Happy smiles were found everywhere at the Sunflower Farm, recently. for more than 200 people who attended the event! The Early Literacy Team in the CSDB Outreach Department hosted the state-wide community event near Longmont, for children who are Deaf and hard of hearing, birth through age 8, and their families.
[Image: Young children roasting marshmallows at the bonfire, telling an ASL story on stage with family participation, girls hugging and the Bulldog mascot shaking hands with a baby]
The Early Education ASL Program through CSDB Outreach Programs was delighted to have SKI-HI Institute provide a 3-day training in August 2023 to 9 participants, who reside throughout Colorado.
Early Literacy Event-Platteville-Gilcrest Fire Station
Sixteen families with children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, under the age of 5 years, met at the Platteville-Gilcrest Fire Station for a very fun Early Literacy event through CSDB Outreach. The highlight was exploring the fire trucks and ambulance and interacting with a fireman in his full gear!
Early Literacy-Northern Colorado
The Northern Colorado Early Literacy program hosted many families, who have children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, recently. Families enjoyed a story, music and movement and other fun activities.
Literacy Events-Pikes Peak
Families from across the Front Range Urban Corridor jumped, danced, played through music and movement activities during the Literacy Events at Pikes Peak Library 21C in Colorado Springs, GymStarz Elite in Johnstown and Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver during the month of February.
All Things ASL
Through a collaboration with the School for the Deaf, the CSDB Outreach Programs are currently offering a total of 9 evening ASL classes each week for a total of 78 community participants and 17 family members of current CSDB on-campus students.
Little Language Learners Kick Off the Winter Session
The Little Language Learners bilingual toddler playgroup kicks off the winter session on Friday, January 13, 2023. The toddlers love our new space and equipment! We use songs to get our wiggles out and the Hands Land ASL program to learn ASL rhymes and rhythms. We paint pictures, create with playdough, cut and hole punch, match pictures and learn new vocabulary words each week. We have a sensory table for new textures, a light table with changing colors, a little literacy library and a dramatic play center to activate our little minds.
The ”Coffee and Conversations” parent portion of LLL is a lively and supportive place to discuss weekly triumphs and seek feedback with challenges. Parents learn potty training basics, language patterns and rhythms to help with daily schedules and predictability. We laugh hard and lift each other up all while taking a breather with a hot cup of coffee.
It is the MOST FUN to watch these ‘littles’ grow and learn!
Music, Movement, Stories and Education!
The children who attended the recent Northern Colorado Early Literacy event were all smiles; so fun to see so many little fingers signing, voices singing and all communicating with each other! Jami Fries, Director of @coloradohandsandvoices joined us to share information about supports and resources available to families through Hands and Voices. It was wonderful to see parents, children, and professionals all connecting with each other!
We look forward to the next event in February to bring Northern Colorado Families back together again!