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LENA Start Marathon County

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LENA Start Marathon County

Adults Registration

We are taking LENA outdoors this summer to provide safe social distancing - join other parents in learning how to talk more with your baby!

Children from birth onward learn through talking, singing, reading and playing. During these interactions, children learn how the world works, acquire vocabulary, stimulate different parts of their brain, as well as many other benefits. While this may seem easy enough, some caregivers may simply not be talking enough or using a wide variety of words. This is where LENA Start can benefit many children in our community. (LENA stands for Language ENvironment Analysis.)

The LENA system measures the early language environment of children ages birth to 32 months. Using a "talk pedometer" that children wear in a comfortable, child-safe vest, LENA technology tracks conversations with children and the amount of words they hear. Conversations and words are not recorded, just the data. With a week's worth of data from the device, parents and caregivers will receive weekly reports in the form of easily decipherable graphs and tables. In addition to seeing the data, caregivers partake in parent education classes led by trained LENA staff that will help improve interactions with the child.

Two class options will be offered this summer: Monday evenings at Monk Botanical Gardens or Wednesday afternoons at Riverside Park. For the safety of participants and their families, masks will be required along with social distancing of participants.

At Monk Botanical Gardens, dinner will be provided at 5 p.m. with class starting at 5:30 p.m. At Riverside Park, lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. with class starting at noon. Children do not need to be in attendance for either session, but childcare and fun children's programming is provided for those who want and/or need it.

Free to attend, participants must sign up ahead of time and registration is closed after June 16. Click the "Register" button on this page to sign up!

  • LENA Start Marathon County
    📅 Register Mon., 6/14/21, 56:30 p.m. CDT @ Monk Botanical Gardens
  • 📅 Register Wed., 6/16/21, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. CDT @ Riverside Park

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We are taking LENA outdoors this summer to provide safe social distancing - join other parents in learning how to talk more with your baby! 🖶