What is life like for children today? Are your children getting enough quality playtime? Does play matter? Ruth Anne Hammond, Certified RIE Associate® has the answers. Sign up for this workshop brought to you by Kirk o’the Valley school and find out why play is essential for all ages and boredom is actually a good thing.
For those unable to attend the live event, a video recording will be shared with attendees a few days after the event.
Date & Time
Monday, January 30th, 2023, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ruth Anne Hammond
Ruth Anne Hammond is the author of Respecting Babies: A Guide to Educaring for Parents and Professionals (Zero to Three, 2019), and is a consultant for infant/toddler care and education. Having been mentored by Magda Gerber, founder of Resources for Infant Educarers, Hammond teaches and mentors parents and professionals in the US and abroad. She served on RIE’s board of directors for many years and was President from 2006 through 2011. She was on the faculty of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School as both a member of the Senior Adjunct Faculty and a Master Teacher in the Infant/Toddler-Parent Program for 17 years. She is currently on the board of directors of Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA and serves as chair of the Program Advisory Committee.
Ms. Hammond earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Arts in Human Development, specializing in Infant/Toddler Studies and Leadership in Education, from Pacific Oaks College. She is a longtime member of author and psychologist Allan Schore’s interpersonal neurobiology Right Brain Psychotherapy Study Group.
Kirk O' The Valley School, a not-for-profit elementary and preschool, has been serving families in the San Fernando Valley community for over 60 years. Starting in our play-based preschool program and continuing through fifth grade, our child-centered approach and low student to teacher ratios allow us to guide and nurture the whole child. Embodying the saying that "childhood is a journey, not a race," Kirk works closely with each student to determine where they are and help them find the best way they can learn. The school strives to create an environment that cultivates curious learners who feel empowered to explore the world around them. Kirk is often described as "a small town school environment where everyone knows your name," a special and rare characteristic that can be hard to find in a large suburban environment like Los Angeles.