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Funded by Cape Cod Child Development and the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Program registration is available online at www.cccdp.org or by calling 508-775-6240 x 512. Please note that some groups may be a priority for those who have not previously attended. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!
Monday—“Play and Learn Group”, at the Early Intervention building, 80 Pearl Street, Hyannis, 9:30 am-11:00 am, September 10th-December 10th, Miss Bambi & Miss Ellen
Join us for some exploration of toys, sensory materials, stories, songs, a snack, outdoor play (weather permitting) and creative crafts designed for learning. Children learn to play near and with each other, and to practice skills in preparation for preschool. Appropriate for birth to five years old. FREE Registration required
Monthly Monday—”Music & Movement”, at Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main Street, Hyannis, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm, September 10th, October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd, Miss Ellen
Join us for a music and movement group for children birth to five years of age. Come have fun and learn how music covers all areas of development, such as gross motor development, fine motor development, social-emotional development, and communication.
Tuesday–Long Pasture Wildlife Playgroup, 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm, September 11th-December 11th, Miss Jessica (Long Pasture) & Miss Ellen
Designed for the 4-year-old and 5-year-old child, this program provides a fun learning experience in nature. A Long Pasture Naturalist will engage the group of children with their parents, through fun activities and themed learning experiences at the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Exploration through sensory, hands-on activities will promote learning about science and nature. Families will have the opportunity to make nature journals documenting their learning experiences each week. In addition, gross motor skills will be used when taking a walk through a path or along the grounds of the Wildlife Sanctuary, to observe, and to talk about the surroundings. Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and is located on Barnstable Harbor off 6A, close to Barnstable Village. There are many ecosystems that you will explore during the program including butterfly-filled meadows, woodland trails, farm animals, vernal pools, ponds and tidal flats! FREE Registration required
Wednesday—”Once Upon a Playtime”, at the Early Intervention building, 80 Pearl Street, Hyannis, 10:00 am-11:00 am, September 12th-October 10th, for children 2-5 years of age, Miss Barbara, (Barbara E. Johnson, Expressive Arts Therapist/LMHC)
Once Upon a Playtime is a playgroup for 2-5 year-old children and their parents. The focus of the group is dramatic play using fairy tales, folk tales, nursery rhymes, and songs, AND, inspired stories from home. Yes! ‘Homemade’ stories – whether a favorite book, a real story, or made-up – are welcomed. Our goals: *Making safe playtime space *Encouraging social skills through group story-making *Highlighting creative expression as our child’s way to problem-solve *Celebrating story as a key to happy growing! Parents and children will be led in exploring stories in a variety of fun ways:
*On the floor with CCCD playhouses, figures, and animals *Movement, dance, sound, and song *Scene-setting with CCCD cardboard bricks, blocks, recycled materials & scarves *Costumes and masks using recycled and arts materials *Informal performances of a character or part of a story, or the whole thing! Each family will be provided a set of core books or printed stories (if they don’t have) to read and familiarize with their child at home. We conclude the series with a festive healthy “fairy tale” lunch where we will munch on our adventures at a decorated table, and if willing, come dressed as a story character. FREE Registration required
Wednesday—Infant Massage group (for families with infants 2-12 months of age), at Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main Street, Hyannis, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, September 12th-October 10th, Laura D’Angelo, Certified Educator of Infant Massage
Join us for a five-week session to learn strategies for massaging your baby! Infant massage has numerous benefits, including: Bonding with your baby and strengthening your relationship/attachment; Helping your baby to calm; Improving relaxation, enabling better sleep patterns; Stimulation of circulatory and nervous systems; Relief of gas, colic, and constipation. Each session will begin with a relaxation activity and will also include discussion related to child development, reading your baby’s cues, etc. Handouts will be provided. Bring a small blanket or use one that is provided. The instructor, Laura, uses a doll to model, and parents will massage their own baby. FREE Registration required
Thursday–A MOTHERS CIRCLE: A 5-week Parenting Support Group for Mothers and Caregivers of Infants, Birth to Walking Age, at Cromwell Court, 168 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, 9:30 am-10:30 am, September 13th-October 11th, Barbara E. Johnson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Expressive Arts Therapist, and Candidate for Transpersonal Drama Therapy
Being a new mother or caregiver of an infant comes with a range of emotions and concerns. Although infants are vulnerable in their new beginnings, we may also feel vulnerable in our new role. This circle of sharing is designed to offer support for this journey in the life of both the mother/caregiver and the infant. In an atmosphere of safe play space and mutual support, members will raise shared topics of questions and concerns. With the gentle guidance of the facilitator, through discussion, education, expressive exercises, and play interactions with their infants, members will deepen their understanding of this precious timeframe of birth to walking age. Growing pains and joys are experiences common to both parents/caregivers and child. Each member will be gifted a booklet to use and take home for expressive journaling and note-taking during this series. For example, what are some things you notice your child likes doing or responds to? Common Topics: ~Stress ~Anxiety ~Isolation ~ Confusion ~Physical Strains & Exhaustion ~ Feelings of Vulnerability ~Bonding ~ Post-partum depression ~Developmental Stages of Infancy: Joy, Playing FREE Registration required (If you have questions for staff of Cromwell Court, please call either Jen or Renea, at 508-208-7979)
Thursday—Rainbow Dance, at Cromwell Court, 168 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, September 13th-October 11th, led by Miss Laura (Certified RD Trainee) & Miss Barbara, for families with toddlers, 1.5-3 years of age
Rainbowdance©, Boston Children’s Foundation’s early childhood program, promotes positive attachments with caregivers. Developed by BCF’s Director Dicki Johnson Macy, LMHC, BC-DMT, Rainbowdance establishes a sense of safety, empowerment, and relationships through the weekly repetition of a sequence of songs, gestures, and movements. The repetitive content of groups helps to establish safety and trust, which is necessary for promoting self-esteem and self-regulation, while the rhythm of familiar music can help to soothe children. Rainbowdance also helps children with special needs, and with behavioral challenges, and in addition, helps with communication. For additional information about Rainbowdance, visit www.bostoncf.org FREE Registration required (If you have questions for staff of Cromwell Court, please call either Jen or Renea, at 508-208-7979)
Thursday—”Your Golden Feather”: An Expressive Arts Support Group for Parents, at the Early Intervention building, 80 Pearl Street, Hyannis, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm, September 13th-October 11th, Barbara E. Johnson, Facilitator, Expressive Arts Therapist/LMHC Child care provided
Fairy tales tell the story of the quest to find the majestic bird with the Golden Feather. It is an especially difficult journey with much hardship and bravery. Many seekers perish along the way. Those who endure to the end, through struggles and dangers, discover the Golden Feather has always been with them. They themselves are the “Golden Bird” with the “Golden Feather” and just didn’t know it. This series affirms that we shine as special beings with a special purpose. Using expressive exercises and creative play, the facilitator, Expressive Therapist Barbara E. Johnson, guides members into a soaring adventure of self-actualizing through self-expressing. Like our children who play, Parents enter the world of imagination and reconnect with their Child Self. As Parents, it is vital that we rediscover what nurtures us, as we currently nurture our children. Fairy tales and nighttime dreams also will be explored for insight into our ‘soul dramas’. These special stories act as “medicine stories” – if we can unravel their symbolic riddles. Barbara has been training since 2013 with Dr. C. P. Estes, world-renowned dream analyst and author of the meaning of fairy tales, (Women Who Run With The Wolves) and shares Dr. Estes’ 40+ years practice of applied approaches. Parents will be invited to pursue in depth a current life theme that is a struggle or a social cause. At the end of the series, parents will share a 3-5 minute offering that reveals how they are transforming the theme. For this reason, of giving mutual support and time to process, it is recommended parents commit to the full five-week series. And then, we just may all FLY out of the room on the wing span of our Golden Feathers!
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