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Free Pre-school Option in San Diego

Recently I was invited to do a presentation on Redirecting Children’s Behavior at this pre-school city20college20logothat is organized by Continuing Education which is under San Diego Community College District. It’s a pre-school program where child’s parents come and help run the school under the supervision and guidance of the teacher hired by the district. The school is 3 days a week, Mon, Wed and Friday from 9:00-12:00.  Here is the excerpt from the web-site:

Course focus is on building skills that strengthen families and prepare the preschool child for kindergarten. Parents develop family communication and problem solving skills while expanding their knowledge of the preschooler’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. The child participates in age appropriate activities in a preschool environment.

After my presentation, I had a chance to talk to one of the mothers who attested that it’s a wonderful program where you can bring in your child to have a pre-school experience and at the same time connect with other mothers. While you have your child at the school, you are assigned a specific role to help out at different activities the school offers, so you are not in the same place as your child all of the time, but it gives both you and your child a chance to have a new experience as well. While this pre-school program is completely free of charge, it does require a time commitment for the parents to attend 3 mornings a week, plus weekly meeting on Monday evenings. This semester is ending soon but if you are interested in joining for the next school year, check out their web-site!


先月、サンノゼのGemini Crickets of Multiples Club of Silicon Valleyという、双子かそれ以上のお子さんを持つ親が参加している会で、メンバーを対象にRedirecting Children’s Behaviorについて講演をしました。当日は70人154以上もの人が集まり、会場は大変な熱気でした。1年ほど前からToastmastersというスピーチクラブに入り、月1度ほどの割合で英語でのスピーチの練習をしてきましたが、それほど多くの聴衆の前で英語で話すのはほとんど初めての経験でかなり緊張しました。最初のうちは手元のインデックスカードを読んでいたのですが、すぐにこれではまずいと気がついたので、少し緊張を解くために歩き回ったり聴衆に質問をしたりしたところ、かなり反応がよく、冗談を言う人もいたりして場が和んできました。2時間半はあっという間にすぎ、多くの方から「とてもためになった」というフィードバックをいただくことができました。これからまた英語でも話す機会が増えると思いますが、さらに改良を重ねていきたいと思います。

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RCB for Parents with Multiples

The talk on Redirecting Children’s Behavior techniques for the Gemini Crickets of Multiples Club of Silicon Valley was very successful – we had over 70 parents participating! When Mari, one of the club officers, a mother of a 4 year old & 20 month old twins and my close friend told me the day before that 64 people had registered to attend, I was thrilled but also thought that not everyone would show up. So I was really surprised when 70 copies of handout we had prepared were all gone and there were a few who didn’t get it (I even gave my original). Continue reading