To the left is Brady as a toddler at a Parents as Teachers annual Truck Day in rural South Carolina. And below during a Halloween party playing with a friend as a baby (he's the Batman, not the Spiderman, ha!).
For us, the P.A.T. playgroups gave us structure, routine, learning opportunities, somewhere to go and a chance to be social. I was a stay-at-home mom in a suburb with no close friends or family nearby.
It was just the two of us a lot of days, so we went to two different P.A.T. play groups in our area every week and we loved it. We made friends and both learned a lot.
If you have a young child, you can find one near you by checking here. My favorite statement from their website was this:
Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.
If you've never heard of P.A.T., here is more information on their vision and history from their website.
- To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
- The early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life.
- All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations.
- In 1981, Missouri pioneered the concept of helping parents embrace their important role as their child’s first and best teacher.
- The concept for Parents as Teachers was developed in the 1970s when Missouri educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness.
- Research showed that greater parent involvement is a critical link in the child's development of learning skills, including reading and writing.
- Since 1985, Parents as Teachers has expanded to all 50 states and seven other countries.