Create with your kid
Mommy & Me classes are intended to provide meaningful interaction between mothers and their young children while also giving moms a chance for socialization.
But what happens when the kids start to grow up? Does that mean moms are out of the picture? Not at Cecil College. Among the college’s youth programs are a number of classes also offered to adults.
“When we started the homeschool classes, some of the moms wanted to participate,” according to Tammy Rapposelli, program and event coordinator for the Lifelong Learning Department in the Career and Community Education Division. “They wanted to stay here (on campus) and, if the class was interesting, they asked ‘Can we join?’”
Now, parent and child classes are offered to mothers, grandmothers or any grown-up. Of course, youth can take the classes solo, and adults don’t necessarily have to have a child with them either, Rapposelli said.
She said the combined classes started with ceramics, and the offerings have expanded to include a variety of art and crafts, music and fitness classes.
Other options include special holiday workshops. “A lot of moms and daughters like to do the ones for the holidays,” Rapposelli said, because they go home with keepsakes.
Ann Stubbs, owner of Sinking Springs at Bristoll Plantation, just outside of Elkton, instructs most of the holiday classes.
The parent/child offerings at her farm this fall include a Fresh Greens Wreath Workshop, Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments and Pine Cone Wreaths.
The youth participants generally range in age from 8 to 14, Stubbs said, and she encourages a parent or grandparent to join them and enjoy the time together.
Other fall classes adults can take with the children they love include Boho Necklace, Ceramics: Wheel-Throwing, Fun and Funky Ceramics for All Ages, Self Discovery: Art Journaling, Zentangle: Basic and Xentangle: Making Coloring Book Pages.
The above courses will be held at Cecil College’s Elkton campus. Most are geared to ages 7-15.
To learn more, go to www.cecil.edu, choose Continuing Education, then Youth Programs and click on Parent & Child Classes.
If you don’t see anything that strikes your fancy this semester, never fear. The offerings vary and Rapposelli said sometimes all it takes to have the parent/child option added is to ask.