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Let Them Play!A Workshop for Parents and Caregivers of Young Children

Thursday, March 09 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Audience: Kids & Families

Have you ever wondered how children find a way to play wherever they are? Join us for a discussion on what children are learning through their play and what role adults can take on to foster play in children.

Terri Petnov will be facilitating a workshop for parents and caregivers of young children in this “after hours” event in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library. The event is the first program in a series, Let Them Play, about the importance of play in children’s development of early literacy skills.

Terri Petnov worked for twenty five years at Southern Maine Community College, starting an Associate Degree Program in Early Childhood Education and a Laboratory School for Preschoolers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


About the Series » Let Them Play!

Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Join us for a series of programs focusing on play and the important role it plays in every child being ready to read!

*Pretend play helps children think symbolically and develop oral language skills. As children play store or pretend to be an animal, they talk about what they are doing. They practice putting thoughts into words.

*Dramatic play helps develop narrative skills as children make up a story about what they are doing. This helps them understand that stories happen in order: first, next, last.

*Make-believe also gives children a chance to act out real-life situations, work through worries and fears, and use their imagination to solve problems.

*Play helps children feel a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.This motivates them to try new experiences and not give up when something seems difficult.