I am a Brain Builder: A Workshop for Parents
This parent workshop is the activity for the “The More We Know, The More We’ll Help Children Grow” message of the Brain Building in Progress campaign. This message is focused on professional development—not just for professionals but for parents as well. We know parents recognize the logo, but it’s time to make sure they understand what it really means. This workshop is a resource to share with the parents/guardians in your programs and communities to further educate them on the important role they play in building the brains of their young children in order to prepare them for learning and success!
Through the I Am A Brain Builder parent workshop, caregivers will gain an understanding of their children’s developing brain, how every-day activities and interactions are learning (or Brain Building) moments, and learn more about resources in their community to support their children’s brain development.
A workshop for parents to guide them in being Brain Builders by further educating them on young children’s brain development.
The workshop takes 45 minutes - 1 hour in its entirety. Programs may also incorporate activities and workshop elements into existing playgroups and parenting education.
We recommend you use this in conjunction with the book Brain-Based Early Learning Activities and our Parent Activity Guides found in the Other Resources section of this site.
We welcome your feedback! In order to evaluate and continue to improve this workshop, we ask that you please distribute the participant and facilitator evaluations and return them to Sunindiya Bhalla (either scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail hard copy to Sunindiya Bhalla, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, 51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210)
You Will Need:
- Facilitators’ Guide
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Quiz Answer/Fact Sheet
- Handout: Brain architecture
- Yarn Activity Instructions: Build a brain!
- Handout: The learning-ready brain
- Handout: Brain-building environments
- Parent Evaluation
- Facilitator Evaluation
How Brains are Built
Watch "the core story of brain development" to learn about how a child's brain continues to form new neural connections through back-and-forth interactions and overcoming toxic stress. (Video by Alberta Family Wellness Institute in collaboration with Harvard Center on the Developing Child & Frameworks Institute).