Parent Education Program (PEP)

What is the Parent Education Program?

Formerly known as the Parent Awareness Group, the Parent Education Program (PEP) provides Heartwood families with a forum to discuss challenges, share parenting resources, and broaden understanding.

Depending on what most interests our school’s community, PEP Talks may include book discussions, parenting workshops, or presentations from guest speakers. The topics are determined at the first Parent Support Group meeting of the year.

When and where do PEP Talks take place?

Programs begin in September, on the school’s campus. Meeting times and details vary. Evening programs often include free childcare for ages 3 and up.


Program Topics

Topics are determined at the Fall PSG meeting and vary from year to year. You can help steer the PEP curriculum by volunteering on the committee, or email us your suggestions.


Upcoming Programs

PSG Planning Meeting

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up.) RSVP by September 10

Description: Join us at our Fall Planning Meeting to learn more about opportunities for involvement at Heartwood! We’ll have volunteer sign-up sheets, committee information, workshop registrations, and much more.

Suggestions for PEP topics and speakers will be part of this meeting, plus you’ll get the opportunity to sign up for the PEP committee.

The 9:00am meeting and the 6:30pm meeting cover the same agenda, so you only need to attend ONE. Childcare will be available for ages 3+ at the evening meeting only.

 

“Positive Time Out” …for Parents!

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm (Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up.) RSVP by September 24
Speaker: Jean Wittig, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator (more at www.jeanwittig.com)
Cost: FREE
Learn More: What is Postive Time-Out? Article by Jean Wittig

Description: Are you over-scheduled? Running on empty? Tired? Frustrated by power struggles or “bad” behavior?

This parenting education program will offer strategies for you, to FILL YOUR CUP (and your parenting toolbox), so you can easily and peacefully carry out positive interactions with your children, encourage more harmony and cooperation, and reduce opposition and discord. (These tools can apply to the workplace as well.)

Situations may occur when our cup dips to such a low level we can’t even BEGIN to fill it. Is there a way we can wisely connect with our children despite feeling depleted or totally at the end of our rope? When WE exemplify positive self-management and self-care, our kids are watching and learning!

A resource for this interactive session is the book POSITIVE TIME OUT And Over 50 Ways to Avoid Power Struggles in the Home and Classroom by Jane Nelsen, ED. D. You can find out more at www.positivediscipline.com. You do NOT need to buy the book to attend. Additional resources will be on display and some will be available for purchase.

Target Audiences: Parents, Grandparents, Nannies, Teachers — Anyone caring for children

Target age groups: Toddlers, Children, Tweens, Teens

Childcare for ages 3 and up: Specify names and ages to reserve space for your child. Limited space available for walk-ins.

Program Schedule:

  • 6:15 Arrival; Meet ‘n’ Greet. Drop off children at childcare room
  • *6:30 Speaker – Jean S. Wittig, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, is a frequent speaker here, as a Heartwood mother and grandmother since 2013. Her daughter Miss Lynda teaches with Miss Becki in the Children’s House.
  • *7:05 Break-out Time to explore books and resources (some available for purchase), and opportunity to register for upcoming Parent Workshops for a more in-depth understanding of Positive Discipline.

    There will be display tables of books, categorized by age levels from toddlers to teens, that parents might want to consider as resources for their parenting library or toolbox. Jean invites you to post questions, to be addressed when the group reconvenes at 7:20.
  • *7:20 Further discussions based on questions posted from the group.
  • 7:45 Program Ends, however Jean is available till 8pm for individual Q and A if requested.

*If you can’t make it to the 6:30 talk, feel free to join in at 7:05 or 7:20pm*


Save The Date!

Saturday Retreat for Parents of Toddlers Through 10 Years Old

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 3:00 pm with a 30-minute lunch break
Leader: Jean Wittig, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: TBA. Sign up to be notified when registration opens

Description:  This workshop will utilize the book “Positive Time Out” and expand on the material covered in Jean’s September 25th PEP Talk, focusing on specific challenges and questions from workshop participants. BYO Lunch; water and morning snack will be provided. Registration also includes a 20-minute follow-up call per person/family. Childcare is not available for this program.

Saturday Retreat for Parents of Tweens and Teens

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 3:00 pm with a 30-minute lunch break
Leader: Jean Wittig, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: TBA. Sign up to be notified when registration opens

Description:  This workshop targets techniques and challenges specific to parents and caregivers of the 12-18 age group, using the book “Positive Discipline for Teens.” BYO Lunch; water and morning snack will be provided. Registration also includes a 20-minute follow-up call per person/family. Childcare is not available for this program.

Positive Discipline Course for Parents of All Ages

Dates: Tuesday evenings (10/16; 10/23; 11/6; 11/13; 11/27; 12/4)
Time: 6:15pm – 8:15 pm
Leader: Jean Wittig, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: TBA. Sign up to be notified when registration opens

Description: This course utilizes the “Positive Discipline Workbook.” Details TBA based on participant needs. Childcare will be available for ages 3+

 

Past Programs

Curious what might be covered in a PEP Talk? Check out some of our past topics to get a better idea. Interested in hearing one of these speakers again? Please let us know!

  • Parenting without Screaming with Jean Wittig
  • Developmental Differences & the Whole Child Approach in Montessori with Bridget Dickerson
  • Sleep Solutions with Irene Gouge
  • Reading and Language Development featuring both a reading teacher and Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Positive Discipline with Liane Watson
  • Conscientiousness and Mindful Living
  • Orenstein Solutions with psychologist Dr. Daniel Sheras
  • Heartmath with Terry McDougall EdS


Snow Day January 19th

There will be no school tomorrow due to inclement weather.