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AFTER SCHOOL

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CONTRIBUTORS Kathryn Kvols Maribel Santos-Cordero DMD Gregg Sledziewski

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Bully Prevention Arm your children with these 4 tips.

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Tears drip through hands that cover his reddened face. Shoulders slumped and lip quivering, he shuffles his ay home. This is not his first altercation with this bul y.

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He has been victimized several times - twice over lunch money, once over homework and now online while playing video games. Embarrassed and ashamed he slowly walks home alone hoping his mother won’t notice his dirty face. Thousands of children are bullied every day in some form or another. Situations can vary from more violent acts of bullying to children who get teased. Bullying can be devastating to the recipient no matter what degree it is “dished out.”

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Telling the teacher may be effective between the ages of 3-8. After this age, the child runs the risk of being considered a “tattletale.” Here are some tools to arm your child with: ARM YOUR KID WITH 4 TOOLS Inform your child that the child who is teasing is looking for a reaction. Sometimes ignoring or walking away from the situation helps. Role-play with your child some unexpected responses to teasing such as giving the teaser a compliment followed by a question, “I like your watch. Where did you get it?” Or, “I liked what you said today in class when you said......”Or, “If you are trying to offend me, you’re going to have to try a little harder. What else have you got?” When you role-play with your child, make sure your child is using a tone of voice that is neither provocative nor “wimpy.” Instruct your child to stand straight and to look the teaser directly in the eyes. If your child is unable to look the teaser in the eyes, have him look in the middle of his forehead. The teaser will not know the difference.

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Victims are never happy people. It is imperative that your child realizes although he may not have control whether someone teases him or not, he does have a choice in how he reacts. He chooses whether to be proactive or to be a victim. Instruct your child walk with a group of children at all times. Bullies usually pick on children who are alone especially at bus stops, walks on the way home or bathrooms. WHAT CAN YOU DO AS PARENTS TO “BULLY PROOF” YOUR CHILD? Here are some suggestions: - It is important that you are a calm and non-reactive as possible when you talk to your child. Becoming angry or overly protective may discourage him from telling you the truth.

the suggestions above without success, Children need to feel emotionally and physically safe in order to learn. If your child is thinking about the kid who will tease him at recess or the bully who will be demanding his dessert at lunchtime, your child will have a hard time concentrating on his lesson. Your child is learning patterns now about how to handle conflict in the futu e. He needs a safe advocate who will “go to bat for him” and more importantly, he needs the skills to handle life’s curves to build his self-esteem. ! Parenting Practice: Talk to your child often about how s/he is being treated in school. And if you suspect something is happening... DO SOMETHING! Sign up for our e-Newsletter to read more parenting tips on floridafamilyl ving.com

- Talk with your child’s teacher. Talk with the principle or school psychologist if you do not get the results you want with the teacher. Make sure that you follow up with the school in person or by phone. Seek professional help if you have tried

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from serious mental health conditions and their behavior poses a real threat to the orderly operation of their schools and to the health and safety of teachers as well as other students. It is now well-documented that many students in this group suffer from abuse and neglect, they witness domestic violence, they have been diagnosed with mental illness, and they sometimes live in dangerous areas with high crime rates. In addition to the challenges students with behavior problems pose, it is important to remember that these same students also experience a range of emotional disorders. According to Boston

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My grandmother used to say:“The tongue has the power of life”. Did you know that the tongue is not only vital for speech but also essential to keep us healthy? This unique muscle carries a lot of responsibilities. It is needed for for speaking, sucking, tasting, chewing, swallowing, drinking, kissing, shaping our jaws as we grow, maintaining good oral health and even breathing properly. So much work for such a tiny muscle! It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that,

when the tongue can’t move properly, many basic functions in your body get altered.   Your tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth by a small“band” of tissue called the “lingual frenum”. When this band is too tight, it can restrict the proper movement of your tongue. This is called Ankyloglossia, more commonly referred to as “tongue-tie”.  Interestingly enough, tongue-ties are as unique as snowflakes! They may be thin, translucent, corded or even thick and fleshy. The classic tongue-tie presents itself as a very visible restriction at the tip of the

tongue. However, a tongue-tie can happen in the front, middle or back of the tongue. Some ties can go undetected, may restrict movement and affect feeding, speech, breathing and proper development. Since ties are present from birth, a fair question would be: “How can this affect my baby”? Infants with tongue-ties may have difficulties with breastfeeding such as latching issues, reflux, colic and poor weight gain. But, what if there are no breastfeeding issues? For those babies with tongue-ties and no nursing issues, developmental compensations may appear later in the form of speech disorders, feeding problems, sleep issues and poor development of the mouth. YOU NEED YOUR TONGUE TO SPEAK!

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forms, your teeth get crowded and your bite may be off (cross-bite). You may also get frequent dental cavities and swollen gums from not being able to use your tongue to clear food in your mouth. YOU NEED YOUR TONGUE TO

New research studies suggest that development of sleep issues, ranging from restless sleep to sleep apnea, are often linked to tongue-ties.

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Now, having a tongue-tie does not mean that a child will have problems in the future. The important thing is to focus on function, not on form. In recent years there has been an increased awareness and education to improve detection of tongueties. A properly trained physician will be able to evaluate the tonguetie restriction to determine poor or limited function. It is important to note that tongue-ties do not stretch or disappear over time. If there is a problem, it needs to be addressed with proper treatment. A frenectomycommonly known as a “tie-revision” or a “tie release”- is the treatment of choice. When a laser is used, this simple procedure can remove restrictive tongue-ties in a matter of seconds. It is safe and painless; offers minimal bleeding and a low risk of infection. Most patients will need to do before and after surgery exercises (think of it as tongue rehab) and continue with speech or feeding therapy in order to re-train the tongue muscle. Success often requires a team approach that may involve a Speech Pathologist, a Myofunctional Therapist, a Pediatrician and a Revision Provider. Results vary with every patient. It has been our experience that, with proper treatment and follow-up, most patients show marked improvement in the development of appropriate sleep, speech and feeding skills.

TONGUE TIES MAY CREATE: FEEDING DISORDERS

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-Difficulty speaking fast -Speech sound errors and compensations -Mumbling -Stuttering -Frustration with communication -Minimal progress with speech therapy SLEEP DISORDERS

-Restless sleep -Sleep apnea -Mouth breathing -Behavioral issues from sleep deprivation -Dark circles under the eyes -Dental problems -High arch, Narrow palate -Crowding -Frequent dental cavities -Cross-bites If you suspect your child is suffering from symptoms of a tongue-tie, don’t wait to get help! !

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spend more time doing homework and get the material explained by a wider variety of adults with different teaching styles. After-school programs generally offer more hands-on, experiential ways of learning, which are great for many kids. In addition to their academic tutoring, most after-school programs also offer different extra-curricular activities like art, music, and sports. These activities also have a positive impact on their academic performance. When kids discover they have a particular talent, they gain self-confidence and that translates into better classroom behavior and performance. They also learn important time-management skills. When kids have homework to finish but are looking forward to a favorite activity, they learn how to manage their time so that they can do both.

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How to Choose After you have an idea of the possibilities, talk with your child about what he’s interested in. Give him some options that complement his interests — an artistic child might enjoy a ceramics class, while a boisterous one can

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work off energy dancing or playing a vigorous sport. But don’t overlook what might seem like unlikely matches. Shy children often enjoy expressing themselves on stage in a drama class; fidgeters can find a wa to focus through martial arts. Once you’ve narrowed the options down, visit them while they are in session so you can get a real idea about the environment, the staff, and the program.

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6. Happy, enthusiastic kids! Wondering how many days a week your 2nd grader should be practicing the guitar? Searching for good ideas for after-school programs for your 10 year old? Use the following guidelines to steer your decisions — but remember that you know your child’s maturity and temperament best. Kindergarten Keep your kindergartner’s afterschool life simple and free — one or two after-school activities a week are more than enough. Wait until they have adjusted to the daily school routine. Then find an extracurricular that involves their creative and/or physical side, such as an art, dance or music program.

Grade 1 Balance your 1st grader’s schedule with play dates, playground visits and one or two days of an afterschool activity per week. Best bets are noncompetitive sports and other physical activities since this is around the age when your child is starting to get a grip on the abilities of their own body. Plus, after being in school all day they need an outlet to play and run.

Grade 2 Get your child involved in choosing extracurricular.s They’ll probably tell you what they’d like to do anyway! Steer them towards activities that they do not get to do at school, whether it’s sports like swimming or skating, computers or art and music lessons. Many kids start learning piano or violin around this age. Make sure your child has at least one or two days free a week for alone time, which they are starting to need to unwind.

Grade 3 After sitting all day in a classroom, your 3rd grader needs to move and socialize after school. Team sports are a great choice — now they are old enough to remember and follow rules and can handle losing (though they are still not ready for anything ultracompetitive). Other good choices are activities that use and develop fin motor skills, such as painting and drawing, sewing or learning to play an instrument.

Grade 4 Try to get your 4th grader involved in one or two extracurricular activities that they are good at and love doing. It will build confidence and hel them manage stress, which is key at this age when cliques and social pressure in school are beginning to build. Another thing that’s growing is their pile of homework, so make sure they have adequate time to complete their work without having to stay up late. Set limits on seeing friends and activities if they are often crabby and irritable, if their grades drop, if they have trouble sleeping, complain of mysterious illnesses, or if they shows other signs of stress such as overeating.

and wants to spend all their time participating in activities and hanging out with friends. To ensure they are completing their schoolwork and not becoming burnt out, you should make sure they have two free afternoons a week. While you’re at it, block out a once-a-week family time that you and your child stick to so they remember that family is a priority.

Middle School Try to steer your middle schooler toward activities that reinforce learning and get them away from the TV. On average, middle schoolers spend an equal amount of time every week watching TV and socializing with friends — about 20-25 hours a piece. To improve academic performance, encourage your preteen to spend time volunteering, joining school clubs like band, chess or foreign language, or to sign up for extracurriculars with a leadership element, such as the school newspaper or student council. It will help them feel more connected to the school community while forging friendships based in common interests and experiences. As always, keep an eye out for signs that they are not overextending themselves with after-school commitments. As a general rule, they should be spending fewer than 20 hours a week participating in their after-school activities.

Grade 5 Over-scheduling is a problem you and your child will probably face this year. Your 5th grader is full of energy for everything

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Brickhouse Academy

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3552 Webber Street | Sarasota, FL 34239 941.924.7681 • www.brickhouse-academy.com

Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 40 Class Size: 1 :4 Year Established: 1992 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

The Gan at Temple Sinai

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4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd. | Sarasota, FL 34231 941.926.9462 • www.thegansarasota.org

Grades: 15 months - 5 years old Enrollment: 60 Class Size: Varies Year Established: 2007 Affiliation: NAC - All faiths welcome

Good Shepherd Lutheran

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5659 Honore Ave | Sarasota, FL 34233 941.921.3673 www.GoodShepherdSarasota.org

Grades: 6 weeks - VPK Enrollment: 100 Class Size: Small Year Established: 1983 Affiliation: Lutheran

Community Day School

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1050 S. Tuttle Ave. | Sarasota, FL 34237 941.552.2770 • www.communityday.org

Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade Enrollment: 250 Class Size: 1:9 Year Established: 1974; independent entity in 2015 Affiliation: Jewish (all faiths welcome)

The Lily School for Child Development

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350 Braden Ave | Sarasota, FL 34243 941.355.7637 • www.easterseals-swfl.org

Grades: 6 weeks - 5 years old Summer Camp: 5 - 12 years old Enrollment: 94 Class Size: School - Varies Summer Camp - 25 per week Year Established: 2012 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

NewGate School

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5237 Ashton Road | Sarasota, FL 34233 941.922.4949 • www.newgate.edu • Lic.# 58-51-00077

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Grades: 18 month - 6th Grade Enrollment: 101 Class Size: Toddler - 1:6, Primary 1:15 Year Established: 1984 Affiliation: A Montessori - IB World School

NewGate School

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5481 Communications Pkwy | Sarasota, FL 34240 941.222.0763 • www.newgate.edu • Lic.# 58-51-00077

Grades: 7th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 77 Class Size: Upper - 1:15 Year Established: 1984 Affiliation: A Montessori - IB World School

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444 Reid Street | Siesta Key, FL 34242 941.349.3223 • www.oda.edu

Grades: PreK - 5th Grade Enrollment: 250 Class Size: 1: 16 Year Established: 1924 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

Out-of-Door-Academy

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5950 Deer Drive | Sarasota, FL 34240 941.349.3223 • www.oda.edu

Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 500 Class Size: 1: 16 Year Established: 1924 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

Sarasota Christian School

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5415 Bahia Vista St. | Sarasota, FL 34232 941- 371-6481 • www.sarasotachristian.org

Grades: PreK - 12th Grade Enrollment: 440 Class Size: 14:1 Year Established: 1958 Affiliation: Christian (Mennonite)

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705 Center Road | Venice, FL 34285 941.244.2626 • www.SKYattheY.com

Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade Enrollment: 250 Class Size: 1: 15 Year Established: 2001 Affiliation: Venice YMCA

SKY Academy

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871 South River Road, Englewood, FL 34223 941.999.4775 www.SKYattheY.com

Serving Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade Enrollment: 225 Class Size: 1: 15 Year Established: 2001 Affiliation: Englewood YMCA

St. Martha Catholic School

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4380 Fruitville Rd. | Sarasota, FL 34232 941-953-4181 • www.stmarthaschool.net

Grades: P3 - 8th Grade Enrollment: 434 Class Size: Varies Year Established: 1950 Affiliation: Catholic Diocese of Venice, St. Martha Catholic Church

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TIPS FROM TEACHERS Kick off the school year right

School bells will soon ring once again! Whether that comes as music to your ears or a bittersweet reminder that the free-spirited summer days are over, check out these tips from the pros to help you and your child enjoy a smart, happy start to school.

#1 Push the re-set button

A week or two before school starts ease back to regular bedtime and morning routines. Nudge kids back into the habit of daily reading if they’ve slacked off and play math games to review. Plan ahead for hectic mornings by gathering healthy, simple-to-prepare breakfast ideas packed with nutrients and protein. Wall calendars with activities color-coded for each family member and daily checklists for each child can help establish expectations and keep your family organized.

#2 Build anticipation

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in the coming year, whether that’s cursive writing, multiplication or a special grade-level project. “Talk to your children about friends they haven’t seen all summer and about new kids joining their class,” says first grade teacher Megan Jasperson. “This is sure to get them excited for the school year to begin.”

#3 Show support

“Avoid teasing your child by saying things like ‘you got the meanest teacher in school!’ or acting as if you’re overjoyed to be sending your child back to school because this can make him wonder why you’re so eager to be away from him,” says Becky DeNoon, a third grade teacher. Instead offer encouragement and support. Remind him that it’s normal to feel disappointed about summer break coming to a close, but that you’re excited to see how much he’ll learn during the coming months.

#4 Be prepared

Peruse school supply lists carefully and read the handouts the school issues to ensure that your youngster has everything she needs on the first

day of school. “Kids feel embarrassed on the first day when they aren’t prepared,” Jasperson says.

#5 Reduce uncertainty

Often kids feel nervous about unknowns like transitioning to a teacher they don’t know, a new school or a different set of classroom rules. Take advantage of any backto-school or orientation events that your school offers to help your apprehensive scholar familiarize herself with the classroom, meet classmates and connect with the teacher before school starts. Knowing what to expect and where to go on the first day will ease some of a child’s anxieties.

#6 Seek out friendly faces

If you’ve recently moved to the community or switched schools, look for other families with children your child’s age to arrange a playdate or to meet for frozen yogurt. Some schools also feature parent Facebook pages. Hop on and ask if anyone would like to get together at the park before school begins. Many parents love to help welcome new families. And these efforts will lessen first day

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jitters when your youngster knows she’ll recognize a few familiar faces when she gets there. Have an adolescent heading into middle school? Encourage him to join after-school clubs and activities. His involvement will help him form connections with peers who share his interests, says Traci Keeler, a sixth grade math teacher and eight grade volleyball and track coach.

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Designate an area in your home that’s conducive to focus and concentration and where you can easily jump in to provide assistance when necessary. While purchasing school supplies, also stock a homework caddy or station with scratch paper, pens, pencils, erasers, markers, highlighters and anything else that Junior will need to complete his homework.

#8 Build partnerships

Maintaining open communication with your student’s teacher is key to a successful school year. Introduce yourself to the teacher and tell her the best ways she can contact you. In turn, remember that teachers care about their students’ best interests.

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Help your children start seeing school as an extension of their home life by volunteering periodically. Most kids get a kick out of seeing their parents during the school day, whether they volunteer in the cafeteria, library or the classroom. Unable to volunteer at school? Ask the teacher what you can do to help from home. !

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With the heat turned up this summer, there is no better time to hit the beach, or one of the many splash parks in the area. Many of these parks are especially kid friendly for the little ones that have not yet learned to swim. So lets cool off and have some fun this summer!

Make a day of it: Sliding and scrambling can work up an appetite. You will love the restaurant on site, or head to nearby Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse for some barbecue and live music. Sit under the open-air tiki

park. With certified lifeguards, waterslides, and concessions, this is a safe and fun place for all. Let your family’s energy be spent making splashes, playing on the water playground, and competing for

hut to nosh on everything from ribs and fried chicken to collard greens and cornbread. Or see what’s flying in and out of the Celery Fields, a 300acre preserve where more than 200 species of birds have been spotted.

speed on the dual slides. Get there at 10 a.m. to claim a spot Monday through Saturday and enjoy the day until 5 p.m. Sundays the water park is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SUN-N-FUN RV RESORT AND CAMPGROUND Family Living Magazine Readers Choice Winner! Sun-N-Fun RV Resort and Campground features a splash park, an Olympic-size pool, divein movies, miniature gold, a mega slide and more! Located on Fruitville Road, purchase a Summer Family Fun Pass for four, or an individual Summer Day Pass. Day passes Monday through Thursday are $7 while weekend passes are $9. Mega Slide Passes are $6 Monday through Thursday, $10 on Friday, and $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Savor a full day of diversion from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the whole family! Along with the option of day passes, rental homes and reservations are also available for as long as you would like your relaxing, fun getaway to be. Sun-N-Fun has 14 themed summer weekends, so don’t miss out on an opportunity for you and your family to dress to theme. 30

SARASOTA FAMILY YMCA Cool off at the Sarasota Family YMCA Water Park, located on Potter Park Drive, for a day of family fun. Zip down the slides or a dip in the pool at this fun-filled water

For nonmembers of the Sarasota YMCA attendance is $12, but admission is free for members and kids aged 3 and under. Make a day of it: Before hitting the slides, take a bike ride on the nearby

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Legacy Trail, a former railroad line turned biking and walking trail that stretches for more than 10 miles from Culverhouse Nature Park in Sarasota south to the Venice Train Depot. Parking is available just to the north of Potter Park (which the water park abuts) on McIntosh Road. If the kids haven’t burned off enough energy, there’s also a fun playground at Potter Park.

THE CHILDREN’S FOUNTAIN IN BAYFRONT PARK With the beautiful view of Sarasota Bay, The Children’s Fountain is an additional, enjoyable splash park for your kids. Located on Sarasota’s bayfront just west of downtown, your kids won’t get bored of the fountains, and you won’t get bored of the beautiful view. Open during the summer from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., this place is excellent for kids who want the fun of playing in the water without having to know how to swim, or getting a mouthful of saltwater. Make a day of it: Visit the wellequipped playground at Bayfront Park, then head to O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill for casual eats in a waterside setting. If you still haven’t had enough of the water, you can rent jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, and aqua cycles from Bayfront Excursions, which has a rental location nearby. Or let someone else take the helm by booking a sightseeing or sunset excursion through LeBarge Tropical Cruises.

RIVERWALK IN BRADENTON Located on Manatee River, the Riverwalk is the perfect place to watch your kid enjoy the summertime with the emerging fountains of the splash zone. This park does not only interest kids, but teenagers might also enjoy the skate park shaded by the causeway overpass allowing hours of skating without getting too hot. You can even bring your four-legged

family member and let them enjoy a day outside, instead of looking outside the window waiting for you to return home. Load up the car with the whole family, towels, and sunscreen and find yourself having a memorable summer day with no hassle of parking or trying to keep the sand out of your car.

ARLINGTON PARK Serious swimmers, take note: Arlington Park and Aquatic Center in Sarasota is home to both a 50-meter lap pool and 25-yard instructional pool. You may be sharing the lanes with local swim teams, though; call to find out when they’re practicing. Day rates are $4 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. Make a day of it: Explore the rest of Arlington Park, which also includes tennis and basketball courts, a paved

walking trail, playground, and picnic areas. The park is just west of the Pinecraft neighborhood, the center of Sarasota’s Amish community. Tuck into a slice of peanut butter cream pie at Yoder’s Restaurant and Amish Village, and then pick up some candles, apple butter, and other goodies at the gift shop and market.

VENICE CHILDREN’S FOUNTAIN Centennial Park occupies prime real estate in the heart of downtown Venice. Within that park you can find the city’s free Children’s Fountain; just follow the squeals of laughter you’ll hear as the little ones are splashing around. New canopy coverings help mom and dad stay cool while the kids play. The fountain is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; check it out at night when changing colored lights illuminate the spurts of water and create plenty of cool photo ops. !

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Most families find it difficult to get everyone together at the dinner table on a regular basis. We’re all so busy with after-school activities, late meetings at work, and long commutes; it really is too bad. Researchers have learned that eating dinner as a family is extremely important to kids’ physical, mental, and emotional health. As Dr. Anne Fishel, professor at Harvard Medical 32

School and an expert on the benefits of family dinners, says: “Sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit.” HEALTHIER EATING Kids whose families have regular dinners together are much healthier than those who don’t. They eat more fruits and vegetables, and less fried foods and soft drinks. They eat a wider variety of foods, and they continue to do so once they become adults. They’re also less likely to become

obese. Researchers believe that’s because homemade meals are healthier than those in restaurants: we eat smaller portions, at a slower pace, and spend more time talking with one another. INCREASED VOCABULARY Dining with the family impacts kids’ minds as well as their bodies. Researchers have discovered that dinner-time conversations increase young kids’ vocabulary much more than being

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read to out loud. So if you have a choice between coming home early for a family dinner or reading your kids a bedtime story, choose the dinner over the bedtime story. Kids who have a large vocabulary learn to read earlier and more easily than those with a more limited vocabulary. Researchers think that’s because that kids constantly hear parents use new words during conversation. HIGHER GRADES These intellectual benefits carry over into academic achievement. Researchers have discovered that how well kids do in school is determined more by how often they participate in family dinners than by whether they do their homework consistently. Kids who dine regularly with their families are twice as likely get A’s in school than those who only do so rarely. FEWER RISKY BEHAVIORS Having family dinners is also good for kids’ emotional health. When they dine with their families, they’re much less likely to suffer from eating disorders, abuse alcohol or drugs, or stress and depression. Researchers believe that’s because parents who spend time with their kids at the dinner table are more in touch with their emotional wellbeing and can offer advice and support when needed. As a result, these kids also have higher selfesteem and trust others more.

much more likely to have good relationships with their parents and siblings. Kids say that talking, catching-up, and just spending quality family time are much more important to them than what’s on the menu. Simply put, eating dinner together creates a strong sense of togetherness and feeling of belonging to a family. Dr. Fishel puts it well: “Dinner is a time to relax, recharge, laugh, tell stories and catch up on the day’s ups and downs, while developing a sense of who we are as a family.” Happy Dinner! !

STRONGER FAMILY BONDS Finally, researchers have learned what we all probably know already: eating dinner together enhances family bonds. Kids whose families have regular dinners are

Tanni Haas, Ph.D. is a of Communication Arts, Sciences and Disorders at the City University of NewYork – Brooklyn College.

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The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling are happy to partner once again to present the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Don’t miss this familyfriendly show that runs Tuesday, June 11 through Saturday, August 3! The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circu artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages.

The annual Sarasota Sailing Squadron Labor Day Regatta takes place the first weeken of September.

5401 Bay Shore Rd., SarasotaShow 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays

Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each mont from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Bring your chairs, but leave coolers at home. Overflo parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75.

Tickets $16/adults, $12/children 12 and under. The Englewood Pioneer Days Festival

Every year during the last week of August—a tradition that began in 1956, in honor of Englewood’s founding on August 17, 1896. The kids shipwreck party, cardboard boat races, historical tours, and the annual festival parade are popular Pioneer Days events.

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The Venice Craft Festival is traditionally held during the first ful weekend of September from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Miami Avenue..

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Unicorn Encounter, Hug-A-Goat, Face Painting, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Mini Train Ride, Globe of Death with Torres Extreme Riders, Kids Fun Zone, Petting Zoo, Live Music, Wildflower Maze, Torres Family Circus, Craft Show, and Food Truck Rally Amazing selection for all your Fall decorating needs, including Scarecrows, Hay Bales, Corn Stalks, Gourds, Indian Corn. Mini, Pie, Heirloom and Giant Pumpkins!

Festival Hours 10am-5pm

Every Weekend in October!

Huge Selection of Pumpkins in All Sizes! Costume Contest - Saturdays • 2pm | Pie Eating Contest - Sundays • 2pm Local Produce • Birthday Parties • School Farm Tours Shop Our Farmers Market 7 Days a Week; Mon-Sat 9-6 Sun 10-4

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visit our website for more info!

www.fruitvillegrove.com • (941) 377-0896

7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota (1 mile east of I-75, off exit 210)

Personalized

Orthodontic Care FOR CHILDREN, TEENS & ADULTS

Freeman Orthodontics Proudly Supports the Community Personalized Care • Convenient Office Hours Affordable Monthly Payments • Invisalign® • Clear Braces Dr. David Freeman and his talented team are committed to providing you and your family with exceptional orthodontic care in a welcoming, attentive and professional environment.

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Does your child require tutoring year after year? We can help!

• Increases reading levels up to 4 years in only 60 hours! • Science based program improves cognitive skills for students ages six to adult. • Train the brain. Get smarter. Guaranteed. • We make learning fun!

2050 Proctor Road, Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34231

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Issue 3 2019 After School  

Back to School is August 12th! Are you ready? Find top After School Programs in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.

Issue 3 2019 After School  

Back to School is August 12th! Are you ready? Find top After School Programs in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.