Together with her daughter Donna Lasco, the owner of Terrific Twos©, Marie leads workshops that provide parents and caregivers with knowledge, strategies, and materials to prepare children for kindergarten and all-around school success.
Terrific Twos© is an intergenerational pre pre-preschool program based in New Fairfield, Connecticut. As a supplement to this program, we are offering interactive workshops.
Participants: Parents, grandparents, caregivers enrolled in once-a-week intergenerational pre-preschool Terrific Twos Program©
As an extension of her Terrific Twos© Intergenerational Pre-preschool Program, Donna Lasco, Marie Z. Amoruso, Ed.D and Deanna Lasco offer an interactive workshop specifically designed to supplement the weekly ninety-minute caregiver-child sessions. This workshop provides parents with additional knowledge, strategies and materials when preparing children for kindergarten and all-around school success.
In response to the demographics shifts in the communities, as an extension of her Terrific Twos© program, Mrs. Lasco offers a workshop to introduce and encourage parents of various ethnicities to begin forming a balanced routine of learning through play. Each participant learns about the importance of having a routine for his or her children. Through the use of various manipulatives and materials, Mrs. Lasco demonstrates how children can learn and have fun at the same time. While the English version of Grandma Needs a Nap! written by Dr. Marie Amorusois available on Amazon.com, all participants in this workshop receive a gift its Spanish translation¡La Abuela Necesita un Descanso!.
Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York invited Donna-Marie Lasco and Dr. Marie Amoruso
to present their workshop, “Preparing Children for School Success.
Is Two, Too Soon?
Preparing Children for School Success©
“Thank you to Donna-Marie [Lasco] and Marie [Dr. Marie Amoruso]. You brought so much joy to our parents. You empowered them in their important role as parents”
-Lorraine Campanelli, Director of Cabrini of Westchester Immigrant Services
“We greatly appreciate the informative and empowering workshop in early childhood literacy that . . . Ms. Donna-Marie Lasco presented … the parent attendees took home the Spanish edition of your book, Grandma Needs A Nap! ¡La Aubuela Necesita un Descanso! to read to their children. Director of the workshop, Heidi Sakanaka, Assistant Dean, Director Changing Suburbs Institute®
"My daughter is entering Kindergarten and I learned what to do to support her learning. I learned what toys to buy for Christmas to help with school. I learned how to make it fun to learn just doing what mothers do at home. It seems so easy to do. Oh, thank you for the book. The English translation DVD helps us say and read so my daughter can believe I can help her like her teacher. Mrs. Lasco, Dr. Marie are angels." [translation from parent Maria Valdivieso] Mi hija está entrando al Kindergarten y aprendí qué hacer para apoyar su aprendizaje. Aprendí qué juguetes comprar en Navidad para ayudar con la escuela. Aprendí cómo hacerlo divertido aprender sólo haciendo lo que las madres hacen en casa. Parece tan fácil de hacer. Oh, gracias por el libro. El DVD de traducción inglesa nos ayuda a decir y leer para que mi hija pueda creer que puedo ayudarla como su maestra. Sra. Lasco, la Dra. Marie son ángeles]
“. . . morning session was filled, parents had to be turned away … and then the same happened in the afternoon session!. . . we’ll have to consider offering the workshops in each district to reach the parents, who could not have been accommodated.” Dr. JoAnne Ferrara, Assistant Dean and Director of Professional Development Schools Community Outreach Programs, Manhattanville College