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C O M M E N TA R Y & PA R E N T I N G

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FOOTNOTES: THOUGHTS FROM THE MARGINS OF A MOM’S LIFE On hats

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TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A STAY-AT-HOME DAD The breakfast filibuster

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ASK THE TEACHER Recommended reading, reading comprehension and school technology programs

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TEENS AND SOCIAL MEDIA Focusing on the benefits the internet provides kids

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W H AT’S COO L AT PU B LI C S CH OO L

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Researching the school option right for your child

Unique clubs, classes and programs that ignite the spark of learning

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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COMMUNIT Y SPOTLIGHT

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ONLINE BUZZ

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PRESCHOOL & EDUCATION GUIDE

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ARTS & ENRICHMENT GUIDE

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DAILY EVENTS

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ONGOING EVENTS

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FUN & WACK Y CALENDAR

Getting the most out of this important conference

GO I N G OV E R BOA R D What kids lose with parents who help too much

FAS T FR I E N D S Tips for helping kids make healthy friendships

[ON THE COVER] Ab i g ai l Bate s on , 3 years old Photographer: Anne Gregoire, www.annegregoirephotography.com

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EDITOR'S NOTE

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Welcome to our

EDUCATION ISSUE

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hat was your favorite part of school when you were growing up? A special teacher that encouraged you? Finding a club or sport where you connected with new friends? Discovering a class where you excelled? (Or maybe the highlight of your day was lunch and recess!)

School plays such an important role in our kids’ lives – it’s no surprise we put so much effort into finding the right environment where they can thrive. With the wide variety of academic choices available in our area, determining the best fit can be a challenge however. This month our Education 101 article walks you through a range of options from charter and private schools to homeschool and virtual programs. Also this month we highlight a few of the unique clubs and classes that are being offered in our local public schools. You will be amazed at what is available to students today! Check out What’s Cool at Public School to learn what educators are doing to get kids excited about coming to school every day.

PUBL IC RE L ATION S // W EB E D I TO R Wendy Cox • wendy@cincinnatiparent.com

Do you have a child who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in place at school? If you’re new to this process, it can seem confusing and overwhelming. Preparing for an IEP Meeting can help you advocate for your child most effectively and make the most of these important conferences. Sometimes the best intentions to help kids succeed in school actually become detrimental when parents assume too much responsibility for their child’s work. (Red flag: How often have you thought “I wonder how much homework we have tonight?”) It can be hard to know when we’ve crossed over into helicopter parenting – read Going Overboard for some suggestions to ensure that your student is taking ownership of his own work. It’s a new year – and a new semester! We wish you the best of luck in both! With this issue we hope you find some helpful information to get your student off to a great start in 2015!

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GR APHIC S A SSI STA N T Maria Tancredi • maria@cincinnatiparent.com

Editoria l Ass i stant Wendy Schrepferman • s.wendy@cincinnatiparent.com

Busine ss M anager // Accounting Roxanne Burns • roxanne@cincinnatiparent.com

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SPOTLIGHT WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN JANUARY

Sledding at The Beach? Come enjoy endless fun in the snow with family and friends! The Beach Mountain’s new winter park features tubing hills and a snow play area. After the excitement on the hill, stay and play in the winter village or enjoy hot chocolate and snacks at the Beach Mountain Chalet.

Who knew a pigeon could be so fascinating? Martha: A Story of Extinction shares the tale of Martha, the last surviving passenger pigeon of her species. This bird is one of the best known examples of modern day extinction. Explore how hunting and habitat destruction led to the extinction of a bird whose population was once so dense it could block out the sun. There are several animals facing extinction today, and visitors can learn how humans can reverse this trend with several interesting hands-on activities. Now through March 1, 2015 at The Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.org 513-287-7000

Now through March 1, 2015 at The Beach Mountain 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason www.thebeachmountain.com 513-398-4356

There’s still time to skate Many Cincinnatians have fond memories of skating on Fountain Square in the midst of downtown’s tallest buildings. Hit the rink to take advantage of the remaining skating season! Concession stands, nearby restaurants and coffee shops are perfect for pre or post-skating treats! Now through February 14, 2015 at the Fountain Square Ice Skating Rink West 5th Street, Fountain Square $4.00 admission/$4.00 skate rental http://myfountainsquare.com 513-381-0782

Colors and Journeys Cincinnati Art Museum visitors now have even more to see this winter with the opening of two new special features, Color Color and Bukang Y. Kim: Journey. Although very different in style, both artists have Cincinnati connections. Color Color showcases fascinating digital prints accompanied by poetry, while Bukang Y. Kim: Journey explores her artistic progression via eleven works from The Cincinnati Art Museum collection. Color Color Now thorough March 22, 2015 Bukang Y. Kim: Journey Now through March 15, 2015 The Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org 513-721-ARTS (2787)

Get your nature on! Cincinnati Nature center boasts a variety of activities that will intrigue the entire family! With award winning trails, art and photography exhibits, Nature Preschool and programs such as maple sugaring, birding and a winter snow extravaganza, make it a priority to visit this winter! January hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Adults: $8.00, Children: $3.00 Cincinnati Nature Center 494 Tealtown Road, Milford www.cincynature.org 513-831-1711

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Have any of your children ever had an imaginary friend? Tickets to Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella YOU SAID: Yes, my daughter Madison used to have an imaginary friend named “Madison Unicorn.” She said that it used to live in Madisonland and hover over her bed while she slept at night. Creepy much? – Michele H. Mine has a little girl and she has no name. So, she calls her “Girl.” – Vanessia B. Yes, my son had different colored mini dinosaurs (they fit in the palm of your hand); he called them all Buddy. So it was “Green Buddy,” “Blue Buddy,” etc. At four, they now only visit periodically. – Terina P. My grandson had imaginary pets when he was two. He’d make you hold and pet them. – Fran B.

My daughter had an imaginary grandma. Lol! – Christiana S. Her name is “La La” and she gets blamed for everything! – Janet A. Yes! When my son was 2 he acquired an imaginary friend named Johnny. Funny thing is that my son was born Sept 26, Johnny Appleseed Day. – Robin V. My now 13 year old had two when he was about 6 or 7. Chip (a boy who looked like a potato chip) and Soup (a boy with noodle hair). – Erin R.

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

Footnotes T hough ts from t he margins of a mom' s l ife On hats Kelly Blewett

I have two toddlers, which means I have two heads, two necks and four little hands to keep covered in winter gear – not to mention four feet, which seem to require so many socks and boots! I don’t know about other moms out there, but I think that keeping those appendages cloaked in the proper winter garb should be worth big money. Because, let’s be real, it’s practically a full time job.

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The moment I exit my house, where I have collected approximately half a dozen of each item for each child, the pulling begins. Little hands pull off little gloves. A hat is left in the snow. A scarf unwinds from the neck and is strewn on the floor of the car, alongside muddy muck that instantly renders it unwearable. I arrive, at last, at some destination only to notice that my children’s feet are bare. They’ve worked the zippers down, kicked out of the boots and peeled off the socks. Need I say that finding these items in my car is a losing game? Oh, sure, I’ve worked out some strategies. I keep the strangest hats around in case of emergency. An old hat from my extended family’s favorite football team. I’m not sure to whom it originally belonged, an uncle perhaps? A hat decorated with pig eyes and a snout from last Halloween, a bright purple hat

with an unusual weave whose origins are unknown. Gloves missing their mate are tucked in a box, for the inevitable next glove that will also be missing its mate. In addition to all this, there is a large suitcase in my basement with miscellaneous winter gear dating back to my college days. Scarves a mile long from friends who were just learning to knit. Fancy wool hats with coy buttons on the side. I can’t get rid of the suitcase, though I feel I should, in the interest of streamlining my life. I need the suitcase as a backup to my backups, because I know when I look in the rearview mirror, I will see my children’s hair, sticking straight up, messy from the hat they somehow managed to discard when I wasn’t looking. I count down the days until April. Until then, I hoard my hats – all my hats, every last hat in the house – and remind myself, “This too shall pass.”


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True Confessions OF A STAY-AT HOME DAD

The breakfast filibuster Pete Gilbert

Most weekdays I eat breakfast with my kids. But during the week, I’m rushed at breakfast time. This block of time is not only reserved for eating, but also for putting the finishing touches on school lunches, reminding kids to brush their teeth, rounding up books, coats, shoes, signing assignment notebooks and helping to finish the last few “forgotten” math homework problems. It is a rushed experience. We don’t speak much. Our weekday breakfasts are, for lack of a better term, “utilitarian.” The weekends are a different story. Weekend breakfast is a whole family ordeal that involves eggs, homemade waffles or pancakes and lots of bacon. We sit around and talk for a while, usually about what we want to do that day. But what starts off as a whole family discussion quickly turns into a monologue by First Born. Maybe it goes back to the birth order chart, but our oldest cannot be part of a conversation without taking over entirely. My wife and I have lovingly started to call it “The Breakfast Filibuster.” What may start off as a conversation about family bike rides and trips to the park soon turns into what she wants for Christmas, a list of her best friends, her favorite school lunches or all of us being reminded for the ten-thousandth time that she once stayed up until 2 am, but her brother and sister DIDN”T GET TO DO THAT! Unlike the government, no supermajority can defeat a filibuster. In our house, there’s no way to block it, we just sit there and wait it out!

Stop by Facebook and “Like” my “True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad” page for daily updates and links to all my blogs and columns.

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reater Cincinnati is home to a wide variety of school alternatives. While parents are fortunate to have so many choices available, the sheer number of options can leave one wondering where to start. Here we explain some of the key differences among the various types of schooling available in our area.

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Public and charter schools Each school district is unique in how it designs its educational system, but it is typical to see several elementary schools feeding into a few middle or junior high schools, culminating in one or two high schools. Some districts allow for “school of choice� designations, meaning parents can select a specific school within the district. Charter schools receive public funding but are run independently.


A p p l i c at i o n r e q u i r e d ? Sometimes. Cincinnati Public Schools, for instance, requires applications to many of its schools, and some have extensive waiting lists or even a lottery drawing for open seats. Charter schools require applications.

Tuition ? Sometimes, but not often. Ohio residents can attend Cincinnati Public Schools tuition-free, for instance, but out of state students pay tuition. Charter schools are tuition-free.

Fi n d o u t mo r e : CPS’s Find a School site (www.cps-k12.org/ schools/find-a-school) includes details about every school in the district. Input your zip code to find charter schools near you at the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools website (www.oapcs.org/?q=find-a-school).

Private schools Private schools are not required to follow some of the federal and state laws that apply to public schools, especially in regards to curriculum. Parochial (religion-centered) schools fall under the private category.

A p p l i c at i o n r e q u i r e d ? Yes. Requirements vary widely.

Tuition ? Yes. Financial assistance is often available and academic scholarships can be earned at some private schools in later years. Some schools will work with you to establish a payment plan, while others require full payment upfront. Check on these details early in the process if the cost is a major concern for your family.

Fi n d o u t mo r e : The Archdiocese of Cincinnati website (www. catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/ catholic-schools-office/) provides a wealth of information for families interested in Catholic education. The School Digger website

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(www.schooldigger.com) offers an extensive database of private schools throughout the state.

Montessori schools “Montessori” is an educational approach designed by Maria Montessori. Classrooms are mixed age with an approach that includes a great deal of child-led choice, movement and handson discovery. While most common at the preschool and early elementary level, Montessori high schools like Clark High School in the Cincinnati Public district, are also available.

A p p l i c at i o n r e q u i r e d ? Usually. Some Montessori schools are public schools and don’t require a formal application. Private Montessori schools always do.

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Tuition ? Tuition is required at private Montessori schools.

Fi n d o u t mo r e : Check out the Ohio Montessori Alliance (http://ohiomontessorialliance.org) for a directory of Montessori schools across the state. For more general information about the Montessori method, try the American Montessori Society website. Locally, consider contacting Mercy Montessori or the Kinder Garden School to get started.

Homeschool and virtual school Parents who opt to exercise the legal right to homeschool file a notice with their local district and follow other state laws to report back to the district about their child’s educational progress. Some families choose to purchase a pre-set curriculum, while others opt for a more


relaxed or hands-on approach. Virtual, or e-schools, are sometimes considered a subset of homeschool since most schoolwork is conducted at home on a computer. However, students enrolled in these schools are actually classified as public students in a statewide district. They follow a curriculum provided by the virtual school and check in with state certified teachers on a regular basis.

A p p l i c at i o n r e q u i r e d ? Virtual schools require an extensive application process to verify a student’s identity, school and medical history. Homeschool families follow state standards for notification to the local district.

Tuition ? Most virtual/e-schools are free to families, including all materials and a computer. Homeschooling is tuition-free, but curricula choices run the gamut from free to thousands of dollars a year.

Fi n d o u t mo r e : Go to the Ohio Department of Education website (www.education.ohio.gov) to read about homeschool requirements in Ohio and for a list and overview of state-level e-schools. A few online schools to consider include Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), Virtual Community School of Ohio (VCS) and TRECA Digital Academy (TDA).

The right educational environment for your student is out there – with a little homework you can find the best fit to help your child have a happy and successful school experience!

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Unique clubs, classes and programs that ignite the spark of learning Lauren Lawson

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tudent engagement is the spark that lights a flame of interest, which can ignite a fire that grows into a passion. In order to engage a curious student, an educational program must attract children on a real level – stimulating their interests and helping them grow into lifelong learners, not just yearlong students.

Our local public schools are doing just that, creating special activities that challenge kids to think in innovative ways and open up their world to new possibilities. Here are just a few of the unique programs offered in our area schools.

Blue Ash Elementary School Sycamore School District The School Garden at Blue Ash Elementary teaches students how to grow their

own produce, herbs and flowers for bouquets. This year, the club added milkweed in order to help promote the Monarch butterfly population. Through the School Garden, students learn about composting and physically partake in the rewarding toil of agriculture.

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and diversity. During the event, families set up booths at the school to showcase their country’s art, food and clothing. Students visit the booths and learn about different cultures, as well as the uniqueness of their own heritage.

Loveland Elementary School Loveland School District Loveland Elementary School’s “Mallet Madness” club engages fourth grade students through the Orff-Schulwerk approach to musical education. The club meets before school three days a week to develop students’ skills through percussion and guitar instruction. Over 500 budding musicians practice and then perform pieces in this enrichment program.

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Mallet Madness not only helps to instill a love of music in young children, but also gives students great opportunities to practice cooperative learning and problem solving skills.

Kilgour Elementary School City of Cincinnati School District “Mustang Mondays” at Kilgour Elementary teaches kindergarten through 6th grade students about fine arts, fitness, music and more.

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Kilgour partners with local organizations to help broaden their students’ education. Kilgour Kids have learned about Spanish from the Cincinnati Spanish Academy, studied art through their partnership with the Art Museum and listened to music with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. By uniting education with exposure to the arts, students are encouraged to explore their own personal creativity.

Indian Hill High School Indian Hill School District The Hope Foundation at Indian Hill High School offers students a real life way to influence tragic situations around world. This club works to support a school in India that provides free education to impoverished children. Throughout the year, students raise money and awareness for the school and execute various fund drives in order to help feed these children the only meal they receive during the day. The Hope Foundation makes a difference by connecting students to students: reaching and teaching across borders.

What unique programs does your public school offer? Send a message to editor@cincinnatiparent.com to share your stories!


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essica L., a mom of two from Cincinnati, has become wellversed in the language of Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, since her son was diagnosed with ADHD and autism. However, she describes her first IEP meeting as confusing, and says she and her husband had no idea what it entailed. Indeed, an IEP can be overwhelming for many parents unfamiliar with the process. What is an IEP? The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that guides how states, school districts and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to children with disabilities. Under IDEA, when a child is suspected of having a learning disability, schools must follow a process called Response to Intervention, or RTI. This is the evaluation process that determines whether or not a student has a learning disability as defined by the school.

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If the evaluation determines that there is a disability that adversely affects the child’s education, an IEP is developed for the student. The IEP outlines specific goals teachers will work on with the student, what instruction will need to take place to help the child meet the IEP’s goals, and how much time/services the child needs.

Who is in the IEP meeting? The student’s IEP will be developed during a meeting with a team of professionals from the school. Donna Schulte, Director of Special Education at Ft. Thomas City Schools, says that in addition to the parents and a general education teacher, this team usually includes the principal/assistant principal, intervention specialist, and/or a speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist or psychologist.


Plan on meeting anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, says Schulte. Once the IEP is in place, it’s effective for 364 days. After the initial meeting, you’ll reconvene a minimum of once per year to review progress. “There can’t be changes to the IEP unless they are made in a meeting,” explains Schulte, who adds that meetings can be called anytime deemed necessary.

What should parents ask? Before they come to the meeting, Stacey Spencer, District Special Education Supervisor at Sycamore Community Schools, says parents need to do their homework. She recommends parents peruse Whose IDEA Is This? A Parent’s Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) prior to the

meeting. “This document is offered to parents at every IEP meeting, and can be accessed via the Ohio Department of Education’s website. It guides parents through the evaluation, IEP and includes questions and answers regarding every step of the process.”

Nancy Tolley, a former school psychologist with Cincinnati Public Schools, offers these suggestions as questions parents should ask during their IEP meeting.

Jessica adds that parents also need to know their child’s rights as a student. “Read up on the No Child Left Behind Act, and if your child is autistic or on the spectrum, read up on Wright’s Law,” she says.

• Who will he/she be working with and for how long/how often?

These resources can help educate parents on different elements of IEPs, such as 504 plans, which state the modifications and accommodations that will be needed for a student to perform at the same level as his or her peers, which are often part of a student’s IEP.

• How will things change for my child?

• How will we [parents and teachers/IEP team] be in touch during the year? • What will change in grading? • How often will we get together to talk about how things are going?

Finally, when developing your child’s IEP, be sure to clarify anything that doesn’t make sense. “Educators often forget

that they can speak a special ‘educationalese’ so parents should ask for explanations if there’s anything they don’t understand,” advises Tolley.

How can I help my child? As a parent, you have a special understanding of your child, so if you have concerns don’t hesitate to share them. “Parent involvement in the IEP process is so important,” says Spencer, who adds that parents should participate in all parts of the IEP process – from conception to implementation and reevaluation. Jessica adds that parents are their child’s best advocates – and need to be prepared to speak up. “The most important thing is to never let anyone talk you into something that you feel is wrong for your child. Parental instinct is real -- and it will never steer you wrong.”

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Ask the Teacher

Deb Krupowicz

Recommended reading, reading comprehension and school technology programs

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How do I know what to suggest to my third grade son to read? When I go to the bookstore or to the library, I am so overwhelmed.

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Begin by noting your son’s interests. Convincing him to read will be less of a challenge if you focus on what he enjoys doing. Then get an idea about his reading level. If you are unsure about this, check with his teacher. It is not necessary to know exactly where he is in terms of level, but knowing whether he is at grade level or significantly above or below will help you select appropriate books. With his interests and ability level in mind, you can get more specific information about options from a number of places. Many classroom teachers have book suggestions based on years of experience, so asking your son’s teacher is a good starting point. Then check with the school librarian, who is a handy expert on this topic. Most school librarians are eager to offer suggestions for students (or for parents!) based on

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what they see other students reading and on their own awareness of reading trends. Two resources that provide lists organized by topic and age appropriateness are The Children’s Literature Lover’s Book of Lists (J. Sullivan) and The Big Book of Children’s Reading Lists (N. Keane). The American Library Association also offers lists of award winning books as well as those that librarians across the country recommend.

she reads. Does she provide a great deal of detail, or is she sharing only the barest skeleton of a story line? If she provides a basic answer, probe further by asking about her favorite character or the most important thing that happened in the story. If she includes many details and can tell about why things happened when they did, she has strong comprehension skills.

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Consider doing a book study with her. Have her choose a book that the two of you will read together. Decide ahead of time what you will discuss when you finish the book. She can create a short list of discussion questions based on the book jacket and the first chapter. As the two of you talk about the book, you will get a clear idea of how strong her comprehension is.

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My daughter loves to read and goes through books rapidly, sometimes reading several chapter books in one week. I am glad she enjoys this, but how can I tell if she understands what she is reading?

The quickest way to get an idea of how well your daughter comprehends what she reads is to ask her to tell you about her book. Listening to her summarization can give you a good indication of how she understands what

Our school recently expanded its one-to-one technology program to include sixth graders. My son will be in sixth grade next year, and he is thrilled. I am quite apprehensive. How can I best prepare for this?


As a family, read over the school rules for technology use at school. Emphasize your support of technology as a resource and a tool for skill application, and your support of the school’s restrictions. Together establish rules for your household. You may want to limit your son’s computer usage to an area of the house where you are present, or at least where you pass through frequently. Knowing that you have a watchful eye will help keep him from being distracted by games or social media. Discuss social media at length. Emphasize the public and usually lasting nature of anything posted. Stressing kindness and consideration of others is a must. Explain that the simplest thing, intended as a joke, can explode into a major misunderstanding without the benefit of facial expression and tone of voice to make meaning clear. Become familiar with how to check your son’s usage history and commit to checking it at random times. Even kids who are very responsible with exemplary behavior can happen upon inappropriate sites very innocently and become a victim of someone’s bad intentions. Your follow-up is critical to your son’s well-being. Practically speaking, helping your son become familiar with his computer will save lots of headaches later on. Show him how to save documents, as well as how to back them up on a flash drive. These practices will be taught at school, but learning this early on will help proper saving of documents become a habit. For your son to make the most efficient use of his computer, having some basic keyboarding skills will prove to be a great asset. There are many free practice sites with kid-friendly tips and games to familiarize your son with typing, a skill currently given very little school time.

A s k t h e T eac h er 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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education guide ACADEMICALLY GIFTED Our Home T each er Our Home Teacher was created to help families that need an alternative to public and private schools. Students who need less homework, like athletes, musicians and actors, will appreciate this school. Additionally, students who have issues with bullies will appreciate the school’s zero bullying policy. Gifted students will love the extra challenges and the ability to advance rapidly through their subjects. Working parents who would love the opportunity to home school their children but can’t afford to quit their careers will love this very affordable school. 65 Miamiview Drive, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Jay Thomas, Phone: 513-262-4259, Fax: 513-697-8748, Email: ourhometeacher@ gmail.com, www.ourhometeacher.com, Grades: K-12

T h e Sch i ll ing School for Gifted Ch i ldren An independent, coeducational school serving gifted children since 1997, we are one of only two K-12 gifted schools in the U.S. We offer advanced classes with an individualized approach. Typically academic classes are accelerated 1 1/2 to 2 grade levels. Maximum class size of 12 students allows for extensive personal attention. Foreign languages are a key component of our curriculum and students have a choice of 9 language options. Our dynamic curriculum is not limited by Common Core or standardized testing. Our teachers and staff are gifted themselves and understand the students we serve. 8100 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Dr. Sandra Schilling Head of School, Phone: 513-489-8940, Fax: 513-489-8941, Email: sschilling@schillingschool.org, www. schillingschool.org, Grades: 4 years through 18 years Kindergarten through 12th grade, Enrollment: Enrolling gifted children with IQs of 130 or higher.

CHILDCaRE // PRESCHOOL Chai Tot s E arly Ch i ld hood 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!

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7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513)234-0600, www.ChaiTots.com, Ages/Grades: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten (6 weeks-6 years), Enrollment: 60

C incinnati Nature Center ’ s Nature P re s chool Cincinnati Nature Center’s Nature Preschool initiates a life-long, meaningful relationship with the natural world in a high quality early childhood environment. We are a fully licensed, nine-month preschool offering morning or afternoon classes for three- to five-year olds. 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150, Contact: Connie O’Connor, Director of Education, Phone: 513-831-1711, Email: coconnor@ CincyNature.org, www.CincyNature.org, Grades: Preschool: 3-5 year olds, Enrollment: Registration begins Monday, January 26.

T h e Compa s s School Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding ReggioInspired 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., Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Laura Carr, Phone: 513-683-8833, Fax: 513-683-8456, Email: CompassLC@ yahoo.com, www.TheCompassSchool.com

Creative Tot s , M a s on 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. 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

Hyde Park Community United Met hodi s t Ch urch P re s chool HPCUMC Preschool is the only Four-Star rated Step Up to Quality Christian preschool in the City of Cincinnati. At HPCUMC Preschool, our goal is to encourage the development of each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills, as well as spiritual growth in order to prepare each child for the formal learning experience. We provide a learning environment where studentcentered learning takes place through exploration, play, experimentation, and discovery. Your child will be encouraged to try new tasks, use their imagination, make friends, follow directions, focus their energy and develop a love of learning. We are currently enrolling children for the 2015 school year. Registration materials are available on our website. We are also registering children ages 3-5 for our Summer Fun Camp, August 18-22 from 9:00 AM- Noon. You can find more information regarding Summer Fun Camp on our website. 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Julie Vail, Phone: 513-979-8191, Fax: 513-871-1180, Email: jvail@hpcumc.org, http:// hydeparkpreschool.org/, Grades: 30 months to 5 years of age

P rimros e School of Symme s As the Leader in Educational Childcare, Primrose Schools has been successfully meeting parents needs through its Accredited Balanced Learning Curriculum enabling each child to thrive and grow through learning,play,self-esteem,and character development. Programs include, infants, toddlers, early preschool, preschool, private pre-kindergarten, private kindergarten and afterschool programing. CITA/NCS Accredited. 9175 Governors Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Susan Mattick, Phone: 513-697-6970, Fax: 513-697-7021, www.primrosesymmes. com/, Grades: 6 weeks to 5 years in our child care programs and up to 12 in our afterschool program, Enrollment: Up to 85

Redeemer P re s chool Redeemer Preschool offers a part-day preschool experience for children in a Christian setting. Toddlers through pre-kindergarten classes are available. Special activities include Spanish, Music and Chapel. Open House Saturday, January 10th 10:00am-NOON. 2944 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: (513)533-5980, Email: rpsdirector@fuse.net, Redeemerpreschoolhydepark.com, Grades: 2 1/2 - 5 years, Enrollment: 90

S h ine N urture Center Shine Nurture Center, nestled into a cove of Mt. Airy Forest, provides a healthy space for the nourishment and growth of young children. Shine’s core values include promoting holistic wellness, fostering a connection with nature, providing developmentally appropriate care, and allowing for character discovery. 5100 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223, Contact: Katie McGoron, Phone: 513-5410400, Email: kmcgoron@mykolab.ch, shinechildcare.org, Grades: 6 weeks - 5 years, Enrollment: Opens Nov. 3, 2014: Open Enrollment.


YM C A of Greater C incinnati The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers state licensed before and after school care at over 85 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 1105 Elm Street, Cincinnnati, OH 45202, Contact: Trish Kitchell, VP Youth Development, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, Fax: 513-651-3540, Email: tkitchell@ MyY.org, www.MyY.org, Grades: Ages 3-12, Enrollment: Stop by any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati location or check with your local school district.

MONTESSORI Central Monte s s ori Academy Authentic Montessori environment, serving preschool through 6th grade. Small class sizes allow each student to progress at an individual pace. Part-time preschool and extended day are available. Our school is a place of discovery, curiosity, respect and enthusiasm. Come take a tour and see for yourself. 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Kristin Patterson, Phone: 513-742-5800, Fax: 513-742-5870, Email: info@ centralmontessoriacademy.com, www. CentralMontessoriAcademy.com, Grades: Preschool- Grade 6, Enrollment: 100

Ch i ldren ’ s Meeting Hous e Monte s s ori 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.com, www.cmhschool.com, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 160

Corner s tone Monte s s ori 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 859-491-9960. 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 Hi ll s M onte s s ori 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. Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Email: susan@ chmschools.com, www.chmschools.com/, Grades: 3 - K

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T h e Good S h ep h erd C at hol ic M onte s s ori 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

Litt le Sprout s Monte s s ori P re s chool & K inder g arten Little Sprouts Montessori nurtures the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of children, helping them develop a lifetime love of learning. Our goal is to empower children to discover and hone their strengths as they explore the world. We recognize the importance of individualized education, capping classes at ten students. 7131 Plainfield Road, Deer Park, OH 45236, Contact: Christie Sawyer, Phone: 513-6979021, Email: csawyer@leavesoflearning.org, www.little-sprouts.org, Grades: Preschool & Kindergarten, Enrollment: Families choose mornings two to four days per week (T/TH and/ or W/F), and/or afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.

Mercy Monte s s ori Center Mercy Montessori provides a world-class education and a strong foundation for learning and discovery as Greater Cincinnati’s first and oldest Montessori school. Started in 1969, Mercy Montessori is a private, independent Catholic Montessori School offering personalized educational experiences for children from preschool through eighth grade. 2335 Grandview Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206, Contact: Amanda Grimm, Admissions Director, Phone: (513) 475-6700 ext. 210, Email: agrimm@mercymontessori.org, www. mercymontessori.org, Grades: Preschool 8th Grade, Enrollment: 292

T h e N ew School Monte s s ori Centrally located, the historic Mitchell mansion provides the backdrop for a holistic education. Surrounded by wooded play yards and gardens, students benefit from a nurturing environment where Montessori-credentialed staff support high academic and personal achievement. Full-day, half-day and part-time AMS and ISACS accredited programs with healthy lunches included in tuition. Open House: January 25th (2:00- 4:00pm) or call to schedule a visit. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Jeff Groh, Phone: (513)281-7999, Fax: (513)281-7996, Email: jeff.g@ newschoolmontessori.com, www. newschoolmontessori.com, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 125

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NON–PUBLIC Bet hany School Bethany School is an independent preparatory school where students experience an appreciation for many cultures. Laptop computers, on-line grading, a dynamic music program, rigorous curriculum, and a variety of extracurricular programs provide a truly extraordinary educational environment. 555 Albion Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45246, Contact: Teri Mauntel, Phone: (513)771-2462, www.bethanyschool.org, Grades: Grades: K – 8th grade, Enrollment: 250

C alvary Ch ri s tian School Since 1974, CCS has been providing excellence in academics, spiritual growth, athletics, and fine arts on its 63 acre campus located in Taylor Mill, KY. Our mission is “Equipping the Next Generation to Impact the World for Christ.” 5955 Taylor Mill Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015, Contact: Laurie Switzer, Phone: 859-356-9201, Email: laurie.switzer@ccsky.org, www.cssky. org, Grades: Pre-School-12th Grade, Enrollment: Approximately 360

C incinnati Ch ri s tian School s Cincinnati Christian Schools is a nondenominational private Christian school system offering educational opportunities for young people from preschool through senior high. Our emphasis on 21st century learning, combined with timeless values, prepare students for life. 7474 Morris Road, Fairfield, OH 45015, Contact: Lisa Coombs, Admissions and Enrollment Director, Phone: (513) 892-8500, Fax: (513) 892-0516, Email: lisa.coombs@ cincinnatichristian.org, www.cincinnati christian.org, Grades: Preschool through 12th grade, Enrollment: 650

C incinnati Hi ll s Ch ri s tian 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

513-861-0900, Email: yasmeen.khan@ depaulcristorey.org, www.discoverdepaul. org, Grades: Grades 9-12, Enrollment: 260

Li berty Bi ble Academy Liberty Bible Academy is located on a beautiful, 12-acre campus in Mason (close to Deerfield Town Centre). For thirty years LBA has offered academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment. Last year students scored on average in the top 14% nationally and middle school students scored on average four grade levels above national average. LBA (a non-denominational school) also reinforces values important to Christian parents. Our Winter Open House is on January 10, 2015 from 11:00 - 3:00. 4900 Old Irwin Simpson Road, Mason, OH 45040, Contact: Jill Beasley, Public Relations, Phone: 513-754-1234, Fax: 513-754-1237, Email: jbeasley@libertybibleacademy.org, info@libertybibleacademy.org, www. libertybibleacademy.org, Grades: Preschool through Eighth Grade, Enrollment: 150

T h e Seven Hi ll s School 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 January. Hillsdale Campus - 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati; Doherty Campus - 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati, Phone: 513-728-2400, www.7hills.org, Grades: Pre-K through 12

St. U r s u l a Academy St. Ursula Academy is a top high school choice for students from more than 90 grade schools across Greater Cincinnati! A St. Ursula education develops the whole person and helps each student develop her own unique gifts and talents. St. Ursula nurtures each young woman to become a confident leader who is ready to achieve her own goals and dreams. Students develop great friendships, work with talented teachers, and pursue their personal interests in the more than 40 clubs, student service organizations and 12 athletic programs. St. Ursula is committed to educating its students to become women of faith, integrity and courage committed to building a better world. 1339 East McMillan, Cincinnati, OH 45206, Contact: Michelle Dellecave Director of Admissions, Phone: (513) 961-3410 ext. 183, Email: admissions@saintursula.org, www. saintursula.org, Grades: Girls grades 9-12, Enrollment: 665

De Pau l Cri s to Rey High School Looking for an affordable private school? DePaul Cristo Rey is the Catholic, college-prep high school for families who can’t afford other private high schools. Through our Corporate Work Study Program students work one day a week in professional settings earning part of their education costs. Find out more at www.discoverdepaul.org. 1133 Clifton Hills Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Contact: Yasmeen Khan, Admissions Coordinator, Phone: 513-861-0600, Fax:

St. U r s u l a V i ll a An extraordinary family atmosphere and Christcentered spirit of St. Angela Merici cultivates independent learners who achieve their potential through small classes, individualized instruction, and nurturing of the whole child. Program offerings begin with Toddler/2-year-old and Traditional or Montessori preschool continuing through Junior High, recognized for outstanding high school preparation.


3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Contact: Marta Runnels, Phone: 513-871-7216 x 2101, Fax: 513-871-0315, Email: m.runnels@stursulavilla.org, www.stursulavilla.org, Grades: 2-years-old through 8th grade. Enrollment: 465

PUBLIC C incinnati P u bl ic S Chool s Our goal is to provide a rigorous curiculum that cultivates critical thinking and technology skills while encouraging collaboration, real-world connections and endless creativity. It’s not just about getting your children ready for graduation. It’s about getting them into college and preparing them for a thriving career! Phone: 513-363-0123, cps-k12.org

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 Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Carmen Mendoza, Admissions Director, Phone: 513 871-6080 ext. 211, Fax: 513 871-6428, Email: cmendoza@springerLD.org, www.springer-LD.org, Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200

TUTORING Great Oak s C areer C ampus e s Great Oaks offers career development training for high school students and adults. With four campuses--Scarlet Oaks in Sharonville, Diamond Oaks in Dent, Live Oaks in MIlford, and Laurel Oaks in Wilmington, high school students prepare for careers and college, and adults get training and certification to begin a new career or advance in a current career. 3254 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45040, Contact: Jon Weidlich, Phone: 513-771-8840, Email: weidlicj@greatoaks.com, www.greatoaks.com, Grades: High school (grades 11-12) and Adult

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Lang s ford Learning Acce leration Center s Is your child on track to be a successful reader? For over 14 years, Langsford has been applying an evidence-based approach to reading difficulties to turn struggling readers into confident and successful ones. Langsford’s approach is to identify the root cause of the reading difficulties and then to implement research-validated approaches to develop confident independent learners. Langsford offers support for reading, comprehension, and writing. Langsford is also an approved Jon Peterson provider; contact us to see if your child qualifies for a scholarship from the Ohio Department of Education.

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

VIRTUAL // DISTANCE V irtual Community School of Oh io Free tuition, free laptop AND Internet. We provide 100% flexibility: Our courses are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Plus Virtual Community School of Ohio has a College Credit Plus (PSEO) partnership with Ohio Christian University. 340 Waggoner Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068, Contact: Ms. Ginger Kehler, Phone: 866-501-9473, Email: information@vcslearn. org, vcslearn.org, Grades: K-12, Enrollment: Approx. 1000

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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 Bal ance 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, www.brainbalance centers. com/locations/cincinnati

Skyward Academy Specialized education for students with a variety of learning challenges. Academic or behavioral focus parent choice. Full and part time school day options, home based or offsite services. 7121 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Melissa Amrein, Phone: 513-600-8476, Email: office@skywardacademy.com, www. skywardacademy.com, Grades: K thru high school graduation

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Teens and Social Media Focusing on the benefits the internet provides kids Sarah Painer, MSW, LISW-S, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Does the thought of your teen accessing social media sites like Facebook, twitter and Instagram make you feel anxious and protective? In the online world of cyberbullying, stranger danger, identity theft and uncensored or sexually explicit content, these potential risks can be terrifying for parents. And the reality is that today, more than ever before, teens are interacting with their peers online. Most reputable social media sites require children to be 13 or older to join, due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. This act, however, does not prevent anyone from posting whatever thoughts and photos they wish. Thus, the internet can appear to be a scary abyss full of possible threats. But, have you considered how having an online presence can actually have a positive impact on your child? The teen years are a time for exploration and formation of self-identity. Who we are is deeply rooted in our families, but as teens we begin to branch out and identify more with peers. Social media is one place to do this. In fact, in a recent report by Common Sense Media, teens stated feeling overwhelmingly more confident due to social media. They

said that social media drastically improved their relationship with their peers; compared to feeling that their relationships were negatively impacted. In other words, teens reported that social media had a positive impact on their lives. How might this happen? If you are having a bad day, what can make you feel better – perhaps a friend telling you everything will be okay? What if you are feeling down about your looks – wouldn’t someone saying you look pretty help? Social media allows teens to receive instant feedback from their peers in a way that can boost confidence, self-esteem and alleviate insecurities. While the reverse feedback can also be true, teens report that this isn’t their situation most of the time.

Since we know that upsetting or hurtful incidences do sometimes occur, parents need to monitor their teen’s online use. Here are some tips to help ensure children are using the internet in a safe and healthy manner:

Social media can also give teens who feel isolated a source of hope and connection to others like them. It allows teens to be aware of global issues and associate with others who share common interests. Social media can serve as a place to express their voice, take action towards positive change and be a part of the larger community in which they identify.

• Tell your children not to “friend” people they don’t know and not share personal information such as their full name, address and phone number.

• Ask your children about their online use regularly. • Help your children set up their account and use applicable privacy restrictions. • Talk to your children about what is acceptable to post or not post. • Limit online screen time (on phones, computers, etc.).

• Explain that long term consequences can exist once something is posted online that may never go away. • Create your own accounts and “friend” your children (with their permission) so you are able to monitor their posts. • Be careful of your own online use and be a good role model for your children. While your instinct as a parent may be to severely restrict your children’s online use, remember that the cyber world is an integral and substantial part of their social life. By focusing on appropriate online communication and offering proper supervision, parents can help their kids reap the many benefits that the internet provides.

Resources: Stay Safe Online: www.staysafeonline.org/ data-privacy-day/parent-resources/ PBS Parents: www.pbs.org/parents/ childrenandmedia/resources.html

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about in the media – a premise that kids should experience the natural consequences of their actions instead of relying on parents to “fix” everything for them. For example, when a child forgets his homework at home, a parent doesn’t “rescue” him by bringing it to school, but lets him suffer the consequences of a poor grade or discipline by the teacher. This experience teaches a more valuable lesson to kids in the long run about being responsible for their work and for themselves.

rom elementary school science projects to college applications, kids look to their parents for guidance. But at what point is our help no longer helpful? The boundary isn’t always clear and a parent’s good intentions to provide assistance can backfire when kids don’t learn to take ownership of their own work. Determining just how involved we should be can be difficult. As teachers know, parents are essential to their children’s academic success. Kids who have little or no support at home tend to struggle more in school than those with parents who are actively involved. “Parents who are keyed in to school provide built-in tutoring, and the emotional support and encouragement many children need,” says Deb Krupowicz, sixth grade teacher and Cincinnati Parent “Ask the Teacher” columnist. “Striking a balance is a challenge for all parents. When a parent finds himself thinking, ‘I wonder how much homework we will have tonight?’ he has a skewed sense of helpfulness.” A child with a “helicopter parent” who routinely steps in to take ownership of an assignment or project robs their son or daughter of the chance to feel confident in their own abilities. “The natural cycle of not knowing, of working through the murkiness of confusion, of trying and failing, and of finally trying and succeeding is circumvented,” says Krupowicz. Jennifer Wilson, a school counselor in northern Kentucky, agrees. “It’s difficult to see your child in trouble. [But] if a child is constantly getting the message that his parent has to step in, they can feel helpless and incompetent. They never get

When it comes to providing a healthy amount of help, Wilson and Krupowicz offer these tips:

* the opportunity to be successful on their own.” Unfortunately, setting up this dynamic in childhood can carry over to adulthood, with young adults never developing important skills like self-motivation and resiliency. Molli Stephens, a human resources professional in West Chester, says it’s not uncommon to see young job applicants bring parents to interviews. “It’s wonderful for parents to be involved, to encourage and prep their children on their job search. However, there is a point where they need to step away and let the child own the job search himself. When a candidate brings his parent to an interview it shows me that he is not independent, cannot think on his own, and is too reliant on a parental figure.” Although it’s hard for parents to watch their child struggle – especially when it would be so easy to step in and help them resolve a problem quickly, fighting this urge ultimately leads to empowered, confident kids. Recently, the “No Rescue” approach to parenting has been talked

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Make sure your expectations of your child’s responsibility and academic abilities are realistic based upon the child’s age and emotional maturity. Set them up for success by creating a homework routine, including a homework zone stocked with basic supplies and free of distractions. Go over directions and check for understanding. Offer overall feedback, but not specific right or wrong answers. Check on progress periodically to encourage your child to focus, and check over work once it’s completed. If you see evidence that your child is struggling with concepts, and simple explanations don’t help, let the teacher know so he or she can work to improve the situation. Remember that the goal of homework is not perfection, but for the child to develop skills needed for academic success.

And then step back. Let your children learn from their mistakes and take pride in their successes – knowing that both belong to them.

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attend weekly rehearsals, retreats, music theory classes, and the annual SongFest Summer Music Camp for Boys at Xavier University. 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Contact: Heather Lally, Phone: 513-396-7664, Email: heather.lally@cincinnatiboychoir.org, cincinnatiboychoir.org Category: Arts & Education

3 rd Sunday F unday s Bring the whole family to the Taft Museum of Art on select third Sundays to explore, create, and play. These free afternoon programs offer great art, kid-sized art info, hands-on fun, and family-friendly performances. Most activities are ongoing, so drop in when you have time and stay as long as you like. View our website for more information! 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: (513) 241-0343, Email: taftmuseum@ taftmuseum.org, www.taftmuseum.org Category: Enrichment Activities

A nge l’ s Hous e of Mus ic Voted Best of the East 2014. Angel’s offer private lessons for Piano, Voice, Guitar and most Instruments. Est. 1996 by Margaret Angel. Angel’s encourages the love of music while providing quality lessons. Each instructor is college educated in their field. 180 Cemetery Road, Milford, OH 45150, Contact: Margaret Angel, Phone: 513-8311191, angelshouseofmusic.net Category: Music

b a l l e t te c h o f o h i o Classes from ages 2 thru adult, by international faculty including Cervilio Amador and Gema Diaz (Cuba), Valery Lantratov and Sergei Pakharev (Russia), Rebecca Rodriguez Hodory (Ballet Met/ Phillipines) Claudia Rudolf Barrett and Natalie Robinson (USA). NEW! Zumba by Yanette Masterson; Also Tae Kwon Do! Individual attention and performance opportunities including The Nutcracker (Nov. 22, 2014 at Little Miami High School). Classes begin Sept. 3rd. Limited availability, call to register today! 7623 Old 3C Highway, Maineville, OH 45039, Phone: (513) 683-6860, ballettechohio.org Category: Dance

Broadway Bound Dance

Academy Broadway Bound Dance Academy is the place for fun and learning all summer long! We’re excited to offer our themed dance camps again this year for your 3-5 yr old. Complete dance or tumbling instruction is also available. Reserve your spot today! 10580 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-774-9474, www. broadwaybounddance.com Category: Dance

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C al ico Acting Cl a s s e s: W inter 201 5 Winter 2015: The Calico Children’s Theatre will partner again this winter with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to provide children’s acting classes for grades K-8. These classes offer a chance to investigate the basics of acting, improvisation, movement, theatre games and more. Requirements for classes vary from instructor to instructor. The intent of all classes is to introduce the student to the beginning concepts of performance. Most classes do not require memorization or other out-of-class work. Classes meet for seven weeks on consecutive Wednesdays and Thursdays. Acting classes are held on the UC Clermont College campus in the Krueger Auditorium and additional spaces. 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103, Phone Number: (513) 558-1215, E-mail: clc-artsandevents@uc.edu, http://www. ucclermont.edu/community_arts/ CalicoActingClasses.html Category: Visual Performance (Theatre/ Drama/Vocals)

T h e Ch i ldren ’ s T h eatre of C incinnati Bringing art to life for children and the young-atheart through 3 key programs: MainStage (at the Taft), ArtReach (including WorkShops) and Learning the Craft. Both the MainStage and ArtReach (touring) shows are accompanied by complimentary study guides. Each season’s productions are intended to act as a bridge for local curriculums, giving schools access to high quality arts education as well as serving as a catalyst for integrating the arts with other subjects. Our Learning the Craft classes offer various integrated arts sessions, including drama, vocal music, and dance for students of all abilities and ages, developing skills that last a lifetime. 5020 Oaklawn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Phone: 513-569-8080 ext. 10, www.thechildrenstheatre.com Category: Theatre & Workshops

C incinnati Boychoir The Cincinnati Boychoir is one of the premiere professional boychoirs in the United States. Located in the urban arts core of Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Boychoir reaches approximately 200 young men each year from more than 90 schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Since 1965, the Cincinnati Boychoir has been dedicated to the musical, intellectual, and emotional development of these young men and has served as one of the foremost music education and performance organizations in the region; boys

C incinnati Mus eum Center Regardless of age, interest or style of learning, we are sure to have a program your child will love. We have group activities like our Scout Programs, Day Camps, Overnights and Birthday Parties, but we also offer smaller enrichment programs like Sprouts Institute, Bright Ideas and Explorers University. Our programming is multi-diciplinary (like us), and focuses on everything from art and culture to science, history and technology. Try one, or all! And remember, Members always get the best deals! 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Phone: (513) 287-7000, www.cincymuseum.org Category: Enrichment Programs for Children

Go 2 Grow Gymna s tic s A Preschool program for children 1 year to 5 1/2. Program focuses on body basics in Gymnastics, movement, and sports skills. Classes are small to foster a fun, safe, learning experience. 3600 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Contact: Rebecca Bruggeman, Phone: 513-7467571, Email: RB.Go2growgymnastics@gmail. com, www.go2growgymnastics.com Category: Gymnastics & Tumbling

I ndian Spring s Academy of Mus ic Private lesson instruction with professional teachers. Lessons available for Piano, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello and Guitar. 9690 Cincinnati–Columbus Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Sheila Vail, Director, Phone: (513) 779-7070, Email: SheilaVail@IndianSprings Academy.com, www.IndianSpringsAcademy.net Category: Music

Linton Mus ic P eanut Butter & Jam Se s s ions PB&J Sessions are designed to provide children up to 6 years old and their families the opportunity to enjoy classical music together! Saturday morning concerts are performed throughout the year at a variety of community venues and are educational, entertaining interactive & fun! Visit www.linton music.org or call 513 381-6868 for information. Contact: Julie Montgomery, Executive Director, Phone: 513-381-6868, Email: info@lintonmusic. org, www.lintonmusic.org Category: Music and Instrument Performance & Arts


M i s s Nancy ’ s Mus ikg arten A holistic music and movement program which systematically introduces musical concepts to young children, using songs, dances, structured and creative movement and listening activities. Our primary goal is to guide children to a lifelong love of music , while allowing them to experience the joy of making music with others! 3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Contact: Nancy Huey, Phone: 513-702-9927, Email: nancy.huey@ gmail.com, www.cincinnatimusikgarten.com Category: Early childhood music and movement

My Nos e T urns Red CIRCUS CLASSES– Fun, unique, and challenging. Classes offered include: Static trapeze, Unicycle, German wheel, General circus AND Trapeze for teens and adults. Selected Best in the City by Cincinnati Magazine. Classes conducted by My Nose Turns Red, the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Ages 4 and up. All levels welcome. 3500 Lumford, Cincinnati, OH 45213, Contact: Steve Roenker, Phone: 859-581-7100, Email: rednose@fuse. net, www.mynoseturnsred.org Category: Youth Circus

S DA Studios Dance lessons for ages 2.5 & up. Creative dance, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary and pointe. Annual Nutcracker, Spring Show and Competition Ensemble. 7398 Liberty One Dr., Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Phone Number: 513-779-0135, Contact: Mary St.Romain, Director, E-mail: sdastudios@aol.com, www.sdastudios.com Category: Dance

Sens ory SundayS These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Shana, 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. Gymboree: 6209 Snider Road, Mason OH 45040, Phone: 513-703-3343, www.myshalomfamily.org

Univer s ity of C incinnati CC M P reparatory Department Study at the only nationally accredited community arts program in the area. CCM Preparatory offers music, theatre arts and dance classes and lessons for all ages and abilities. Lessons in all instruments, voice and composition. Suzuki string and piano lessons for younger students. Performance opportunities include ballet company, Jr. musical program, wind ensembles, string orchestras, brass choir, jazz ensembles, guitar ensemble and recitals. Summer camps for all interests. Visit ccm.uc.edu/prep, email ccmprep@uc.edu or call 513-556-2595 for more information. PO Box 210236, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Elizabeth Boland, Phone: (513)556-2595, Email: elizabeth.boland@uc.edu, www.ccm.uc.edu/prep Category: Drama, Literature & Writing, Science Enrichment JANUARY 2015 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

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FaST FRIENDS Tips for helping kids make healthy friendships Sarah Bricker-Hunt

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avigating the waters of childhood friendships can be surprisingly difficult for parents. How do you help your kids learn how to make friends? What if your child has a friend you don’t like? Should you intervene when a friend mistreats your child or let him resolve the situation on his own?

Expect progress, not perfection Kids are growing in their friendship skills and gains can’t happen overnight.

Give do overs Children need opportunities to rewind and try it again. Mattson also suggests finding examples of friendships in books, movies and TV shows to discuss. “When you see or experience a positive friend situation, notice it, and then positively reinforce it,” she says.

Renee Mattson, parent coach and intervention specialist at Child in Bloom parent and educational coaching center, stresses that when it comes to friendship, parents need to take on a teaching role. “Assume your child knows nothing, and it’s your job to teach them everything.”

Mattson offers seven guidelines for teaching children about friendship:

Use visual examples Try role playing, for instance, to support your child’s new friendship skills.

No teaching in a tantrum Always teach new friendship skills outside the moment, not in the heat of battle.

Everybody needs a tool When you see a negative interaction, give both kids a new strategy to make it go more smoothly next time. Don’t just correct one child.

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In addition to introducing and reinforcing these basic tenets of friendship, Mattson offers some easy ways to incorporate these concepts into everyday home life. She suggests a few key words and phrases:

“Me first” goes last Start at home The best place to practice friendship skills is at home. Use the same ideas, concepts and tools with siblings.

Plan for transitions Always move into and out of the play situation by previewing the expectations in the beginning and reviewing at the end.

Teach your child to think of their friend’s needs before their own and make sure they see that a good friend will do the same.

Stay, play, walk away, or say These are socially appropriate responses to a friend interaction. When a friend comes into my space, I can stay next to them. I can play with them. I can walk


away and go to a different area, or I can say something to let the child or an adult know what I need.

Move beyond “Stop!” and “Quit!” Help your child learn to speak in specific terms to their friends when a conflict arises. Instead of saying “Stop it” have them say, “Stop hitting me on the head.”

Regarding friendships that are difficult Mattson suggests dealing with negative friend situations head on. “If you are avoiding a certain child or social scene because you or your child have been burned before, you could be missing out on the perfect teachable moment,” she says. “Setting up another get-together will provide your child with the practice they need in handling difficult situations.” Sometimes an honest conversation with the other parent is appropriate, says Mattson. When this happens, she says to stick to the facts and try not to get emotional or personal. If things still don’t get better, it’s okay to end a friendship on behalf of your child, leaving a window open for progress later, if possible. “It’s okay to say that we no longer play with that child because he just isn’t ready or willing to follow our house rules.”

Friendships play an important role in the lives of our kids – and in our lives as parents as well. By being aware of how you model what it means to be a good friend to the important people in your life, your children will see the benefit of investing in these relationships even when they can be challenging.

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JANUARY EVENTS

DAILY calendar

JANUARY 2015 THURS 01

Super Sprout s: F irework F ren z y! Time: 2 p.m., Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, www.cincymuseum. org

Celebrate the arrival of 2015!

Sat 03 German Story T ime Time: 10:30 a.m., Price: Free, open to all ages, Phone: (513) 731-2665, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, www.bluemanateebooks. com

Willkommen! Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and song!

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

Sun 04 Le J eune DanceS Time: 12-3:30 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-2578083, Location: Le Jeune Dance Academy, www. LeJeuneDance.com

Enjoy performances by Le Jeune Dance Academy. Dance with us in the beautiful 6,000 sq. ft. facility. Free classes for all ages and levels. Visit www.lejeunedance.com/events/ for more details and specific times.

Mon 05 F ir s t F u ll M oon C ampfire

Sat 03 – MON 05 Boar ’ s Head and Y u le Lo g F e s tival Price: Free, Phone: 513-621-2627, Location: Christ Church Cathedral, www.christchurchcincinnati. org

Time: 6 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, www. greatparks.org

Toast the first full moon of the year with a hot chocolate at a roaring campfire following a short hike.

BELOW: FIRST FULL MOON CAMPFIRE AT MITCHELL MEMORIAL FOREST, JANUARY 05

S O G Story T ime: T h e Snowy Day Time: 1:30 p.m., Phone: 513-321-0206, Location: Brazee Street Studios, www.brazee streetstudios.com

Let it Snow! Bring your little one to create art in our glass art story time! This time, we’ll read “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, then your young artist will create a snowy sun catcher their own.

Mom-to -M om Time: 10:30 a.m., Price: Free!, Phone: 513-5912332, Location: Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, www.theplaceforfamilies.com/

You’ve made it through the birth - now what? Where can you turn to for support, encouragement, understanding, and answers to your “new mom” questions? The CFEC We’re here for you. Join us monthly for as long as you need the companionship of other new parents struggling with the same issues as you. We understand; we’ve been there. 16 months old and up.

Tues 06 S q uare Dance Cl a s s e s Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Price: Free, register by 1/15, Phone: (513) 521-3276, Location: Parky’s Farm, www.greatparks.org

Learn Western Square Dancing at free, weekly dance classes at Parky’s Farm Hayloft Barn. Classes meet twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, January–April. For more information and to register, contact instructors Estil Owens at 513-671-7219 or Jim Cox at 513-706-5896.

Fri 09 Coyote s: F riend or Foe ? Time: 7 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Sharon Woods, www.greatparks.org

The coyote is a relatively new arrival to the Cincinnati area. Take a closer look at the perceptions, habits and ecology of this often vilified animal at this presentation.

FRI 09 – SUN 11 C aval cade of C us tom s Price: $16, $6 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under, Phone: 248-373-1700, Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, www.duke-energycenter. com

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Custom car, classic car and hot rod show. More than 500 show cars on display, music and numerous celebrity appearances. Presented by KOI Auto Parts.

Keep your feet warm this winter with handmade slippers. Design your own our use our templates to create cozy creatures for your feet.

Sun 11 Sat 10 Big W inter Blowout Parent s N igh t Out Time: 6-10 p.m., Price: $25.00- First Child, $15.00- Additional Chilren, Phone: 513-860-3351, Location: Perfection Gymnastics School, www. perfectiongymnastics.com

Need a night out? Send the kids to run, jump, flip, and tumble with us Parents Night Out includes open gym time run by highly qualified gymnastics instructors, pizza, games, inflatable obstacle courses, and a movie. This monthly event is fun and exciting way for the kids to spend a Saturday night.

M imos a M orning Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Price: $30, Phone: 513-271-2793, Location: Cheers to Art, www. cheerstoart.com

Your first mimosa is included in the price of the session plus receive 20% all items in the boutique! Ages 10+.

M ini M aker s: A nimal F eet Time: 2:30 p.m., Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, www.cincymuseum. org

Second Sunday Fami ly S howtime P erformance s: Rh yt hm s of Our Land

Sat 17 diy Papermaking Time: 1-3 p.m., Price: $3 per person; nonmembers also pay daily admission at the gate. Drop-ins welcome, Phone: 513-831-1711, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, www. CincyNature.org

Presented by Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute. For grades K-6 and families. Followed by reception.

Handmade paper is a great way to use recycled and natural materials. Collect or bring in seed pods, berries or dried leaves. Then roll up your sleeves and create your very own nature paper For families and children ages 6+. Even if you’re not making paper, please stay to assist your child.

Weds 14

F ree Star g a z e s at Stone l ick State Park

Time: 2-4 p.m., Price: $5, free for children, Phone: (513) 497-2860, Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, www.cliftonculturalarts.org

C yclone s V S Icemen Time: 7:30 p.m., Price: Family Packages available, Phone: (513) 421-4111, Location: US Bank Arena, www.cycloneshockey.com

Come cheer on the Cyclones! $1 Beer PLUS First 1,000 adults will receive a Cyclones T-Shirt!

Thurs 15 W ee Wonder Ab out Star s Time: 11 a.m., Price: $6/child, register by 1/13, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Sharon Woods, www.greatparks.org

Phone: (513) 321-5186, Location: Stonelick State Park, www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy. Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex. Free and great for all ages. Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies. Weather updates available on Facebook.

Bring your 5 year-old to learn all about stars through activities, a craft and a visit inside an indoor planetarium.

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Sat 17 – SUN8 W inter Ce le bration Time: 1-3 p.m., Price: $2/child, payable at the door, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Winton Woods, www.greatparks.org

Capture some unique winter wildlife knowledge and join in the celebration with a story in a “bear cave” and wintery crafts. Bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of cold-weather fun, both indoors and out.

Sun 18

Kids, bring your grown-up to learn all about nature in winter! We’ll take a hike, have some hot chocolate and make a craft. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.

S O G Story T ime: M oon R abbit Time: 1:30 p.m., Phone: 513-321-0206, Location: Brazee Street Studios, www.brazee streetstudios.com

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Join us on the third Monday of the month for our SOG Storytime. This time, we’ll read “Moon Rabbit” by Natalie Russel, and create our own “moon-catchers” using safe fused glass components. Designed for students age 3-6.

Time: 2 p.m., Price: FREE. Limited space, first come basis; Reservations Recommended, Phone: (513) 721-2787, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Blue Bird Painting Time: 1-3 p.m., Price: $25, Phone: 513-271-2793, Location: Cheers to Art, www.cheerstoart.com

Fun one to paint - change color of background any color that makes you happy! Ages 8+.

R oad to F reedom Time: 1-4 p.m., Price: No reservation required., Phone: (513) 241-0343, Location: Taft Museum of Art, www.taftmuseum.org

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the journey to freedom and equality. Check out important events in America’s history at the Art Cart, and make a craft to take home. Meet Jinny Berten and hear exerpts from her book, Littsie and the Underground Railroad. Free.

Mon 19 K ids ’ Day at t h e Park Price: $6/child, payable at the door, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, www.greatparks.org

In honor of Penguin Awareness Day, we will be celebrating with a penguin-themed story time and craft. This story and craft event is sure to delight any friend of the penguin! Best for ages 3-6.

T ummy T ime ™ Price: $50 for 4 classes or $15 for Drop In, Phone: 513-791-1089, Location: Blue Cocoon, www.bluecocoonbaby.com

Pediatricians recommend that all babies be positioned in tummy time for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Tummy time lays the foundation for baby’s developmental motor skills. In addition to this, tummy time helps improve overall tummy function, facilitates sensory awareness, and promotes natural, healthy head and body shape/movements. This fun and information class incorporates baby massage, reflexology and baby yoga with tummy time position to help your baby’s experience be fun and relaxing.

Tues 20

Baby Tour

This 30-minute experience will introduce you and your infant (ages 0-2) to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds. We will explain the positive effects of visual stimulation with masterpieces that will mesmerize the Art Museum’s youngest visitors. Strollers are not permitted so that you and your child can better experience the art together.

Nature Story T ime wit h I mag o! Price: Free, ages 2 and up, Phone: (513) 731-2665, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, www.bluemanateebooks.com

Join us for a monthly installment of nature stories, songs and other fun activities with our friends from Imago! For more information about Imago, please go to www.imagoearth.org.

P enguin Story T ime

Sat 24

Time: 3 p.m., Price: 5, please call to register, Phone: (513) 731-2665, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, www.bluemanateebooks. com

Time: 7:30 p.m., Price: Family Packages available, Phone: (513) 421-4111, Location: US Bank Arena, www.cycloneshockey.com

BELOW: CHILI COOKOFF AT FINDLAY MARKET , JANUARY 25

C yclone s V S W ing s

Come cheer on the Cyclones! Plus, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Cyclones Hockey Buddy!.

K id s and C anva s Time: 10 a.m., Price: $25, Phone: 513-271-2793, Location: Cheers to Art, www.cheerstoart.com

Your little one will have fun painting their monster any color they choose as well as number of eyes and shape of month..ALWAYS a fun one to paint. Open to ages 6+.

M ini M aker s: W inter Wonderl and Time: 2:30 p.m., Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, www.cincymuseum. org

Construct and decorate a paper mache snowman, play with insta-snow, make a snow cone, paper snowflakes and an ice painting, all in this winter wonderland workshop!

PLEASE NOTE // 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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Sun 25 Ch i l i Cook- Off Time: 11 a.m., Phone: (513) 665-4839, Location: Findlay Market, www.findlaymarket.org

Chili enthusiasts compete for prizes!

galleries, story tellers, and a hands-on art project each month. We hope you’ll like our new ideas for the season! Perfect for ages 2–5.

Fri 30 T h eory of M ind

TUES 27 – WEDS 28 S h en Y un Phone: 937-228-3630, Location: Mead Theatre - Benjamin And Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center (Dayton), www.shenyun.com/dayton

Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating performance you will never forget. The performance moves quickly through regions, dynasties, and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world. Children under 6 are not admitted.

Weds 28 W ee W edne s day: Color Time: 10 a.m., Price: Free. Reservations Not Required, Phone: (513) 721-2787, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, www. cincinnatiartmuseum.org

A great program keeps getting better! Our popular “open house” program for preschoolers and their parents offers interactive learning stations in the

Time: 7 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: (513)524-8506, Location: Oxford Community Arts Center, www. oxarts.org

Revealing look at experiences of Bill - teenager who happens to live on the autism spectrum while at the same time a sensitive unsentimental portrait of young love - that will resonate with all teens coming to terms with difficulties of communicating and knowing one’s self. Sponsored by ArtsWave the Miami University Performing Arts Series.

Sat 31 C arnival of t h e A nimal s Time: 10:30 p.m., Phone: (513)621-ARTS, Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts - Proctor & Gamble Hall, www.cincinnatisymphony.org/ zurb/1415_lollipops.htm

Let your imagination run wild in this classical musical story for children, Saint-Saëns’ beloved Carnival of the Animals. Hear the royal lion, the graceful swan and a dozen other amazing animals, brought to life through music and poetry! JMR and your Cincinnati Pops bring you three unique programs designed to spark imaginations and introduce your family to the world of music. It’s a Family Affair! Family Fun Zone starts @ 9:30am for all Lollipops concerts.

E xp lorer s Univer s ity: Mummy Forens ic s Time: 2-3:30 p.m., Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, www. cincymuseum.org

Presented by Time Warner Cable. Explore how forensic science can be used to study mummies. Try your hand at solving some cold (and dry!) cases when provided with mummy evidence. Register in advance to guarantee a spot. Ages 9 to 15. Eligible for GIRLS program points.

Ground ho g P redictions Time: 2 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Winton Woods, www.greatparks.org

More winter? Or bring on spring! Join the naturalist with your Groundhog Day predictions and learn some facts about the big day and groundhogs.

M adcap P uppet s: Once U pon A Clock Price: $7, Phone: 513-745-5705, Location: UC Blue Ash College Muntz Theater, http://www. ucblueash.edu/about/community/artrageous/ madcap.html

World of enchanting stories with Alvis and Sydney, two kids attempting to unlock the secrets of their uncle’s mysterious clock shop. Presented by ARTrageous Saturdays. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

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ONGOING EVENTS Mummie s of t h e World: T h e E x h i b ition Occurring Daily Cost: Adult: $19.50, Child: $12.50, Senior: $17.50, Member Adult: $12.50, Member Child: $8.50, Where: Cincinnati Museum Center, www.cincymuseum.org, Phone: (513)287-7000

Come face to face with the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled! Featuring never-before-seen collection of objects and specimens, including real human and animal mummies and related artifacts from South America, Europe and Egypt, Mummies of the World also demonstrates that mummification has taken place all over the globe.

US Bank Ice R ink Occurring Daily Through Sunday, February 15, 2015 Price: $3.00 admission and $3.00 skate rental, Location: Fountain Square, www.myfountainsquare. com, Phone: 513-381-0782

Many Cincinnatians harbor fond memories of ice skating on Fountain Square on a frosty winter day in the midst of downtown’s tallest buildings. Concessions options and nearby restaurants and coffee shops available for pre- or post-skating treat. Special hours New Years Day.

I mag ination Yo g a Cl a s s e s for K id s Occurring Each Tuesday Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Price: $48/ series - 4 classes, Phone: 513-4913573, Location: Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio, www. imaginationyoga.com/

Imagination Yoga uses an adventure theme incorporating developmentally appropriate kids yoga poses to encourage a creative outlet while providing physical activity that increases strength, balance, and flexibility. Our program provides a playful way for children to relax in an increasingly stress-filled world by integrating the wonderful mind, body and heart benefits of yoga. Yoga mats and other materials needed for class will be provided.

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R od ger s + Hammer s tein ’ s C indere ll a Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Tuesday, January 06, 2015 Through Sunday, January 18, 2015 Phone: (513)621-ARTS, Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts, cincinnati.broadway.com

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Awardwinning Broadway musical from the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love -- the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more -- plus some surprising new twists!

W e s t Side Story Occurring Every Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun Beginning Friday, January 09, 2015 Through Sunday, January 18, 2015 Phone: 859.491.2030, Location: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, www.thecarnegie. com

World’s greatest love story takes to the streets in a landmark Broadway musical that is one of modern theater’s finest accomplishments.

J erus alem Occurring Daily Through Thursday, February 12, 2015 Times: 11:00 AM, Price: $8.50, $6.50 children, plus parking, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center Omnimax Theater, http:// www.cincymuseum.org, Phone: (513)287-7000

Rare glimpse into ancient, storied city in ways never seen before. Explore iconic holy sites through aerial footage and see city through eyes of three teenage girls representing inhabits from each major religious faith that calls the city home. Various showtimes each day.

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Sens ory SundayS Ongoing on the second and fourth Sunday of each Month

Hol iday Toy T rains Occurring Daily (except Mon) Through Sunday, January 18, 2015

Times: 2:00 PM, Price: FREE, Location: Gymboree, http://www. myshalomfamily.org, Phone: 513-703-3343

Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Price: Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under, Location: Behringer Crawford Museum, www.bcmuseum.org, Phone: (859) 491-4003

These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Shana, 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.

T h e Beach Mountain Occurring Daily Through Saturday, February 28, 2015 Price: Varies, Location: The Beach Waterpark, www. thebeachmountain.com, Phone: 513-398-4356

Endless fun in the snow with family and friends! If you are looking for good old fashioned wintertime fun, then The Beach Mountain is the place to be! Check out their new winter park, featuring a tubing hills and a snow play area - just hop in a tube and enjoy the ride for some holiday fun. Guests can stay and play in the snow in our winter village, enjoy the Beach Mountain chalet with hot chocolate, plus a variety of special holiday activities for all ages.

Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout.

C incinnati T rave l , Sport s & Boat S how Occurring Daily (except Mon & Tue) Beginning Friday, January 16, 2015 Through Sunday, January 25, 2015 Price: $12, free ages 13 and under with adult. $3 discount at Kroger with plus card, Phone: 513-7977900, Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, http:// cincinnatiboatshow.com

More than 700 displays and exhibits. Boats, equipment, gear, seminars, guides, outfitters and more. Presented by Hart Productions.

M ake a Me s s at t h e M anatee Occurring Each Monday Beginning Monday, December 22, 2014 Through Thursday, December 31, 2015 Price: $7/child, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, http://www.bluemanateebooks. com, Phone: (513) 731-2665

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. Ages 2-4. (*pre-registration required)


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SOURCES // familycrafts.about.com, brownielocks.com, holidayinsights.com, zanyholidays.com & thenibble.com

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