February 2021 Activities

Sign-Up is OPEN for Handwriting & Keyboarding!

Handwriting & Keyboarding (Typing) sessions will be available this spring!

Handwriting is for ages 3 and up and keyboarding for ages 5 and up. This program will be overseen by Occupational Therapy Intern Paige Blazina.

Curriculum used:

  • Handwriting without Tears – Teaches pencil grip, letter formation, and the literacy skills that are needed for print and cursive handwriting.
  • Typing without Tears – This curriculum teaches typing and general computer readiness. Learn to type while having fun!

These will be held in-person at the Playhouse in a One-on-One setting much like our tutoring and speech sessions.

Applications OPEN for Virtual GiGi’s Kitchen Teen & Adult

GiGi’s Kitchen is designed to emphasize the importance of health and wellness through nutrition education, kitchen safety, food preparation, social activities, and a shared meal/snack. Under the guidance of program leaders, participants will learn about and progress through skills including measurements, food handling, knife skills, ingredient identification, palette expansion, and nutrition. Participants will be introduced to various cooking techniques. GiGi’s Kitchen program will build participants’ self-esteem and self-confidence through nutrition and wellness! GiGi’s Kitchen Teen & Adult is recommended for ages 13-18+.

This is an 8-week VIRTUAL program taking place every Tuesday, from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM.

GiGi’s Kitchen will start on Tuesday, March 9th, and will continue till April 27th.

  • Click here, to complete the application. Applications will close on February 15th!

Visit our calendar here to read more!

Local Programs

GiGi’s is continuing to offer virtual group programs locally and hope to transition limited in-person opportunities soon. We’re following CDC guidelines and taking all precautions necessary to keep our friends and families safe. We encourage you to attend a program virtually!

Virtual LMNOP (Language, Music N’ Our Peeps (0-3 years)

LMNOP is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities. We recommend this program for ages birth-3 years. This program is led by certified Music Therapist Ms. Misty with Quad City Music Therapy.

We’ll be singing and signing about favorites! Favorite book, snack, and more!

Virtual GiGiFIT Toddler 

This program wraps up on February 6th after meeting for 12 weeks virtually.

There were 6 individuals signed up and we’re so proud of everyone for continuing to participate and give their Best of All. Thank you to the leaders Paige, Josh and Kayla for making this program the best it could be.

Virtual Teen Tastic (13-17) & Fantastic Friends (18+)

Teen Tastic promotes friendship, social interactions, communication through a variety of social activities, outings, and games for teens. Participants in Teen Tastic gain confidence, leadership skills, and empowerment while working as part of a team or on individual projects and tasks.

Fantastic Friends program supports the development of social skills and language through peer-to-peer interaction in a casual fun setting. Adult participants participate in the planning of activities so that group activities are based on personal interests.

Programming will be on FRIDAY 2/5/21 and SUNDAY 2/21/21! (Yes, SUNDAY!)

The theme for 2/5/21 is Valentine’s Day!

With At-Home Kits available containing craft materials and more!

Check back later for the theme for 2/21/21!

One-on-One Programs

Spring 2021 Tutoring & Speech Has Begun!

The spring session began on January 31, 2021, and is 15 weeks long. Applications for the summer session will open in late April. Tutoring and speech like all programs at GiGi’s are FREE!

See additional information about these purposeful programs by clicking below!

GiGi’s At Home

GiGi’s at Home offers live virtual programs and programs on demand with participants from around the world!

Yes, around the WORLD!

Click HERE to explore the site and view current program offerings.

GiGi’s at Home On Demand is our way of bringing 150+ purposeful programs to you at a time that is convenient for you. You will have access to program recordings, lesson plans, and activities to use when you are ready.

GiGi’s at Home Live is our way of bringing 28+ purposeful programs to you every week at a specific time. This allows you to interact with our volunteer program leaders and fellow participants engaging in purposeful activities designed for your loved one’s age group.

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