Classes at MCPS

The Parent Education Series offers free classes at MCPS in conjunction with The Lifelong Learning Center. Classes will discuss a range of topics from self-esteem to your child’s temperament. Your child does NOT need to attend any of the schools for you to participate.  Classes last two hours and free childcare is available. Information to register online is below.

Childcare providers must register online. Individual Training Certificates will be given for earned  early childhood credits are available.

* Denotes classes for child care providers.

Register online through The Life Long Learning Center at
missoulaclasses.com or by calling 721.7690.

 

October 2017

Smoother Mornings: Tuesday, October 3 from 6:15-8:15 PM at Hawthorne Elementary School 

Morning time is often filled with stress and conflict.  Parents are trying to get everyone out of the house on time and children often have a different agenda.  Children can and need to be part of the solution.  When children are involved in establishing the morning routine they are more invested in making it work.  Children are capable (age-appropriately) of managing their time and being helpful.  In this class we will discuss tools for setting clear expectations and natural consequences, maintaining consistency, and thus simultaneously eliminating our nagging and empowering our children-­–reducing morning tension!

Social Media Challenges:  Thursday, October 12 from 6:15-8:15 PM at Lewis & Clark Elementary School

Learn what your child is doing on the internet:  twitter, facebook, instagram, snapchat….  How do we allow our children to be part of the social media world while keeping them safe and savvy?

Helping with Homework: Help Your Child Learn how to be Organized & Responsible: Wednesday, October 25 from 6:15-8:15 PM at Paxson Elementary School

Children need to learn organizational skills.   We sometimes expect our children to “just do” what they “should do.”   But we as parents have to provide them a routine and a system to help them….remember to bring home their homework, finish their homework, do their chores and daily activities.  This class will discuss techniques to help children take responsibility for their jobs by providing children with necessary skills.  And we, as parents, may learn more organizational skills when we help our children come up with these workable routines!

 November 2017

*Sibling Rivalry:  Wednesday, November 15 presented at Chief Charlo Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Most children have mixed feelings about their siblings.  This class will help you determine your role in resolving conflicts between your children and teach you strategies to foster positive sibling bonds.

Helping Your Child Handle Peer Pressure: Wednesday, November 29 at Paxson Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Responding to peer pressure is part of human nature but some kids are better equipped to resist than others.  This workshop will identify and define what peer pressure is, why it is hard to resist, and to help foster them to think for themselves and walk away when need be.

 December 2017

*The Spectrum of Autism and Social Skills:  Tuesday, December 5 at Hawthorne Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Come and learn some of the characteristics of autism spectrum and learn techniques to help your child with social skills.

 January 2018

Positive Parenting Practices:  Wednesday, January 17 at Washington Middle School from 6:15-8:15 PM

This class teaches positive parenting practices for increasing parent-child connections and fostering a balance between compliance and autonomy.  Skills, such as encouragement, and one-on-one time, are taught, followed by a discussion of adapting these skills to particular family circumstances.  We will focus on applying positive parenting practices to increase family cohesion, problem-solving, and communication.  We will also ask parents to reflect on the balance of their parenting practices and to develop goals for increasing both compliance and autonomy in their children.

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxieties:  Tuesday, January 23 at Lewis & Clark Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Children worry, some more than others. Learn techniques to help ease your child’s anxieties and fears of anything from new schools to spiders and separation. These learned coping skills help your child navigate some of life’s stresses.

Language of Encouragement:  Wednesday, January 31 at Paxson Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

The Language of Encouragement is a powerful strategy that teaches kids to appreciate their own efforts instead of relying only on praise and rewards. Join us as we discuss ways that encouragement can be used to positively guide behavior and set the tone for life-long optimism and self-control.

 February 2018

Helping Kids Manage their Emotions:  Wednesday, February 7 at Chief Charlo Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

How do you respond when your child is having a tantrum, whining, or just being plain rude?  Get some tips on “anger management for kids” and learn how to teach your child some skills that will last a lifetime.

March 2018

Family Teambuilding:  Thursday, March 1 at Lewis & Clark Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Creating the feeling of teamwork within your family is an important goal. Whether you’re looking for some fun activities for a large family reunion or just a small family trying to build up a team feeling, consider trying some structured team-building activities that are perfect for family members of all ages. In this session attendees will participate in family team building activities and learn about the importance of teamwork in a family. Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to have fun.

Helping Your Child Handle Peer Pressure:  Wednesday, March 14 at Washington Middle School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Responding to peer pressure is part of human nature but some kids are better equipped to resist than others.  This workshop will identify and define what peer pressure is, why it is hard to resist, and to help foster them to think for themselves and walk away when need be.

Helping Your Child Gain Self- Confidence:  Wednesday, March 21 at Paxson Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Children who have healthy self-esteem, who feel accepted and appreciated, tend to approach life with optimism and confidence.  This workshop will answer the questions; what is self-esteem, how do children “get” it and how do parents “give” it?  Parents will leave with strategies to engage with their children in a manner that fosters self-esteem and responsibility.

April 2018

Love and Limits:  Tuesday, April 3 at Hawthorne Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

This classic class teaches you how to lovingly teach your children self-control, a sense of values, good judgment, and self-discipline. Free childcare is available.

Helping the Child with ADHD like Symptoms:  Wednesday, April 11 at Lewis & Clark Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Although life with your child may at times seem challenging, it is important to remember that children with ADD/ADHD like symptoms (or the spectrum) can and do succeed. As a parent, you can help create home and school environments that improve your child’s chances for success. In this class, learn strategies for coping with symptoms that help improve your child’s life and the harmony of your entire family.

Prepping for Middle School:  Thursday, April 19 at Lewis & Clark Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

Middle school can be a tough time for pre-teens. They face many new issues beyond attending a new school including: puberty, tougher academics, more personal responsibilities, switching classes, boy-girl dances, and multiple teachers. Pre-teens may try the boundaries, test the waters and sometimes test your patience. This fun, light-hearted class provides tips and practical advice for preparing pre-teens for middle school.

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxieties:  Last Week of April 25 or 26 at Rattlesnake Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

 Children worry, some more than others. Learn techniques to help ease your child’s anxieties and fears of anything from new schools to spiders and separation. These learned coping skills help your child navigate some of life’s stresses.