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Susan Robinson

This is my 15th year at South Bay Family Tree. I have enjoyed working with every age group here at SBFT.  I have taught the Siblings class for the past eleven years and before that I worked with the 18-24 month old class.   I began my career in Education at a Head Start Preschool in Illinois.  Much of my work there was mentoring  parents of preschoolers in a family based program.  I continued my work in California public schools teaching sixth grade and second grade.  

 

I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few years staying home with my daughter until she started first grade.  We enjoyed Mommy and Me classes and a Co-op Preschool so when I had an opportunity to be a part of SBFT, I was thrilled.  It felt like the perfect job to incorporate my experience as an educator and my experience as a parent.  

 

I continue to work with children of all ages (preschool through grade 5) as a Substitute Teacher at the CDC programs throughout the Redondo Beach District.  

Class Information

Here's a typical day in Room 55  Times are approximate.

 

9:00 - 9:50   Children may choose to do an art project.  I try to make this project open ended and a PROCESS rather than PRODUCT based piece.  My goal is to encourage ALL children to participate in some way.  AND, for those children not interested or who prefer to play, we have blocks, puzzles, manipulatives,  free drawing, cars, dolls, dress-up clothes and a kitchen inside.  The outside playground is also an option during this time.

 

9:50 - 10:00  Clean up.  Remember, you are the role model.  Encourage the kids to help put toys away.

 

10:00 - 10:15  We have a few predictable songs that we do every week like our Hello song, handwashing song and Circle Song.  I introduce many action songs to get children (and their parents) moving, songs with props, learning songs that help children learn colors, numbers, and letters.  I'm always open to requests for favorites.

 

During our Circle time, the snack parent prepares the healthy snack.

 

10:20 - 10:40  Snack 

 

10:40 - 11:00  Discussion

11:00 - 11:30   Clean up   Storytime, closing music circle

 

Topics

WEEK 1
Class Information and Classroom tour

Sickness/Wellness Policy
WEEK 2
Serving Sizes Made Easy by Lisa Young
Points to Use during Nutrition Guidelines Discussions
Plan for Your Young Child
WEEK  3   
Important Milestones By the End of 3 Months
Important Milestones By the End of 7 Months
Important Milestones By the End of 12 Months
Important Milestones By the End of 24 Months
Important Milestones By the End of 36 Months
Important Milestones by the End of 48 Months
Developmental Milestones Ages 3 to 6 Years The Building Blocks of Learning
WEEK 4
A Comparison of Four Approaches to Discipline & Democratic Discipline
WEEK 5
Less Than Perfect Good-Enough
WEEK 6
Are You Missing Sleep?
Rest: It's Required
Bedtime Blues
Sleeping
WEEK 7
Reading Rituals
Benefits of Reading Aloud
Adult Scribbles for the Refrigerator
WEEK 8
Your Child's Brain
WEEK 9
The best Quiz on handling toddler tantrums
WEEK 10
Good Kids, Bad Behavior
 
Ages & Stages-3 year olds
Ages & Stages-4 year olds
WEEK 11
Am I spoiling my young child?
WEEK 12
Step by Step Toilet Training No More Diapers! 
WEEK 13
Siblings without Rivalry

WEEK 14
Stopping a Temper Tantrum in it's tracks: What to do when kids lose it
WEEK 15
Examples of New Ways of Thinking

WEEK 16
5 Characteristics of a Good Boundary
WEEK 17
No Means No:  How to Teach Your Child that You Mean Business
WEEK 18
Guidelines for Offering Choices

WEEK 19
Parenting Young Children

WEEK 20
What Your Kids Artwork Means

Drawing

WEEK 21

Does Birth Order Matter?

Tips from The New Birth Order Book
Does Birth Order Matter?
 

WEEK 22
Twenty Alternatives to Punishment
WEEK 23
7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
WEEK 24
Fine Motor and Letter Practice
WEEK  25
Too Tired to Discipline
WEEK 26
Brain Facts
10 Super Foods for Better Health!
Strategies to Try INSTEAD of Yelling, Bribing, Threatening, Criticizing and Punishing
WEEK 27
How to save a choking child Choking First Aid
WEEK 28
Five Reasons to Stop Saying "good job!"
WEEK 29
Temperament Traits
WEEK 30
Raising Your Spirited Child
WEEK 31
Preschool days-20 tips from preschool teachers
WEEK 32
 Is your happiness thermostat stuck?
How to be a Happier Mom

Mommy Mantras

WEEK 33

PLAY: It's the way young children learn

WEEK 34

What it feels like to be TWO

WEEK 35

Seven Clocked Minutes of Nursery School

WEEK 36

5 Traits Moms Need to Survive and Enjoy Toddlerhood

 

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