PCU banner ad, white
. 
Our LOWEST Tuition in 8 YEARS
Just for Fall! 
Register by Wednesday, 9/10 to save all classes! 

September - December 2014 Fun:
Skipping Columbus Day Saturday & Thanksgiving Friday & Saturday!
In This Issue
Kindermusik Classes: Cuddle & Bounce (0's & 1's), Sing & Play (1's & 2's), Family Time (0-5 yrs.)!
UnLimited Make-ups (within the term)
Signing Smart: Classes!
Signing Smart: Teacher Workshop
Positively Disciplined! Group Class or Private Coaching?
REGISTER Today! Links & Form
Kindermusik FREE Preview Classes!
Kindermusik Classes, divided by age or now a mulitiage option!

Kindermusik Classes

 Filled with fun, music, movement, parachute play, instrument play, story time, and parent education! Plus, take the learning and fun home with our amazing, now more affordable Kindermusik@Home digital materials (print available)!
Follow Me to Kindermusik! Ages 0-7yrs.
Click

 Fridays, 9/19 11:30-12:20,110220A     
 Saturdays, 9/20 11:45-12:35 110220B

 Fridays, 9/19 10:30-11:20, 110209A
 Saturdays, 9/20 9:30-10:20 110209B 

  Fridays, 9/19 9:30-10:20 110218A
  Saturdays, 9/20 10:30-11:20 110218B

 
 REGISTRATION FORM
Fall 2014
(703) 228-4747 county
(888) 703-4PCU
 (571) 643-1002 
 
UnLimited Make-up Policy  
(within the term)! 

 Just use our EZ
Make-up Scheduler!
We missed you in Kindermusik class! Parent Child U! 
Click to schedule!
   
  This provides a HUGE true cost savings when you can really attend the number of classes you've paid for!

 


Signing Smart
Beginner
10-week Play Class

Saturday September 20th
1:00-1:50 p.m.
Signing Smart at Parent Child University, LLC
REGISTER
to save your spot today! 
with code: 110204A

Presented by
Tracey Kretzer, MS, LPSC
Lincensed Signing Smart Instructor since 2006  

Signing Smart 
Parent Workshop    
Upon Demand!    
Baby signs DADDY with Signing Smart strategies by PCU 
Click to see video!

Do you find yourself wanting?
  • A window into your infant / toddler's mind?
  •  To reduce frustration and temper tantrums?
  • Your toddler to do more than just grunt, point, & cry?
  • To have real conversations, starting at 8-12 months (or even 6 months)?
  • To increase your child's long-term learning potential and IQ (NIH showed a 12 point IQ gain by age 8 in one study)? 

 ...then Signing Smart is for you! 

 

Ages:Adults only for Parent Workshop - Play classes start soon too! 
Sessions: 1
Location: your or my home/office/school
Cost: $20 tuition and $18 book, Signing Smart With Babies & Toddlers and handouts!
Instructor: Tracey Kretzer, M.S., LPSC
Call To Register: (571) 643-1002

 


Signing Smart
Infant & Toddler Teacher Workshop
  
Presented by
Tracey Kretzer, MS, LPSC
Lincensed Signing Smart Instructor since 2006

Every teacher must take ongoing classes to keep their license up to date. Why not recommend this class to your child care provider today?   
Encourage your child care center and/or babysitter to sign with your baby or toddler in just seconds a day and increase your child's IQ, ability to communicate, and conflict resolution skills!   
Toddler asks for BALL by signing instead of crying or grabbing!  
 Here a 14 month-old child (behind teacher) signs "BALL" and the toddler gives him the ball!! No crying, no whining, no grabbing, or interrupting the teacher! 
 
The National Institute of Health (NIH)
showed that babies & toddlers who were signed to as children had an average of
12 point higher IQ
by age 8!

Click here:   

 

Parenting is NOT Easy, but is it So Important! Come add some tools to your tool box through a class or coaching session!
Absolutely...
Positively Disciplined!™   
Saturday, October 4th
2:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

white-couch-family.jpg
Explore research-proven methods for disciplining yourself and your child! No judgments - only positive solutions for your parenting toolbox! Created by a certified parent educator, experienced elementary school counselor, child enrichment specialist, and the founder of Playground Diplomacy™ and Parent Child U«, this class is sure make the difference you are seeking and/or the reinforcement you deserve! Just a few of the many topics we will discuss include: child and brain development, speech and language, feelings-management, problem-solving, bully-busting, tattling vs. reporting, safe schools, and more! Build a stronger, more positive relationship with your child and be the parent you always knew you could be!

Ages:
Adults

Sessions: 1
Registration Code: 140201A 
Cost: Priceless...
                 but
ONLY $25!

Instructor:
Tracey Kretzer, M.S.
Professional School Counselor
Certified Parent Educator
(571) 643-1002

 

FIT Arlington  
Don't let fees be a barrier. Arlington County residents may request a fee reduction!
All participants must submit fee r
eduction applications prior to registration (discounts are not retroactive). Fee reductions are available on a sliding scale based on household income and size.
For more information visit us online and search for Fee Reduction.
 
Executive Function & an Opportunity or Loss for this Generation - Your Choice! by Miss Tracey :)

Dear Parent Child ▄ Friends & Supporters,

Happy Back to School/Class for so many! Come create memories to last a lifetime at our parent & child classes!

Have you heard the new buzzword in education "EXECUTIVE FUNCTION?" Now that I am back in the schools half-time as an elementary counselor, the term is used quite a bit.
Below is a great way to remember what the term discusses. But do you know how to build or enhance executive function in your child and yourself? I hope our Parent Child U families know the answer to this question, because we practice it at the beginning of (and throughout) each class. Come see for yourself, or encourage your child's teacher, director, or administrator to learn more.

Perhaps the best way to describe Executive Function (EF) I learned at  a Conscious Discipline Conference a few years back. Becky Bailey, Ph.D. had us come up with acronyms at our tables to help us remember EF skills. This was her own acronym at the time:

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION

T - Time Management
O - Organizational Skills
P - Prioritization

W - Working Memory
I - Impulse Control
F - Flexibility
E - Empathy

When you are stressed you lose access to these EF skills. When you have certain medical conditions, such as ADHD, these skills are diminished (but can be built or rebuilt :). We all find ourselves walking into a room wondering why we are there sometimes (Working Memory) or wondering how we could have said something or done something (Impulse Control). We all want it to be our way or the highway sometimes (Flexibility) and we can't understand why others don't see it our way (Empathy).

But, how do you build and/or enhance Executive Function skills? According to Becky Bailey there are four necessary ingredients:

EYE CONTACT
TOUCH
PRESENCE/ATTUNEMENT &
PLAYFULNESS

Five years ago, most people did not own smart phones. Believe me, I LOVE mine! However, as you probably know, it is way too easy to be looking at your phone instead of each other (Eye Contact). I also hand my screen to my current preschooler like I, literally, never could have before, with my older two children. After school, I see primary students texting friends standing right next to them or playing checkers with a friend online, instead of face to face (Eye Contact  & Touch & Presence lacking).

Such changes are literally changing our brain and the way it is wired. It also is changing the way we are all wired (bad pun intended) to each other.

In our child enrichment and parenting and teacher training classes  we teach fun activities to increase these four important components. We know it works! Research has proven that even FIVE MINUTES a day of such activities with young children decrease temper tantrums and oppositional behavior by at least 50%. Just think about that!  Amazing!  Then think about a really good 5 minutes with your significant other and how that can carry you through your busy day. Next consider all the Eye Contact, Touch, Presence, and Playfulness the average adult experienced growing up and how that wired our brain for EF and connection with others. Personally, I grew up with woods behind my home and played in it for hours all summer! Now think about the kids today playing online and through screens.

Becky often says, "Connections on the outside make neural connections on the inside." Screen time is literally changing the world. But now that you know... pass the word. Pass a smile and a pat and know you are making a real difference in the world!

Want to learn more? , Come experience the ultimate Eye Contact, Touch, Presence, and Playfulness -  through our classes! Register this week, before classes disappear.

Wishing you well,
     "Miss Tracey" :)

Parent Child ▄niversity Founder/Educator
Professional School Counselor
Certified Parent Educator
Child Enrichment Specialist
MissTracey@ParentChildU.com
Toll Free: (888) 703-4PCU
Mobile Office: (571) 643-1002

Register for Fall term
TODAY!
CLICK FOR OUR
FULL CLASS LIST

KIndermusik Improves  
School Skills ... 
Parent Child ▄ Class Descriptions

We have a wide variety of award-winning, research-based classes to choose from! See our photos & video clips of each class type - all hyper-linked below!

 
Child Enrichment Classes at PC▄
   
Positively Disciplined!™ 
 
Kindermusik« (0-7 yrs.)
   
             Village (Birth-18 mos.)
 
             Cuddle & Bounce (0-23 mos.)  
 
             Our Time (18 mos.-3 yrs.)

             Wiggle & Grow (2-3 yrs)

 

             Imagine That (3-5 yrs.)

             Young Child (4-7 years)

             Family Time (0 - 5 years; 6+ yrs & 
                             infants FR*EE! with a 
                             registered sibling)

    
  ☻ Signing Smart™ (0-2 yrs.)
 
             Beginner (Birth, reco 5 mos.-2 yrs.)
             Intermediate (9 mos. or walking is
                              recommended-2 yrs.)

             Zoo (Birth, recommended 5 mos.-2)
             Holiday (Birth, recommended 5 mos.- 2)

 ☻ ABC Music & Me! In-school music!
              (2-4 yrs.) ABC Music & Me
              (4-6 yrs.) ABC Music & Me

 ☻ Playground Diplomacy™
              (3-5 yrs.) Diplomats
              (5-6 yrs.) Diplomats

Tutoring & After-School Programs

♥ American History Tutor
               Grades: 4-12

♥ Girl Power! 
               Grades: 4-6

♥ Get Real About Violence
               Grades: K-3
               Grades: 4-6


Parent/Teacher/Administrator Training


Positively Disciplined!™
  
Signing Smart™
   Signing Smart™ Parent Workshop
   Signing Smart Infant/Toddler Teacher Workshop

The Happiest Baby/Toddler on the Block

Playground Diplomacy™

Dr. Sears' L.E.A.N (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Nutrition)

♥ Parent Coaching 

♥  MORE!

Need help deciding? Give us a call to find the best class for you/your child at (571) 643-1002 or (888) 703-4PC▄ or simply e-mail us at Classes@ParentChildU.com. We also offer Parent Coaching and Birthday Party Entertainment! We look forward to seeing you in class!

 

Wishing you Well,
Miss Tracey at Becky Bailey's Conscious Discipline Training!  
"Miss" Tracey Kretzer, MS, LPSC 
Parent Child ▄ Founder & Lead Educator 
Parent Child University, LLC
Mobile Office: (571) 643-1002
E-mail: MissTracey@ParentChildU.com
Web: www.ParentChildU.com 
Since 2006  
Kindermusik« 
FREE Preview Classes!     
Come and find out why Kindermusik« is the world's leading seller of curricula for 0-seven year-olds worldwide! Experience the joy of parent education through child enrichment. See pictures, video clips, and learn why parents and children LOVE our classes at www.ParentChildU.com!

Register by Phone: (571) 6453-1002 or
E-mail: MissTracey@ParentChildU.com   

  Call (571) 643-1002
MissTracey@ParentChildU.com 
Save $10
Book your Child's
Parent Child ▄ Birthday Party!
Possible Themes: 
Pirates and/
or Princesses, Trains, Balls, Animals, Sports, Dogs, Monkeys, Water Play, Camping, The Ocean, Backyard Fun, and MORE!   

include 40-45 minutes of music, movement, ASL, instrument-play, parachute-play, story time, as well as 8 birthday bags (including a CD, book, instrument or prop, and preview class coupon). We even throw in a gift for the birthday boy/girl! Packages start at $100 for instructor & $75 for 8 gift bags (plus a free one for your child!) - an incredible deal in the DC area! Plus, a HUGE time saver; party planning, travel, entertainment, and bag prep run 3-4 hours for us at PCU. Dates fill up fast. Reserve your date today to ensure your child's Parent Child ▄ Birthday Party experience!

Looking for a location? Arlington Recreation offers wonderful spaces!
Offer Expires: September 30, 2014


Kindermusik and Parent Child U
Parent Child U, LLC - registered trademark