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This clever tale, based on the book by Sandy Asher and Keith Graves, brings classic fairytales to life in a fresh, fun way. A solitary, and somewhat grumpy Rabbit tries to entertain some visiting frogs with stories of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and "The Ugly Duckling.� The Rabbit soon learns that sometimes company is a good thing, in this delightful 704-973-2828 show for preschoolers. March 1-9 ctcharlotte.org

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For over 80 years, Catholic Schools have provided a faith based education dedicated to academic excellence to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Children learn in an environment where the teachings of Jesus are promoted and upheld as core values of both school and life. Visit one of our nine schools and see what a Catholic education can mean to your child.

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FROM THE EDITOR MICHELE HUGGINS

Planning for Success

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uccess is measured in many ways. Achieving success requires dedication, passion and motivation. In this issue, we showcase local teens that exhibit all these qualities and then some. We received more than 120 nominations from community members, educators and coaches for our Terrific Teens feature. It wasn’t easy narrowing it down, but the eight featured in this issue are definitely top of the class. I had the pleasure of meeting the eight teens featured on page 29. What stood out to me about each of them is their pure passion for the things they choose to pursue. They are well-rounded, smart and enthusiastic for what the future holds. I was also intrigued and inspired to see how interested they were to interact with each other and talk about the things they do, each giving a nod or two to the other. At one point during the photo shoot, two that play guitar and one who plays mandolin, circled together for an impromptu jam session. (Check out the video at CharlotteParent.com/tweensteens). Part of the college-bound pursuit is taking college entrance exams. The SAT used to be the standard, but now more and more colleges and universities are accepting the ACT or asking for ACT and SAT scores. The feature on page 24 gives insight on when and how to prepare for these tests. And if the thought of paying for college causes you to sweat, read the story on page 28 for creating the best plan of action to help your teen get scholarships. My takeaway: Start looking early! In other big news, I’m delighted to report that Charlotte Parent, along with sister magazines Carolina Parent and Piedmont Parent, is joining forces with Morris Media Network, a family-owned company based in Augusta, Ga. Morris is no stranger to Charlotte, as it publishes Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Home + Garden and Charlotte Wedding, in addition to other media properties across the globe. It’s gratifying to have an audience that grabs the attention of media companies like Morris. Parents of Charlotte, pat yourselves on the back. Your views and opinions are important! I’m happy to join the Morris family. I look forward to having new resources that enable Charlotte Parent to grow as we continue to provide the best information — both in print and on CharlotteParent.com — about navigating parenting circles in Charlotte. Cheers to success!

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t's hard to believe it's been a whole year since the 2013 Fit Family Challenge spotlight families began the eight-week journey to healthier lives. As we gear up for this year's challenge, we reached out to the Hills and the Garfinkles to see how they're doing one year later. Steve and Lisa Garfinkle, parents to four children ranging in age from 9-19 years old, admit that they are less vigilant now that the challenge is over, but that many things they learned have “stuck” because they became habits. “We eat a lot more fruit and salad, drink more water, and are more active as a family,” says Lisa Garfinkle. “We have cut back on fast food and try to make healthier

choices when we do eat out.” Carl and Shana Hill and their daughters, ages 4 and 7, learned that they could have fun as a family and exercise at the same time. “Family time is extremely important,” says Shana Hill. “We focus more on eating family meals together and doing more family oriented activities.” For eight weeks last spring, the families committed to eating healthier and exercising more, with the help of Charlotte Parent and a team of experts. The family members met several times with a fitness trainer, a balance expert and a dietitian. “During the challenge […] we made choices to improve our long-term health and wellbeing,” says Lisa Garfinkle. The biggest challenge for

both families was finding the time to exercise or prepare healthier foods, but they quickly learned how to make it a part of the daily routine. And both families agree that the challenge offered surprise rewards. “It brought us closer together,” says Shana Hill. “[The program] increased our awareness of so many things.” “More than anything, I think we are more aware of the need to be healthier and we have more knowledge about how to be healthy. Even if we don't always follow through!” says Lisa Garfinkle. The 2014 Fit Family Challenge kicks off April 15. Learn how you can join in the fun and qualify for prizes at CharlotteParent.com/ fitfamilychallenge. — Lisa Hassell

"Legends of the Knight," a documentary that portrays uplifting true stories of individuals who were inspired by their childhood love of Batman to become reallife heroes, is coming to Studio Movie Grill March 6. Batman will be there with his Batmobile, in addition to some other caped crusaders and villains. Recommended for ages 10+. Learn more at wearebatman.com.

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Madison Ruff, 14, is paying it forward. After finishing treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma (a type of cancer) at Levine Children's Hosptial, she and her family and friends celebrated with an end-of-treatment party. Instead of gifts, she asked that guests bring hats for patients still going through cancer treatment at Levine Children's Hospital. Word spread after the party, through church, neighbors, family and friends and people kept donating hats, says her father Jason Ruff. Hundreds of hats for babies, teens, and adults in all sizes and kinds were collected. "Madison used some of her own money to buy hats. This whole project has made her feel very happy and she is glad to be able to help other kids in her situation," says Jason Ruff.

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Michal Jordan Quick stats: age 23, defenseman for Charlotte Checkers … Family tree: lives with wife Lucie and 5-yearold son Michal near uptown … Favorite indulgence: Five Guys and cheesecake… Favorite outing: beach vacation in the offseason… Favorite local eats: Chima Steakhouse … iPod: all different kinds of music, and books and games like Candy Crush and Hay Day … Latest read: "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway… DVR:  a mix for everyone. Kids shows for Michal Jr., "The Bachelor" for my wife and "Eastbound and Down" and "Trailer Park Boys" for me … In your bag: my passport and my wallet so that I can buy anything that I forget … Can’t live without: playing sports … Stress buster: hanging out with my family.

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Madison Ruff, 14, sits in front of just some of the hats she collected for patients at Levine Children's Hospital.

Teaching Teens Purpose They say, “it takes a village to raise a child”, and that’s why local author Reginald Bean was compelled to write a playbook for young men transitioning into adulthood. His straightforward book, influenced by his own life, "UNFINISHED: 40 Lessons on Purpose, Self, and Becoming a Man" is geared to teenage boys, and includes riveting quotes that can be used as daily affirmations or simply a guide to becoming a better individual. His refreshing and clean-cut writing style incorporates thought-provoking exercises after each chapter that encourages self-reflection of the past, and how the past can either hinder or benefit potential opportunities in life. $15, 40-lessons.com.

A Sensible Sofa With her new DivaPets Furniture line, local interior designer Barbara Green is making it so Charlotte moms can have nice furniture without worrying about the spills and messes of children and pets. Having partnered with a chemist who created a microbial- and stainresistant fabric, spills simply puddle on the fabric, making it kid, pet and man-cave friendly. And unlike other fabrics with stain protectors, the DivaPet line has an integrated moisture barrier that won't wipe away over time, giving it lifetime protection. Fabrics and furniture are all made in North Carolina. Visit her studio at 830 Lamar Ave. in Plaza Midwood to see her customized line of couches and chairs, or online at sensiblychic.biz.


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e all have our share of anxiety, but for some children it becomes a serious burden. Many factors may cause anxiety, but there are ways to help reduce anxiety a child feels. DOC SAYS BY DR. ANNE E. WALKER In addition to worrying, anxiety may show up in different disguises in children. Children may have somaticization, where they experience bodily symptoms, but there is nothing medically wrong. They may experience a number of stress-related stomach pains, fatigue, chest aches, suffer from lack of concentration, and sometimes tension headaches, though those are rare. Different types of anxiety include separation anxiety when a child fears being apart from family members or individuals to whom he or she is most attached. Social anxiety, or a fear being around others, can occur when he or she is in an uncertain or unfamiliar situation outside of the usual comfort zone. If a child experiences excessive worry and fear about future events or situations that may not ever occur, they may have generalized anxiety disorder. A child psychiatrist or mental health professional can perform a psychiatric evaluation to determine if your child has an anxiety disorder. Help children cope with anxiety by recognizing symptoms when they begin and by implementing the following tips. Help them learn to break down challenges. Teach them to break big projects or experiences into smaller parts, and celebrate their small successes. Model a relaxed outlook on life. Children will copy your behavior. While some children can inherit a biological tendency to be anxious, children can also learn anxiety from their parents, if parents tend to display anxiety or worry often around their children. Encourage your child to connect with friends and get involved in activities. These relationships can have a lasting impact on his or her life.

Is your child at risk for high blood pressure? A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested the idea that many Americans are at risk for high blood pressure due to excessive sodium intake. The results were alarming for children: eight out of every 10 children ages 1 to 3 are at risk for high blood pressure and nine out of every 10 Americans ages 4 and older are at risk.

The overall caffeine intake of children has not increased in recent years, but the sources of caffeine have changed. Children are drinking less caffeinated soda, but they are drinking more energy drinks and coffee. A recent study concluded that 73 percent of children consumed caffeine on a given day. And while caffeine intake has not increased, the American Academy of Pediatrics maintains a position that stimulant-containing energy drinks have no place in the diets of children and adolescents.

Turn the devices and distractions off. Share your hobbies with your child, and spend time outdoors hiking, gardening or playing together. For problematic anxiety, few things beat the advice a qualified psychologist or therapist can give. Many medications can improve anxiety, depression and overwhelming stress and can be prescribed not only by psychiatrists but also by pediatricians and other doctors who are familiar with the safety factors involved. Biofeedback and massage may help reduce anxiety as well. If you are concerned about your child’s anxiety, schedule an appointment with his or her pediatrician. Dr. Anne E. Walker is a pediatrician at Novant Health Walker Pediatrics, and has three teenagers.

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The Department Of Defense has created a new health initiative with military families in mind called 5-2-1 that recommends five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise and zero servings of sweetened drinks for young children. Something all families can live by.


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Elmo Teaches Chinese Sesame Street’s favorite furry red monster is introducing children to the Mandarin language through animation and live action films shot in China in the second season of “Fun, Fun Elmo.” Each episode introduces a Chinese tone, word, and stroke order for writing characters. Find it on youtube.com/ sesamestreet.

STEM Early College Opens Campus of Opportunity App Alert Preschoolers can practice writing skills by tracing uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers on a virtual chalkboard in Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers and Lowercase. Verbal and visual cues help engage and minimize frustration. iPad, $6.99.

Tip Create a scheduled time to do homework each day so that it becomes part of the daily routine.

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Throughout their highschool journey, students have access to the same facilities as UNCC students, including libraries, food services and classrooms, in addition to programs and organizations of a traditional high school, such as yearbook, prom, student government and clubs. Students can also participate in sports at their home schools. To help with the transition to the college campus and new program, students join in weekly seminars about life in the program. Learn more at cms.k12.nc.us.


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fyi : : LIFE Tackling Chores as a Blended Family

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o one wants to be seen as the wicked step-mom of fairy-tale proportions, having the step-children scrub the floors in rags while the biological children eat bonbons and go to parties. Maybe it’s because of that age-old stereotype that chores in blended families can be such a touchy subject. The truth is, chores are a valuable parenting tool. They not only teach kids how to do certain STEPUP jobs around the house and help instill BY KAREN M. ALLEY a sense of responsibility, they also reinforce the fact that every single person is part of the family. Here are a few tips to help navigate the minefield of assigning chores in a blended family.

Talk to your partner first. As a step-parent, you are coming into a family that had its start with an entirely different parenting partnership. Therefore, your step-children may have grown up in a house with different expectations than what you have. It’s important to communicate with your spouse and make sure you are on the same page before assigning chores. Talk with the other parent as well, and come up with a chore plan that works for both households. This keeps things consistent across the board.

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Set up a chore chart with clear expectations and consequences. This is a great time for a family meeting, talking with all the kids at the same time. You can make a list of chores as simple as a sheet of paper, or you can download an app, such as Chore Pad Lite (free on iTunes) to help keep track of who is doing what. Assign chores based on time in the house. While expectations should be the same for all kids, the number of times a chore gets done might be different. For example, if one chore on the list is to make your bed each day, the kids will be expected to make their beds every day they’re in the house, even if for some that means they’re making their bed more than the other kids. If the chore, however, is to do the dishes once or twice a week, then don’t have the kids who are just there on the weekends do the dishes every weekend. Set up a rotation that seems fair to everyone. Once everybody starts chipping in, things should start running a little smoother around the household. If nothing else, you’ve given the kids something to bond over as they grumble about you to each other while doing their assigned jobs. Karen Alley lives in the Triad and is proud to be part of as blended family.


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fyi : : LIFE Tackling Chores as a Blended Family

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o one wants to be seen as the wicked step-mom of fairy-tale proportions, having the step-children scrub the floors in rags while the biological children eat bonbons and go to parties. Maybe it’s because of that age-old stereotype that chores in blended families can be such a touchy subject. The truth is, chores are a valuable parenting tool. They not only teach kids how to do certain STEPUP jobs around the house and help instill BY KAREN M. ALLEY a sense of responsibility, they also reinforce the fact that every single person is part of the family. Here are a few tips to help navigate the minefield of assigning chores in a blended family.

Talk to your partner first. As a step-parent, you are coming into a family that had its start with an entirely different parenting partnership. Therefore, your step-children may have grown up in a house with different expectations than what you have. It’s important to communicate with your spouse and make sure you are on the same page before assigning chores. Talk with the other parent as well, and come up with a chore plan that works for both households. This keeps things consistent across the board. Set up a chore chart with clear expectations and consequences. This is a great time for a family meeting, talking with all the kids at the same time. You can make a list of chores as simple as a sheet of paper, or you can download an app, such as Chore Pad Lite (free on iTunes) to help keep track of who is doing what. Assign chores based on time in the house. While expectations should be the same for all kids, the number of times a chore gets done might be different. For example, if one chore on the list is to make your bed each day, the kids will be expected to make their beds every day they’re in the house, even if for some that means they’re making their bed more than the other kids. If the chore, however, is to do the dishes once or twice a week, then don’t have the kids who are just there on the weekends do the dishes every weekend. Set up a rotation that seems fair to everyone. Once everybody starts chipping in, things should start running a little smoother around the household. If nothing else, you’ve given the kids something to bond over as they grumble about you to each other while doing their assigned jobs. Karen Alley lives in the Triad and is proud to be part of as blended family.


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Teen “drexting,” or texting while driving, is becoming a leading cause of death for teen drivers. Researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., estimate that there are more than 3,000 annual teen deaths and 300,000 teen injuries nationwide due to texting while driving. A team of Cohen Children’s Medical Center investigators also found that among 8,947 teens ages 15-18 driving between September 2010 and December 2011, 49 percent of Apps to Help the boys and 45 percent of girls admitted to texting Prevent "Drexting" while driving. Find more “drexting” stats and facts at DriveOFF and TextBuster textinganddrivingsafety.com. available at play.google.com In August 2013, driving-tests.org released a for Android. nationwide survey of teen drivers and published the DriveMode available at following ways parents can lead by example while att.com is free for AT&T driving with their teens: customers with Android or • Wear a seatbelt, put your cellphone away and Blackberry devices. focus on the road. DriveScribe available at play. • Talk to your teen about responsible driving, google.com and iTunes.apple. emphasizing the risks of distracted driving along with com for Android devices and the dangers of drinking and driving. iPhones. • Consider creating a parent-teen driving contract Canary available at to increase awareness. play.google.com and iTunes. • Consider registering your teen for a defensive apple.com for Android driving class or allocating additional time to highway devices and iPhones. driving in traffic, at higher speeds and around trucks. Source: mashable.com

College Essay Don'ts When writing college admission essays, avoid these five topics. 1. Listing your accomplishments 2. Sports 3. Sharing how lucky you are 4. Inflammatory topics 5. Illegal activity Source: cbsnews.com

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Tool kit. It may not seem like it, but this essential is by far the most under appreciated. This just-in-case kit is great for assembling pictures, placing hooks and other neat décor. $37, dormsmart.com.

Wireless speakers. A good study session isn’t the same without some great music. Bring these wireless speakers anywhere and sync your phone’s music to a personal jukebox. Jawbone Mini Jambox, $179, jawbone.com.


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BY HEIDI BILLOTTO

A Bit-o-Green for St. Patty's Day

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Delicious, natural ways to make a fun family meal

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his month in the spirit of St Patty’s Day – why not get your green on? No need to add green food coloring to grits or potatoes when there are lots of delicious naturally green food with which you can work to make a fun family meal. Mint, cilantro, limes, arugula, watercress or spinach and avocado help to give these tasty fish tacos great flavor and a bit-o-color of the season.

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FISH TACOS WITH GREEN CHUTNEY FOR THE GREEN CHUTNEY • 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin seed • 3/4 cup grated coconut • 1 Serrano chili, seeded and veined, then chopped • 2 cups fresh mint leaves, chopped

• 2 cups cilantro leaves, chopped

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halibut, skinned and cut into chunks 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh minced cilantro Sea salt and pepper to taste 4 (8-inch) flour or eight smaller

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• 1 (1/4-inch) slice fresh ginger root, peeled, and minced

• Salt and pepper to taste • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice

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corn tortillas (even though they are not green, I really like the habanero-lime tortillas at Trader Joe's for this recipe) • Baby arugula, watercress or spinach • 1 avocado, sliced • Lime wedges

TO MAKE THE GREEN CHUTNEY: 1. Toast cumin seeds by themselves — no oil needed —in a small skillet until fragrant. This will only take a minute, so pay attention. 2. Grind toasted seeds in a coffee or spice grinder. Transfer to a bowl, add remaining ingredients and toss well to combine. For a smoother mix, combine ingredients in the food processor. FOR THE FISH TACOS: 1. Toss fish with olive oil and minced cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. 2. Broil, grill or sauté the pieces for four to six minutes. 3. Place tortillas in oven or microwave just long enough to warm and soften. 4. Spread tortillas with the green chutney; add fish and avocado, and dress with a squirt of lime juice. 5. Roll the tortilla up and around the filling to serve.

Heidi Billotto is a culinary expert who hosts cooking classes throughout the Charlotte area. Find more at heidibillottofood.com.

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MOTHER OF STYLE »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» BY WHITLEY ADKINS HAMLIN

Executive tote. The Queen City is home to one of the country’s largest banking capitals, and unless you work in a creative field, you know there is not much room for expressing your fashion sense. It all comes back to bags and shoes, and with strict corporate dress codes, this is one area you have full permission to indulge. You spend years committed to your employer, so when you hit your next major professional milestone, treat yourself to a tote that reciprocates your hard work and dedication. Prada Saffiano Small DoubleZip Executive Tote Bag in brown, $2,230, available at Neiman Marcus at Southpark. My beach bag/diaper bag. Whether you are parent to a newborn or a brood of teenagers, there couldn’t be a more important bag to own. Long live the legendary Lands’ End Canvas Tote. Reinforced with a rip-resistant bottom and handles, this oh so durable version is the tanker of all canvas bags. Personalize your bag in your favorite font and color, and it’s as cute as it is functional. Give the smaller version of this bag to a friend, filled with all the necessary diaper bag items, and you have the perfect baby shower gift. $20-$50, landsend.com.

The perfect bag for

Every Occasion Whether you’re a stay-at-home mama, one who works away from the home or one who, like me, can’t seem to grasp the fairytale concept of less is more; the inability to keep it all together can be detrimentally devastating. From designer collaborations at Target to the originals sold at high-end boutiques, there are great looking handbags available at every price point in every color of the rainbow. Whatever your appointment, you are a warrior, and survival is largely dependent on the bag you carry.

Messenger bag. As a working

Mom with two small boys, I feel like I am always running. For business lunches or client meetings, I reach for a more polished bag, but for everyday comings and goings, this hands free option is the only one for me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been carrying Coach’s Classic Stewardess Bag, handed down to me by my mother. At 25+ years old, this option is durable and timeless, and the leather just gets better looking with age. $358, coach.com.

Clutch. Everyone needs at least one great clutch for evenings out on the town. I recommend you have at least one higher quality staple and then fill in the blanks as per your heart’s desire with fun, floral and festive options for every season. JJ Winters metallic clutch, $88, available at KK Bloom. Whitley Adkins Hamlin is a local stylist and mom to two boys under age 5. Read her Mother of Style blog at CharlotteParent.com/blogs.

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hanging addresses — and sometimes schools, communities and friends — is a rite of passage for millions of children. According to US Census Bureau data, GROWING UP BY MALIA JACOBSON the average American moves nearly 12 times in a lifetime, with two to three moves occurring before the age of 18. While a new hometown can be exciting, expansive and fun, it can also make a child’s world feel topsy-turvy. Here’s age-by-age guidance on helping children take a move in stride.

Malia Jacobson is a nationally published health and parenting journalist and mom of three.

2-5 years

FACING FEARS

Toddlers and preschoolers thrive on predictability, so a move that interrupts the daily routine can be distressing, especially if it means parting with a familiar school or daycare, or a cherished relative. “Some children are very upset by moving,” says Deborah Pardee, psychotherapist and core faculty at University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Parents can help in this process by recognizing that the child is going to experience loss, and talking about it.” Assure children that favorite people and places won’t be forgotten. Make a memory book full of photos and mementos. Little ones may fear forgetting something important at the old house or even of being left behind themselves. Discuss how the moving van will deliver all of their toys and furniture to the new house. Show a child maps and driving routes or plane tickets, and talk about how all family members, including Fido and Fluffy, will get to the new house, safe and sound.

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6-13 years

NEW HORIZONS

School-age children are beginning to exercise more control over their lives, and a move can make them feel powerless. When Charlotte mom Sydney Eggleston moved with her family from Seattle, she involved Hayden, 14, and Sophia, 12, in as many steps of the process as possible, asking them what they wanted in a new home and embarking on a cross-country “treasure hunt” during the actual move. Checking out options for amenities like bike trails, skateboard parks, and swimming pools can help kids and tweens see the upside of a move. “The new neighborhood might offer activities and resources not previously available, so a move can be a good time to try something new,” says Paul A. LeBuffe, director of Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa. “Joining an organization or club, taking a new class, or volunteering in the community can provide new experiences, cultivate new interests, and provide opportunities for making new friends.”

NEW NETWORKS 14-18 years

A move can uproot a teen’s social world at a time when relationships are crucial to self-esteem and personal growth. “Peers provide a sense of identity through shared values and interests, as well as a relatively safe context in which to explore a teen’s emerging personality,” says LeBuffe. Encourage teens to use technology to stay close to pals. Eggleston helped arrange Skype calls between her kids and friends in Seattle. Even with parental help and support, teens may display sadness, withdrawal and resentment toward parents while they adjust to the new setting. This may look like depression, but in most cases, it’s not. “The ‘normal’ depressive reaction is situational,” says Marilyn B. Benoit, chief clinical officer at Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa. “A healthy teenager will use resilient coping skills, exploring new relationships and hobbies while staying in touch with old friends.”


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TEST

PREP Understanding the differences between the ACT and SAT

BY ANNE WOOTEN GREEN

he ACT and SAT, college entrance assessments, are mainstays of the junior and senior years of high school for most students. But, according to a guidance counselor and test prep expert, the foundation for doing well on these exams starts years earlier. Stan Huck, director of guidance at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, says parents can begin preparing their children for the test by exposing them to enrichment opportunities as early as the elementary-school years. “Make sure they are developing problem solving and reading skills,” says Huck. “Enroll them in honors and advance placement classes in high school.” The SAT, first given in 1926, was initially called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and then the Scholastic Assessment Test. The SAT covers critical reading, math and writing. Possible

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scores range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections. The ACT, first administered in 1959, was originally known as the American College Test. The test covers English, reading, math, science and writing. The main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1-36, and a composite score is provided that is the whole number average of the four scores. Most students take the tests for the first time in the second semester of their junior year, says Huck, and a second time in the first semester of their senior year. They can then take the better of the two scores and use those in their college applications. Though the SAT has been the dominant test given in North Carolina for years, Huck says new state requirements are bringing the ACT to the forefront. “Beginning in spring 2012, all high-school juniors in the


state were required to take the ACT,” says Huck. Those scores are part of the formula for the North Carolina Ready Accountability Standards. The state pays the fee for the test. High-school sophomores are now required by the state to take the pre-ACT test, called PLAN. The composition of the SAT is more aligned with Common Core, the curriculum implemented with the 2012-2013 school year. The Common Core state standards in K-12 math and English language arts are taught and assessed. Huck recommends that students take the Preliminary SAT, or the PSAT, as many times as they can to prepare for the SAT. Jackie Pace, executive director of Huntington Learning Centers in Charlotte and Huntersville, a test prep company, points out that each test has its differences and require different preparation. “The ACT is course-relevant. This means that the passages on an ACT relate to topics that students have discussed in their classes. For instance, there could be a passage about biology,” says Pace. “On an SAT, the passages do not relate to any particular subjects and may not have been studied by students in their highschool classes. A second difference is the length of the sections of the test because some of the ones on an ACT are 75 minutes long, but those on an SAT are 25 minutes long.” A third difference is the scoring. Pace recommends test-takers limit guesses on the SAT because mistakes count against the total score, unlike the ACT where this is not true. Huck and Pace both say that almost all colleges and universities accept both tests equally. “Colleges look at many things, not just ACT or SAT scores,” says Pace. “They will tell you that these scores are only one part of the admission process. It is important Most students take the SAT that a student’s grades in school be strong and that the student take academically challenging classes.” Perhaps of equal importance in preparing for test day is making sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a well-balanced breakfast before test time.

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10 TIPS for Landing College Scholarships

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ttempts to navigate the world of private college scholarships often result in students and families left adrift in cyberspace. Use the following tips to help you and your child search for “best-fit” scholarships, and maximize chances at emerging with the ultimate prize: substantial funds for a college education.

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Save time by visiting top scholarship databases. Find legitimate

scholarship opportunities that have been prescreened and neatly packed into the following easy-to-navigate websites: CollegeBoard.com highlights 2,300 scholarships collectively worth over $3 billion. Fastweb.com lists 1.5 million scholarships and prides itself on being updated daily. CollegeNET.com is a userfriendly site that lists scholarships for everyone from freshmen in high school to graduate students.

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Start before your child’s senior year.

Don't make the mistake of waiting until the middle of your child's senior year to pursue scholarship opportunities. A good number of scholarships

students when awarding aid, because they view the acquisition of extra funds as causing a reduction in financial need. It is important to know which colleges alter a student’s aid package should she win a scholarship, and whether these colleges reduce grants, loans or a combination of both. You can typically find overaward policies on any college’s financial aid website.

are available only to high school juniors, sophomores or even freshman.

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As a general rule, avoid any listing that requires an application fee or seems to have no genuine criteria for eligibility.

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count scholarships against

A generic and bland scholarship essay, especially one riddled with spelling and grammar errors, is not even worth your child’s time to compose. Make sure the first line or two grabs the reader’s attention, and is well-written, and edited by at least one trustworthy source.

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Carefully select letters of recommendation. Many

organizations require a letter of recommendation along with your child’s submission. Pick someone who can speak in great detail about unique personal qualities and attributes. Remember, every applicant is submitting a glowing letter; your child’s simply needs to burn brighter than the rest.

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Make sure your child’s online presence is pristine. Now

is the time for your child to delete or at least edit his social media pages. Organizations are likely to Google scholarship applicants. The last thing you

or he wants a scholarship organization to see are risqué Facebook photos or some offcolor tweets.

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Keep looking for opportunities while your child is in college.

Scholarships for students already enrolled in college are far more abundant than people generally assume and receive significantly fewer applications than those offered to high school students. Plus college pursuits may open doors to scholarships never previously thought possible.

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Remember institutional aid.

If you follow the above tips, the pursuit of private scholarships is a wholly worthwhile venture and can ultimately be a fruitful experience. It is, however, important to remember that only 5 percent of aid available to undergraduates nationwide comes in the form of private scholarships. Institutional aid comprises 19 percent of all available aid. To increase your child’s chances at procuring institutional money, make sure he prepares well for the SAT/ ACT, takes a rigorous course load, maintains a stellar grade point average and does his homework on which schools offer large aid packages. Dave Bergman is currently a partner with College Transitions LLC, a team of college planning experts devoted to guiding students and families through the college application and enrollment process. collegetransitions.com.

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After his first “hit” on a middle school football team, Jeb Blazevich says he was addicted to the game. “It was something I wanted to work toward,” says Blazevich. After helping lead Charlotte Christian School to NCISAA state football championships in 2012 and 2013, Blazevich is headed to the University of Georgia this fall on a full athletic scholarship as a tight end for the UGA Bulldogs. He was recruited by 50 major universities and verbally committed to Georgia on ESPNU as a junior. “I think it’s just God’s calling for me to play,” says Blazevich. He has received local and national attention for his skills on the football field for several years. The Charlotte Observer recently named him as a top 50 high school senior football recruit in the Carolinas, and he played in the Under-Armour All-American Game. He was ranked as the top tight end in the U.S. by rivals.com and the No. 2 tight end by ESPN. In 2013, he won the Michael Kahn Community Service/Scholastic Scholarship Award, which is given to an athlete who exemplifies the spirit of community stewardship, academic excellence and accomplishment on the football field. Off the football field, Blazevich is known for his humility and character. “In 17 years as a school counselor, I am hardpressed to think of another student-athlete who embodies a love of learning, depth of character, and natural aptitude for leadership quite like Jeb does,” says Jodi Foxx of Charlotte Christian School. “Other students want to be around Jeb and be like Jeb because they recognize kindness and joy in the way he treats others.” Blazevich plans to study risk management and economics in college, and hopes to play in the NFL.


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Junior, Charlotte Country Day School Parents: Billy and Renee Moore

Mary English Moore began dancing, singing and acting at age 3. Thirteen years later, she’s writing songs and singing and dancing in music videos. The video for her song “At It Again” has almost 100,000 hits on YouTube, and her biography is featured on the MTV Artists website. “Music just makes me feel so good, and you can express yourself through it,” says Moore. “It makes you really just be yourself.” She currently works with Elliot James, the original drummer of the rock band Hey Monday, to write songs and record music videos. Their songwriting process often begins with discussions about what’s going on in Moore’s life. They then bounce ideas off each other as they create lyrics and melodies. Moore began dancing with the Jami Masters School of Dance in Charlotte, and she’s since danced in productions with the North Carolina Dance Theater, including “Cinderella” and “Snow White.” She honed her skills at The Chautauqua Institute and Gelsey Kirkland summer intensives, and she now takes acting and voice lessons at least five days a week over Skype with coaches in Los Angeles. As a member of the Aquilifer Club at Charlotte Country Day School, Moore has helped with a blood drive and book drives. She spends one lunch period a week tutoring a third grader through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and they enjoy reading and playing the piano together. Moore sings in the chamber choir at Charlotte Country Day School, and is performing in the school’s upcoming production of “Godspell.” Moore has not decided where she will attend college, but after earning her degree she hopes to move to Los Angeles to continue working in music and acting.

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Senior, Cato Middle College High School Parents: Manoj and Parul Madhiwala Khushbu Madhiwala was studying in the library when the call came that she had been awarded one of two summer student Habitat for Humanity Senior Build-up internships for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools students. “I was so excited,” says Madhiwala. “I wanted to scream. I had to go outside.” She had wanted to work with Habitat for Humanity for a long time, and she looked forward to the opportunity to dedicate her summer to the community. Madhiwala spent the summer learning about all aspects of the nonprofit organization, from helping to run a mud volleyball fundraiser to working in the accounting department to helping at Habitat’s ReStore. She also volunteered regularly at a construction site. “By the end of the summer, I was able to lead the volunteer crews on my own,” she says. “I can honestly say I know how to build a home now.” After her internship, Madhiwala served as the liaison between CMS seniors and the Habitat for Humanity Senior BuildUp House. She also works with Mecklenburg Ministries’ In Your Own Backyard interfaith youth program, and delivered a speech about Mecklenburg Ministries at the organization’s annual awards breakfast. She’s volunteered at Discovery Place for five years, logging more than 400 hours helping with science programs, giving tours and cleaning fish tanks. At Carolinas Medical Center, she’s volunteered for three years with the guest services department. She has a perfect CMS GPA at Cato Middle College High School, and likely will attend N.C. State University. She plans to study dentistry, and currently is interning at Oasis Dentistry in Concord.

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ALEC Landry

Senior, Hough High Parents: David and Regina Landry

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In the eight years he’s been playing guitar, Alec Landry has progressed from student to music instructor to songwriter. “It’s turned from a hobby into a lifelong passion,” says Landry. He largely learned to play by ear, says family friend Deb Mitchell, and now he teaches guitar and vocals at Creative Ej in Huntersville, in addition to tutoring elementary school children at an after-school program at his church. Landry plays in the worship band at Assurance United Methodist, and also regularly fills in for the worship leader. For the past two summers, he’s attended Camp Electric in Nashville, where he learned from musicians that play in top contemporary Christian bands. He recently recorded a song he wrote at the camp at Creative Ej, and has performed it at several area churches. “I try to have a purpose when I play,” he says. He uses his passion and talent for music to inspire others, playing at charity events, including Relay for Life, and at a fundraiser for a fellow church member who lost her house in a fire. He sometimes takes his guitar to Room in the Inn, a program where churches host homeless guests for a night, to hang out and play, he says. In addition to his musical pursuits, Landry excels in school and played basketball for Hough High his sophomore year. He’s ranked No. 6 out of 470 seniors with a 4.9 GPA, and he was nominated for a Park Scholarship and a Levine Scholarship. Landry has been accepted and plans to attend N.C. State University to study electrical engineering with a desire to design music technology.

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DANIEL Smith

Senior, Piedmont High School, Monroe Parents: David and Linda Smith

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  A fifth-grade music class sparked a lasting interest in music in Daniel Smith. Soon after a high school band director visited his fifth-grade music class with a variety of instruments, Smith attended a middle school band concert and was fascinated with how the instruments worked together to make music. Smith is now finishing his second year as drum major at Piedmont High School, where he has led the band to more than 25 first place awards in regional and state competitions. Smith first joined a band in sixth grade as a clarinet player. “As the music got harder, it sounded a lot better and [the band's] skills got better,” he says. “I really grew to enjoy it a lot better than I thought I would.” He was one of a small group of eighth graders chosen to work with the Piedmont High School marching band, and as a sophomore he decided to try out for drum major. “I looked up to the drum major before me,” says Smith. “He went to my church, and he was a really good role model. That’s what I wanted to be.” In the past two years, the Piedmont High School marching band has won three Grand Champion awards, earned 10 superior ratings and made three Bands of America appearances. “Daniel holds the respect of the entire band, which encompasses over 100 students,” says Jody Lukac, band director at Piedmont High School. “He is definitely someone that all students can count on to be a friend and listener.” Smith plays clarinet in the school’s concert band, which allows him to play the instrument daily; is a member of Future Farmers of America; and is president of Youth Commission International, a Christian club. He's also collected more than 300 pairs of eyeglasses for a missions organization. He plans to attend N.C. State University or UNC Charlotte and study mechanical engineering.


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Senior, Garinger High School Parent: Nicki Bobo In the warmer weather, it’s not uncommon to find Chardonae Johnson barefoot and working in Garinger High School's two-acre garden. Since becoming the president of the Garinger High School gardening club, Johnson has taken the lead in educating fellow students and the community in healthy eating and fresh produce. “When you grow things, you sprinkle the seeds in the ground and come back and there are sprouts, then a big plant,” says Johnson. “It boggles my mind.” The garden club works throughout the school year, and currently is growing sunflower seeds, peas and lettuce in the school’s greenhouse. The club partners with Friendship Gardens and Garinger High School’s parent advocate to share gardening tips and grow produce it can give back to the community. Much of what the club grows is donated to a nearby home for senior citizens. “Chardonae is an agent of change in her community,” says Clevonne Manigat, a counselor at Garinger High School. She shares her knowledge of fresh-from-thegarden produce with younger children at area elementary schools that have school gardens, and she also works with students in the exceptional child program at Garinger helping them cook produce and try new foods that they grow in a garden at the high school. She says that gardening has taught her to eat healthier food, and now she is “in love with spinach” and eats more green vegetables. She is ranked second out of 327 students, maintains a 4.4 GPA. She has been the manager of her school’s wrestling team and tutors some of her peers in math each week. Johnson hopes to attend the University of Chicago and become a physician.

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EMMA Pixley

Senior, Providence Day School Parents: Larry and Laurie Pixley Emma Pixley didn’t start playing organized sports until age 10. “I was always outside with my brothers playing around them and their friends, and I’ve always had a competitive edge to me,” she says. She picked up skills in tennis, soccer and basketball on her own, as well as sports clinics, a church league and camps. Now, she will graduate from Providence Day School with a school-record five state championships in basketball and tennis, and she is on track to win more. She also played on the Providence Day soccer team that won the school’s first state title in the sport in 2013. Pixley says she is proud of how the team improved over the years from a young, struggling group. “She is completely humble and always expects to work harder than her teammates who rarely have even similar athletic ability,” says Ryan Harper, Providence Day teacher and coach. “At the same time, she maintains above a 4.0 GPA and takes the opportunity to be a servant leader within the school and community.” Pixley is fully committed to each sports season. “I want my team to be the best that they can be, and I want to be the best that I can be,” she says. She took a break from basketball last year to rest her body, and she spent her time instead coaching a 10-year-old girls’ basketball team at Providence United Methodist. At Providence Day, she has served in student government and was chosen by the faculty as a student representative on search committees for the school’s head of school and dean of students. Pixley plans to attend either N.C. State or Clemson University, and study in a sports related field like physical therapy or sports management.

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Senior, Myers Park High School Parents: John Sun and Monica Chen

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  Andrew Sun stands out at Myers Park High School not only because of his accomplishments, but also because of his warm, outgoing personality, says Meredith Sherrill, a counselor at Myers Park High School. “Perhaps because of Andrew’s natural intelligence, you are just as likely to find Andrew picking bluegrass with friends or dressed in a toga at the Friday night football game as studying,” she says. “Andrew has embraced ALL of high school and is an active part of it all.” Sun’s interests range from music to debate, and he recently earned his Eagle Scout as a member of Boy Scout Troop 118. He plays violin in the school orchestra and classical piano, but recently took up the mandolin and enjoys weekly jam sessions with the Myers Park High School bluegrass club. He has been involved with the school debate team for three years and now serves as Congress Captain. He enjoys helping younger students on the team. “I try to teach them how to use debate and knowledge in general life,” he says. His favorite high school activity, however, is Odyssey of the Mind. His teams have placed fifth and second respectively in the classics problem at the OM world finals in the last two years. His current OM team also is hoping to compete nationally. He recently received a score of 2300 on the SAT and plans to attend Dartmouth College. For now, he’s keeping his options open for what field he will pursue. “High school really gives you so many options to learn so many things,” he says. “I feel like I have to take general education classes in college first to see what college path (is best for me).” CharlotteParent.com | MARCH 2014

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Epic fun for families in Uptown Charlotte, brought to you by EPICENTRE.

There’s lots for families to do in Uptown Charlotte and EPICENTRE wants you to know about it.

Kids Club Central Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. Sun., March 16: 1-3pm Celebrate all things Irish with Kids Club Central! We’ll have games and prizes, St. Patrick‘s Day crafts and a few added surprises. Our friends from Charlotte Parent will have a special activity station and Radio Disney will bring their special magic. FREE. All Ages.

The EPICENTRE also recommends the following Uptown family events: Interactive Workshop with Mike Artell ImaginOn , 300 E. 7th St Sat., March 1, Noon Author of Petite Rouge, illustrator, cartoonist and musician will have a free workshop that will feature wordplay, writing and step-by-step interactive cartoon illustration. Ages 5-11. FREE

Hubble Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. Sat., March 1, Call for show times 704-372-6261 x300 Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, watch as the Hubble Space Telescope provides unprecedented views of the universe. All ages. $5-$10

North Carolina Dance Theater Presents: Cinderella Knight Theater, 403 S. Tryon St. Fri., March 7, 2pm This colorful and classic is full of magic, humor and romance. Enjoy the beloved fairy tale of a young girl who goes from being a lonely servant to a beautiful princess. All ages. $25-$85

101 Inventions That Changed the World Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. Sat., March 8, Noon-5pm With more than 6,000 different video files, 40 projectors and floor-to-ceiling walls that display crystal clear images, the experience delivers a multi-sensory presentation to take audiences on a spectacular journey of inventions. All ages. $18-$20, includes museum admission

Sunday Fun Day: Bodacious Botanicals Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. Sun., March 9, 1-4pm Wander through a “garden” of modern and contemporary craft and decorative art, let your creativity bloom with nature-inspired art projects, and reach for the sun with family yoga. All ages. Adults $5; FREE for kids

Alice in Wonderland Knight Theater, 403 S. Tryon St. Sat., March 22, 1:30pm The Charlotte Youth Ballet performs this delightful classic tale. Special effects show Alice falling down the rabbit hole, throwing herself and fellow dancers into a fantasy world of peculiar creatures. All ages. $15-$25

Discovery Place IMAX: Jerusalem Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. Sun., March 23, 1 and 3pm Explore why this city remains a mystery. The viewing showcases the common heritage between Christians, Jews, and Muslims. All ages. $5-$10

Fun with STEM Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. Sun., March 23, 2 and 6:30pm Features a spectacular, multimedia blend of live action, magic, comedy, robotic puppets, live music, juggling and unicycling with national variety performer, Cory the Clown®. All ages. $18

Spelling 2-5-5 Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. Sat., March 29 1 and 3pm Learn about inclusion, compassion, and sibling rivalry in this touching performance. 8 and older. $14 & up

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Explore how artists use West African art and everyday objects as inspiration for their artwork at the Family First: Meaning is in the Making exhibition. Learn how shells, nails, rugs and even dryer lint can come together to make meaning. Children can create their own African-inspired Ndeble doll and even learn about the tribe from South Africa. $6-$8, includes museum admission. 11am-1pm. The Gantt Center for AfricanAmerican Arts + Culture 551 S. Tryon St. 704-547-3700. ganttcenter.org

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Charlotte Nature Museum 1658 Sterling Drive 704-372-6261 charlottenaturemuseum.org

Historic Brattonsville 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 803-684-2327 chmuseums.org

Levine Jewish Community Center 5007 Providence Road 704-400-9006 charlottejcc.org

Springtime is just around the corner. Hop on over to meet Smudge the Rabbit and her visiting bunny friends at Bouncing Bunnies and Hares. Children can meet different types of rabbits and hares, and learn how they are different from one another. Activities include arts and crafts, story telling and puppet shows. $6, includes museum admission. 10am-1pm.

Go back in time and see life on a colonial and antebellum farm at the Children’s Day on the Farm. Explore hands-on activities that include children's crafts and military drills, plus toys and games for that time period. And don’t miss the petting zoo, and pony and tractor-drawn wagon rides. $3-$8. 10am-4pm.

The entire family can bring out their creative side at the Levine JCC Arts Festival. Check out handmade jewelry, photography, and leather goods made by local artists. Children can step into the craft corner to make their very own projects, and everyone can indulge in local food trucks and enjoy ongoing live musical performances. Free. 10am-4pm.

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1 SATURDAY Comic Creations. Grasp a full understanding of comics and graphic novels, and learn storytelling and cartooning techniques comic book artists use. Ages 8-11. Free. 2pm. North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. 704416-6000. cmlibrary.org. Creating a Backyard Habitat. Learn how to create a wildlife friendly area. Ages 14 and up. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Home Depot: Build A Trojan Horse Bank. Inspired by the new film "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," this handson workshop teaches do-it-yourself skills. Ages 5-12. Free. 9am-noon. Home Depot Locations. workshops. homedepot.com. Interactive Workshop with Mike Artell. Learn wordplay, writing, and step-by-step interactive cartoon illustrations with "Petite Rouge" author, illustrator, cartoonist and musician Mike Artell. Ages 5-11. Free. Noon. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. 704416-4600. imaginon.org. Land of the Lorax. Hear an interactive reading of Dr Seuss’ timeless classic, then learn about different trees that grow in Mecklenburg County. Ages 3-6. $2. 11am-noon. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. National Try Hockey for Free Day. Offers boys and girls the opportunity to get on the ice and experience youth hockey with certified coaches teaching the basics. Equipment provided. Ages 4-9. Registration required. Free. 12:15-1:30pm. Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1830. xicenter.com. Nature Scavenger Hunt. A great way to take in the spring weather and see things that you may not have noticed

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before. Ages 4 and up. Registration required. Free. 3:30-4:30pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. Saturday Art Session: Ancient Andean Weaving. See a 1000-yearold weaver’s workbasket and tools, and use colorful yarn to weave a cool armband or bookmark. $5-$10, includes museum admission. 11am-3pm. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S Tryon St. 704-337-2000. mintmuseum.org. OnStage: Oliver Twist; Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood; Too Many Frogs! See page 42.

2 SUNDAY Family Fun Day Open Studio. Explore creativity by making plates, mugs, and other arts and crafts. $5-$10. 1-4pm. Morrison Family YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road. 704-716-4650. ymcacharlotte.org. Family Nature Crafts. Make crafts from natural items found in the forest to take home. $4. 2-3pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-8751391. parkandrec.com. Fishing with Dr. Seuss. Hear the classic story "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" and learn about fish in local lakes and ponds, and how to cast. Ages 4-8. Free. 2-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Onstage: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales; Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood; Too Many Frogs! See Page 42.

3 MONDAY Babes in the Woods. Tuck the little one in the stroller for a walk along the paved nature trail. Ages 1-3. Registration required. Free. 10:30am-11:30am. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-5885224. parkandrec.com.

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Nature Story Corner. Enjoy a variety of nature-based stories accompanied by puppet and audience participation. Ages 3 and up. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. OnStage: Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert. See Page 42.

4 TUESDAY Afternoon Adventures. Develop literacy and critical thinking skills through books and hands-on activities. Ages 5-11. Free. 5pm. Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road. 704-4163000. cmlibrary.org. Choosing Books For Read Alouds. Parents and/or caregivers can learn about books to read with preschool and school-age children. Free. 6-7:30pm. Berewick Elementary School, 5910 Dixie River Road. 980344-1010. cmsparentuniversity.org. Latta Homeschoolers: Geocaching. Go on a high-tech treasure hunt and learn about the basic GPS unit, different types of caches, and how to locate caches throughout the park. GPS units provided. Ages 6-8. $6. 10am-noon. Jetton Park, Cornelius. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.

5 WEDNESDAY Diggin History Through Music and Dance. A historical exploration into the contributions and struggles of Africans, African Americans and Latino Americans. Discuss Africa’s historic, cultural and rhythmic connections with influential countries. Free. 7-9pm. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. 704-399-0243. museumofthenewsouth.org. Listen and Move: Warm Up Your Muscles. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. Dress in workout clothes. Ages 3-5. Free. 11am. North County Regional Library,

16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. 704-416-6000. cmlibrary.org.

6 THURSDAY Art-Rageous Books. Join Miss Amy and use an illustrator’s style to inspire unique creations. Ages 6-8. Free. 4:30-5:30pm. York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. 803-981-5858. yclibrary.org. Latta Homeschoolers: Make Your Own Hiking Stick. Create your own walking tool using imagination and a variety of supplies, then hit the trail and put it to use. Ages 9-12. $3. 1-3:30pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. Stream Search. Discover what lives under the rocks and mud in Reedy Creek’s stream. Ages 2-8. Free. 10:3011:30am. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. OnStage: North Carolina Dance Theater: Cinderella. See page 42.

7 FRIDAY Middle School Madness. Music, dancing, hoops, contests and video games. Ages 11-13. Members, $5; non-members, $8. 8-11pm. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius. 704-716-4400. ymcacharlotte.org. OnStage: North Carolina Dance Theater: Cinderella. See Page 42.

8 SATURDAY Bilingual Storytime and Music. Join in interactive bilingual (Spanish/English) music, plays and stories. Ages 2-8. $5; free for children. 11am. Mint Museum, 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. mintmuseum.com. Boy Scouts of America: Geocaching Merit Badge. Go on a high-tech treasure hunt and earn a merit badge at the same time. Lunch and equipment provided. Ages 10-17. $15.


daily calendar 9-4pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. Family First: Meaning is in the Making. Learn how shells, nails, rugs and even dryer lint can come together to make meaning, and then create an African-inspired Ndebele Doll. $6-$8, includes museum admission. 11am-1pm. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. 704-547-3700. ganttcenter.org. Get Your Rear In Gear 5k Run/Walk and Kids’ 1/2 Mile Fun Run. Family-friendly event to help raise awareness of colorectal cancer. Features the Chickfil-A Cow and Batman. Each registered child receives a T-shirt and medal. Registration required. $12-$15. 7am. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Ave. getyourrearingear.com/charlotte. JAARS Day. Ride in a five-seat plane. See how people get Internet in the rainforest, and more. Free. 9am-4pm. JAARS , 7405 JAARS Road, Waxhaw. 704-843-6130. jaars.org/events/jaarsday. Krafty Kidz. Have fun learning while making naturethemed related crafts. Ages 2-7. $2. 11am-noon. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Nature’s Artists. Combine nature and art to make a nature-inspired masterpiece. A special animal guest may join. Ages 5 and up. $3. 1:30-2:15pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. Parent and Me Tot Trots. Experience nature with your child and hike sensory-based trails using nature as a learning platform. Ages1-2. Free. 9:30am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Passenger Day. Steve O’Brien talks with visitors about his experience being rescued from the Miracle on the Hudson flight. Come listen to his story, ask questions and take photos. $8-$12. 11am-2pm. Carolinas Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Drive. 704-3598442. carolinasaviation.org. Wildlife Lotto and Animalia Bingo Family Day. Everyone can enjoy a day of indoor play with animalthemed games and a scavenger hunt. Planetarium programs begin at 2 and 3:30pm. $3-$5. Noon-4pm. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, SC. 803-329-2121. chmuseums.org. OnStage: North Carolina Dance Theater: Cinderella; Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood; Too Many Frogs! See Page 42.

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National College Fair. Meet representatives from universities and colleges across the country, plus workshops on getting scholarships and financial aid. Registration required. Free. Noon-4pm. Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. gotomyncf.com. Sunday Fun Day: Bodacious Botanicals. See modern and contemporary craft and decorative art, make nature-inspired art projects, and reach for the sun with family yoga. $5; free for children. 1-4pm. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. mintmuseum.org. Woodland Nature Hike. Experience the wonders of the forest on a hike through the nature preserve. Ages 7 and up. Registration required. Free. 1:30-2:30pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-5885224. parkandrec.com. OnStage: North Carolina Dance Theater: Cinderella; Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood; Too Many Frogs! See page 42.

10 MONDAY Budding Adventures. Discover the awakening of the spring plants and animals, with crafts, games, stories and puppets. Ages 3-6. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Stay and Play. Drop in for some free play, including the tunnel, stepping stones, kitchen area and lots of other toys. Ages birth-3. Free. 10:30am. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main S., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/portal/library.

11 TUESDAY D.I.Y at Your Library. Celebrate Teen Tech Week. Repurpose old technology to create new treasures with do-it-yourself projects. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Free. 4:30pm. York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. 803-981-5830. yclibrary.org. Kodu 3D Game Creator. Create and share 3D environments and video games created with Kodu, a visual programming tool from Microsoft’s FUSE Labs. kodugamelab.com. Ages 12 and up. Free. 3:30pm. West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd. 704-416-7400. cmlibrary.org. Read a Book, Learn to Cook. Investigate cookbooks and learn about measurements, and how healthy cooking and eating come together. Ages 8-11. Free. 5pm. Beatties Ford Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road. 704-416-3000. cmlibrary.org. CharlotteParent.com | MARCH 2014

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Read With Baron the Dog. Read a book to Baron, a certified therapy dog. Free. 3:30pm. Mooresville Public Library, 304 South Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/ portal/library. Story Explorers: Book Nuts. Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science and games. Ages 5-8. Registration required. Free. 4pm. Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704416-5000. cmlibrary.org.

12 WEDNESDAY CSI: Citizen Science Investigations. Discover how to get the family involved in local and national efforts to contribute to the science world.

Ages 12 and up. Free. 6:30-7:30pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Young Explorers: Snakes. Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the program’s topic. Ages 2-3. $3. 10:15-11am. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-8751391. parkandrec.com.

13 THURSDAY Creating with Books. Listen to stories and extend learning through a variety of hands-on activities. Ages 5-11. Free. 4pm. Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd. 704-416-5400. cmlibrary.org.

Fiction Frenzy. It’s a book club with no required reading. Hear about five-star chapter books from Miss Amy and others. Ages 9-12. Free. 4:30pm. York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. 803-981-5858. yclibrary.org. Thursday Toddler Tales. Enjoy singalongs and story time. Ages 2-6. Free. 9:30am. Barnes and Noble Arboretum, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-341-9365. barnesandnoble.com.

14 FRIDAY Fabulous Friday: Pajamarama Storytime. Hear "Squeak, Bumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!" by Wynton Marsalis, and participate with different instruments followed by an activity. Free. 7pm. Barnes and

Noble - Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place, Pineville. 704-544-9985. barnesandnoble.com. Homeland Woodland Story Walk. Take a pencil and journal, and venture through the woods to find and collect ideas and props for an imaginative story. Ages 7-12. Registration required. $3. 10-11am. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. Homeschool Game Time. Play board games with nature themes at various levels of difficulty. Ages 4-14. $3. 1:302:30pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. Kids Create St. Paddys Day. Create a festive craft to take home. Ages 3-5. Free. 11am. Mooresville Library, 304

on stage ARMOUR STREET THEATRE James and the Giant Peach. The classic story of a young boy’s journey to escape from his loathsome aunt’s watchful eye hilariously comes to life on stage. $10. March 29-April 6. Fri., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 1 and 4pm. 704-892-7953. davidsoncommunityplayers.org. 307 Armour St., Davidson.

BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Fun With STEM. A spectacular, multimedia blend of live action, magic, comedy, robotic puppets, live music, juggling and unicycling with national variety performer, Cory the Clown. See page 48 for details. $18. March 28-April 6. Fri.-Sat., 2 and 7:30pm; Sun. 2 and 6:30pm. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org. 130 N. Tryon St.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood. Take a trip to the bayou for this twist on the classic fairy tale. Ages 5+. Tickets start at $12. Through March 9. Fri.-Sun. 7:30pm. ctcharlotte.org. Spelling 2-5-5. Learn about inclusion, compassion, and sibling rivalry in this touching performance. Ages 8+. Tickets start at $14. March 29-April 6. Fri.-Sun., 1pm and 3pm. ctcharlotte.org. Sunjata Kamelenya. Dance, sing and act in this interactive play that journeys into West African tradition and culture. Ages 5+. $14. March 15. 11am and 1pm. 704-416-6000. ctcharlotte.org. Too Many Frogs! Laugh and smile as you watch this clever tale come to life. Ages 3+. Tickets start at $14. Through March 9. Sat., 11am, 1pm; Sun., 2 and 4pm. 704-4166000. ctcharlotte.org. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.

FULLWOOD THEATER Oliver Twist. Nonmusical adaptation that tells the same story made famous by both the musical and motion picture, “Oliver!” a timeless story of bravery, forgiveness, and the value of honest, hard work. $10. March 1. 11am and 4pm. matthewsplayhouse.com.

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. A twist on classic fairytales. No character is saved from silliness. $10-$12. Through March 2. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2pm. 704-846-8343. matthewsplayhouse.com. 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews.

HALTON THEATER Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert. Enjoy this family concert conducted by Ernest Pereira. $6-$8. March 3. 7:30-9:30pm. 704-330-6534. charlottesymphony.org. 1206 Elizabeth Ave.

KNIGHT THEATER A Little Night Music. Step back in time to Mozart’s era as the symphony performs three works by the master plus Haydn’s dramatic “Farewell Symphony No. 45.” $18-$29. March 28. Noon and 7:30pm. charlottesymphony.org. Alice in Wonderland. See the magical tale performed by The Charlotte Youth Ballet. The performance includes special effects that include Alice falling down the rabbit hole, throwing herself and fellow dancers into a fantasy world of peculiar creatures. $15$25. March 21-23. Sat., 1:30 and 5:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. charlotteyouthballet.org. North Carolina Dance Theater: Cinderella. This colorful and classic story is full of magic, humor and romance. Enjoy the beloved fairy tale of a young girl who goes from being a lonely servant to a beautiful princess. $25-$85. March 6-16. Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 and 7pm; Sun., 2pm. 704-247-2421. ncdance.org/ cinderella. 403 S. Tryon St.

TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate and Princess Adventure. Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia the Princess and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps everyone learn the true meaning of being a princess, with a special appearance from Cinderella. $31.50. March 20. 3:30 and 6:30pm. 704-688-9000. timewarnercablearena.com. 333 E. Trade St.


S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/portal/library. Piedmont Invitational Children’s Choir Festival. Watch children’s choirs from across the Carolina region perform for one another in concert. Free. 4pm. University City United Methodist Church, 3835 W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-374-1892. charlottechildrenschoir.org. Teen Open Mic Night. Experienced groups and new musicians welcome to join in. Ages 11 and up. Free. 8-10pm. The Blackbox Theatre, The Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 N. Community House Road. 704-7164650. ymcacharlotte.org. OnStage: North Carolina Dance Theater: Cinderella. See Page 42.

15 SATURDAY 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival. Includes Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish/Celtic and other vendors, and a large children’s amusement area. Free. Festival, 10am-6pm; Parade, 11am. Uptown Charlotte, S. Tryon St. between 3rd St. and Stonewall St. charlottestpatsday.com. Bouncing Bunnies and Hares. Meet Smudge the Rabbit and her visiting bunny friends, and learn how different rabbits and hares are. $6, includes museum admission. 10am-1pm. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Drive. 704372-6261. charlottenaturemuseum.org. Green River Revival. Live music, games, entertainment and the bright-green whitewater rapids. Free. 1-5pm. US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. 704-3913900. usnwc.org. Harrisburg Art Walk. Come out to see works by local artists, hear live music and other family-friendly fun. Free. 10am-4pm. Harrisburg Town Center,

1400 Main St., Harrisburg. 704-4580362. harrisburgartwalk.com. Museum Artifact Day: Women’s History. See artifacts that focus on women in flight. $8-$12. 10am-5pm. Carolinas Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Drive. 704-359-8442. carolinasaviation.org. Nature Creations: Fairy Houses. Create whimsical boats, faces flowers, collages and forts. Ages 4 and up. Registration required. $3. 1:30-2:30pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. Romeo and Juliet in 45 Minutes. Original family theatre adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragic romance by Bright Star Theatre. Free. 2pm. Gaston County Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-8682164. gastonlibrary.org. St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt. Follow Leprechaun clues through the woods to find hidden treasure. Free. 10am-4pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. OnStage: North Carolina Dance Theater: Cinderella; Sunjata Kamelenya. See page 42.

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16 SUNDAY Charlotte Youth Cycling Race. Watch youths from CYCL mountain bike race. Ages 6-18. Registration required. $15-$20; Kids 6 and under free. View website for race times. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. charlotteyouthcycling.org. Cub Scouts Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin. Complete the requirements to earn your Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin under the instruction of an environmental educator. Ages7-10. $5. 1:30-4pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-8751391. parkandrec.com.

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Family Fun Day Open Studio. Explore creativity by making plates, mugs, and other arts and crafts. $5-$10. 1-4pm. Morrison Family YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road. 704-716-4650. ymcacharlotte.org. Geocaching. An introduction to geocaching. Ages 8 and up. Free. 2-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Kids Club Central: Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Radio Disney brings its special magic and Charlotte Parent will be there with games and activities. Free. 1-3pm. Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St. 704-688-5980. epicentrenc.com.

OnStage: North Carolina Dance Theater: Cinderella. See Page 42.

17 MONDAY St. Patrick's Day Nature Story Corner. Get comfortable as a variety of nature-based stories are read. Stories may be accompanied by puppets. 3 and up. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. St. Patrick’s Day on Main. Live Irish/ Celtic music and Irish dances from dance schools in the Southeast. Free. Times TBD. Main Street, Rock Hill. 803329-3827. onlyinoldtown.com. To Catch a Leprechaun. Create a leprechaun trap to lure the little green

men. All materials provided. Ages 8 and up. Registration required. $3. 3:30pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com.

18 TUESDAY Coffee with the Superintendent. Have coffee with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Heath Morrison and share ideas about district initiatives, legislative action and how to improve education. Parents. Free. 3-4:30pm. Sedgefield Middle, 2700 Dorchester Place. cms.k12.nc.us. Divergent Movie Release Party. Enjoy trivia, food, and other activities inspired by the dystopian novel. Grades 6-12. Registration required.

Free. 5pm. York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. 803-981-5830. yclibrary.org. Latta Homeschoolers: Geocaching. Go on a high-tech treasure hunt and learn about the basic GPS unit, the different types of caches, and how to locate caches throughout the park. GPS units provided. Bring water and a snack.Ages 6-8. $6. 10am-noon. Jetton Park, Cornelius. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. Read With Baron the Dog. Read a book to Baron, a certified therapy dog. Free. 3:30pm. Mooresville Public Library, 304 South Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/ portal/library.

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CCP Children's Consignment Sale. First ARP Church, 317 South Chester St., Gastonia. 704-864-5675. ccpsale.bogspot.com. Harrison UMC Spring/Summer Children's Consignment Sale. Harrison UMC, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-737-7146. humcfaithcircle.org.

The Upscale WeeSale Children's Consignment Sale Event. Rock Hill Galleria Mall, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd, Suite 5, Rock Hill. 803-322-2980. upscaleweesale.com.

MARCH 1 Holy Comforter Weekday School Children's Consignment Sale. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 2701 Park Road. 704-737-7390. facebook.com/pages/Holy-Comforter-Weekday-School/ Myers Park Presbyterian Church Children's Consignment Sale. Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place. myersparkpres.org. UCUMC Spring Children's Consignment Sale. University City United Methodist Church, 3825 W. WT Harris Blvd. 704-369-8000. ucumc.org. Second Blessings Spring Consignment Sale. First United Methodist Church, 807 S. Point Road, Belmont. 704-825-2106. fumcbelmont.org.

MARCH 7-8 Cloud 9 Consign. Southbrook Church, 5607 MonroeWeddington Road, Weddington. 704-814-7372. cloud9consign.blogspot.com. Huge Children's Consignment Sale. Highland Drive Church, 2810 Highland Drive, Lincolnton. 704-7350074. highlanddrivechurch.com.

MARCH 7-9 TTB Kidz Consignment Sale. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-507-7615. ttbkidz.com.

Weddington Kids Consignment Sale. Family Life Center of Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. weddingtonkidsconsignment.com.

MARCH 21-22 Brookside Elementary School Kids Consignment Sale. Brookside Elementary, 1925 Auten Road, Gastonia. 704-866-6283. brooksideconsignment.wix. com/heres-hope#!. FBCIT Spring/Summer Kids Consignment Sale. First Baptist Church Indian Trail, 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-893-2654. fbcit.org.

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Harris YMCA Spring/Summer Kids Konsignment Sale. Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road. 704-7166800. ymcacharlotte.org/branches/harris.

Children's Spring Consignment Sale. Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 US Hwy. 16 N. Business, Denver. 704-483-1601. denvermethodist.org. Sardis Weekday School Consignment Sale. Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road. sardisweekdayschool.org/childrens-consignment-sale.

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Tarheel Kids Consignment Sale. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 US Hwy 49 North, Concord. 704-644-3972. tarheelkidsconsignment.com.

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For Every Season Spring/Summer Consignment Sale. The Pointe, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. 803327-5473. foreveryseason.net.

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The Posh Closet Fine Children's Consignment Sale. South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road. 704-299-3097. theposhclosetsale.com.

PWS Children's Consignment Sale. First Presbyterian Church Gastonia, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd , Gastonia. 704864-2651. presbyterianweekdayschool.org.

Covenant Presbyterian Preschool Consignment Sale. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Morehead St. 704-333-9071. convenantpresby.org.

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Rookie Science. Discover the world of science through books, hands-on activities and experiments. Ages 5-11. Free. 5pm. Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road. 704-416-3000. cmlibrary.org.

19 WEDNESDAY Homeschool Living History Day. Learn what it took to operate a bustling hotel during the 19th century, including interactive chores such as rug beating and mattress stuffing, brick making and gardening. Registration required. $3. 9:30am-noon. Gaston County Museum, 31 W. Main St., Dallas. 704922-7681. gastoncountymuseum.org. HomeSchool Wednesdays. Prepare bluebird boxes while learning how to identify 10 birds by their songs. $3-$5. 1-3pm. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 803-3292121. chmuseums.org. Read a Book, Learn to Cook. Investigate cookbooks and learn about measurements. Explore how healthy cooking and eating come together. Ages 8-11. Registration required. Free. 4pm. Mint Hill Library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. 704416-5200. cmlibrary.org.

20 THURSDAY First Day of Spring Spring Equinox Hike and Fire. Celebrate the spring equinox with an evening hike followed by marshmallows around the fire. Free. 6-8:30pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Thursday Toddler Tales. Enjoy singalongs and story time. Ages 2-6. Free. 9:30am. Barnes and Noble Arboretum, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-341-9365. barnesandnoble.com. OnStage: Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure. See page 42.

21 FRIDAY 2nd and 3rd Grade Fun Night. Listen to music, dance, play games, enjoy concessions and hang out with friends. Ages 7-9. Members, $5; nonmembers, $7. 6:30-9pm. Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road. 704716-6800. ymcacharlotte.org. 4th and 5th Grade Fun Night. Listen to music, dance, play games, enjoy concessions and hang out with friends. Ages 9-11. Members, $5; nonmembers, $10. 8-11pm. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius. 704-716-4400. ymcacharlotte.org. Mix It Up Crafts. Make a variety of arts and crafts to take home. Ages 3-5. Free. 11am. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-6642927. http://ci.mooresville.nc.us/ portal/library. OnStage: Alice in Wonderland. See Page 42.

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22 SATURDAY Children’s Day on the Farm. Enjoy hands-on children’s activities relating to colonial and antebellum farm life, meet the farm’s baby lambs, and hear stories by professional story tellers. $3-$8. 10am-4pm. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. 803-684-2327. chmuseums.org. Flippin’ Frogs and Slinky Salamanders. Explore these slimy creatures and try to count the spots on their wet bodies. Free. 11am-noon. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704432-6459. parkandrec.com. Harlem Globetrotters. With a Fans Rule motto, guests get to vote on the rules for the game. Expect Globetrotter stars TNT, Too Tall, Firefly and Special K Daley. $29. 1pm. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E.Trade St. 704-688-9000. harlemglobetrotters.com. Lets Make a Splash. Celebrate spring with seasonal stories and crafts. Ages 12 and under. Registration required. Free. 11am. York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. 803-803-9815858. yclibrary.org.

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National Brain Tumor Society Charlotte Race. Walk or run to support brain tumor research. Registration required. Free. Registration begins at 7am; 8am-noon/race and activities. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. 303-877-0534. braintumorrace.org/ charlotte. OnStage: Alice in Wonderland. See Page 42.

23 SUNDAY Feed the Birds. Learn all about what birds need to survive and what the community can do to help. Build a bird feeder from recycled materials. Free. 2-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704432-6459. parkandrec.com. Pepper Prowl. Listen for the thumbnailsized frog and try to catch one using dip nets. Spring boots are required. Hiking involved. Ages 6 and up. Free. 7-8pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. Signs of Spring Family Hike. Join other families for a walk on the Cattail Trail and enjoy the early signs of spring. Free. 2-3pm. Latta Plantation

Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. OnStage: Alice in Wonderland. See Page 42.

24 MONDAY Budding Adventures. Discover the awakening of spring plants and animals with crafts, games, stories and puppets. Ages 3-6. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Homeschool Field Trip: Mecklenburg County Recycling Center. Take a behind the scenes tour of the local recycling center and get all questions answered. Ages 8 and up. Registration required. $5. 1-3pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-5885224. parkandrec.com. Terrarium Time. Build and learn about this special self-contained ecosystem. Ages 4 and up. Registration required. $15. 3:30-4:30pm. Wing Haven Children’s Garden, 260 Ridgewood Ave. 704-331-0664. winghavengardens.com.

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The Evolution of Recorded Sound. Explore and listen to the difference between a late 1800s song and one recorded in 2013. Relive memories of the record player, 8-Track, and Walkman. Free. Through March 8. Tue-Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat., 10am-3pm. 704-9227681. gastoncountymuseum.org. 131 W. Main St., Dallas.

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Honoring Our Heroes. Experience the years of WWII through the eyes of two families connected to the plantation. $8-$10. Through March 31. 1:30-3pm tours. 704-3350325. historicrosedale.org. 3427 N.Tryon St.


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Baby and Me Storytime. An interactive early literacy program featuring board books, simple songs, movement activities, nursery rhymes and finger plays. For parents/caregivers. Ages birth- 23 mos. Free. 10am. Mooresville Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. http://ci.mooresville. nc.us/portal/library. Lets Make a Splash. Celebrate spring with seasonal stories and crafts. Ages 12 and under. Registration required. Free. 6-7pm. York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill, SC. 803-803-9815858. yclibrary.org. Photo-Editing Workshop. Learn to edit photos and add pizzazz to your digital creations using different software programs. Ages 12-18. Free. 6pm. Mountain Island Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, Charlotte. 704-416-5600. cmlibrary.org. Read With Baron the Dog. Read a book to Baron, a certified therapy dog. Free. 3:30pm. Mooresville Public Library, 304 South Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/ portal/library.

Nature Detectives: Invasive Species. Become a nature detective as you investigate things that are found in the woods. Featuring stories, games, and activities. Ages 4-6. $3. 1:30-3:30pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-432-6460. parkandrec.com. Young Explorers: Turtles. Discover nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the program’s topic. 2-3. $3. 10:15-11am. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-8751391. parkandrec.com.

27 THURSDAY Gospel Shout. A celebration of religious roots music featuring a capella singing plus the high-energy trombone "shout band" tradition found only in the United House of Prayer. Come early and enjoy a soul food dinner for $10. Free. 7:30pm. United House of Prayer for All People, 2321 Beatties Ford Road. museumofthenewsouth.org.

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LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid. Explore how art can be a deliberative and imaginative forum for exploring complex issues about immigrant labor, education, and legal status. $5-$8, includes museum admission. Through June 29. Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm. museumofthenewsouth.org. 200 E. 7th St.

MUSEUM OF YORK COUNTY Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of Carolina. Travel back in time to the Carolina Piedmont when massive mastodons browsed local woodlands and giant ground sloths ambled along the forest edge. $3-$5. Through July 31. Tues.- Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 1-5pm. 803-329-2121. chmuseums.org. 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill.

THE SCHIELE MUSEUM Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Lives of Ants. Explore the world of ants through the macro lens and insights of ant expert and photographer Mark Moffett in this Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition. $6-$10, includes museum admission. Through April 6. Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. 704-866-6908. schielemuseum.org. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia.

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28 FRIDAY Schools Out Movie Day. Enjoy an on-screen flick. Free. 2pm. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. 704-664-2927. ci.mooresville.nc.us/portal/library. OnStage: A Little Night Music; Fun with Stem; Seussical. See Page 42.

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rom March 28-April 6, the Broadway-style musical "Fun With STEM" debuts at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The interactive show is designed for ages 5 to 8, and showcases the fun side of science, technology, engineering and math through artistic clowning around onstage and with the help of robotics. During the performance, audience members interact with robotic puppets, such as a Tucan who is made up of more than 22 motors that allow him to flap his wings. The Disney-quality puppets are activated by young ones' stomping their feet and clapping their hands. Guests are also asked to help cast members solve challenges that arise throughout the show. Cory the Clown, one of the six cast members, provides slapstick comedy, unicycling, juggling, singing and dancing, and asks for a ton of help from the audience. Cory Riback, the creator behind “Fun With STEM” and who also plays Cory the Clown, came up with the show idea in 2011. He has since worked hard to get funding needed for the program to be a success, as well as taking time to focus on building each robotic puppet. Originally designed for only Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elementary students, the nonprofit Fun With Laughter and CMS decided to open the performance to the public. Although designed specifically for children, the humor involved is sophisticated enough for parents to enjoy, too. “Instead of being passive participants, Cory the Clown will get people to help him come up with ideas on how to water the plants, or whether or not he should be using something,” says Linda Watt, director and producer of the show. The fun continues with an after-show party, giving an allinclusive tour of the technology involved in the show. Cory the Clown also takes apart a few of his friends allowing guests to see the different motors involved in making the production work. Tickets are $18. For showtimes, go to blumenthalarts.org.

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Education Workshop Day. Bring the kids and engage in handson activities that focus on an aviation topic. $8-$12. 11am-2pm. Carolinas Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Drive. 704-359-8442. carolinasaviation.org. Family Fun Challenge. Find clues by using nature knowledge, have an up-close animal experience and get some exercise. Ages 7 and up. Registration required. $5 per family. 10-11:30am. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. Make Your Own Multi-Function Hiking Stick. Create this walking tool that could be used for other purposes. Be prepared to walk two miles. Ages 10 and up. $10. 10am-12:30pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. Middle School Madness. Music, dancing, hoops, contests and video games. Ages 11-13. Members, $5; non-members, $8. 7-10:30pm. Morrison Family YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road. 704-716-4650. ymcacharlotte.org. Nature Creations: Up Cycling. Create whimsical boats, faces flowers, collages and forts. Ages 4 and up. Registration required. $3. 1:30-2:30pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224. parkandrec.com. Recycled Light. Bring your candle and wax scraps, including crayons, and melt them down into brand-new candles. Registration required. $2 per family. 1-2pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com.

Reptile and Amphibian Day. Make origami or fingerprint frogs, try a tasty frog snack, and create your very own snake hat. $10-$12, includes museum admission. 10am-5pm. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261. discoveryplace.org. OnStage: Fun With Stem; James and the Giant Peach; Seussical; Spelling 2-5-5. See page 42.

30 SUNDAY Charlotte Youth Cycling Race. Watch mountain bike races scaled to fit all ages and abilities level. Ages 6-18. Registration required. $15-$20; ages 6 and under free. See website for race times. Fisher Farm Park, 21215 Shearer Road, Davidson. charlotteyouthcycling.org. Levine JCC Arts Festival. See a diverse range of hand-crafted, local art. Music, and dance performances, and food trucks on site. Free. 10am-4pm. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. 704-400-9006. charlottejcc.org. Play in the Dirt. Learn where food comes from and what it takes to get to the dinner table. Make a herb garden pot and take it home. Ages 7 and up. $5. 1-2pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-5885224. parkandrec.com. Specimen of the Day: Skins, Skulls, and More. Delve into the animal kingdom and identify different specimens using clues and field guides. Ages 7 and up. Free. 3-4pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6460. parkandrec.com. OnStage: Fun With STEM; James and the Giant Peach; Spelling 2-5-5. See Page 42.

31 MONDAY Discovery Place IMAX: Jerusalem. Explore why this city remains a mystery. The viewing showcases the common heritage between Christians, Jews, and Muslims. $5-$10. 10am, noon and 2 pm showings. Discovery Place , 301 N. Tryon St. 704372-6261. discoveryplace.org.


early april 3 THURSDAY AutoFair. See thousands of automobiles and collector cars, plus a massive manufacturer midway and a Kids Play Zone. $10; free for ages 13 and under. April 3-6. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord. 800-455-3267. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

4 FRIDAY Homeschool Game Time. Play board games with nature themes at various levels of difficulty. Ages 4-14. $3. 1:30-2:30pm. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704588-5224. parkandrec.com. Peter Pan. Relive the adventure that takes Wendy, John and Michael out of their bedroom and into Neverland. $9-$10. April 4-6. Fullwood Theater, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews. 704-846-8343. matthewsplayhouse.com.

5 SATURDAY Earth Day Celebration. Learn about eco-friendly living with a recycling center, document shredding, compost bins, Goodwill drop-off, wildlife and educational exhibits and eco-friendly exhibitors. Free. 10am-2pm. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. matthewsfun.com. Elizabeth Community Easter Egg Hunt. A variety of live bunnies will be on-site that can be placed on laps for photo opportunities, plus face painting, a petting zoo and balloon animals. Free. 10am. Upper Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. elizabethcommunity.com/community/events/easter-egg-hunt. Family Fun Day. Create whimsical art projects like a dream catcher, a geometric storybook and a pictograph stamp. $4; free for children. Noon-4:30pm. The Bechtler Museum, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. bechtler.org. Lollipops Concert: Little Red Riding Hood. The Charlotte Symphony and theatre students from Northwest School of the Arts come together to perform this familiar childhood tale. Part of the CSO Lollipops Series. $15.50-$24.50. 11am. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-972-2000. charlottesymphony.org. Where's My Egg Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a riddle sheet at the nature center and find the eggs hiding along the trail. Free. 9am-4pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. parkandrec.com. Make plans to attend the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's Lollipops Concert: Little Red Riding Hood, April 5.

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xcursion EDiscover New Bern BY EVE WHITE

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ooking for a family getaway steeped in small-town charm and historical sites? Located in Craven County, New Bern is a charming riverfront town along the picturesque Trent and Neuse rivers with plenty of things for kids and families to do, while learning a little about North Carolina history. The town of New Bern, established in 1710, is the second oldest town in North Carolina. In addition to beautiful scenery and a historic downtown, it claims many firsts. It is home to the first chartered fire department in North Carolina and the first state capital, Tryon Palace. The New Bern Firemen’s Museum is a must-see for young boys who love fire trucks. This small exhibit is moving to the original 1928 station that housed the fire department for 72 years, but we stopped by its current location just behind the

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firehouse, for a visit. Filled with fire wagons, fire trucks, and the famous fire horse named Fred, the fact-filled tour takes about 30 minutes with the help of a guide. The NC History Center, Tryon Palace and its 16 acres of gardens are the focal point of history in New Bern, plus nearby historic homes and the Regional History Museum with several interactive displays, are all included in the ticket price if you have time. Allow several hours to see it all, but you may need to divide your time to prevent history overload. Tryon Palace, former home to Royal Governor William Tryon, was originally completed in 1770 and is staffed by tour guides in period costumes. Don’t miss a stop in the working kitchen, where ladies prepare food and explain uses for herbs from the palace garden. Historic downtown New Bern is filled with retail,

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TOP: Tours of Tryon Palace are staffed by tour guides in period costumes. Photo courtesy of Tryon Palace. CENTER: Tryon Palace was the first North Carolina state capital. Photo courtesy of Tryon Palace. BOTTOM: Future firemen explore the New Bern Firemen's Museum.

dining and more historic sites. Locals and tourists line up for breakfast at Baker’s Kitchen. Arrive early to avoid the line, or grab a delicious cinnamon roll to go and jump on the 90-minute New Bern Trolley tour. Save room for ice cream later at the Cow Cafe. This kidfriendly eatery has a barnyard play area called “The Farm” with rocking cows, tractors and toys especially for little ones. Stop in the nostalgic Pepsi store, the birthplace of Pepsi, down the street.

Within walking distance of downtown is Union Point Park on the water. It’s a great place for the kids to burn off some energy, when they tire of historic sites. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to visit nearby Croatan National Forest with its miles of hiking trails. New Bern is four-andone-half hours from Charlotte, but worth the drive. Stay in historic downtown to make walking discovery easy. Find more information at visitnewbern.com.


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DADDY DEREK

BY DEREK JAMES

Off to Kindergarten?

Not so fast

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n the winter of last year, my wife and I were confident our oldest son Tyler would move from WEE School at Carmel Baptist Church to public school kindergarten the following fall. He was old enough (late July birthday), had mastered his letter and numbers, loved book, and used and understood vocabulary that was more in line with an 8-year-old. My wife Kristen, who is a Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools teacher, and I agreed that intellectually he was ready even though we joked that every parent thinks their kid is a genius and we were no different. Other parents at preschool told us they thought Tyler was more ready than their kid who was going to start kindergarten. When we hit parent/teacher conference time we already had a good idea of his strengths and weaknesses in the classroom. For example, Tyler’s scissor skills weren’t the greatest. I had

the same problem with them at that age. I still can’t follow a straight line, which is why I’m strictly a gift bag guy, no wrapping. Our suspicions were confirmed as the teachers went down a thorough checklist; academically Tyler was ready to handle kindergarten. As the teachers approached the social and emotional skills on the list, we missed the mark a bit more. Tyler needed work in controlling his emotions (positive and negative), flexibility and decision-making among others. Tyler defaulted to entertainer or class clown when he needed more attention. I have no idea where that trait would have been passed down. It’s not like every one of my elementary school report cards said “visits too much,” “puts on a show,” and my favorite, “flirts frequently.” There is the argument that I acted that way due to boredom from being the oldest in my class and not challenged enough in a classroom. My

guess is I would have done most of it anyway. I’ve always enjoyed being on stage — and flirting. The overall recommendation of our preschool teachers was to have Tyler spend a year in transitional kindergarten — or TK — before starting kindergarten. This is much more common with boys than girls. Between talking to other parents, being in the classroom and good-old fashioned intuition, we knew we needed to trust his teachers. They’ve spent 20 hours per week with him in a classroom environment, which is very different from our home. My wife and I have never heard from anyone who regretted placing his or her child in TK, but we’ve heard regrets from many who wish they had. Putting Tyler in public school kindergarten as soon as possible would’ve been cheaper but it likely wouldn’t have been better. Fast forward to a little more than a year later. Tyler is still the bright, emotional and witty kid he was last year but he has better control and is more mature. His TK teachers have told us which strategies work to get the most from him and aide him in the classroom. Those tools and strategies will be helpful to his kindergarten teacher. We’re more confident than ever that we’ve made the right decision. When it comes to deciding whether TK or kindergarten is best, trust your child’s teachers. You must also be realistic. Transitional kindergarten doesn’t guarantee a perfect kindergartener, but sets them up for success. I know I won’t be surprised when I see the comment “visits too much” on a report card. Derek James is a host on WCCB Rising and lives with his wife and two sons, ages 3 and 5. To read more from Daddy Derek, go to CharlotteParent. com/blogs. CharlotteParent.com | MARCH 2014

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