Berrien RESA’s

-January 2018-

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You and your young child are invited to join in the fun!

Sing, sing, sing! Don’t feel shy about singing with your child. Your voice will please her because you are the most important person in her life. Singing songs and repeating rhymes face to face with your child builds brain connections more effectively than playing music on a CD or video. Keep these things in mind:



Parent Connection: Music and your Child


Singing is a key component in the development of your child’s language and literacy skills. It encourages verbal confidence and vocal imitation. It teaches grammar, vocabulary, patterning, storytelling, and builds concentration and memory. Songs can be used in challenging times to help children transition from one activity to another. Music can be used to change a child’s mood. Slow music can calm a toddler that is excited or upset and it can soothe a fussy baby. Fast music encourages movement that can entertain a restless toddler. Your child may remember things more easily when they are set to music. Just think: we all know the ABC song! You can use songs to teach about counting, colors, and letters. Music offers repetition which helps your child’s brain become better organized to hear and speak language. Rhymes help babies hear similar sounds. This helps your baby to learn how to talk now and learn to read when he is older. Singing together is a form of shared attention that helps build secure attachments. Children learn to associate favorite songs with good memories that help create family bonds.

Come visit us at a Playgroup this month for more information about enjoying music with your child!

Playgroups are a chance for parents with young children (infants - age 5) to get together with other parents and young children and have some fun! Each month Berrien RESA’s highly qualified staff choose a children’s book as the theme for Playgroup activities. At the beginning of the group, the story is read during circle time. Then parents can play together with their children through a variety of activities. At the end of the group, every family gets a copy of the book to take home and enjoy over and over again. Each month, information is also provided on a popular parenting or child development topic. For more information about Playgroups or other early education services, please visit!

Recipe for Fun: Playing with Shaving Cream For a fun sensory experience, invite your child to experiment with shaving cream: • Spray mounds of it on the table and provide plastic animals or other figures to pretend play with. • Use it as if it were mortar and practice building towers with foam blocks. • Use it in the bathtub. For added fun, put glow sticks in the water! “When a child’s senses are stimulated, it sends signals to the brain that strengthens neural pathways important for all types of learning.” -HighScope

This month’s featured book: “Your Personal Penguin” by Sandra Boynton Each family attending a playgroup will receive a free book to enjoy!

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it is the policy of the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency to prohibit discrimination on the basis of handicap against qualified handicapped persons, in admission or access to, participation in, or treatment of employment in, its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to Human Resources, Berrien RESA, 711 St. Joseph Avenue, Berrien Springs, MI 49103; telephone (269) 471- 7725; fax (269) 471-2941.

Berrien RESA’s Playgroups

¡Mira adentro!

Check it out!

This Month’s Playgroup Calendar: JANUARY 2018 Monday

Tuesday 1

Wednesday 2

Thursday 3

BENTON HARBOR Boys and Girls Club 600 Nate Wells Sr. Dr.

Friday 4


BERRIEN SPRINGS Mars Elementary (A.M. playgroups) One Sylvester Avenue BRIDGMAN Bridgman Elementary 3891 Lake Street


9 Eau Claire 10-11 a.m.


St. Joe (Lincoln) 6-7 p.m.

10 Berrien Springs 9:30-10:30 a.m

Watervliet 9:30-10:30 a.m.

12 Three Oaks 9-10 a.m.




19 Niles (Northside) 10-11 a.m.

Bridgman 9-10 a.m.

Niles (Ballard) 6-7 p.m.

Benton Harbor 1-2 p.m. 23

Coloma 9:30-10:30 a.m.

24 Stevensville 9-10 a.m. OR 10:15-11:15 a.m.



St. Joe (Brown) 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Berrien Springs 6-7 p.m. 29



Ustedes son bienvenidos en todos los grupos de juegos, pero el grupo de juego de Eau Claire serà bilingue. Ven y acompàñanos!

BUCHANAN Ottawa Elementary 109 Ottawa St. COLOMA Coloma Elementary 262 S. West St.

Buchanan 9:30-10:30 a.m.



*EAU CLAIRE Eau Claire District Library 6528 E. Main St. (This location will be lead in both Spanish and English.) NILES Ballard Elementary (P.M. playgroups) 1601 Chicago Road Northside Child Development Center 2020 N. Fifth Street ST. JOSEPH Brown Elementary 2027 Brown School Road Lincoln Elementary (P.M. Playgroups) 1102 Orchard Avenue STEVENSVILLE Christ Lutheran School 4333 Cleveland Ave. THREE OAKS Three Oaks Elementary 100 Oak Street WATERVLIET South Elementary 433 Lucinda Lane

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shaving cream: • Spray mounds of it on the table and provide plastic animals. or other figures to pretend play with. • Use it as if it were mortar and practice building towers with. foam blocks. • Use it in the bathtub. For added fun, put glow sticks in the water! “When a child's senses are stimulated, it sends signals to the brain ...

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