Series, Gymnastics Clinic - Sunday, January 25, 2014 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. - The Children’s Room  is pleased to announce that Anissa Touchette from Central Vermont Gymnastics in Moretown will be setting up her equipment in the Gym at Thatcher Brook Primary School at 47 Stowe Street in Waterbury for a very special weekend playgroup for children, ages birth to six, and their families. With the support of their caregivers, children are invited to participate in a playful exploration of the sport of gymnastics. A healthy snack and craft will be offered. This is a free event and open to everyone. These Weekend Family Playdates are funded with The Small and Inspiring Grant Program through the Vermont Community Foundation. Look for an exciting Weekend Playdate every Month where Families can gather and build relationships while nurturing out most precious community assets, our little ones.

First ever “Babysitter’s Social” – The Children's Room will be hosting this special playgroup for parents and others to meet and network with each other while our little ones play. Everyone will have the opportunity to fill out a name card with your needs and/or experience.  Are you are a qualified student looking for sitter opportunities or a parent looking for childcare swaps. Maybe an adult looking to work part-time for a family looking for occasional care in Waterbury, Duxbury and The Mad River Valley! If so, you should stop by and chat with each other. The Children's Room will not provide any screening or endorsements of individuals participating. We recommend each parent and/or sitter check references of potential matches. Refreshments will be served!

VT Humanities Council presents “Read with Me” with Morgan Irons – This program is an engaging and interactive workshops for parents and guardians of children from birth to age six who wish to learn what books are age-appropriate and how to engage children in conversation about books. Morgan will share the joy and importance of sharing picture books and conversation with the youngest children. Participants journey into the world of children’s literature, and through hands-on exploration of children’s books they are introduced to early literacy and related developmental issues. They discover ways to make books come alive through animated readings, rhymes, and extension activities that encourage language development and communication. Each participating household takes home a set of gift books to encourage daily reading as a family. This is a series of workshops that build on each other. They will be on Tuesdays, Jan 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 7:30 in the Thatcher Brook library. Refreshments will be served. Childcare is available. Pre- registration is required. Call 244-5605 or email childrensroom@wwsu.org.

AB2, Active Bodies, Active Brains -  These are FREE  Interactive Music and Movement Classes offered by Laurie Flaherty  & Rachel O'Donald from AB2. The second of three sessions will be held on Mondays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 8 & 15. This session is geared toward walking to age three.  Dancing together with your child while exploring movement activities and practicing skills that will be fun and educational. This class will help to build the body/brain connection in children. Movement concepts will be explored using a wide variety of music, props, and rhythm instruments. Older and younger siblings are welcome to attend.

Session three will be  Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, April 4 & 11. This class will focus on early literacy skills paired with the elements of dance. Each week we will explore a different movement concept and link that concept to a story which we will act out. A wide variety of props and instruments will also be used to build the body/brain connection. Although this class is geared to children ages 3-5, younger siblings are always welcome to attend and will benefit from the class. This Program is made possible with funding from Central Vermont Building Bright Futures in collaboration with The Children's Room and Thatcher Brook Primary School.

Driving Field Trips: We are off on two driving field trips this month.

·         Gymnastics: The first is Monday, January  4th , to the Central VT Gymnastics. Located in Moretown, minutes from TBPS, we are invited to enjoy their open gym time at reduced rate of $5/child. Go to Central Vermont Gymnastics for more information.
·         Swimming: It’s up to Stowe to The Golden Eagle Pool on Monday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. for some fun in the pool.  We are invited for some open pool time at the reduced rate of $5/person. This facility is clean and inviting. Floaties are allowed and there are some large stairs for the beginner swimmers to take their first steps with.  Everyone needs to sign in at the Main Office of the resort prior to going to the pool.  Hope to see you there! Go to Golden Eagle Resort or more information. 

Playgroup: Every Tuesday at 10a.m. brings Free Play in our space, followed by “open gym” from 11:15 to 11:45. 

Music and Movement, Art Exploration and Open Gym are scheduled throughout the month for your enjoyment. 

In addition to our programs there are some great local activities for families happening in January. Check out the following links for some other great local fun this month….. 

Stowe Winter Carnival/Kids Kaos 

Waterbury/ Winterfest 

Ice on Fire, Central Vermont Winter Festival

 The Children’s Room is open every day that school is in session from 8 to 4 PM. Go to School Calendar 

 

 




 Welcome to the Children's Room!
Celebrating 32 years !!!
The Children’s Room is a drop in play center and resource hub  designed for families 
and caregivers of children age birth to six. There is no charge. Located at Thatcher Brook 
Primary School, 47 Stowe St  in Waterbury, VT. 

We are open every day that school is open  from 8-4 pm. Every week brings Story Time, 
Music & Movement, Art Exploration  and Open Gym. Celebrating 30 years of service to the Central Vermont Area, we are a grassroots organization run by volunteers. 

Our Space

Our Mission

The Children's Room is a federally recognized 501c3 organization whose aim is to serve all families with young children
 in the Central Vermont area communities by providing information which increases knowledge of parenting and care giving skills, and by offering support to parents and caregivers of young children. 

Our goals are to help parents and caregivers;
  • Gain a greater understanding of normal intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development in children ages birth to six
  • Learn various strategies for dealing with issues and problems arising from children’s growth and development
  • Increase parenting and care giving skills, and their confidence in those skills, and become aware of community and area resources available to them and their children
  • Create an informal network of caring and support within the Waterbury and Duxbury communities which will improve family life and the future of both communities
While the Children’s Room serves the entire  combined community,  special emphasis is placed 
on assisting parents, caregivers,  and children of at-risk families. While we consult with early childhood professionals
 and use them as a valuable resource, operational decisions are made by the people who use the Room. 
Young parents,  many of them new  to the communities, and most of them new to the school environment, 
can learn a lot in the process of this direct involvement.

Please feel free to stop by anytime and see for yourself what a great place  you have right at in your own back yard. 
 The Children's Room is absolutely FREE and OPEN to Everyone. 

The Children's Room
47 Stowe Street
 Waterbury, VT 05676
802-244-5605
childrensroom@wwsu.org

Hours of operation:
 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Every School Day




Annual Events Hosted by The Children's Room

Barn Dance - This is a great family event for all ages. It includes refreshments, live music, hayrides, tug-of-war and other games, crafts, face painting, a silent auction, and dancing until the cows come home!
 
Halloween Party - This is our rendition of a non- scary alternative for our little goblins. Complete with music, games and costume parade, we all find ourselves getting into the spirit of the celebration!
 
Big Toy Night - This is one of our traditional get together for families of children ages birth to six and a great way to combat cabin fever. All the children bring their trikes, bikes, scooters, and push toys that have been put away for the long winter to the gym and we socialize together with some good food and lots of fun!

Dabble Days - Come explore the many mediums of art expression as we paint, sculpt, cut, tear tape and paste our way through some awesome creations. A great family experience and fun for the whole family!

 
Look for More
Special Events &
Field Trips Happening on our Calendar Page
Through out the year!

Annual Children's Tag Sale
Wallace Farm Field Trip
Kindy Road Show
Morse Farm Trip
Plant Sale
Corn Maze
Music & Movement
Weekend Playgroups
Pool Trips
Gymnastics Outings
Museum visits
Family Hikes
Picnics






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