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Lake Washington Toddler Group5
Posted March 31, 2014
- a parent
My family have attended LWTG since 2011. The kids LOVE attending class each week. It's a fun place for parents & kids (5mths - 3yrs) to learn songs, stimulate imagination, increase kids attention span, & develop the skill of following directions. The classroom is great. Lots of activities to do: - art, play-doh, sensory & water tables, indoor slides, play kitchen, dress-up, reading nook, train table etc As well as my kids having fun, as a parent, I do too. I've made long lasting friends & I attend parent ed where we talk about understanding children's development / behavior; family communication; potty training; discipline techniques; preschool choices etc. LWTG is sponsored by LWIT so parents receive college credits! Other activities during the year: KIDS: Pumpkin Patch, Puppet Show, Pajama Night Concert (a private concert by CASPAR BABYPANTS!), Spring Carnival, Family Picnic, Pumpkin Decorating, Mother's Day etc Parents: professional speakers address a variety of topics: - Amy Lang ("Birds and the Bees"), - Melissa Benaroya (Fostering Empathy in Children), - Beverly Pressey (Creating Healthy Eaters), - Annie Kurz, (Parenting, spousal communication & workplace politics)....
My son and I attended LWTG together while he was 2-3.5 years old. Classes are parent/child format, which is a wonderful, gradual step toward preschool and a great way to begin socializing your child in a supportive environment. The purpose of the group is more social/emotional growth rather than academic, which is fitting for this age group. They offer flexible class times/days and allow younger siblings to join in. We attended the Monday 5pm class, so even though I work full-time, I was able to share this special time with my child. Each class session included free play, crafts, circle time (singing/stories), bubbles, parent education lessons, snack and clean up. I highly recommend this for families of toddlers, whether they work full time or stay at home with their kids. My son was well prepared for his first preschool experience and still keeps in touch with some of his LWTG classmates.