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F E AT U R E S 10 HANDLING A BULLY Scenarios kids encounter and how to deal with them

14 CHOOSING A PRIVATE SCHOOL Top 10 questions to ask schools you are considering

18 THE SHY CHILD Helping shy kids become more socially confident

20 PUBLIC SCHOOLS: WELCOMING

DIVERSE INTERESTS AND NEEDS Unique opportunities available at area schools

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34 IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE A

HIGH SCHOOL Find just the right fit for your student at Cincinnati Public Schools

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What younger kids should focus on now to be prepared

C O M M E N TARY & PA R E N T I NG 12 FOOTNOTES: THOUGHTS FROM THE MARGINS OF A MOM’S LIFE The words between us

28 NEARBY TO TRY Arts classes

30 ASK THE TEACHER

Mid year transfers, teaching by computer and “flipping” a classroom

32 PETE GILBERT... STAY-AT-HOME DAD Getting out: winter edition

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Happy New Year! January always brings with it a sense of renewal – a chance to start with a fresh perspective and make exciting plans for the future. As you can see from this issue of Cincinnati Parent, we’re starting 2014 with a brand new look! We’re thrilled to bring you an updated version of the magazine you have come to depend on as your local source for everything parenting. You’ll still find the articles, guides and calendar you have always relied on, plus some new columns and information we’re looking forward to bringing you throughout the year. Education is our focus in this issue, as we take a look at the many facets of your child’s academic life. Our public schools do an amazing job of educating our young people and we’ve highlighted their unique programs in two articles: Public Schools: Welcoming diverse interests and needs and It’s Time to Choose a High School. If you’re considering private education, you’ll want to read Choosing a Private School for a list of the top ten questions to ask a school you’re considering. And believe it or not, your middle school or junior high student should be making preparations now to plan for their higher education – When College is on the Horizon walks you through what’s important to focus on today. Also, every parent knows that the social aspect of school plays an important role in a child’s life and The Shy Child and Handling a Bully discuss strategies kids and parents can use to address potential problems in these areas. Finally, as always, our own educational expert tackles your specific school questions in our monthly column Ask the Teacher. A new year means new resolutions and ours is to continue to provide you with the best information and local resources available to make your job of parenting a little easier, better informed and definitely more FUN! Please let us know your thoughts and input to help us make Cincinnati Parent even better – we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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spotlight FREEDOM CENTER PROGRAMMING The Underground Railroad and Freedom Center provides a wonderful opportunity for families to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Everyday Freedom Heroes celebrates individuals from all walks of life whose extraordinary choices at key moments paralleled the courageous actions taken by participants on the Underground Railroad. And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations features beautifully handcrafted quilts created by an international group of artists. The colorful textiles narrate the history of the African American experience, capturing the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Frederick Douglass to Mae Jemison to the first African American President. ESCAPE! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad uses storytelling, role-playing and hands-on activities to highlight the brave and clever actions of men and women who resisted slavery. Especially noteworthy in this family-friendly exhibit are the colorful banners of abolitionists and “railroad conductors” by renowned artist Jerry Pinkney. Visit www.freedomcenter.org or call 513-333-7500 for hours and ticket pricing.

IT’S AMAZING WHAT ONE BOX OF COOKIES CAN DO! It’s that time of year again! Watch for local Girl Scouts on your doorstep and at your neighborhood retailers this month! Much more than a way to raise money, Girl Scout cookie sales are a hands-on leadership and entrepreneurial program unlike any other in the world. The Girl Scout cookie program fosters five key skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. To find out more about the 2014 cookie line up or to learn how to become involved in scouting visit www.girlscoutsofwesternohio.org or call 513-489-1025.

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IMPORTANT YOUTH TRAINING OPPORTUNITY Parents, caregivers and school personnel work diligently to support and educate students about the harmful effects of bullying. For families seeking additional resources, PRO Martial Arts in Loveland is now offering the Armor™ Bullying and Predator Prevention program. The theme of the program is “I Am My Own Superhero™” and will teach messages of self-confidence and self-esteem that encourage children to stand tall and stand up for themselves. This valuable twelve-week course gives children the mental, social and psychological tools to protect themselves from physical, verbal and online bullying as well as predatory behavior. Contact PRO Martial Arts at 513-683-2787 or visit www.promartialarts. com/loveland.

IT’S A FOOD SAFARI! The Cincinnati Nature Center presents Jungle Jim’s Tasty Expedition on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Guests will explore the endless aisles of Jungle Jim’s International Market featuring nature’s bounty. Knowledgeable tour guides will be on hand and there will be lots of foods to sample! Jungle Jim’s Eastgate location 4450 Eastgate Square Drive, Cincinnati 513-674-6000 | www.junglejims.com

SKATING IN A BEAUTIFUL SETTING The US Bank Ice Rink at Fountain Square is open every day of the week. Special events such as Radio Skates, DJ Skates, Family Skates and Broomball are scheduled throughout the winter months as well. Visit www.myfountainsquare.com or call 513-381-0782 for the complete schedule, rink status, skate rental and ticket pricing.

YOUR OPINION COUNTS The P&G Discovery Center invites parents to apply for upcoming diaper studies taking place January 28-29 or January 30-31, 2014. If your child wears size four diapers, visit www.pampers.com/diaperstudies to apply to become a research participant.


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Michelle Shirk

HANDLING A BULLY

Scenarios kids encounter and how to deal with them

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s a parent, you want to help your children deal with any challenges they face, including bullies. But not all bullying scenarios are created equal. Read on to learn specific steps for helping kids handle several bullying situations that commonly arise.

Bullying toolbox While definitions for bullying vary, most include the following: 1) intentionally hurting someone physically or emotionally, 2) repeated instances over time and 3) an imbalance of power, says Stephanie Dunne, School Psychologist at Cincinnati Country Day School. Ohio also has a legal definition of bullying that includes both physical and verbal abuse, notes Dr. William J. DeMeo, Developmental School Psychologist and National Certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer. Below, we presented various professionals with three different types of bullying scenarios and asked how kids and their parents should respond.

Emotional Bullying One of your 11 year-old daughter’s bus mates doesn’t like anything about her – her hair, her clothes, the way she laughs – and makes 10 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // JANUARY 2014

sure to let her know it on a daily basis. Worse, she encourages the other girls on the bus to participate in the criticism. “In a situation like this, often the best thing for her to do is to respond confidently to the bully,” says Halley Estridge, Clinical Research Coordinator II at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She says children can learn to stand tall, look the person in the eye, and say “no” or “stop” in a steady voice. Other ideas include sitting at the front of the bus or wearing headphones. If the child has tried standing up for herself but the bullying continues, the parent should talk to her daughter about involving the school for help, says Estridge.

Physical Bullying Your 9 year-old son, who is small for his age, has been arriving home with bruises he doesn’t want to discuss. When pressed, he admits a few of the larger kids in his class have been trying to physically intimidate him. They push in front of him in the lunch line and take “cheap shots” at him during games in recess and gym class. Estridge again encourages the child to directly and assertively tell the bullies to stop their conduct. If the bullying continues, he should tell an adult and ask her to watch for the behavior. While Estridge generally recommends parents ask their child for permission to tell others about the bullying, “if your child is being


physically bullied, you should tell the school.” Schools need to know about situations that potentially place their students in danger, she says.

Cyberbullying You keep a close eye on your 13 year-old’s online activity by friending her on Facebook and regularly viewing her postings. After a misunderstanding at school involving a boy, a one-time friend is making nasty posts about your daughter on her own page. Your daughter untags herself from each post, but they remain on the other girl’s page for all to see. The student should not respond online, says Dunne, but should keep a copy of the offensive material. If possible, she should block the other student. Parents should also report this situation to the school since it involves a relationship between students, says Dunne.

Anti-Bullying resources “Some kids will tell their teachers or parents if they’re being bullied,” says DeMeo. “But many more will suffer in silence.” Physical, social, emotional and academic signs that may indicate a bullying situation include torn clothing, unexplained bruises, low self-esteem, having few friends, fear of going to school or lack of interest in activities, he says. “If a child is depressed, hurting themselves (such as cutting), showing signs of anorexia or bulimia, or thinking about or attempting suicide, it’s time to seek professional help,” says Estridge. Even in less extreme bullying situations, parents should talk to their child about the possibility of seeing a counselor or psychologist if they think it would be beneficial. For more information, Dunne points parents to www.violencepreventionworks.org, www. stopbullying.gov, and www.pacer.org/bullying. Estridge recommends the Parent Manual provided by the Girls Guide to End Bullying (www. girlsguidetoendbullying.org), a website created by the research team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with the support of P&G.

Bullies can have a far-reaching impact on their victims. Equipping a child to recognize and handle these situations, and getting involved as a parent to stop the abuse, takes the power out of a bully’s hands and creates a safer environment for all children. JANUARY 2014 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

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COM M E N TA RY & PA R E N T I N G

footnotes. Thoughts from the margins of a mom's life The Words Between Us Kelly Blewett

There is something beautiful about watching a baby watch the world. The emotions playing across the face of my 9-month-old daughter can be read so clearly. Amusement, fascination, peacefulness, fury and joy – babies might not be able to say much, but our communion with them can be rich and complete. I say communion and not communication because that is what it feels like, hanging out with my baby girl. There are no words between us, no push-and-pull. Instead, we share a constantly inmotion state of being. I watch her gaze at her hands, clasping and unclasping. I watch her pet the dog and belly laugh. I am beholding and she is beheld. She falls asleep in my arms and I imagine she doesn’t distinguish between my heartbeat and her own. Until, of course, she starts to grow. Grow up, grow out, grow away. A few weeks ago she wouldn’t stop wriggling on the changing table. As a mom whose first baby rolled off and bumped his head, I had no hesitation in issuing some correction. “No,” I chided. Then, more forcefully, “No!” Her response read like a book: comprehension,

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disbelief, sadness, tears. And she stopped wriggling. In some way, this first exchange is the beginning of what will become the biggest bridge of all. Language will become our connector, our method of communication, our code. But I wish words didn’t have to come between us, that we could stay forever in the nursery, beholding and beheld. Still, I look at my three-year old and I think how often he surprises me – his jokes, his insights, even his lunch preferences (Greek yogurt today, little boy?). Perhaps my daughter’s face is not the open book I assume. Maybe there’s more going on there than I can even imagine. Perhaps when she stacks her blocks and suddenly laughs she’s gotten the most wonderful idea. And someday, she’ll be able to tell me. And I’ll be able to tell her some useful things, too. Things that will keep her safe, teach her about the world and maybe even shape the person she is going to become. Though I’d like to behold her forever, I also long to hear her voice. So this January, I toast my daughter. Let the conversation begin.


CHOOSING a private school Rebecca Wood

Top 10 questions to ask schools you are considering Bridget Krebs of Loveland knew she wanted to send her children to private school. Both Krebs and her husband attended Catholic schools growing up and appreciate the value of faith-based education. When selecting a private school for her children, Krebs looked no further than her church’s school. “It made sense,” Krebs explains. Not every parent sails through the private school selection process as easily as Krebs. For many, finding the “right fit” can be a process that requires forethought and footwork. Those who have been through it recommend walking into prospective schools armed with the following key questions.

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1. How safe is the school? Schools should be ready to discuss what safety measures are in place, including staff training and facility preparedness. Kate Pinckert, Director of Development and Marketing for the Children’s Meeting House, suggests asking about the school’s procedures. If a school seems uninterested in broaching the topic, warning bells should be ringing.

2. What is the philosophy or theology of the school?

The heart of a school is its core philosophy or theology. Parents need to determine if the school’s teachings gel with the family’s values. Janet Hill, Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Seven Hills School, explains that there are many approaches to education, and finding a school that matches a family’s perspective can create a positive experience for all.

3. How long has the school been in operation?

Private schools stay open as long as they successfully educate students and meet parent needs. Roderick Hinton, Assistant Vice President and Director of Enrollment at St. Xavier High School, says that while a school’s longevity attests to its level of success, the accomplishments of an institution during its (brief or long) lifespan is significant too.

4. What is the student-teacher ratio and average class size?

Private schools tend to offer lower studentteacher ratio and smaller class sizes than many public schools. Full-time teaching assistants and resource teachers may also have a presence in the classroom. Pinckert encourages parents to examine the time teachers will have to know and work with a child.

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What degrees and accreditations do teachers hold? Private school teachers may escape some of the requirements enforced upon public school teachers. Parents should examine faculty qualifications, including advanced degrees and specialized training. Pinckert advises, “Make sure the teachers are truly trained in the philosophy the JANUARY 2014 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

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school offers as well as have relationships with national organizations that help to keep the integrity of the program.”

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What opportunities are there for parent involvement? Parents need to understand their role within the school community. Important considerations include communication methods with parents and volunteer opportunities. Private school parent Natalie Kelley of Montgomery says, “Schools that have a lot of (parent) involvement demonstrate pride and are really invested in their children.”

7. What special programs or offerings does the school provide for its students?

Many public schools have slashed special programs, while private schools may still provide an array of offerings, such as music, art and athletics. Parents must evaluate what’s important to their family and how a school can meet those expectations. Kelley considers the programs offered at a school important to her family. “I believe they should be exposed to as many different experiences as possible.”

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What is a typical school day schedule?

A typical school day schedule can tell a parent whether a child will thrive in that environment. Hill expounds, “Asking about a

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child’s day allows parents to better understand the student’s daily routine, pick-up and drop-off procedures, aftercare offerings, lunchtime and recess schedules, and fee schedules for extra-curricular activities.”

9. How will the school address a child’s unique needs?

Parents must assess a child’s unique needs and determine if the school has the resources and staff to accommodate. Hinton says that understanding a child’s individual needs is the most important aspect in selecting a school. He encourages parents to assess a child’s gifts and challenges when determining the best fit.

10. What is the cost? Sending a child to private school is a financial undertaking. Pinckert urges parents to understand what is expected of them upon a commitment to the school. When crunching the numbers, think about tuition increases and additional costs (uniforms, lunches, field trips). Many schools offer financial aid, scholarship opportunities and payment plans.

Ultimately, selecting the right private school is a process. Parents should be prepared to do the research and ask the right questions. The time spent investigating schools will pay off in years to come.


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nable to summon the courage to join classmates building a snowman, your son observes from the sidewalk. Despite the new neighbor’s warm personality, she could not elicit the slightest response from your daughter. Scenarios like these may evoke frustration for parents . . . and children. Take heart – others have journeyed this path and offer helpful advice.

Julie Smith Costakis

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Americans often equate shyness with indifference, yet many cultures extol its positive virtues – introspection, intelligence and thoughtfulness. It can be helpful to establish a healthy interpretation of shyness within your family. Ohio native Shelley L. bore the “shy label” growing up. Today she empowers her children as they negotiate this quiet, contemplative trait. “We use the word ‘introverted’; people seem to understand that some individuals are extroverts and others introverts – accepting this as a personality difference rather than a negative.” A favorable perspective invites more candid dialogue between parent and child. “Shy children don’t need to be changed, they need to be valued,” says Shelley.

Telling temperaments “Shyness is usually part of a child’s innate temperament, something they are born with,” shares Julia Anixt, MD, DevelopmentalBehavioral Pediatrician at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “This trait is often more distressing to the parent than the child, especially if a parent is very outgoing and sociable. Most shy children do well with relationships and new situations if given time to adjust and warm up to the environment and others around them.” Shy children follow their natural instincts when anxiety arises, cautiously evaluating how to handle uncomfortable situations. Parents however, can teach them strategies to help relieve their anxiety and facilitate social success.

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expressions. Instead of fuming when your child avoids an adult greeting, place a reaffirming hand on her shoulder and offer a pleasant reply to demonstrate an appropriate response.

Comfort zones Stepping out of comfort zones is harder for some than others. Parents can expand a child’s comfort zone by familiarizing them with a variety of social settings. Begin practicing in the security of your home, then slowly engage them in desired new experiences. “Provide opportunities for success in new social situations by starting with smaller groups,” suggests Dr. Anixt. Children will eventually gain the confidence to apply these new skills to more uncomfortable circumstances.

Coaching kids Behavioral coaching works best in calm environments. Shelley’s child struggled with unexpected, unfamiliar activities during his preschool day. She requested the schedule in advance, preparing him at home. He learned to master his emotions and embrace new activities. Try rehearsing encounters and practice responses with shy kids through role playing, and then seek out social opportunities for “real world” experience. “Your child will learn from observing your friendliness to others and interaction with people you do not know,” says Dr. Anixt. “Encourage your children to initiate or respond to social overtures, providing praise when he does well.”

We asked our CINCINNATI PARENT Facebook readers for their input on how they have helped their shy children. Here’s some of their advice. Give them time to answer questions. Don’t push a lot of friends. Encourage a strong friendship with a child who sets a good example. Let them know it’s okay to be who they are. – Rachel M. If your child is shy and prefers to observe rather than join in then let him/her observe. Children learn a lot through observation and eventually they’ll want to join the fun! – Alma S. My youngest who is 5 years old is shy. [She] is an observer, and takes in information/the situation before engaging. She is overcoming her shyness and we talk about making eye contact when speaking. It’s not a confidence thing for her. It’s more of “I want to figure you out first.” – Nicole W. I refrained from describing my son as shy even with other grown-ups (they would always make a big fuss over it in his presence.) I just called it “slow to warm up.” Pay attention to what your child is experiencing (not what they should be experiencing) and help them navigate through it. – Teri H.

Looking ahead A parent’s positive involvement and authentic communication inspires success. Dr. Anixt counsels that “as long as the adolescent feels happy, comfortable and engages in activities he enjoys and wants to be doing” parents should feel encouraged. Shyness is just one facet of a child’s personality; it will rise and fall through changing circumstances. In his book, The Shyness Breakthrough, Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D. writes, “By helping your child to understand and manage his shy feelings, you will be empowering him for years ahead.”

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Sarah McCosham

Public Schools WELCOMING

diverse interests & needs Unique opportunities available at area schools Local public schools are offering an increasing number of interesting academic and extra-curricular options to their students. Advanced placement classes, diverse clubs and projects to join, community service programs – all of these opportunities allow students to explore their interests, build an impressive transcript and learn more about themselves as young people. Highlighted here are a few examples of what students can find at some of the public schools in our area.

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Academic rigor At Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), students can opt to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) classes which count as both high school and college credit. In fact, CPS’ Walnut Hills High School boasts the largest number of AP classes in the country, with 31 different AP course offerings, allowing students to start building their college transcript while still in high school. Milford High School has special programs available to give older students early experience teaching and tutoring. The high school’s student-led writing center is very similar to college writing centers, says Nancy House, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction. Also, Honors Society members have the opportunity to tutor younger students in foreign languages. “The goal is to get our youngest students excited about world languages,” says House. “It’s also an incredible opportunity for our high school students to grow as leaders.”

Extracurricular options

with and without disabilities.” The Club is very popular with students, she says, and builds a sense of community within the school. Community is an important concept at Milford, as well. The high school’s Seniors Read to Second Graders program allows older students to assist younger students with this important skill. Not only does the program help younger children develop their reading skills, it also helps senior students solidify their understanding of reading approaches and theories, says House. Milford’s involvement in the New Voices program allows students to get involved in service learning. This spring, Milford will be attending the 25th Annual National Service Learning Conference in Washington, D.C. Janelle Schunk, Director of the New Voices program at Milford, explains, “I’m excited for the students to have the opportunity to share their accomplishments on a national scale. I believe this allows our students to present Milford as a district that is a leader in innovative service learning, student leadership and one that teaches students to use their strengths to connect to our community.” Given the wide variety of options available in public schools today, students have multiple opportunities to grow socially, emotionally and academically during these important years of their development.

Because of their size, public schools are often able to offer a variety of extracurricular activities for students in sports, music and special interest clubs. And because public schools usually compete with other similarly sized districts, many opportunities for competition exist. In many public schools, opportunities abound for students to find their “niche” and delve into their particular interests. Walnut Hills, for example, boasts Ecology Club, Orchestra, Photo Club, Quiz Team and chapters of Young Democrats and Young Republicans.

Developing community It’s important for students to develop a sense of social consciousness, and many public schools have programs designed to teach kids this important value. At Sycamore High School, the Stepping Out Club brings together students with and without disabilities. Erika Daggett, Chief Information Officer at Sycamore Community Schools, says that the club’s purpose is to “gain a deeper knowledge of the unique reality kids experience and develop an overall sense of the school culture for students

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education & CHILDCARE child care & preschool

45150, Contact: Tisha Luthy, Phone: (513) 831-1711, ext. 123, Email: tluthy@cincynature.org, www. cincynature.org

The Campus at Kids First

The Compass School

NEW for Fall 2014: Private, Full Day Kindergarten! Located inside the nationally acclaimed Kids First Sports Center, The Campus offers the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. As the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority, The Campus at Kids First gives your child an academic edge by integrating a world class physical education (including gymnastics, basketball, yoga and soccer!) curriculum in to the daily schedule, at NO additional cost! Our carefully selected and loving teachers utilize a relevance-based curriculum combined with child-directed play to make learning FUN and start each child on their journey to becoming a life-long learner. 7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati,

OH 45249, Contact: Joanie Metzger Weghorst, Phone: (513) 629-KIDS, Email: info@theCampusKF. com, www.theCampusKF.com, Grades: 6 weeks thru Pre-K

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center Academic excellence via a unique blend of Jewish and Montessori education offering strong academics, stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills and nurturing a love for life-long learning. Individualized curriculum customized for each student, expansive naturally lit rooms, low student ratio. Specials include yoga, music, Hebrew, dance, art and Tae Kwon Do. Flexible schedules, before and aftercare, web cams and after-school enrichment available. Limited space - now enrolling! 7587 Central Parke

Blvd., Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513)234-0600, www.ChaiTots.com, Grades: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten (6 weeks-6 years), Enrollment: 60

Cincinnati Nature Center Preschool See how CNC supports the “nature of children” through “children in nature” at CNC’s nature preschool. Join CNC’s Nature Preschool Director, Tisha Luthy and Lead Teacher Kristen Kleintop for an Open House on January 26 from 3:00-5:00. Visit the preschool to learn more about our nature-based classroom including how outdoor experiences and classroom materials support learning. 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 22 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // JANUARY 2014

Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding Reggio-Inspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. Call today for your personal tour. 9370 Waterstone Blvd.,

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Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School 3-Star Award Winner! Professionally qualified teachers provide active, expressive, childcentered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose 2, 3, 4, or 5 day AM or PM sessions. Excellent ratios, degreed teachers and spacious, sunny, classrooms await your preschooler. Parent and child classes also available for babies and toddlers. Don’t miss our Admissions Open House on Sunday, Jan. 26th at 2 pm. 5950

Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Laura Carr, Phone: 513-683-8833, Fax: 513-683-8456, Email: CompassLC@yahoo.com, www.TheCompassSchool.com

Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213, Phone: (513)631-0170, www.prpc.org/nurseryschool. php, Grades: 2 1/2 - 5 years, Parent/Child classes birth to 32 months, Enrollment: 65

Cornerstone Church Preschool

Skidaddles

A Step Up To Quality award winning preschool committed to nurturing the whole child socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, and spiritually. CCP provides high quality early childhood education based on sound knowledge of child development and appropriate practices. Daily lessons include Bible concepts, language skills, emergent math, discovery opportunities, music, creative art and more! 7600 Princeton

Glendale Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011, Contact: Denise Taylor, Director, Phone: (513) 874-7870, Email: preschool@cornerstonechurch. org, www.cornerstonechurch.org

Skidaddles offers convenient and reliable care that is available without reservation. Drop-in days, evenings, and weekends whenever you need childcare. Whether you need care for a few hours or all day, part-time, or full-time with flexibility, we can accomodate all your childcare needs! Feel confident knowing your children are having fun and learning while being cared for by well qualified staff in a safe and clean environment. 5939 Deerfield Blvd., Suite 104,

Mason, OH 45040, Contact: Tiffany Sams, President, Phone: 513-204-3482, Email: info@ skidaddles.com, www.skidaddles.com, Grades: 18 months - 12 years, Enrollment: New registrations are always welcome. Register once and use both locations - Mason, OH and Florence, KY!

Creative Tots, Mason Creative Tots has specialized in the private education of Toddler, Preschool and Pre-K children for 20+ years. Our holistic approach allows children the opportunity to learn, explore, play and grow while engaging in the fine arts and Montessori activities. Our modernized curriculum is rich in opportunities to use creativity, solve problems, use language, develop new vocabulary and reading skills, while engaging in intellectual activities. Programs: School Year- (September - June 5th); Weekly Summer Programs (June 10 - August 2). Enrichment Programs: Spanish, Music, Art, Yoga and Science. 6408 Thornberry Ct.,, Mason, oh

45040, Contact: Emilie Parry, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email: creativetotsmason@gmail.com, www.creativetotsmason.com, Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years

The Willow Tree House Daycare & Preschool Offering both traditional & Montessori curriculum, The Willow Tree House has professionally qualified teachers providing a caring and nurturing environment (utilizing a constructivist based curriculum, meaning that children are not idle beings who learn through passive observation.) 2651 Highland Avenue,

Cincinnati, OH 45219, Contact: Jean Walker, Phone: 513-281-8733, Email: willowtreehouse@aol.com, thewillowtreehouse.com, Grades: Serving ages 6 weeks to 5 years in our Preschool Program


MONTESSORI Central Montessori Academy CMA welcomes you to our Open House on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 12:00 to 2:00pm. You can also call and schedule a tour to come see our Natural Playground and Outdoor Learning Environment, as well as our individualized approach to education. For parents of Preschoolers, be sure to ask about our new “Montessori My Way” flexible early childhood programs designed for today’s family-friendly work schedules. 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Cheri Hauer, Phone: 513-742-5800, Fax: 513-742-5870, Email: info@ centralmontessoriacademy.com, www.centralmontessoriacademy.com, Grades: Preschool- Grade 6, Enrollment: 100

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School An authentic Montessori school program resting on 6.5 acres. Extraordinary and rigorous hands-on learning inside and outside of the classrooms creating life long learners, critical thinkers and passionate leaders. 927 O’Bannonville Road,

Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Meg Thomas, Head of School, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: thomas@ cmhschool, www.cmhschool.com, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 150

Cornerstone Montessori School Cornerstone Montessori School is a private school that serves children between the ages of 3 and 14 in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. We have provided a solid academic, social and collaborative foundation for students since our founding in 1992. Our small, family oriented school offers quality, individual learning programs and low student/teacher ratios. We are conveniently located off I-471 near dowtown Cincinnati and I-275. We are enrolling now, so please call for a private tour 859-4919960. 2048 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, KY

41076, Contact: Anna Wessling, Phone: 859-491-9960,Email: office@cornerstonemontessori. us, www.cornerstonemontessori.us, Grades: Preschool - 8th grade

Country Hills Montessori Providing programs for 3 to K. Small, individualized classes with low student-teacher ratios, under the guidance of Montessori certified teachers, in an inter-generational environment. Multiple Locations in Eastgate, Oakley, Harrison and West Chester Ohio and in Ft. Thomas KY. Visit chmschools.com for all location addresses & phones. 4400 Glen Este Withamsville, Cincinnati,

OH 45236, Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Phone: 513-752-1066, Email: sschreiberchm@yahoo.com, www.chmschools.com/, Grades: 3 - K

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The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori A unique Catholic Montessori school where each child can achieve his or her full potential in academics, faith and life. Dedicated, well trained teachers, a 12:1 teacher/student ratio, Spanish program beginning at age 3, and unparalleled faith formation with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are just few of the things that make GSCM a great school for your child. Students score 36% higher than national average and 88% better on HS entrance exams. 4460 Berwick Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227, Contact: Dan Teller, Phone: (513)271-4171, Fax: 513-271-4680, www. gscmontessori.org, Grades: Serving 3 year old preschool through 8th grade, including full day Kindergarten, Enrollment: 200

Montessori Center Room A child-focused, warm and inviting preprimary program with a 46 year history! Before and after care available. Musikgarten is offered weekly. AMS affiliated. Call for a personal tour. 2505 Riverside Ct., Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-321-3282, Fax: 513-321-4982, Email: cali@montessoricenterroom. com, montessoricenterroom.com, Grades: 3 - 6 years old, Enrollment: 50

The New School Montessori Founded on Montessori principles in 1970, our wooded playgrounds, home-cooked meals and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. We value diversity and create a caring and supportive community. Our graduates excel academically, but more importantly are empowered as citizens of our global community. (Accredited by AMS and ISACS). Open House dates: Oct 20, Jan 26, Apr 27 from 2-4PM. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Jeff Groh, Phone: (513)281-7999, Fax: (513)281-7996, Email: jeff.groh@thenewschool.cc, www.newschoolmontessori.com, Grades: 3 year-olds through 6th Grade, Enrollment: 150

NON-PUBLIC All Saints School All Saints School – Inspiration for Life. As a 2011 Blue Ribbon School, we are strong in academics and rich in spirituality. We inspire academic excellence, personal growth, self-confidence, leadership, spirituality, strength of character, lifetime friendships, and the courage to achieve.

8939 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Phone: (513) 792-4732, Contact Person: Daniel Stringer, Principal, Email: ASoffice@allsaints.cc, www.allsaints.cc

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programs provide a truly extraordinary educational environment. Join us February 9th from 2:00-4:00pm for our Open House! 555 Albion

The Seven Hills School

Cincinnati Christian Schools

Campus - 5400 Red Bank Road & Doherty Campus - 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati, OH, Phone: 513-728-2400, www.7hills.org, Grades: Pre-K through 12

Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45246, Contact: Teri Mauntel, Phone: (513)771-2462, w ww.bethanyschool.org, Grades: Grades: K – 8th grade, Enrollment: 250

Non-denominational Christian school system on two campuses located in Fairfield. Bible-based curriculum used in all classes. Elementary Campus:

7350 Dixie Highway Junior/Senior High Campus:, Fairfield, OH 45011, Contact: Mark Phair Public Relations Director, Phone: (513) 892-8500 ex. 119, Email: markphair@cincinnatichristian.org, www.cincinnatichristian.org, Grades: PreKindergarten through 12th Grade, Enrollment: 650

Cincinnati Country Day School Founded in 1926, CCDS is an co-educational, college preparatory school. Country Day is focused on providing innovative preparation to students, so that they are ready to achieve success in college and life. Rigorous preparation. Joyful environment. Students who find success in any world. Extended day programs and tuition assistance is available.

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243, Phone: 513-979-0220, Email: Admission@countryday.net, www.countryday.net, Grades: Early Childhood (18 months); 12th grade, Enrollment: 850

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy CHCA’s college-prep curriculum sparks creativity and fuels mastery. CHCA’s culture of vigorous inquiry and persistent effort develops agile, innovative thinkers. As they wrestle with timeless, essential questions, students strengthen their minds and their faith. Where others may pull back, CHCA students lean into life. 11525 Snider Road,

Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Natalie Pfister, Enrollment Director, Phone: (513)247-0900, Email: admissions@chca-oh.org, leanintoCHCA.org, Grades: Preschool 3 - Grade 12, Enrollment: 1500

Cincinnati Waldorf School The Cincinnati Waldorf School is an independent school that has been offering a classical Waldorf education in Cincinnati for over 40 years. Our curriculum promotes academic excellence, artistic expression, and critical thinking skills. Offering classes for infants through grade eight, the Cincinnati Waldorf School educates the whole child—head, heart and hands. We are pleased to offer the greater Cincinnati area the gift of Waldorf Education! 6743 Chestnut Street, Mariemont, OH

45227, Contact: Karen Crick, CWS Enrollment Director, Phone: 513-541-0220, Email: enrollment@ cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org, www.cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org, Grades: Nursery through Grade 8; Parent & Child Programming also available!, Enrollment: 220 (+)

An award-winning Independent, non-sectarian and co-educational school serving students two years through grade 12 on two campuses. An intellectually vibrant environment encourages personal attention and the average class size is 15. Educating the whole child with a college-prep, 21st century curriculum. Informational Coffees in December and January. Multiple Locations: Hillsdale

St. Gabriel Consolidated School St. Gabriel Consolidated School, a Catholic Christian elementary school, serves a diverse educational community. We are dedicated to nurturing the faith, academic, and service lives of our students with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. OPEN HOUSE: Jan.29, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 18 W. Sharon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246, Phone: 513-771-5220, www.stgabeschool.org

St. Nicholas Academy

St. Nicholas Academy is a regional elementary school, providing high quality Catholic education to students from more than 6 different communities and 22 zip codes. Our expanded curriculum includes programs in foreign language, computer technology, Seeds of Service volunteerism, and Christian outreach. Onsite before and after school care is available daily. 170

Siebenthaler Avenue, Reading, OH 45215, 513-6862727, www.stnacademy.org

Summit Country Day School Celebrating 50 years of Montessori academic excellence. World Language & Orff Music begins at age two in 2, 3 and 5-day AM classes. Montessori full and half-day programs for ages 3-6, including Signature Enrichment Programs. Early-, extended-, and holiday-care available, Summer camps and summer classes. Montessori Information Sessions: Jan. 14 & 28, 8:30 a.m. RSVP required. 513-871-4700 ext. 261. 2161

Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: (513)871-4700, www.summitcds.org, Grades: Age 2 - Grade 12, Enrollment: 1080

Villa Madonna Academy A Catholic, private, co-ed K-12 school offering 7:1 ratio in the full-day kindergarten program, world language, music, art and enrichment classes for K-6; strong college-prep high school curriculum with 18 AP courses; 12 high school varsity sports. Outstanding fine arts program for grades K-12.

2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017, Phone: (859)331-6333, Fax: 859-331-8615, Email: admissions@villamadonna.net, www.villamadonna. net/, Grades: K-6 and 7-12, Enrollment: 225 in K-6; 195 in 7-12


PUBLIC Cincinnati Public Schools Cincinnati Public Schools serves more than 33,000 students (preschool-12th grade), preparing students for life with rigorous academics, enrichment opportunities and strong community partnerships. The district is nationally celebrated for its Community Learning Center model, where its schools serve as hubs for community services – providing a system of integrated partnerships that promote academic excellence and offer recreational, educational, social, health, civic and cultural opportunities for students, families and community. 2651 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219, Phone: (513) 363-0123, www.cps-k12.org

Winton Woods City Schools Winton Woods City Schools... Ensuring all students achieve their highest potential. 1215 W. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240, Contact: Mr. Anthony Smith, Superintendent, Phone: 513-619-2300, Fax: 513-619-2309, www.wintonwoods.org, Grades: Preschool - 12th grade, Enrollment: 3500

SPECIAL NEEDS Brain Balance Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer a cutting-edge, drug-free approach to help children improve their ability to learn academically, socially and emotionally. We don’t just work with your child’s strengths or compensate for a weakness. We tackle your child’s issue head on, by addressing the root cause at the most fundamental level. 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Phone: 513-257-0705, brainbalancecenters.com

Springer School and Center For more than 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6 - 14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything. 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone:

(513)871-6080, www.springer-ld.org, Grades: 1st - 8th grade, Enrollment: 200

TUTORING Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers Langsford helps parents who are concerned about their child’s reading or comprehension development. Our diagnostic evaluation measures the strengths and weaknesses associated with successful reading, and identifies the root cause of the difficulties. We then apply research-validated approaches, with one-on-one instruction, to strengthen the weaknesses. Reading, spelling, and comprehension weaknesses are remediated with short-term, intensive, customized action plans led by a team of highly trained professionals. Free parent seminars on research-based learning available monthly. Blue Ash:

9402 Towne Square Ave. Ste B, Cincinnati, OH 45242 & West Chester: 7616 Cox Lane, West Chester, Oh 45069, Contact: Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Phone: 513-531-7400, www.WeTeachReading.com, Grades: All ages

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Incorporating the arts into a child’s life adds a richness to their development that can’t be overstated. Research has shown repeatedly that children who participate in creative endeavors develop far-reaching personal, social and cognitive skills that benefit them in many other areas of their life. Fortunately, in our area there are numerous outlets for kids to express themselves in artistic ways. For those children interested in music, dance, drawing, painting, ceramics or theatre, here is a sampling of some of the local opportunities available to them.

Cincinnati School of Music

The Cincinnati School of Music is conveniently located in Montgomery! Offering personalized music lessons in piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, voice, violin and viola. Open 7 days a week, by appointment, to accommodate your busy schedule. We welcome all ages and levels. Signing up for lessons is easy, and new students can start at any time. Call 513-560-9175 to arrange your first lesson! Or request more information online at www.CincinnatiSchoolofMusic.com. 9361-B Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati Email: info@cincinnatischoolofmusic.com

(513) 560-9175 | www.cincinnatischoolofmusic.com

de la Arts Place The Art Workshop, Inc

Classes include pottery wheel for kids ages 7 & up as well as all ages drawing and painting instruction, printing techniques, making sculpture, studying and understanding art history, instruction in methods of ceramics, and art vocabulary. We even have cartooning and comic book classes on Saturday mornings! Mom and Me classes too. 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park Contact: Nancy Kopp, Email: nankopp@gmail.com (513) 406-4009 | www.theartworkshopinc.net

Baldwin Music Education Center

For 50 years, Baldwin Music has offered unique, specially designed preschool music classes for ages 6-months to 4-years and piano classes ages 5 on up. Classes taught by trained group music teachers, convenient location, 6-day schedule, family discounts. The mission of BMEC is to enrich lives, believing that every life needs music! 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Cincinnati Contact: Rachel Kramer, Email: baldwinmusiceducenter@gmail.com

(513) 351-1109 | www.baldwinmusiceducenter.com

Center for the Arts, Wyoming

Non-profit 501(c)3 Community Arts Center (Est. 1995) offering comprehensive programs in Music, Visual Arts and Dance, including: Private Music Lesson in various instruments, Musik Kids Programs (Musikgarten), Suzuki Violin, Suzuki Piano, Art Classes (for kids and adults), Dance Classes (for kids and adults) and extensive Music, Art and Dance Summer Camps. 322 Wyoming Ave., Cincinnati

(513) 948-1900 | www.MusicArtDance.org

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de la Arts Place was founded by Co-Directors, Mario de la Nuez and his wife, Meridith Benson in the summer of 2005. Our mission is to offer dance classes of the highest quality to the young and the seasoned, novice and expert. To encourage creativity, experimentation, and cooperation within the dance community. To be a part of the community, for the community, both local and at large. To strive to be inclusive and accepting of all. The studios are located in the heart of the hip Columbia Tusculum neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon entering the studios, you will find yourself welcomed into a friendly, lively and creative atmosphere. The large studios offer climate control, plenty of room for movement, and soft wood sprung dance floors. 3905 Eastern Avenue, Cincinnati Contact: Alexandra Brannon, Email: deladancealexandra@earthlink.net

513-871-0914 | www.delaartsplace.com


Kindermusik by Cathy Siebert

Music and Movement classes for Families with children from birth through 7 yrs of age. Come sing, dance and learn! Check the website for free classes held in both locations. Check website for PlayDates in January. New session begins January 14. Enroll online or by phone with our budget-friendly monthly subscription plan of $54 per month for our classes which include instrument, CD, books and more! Kindermusik has been the premiere early childhood program for over 40 years; come see why! 6131 Campus Lane, Mt. Washington & at Madeira Silverwood Contact: Cathy Siebert, Email: siebertkm@aol.com

(513) 231-3973 | kindermusikbycs.kindermusik.net

Star Glazers

Paint pottery at you own location! We bring all the supplies needed, then we take the pieces to our facility to glaze/ fire, then we return them to you for distribution! We bring everything except for table and chairs! Pieces are returned to party house within 2 weeks. Call today to reserve your date! 800 Nordyke Rd., Cincinnati Contact: Ann Flynn, Email: ann@starglazers.com

(513) 474-6364 | www.starglazers.com

University of Cincinnati CCM Preparatory Department

The CCM Preparatory Department offers lessons in all musical instruments, classes and performance opportunities in music, theatre and dance for students of all ages and abilities. Ensembles include jazz, band, orchestra, choir, and chamber music. There is a preprofessional ballet company and an annual spring musical open to CCM Prep students. Convenient classes and lessons in music and acting are offered at UC Blue Ash College. Summer workshops and programs are offered at both the Clifton campus and UC Blue Ash. PO Box 210236, Cincinnati, OH 45221 Contact: Elizabeth Boland, Email: elizabeth.boland@uc.edu

(513) 556-2595 | www.ccm.uc.edu/prep

Other arts opportunities to consider: Arts & Creativities Brazee Street Studios The Carnegie Clifton Cultural Arts Center Evendale Arts Center FUNKe Fired Arts The Music Factory Whistle Stop Clay Works

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ask Mid-year transfers, teaching by computer, “flipping” a classroom Deb Krupowicz

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We are changing schools mid-year due to a job transfer. We were careful to select an area where we felt comfortable with the schools, but now that the move is about to happen, I am wondering how we can ever get up to speed with what has happened since the beginning of the year. What can I do to have a better understanding of the classes my kids are in? As soon as possible, set up conferences with your children’s teachers and with an administrator.

When meeting with the teacher, request any handouts (or web links) given out at the beginning of the school year. Inquire about the daily routine and the teacher’s classroom management approach. Find out about what curriculum has been covered and ask if there are specific areas that will be the basis of other studies later in the year that you should review with your children ahead of time. If you are able to volunteer in their classrooms, take advantage of the opportunity to get an idea about the teacher’s style. This will provide an important frame of reference for things your children share about school. Help the teachers understand your children. Be open about their strengths and challenges. It may be tempting to ignore past problems, but if the teachers are aware of potential problems ahead of time, they can prepare strategies that may provide a solution. The more the teachers know about your children, the sooner they will be able to meet their needs effectively. From the administrator, learn about attendance and school absence policies. Have him or her explain the philosophy of the building. Finally, ask about parent organizations and opportunities to volunteer so you can get some firsthand experience with your new school.

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Some of my son’s classes aren’t being taught by teachers with textbooks, but by a computer program. I am uneasy about this change, because it seems to diminish the role of the teacher. How can my son learn as much on his own as he would if a teacher were teaching the class?

Courses that are delivered through interactive computer programs promote individualization in a way that a teacher cannot. The computer program allows the students to advance at their own pace rather than being at the mercy of the general pace of the other students or of the curriculum outline. Students will not find the roles of effective teachers diminished. Teachers will spend time monitoring individual progress and identifying where their intervention is needed for building understanding or helping students become individually responsible for their learning. Additionally, the teachers will create problem


solving challenges and project opportunities to nurture student engagement that focuses on collaboration. As with any change, teachers and students need the experience of time with the computer program provided courses to know how to maximize their effectiveness. Questions to the teacher about how this course fits into the course sequence across grade levels may alleviate your uneasiness.

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My fifth grade daughter has mentioned that her teacher is talking about “flipping” her classroom. What does that mean? How will it affect what my daughter is doing at home and at school?

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The traditional classroom typically focuses on a teacher-provided lesson, a bit of practice and then homework to further master the skills taught in the lesson. When the classroom is “flipped,” a lesson is provided outside of the classroom via video clip. The video clip may be something that the teacher created or that she obtained online. The students view the clip prior to class and come to class ready to ask questions for clarification and engage in discussions and projects with the teacher in the role of facilitator. With this method, your daughter would use her homework time to watch and listen to the lesson for the following day. She would note questions as well as observations she has made about the new concept. Upon entering class the next day, she would be ready to ask questions based on what she learned the previous evening and then be ready to begin activities that the teacher has designed for developing student understanding. The teacher would be there to answer questions and guide your daughter to the desired outcome. A successfully “flipped” classroom should result in less stress for both student and parent at home and better utilization of the teacher’s time in engaging students in a workshop atmosphere. >> Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz,

a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at asktheteacher@cincinnatiparent.com.

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stay-at-home dad. It's officially wintertime in the Midwest, which means the process of loading up three kids in the van just got a LOT more complicated. Gone are the days of deciding to go somewhere, slipping on flip flops, grabbing a bottle of sunscreen and heading out the door. Now it takes planning. Leaving the house is now an event in itself. First I have to get a winter coat on everyone. There's always a battle of kids not wanting to wear them. Next, it moves on to them trying to independently put coats on themselves. My kids usually say something like, "I got it" or "I can do it myself." Then there's that awkward moment when you have to help them, but pretend like you aren't REALLY helping them so you don't bruise their fragile little egos. Second, it's time to round up all the mittens. Let's see here, where did I last see them? There were a few in the car, we could look there. I think I saw the dog carrying around one, we could ask him. There are some still out in the yard from

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Getting Out: Winter Edition Pete Gilbert

yesterday. Eventually after finding a dozen or so different mittens we are able to match three sets. Success. Finally, winter hats. We have so many winter hats, probably four or five for EACH one of us. That's twenty to twenty-five winter hats in our house. Then, why in the world, is it so hard to find three when you actually need them? Fifteen minutes later: Coats? Check. Mittens? Check. Hats? Check. Time to finally leave the house. Lord help me on those days when it actually snows enough that we need to locate and squeeze their oversized box feet into winter boots.

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to choose a high school Find just the right fit for your student at Cincinnati Public Schools Dawn Grady, Manager, Marketing and Community Relations, Cincinnati Public Schools

When it comes to academic programs, no district in the Tristate gives students the array of tuition-free, top-quality choices that can be found among the high schools of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). From the first public Montessori high school in the nation (Clark Montessori High School) to the top-ranked high school in Ohio (Walnut Hills High School), the district’s portfolio of schools provides exceptional options for Cincinnati’s young people in grades 7-12. CPS begins its high school enrollment season on February 10, 2014, for students who will be entering 7th grade in the fall of 2014. The process involves an application and lottery, and students are advised to submit applications by February 21, 2014, to have the best chance of getting into their school of choice. They are encouraged to select schools based on their career interests, and can attend any high school within the Cincinnati Public School district without neighborhood boundary restrictions. The district’s new Open Enrollment Policy allows students living outside CPS boundaries to apply to attend its schools, tuitionfree, if spaces remain after all in-district students are considered. Open Enrollment applications will be accepted April 1-30, 2014.

Prepared for college and careers Years ago, students had to wait until college before they got their first exposure to a major field of study. CPS students get to test the waters much earlier thanks to dozens of professional pathways that allow them to sample careers while they work towards graduation. The goal is to give them the option of pursuing college or transitioning into a career following high school. Science lovers would thrive at Hughes High School, home to the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program that gives students hands-on exposure to fields of study that are driving the 21st-century economy. The school offers career pathways in digital education, engineering and health sciences. It also is home to the Plant and Animal Sciences program that operates in the Zoo Academy at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where students work with zookeepers each day.

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Students who want to make their mark on the Information Age can choose Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School, where they’ll master the use of cutting-edge technology. Aiken High School offers the hands-on New Tech curriculum that uses project-based learning to strengthen critical thinking skills – which employers prize in today’s workforce. Entertainment hopefuls might opt for the celebrated School for Creative and Performing Arts, which has produced highly noted celebrities such as Nick Lachey, Rebecca Budig and Rocky Carroll. Nestled downtown in the arts district in a $72-million state-of-the-art building, the school attracts students from around the Tristate interested in creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, technical theater, visual arts and vocal music. Students showcase their talents in more than 100 performances and exhibitions throughout the year and earn, on average, more than $10 million in scholarships each year. Woodward Career Technical High School delivers vocational training through its three career pathways – Building Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Health Technologies – where students receive highly technical, hands-on training that can launch them immediately into productive careers after graduation. Students in the Building Technologies program spent years assisting with rebuilding efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and have completed several projects for Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and others locally. Walnut Hills High School, which has been ranked among the top 100 high schools in the country for the last several years according to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, is a classical, college-preparatory school with a rigorous, accelerated curriculum that includes 31 Advanced Placement courses – the largest AP selection in the United States. Its diverse population of students from a variety of cultures and racial backgrounds consistently score above the national mean on both the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Ninety-seven percent of graduates attend four-year colleges or universities, and nearly 90 percent of those students enter with advanced standing. Cincinnati Public Schools has the perfect high school to suit just about every interest and learning style. For more information about applying to our high schools or to obtain a High School Guide, visit us online at cps-k12.org.


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IS ON THE Horizon What younger kids should focus on now to be prepared Sarah McCosham

Is it crazy for a 5th grader to start thinking about what their major should be in college? Actually, no. The question of “what do you want to be when you grow up” starts to have some real significance even at this early age. While middle or junior high school may seem early to be thinking about higher education – it’s not. The SATs may be years away, but the groundwork for applying to college starts now. Fostering your child’s interests At this age, the most important thing you can do as a parent is to encourage the natural interests of your child. “Middle school is awfully early to get too specific, but it’s a good time to start a conversation,” says Ann Bader, Assistant Director in the Office of Admissions at Miami University. She says discussing possible career paths now is a good jumping off point. As a parent, you know your son or daughter best, so talk to your child about what they like to do. Give them a realistic idea of what skills specific jobs entail, and enroll them in classes or camps that give a sense of what that occupation requires. “For the longest time, my son

wanted to be a roller coaster designer,” says Bader, “So we talked about what you would need to know to get that job: math, science, physics and maybe an engineering or architecture degree.” Also, many colleges offer middle- and junior-high aged kids the opportunity to enroll in classes or camps on campus. Enrolling in these programs has the added benefit of exposing a child to what the college environment is like.

Challenging your student academically Your child spends much of his waking hours at school, so when it comes to classes, it’s very important for parents and teachers to have an ongoing dialogue regarding an academic plan. Talk to your child’s teacher(s) to get their perspective on what your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses are. If your child naturally excels at math and science for example, make sure to sign up for advanced classes in these areas. “Students should take the toughest curriculum offered in which they feel they can be successful,” says Bader. However, she says students shouldn’t sign up for advanced courses because they feel like they “should.” “Students shouldn’t take advanced classes in areas they’ve always struggled in – it’s better for students to stay in a current level where they are going to successfully master the skills if that’s where they’re most comfortable.”

Getting on track financially College presents an enormous financial commitment, and it’s never too early to start saving. Parents should consider opening a 529 savings account while their child is young. These accounts allow parents to contribute monthly, weekly or via payroll deduction. Plus, other people can contribute too, which is great for birthday or holiday gifts. Most financial experts also advise having kids pitch in towards their college savings, too. Once your child gets a job, designate a specific percentage to be deposited into their 529 or other collegespecific account. Finally, in Ohio there are many options for financial aid, whether through grants, scholarships or loans. Visit Ohio.gov for a list of the scholarships available to students and families to get an idea of what you may be eligible for. Still having a hard time imagining your middle schooler or junior high student as a college freshman? Most parents say these next years fly by. Although sending your child off to college may seem like a distant goal, investing the time now to explore their interests, develop an academic plan for high school and research financial options is time well spent.

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HappY NEW YEAR! 02 THURSday make your own temporary tattoo for teens Time: 4 p.m. Price: Free Phone: 513-369-4478 Location: Forest Park Branch, Cincinnati www.cincinnatilibrary.org/programs

Teens, come in and make temporary tattoos. Registration required.

Thursday Art Play: Happy New Year! Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Price: Members: Free. Nonmembers: CAC admission Phone: (513) 345-8400 Location: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati www.contemporaryartscenter.org

Let’s ring in the New Year by making our own fancy top hats, noise makers and fabulous party poppers. 2014 is going to be a great year!

03 FRIday Wise Temple Tot Shabbat with Judy and David Time: 5:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Price: Nominal fee for dinner - RSVP Phone: 513-793-2556 Location: Wise Temple, Cincinnati www.wisetemple.org/yofi

Joyous music. Shabbat rituals. Entertaining stories. Services led by acclaimed Jewish Musicians, Judy and David. Unique Shabbat celebration. Geared to children ages 0-6. Engaging for the whole family including older siblings and grandparents. Judy and David are critically acclaimed Children’s Performers, starring in dozens of DVDs and CDs, and are the stars of a popular Canadian television show. 5:30pm Shabbat Dinner. 6:15pm Tot Shabbat Service. RSVP required to 793-2556.

04 SATURDAY Family First Saturday Time: 12-4 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: (513) 721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

What’s going on? A lot, and then some more! Performances, local artists, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities are just the start of the fun. There’s a different theme each month for these FREE events, so be

sure to come to all of them, and bring your best friends! FREE. Reservations not required.

Wise Temple Shabbat Service and Program with Judy and David Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Price: Nominal fee for lunch - RSVP Phone: 513-793-2556 Location: Wise Temple, Cincinnati www.wisetemple.org

Guitar-led service for the entire family. Camp-like feel. Led by Judy and David, critically acclaimed Children’s Performers who star in DVDs and TV. Song session. Interactive Torah stories and drama games. For families with kids 0-12. 10:30am Family Service. 12:00pm Shabbat Lunch RSVP req’d: 793-2556.

Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival Through Sunday, January 5th Price: FREE Phone: 513-621-2627 Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati www.christchurchcincinnati.org

Oldest continuing festival of Christmas season. Featuring cast of more than 200 people dressed in 14th century English attire.

05 SUNDAY Hot Cocoa Social Time: 1-3 p.m. Price: Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. Phone: 513-831-1711 Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Rowe Woods, Milford www.cincynature.org

Bundle up and drop in the Nature PlayScape during the listed times to enjoy free hot cocoa, conversation and play! Bring your own mug. For ages 12 and under with an adult.

Wise Temple Children’s Concert with Judy and David Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Price: Free Phone: 513-793-2556 Location: Wise Temple, Cincinnati www.wisetemple.org/yofi

Judy and David, critically acclaimed Children’s Performers, will move you to sing, dance, and rejoice at this special musical concert. For children ages 0-6 and their parents and grandparents. Judy and David star in dozens of DVDs and CDs, and are the stars of a popular Canadian television show. They are on faculty of youth camps and are wildly popular service leaders at Reform congregations in North America. Don’t miss this opportunity to be entertained, inspired, and energized.

07 TUESDAY “M” is for Mitten: Winter in the Woods Time: 10-11 a.m. Price: $12/class per child/non-members; $10/ class per child/members Phone: (513) 563-6663 Location: Gorman Heritage Farm, Cincinnati http://gormanfarm.org

This hour long story-based farm exploration shares the fun of life on the farm while fostering an appreciation for great stories. This class combines learning about the seasons, caring for farm animals, planting, growing food, and farm machines with early literacy components (reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visualization). For kids ages 2-5. Stay and play at the Farm!

09 THURSDAY Thursday Art Play: Frosty Fun Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Price: Members: Free. Nonmembers: CAC admission Phone: (513) 345-8400 Location: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati www.contemporaryartscenter.org

Stop by for some frosty fun as we create our own snow globes and experiment with paint, ice and snow. We’ll read winter stories and have a frosty treat.

10 FRIDAY Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Kalamazoo Wings Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: (513) 421-4111 Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati www.cycloneshockey.com

It’s Cyclones Winter Hat Night! Come on down and cheer on your Cyclones as they take on the Kalamazoo Wings!.

Cavalcade of Customs Through Sunday, January 12th Price: $16, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under Phone: 513-419-7300 Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati www.koiautoparts.com

Custom cars and trucks, race cars and hot rods. Special sections include Toyarama, tribute to the Batmobile, Gene Winfield’s “Chop Shop,” pinup girl contest, BMX stunt shows and more. With guest appearances by television characters, reality show personalities and celebrities.

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11 SATURDAY Puzzled Time: 2 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Woodland Mound, Cincinnati www.greatparks.org

All things in nature are pieces in an environmental puzzle. Your family can work as a team to solve giant floor puzzles, crossword puzzles and even a few nature mystery puzzles. You will learn how you are a piece of the puzzle, too!.

12 SUNDAY Busy as a Beaver? Time: 1 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Miami Whitewater Forest, Harrison www.greatparks.org

Have you heard that saying? Join us to learn about this native mammal that is active, and even busy, all year long.

Second Sunday Family Showtime: Welcome to the Symphony Time: 2 p.m. Price: Free for children, suggested donation of $5 for adults Phone: 5134972860 Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati www.cliftonculturalarts.org/

Welcome to the Symphony! Presented by Schoolhouse Symphony. School House Symphony presents imaginative, multicultural music education programs to pre-school through elementary age children throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. This creative program fosters an understanding and appreciation of the symphony while promoting awareness of how music is structured and performed.

Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for you and your Little One Time: 2-3 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: 513-703-3343 Location: Gymboree, Mason www.myshalomfamily.org/

These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates are open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one

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parent is Jewish. The programs are free and always include a snack. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event Dates and times are subject to change, please check myshalomfamily.org for updates and to RSVP. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation.

13 MONDAY Baby’s Amazing Journey Ongoing Each Monday Price: $35/parenting team Phone: (513)475-4500 Location: Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati www.signingsafari.com

Babies have approximately 200 billion brain cells at birth – twice the number of stars in our galaxy! This eye-opening workshop helps parents navigate the challenging waters of infancy by offering effective strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping, & fussiness issues, as well as sharing insightful tips that will guide you through expected developmental milestones, assisting you in helping your child reach their fullest potential.

14 TUESDAY Homeschool Poetry Group Time: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Price: Free, open to all ages Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Cincinnati www.bluemanateebooks.com

Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written on the LePage stage.

16 THURSDAY Super Sprouts: Art of the Huichol People Time: 2-4 p.m. Price: free with Museum Admission Phone: (513)287-7000 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.com

Learn about the beaded folk art of the Huichol people of Mexico and create your own work of art.

Wee Wonders: Sleepy Time Time: 11 a.m. Price: $6/child, register by 1/13 Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Sharon Woods, Cincinnati www.greatparks.org

Why do some animals sleep through the winter? Children ages 3–5 will enjoy hearing a short story, making a craft and meeting an animal that hibernates.

17 FRIDAY Cincinnati Golf Show Through Sunday, January 19th Price: $12, free ages 13 and under with adult. $3 discount at any area Kroger with Kroger Plus Card Phone: 513-419-7300 Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati http://hartproductions.com

Professional instruction, golf equipment for sale, club fittings, seminars and free computerized swing analysis. Coincides with Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show.

Cincinnati Cyclones vs. South Carolina Stingrays Time: 7:30 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: (513) 421-4111 Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati www.cycloneshockey.com

It’s Cyclones Bobblehead Night! Come on down and cheer on your Cyclones as they take on the South Carolina Stingrays!

The Button People

Times: 7:00 PM Price: $5 per person Phone: (513) 558-1215 Location: UC Clermont College, Batavia www.ucclermont.edu/community_arts/ calico_theatre.html

(Presented by Mystic Drumz) Take a journey of discovery with a cast of colorful characters as they search for the Button People. Mystic Drumz utilizes “Music Eco-cation” which teaches children about the importance of the preservation of animals and the environment they live in through music. Laughter and learning come together on this musical voyage from the Bongo’s and Conga’s of Cuba to the giant Taiko Drumz of Japan, exploring over 30 unique instruments from around the world. Recommended for grades pre K -5.

18 SATURDAY Juggler Matt Jergens Time: 11am and 1pm Price: $5.00/person Phone: (513) 745-5705 Location: Muntz Theater, UC Blue Ash College, Blue Ash www.ucblueash.edu/performingarts/ artrageous.html

Juggler Matt Jergens will delight audiences with his fast-paced, high-energy show. He will have people of all ages laughing and cheering as he uses a variety of juggling props and household items to defy gravity in a way never before seen.


Art in the Making Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: $10 per pair Art Museum Members, $20 per pair non-membersf Phone: (513) 721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

This is a rewarding experience that can enhance artistic development. It can do so much for a child, and can also add to your own appreciation for art making. This class format was designed for children ages 6–12 accompanied by an adult who’ll actively share in the art experience. Select local artists make it fun by leading interactive classes that include a gallery tour and hands-on art activity.

Owl-A-Bration! Time: 3 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Sharon Woods, Cincinnati www.greatparks.org

Learn all about the facts, myths and misconceptions about these amazing nighttime birds. We’ll get to meet the owls that live right here in Cincinnati, so don’t forget your camera!.

African Culture Fest Through Sunday, January 19th Phone: (513)287-7000 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.com

Watch exciting performances by African drummers and dancers. Enjoy activities that take you on a cultural journey to reflect Africa’s cultural diversity. You can even visit an African village featuring full-size huts complete with African villagers demonstrating traditional crafts and activities.

19 SUNDAY Insects in Winter? Time: 2:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Cincinnati www.greatparks.org

Where are all the bugs? Enjoy an inside program followed by a trail walk into the realm of the semi-frozen invertebrate. We will look at the why, when and where the insects go for winter, what changes they go through and what the spring will bring.

Explorer’s University: CRIME Scene Time: 2-3 p.m. Price: Members: $5/child, per session; Non-members: $7/child, per session; Museum admission not includedPhone: (513)287-7000 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.com

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Learn the techniques used by forensic investigators to solve crimes, and see if you can figure out who dunnit! Eligible for G.I.R.L.S. program points. Designed for 9 to 15-year-olds.

20 MONDAY Kids’ Day at the Park Price: FREE Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Cincinnati www.greatparks.org

Drop by any of our three programs to participate in a goofy winter scavenger hunt. Find all the crazy items and win a cool prize. 11 a.m., noon & 1 p.m.

21 TUESDAY Clank, Rumble, Roar!: Farm Machines at Work Time: 10-11 a.m. Price: $12/class per child/non-members; $10/ class per child/members Phone: (513) 563-6663 Location: Gorman Heritage Farm, Cincinnati http://gormanfarm.org

This hour long story-based farm exploration

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shares the fun of life on the farm while fostering an appreciation for great stories. This class combines learning about the seasons, caring for farm animals, planting, growing food, and farm machines with early literacy components (reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visualization). For kids ages 2-5. Stay and play at the Farm!

An enchanted spindle curses Sleeping Beauty to 100 years of sleep. Although protected by her fairy godmother, will anyone be able to save her? ArtReach brings the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault to life in this enchanting new adaptation. A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati; part of Fitton Family Fridays program!

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Nature Story Time with Imago!

Johnathan Heart Presents Origami Art Time: 6:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 859-342-2665 Location: Boone County Public Library, Hebron

Learn to make amazing creations, and play. Win it in an Origami Minute. Registration required.

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Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Price: Free, Ages 2 & up Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Cincinnati www.imagoearth.org

Join us for a monthly installment of nature stories, songs and other fun activities with our friends from Imago!

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Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $10/ members; $12/ non-members; Children 16 & under FREE with adult ticket purchase Phone: (513) 863-8873 Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton www.fittoncenter.org

Cincinnati Pops’ Lollipops Concerts: Circus of Sounds Time: 10:30 a.m. Price: $6-$12 Phone: 513-381-3300 Location: Music Hall, Cincinnati www.cincinnatisymphony.org/home2.asp


Step right up as “Ringmaestro” JMR and the Pops bring you big-top favorites, including selections from Carnival of the Animals!

Family Festival: Lights, Camera, Art! Time: 1-4 p.m. Price: Members: Free. Nonmembers: CAC admission Phone: (513) 345-8400 Location: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati www.contemporaryartscenter.org

Have you been inspired by the street artist and photographer JR? Join us to learn more about his Inside Out Project and make your own camera necklace and pixel polka dot t-shirts. Then strike a pose and get ready to have your photo taken in our photo booth. We will be including a special photography-focused story time and snacks that you won’t want to miss.

French Story Time Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Price: Free, open to all ages Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Cincinnati www.bluemanateebooks.com

Bonjour! Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and song!

26 SUNDAY Kids’ Chicken Soup Coop at the 10th Annual Chicken Soup Cook Off Time: 12-2:30 p.m. Price: Admission to Chicken Soup Cook Off: $6/person; $4/child; or $16/family Phone: 513-761-7500 Location: Wise Center, Cincinnati

Kids won’t want to fly the coop while their parents schmooze and sample soup… Now they can flock together for a “souper” duper, activity packed afternoon. Kids can show off their best moves at the Chicken Dance and DJ Party, take part in story time with the PJ Library, make a craft project and lots more when the JCC Fun Technicians bring their special brand of hands-on entertainment to Wise Center for the day.

Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for you and your Little One Time: 2-3 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: 513-703-3343 Location: Gymboree, Mason www.myshalomfamily.org/

These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates are open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. The programs are free and always include a snack. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event Dates and times are subject to change, please check myshalomfamily. org for updates and to RSVP. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation.

27 MONDAY Make a Mess at the Manatee Occurring Each Monday Time: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Price: $7/child Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Cincinnati www.bluemanateebooks.com

Join Ms. Kelli every Monday to enjoy this wonderful outlet for your child’s creative side. Have fun listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity with your child. Pre-Registration Required. Ages 2-4.

29 WEDNESDAY Shen Yun Through Thursday, January 30th Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: Ticket prices vary Phone: (513)621-ARTS Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts - Proctor & Gamble Hall, Cincinnati www.cincinnatiarts.org

It’s traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be - a brilliant blend of beauty, energy, and grace. Dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. Thunderous drums shake the stage, while spectacular backdrops take you to another world. Shen Yun Performing Arts presents the true culture of China’s five-thousand-year-old civilization with original performances that not only entertain, but more deeply educate, enrich, and inspire.

Sunset Salon Creation Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m. Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Phone: 513-497-2860 Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati www.cliftonculturalarts.org

A mid-week dose of inspiration, five vibrant evenings at the crossroads of interesting people and fresh ideas. Join us for animated conversations about matters that shape our lives: passion, food, creation, adventure, and

frosty drinks. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas A. Edison. Cincinnati is booming. You can thank this panel, full of folks who are literally creating our future. Meet the makers and startup accelerators behind 3D printing, functional design and publishing in the Queen City.

30 THURSDAY Get Ready for Groundhog Day Time: 7 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Cincinnati www.greatparks.org

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Groundhog Day? Bring the family to this fun-spirited event and learn all about the history of Groundhog Day and the famous critter that makes it all possible.

Story Theatre by The School for Creative and Performing Arts Through Sunday, February 2nd Time: 7:30 PM Phone: 513-363-8000 Location: The School for Creative & Performing Arts, Cincinnati www.scpak12.org/

“Story Theatre” was developed from actual Fairy Tales selected from the famous work Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and utilizes transformation, song, and dance to tell these classic stories.

31 FRIDAY King Solomon Lives Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: Ticket prices vary Phone: (513)621-ARTS Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts - Proctor & Gamble Hall, Cincinnati www.cincinnatiarts.org

As a troubled 10-year-old learns the story of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba he discovers the parallels between the biblical story and himself, his mother, and the father who left them.

At Cincinnati Parent, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.

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A Cincinnati Scenic Railway Through Sunday, January 5th Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phone: 513-421-5707 Location: Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati www.cincinnatiparks.com/krohnconservatory

Control parts of the garden railway display through many iconic Cincinnati landmarks such as the Taft Museum, Union Terminal, Eden Park Springhouse. New features this year—the Tyler Davidson Fountain and a river steamboat.

PNC Festival of Lights

of Nazi Germany, free-spirited Maria leaves the abbey to serve as nanny to the motherless children of the austere Captain Von Trapp.

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show Occurring Daily (except Mon & Tue) Beginning Saturday, January 18th Through Sunday, January 26th Price: $12, free ages 13 and under with adult. $3 discount at Kroger with plus card Phone: 513-419-7300 Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati

Occurring Every Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun Beginning Thursday, January 9th Through Sunday, February 9th Price: Thursday and Sunday: Adults $31, Seniors $27, Students $22; Friday and Saturday: Adults $35, Seniors $31, Students $26 Phone: (513)381-BARD Location: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati www.cincyshakes.com

Shakespeare classic. Is the young prince a poetic genius tricked into tragedy by his all-consuming grief or a mad fool hell-bent on violent revenge?

Half Pints Kids Club

Through Saturday, January 4th Price: Admission Phone: (513)281-4700 Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati www.cincinnatizoo.org

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More than 700 displays and exhibits. Boats, equipment, gear, seminars, guides, outfitters and more.

Ongoing Each Wednesday Time: 10-11 a.m. Price: free Phone: 513-398-9358 Location: Whole Foods Market Mason, Mason www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mason

This year’s HighLIGHTs include: NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake; S’mores-N-More location by the Skyline Stand in Vine Street Village and near the 4-D Theater; Madcap Black-Light Puppet Show; Santa (through 12/23); Strolling entertainment; Themed areas; North Polar Express Train Ride and Fairyland - find the 5 hidden fairies.

Fountain Square Ice Rink

Each class engages young children to make healthy eating fun with crafts and other activities. For kids age 3-9.

January Family Open House: Kilncarved Soap Dish Occurring Each Saturday Through Saturday, January 25th Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Phone: 513-321-0206 Location: Brazee Street Studios, Cincinnati www.brazeestreetstudios.com

Experience Kilncarving in this family-friendly Open House! Choose from a variety of colored glass tiles, then use fiber paper to design and create a relief impression on your glass, for the perfect functional soap dish.

The Sound of Music Occurring Every Fri, Sat & Sun Beginning Friday, January 17th Through Sunday, January 26th Price: $19-$28 Phone: 859.491.2030 Location: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Covington www.thecarnegie.com

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Occurring Daily Through Saturday, February 15th Price: $3.00 admission and $3.00 skate rental Phone: 513-381-0782 Location: Fountain Square, Cincinnati www.myfountainsquare.com

Bring your family for another great season! Many Cincinnatians harbor fond memories of ice skating on Fountain Square on a frosty winter day in the midst of downtown’s tallest buildings. Amenities include skate rental, lockers, benches, and a heated tent with vending machines for snacks and drinks. Check website for monthly deals and times.

Journey to the South Pacific Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, January 17th Through Friday, February 28th Price:$4.50-$7.50 Phone: (513)287-7000 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Omnimax Theater, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.org/omnimax/

Imagine an underwater Eden where exotic marine life flourishes. Home to more than 2,000 species, the South Pacific coral reefs have the most diverse marine ecosystem on the planet. You’ll swim with sharks and other marine life, celebrate with local islanders and learn about the science and importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we call home! An uplifting story of hope and celebration, highlighting the importance of protecting the ocean and its inhabitants—above and below the sea.

Joan the Girl of Arc Occurring Every Fri, Sat & Sun Beginning Friday, January 17th Through Saturday, February 22nd Phone: (513) 421-3888 www.cincyplay.com

How does a teenage girl decide to stand up for what she believes? Based on the famous story of the young woman who helped save France, this powerful and dramatic world premiere adaptation starts with Joan as a young girl, just starting to examine her own beliefs. As she begins to understand herself and the world around her, she learns to inspire and lead others. For ages 11 and up. Part of the Off the Hill program by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; check website for local times and your community arts center schedule.

12 Days of Christmas (Thursday, December 26th) Through Monday, January 6th Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Phone: (513)287-7000 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.com

Join us beginning Dec. 26 to celebrate the famous and popular holiday song, 12 Days of Christmas. Each day until Jan. 6, we’ll have hands-on crafts that relate to each day of the popular holiday song.


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