Let’s Play!

Let’s Play is a four week workshop taking place every Tuesday in November from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. in the Children’s Program Room. These classes are designed to model, explain, and support the importance of play for children 0-5 years old. Each week a local early childhood specialist will visit so caregivers can ask questions about their child’s development. Please plan to attend all four sessions. Please register.

November 7: Mary Johnson, MSEd, OTR/L, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District

Mary is an Occupational Therapist whose passion is working with children — encouraging their development through play, exploring their interests, curiosity, and natural drive to master new skills in the areas of physical development (fine and gross motor skills), sensory processing, and self-help. She believes that parents can be their children’s best teachers. She currently works with the Char-Em ISD on the Early Childhood Team, as OT for preschool-aged children, and has experience in medical settings.

November 14: Andrea Donahoe, Early Childhood Educator

November 21: Jennifer Brabant, M.A. CCC-SLP, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District

Jennifer has been a Speech and Language Pathologist for over 30 years. She has a masters in Communication Disorders and is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. The last 12 years she has focused on early childhood. Her emphasis for this session would be to emphasize the importance of adult and child interactions in a play setting and how that helps to develop speech, language and social skills.

November 28: Megan Goedge, Petoskey District Library’s Children’s Librarian

Megan holds a Master’s Degree in Library in Information Science and has been a children’s librarian for 12 years.