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September 12, 2006

New News from Tiny Fingers & Hola Baby

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It's that time of year, when the early childhood enrichment programs are gearing up after a summer slowdown. Today I've got the fall registration scoop for two of my favorite local programs - Tiny Fingers baby and toddler sign language and Hola Baby Spanish-language playgroups.

The fabulous Hola Baby in Arlington, founded by Maria Elena Greene (mama of two-year-old Leila), is now registering for an eight-week fall session that runs October 11 through December 9. The program is held at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church on N. Glebe Rd., convenient to 66, Clarendon, etc.

Hola Baby's playgroup-style classes are organized by age, and a parent or caregiver attends with each child. Classes for ages 12 mos. to 2 1/2 years are open for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. For ages 2 1/2 to 4 years, groups are open for Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. On Wednesday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m., there's a sibling class for kiddos from the same family between the ages of 1-4 years.

My daughter and her daddy have just registered for their second year in the Saturday morning Hola Baby program, and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Maria has so much energy and creativity - not to mention the benefits that a native bilingual Spanish-English speaker can bring to the experience. And it's such a friendly community of families and kids, ranging from those who speak some Spanish at home (or with a caregiver) to those who are learning the language from scratch. I can't recommend the program highly enough!

For more Hola Baby info or to register, send email to: maria (at) holababy (dot) net. Their website is under construction - Coming soon!

Also registering for fall is the Tiny Fingers baby and toddler sign language program, which I recommended in my book. Thanks to popular demand and recent expansions, Tiny Fingers (founded by the talented Eileen Ladino) is now offering classes in the District (at Capitol Hill Yoga), at three different Alexandria locations (Cameron Perks coffee shop, Parenting Playgroups, and in the Landmark neighborhood), and in Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Baltimore (Kingsville).

They also arrange group classes in private homes or a location of your choice, such as a clubhouse or community meeting space. (Or they can arrange a private group session for a moms' group or club at one of the public locations where classes are offered.)

For more about the Tiny Fingers program, its founder and instructors, click here.

A side note: Tiny Fingers is so busy that they are looking for an additional instructor. If you've taken a couple of formal ASL classes and have experience teaching babies and toddlers to sign, contact Eileen to talk about opportunities. Send email to: classes (at) tinyfingers (dot) com or click here.

Posted by Sarah at 11:11 AM.