What is Play Group? Play group is a program stemmed from the Rising Titans Collaborative partnership, so stay-at-home families can bring their children to educational play time with other children. Our partners work together to make this happen for Lorain families! 100% of pre-k aged children who participated in Play Group have transitioned to a formal preschool in Lorain.
Play Group is held weekly at the South Lorain Branch Library. More details to come, as we safely reopen our programming!
Why is play group important to a child’s development?
Play Group is important in many areas of child development, specifically in socialization and communication. Kindergarten Readiness is more than learning to read, write and spell – it also means that your child is able to share with peers, listen to instruction from adults other than their parents (teachers), ask for help when help is needed, and so much more. Activities in Play Group also incorporate fine motor skills (holding a pencil, grabbing items, squeezing scissors) and gross motor skills (running, jumping, skipping, throwing), along with STEM work.
For more information on the skills your child should know prior to entering Kindergarten, click button below
What structure do you use to play playgroup activities?
Play Group is facilitated through learn-through-play activities where the child doesn’t even know they’re learning and building onto their strengths! All of the Rising Titans partner centers, including the school district, uses a Play-Based Curriculum so it is important for Play Group to align with that structure.
View this short “play-based” learning video for more information. Click button below.
Literacy Kits –
The Rising Titans Collaborative developed “Play Group” in 2019 for stay-at-home families to attend for their children aged 2-5, to enhance their social-emotional learning and other developmental areas. Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Play Group was canceled and we transitioned to in-home literacy kits to Play Group families, which were dropped off to doorsteps. After a successful 6 months of deliveries, and still in the midst of the pandemic, we decided to open up access to all Lorain families in 2021. Because early learning looked very different in 2020 it was important to stimulate the minds of preschool aged children in Lorain with more learn-through-play activities. Literacy Kits also included a fact sheet for parents, to explain the importance of the developmental skills related to the activity.
We distributed a total of 563 literacy kits from January to June 2021 with the help of our awesome volunteers/volunteer groups. Registrations grew every month!
With the need for peer socialization, The Rising Titans Collaborative is brainstorming ways to open Play Group back up to the public, at a Lorain library. Please stay tuned for more information!