November 28, 2012
My son is 5 years old and just entered Kindgarten. Side by SIde offered a 6-8 week parenting to course at his schools. I am a social worker and have actually ran parenting programs so I was curious to see if I would really benefit from the sessions beyond a refresher. I was so pleaseed with the prgoram Side by Side brought to the school. They offered a family dinner each week which allowed a very busy mother to actually eat with her childrens at least once a week when we went to the program. In addition the program offered enrichment activites for my son while I went to the parenting class. The class was so interesting and taught me soo much. It focused on discipline, reading, and math. It explained step by step what our children were learning, how the teachers teach them, and what we as parents can do at home. It gave really good strategies and ideas on how to make learning exciting. We went to every session and the thought of us not going was never an issue. I loved seeing my other parent friends each week and felt a strong sense of partnership with the school, side by side, my sons teacher and the other parents. The volunteers were very nice also, they even allowed my 17 month old daughter to go into the enrichment actitivies sometimes so I could focus on class and she could bond with the other children. I really apprectiate this program and feel it gave me a great foundation. I hope they have something similar for each year of school. Thank you Side by Side
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