Cre­ate with your kid

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R - By LENA ELLWANGER

lell­wanger@ches­pub.com

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.

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