Parent Workshops announced

MANCHESTER - Partnering with the Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning, Maple Street School will host a series of four free parent workshops. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. with a lecture entitled "Parenting Digital Natives: What every parent needs to know about facebook, apps, and social networking to help keep their children safe." People who are curious about what their children - specifically children in grades four through 12 - are doing online should attend the discussion, which will cover how they are using technology today. Those who attend will be given practical, proactive strategies to help guide their children be appropriate and have safe interactions on the internet.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., parents can learn how to help their children succeed in school at a lecture entitled "Executive Function Skills." The executive skills oversee and manage the cognitive functions of the brain and include organizing, sequencing, sorting, grouping, relating, and other such operations. These skills play a major role in information processing, problem solving, initiation and inhibition. This workshop will provide key ways parents can support their children in the early development of these critical life-long skills.

The third lecture of the series, entitled The Middle School Years, will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Answering the age old question, "what has happened to my child?" this discussion will provide insights and advice to parents, offering realistic and long-term strategies for overcoming the struggles of the middle years.

Lastly, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., a lecture entitled The Development of Literacy Skills in Elementary School, will explain to parents the key aspects to developing early literacy skills that are naturally tied to language development. Phonological awareness, print awareness, vocabulary and conceptual development, fluency, and developmentally appropriate practices will be shared and reviewed, helping parents to best support their children to become lifelong lovers of reading.

Educators presenting at the lectures include Kim Rizzio of Long Trail School, Beth Barclay of Manchester Elementary-Middle School, Dr. M. Fran Bisselle, Laura Brown, Geoff Chamberlain and Marilyn Thompson of Maple Street School. To register for any of the lectures, visit the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning's website at

All lectures are free and will be held at Maple Street School.


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