English as a Second Language [ESL]
Birmingham Public Schools ~ Fall 2018
Reach out to me, Jen Hilzinger, with any questions big or small
Also thanks to a parent sharing her experiences in the complex task of finding playdates and babysitters for your child(ren) at our last Pierce ESL parent meeting, I've included some ideas for making playdates for your children (and YOU) and ALSO some local teenage babysitters. Let me know how it goes if you try any of these ideas!
Beautiful Fall and Winter locations in Michigan
Overnight Ski Resorts:Boyne Mountain https://www.boynemountain.com
Boyne Highlands https://www.boynehighlands.com
Schuss Mountain and Shanty Creek https://www.shantycreek.com
Mt Brighton https://www.mtbrighton.com
Mt Holly http://www.skimtholly.com (Pierce kids Ski club travels here)
Beautiful Areas to explore:
Charlevoix Area http://www.charlevoix.org
Upper Peninsula https://www.uptravel.com/
Other Michigan adventures:
Pure Michigan https://www.michigan.org
Playdates American Style
1) Talk to your child and ask if there is anyone that they would like to have over to your home. I bet they will have someone in mind already.
2) Use the class list - email or phone - and reach out to the parents. Don't be shy, all parents do this at some point. I predict you will be met with a friendly voice interested in the same thing.
3) Invite the parent to stay at your home during the playdate only if they would like to -- this may help you both feel more comfortable. But don't be surprised if the other parents 'drop kids and go'. Most adults are pretty trusting with other parents from their child's class.
4) Two hours is a good time frame for a new playdate. Make sure to trade cell phone numbers in case there is a problem.
5) Enjoy these new friendships for your kids and for YOU.