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 one of the schools for you to participate.  Classes last two hours and free childcare is available.

Individual Training Certificates will be given and  earned  early childhood credits are available for childcare providers. For a list of classes pertinent to childcare providers, please refer to the Lifelong Learning Center course catalog.

Register online through The Lifelong Learning Center at missoulaclasses.com. For specific questions about classes, call Families First Children’s Museum at 721.7690.

 January 2018

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:  Tuesday, January 30 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.

Helping Children Develop Kindness & Compassion: Wednesday, February 21 at Russell Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 PM

All children have the ability to learn empathy, kindness, and compassion through lessons and modeling of these attributes. How can we as parents, help foster this growth process? By taking this class, you will learn to help your children develop problem solving skills, critical thinking abilities, and how to grow into social and kind human beings. 

Single Parenting Strategies:  Tuesday, February 27 at Franklin Elementary School from 6:15-8:15 pm

Parenting is a challenging job: even more so without a partner!  Managing work, school, kids, and everything else on your own can be frustrating and lonely, but not impossible. Learn how to prioritize, organize, and balance the many demands made on you each day as you meet other parents facing the same challenges and obstacles. More importantly, learn how to create a warm and loving environment for your child without stretching yourself too thin!

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:  Thursday, April 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.