For those who have children that may be a little too young for preschool and are hesitant to be left without you (or if you're a mom like me who is hesitant to leave her child) - a "Mommy and Me" group is a great way to promote learning, enhance creativity, and teach social skills in a controlled and safe environment. While some groups are primarily play based, I've enjoyed (and felt my children have benefited most) being a part of groups that have a specific theme or plan for each time we meet.
Lucky for us, there are many talented and creative people out in "blog land" who are willing to share their ideas and resources to help us. Below are three examples of "Mommy and Me" formats:
Danielle is a former kindergarten teacher, who took that experience (along with her experience of being a mom of 3 children) and created a Mommy and Me Book Club.
"We are a co-op of moms who meet together once a week to have fun! We read stories, do art, play games, sing songs, and of course, eat yummy snacks. All based around the central theme of our Book of the Week." [from Mommy and Me Book Club Website]
What I LOVE about this website is that Danielle gives very specific instructions on how to format the group as well as weekly lesson plans and tips on how to make the class successful.