Parent Enrichment Series

APRIL 30, 2018:  Early College Options for Homeschoolers at PCC
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Learn about the options for attending PCC as a teenager. Guests include Summit Learning AcademyBaker Early College, Beaverton Early College High School, and PCC Gateway to College and YES to College.

MAY 14, 2018:  Playing with Language
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Discover the many wonderful ways you and your preschoolers can play with language and build a strong foundation for reading.
By Christie Ranslow, VH Instructor & Certified Reading Specialist with 25 years of experience.
The process of learning to read begins long before a child enters first grade. Research shows there is a strong relationship between the amount and quality of early language and literacy interactions and the acquisition of linguistic skills needed for reading. Exposure to oral reading and language play is fundamental in the development of phonemic awareness which is critical to the development of reading skills. So that’s the research. But how do we, as busy moms, make that happen in the real world?


JANUARY 29, 2018:  Traditional & Alternative Medical Interventions for Common Developmental & Behavioral Challenges
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With Donna Spence Kirchoff, M.D., VH Parent & Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician
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Many children experience anxiety, focus/attention problems, learning difficulties, social interaction challenges, sensory processing difficulties, or sleep problems. There is no one approach to these challenges that works for everyone.  There are often many ways to solve a puzzle, and developmental/behavioral challenges are no exception! We’ll talk about traditional (allopathic) and complementary/alternative medical approaches (such as naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine/acupuncture, homeopathy, mind/body techniques, and chiropractic/osteopathic care) that can be helpful for kids (and adults!) who are experiencing difficulties in development or behavior.

FEBRUARY 12, 2018:  Getting into College as a Non-Traditionally-Schooled Student
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By Jodi Walder-Biesanz, VH Community Partner & Independent College Coach
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The college admission process has grown increasingly complex, and students who have a non-traditional schooling experience have to take some extra steps when completing applications. Understanding the admissions process and what can be done each year your student is of high-school age will go a long way towards reducing stress. Tips and discussion topics will include:
Curriculum, evaluations (with or without grades) and transcripts, Standardized testing (when to take what and how to prep), Extracurricular involvement – depth or breadth?, Using each summer well, When to start looking at schools; when to start writing essays, Planning college visit trips, Work experience or community service, Career and major exploration, Recommendation letters and essays, Understanding what schools are a reach vs. a match and why it matters for merit aid, Merit aid realities at selective and highly selective schools, Will your student qualify for need-based aid? What’s your EFC?, What should the parents’ role be in the application process?

APRIL 16, 2018:  Effective Boundaries with Children
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By Josette Luvmour, VH Grandmother, Consultant, Human Development Specialist, Educator, Author, & Public Speaker
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Children need successful loving boundaries to develop optimal well-being. Successful boundaries with any age child are always achieved in relationship. When we understand how children organize their world we can interact with in ways the child finds supportive and meaningful. Supportive and consistent boundaries bring health to each and every family member. Natural Learning Relationships (NLR) provides us with the blueprint that we need. NLR translates child development principles to parents, teachers and caregivers of children. Use healthy boundaries to enrich your relationship with your child, and learn the most common misconception about boundaries and how to replace it with a more effective approach.

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