Parent and Child Workshop

Gross Motor – Skills and Activities

Gross Motor skills are an essential part of child development. In this video, Ms. Katie covers why and includes a fun gross motor activity to do at home!

Parenting Books

Recent Parenting Books

Discover some great parenting advice in the categories of Reading, Speech & Language Development, Nutrition, Play & Movement, and Child Development.  

How to Make a Sensory Bin at Home

Children learn best when they engage their senses. Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘Sensory Play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways. And play is essential to Early Literacy! Play helps children express themselves and put […]

Dramatic Play

Join Ms. Suzanne as she highlights the importance of dramatic play in learning as well as some suggestions of how you can incorporate it into you and your child’s daily activities.

Q&A – Child Development with Great Start

Milestones! We have all seen the charts, listened to the experts, and searched the internet for all the answers to the common question, “is my child developing appropriately for their age?” In order to find some answers, The Great Start Collaborative for Oakland County offers some invaluable resources for parents on the topic of development. […]

Q&A – Speech Pathologist for Kids

During our in person Parent and Child Workshops, parents get the opportunity to visit and ask questions with early childhood resource professionals. Without the opportunity to do this in person, we went with the next best idea!  OTPL has put together short Q & A videos with some of our usual visitors! In the video […]

A Great BIG Read for Little Kids

We’ve all heard of events like The Great American Read through PBS or Great Michigan Read through Michigan Humanities Council where adults get together and read one book. Ready to Read Michigan brings that into the hands and minds of young children, every year! The book for 2020 is A Parade of Elephants by Kevin […]

Ready to Read Michigan

Ready to Read Michigan

Complied through the Library of Michigan, Ready to Read Michigan is a great resource for parents on early literacy and your child. Following five practices you can do at home with your child to get them ready to read, this program offers tips and ideas for at home learning. To get started, follow along with […]