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Technobaby *You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!* The ART of Camp FEBRUARY 2010 *


FEBRUARY 2010 table of contents

NEWS & SHOPPING * News You Can Use: Music, Dance and Advice


ONE CHIC MAMA: Classy, Colorful and Clean



Health & Wellness * SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS: Exercising with Children with Special Needs


PEDIATRIC health: Safety Check-Up for Preventing Burns to Young Children


PEDiatric health: Children and Headaches


Around Town * museum notes: Can We Built It?™ Yes We Can!




Family FUN IN INDY: Presidential Pathway Through Indianapolis


ARTS & ENRICHMENET: Getting in on the Act


Commentary & Parenting * Publisher’s Note: Locks of Love


MOMMY MAGIC : Why the Vaccuum is a Wonderful Invention


Ask a teen: What’s Bugging My Teen?


dear teacher: Bad Grades, Grade Configuration and Amounts of Homework


montessori curriculum



childcare & education directory


Arts & Enrichment GuidE




Fun & Wacky HOlidays calendar


calendar of events




party & entertainment directory


Ask the Staff: February 3rd is “National Girls and Women in Sports Day.”


Who is your favorite female athlete? (Visit ht tp:// for more information)

Billie Jean King, Professional Tennis


Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Ski Racer

Mary Lou Retton, Olympic Gymnast

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Picabo Street, Alpine Ski Racer


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Danica Patrick, IndyCar Driver

Tamika Catchings, Professional Basketball

Billie Jean King, Professional Tennis

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Locks of Love

Providing Confidence and Reassurance FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne Publisher & President of Sales & Business Development Mary Wynne Cox Associate Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Lynette Rowland Art Direction & Design Heather Lipe Business Development and Marketing Coordinator Josie Fine Public Relations and Advertising Coordinator Erin Tulley Accountant Brooke Vance COVER MODEL Leila Reef

I am so proud of my nine-year-old granddaughter, Jane. It is the second time she has donated her long golden blond hair to Locks of Love. It took her a year to grow another 12 inches but it took only an instant to make the decision to donate her hair again.

Jane has a very short wedge hair cut and plans to donate her blond locks again next year. Jane is a sensitive, very caring child who feels the joy of giving like few children her age. She knows that there are young children who lose all of their hair through not only chemotherapy treatments for cancer, but alopecia areata, a condition where children do not regrow their own hair. Wigs with real hair are very costly, but Locks for Love provides free wigs to children who may not have the financial means available to purchase one. Making a custom wig takes more time than one would think and the results are incredibly realistic. While not all children, teens or adults opt for wigs, for those who do—Locks of Love is there to help provide confidence and reassurance. If you have a ponytail that is 10 inches or longer and wish to donate it to Locks of Love, simply put the ponytail into a braid, have the ponytail cut off before your haircut and place it into an air-tight plastic bag. Mail the ponytail in a padded envelope to:

raising projects. The most recent project, The Pink Pajama Party, is scheduled for Februar y 26-27 at the Marriott North at Keystone at the Crossing. This fundraiser is enjoyable for the 300+ women attending and makes possible the many personal services that I.W.I.N. provides for women undergoing Breast Cancer treatment. The February 26-27th event is open to the public and we encourage Indy’s Child readers to register-online at or call 317-475-0565. You will be treated to Vera Bradley hospitality, spa services, entertainment, dinner, a wonderful Marriott guest room and the joy of sharing an evening with breast cancer survivors, women in treatment and lots of advocates like yourself supporting the cure and treatment of Breast Cancer.

Locks of Love | 234 Southern Blvd. | West Palm Beach, FL 33405 Jane’s family is involved in Beast Cancer Support. Jane’s mother, Sue Wynne, has been actively involved in I.W.I.N. (Indiana Women In Need) for eight years. Sue actively works on behalf of all of their fund

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Indy Dance Academy Open in Indy

The Indy Dance Academy, located at 9401 North Meridian Street opened its doors on June 22, 2009 teaching students of all ages and abilities the art of creative movement. Newly constructed in an eco-friendly environment, Indy Dance Academy is a state of the art developmental and conditioning facility.

The Academy offers a variety of classes designed to promote a positive and educational experience to a diverse group of students in order to expand their mind and muscle awareness. Amy Western, Director of Dance, began dancing at the age of three. She trained with the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and holds a degree in Dance Pedagogy from Point Park University. She has performed with the New York City Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet and the Butler Ballet. Most recently, Western taught and served as artistic director for the Carmel Dance Center and the Indiana Dance Ambassadors.


Indy Dance Academy offers instruction for students as young as 1 ½ years old thru adult in classes such as Ballet, Ballet Core, Contemporary, Corps Barre, Dance Team Technique, Hip Hop, Jazz, Mommy & Me, Pilates, Tap, Tumbling, Yoga, Zumba and one of their most popular classes, Musical Theater. Musical Theater teaches students ages 6-18 the skills needed to become a triple threat on the stage! Students will work on voice, acting and dancing while learning a variety of song and dance numbers from popular musicals.

The voice component is instructed by Alison Wessel, Choir Director at Westfield High School. Alison brings with her over 13 years of voice and choir instruction expertise to this class. If you would like to learn more about Indy Dance Academy, please visit www.indydanceacademy. com or, call 317.218.3694.

Symphony Especially for Kids on February 14

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents, Family Fun!, an interactive concert geared toward children of all ages on Sunday, February 14, 3:00 p.m. at Westfield High School.

The Family Fun! concert is a unique opportunity that no other regional orchestra offers. The unusual format, designed specifically with children in mind, allows families to enjoy quality, classical music together in a relaxed environment. During portions of the performance, children are invited to sit on stage with the musicians to get an up-close look at a symphony performance. Following the concert, children can participate in a Musical Petting Zoo, allowing them (and adults) to actually play the instruments they have just heard. The concert will also feature Arthur Shou, the winner of the CSO’s 2009 Young Artist Concerto Competition. Shou, an award-winning pianist and Carmel High School sophomore, will perform the first movement of Piano Concerto Number 3 by Prokofiev. Shou

started piano at the age of six and his exceptional talent has already earned the attention of the music world. He has won several awards and competitions including first place in the Young Hoosier Pianist Competition in 2005 and third place in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Maurer Young Artists Concerto Competition in 2009. Shou has attended the Indiana University Summer Piano Academy for three years where he was selected to perform in master classes. He has also performed at Ball State University, Goshen College, Anderson University and the Indiana Historical Society. The professional musicians of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra will play “Greatest Hits for Kids” including excerpts from works by famous composers such as Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Dvořák and many more. From the William Tell Overture to “Star Wars,” children and adults alike will be treated to an afternoon of musical excitement. Tickets can be purchased by calling 317.844.9717.


Nationally Known Dr. David Walsh to Speak at Park Tudor Nationally known psychologist, educator and author Dr. David Walsh will speak at Park Tudor School on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. about the importance of helping children develop selfdiscipline in a culture of “more, fast, easy and fun.” The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Ayres Auditorium on the Park Tudor campus at 7200 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis. Today’s children are being programmed to want more, more, more—yet it’s no longer possible, or even reasonable, to give it to them. Now, more than ever, parents need to set limits and instill self-discipline. But how? Dr. Walsh will provide insights on teaching children self-discipline, which research shows is twice as strong a predictor of school success as intelligence. He will also discuss the influence of media and video games on children.

Dr. David Walsh is one of the most sought-after speakers in American education. He is an award-winning psychologist, author of nine books and a regular guest on national radio and television. Parent of three, Dr. Walsh has emerged as one of the world’s leading author ities on parenting, family life and the impact of media on children’s health and development. He is the author of nine books, including his latest, “No: Why Kids of All Ages Need It and Ways Parents Can Say It” and “Why Do They Act That Way: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.” Copies of the book will be available for sale at the presentation. Reservations are not required but are appreciated to ensure adequate seating. Please RSVP to the school at 415-2700 or


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Lullabelly Provides Prenatal Stimulation Lullabelly is a fashionable prenatal music belt worn by pregnant mothers to safely and comfortably play music, audio books, or lullabies to babies in the womb. Moms can plug the Lullabelly speaker into their iPod, iPhone, Portable Media Player, CD or MP3 player and choose what they want to play for their baby. We also include the dual adapter and earphones so mom or dad can listen too! Before Lullabelly, pregnant moms were holding headphones across their bellies. Many people are familiar with the “Mozart Effect” of playing classical music to enhance learning. Although this study did have proven results to increase the short-term learning capabilities of the college students tested during the study, it wasn’t originally conducted on young children or babies still in the womb. However, over the past several years new scientific research has overwhelmingly shown that there are many benefits to playing music for a baby in the womb. Read what the experts are saying – Research has shown that prenatal music stimulation: • Is a great tool to help reduce the mother’s stress during pregnancy

• Helps to improve a baby’s sleeping habits after birth – a BIG plus for mom and dad • Helps lay the foundation for later learning • Encourages learning, language and memory skills for the baby • Creates a wonderful bonding experience during pregnancy

Ad r ian ne God ar t or ig ina l ly created Lullabelly because she couldn’t f ind the right baby shower gift. As a licensed massage therapist, she specialized in prenatal massage and she knew music was a great relaxation tool for her clients. It wasn’t until she started developing Lullabelly that she found out just how benef icial music can be for the unborn baby as well. At its maximum volume level, the Lullabelly speaker inside the pocket generates a safe decibel level similar to the volume of a mother or father speaking or singing directly to their baby in the womb. For added safety, the Lullabelly speaker has a built-in volume control dial, so regardless of the music player being used, the expectant mother can separately control the volume of her earphones and the volume of the music to her baby.

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Why the Vacuum is a Wonderful Invention Finding Satisfaction in the Midst of Chaos to teach herself potty training. “Mommy, I go potty!’ she exclaimed enthusiastically. “Really?” I retorted back to her determined sweet face. What I wanted to say was, “No! You are only 2 years old – what’s the rush? We have a whole year Don’t misunderstand, I love my children. As far before we really have to drop the hammer on this as I am concerned, the $0 I earn for shaping issue! I like diapers – easy and fast, and changing and building self-esteem 16 hours a day is worth it is on my ‘schedule’ (ha!).” it. I mean, learning how to tie shoes is a major milestone for my then five-year-old, and when The next three months flashed in front of my she actually pulled the bunny ear through the eyes in one split second. Training pants, wet rabbit hole and secured it tightly, I thought I training pants, toilet paper pulled off the roll was going to have a heart attack from personal through the entire house. Unable to believe satisfaction. After my daughter and I did the that my youngest was embarking on this major happy dance around the kitchen, I turned journey moments after my oldest learned how around to give my colleague the ole’ thumbs to successfully tie her shoes made me wonder up. As I did a full rotation in my grey sweat suit, aloud if she was thumbing her nose at her big I realized once again, no secretary, no boss, not sister for learning to tie her shoes? Talk about even a janitor to high five. I realized it was just office politics! me: the secretary, the boss (in my own mind) and the janitor all wrapped up in one single unsexy I contemplated for a millisecond (in real people package (I noticed that day my gym socks were time that is 20 minutes) could my baby be stating too tight because my ankles were beginning to through action, “Bring It!” to her big sister? Are itch from the lack of circulation.) they really this advanced of a species at five and two years old? My heart raced, my hands felt “Oh well,” I said to myself with a little pat on clammy and I realized that there was only one my own back, “Keep on truckin’ – on to the thing for me to do while my girls non-verbally next adventure.” You know the old saying, “Be “squared off ” in the middle of “my office” (a.k.a. careful what you wish for?” Well, that day in the kitchen). I turned on the vacuum and began particular it was my 2-year-old who decided to sweep! energies into being a stay-at-home mom. As you well know, 24/7 job with little glamour, no fancy title and no budget for “off ice supplies.”

It is a well-known fact to my immediate and extended family, friends, neighbors— okay, anyone I’ve ever spent more than a minute with—that I love to vacuum my house. Since giving up my rewarding and satisfying career as a professional fundraiser in the not-for-prof it sector over a decade ago, I have channeled my considerable

You see, sweeping not only gives the white noise you need to block out the screaming going on in the background. It also provides a deep sense of satisfaction. What else can you do at home in 5 minutes, still watch your kids out of the corner of one eye, and not hear a word they say, (“What? Mommy can’t hear you. I’m sweeping!”) and have nobody paw at you for anything with the added satisfaction of clean magnificent lines in the carpet. That is, of course, until one of them runs through the room with apple juice dripping from a sippy cup. In all honesty, when I sweep (which is a lot) that is my time to think, pray and sometimes give myself a pep talk to get through the day. If sweeping is not your thing, find another outlet that has a beginning and an end to it (so that you actually accomplish something). It only has to take a few minutes to do, but gives you a sense of satisfaction in the midst of the chaos.

Mary Susan Buhner is a Life Coach for Moms and author of Mommy Magic: Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity. Visit her Web site at

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What’s Bugging My Teen? Top 5 Teen Troubles

It’s hard to believe that kids grow up so fast, but they do. As a teenager, an individual has new responsibilities, new opportunities, new privileges and new issues to cause concern. Naturally, during the teen years, youth—girls in particular—lack self-esteem for a number of reasons. As children age into the teen years, they become more aware. This allows them to be more perceptive to others, inevitably causing them to compare themselves to others their age. When teenagers are worried about how they are perceived by other people, it is common for them to be anxious about their popularity, friends and outward appearance. In an article posted on that analyzed the most troublesome issues for teens, Vanessa Van Patten reports that the top five teen concerns today are consecutively: relationships, abuse, sex, drugs and alcohol and suicide.

to worry about.” What a perfect answer. Relationships with boyfriends and girlfriends, parents, siblings and friends are all included in the concerns teens have about their interactions with others. Each of these relationships is unique in their own way. For example, the respect with which one particular teen may speak to their parents may not be present in a conversation between two friends— dynamics change. This newfound method of adaptation can be very difficult for teens to learn to maneuver.

Another startling concern is abuse. According to, one in 11 teens in high school report having been abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend. “Abuse among teenagers is steadily becoming a serious problem at the forefront of relationships,” says Jonathan G. Parents need to be able to detect abuse in their son or daughter’s relationship in order to stop it. These types of unhealthy relationships can present themselves in the form of any kind of physical harm, your teen’s partner attempting to control Kia W. says, “A reason that relationships different aspects of your child’s life, are number one on the list is because frequent humiliation or making your there are many different types of them teen feel unworthy and threatening to

harm your child if he or she were to leave the relationship.

the top five teen concerns today are consecutively: relationships, abuse, sex, drugs and alcohol and suicide

Thirdly is sex. It’s a touchy subject and one that often goes unbroached. With the bombardment of media and peers, to some teens it is completely justifiable. This issue goes hand in hand with peer pressure because many teens have sex simply to bring themselves social status ( Teen peer pressure should not be accepted, especially when it comes to sex. They need to know that they do not need to aspire to be like others, but embrace their own individual identity and to be themselves. If their peers are friends only because they are acting like them then they’re not really friends. This brings us to the fourth issue that teens worry about: drugs and alcohol, which are directly influenced by peer pressure. However, student Muriah D. believes that there is absolutely no reason to give into that pressure. In addition, while drugs and alcohol can seriously impair judgment, they also reduce inhibitions, which tend to be the reason behind teens being attracted to these substances.

According to, some reasons that teenagers engage in drug use are: they believe drugs give them the option to change their image and fit into cliques, provide them the confidence to do the things they would never do otherwise and relieve them of emotional pain. Research also suggests that teens whose parents are not actively involved in their lives are more likely to use drugs and alcohol than those whose parents are involved.

suicide. It is also important to pay close attention to someone who has recently experienced trauma or life crisis, such a loved one’s death. Ultimately, parents must be aware of who their children are spending time with and what impact those people have on them. In addition, providing teens with positive role models to follow will help steer them away from negative influences. Naturally, youth may experience periods of highs and lows, self-consciousness and awareness. The best help parents can provide is by being mindful, aware and involved. You are your child’s best role model.

The fifth and final concern—suicide. Intentions to commit suicide often cannot be detected. Many family members and friends are not aware of the seriousness of their loved one’s problems Ariana Gainer is a until it is too late. fifteen-year-old senior in reports that some behavior indicating high school. She lives in downtown Indianapolis intention to harm oneself are: excessive with her family. In her sadness or moodiness, sudden calmness, spare time, she enjoys withdrawal, changes in personality reading and writing. Ariana’s favorite and/or appearance, dangerous or self- authors are C.S. Lewis, Orson Scott harmful behavior, making preparations Card and Douglas Adams. for one’s own death and threatening


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1 REVIVE YOUR HAIR The harsh winter months can leave hair looking dull and f lat with all the wind, bitter cold air and indoor heat it’s exposed to. Give your hair a boost and help them shine with Wonderlust™ Hair Color Illuminating Tonic from internationally known colorist, Kelly Van Gogh. This rich hair tonic works to provide maximum shine to colortreated hair. Not only that, Wonderlust™ Hair Color Illuminating Tonic also works as a detangler, a leave-in conditioner and protects against UV rays to keep hair looking its very best. Available for $30 from www. 2 DRESS IT UP Quick, the kids have to be at school, you’re late for work and you don’t know what to wear. Instead of spending precious time trying to coordinate an outf it, just reach for a dress. This season dresses are everywhere and have never looked better! Pull on an easy knit dress for a chic and wrinkle-free look, or go for colorful print in a f loaty chiffon. Dresses have the allure of looking instantly put-together without being too fussy, and can help streamline your time spent getting dressed. Plus, the beauty of a simple day dress lies in its versatility. Here are a few tips for getting more mileage from a great dress:

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1. While the weather is still chilly add tights and boot, a simple cardigan or jacket, a belt and your favorite accessories. 2. When the temperatures begin to rise, swap your tights/ boots combo for bare legs and a pretty pair of sandals. (Make sure your feet are polished and presentable!) 3. Have fun with layers. Try layering a long sleeve tee under a short-sleeved dress, or a lace-trimmed tank under a wrap dress. Add a vest or a sweater wrap. Keep the look balanced and go with bulkier items if you’re wearing tights, or keep the look light if you’ll be sporting sandals. 4. Length matters! The best length dress for any woman is somewhere between the top and bottom of her kneecap. If you’re young and have fabulous legs, you can go a little shorter. If you want to go longer, avoid having the hemline stop at the widest point of your calf.

3 DOUBLE DUTY DYNAMO While hairstyling products made just for baby might be something you haven’t yet embraced, how about a hair gel that can work for both baby and mom? Le Baby hair gel is a gentle formula made to help tame your child’s f ly-aways and smooth frizzies. Created with no sulfates, parabens or harsh chemicals, Le Baby hair gel is hypoallergenic and perfect for baby’s sensitive skin. Plus, you can use it to freshen up your own look and leave hair looking healthy and shiny. Find it at LeBabyInc. com for $8..



4 a SOOTHING HUE Transport yourself to a tropical paradise just by adding a little Turquoise into your wardrobe. “In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.” Turquoise also happens to be f lattering on all skintones, and a wonderful way to add color to your wardrobe. Try it in the form of a necklace, a ring or gorgeous earrings. Clothing in this hue is a lovely way to freshen your wardrobe and welcome in spring. Ring from . 5 PUT THE LEAN IN cLEAN With as much cleaning as busy moms have to take care of around the house your workouts may just get squeezed out of your schedule, but now the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. With a wonderful multitasking program from cLeanMomma you can get a great workout while you get your house clean. For $14.95 you’ll receive a DVD along with an e-book that will help you create your own cLeaning bootcamp, a healthy meal plan created by a registered dietician, a food diary and other helpful information to assist you in being healthy and having a clean home! Get yours at



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Exercising with Children with Special Needs 30 Minutes Can Do a World of Good

We’ve all seen the studies and stories. Supposedly, each of us should be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

This can be as simple as taking walks together, or pushing the child in a stroller when you go for a walk or run – the added resistance will improve your workout and let them the kids be a part of it. Put an infant or toddler into a back harness when you go for a hike or work in the yard. And babies make great “weights� – lifting them up and down gives you a workout and, often, makes them giggle. They love the attention.

If you’re like me, every time you read one of those stories, you wonder what planet those researchers live on. Thirty minutes? Between getting the kids to and from school, shuttling them to appointments and making sure they get to participate in extracurricular activities – let alone trying to run a household – most of us would be delighted to get 30 seconds a day for exercise. Add to all of that the special activities associated with parenting a child with special needs, and it can be hard to image taking a breath, let alone going for a run.

Preschoolers love to imitate, and to be included. Rather than leaving them in the childcare room at the gym, why not work out at home? They’ll likely want to copy you as you workout to your favorite exercise DVD. Or simply put in an upbeat CD and dance for a half-hour. You’ll raise your heart rate, and they’ll simply think they’re playing.

But we do need exercise – and not just so we can look better in a swimsuit. The physical demands of parenting a child with special needs can be considerable, and they often require stamina, strength and general good health. But exercise isn’t only about physical fitness – it also about mental fitness. Working out has been shown to reduce stress, ease fatigue and even combat depression, all common challenges for parents of special needs kids

As kids grow up, you can be more overt about exercise: When they’re old enough to learn and follow rules, teach them sports. Get out the basketball and shoot some hoops, or play foursquare. Go for a family bike ride, walk the family pets together. Gather the neighborhood for a game of softball. as well. And, in this age of sedentary, obese children, that’s a dangerous message.

But there’s yet another reason that exercise is important for parents of special needs kids: they learn by watching you. If you don’t make exercise a priority, you’re sending the message to your children that they have more important things to do

Children with special needs often face disabilities and challenges that may impact their ability to engage in physical activity. So what is a parent to do? Get creative, and combine your parenting and exercise.

The bottom line is this: It’s time to stop trying to sneak in a little exercise around your family life; make exercise a part of your family life. You’ll be healthier and happier, and your special needs child will be, too. Diane Lamond is the Director of Residential Services at Damar Services, Inc.

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Can We Build It?™ Yes We Can!

Bob the Builder™ — Project: Build It Exhibit Returns to Indianapolis Can We Build It? Yes We Can! Get out your construction hats and f ire up your engines. Bob the Builder and his famous Can-Do Crew will return to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis beginning February 6.

A favor ite among many preschoolers, animated construction worker Bob the Builder and his machine team have been demonstrating the power of positive thinking, problem solving, teamwork and followthrough for the past decade on the popular PBS television series. In 2006, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and HIT Entertainment partnered to create a new exhibit called Bob the Builder™ — Project: Build It. This 2,000 -square-foot exhibit debuted at The Children’s Museum before embarking on a North American tour. Now, the exhibit returns to the museum to educate and entertain visitors as they help answer the question “Can we build it? ” Yes we can! The importance of being environmentally conscious becomes more than just a lesson in recycling in this interactive exhibit. Bob and his Can-Do Crew help your little ones have fun while exploring the three R’s — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle — and bring environmentally friendly building themes to life. Your preschooler will have fun joining together with Bob, Wendy and the Can-Do Crew, including Scoop,

Muck, Lofty, Roley, Dizzy, Benny and Scrambler, to build a house, plant a f lower garden and more. Encourage your child to practice creating and f ixing things with kid-smart activities that build can-do attitudes. Your family can work together to install new parts in sinks in Bob’s mobile home and building workshop; lay stones and build stalls in the team’s machine shelter; help Wendy refurbish and decorate her caravan and plant f lowers; and lear n about water conser vation, courtesy of exhibit presenter Delta Faucet Company, as you help bring water to Sunf lower Valley. You also can take a family photo with life-size three-dimensional characters Bob the Builder and Benny, the specialist digger. Bob and his crew are ready to tackle any project together. As the team hammers out the solutions that lead to a job well done, they demonstrate that, from start to f inish, The Fun Is in Getting It Done! Bob the Builder™ - Project: Build Itexhibit presented by Delta Faucet, produced by HIT Entertainment and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Jaclyn Falkenstein, public relations coordinator, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Open Feb. 6 ­— May 23, 2010! Visit The Children’s Museum online at for more interactive Bob the Builder fun!

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Harrison’s wife died during his last year in presidential off ice, so he returned to the home as a widower and later married his wife’s niece. If you go, tr y to arrive on the hour or half-hour so you can join one of the guided tours, which last about an hour. Visitors will see 10 rooms in the museum, including the third f loor ball room. The 2010 exhibit All Aboard! Making Tracks with the Presidential Train explores the ways in which Presidents have travelled by train. The Harrison family members were big fans of Abraham Lincoln. In fact, his wife liked the eagle so much on the Lincoln china that she used the same design on her china. Speaking of the 16th President of the United States, the Indiana State Museum is of fer ing t wo Abraham Lincoln exhibitions this year. Timedtickets are highly recommended to avoid lines. Both exhibits will open on Lincoln’s birthday, Februar y 12, 2010. This wil l be the on ly chance for some folks to see The Librar y of Congress’ With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition. It is only traveling to f ive U.S. cities. It includes the Bible upon which Lincoln and, President Obama took the oath of off ice; the contents of Lincoln’s pockets the night he was assassinated; plus documents and

You may know that President Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States. You may even know that he was Indiana’s only President. But you probably did not know that Ellis Island was opened or that the Pledge of Allegiance was written during Harrison’s presidency. You and your children can learn all about that during a tour of President Benjamin Harrison’s home. In fact, there are special school tours that are offered for various ages including Coming to America in which 3rd graders learn what it meant to be “processed” as an immigrant coming to the land of hope and freedom. Or, 1st and 2nd graders learn that a pledge is more than a bunch of words. They f ind out how it can be a plan for the future. Benjamin Harrison’s grandfather, William Henr y Harrison, was the f irst Governor of the Indiana Territor y and made treaties with the Shawnee Indians. So, 2nd and 3rd graders talk about Shawnee culture, learn their alphabet and make headbands to take home. Fifth graders discover that Benjamin Harrison V, great-grandfather of President Harrison, signed The Declaration of Independence. They pretend to be colonists and sign The Declaration of Independence with quill pens, which they take home as reminders of their visit.

Kids also discover what life may have been like before Wii and the TV with a visit to this Victorian Era home. There is special programming throughout the year that gives your family the chance to meet and speak with family members and household staff, whose roles are recreated by actors. President and Mrs. Harrison welcome visitors to their home. They talk about their lives both as Indianapolis residents and as White House residents, while their staff shares family secrets with guests. Except for the time he spent in the U.S. Senate and as president, Harrison, his wife Caroline, son Russel, and daughter Mar y lived in the home on Delaware Street. 16 INDY’S CHILD * FEBRUARY 2010

correspondence from his political career. The exhibit will only be in Indianapolis until April 11, 2010. The museum’s own With Char it y for A l l : The L incol n Financia l Foundation Collection will be open at the same time, and continue through July 25, 2010. It features items the museum and the Allen Count y Public Librar y received when the state was gifted the $20 million Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. It is reported to be one of the largest collections of Lincoln family memorabilia. A mong more than 30,000 items in the collection are signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment; Lincoln’s wallet and a chair he sat in for some of his most famous photographs. Kids in particular should f ind it amusing to learn about the antics of Lincoln’s children. There is even a small predecessor to Leapster, PlayStation Portable or PSP. It’s a theatre box Lincoln’s son Tad played. He used the images of cavalr y charges, artiller y duals, etc. that are contained on the paper scroll as backdrops for battles he staged with the toy soldiers.

are open to members and non-members alike. Because of its history and prestige— it’s 121 years old and listed on the National Register of Historic Places— The Columbia Club is the gracious host for distinguished visitors from political f igures to celebrities. It was established by supporters of Hoosier and 23rd President Benjamin Harrison and in keeping with its origin, ever y Republican president since Harrison has visited the Club as president or candidate. There are three restaurants and two lounges, a business center for guests and f itness center with pool in the beautiful Clubhouse. In addition, The Columbia Club features memorabilia from President Abraham

Lincoln’s family, including china and an eagle statue from his funeral procession. A f itting way to end your Presidential tour of Indy would be a tour of Crown Hill Cemetery. Crown Hill is the third largest cemetery in the country and is the burial site of several famous politicians including President Benjamin Harrison, 14 U.S. senators, 11 Indiana governors, 3 U.S. Vice Presidents, and 25 Indiana mayors. You can create your own factual scavenger hunt with the kids. For example, did you know that Fairbanks, Alaska was named after Charles Fairbanks – a gentleman who is buried there? Or, did you know that President Benjamin Harrison’s wife Caroline, was the f irst national President

Genera l of the newly for med DAR (Daughters of the Amer. Revolution) and that she ran out the many rats in the White House with a bunch of ferrets? That’s not on the monument; but, is interesting to note and a great conversation starter with the kids. Check the calendar of events at for the latest deals and things to do with your family.

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College can set a young adult on a life course in terms of career options, work experiences, friendships, and a mind ready to critically reflect on their world. It’s a tall order, and especially a lot to think about when the teen is only a sophomore or junior in high school. So choosing a college that is the best environment, perfect fit, or greatest intellectual challenge is a process that requires extra time, thought, and consideration on both the parents and student’s part.

Start Early As young as 14-year olds might seem, admissions counselors generally recommend that parents and children begin thinking about college as early as the freshman year. “Make sure you have a r igorous cur r iculum that’s going to prepare you for college,” says Ron Wilks, director of admissions for the University of Ind ianapol is. “Consistently tak ing those good solid prep courses throughout high school, or even an AP course,” can help with college preparedness, Wilks says. Purdue, for example, strongly encourages Indiana students to pursue the Academic Honors Diploma and requires four years of college-preparatory mathematics and other specific subject matter courses. Take advantage of family travel to visit college campuses of various types beginning in 9th and 10th grade. Also early on, students and parents can begin a running list of colleges or universities the student might be interested in. By junior year, that list can be refined with the aid of more serious research, such as browsing school Web sites, talking to recent graduates, or talking with other parents. Throughout this process, the parent’s role is best played as a guide or sounding board for the child, in order to help the entire search not become too overwhelming.

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“Parents can be too involved,” war ns Ja m ie Wat son, sen ior assistant director of admissions at Wabash College, “and that’s just the natural inclination for parents. They do that because they love their kids and want to do what’s best. It’s hard to back away,” says Watson. Well-time suggestions or advice can help steer the child in one direction or another, but ultimately, the college experience will belong to the student.

Dream Big The next step in thinking about potential colleges is to dream big. In looking at a list of a student’s top 20 schools, parents may also want to add parameters about distance from home, or price range.

“There has to be some realistic conversation to say ‘this is what we can afford, this is what we have in Teenagers can appear so old and yet so young at the same time. Once a baby, now mind,’ and the student has to look at colleges in that price range or look at colleges that offer scholarships,” Wilks says.

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schools have comprehensive web pages that provide facts such as majors offered, athletic programs, housing options, student to faculty ratio, or extracurricular activities. Other Web sites, such as or offer a quick overview of schools and basic facts, such as tuition rates, class size, or average SAT scores. As far as cost, one option in Indiana is to apply as early as 6th, 7th, or 8th grade for the 21st Century Scholars Program. In this program, students who qualify and fulf ill a pledge of good citizenship to the state can have their undergraduate education paid for, if they attend a public school in Indiana. Nothing beats free tuition! For more information visit

To do a search, they need to look at private, public, big and small, in and out of state, just to get an idea,” Watson says. “Of course, they’re just exploring, and there will be a lot of changes between then and when they make a decision.

Need help? College Goal Sunday makes the process of f inding f inancial aid a whole lot easier. You will receive free help from f inancial aid experts in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a $1000 scholarship will be given away at each of the 37 sites throughout the state. Students 25 and younger should bring their parent(s) or guardian(s) and their parent’s completed 2009 IRS tax return, W-2 forms or other 2009 income, asset and benef its information. This information will only be used to determine aid eligibility and in no way obligates anyone. Families in need of assistance from a Spanish interpreter or American Sign Language interpreter or other special needs may call to report which site they will attend so assistance will be available. For more information visit or call 1-800-992-2076. Another bit of strategy suggested by admission counselors is to stay organized throughout the search process. “Students will get an overwhelming amount of literature from colleges,” says Watson. Parents can help with organization by creating either a digital or physical folder containing printouts, brochures, or a list of links to schools of interest. Organization is key, as deadlines for admission, f inancial aid, or scholarships can pop up at any time and will vary among colleges.

Get out there By the junior year in high school, students should have their list narrowed down to six or seven options. The next step is to get out and visit. “To do a search, they need to look at private, public, big and small, in and out of state, just to get an idea,” Watson says. “Of course, they’re just exploring, and there will be a lot of changes between then and when they make a decision.” By junior year, however, students should at least have an idea of their must-haves or priorities for a school. Athletics, Greek life, a specif ic major, four-year graduation guarantee, intramurals, class sizes, internship or career connections, online course offerings or teaching styles may all be topics to ask about when visiting the campus. Also, when visiting, Watson says students should “always go to an academic class, and even if they don’t understand the level of what’s going on, they’ll notice engagement between faculty and students or notice how students interact at as they walk on campus.”

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Parents, as well, should have a list of must-know information to gather while on the college visit. Asking broad questions that gain descriptive information might glean more interesting tidbits rather than seeking specific facts or numbers. For example, parents may be interested to know what faculty-student relationships are like, how the college supports students in finding an internship, or how the school prepares students for graduate school. If visiting a campus simply isn’t an option, students and parents can attend college fairs and talk with representatives. Local colleges or high schools may host a college fair in the spring, or students can ask their high school guidance counselor if and when college representatives might visit their school. Students and parents can also visit campuses during the summer or spring break. Just remember that during summer, the campus is not in the full swing it will be come fall.

Alternatives Not every student wants or needs the traditional on-campus, four-year experience. For many students, both high school seniors and returning adult learners, options such as part-time, online, or night classes might be the best way to complete a degree. For example, those already involved in a career, busy parents, or who live far from campus might find it easier to earn a degree through an online program. “It allows you to work at your own pace,” says Maria Arocha, a mother who balances her childcare and school schedule with the help of online courses at Purdue University. “These classes are perfect for an adult student’s needs, when you need to stay at home and work,” she says. Another option for students not ready to leap into a four-year program is to start at the community college level, which is often less expensive, and courses are usually transferable to state universities.


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“Have a conversation with the student about ‘what do you want to get out of this, what’s important to you,’” Wilks advises. “You don’t want to be a parent who’s going to take over. Make it more collaborative in your approach,” he says. Pamela T. Horne, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions for Purdue University, encourages families to make this a fun process. “The college search process is both bittersweet and exciting for a family. There may be disappointments along the way and it is important that parents help students learn how to cope with them (it’s a good idea to keep your own disappointments to yourself !). There are opportunities for fun family road trips, intense conversations, and the recognition that your hard work, support and love for the past 18 years is paying off. It is a time of enormous transition for the student, but also the entire family as roles and day-to-day family life will inevitably change as a child leaves home. Coach, encourage, support, and challenge your child—but be clear that it you understand that it will be her college experience and you have every confidence in her ability to manage the process and the transition to college success.” Keri Schwab is a freelance writer and a doctoral student in the Dept. of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism at the University of Utah. She has experience working with youth and adults in a variety of educational settings including home-based early intervention, community afterschool programs and undergraduate college courses.

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Montessori Curriculum: Naturally Rooted in Science Is it just me, or is Montessori gaining momentum as a means for educating our children?

hile no hard and fast numbers exist, the American Montessori Society (AMS) says it is so. Membership at the AMS is at an all time high. Even the number of Montessori-based programs in public schools is growing. As this century-old method of education gains acceptance in Indiana, the United States and really the world, it may be wise for parents to learn about the science and practice of the Montessori method if for no other reason than to be aware of options in education and make informed choices about how our children are taught. 22 INDYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHILD * FEBRUARY 2010

A Scientific Method Montessori gets its name from Dr. Maria Montessori, who in 1896 became the f irst Italian woman to graduate from medical school in Rome. Clinical observations made during her work as a physician revealed that children learn and develop their personalities from engagement with their environment. In short, she noticed that children teach themselves. This observation remained consistent throughout her lifelong study of children around the world and inspired her pursuit of educational reform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maria Montessori was a scientist f irst and foremost. What she gave to us teachers and teacher educators is the idea that we teachers are also scientists. We approach the education and observation of children in a scientif ic way. Most of the assessment we do is right then and there,â&#x20AC;? says Gina Lofquist, the director of the Montessori Teacher Education Program and Lab School at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Montessori was also revolutionary in her work to involve as many of the senses as possible into any learning experience. Her method works to involve all f ive senses in all academic

subjects so kids learn in ways beyond the traditional acts of watching, listening and reading. This scientif ic and full sensorial approach is fundamental to a Montessori education and allows the teacher to align and then realign classroom materials to f low with the natural progression of the child’s own development.

The Montessori Environment Visitors to a Montessori classroom will notice immediately that it is not like a traditional setting. They will find no teacher lecturing at the head of the class. No bells are signaling it is time to move from one subject to another. There are no text books. The kids are in multi-age groupings. Each child is working on prepared materials of his choosing and are doing so for large blocks of time, typically three hours of uninterrupted work each day for younger children. Older children may schedule meetings with the teacher or peers as needed. Freedom within limits is how Robin Fowler, owner and lead teacher of Little Flower Montessori, explains it. “We respect children’s choices in terms of what they would like to work on. In traditional school settings, they will have 30 to 45 minutes per subject. If we see a child who is obviously working in math and enjoying it and totally immersed, we never stop that child after 30 or 45 minutes. They have the freedom to work as long as they like to work in that particular area on that particular skill. That is a great advantage,” she says. Montessori educators will say that it is this freedom that inspires children to work and learn. “When a child has free choice, and it can even be a perception of free choice where I say ‘Would you like to do this or this?’, and in their perception they are able to choose, the amount

of learning is so much higher,” says Elizabeth Williams, owner and teacher of The Montessori Learning Center. This independent, multi-age set up also keeps the child from being locked into one curriculum. If he is reading grade levels ahead, he can join the older kids in the class. If he needs to go back and revisit a lesson, then that opportunity is there too because the materials are all there for them to use. “It’s not you do what you want,” says Wil liams. “There is stil l a sequence and chronological order for the way th ing s a re i nt roduced. T hey come into an environment that is prepared for them. Env ironment is a big thing.”

Montessori educators will say that it is this freedom that inspires children to work and learn.

The prepared env i ron ment is key to successful execution of Montessori’s vision. The teacher must prepare and cont inua l ly adapt the environment to meet the child’s needs. The room and its materials should be purposefully arranged to allow for the child’s creative hands-on exploration and research. It must be ordered in a

way that will allow the child to feel connected to the environment. “The teacher carefully prepares the environment with many hands-on learning materials in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and Culture. The teacher then works with children individually or in small groups on lessons that are tailored to each child,” explains Jamie Sellhorn,


development such as his level of concentration, mastery of the material, social development and the like. And yes, social development is taken seriously as part of the Montessori philosophy. “In the Montessori classroom, each child has the freedom to work in the areas he is most interested in and to work alone or with friends. Social skills are developed as children learn to work cooperatively to maintain their classroom community. As Montessori teachers, we do a tremendous amount of modeling of appropriate social skills. Montessori has an entire curriculum focused on grace and courtesy and character development,” says Sellhorn. Margaret Higgs, principal of the 470-student IPS Rousseau McClellan School 91, says her students are “very social, very verbal. They think for themselves and we value that.” She emphasizes that the program fosters communication between kids and communication between children and adults. The kids are also performing well academically, with the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students scoring from 87 to about 98 percent passing the ISTEP.

In the While School 91 students are required to participate in state-mandated tests, Higgs does note that the teachers do not teach to the test. “We feel that the Montessori Montessori curriculum is further advanced than the traditional curriculum They are learning classification in kindergarten. We don’t use basal classroom, each child anyway. readers, we use trade books. Our kids are learning about the universe and planets and timelines and making solar systems and the distance between has the freedom to them in first and second grades.” work in the areas he is founder and director of education for the notfor-prof it Montessori Garden Academy. most interested in and Transitioning out of Montessori Most kids in Central Indiana who are exposed to a Montessori education will Sellhorn describes the teacher as a facilitator who to work alone or move into another academic setting at some point due to the lack of Montessori helps the child connect with the materials that will for older students. Some parents wonder if the change in methodology help him make his own discoveries. “Research has with friends.. willoptions be disruptive. shown that children internalize knowledge much better when they make the discovery on their own. As Montessori teachers, we try not to directly teach children facts. Instead, we inspire their curiosity by giving them the tools they need to learn about their world,” she says.

Emily Rudicel, directress and owner of Carmel Montessori School, feels that a Montessori education prepares them for their next academic environment and has seen the transition made successfully time and again.

The ability to successfully facilitate a child’s education comes through the teacher’s scientif ic observations of the child each day. The teacher takes detailed notes of the child’s

“It really prepares them to be able to handle that traditional setting. They are confident to ride the school bus. They have self control. They are able to sit at a chair and complete


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their work. They are able to deal with classes like art and Spanish. So I definitely think that Montessori really prepares them to go on to that next step should it be traditional environment [or otherwise]. They are able to transition.” In fact, that is a consistent finding among Montessori experts interviewed for this piece.

Is Montessori for your family? “Montessori is appropriate for all kids with the right circumstances,” says Vivian Cain, head of school for Maria Montessori International Academy, which offers schooling for infants through sixth graders. Montessori education is developed for every child. In fact it is uniquely suited to work for every child based on its individualized approach to the process of learning. Yet it is worth pointing out that some children may not be candidates for certain Montessori schools. Perhaps the school does not have the means to meet their special needs. Should a family be interested in pursuing a Montessori education, Cain says you simply cannot call and base a decision on price. She recommends parents visit the schools and look for a classroom that is calm and provides challenging work for the children. It is also important that the directors or lead teacher is Montessori certified and that the assistants are well informed about the method. Learn about ongoing education for teachers. Of course, look at the environment. It should be clean, beautiful and organized. “There is a real misunderstanding of Montessori in terms of who it’s for. I hear it’s just for gifted children or rich kids or granola kids but in reality its pedagogy is for every child. It wasn’t to delineate between income or brilliance. It was to meet each child where they are at. Honoring that child and helping in his development,” says Xavier’s Lofquish.

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Pediatrics Marilyn Bull, MD Sarah Stelzner, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology Howard Eigen, MD Young-Jee Kim, MD

Plastic Surgery John Coleman, MD Robert Havlik, MD William Sando, MD Rajiv Sood, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology Suzanne Bowyer, MD Pediatric Surgery Frederick Rescorla, MD

Psychiatry John Nurnberger Jr., MD Pulmonary Disease Michael Niemeier, MD

Radiation Oncology Thomas Dugan, MD Reproductive Endocrinology William Gentry, MD Sports Medicine Daniel Kraft, MD Surgery Robert Goulet Jr., MD Keith Lillemoe, MD A. Joseph Tector, MD Eric Wiebke, MD

Thoracic Surgery John Brown, MD Mark Turrentine, MD Urology Richard Foster, MD Michael Koch, MD Richard Rink, MD Vascular and Interventional Radiology Matthew Johnson, MD Vascular Surgery Michael Dalsing, MD

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Bad Grades, Grade Configuration & Amounts of Homework Your Questions of Teachers Answered

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other hand, we fully realize that some help from you might again to work independently. Gaining confidence in his ability to be absolutely essential in helping your son succeed in school. work independently should carry over to school.

My fifth-grader has never found school to be easy. In the past, he has kept his head above water because I have worked with him a lot. This year, my son’s teacher doesn’t want parents to help with homework. He can’t always handle it on his own, so I’ve had to explain some of the work to him.

Right now, your son is caught in the middle between you and the teacher. This is a bad place for him to be. You need to explain to the teacher why your son needs some explanation in order to do homework assignments. And she needs to explain why she doesn’t want you or other parents to help their children with homework.

New Types of Grade Configuration Has any research been done on the pros and cons of the instructional model where schools housing only grades K through 3 are paired with schools housing only grades 4 through 6? There is talk in our district of restructuring the schools in this manner. –Questioning

Unfortunately, you might not have an easy meeting with this teacher, as the teacher did not believe your note. You might wish to have another person present at this meeting so both you and the teacher can have a successful exchange of views and reach the best decision for your son. It is important to establish if your son needs extra help and who will provide it.

Answer:Traditional grade spans are changing. Some school districts are moving to having primary and intermediate schools. The most typical configuration appears to be K-3. You’ll also find K-2 and pre-k through 2 or 3. There is not a lot of research on the benefits of any of these primary/intermediate school configurations.

My son was so afraid that the teacher would think that I’m helping him with his homework that he asked me to write a note. The teacher did not believe the note. Why does she want to stop parents from helping their kids? —Frustrated Answer: The question always is: How much parental help with homework is appropriate? Apparently, this teacher thinks none — definitely not a typical answer. The teacher also seems to think that you are providing too much help. You, on the other hand, think your son needs the help you are giving.

Before you go and talk to the teacher about exactly what your role should be in helping your child, you need to be aware that there is such a thing as too much parental help with homework. It can rob children of learning how to learn on their own. It can make children feel stupid — incapable of doing the work. It can make children too dependent on parental help. An active teaching role for parents is most appropriate in the early grades for students experiencing difficulty. On the

Some of the pros for having separate primary and intermediate schools are: increased parental involvement, more collaboration between teachers, more teacher stability, having children attend neighborhood schools, and being able to design schools that match the needs for each age group. The biggest pro, however, is that primary schools can focus strongly on the development of the basic skills that the children will need for future success in school. When primary and intermediate schools are paired, the staffs can collaborate and build upon the curriculum at both schools. And Answer: The only way to know for sure whether there is a at times, costs are reduced through the sharing of administrators. significant problem is to talk to your child’s teacher. Good work habits are definitely important at every grade level. Find out what The primary reason for not having separate schools at this level is they increase the number of transitions students will have is being done at school to improve these habits. between schools. Researchers have found that such transitions can You can also help your child acquire better work habits at home. be stressful for students. Plus, one study found a significant loss Start each homework session for a while by having your child read in achievement during the transition year which wasn’t always the directions to you, study the examples, and then explain what made up. Another con to this school configuration is less needs to be done. This will help him learn how to get started on interaction between age groups. an assignment. Watch him do an item or two and then leave his side for him to work independently. If he asks for help, guide him Parents should send questions to: dearteacher@ or ask them on the columnists’ Web site at toward figuring out what needs to be done and then leave him

Significance of Negative Checkmarks on Report Cards My second-grade son’s recent report card had excellent grades. I was very pleased until I noticed all the negative checkmarks under “habits and attitudes.” Apparently he is doing unsatisfactorily in “works well independently,” “begins work on time” and “works neatly.” Should I be concerned? –Problem or Not

To reach their potential, gifted kids need a special kind of education that offers them: • active involvement in learning • movement through subjects at a fast pace • a curriculum that is broad, deep, and complex • differentiation - grouping by skill level and readiness, acceleration, and enrichment • a learning environment of peers

For nearly 25 years, Sycamore has offered kids in Central Indiana excellence in gifted programming.

Look to Sycamore check – the leader in Come ut! o us gifted Apply now for 2010-2011! education. Call us at 317-202-2519 for more information or to schedule a parent tour.

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Wee Folk Child Care

Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Indianapolis 317-926-3640 Ages: 4 weeks+

Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certified, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. $130/week. 7:15-5:30 M-F.


Shining Stars Home Childcare

4851 Rocky Knob Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46254 Erin Bonnell 317-222-6156 ebonnell@ shiningstarshomechildcare.c NOW ENROLLING!!

Shining Stars Home Child Care is now accepting applications for children, infants through school age. Licensed Home Child Care Provider with 10+ years of experience working with children: in child care settings and more recently as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am a part of Paths to Quality which assists child care centers in implementing educational requirements for young children. I am CPR/First aid certified, trained in Universal Precautions, as well as Safe Sleep Practices. Hours are 7 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Full time, Part time, Hourly and Before/After School rates available. CCDF is accepted. Please contact me for more

information, to answer any questions, and to request an application packet. Feel free to request a face-to-face meeting in order for us to get to know each other and to see where the children will be playing and learning. I look forward to helping your child shine!

SCHOOLS Brownsburg

Maria Montessori International Academy 431 E. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg, IN 317-852-3900 Ages: 12 months to 6 years

Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and are treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum, but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! Now accepting applications for all ages toddlers, Pre-K and Kindergarten.


Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Emily & Scott Rudicel 1402 W. Main St. Carmel, IN 317-580-0699 Ages: Pre-school through

Kindergarten. Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 10 years headteaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available.

Clay Montessori

Peggy White 463 East Main St. Carmel 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850 Ages: 3-6

Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Montessori). Morning, afternoon and full-day programs.

Gymboree Play & Music

12524 N. Gray Rd, Carmel, IN 46033 Phone: 317-574-9626

Gymboree offers unique Play & Learn, Music or Art events & parties. These events are lead by our professional teachers in our clean, creative and colorful environment. We can also bring the event to you with our mobile program. Ages birth - 5 years.

The Montessori Learning Center

Elizabeth Williams 1402 W. Main St. Carmel 317-846-8182 elizabeth@

Ages: Grades 1-3

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curriculum. Our program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards.

Primrose School at WestClay

13096 Moultrie Street 317-848-0123 Julie Bowman jbowman@ Ages/Grades: Our programs are offered to students ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age.

The Primrose School at WestClay is dedicated to providing outstanding educational care to students ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. Our curriculum is NCA accredited and offers many extras such as Spanish, technology, sign language, character development, music appreciation, art appreciation, science, social studies, reading, English, and math. Please call today to learn how more than 90% of Primrose students out performed the national average.

Carmel -Zionsville

Maria Montessori International Academy 4370 Weston Point Dr. Zionsville 317-769-2220 Ages: 3 months to 6 years old

Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and are treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum, but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for

themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. The lead teachers possess bachelor degree and certification in Montessori Education. Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! Now accepting applications for all ages starting 3 months to 6 years located in Stonegate, Zionsville, IN.


Trinity Lutheran School

8540 East 16th Street Amanda Hoover 317-529-0138 Ages/Grades: Pre-school for ages 3-5yrs & K-8th

Our school is a loving environment. Our main goal is to teach and show our children and families the love of Jesus! Faith-Compassion-Achievement! Our students strive academically and spiritually in a faith enriched enviroment.


Fishers Montessori

Peggy White 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd. Fishers 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850 Ages: 3-9

A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 9-12, 12:30-3, 9-3.


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Primrose School at Gray Eagle

Mindy Smith 12290 Olio Road (Olio Road between 116th street and 126th street) Fishers 317-577-9480 mindy@ Ages: Infants thru full day kindergarten. Before/ after care available.

At Primrose School at Gray Eagle we offer much more than a daycare experience. Our exclusive Balanced Learning curriculum prepares your

child for academic success while fully integrating character development - creating a well-rounded young individual. Our safe, secure environment will provide you with peace-of-mind, knowing that your child is safe, happy and growing everyday! Full Time: $220 - $320 per week depending on age. Visit for more information.

Street Indianapolis 317-823-7734 Ages: 2 year-Pre K (5 year) NOW ENROLLING! Children will discover their unique selves and learn about the world around them through exploring the visual arts, creative movement and music appreciation. 9-11:45 a.m. M-Fri; MWF 9-1:30pm.


Meridian St. My Backyard Fine Michigan Rd. Arts Preschool at Geist Sports Academy Maria Montessori International 11960 East 62nd Academy

READY FOR THE WORLD STAGE Give your child the foundation to succeed through the International School of Indiana’s unique multicultural, internationally acclaimed education program. Students of multiple nationalities, from 3 years to Grade 12, are taught by teachers from around the globe. The school’s diverse faculty and student body reflect positively on Indianapolis’ rich cultural diversity and vibrant economic landscape. The ISI Class of 2009 achieved a 96% pass rate on the International Baccalaureate Diploma exam.

VISIT OUR WINTER OPEN HOUSE: Pre-Elementary & Elementary (3 years to Grade 3)

Thursday, February 11, 2010 8:30 –11:30 am and 4:00–6:00 pm 200 W. 49th Street, Indianapolis Other grades may schedule a private tour.

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7507 N. Michigan Road Indianapolis 317-291-5557 Ages: 3 months to 9 years old Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and are treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum, but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. The lead teachers possess bachelor degree and certification in Montessori Education. Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! Now accepting applications for all ages starting 3 months to 6 years located in Stonegate, Zionsville, IN.

Multiple Locations

Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC

Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area For schools, see below. ICPC Line: 317-767-7596 Ages: Preschool classes for ages 2-5; other programs vary - Kindergarten, Stay & Play, Enrichment/ Extended Days.

Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Cooperative Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives (ICPC) member schools are: Apple House: 6121 E. County Rd 100 S, Avon, 797-5925 Butler: 2411 Indianapolis Ave, Indy, 226-4287 Downey: 111 S. Downey Rd, Indy, 359-5304 Edgewood: 4040 E. Thompson Rd, Indy, 767-7730 Fishers Point: 9959 E. 126th St, Fishers, 7674312 Geist Orchard: 7879 N. 700 West, McCordsville, 336-7008 Meridian Hills Nursery School and Kindergarten: 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indy, 255-0831 Meridian Street: 5500 N. Meridian St, Indy, 767-3003 Northeast Cooperative Preschool and Kindergarten: 5805 E. 56th St, Indy, 592-9790 Parkview: 4550 central Ave, Indy, 380-0628 Speedway: 3000 N. High School Rd, Indy, 356-2804 Willowcreek: 8170 Hague Rd, Indy, 578-5488

Polly Panda Preschool and Bridgford Kindergarten 2944 E. 56th St.., Indianapolis Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark 317-257-9127 pollypandaindy@ 17645 Oakmont Dr., Noblesville Mandy Galle

317-773-0387 Oakmontpollypanda@ Six weeks through Kindergarten, summer program also available. Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our themebased hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff.


Legacy Christian School

1687 N. 10th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060 Lana Thompson 317-776-4186 lthompson@ noblesvillechristianschool. Preschool - High School Noblesville Christian - Protestant/Other Preschool - 9th Grade Before/After School Care: Available Formerly Noblesville Christian School, we have been providing affordable Christian education in Hamilton County for more than ten years. Our new name reflects our constant focus:

re so urc e s inspiring and equipping students to forge a godly legacy in our world. State accredited, we combine excellence in academics with Christ-centered teaching. Our full-day Kindergarten is 25-66% less costly than other programs, with music, art, library, gym and music weekly. Join us in leaving a Legacy!!

Primrose School at Bridgewater

14711 N. Gray Road, Noblesville, IN 46062 317-848-0123 Julie Bowman jbowman@ Please call to schedule a tour and to get tuition information. We are open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. We take many exciting fieldtrips so please call to learn more specific details. Our programs are offered to students ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. Students in prekindergarten and kindergarten are required to wear school uniforms. Before/After School Care: We offer before and after school programs, including transportation, to students up to 12 years of age.

The Primrose School at Bridgewater is dedicated to providing outstanding educational care to students ages 6 weeks through 12 years of age. Our curriculum is NCA accredited and offers many extras such as Spanish, technology, sign language, character development, music appreciation, art appreciation, science, social studies, reading, English, and math. Please call today to learn how more than 90% of Primrose students out performed the national average.


Arthur M. Glick JCC 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 317-251-9467 Ages: 6 weeks - Grade K

Our loving caregivers and teachers demonstrate by example and encourage children to behave according to these values as the children are learning, playing and socializing with one another. The JCC embraces a learning-throughplay teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace.

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Joanie Waldman 317-259-6854

Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2’s+ (8:50 am to 12:30 pm or 3:00 pm and choice of days). 3’s+ (8:50 am to 3:00 pm and choice of days). 4’s+/PreK (3 or 5 day option)and Kindergarten (5 full-day program 8:50 am to 3:00 pm) OPTIONS FOR ALL: Flexible early drop off at 7:30. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love!

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool Christy Whaley 5500 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis 317-253-0472 Ages: Nursery School and Preschool

The Children’s Day In Nursery School is a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values. It is designed to offer children 9 months to 3 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced caregivers. Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. CDI Preschool program provides

a quality developmentally appropriate education for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Program includes weekly Christian Life Skills, First Steps in Music (ICC) and Book Club. 3’s: T & Th, 4/5’s MWF. 9-2:30 pm. Summer Camp available.

Children’s Circle of Second Presbyterian Church

7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Regina Covey for Registration; Director Susan Stewart for Curriculum 317-252-5517 Ages/Grades: 7 months to 5 years

Children’s Circle is a weekday, developmentally appropriate, activity-based Christian program. We meet the needs of the whole child in a fun, creative, nurturing environment. Here, children can develop the skills necessary to live in today’s world. Our experienced faculty leads children toward discovery of who they are and what they can do. We embrace excellence in education by nurturing the whole child -physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually.

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing John Drake or Kelly Belt 9111 N. Haverstick Rd. Indianapolis 317-575-6508 jdrake@


childcare & education directory Ages: 12mos - Pre-K 5’s Our Mothers Day Out (12-35mos) 9:15-2:30 and Preschool (3yrsPreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, a wide variety of learning materials, & friendships, with readiness activities woven through each study unit. Need longer hours? Try our childcare ministry, The Neighborhood designed for 2-PreK 6:30-6pm M-F. Call for information and to schedule tours.

Fairview Early Childhood Program Melissa Peterson 4609 N. Capital Ave. Indianapolis 317-253-4990 mpeterson@ Ages: 12 mo-5 yrs. (or up to Kindergarten)

Fairview ECP has a developmental, experienced based curriculum in a warm and inclusive environment. Curriculum is designed to promote positive social behavior, respect for diversity, positive self-concept, independence, creativity and critical thinking skills. Come and visit us!

The Independence Academy of Indiana, Inc. 612 West 42nd Street Ruth Padgett

317-926-0043 ruthpadgett@

Ages/Grades: Grades 5 - 12 Created specifically for students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, The Independence Academy helps students achieve their highest level of independence and academic success. Dedicated and trained staff teach math, sciences, language arts, global studies, social and life skills, and more. Very small classes. Beautiful campus. A place to belong.

International School of Indiana

Denise Wagner, CFRE 4330 N. Michigan Road Indianapolis 317-923-1951 ext. 316 Ages: 3 years old-12th grade

ISI is founded on the belief that an introduction to a second language, exposure to different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and an International Baccalaureate-driven curriculum all work together to foster critical and independent thought. $12,250 pre-k through 8th grade and $12,960 for High School. Financial aid available for qualifiers.

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School

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$48 - $233/month. Limited financial assistance available. Ages three through Kindergarten go on field trips periodically. Ages 2, 3, 4 and Kindergarten. Average class size: 14. Founded in 1960, Meridian Hills Cooperative School is dedicated to helping children, parents and teachers grow together. Classes provide a positive, nurturing environment for 2-year-olds through Kindergarten with a special emphasis on parent education. Parents help daily in the spacious classrooms, on a beautiful half-acre playground and with a caring, experienced staff.

Meridian Street Preschool Cooperative

5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 Ye Jin Wickesberg 317-767-3003 Monthly rates of $50 for 1 day, $70 for 2 day, $90 for 3 day plus supply fee and $45 registration fee. 9:30 - 11:30 Monday through Friday. Field Trips: At least 2 a year for children over 3. 2 through 5 years old. Extended day available once per week. Open House Dates:

January 14 and 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Be a part of your child’s first school experience! Our experienced teachers run the school along with parents. We use a play based curriculum with ageappropriate developmental goals that encourages independence, confidence, and social skills. Visit us during our Open House or call to schedule a tour

Montessori Centres Lynne Boone, Director 563 Westfield Blvd. W. Dr. Indianapolis 317-257-2224 montessoricentres@ Ages: 2 1/2-3rd grade

Stressing peace and respect for all, we’ve worked with children to develop critical-thinking and timemanagement skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 2 1/2-3rd grade. Our classroom structure and materials allow children to be selfdirected and self-paced. Our wellrounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, and computer labs. True Montessori environment serving children at all levels from gifted to special needs. Pre/K: 8:30-11:30 or 8:30-3:15.

Park Tudor School 7200 N. College Ave. David Amstutz 317-415-2777 Ages/Grades: Junior Kindergarten (ages

3-5) - Grade 12 Park Tudor School’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people. Two-year Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish beginning at age 3.

Parkview Cooperative Preschool

4550 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205 Marianne Lusk 317-921-7000 marianne_scott@ 2 days $65; 3 days $85 a month; Extended day $35 a month Ages 2/3, M&W 9:30-12; Ages 3/4 and 4/5 M, W & F 9:30-12; Extended day, Wednesday 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. Ages 2 to 5 years

Open House Dates: OPEN HOUSE February 24th, 2010, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Our little parent run school has been educating children since 1965. Children have hands on experiences in creative art projects, music, literature and large and small muscle activities all in a learn through play environment. Come to our Open

Riley Hospital for Children Needs Your Help! Riley Hospital for Children needs healthy full-term infants between 2 and 36 months of age to evaluate how the lung grows. The evaluation takes approximately 2-3 hours. You will be compensated for your time participating in the evaluation. If interested in obtaining more information, please call (317)274-3604.


House February 24th from 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. & play with us!

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs

100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Bobbi Main-Jackson, Dir. 317-844-3399 Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Available upon request Labor Day-Memorial Day 9am-1pm with Summer Programs available Preschool 3 yrs (by Sept 1 of school year)-5 yrs, Parents’ Day Out 10 mos (by Sept 1 of school year)-3 yrs Tours available upon request. Open registration for 2010-11 school year Feb. 8 @ 9:30 am

St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome. Community Registration for 2010-11 is Feb. 8@9:30 am

St. Richard’s School 33 E. 33rd Street,

Indianapolis, IN 46205 Melinda W. Fisher 317-926-0425 x134 mfisher@ Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: PK-Grade Four $13,115 Grades Five-Eight $13,715 2009 FA: $450,000 Early Childhood Open House: January 16, 2010 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. Middle School Open House: January 21, 2010 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Multiple field trips per grade level offered each year Age three (3) through Grade Eight Prefer student to be three years old prior to June 1st for Pre-Kindergarten. Before/After School Care: Before Care: 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. After Care: 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Independent Episcopal day school offering a community filled with academic rigor, faith based ecumenism and long-standing traditions. Its mission is to instill knowledge and values for a lifetime through the implementation of five Pillars for Success: Faith, Classic Curriculum, Leadership, Civic Responsibility, and Global Readiness. Pre-Kindergarten (3) through Grade 8.

Sycamore School 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Dr. Susan Karpicke,

Director of Admissions 317-202-2500 skarpicke@ 1/2 day programs range from $5,030 to $8010; Full-day PreK through 8th grade is $13,495 for 2009-2010. Financial assistance is available. Please contact dridings@ M -TH 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; F 8:15 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. Parent Tours: Please call 317-202-2519 to schedule a parent tour. 2 yrs. 8 mos. - 8th grade At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered.

The orchard school

Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions 615 W. 64th St. Indianapolis 317-713-5705 Ages: Preschool 3/4 through Grade 8

The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasized experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural

re so urc e s curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through wellrounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. Call to schedule a personal tour, and check our Web site for the date and time of our annual Open House. Applicants are selected without regard to their ability to pay tuition. Every effort is made to provide financial assistance where needed. Tuition is all-inclusive. Before/after care available.


Indianapolis Jr. Academy

Crystal Willis 2910 E. 62nd. St. Indianapolis 317-251-0560 Ages: Preschool - 8th Grade

Founded in 1963, Indianapolis Jr. Academy provides a well-rounded educational program with emphasis on spiritual, mental, physical, and social development. Our teachers are dedicated Christians who desire to prepare children academically and socially in an accepting environment where Christian principles are modeled and taught. Offering grades Pre-K-8th and 3’s Pre-School program M-Th 8:15-3, Fri 8:15-2:30 with before/after care. Admission is subject to review by School Board. We participate in the Educational

CHOICE Charitable Trust Program, call for rates.

WEE Care Preschool and Kindergarten

8901 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256 Sandi Carter 317-594-6968 weecare@ $145 per month for our 2 - 3 program; $205 for our PreKindergarten program; $215 for our Kindergarten program; $90 for Mom’s Day Out; $205 for 2 - 3 year olds with Mom’s Day Out 2 - 3 years meet Tues/Thurs from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; PreK and Kindergarten meet Tues/Thurs 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. AND Wed from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 6 months - 3 years can take advantage of Mom’s Day Out on Wed from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 6 months old (for Mom’ Day Out) through Kindergarten Early drop off is offered for an additional fee (ask for details) Open House Dates: OPEN HOUSE is February 9, 2010 12 p.m . - 2 p.m.

We are a Christian Preschool located inside Fall Creek Baptist Church on Fall Creek Road. We provide structure and guided activities to develop language, reading, writing and math skills appropriate to your child’s stage of development. Music,

Spanish and Motor Gym are also offered with the program. Call for your personal tour today! And...ask about our early registration discounts!


Bethel Nursery School

5252 W. 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254 Becky Forsythe 317-293-1555 rebecca.forsythe@ Before and after school care available.

We’ve provided high quality preschool for over 50 years. Among our many goals for education of young children is to provide experiences which help a child express himself creatively and to maintain an environment which stimulates and nurtures intellectual curiosity. One of the first NAEYC accredited preschools in the area. Registration for next year begins mid February.

International Montessori School, Inc.

2150 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Ranee Dhadialla 317-575-8733 Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Please call for more information 9 AM - 12 Noon or 9 AM - 3 PM with options

for 7-9 AM, 3-6 PM Field Trips: Yes 3 - 9 years Before/After School Care: Yes Open House Dates: January 9, 2010, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. A unique & warm place for children ages 3-9 years providing quality Montessori Education including exposure to diverse cultures, languages, art, music and more.


Carousel Day Service Ministry/ Barnes United Methodist Church

PO Box 781348, Indianapolis, IN 46278-1348 Victoria Keaton 317-946-5470 $25.00 Application Fee 6:am til 6:pm Field Trips: $7.50 thru $15.00/child Ages/Grades: 0 thru 13 Methodist Before/after school care available

Carousel Day Service Ministry is a registered child development facility. Our care and development focus includes children with Down Syndrome, autism, developmentally disabled, and mentally challenged. Our curriculum includes Spanish.


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The Children’s House

2404 W. 62nd St. (near Michigan Rd.), Indianapolis, IN 46268 Susan Catania or Mary Sexson 317-253-3033 childrenshouse08@ thechildrenshouseindianapolis. com Ages/Grades: 2 1/2 years - 14 years of age

The Children’s House offers a Montessori preschool. The four areas of our preschool are practical life, sensorial, math and language. The Montessori preschool is available on a nine or twelve month calendar. The elementary level is an ungraded, continuous-progress school where children discover and pursue their unique talents and needs. Each child is provided with an individual learning experience based on the assumption that children are naturally inquisitive and want to learn. The Children’s House has helped shape the lives of hundreds of Indianapolis Children since its founding under a Lilly Endowment grant in 1971.


Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield Mary Lyman, Directress 317-867-0158 montessoriwestfield@ Ages/Grades: Toddler15 months to 3 years;

Ages 3-Kindergarten; Elementary 1: Grade 1-3; Elementary 2: Grade 4-8

Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child.

Parenting Program First Years Family Center

P.O. Box 90315, Indianapolis, IN 46240 Peggy Meyer 317-201-6485 peg@

First Years brings you together with other parents who are going through the same ages and stages that you are experiencing with your child. Our discussion groups are as supportive as they are informative. We incorporate children with special needs into our current programs. We also provide you and your child with an enriched play environment free of those distractions you have at home.

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Technobaby *You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!* This isn’t your mother’s pregnancy experience. Today’s technology has infiltrated all aspects of conceiving a child from preparing your body for conception to post-term infant care.

What to expect when you see t he needle

Several tests take place during the f irst trimester. Your doctor will ask questions about past pregnancies, health and family history. Technology cannot replace the old-fashioned syringe when collecting blood from the mother the f irst trimester. These screenings determine if your pregnancy will be high-risk and find out the possibility of complications during pregnancy. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, blood tests will discover the blood type of the mother and Rh factor, signs of anemia, rubella and sexually transmitted diseases and set a baseline for glucose levels. Other tests include alpha-fetoprotein, ultrasound chorionic villus, sampling amniocentesis, fetal blood sampling, fetal movement counting, non-stress testing, biophysical prof ile and Doppler f low studies. A vast majority of women travel a fairly routine course. But, for some, there may be unexpected difficulties and challenges along the way with a high-risk pregnancy. Having a high-risk pregnancy means that a woman has a greater chance of complications because 34 INDY’S CHILD * FEBRUARY 2010

of conditions in her pregnancy, medical status or lifestyle or external factors. Many times, complications are unexpected and may occur without warning. Other times, there are certain risk factors that make problems more likely. “Prenatal testing is now done much earlier. In the past, the once Triple test, then Quad test was performed at 16 gestational weeks. These have changed to a First Trimester screening and completed at 10 weeks. This test combines blood testing with the trisomy screen for Down’s syndrome enabling physicians to diagnose much earlier,” said Dr. Frank Schubert, assistant clinical professor of maternal fetal medicine. While many complications are unavoidable, with the help of your physician, you can minimize your risks and work toward the healthiest pregnancy possible. Fortunately, advances in technology have helped improve the care of both mothers and unborn babies. Important ways to take the best care of you and your developing baby are to be as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant and get early and regular prenatal care during pregnancy.

Just for fun

At Castleton 4D Ultrasound parents and families can enjoy an elective prenatal Ultrasound session limited to a diagnostic scan to conf irm heartbeat, the number of babies in the pregnancy, the position of the baby and the placental location. This is for entertainment purposes only, with benef its for the father and extended family to better visualize the infant and begin bonding with the child. “What a rush it was to put a face, not to mention all of her other adorable parts, to this little life growing inside of me. And what an opportunity for my husband to further his experience thus far with our baby, to count her f ingers and toes, to watch as she turns and kicks and punches,” said Jessica S. a past client at Castleton 4D Ultrasound. It is recommended the examination be performed between 26 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. In 3D and 4D scanning the same t ype of intensity of Ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. Both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to radar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. “If we see anything abnormal we contact the client’s doctor and request additional ultrasounds. Honestly, in the four years we’ve been open we’ve not had to do this. We ask all our clients to have had their diagnostic ultrasound done already so any issues are already made known,” said Amy Nell, 4D specialist at Castleton 4D Ultrasound. “What is really special is when families, some groups up to 20 people, are all introduced to the baby the mother has been so intimate with. The father gets to see the infants face and watch her move and express herself.”

“Prenatal testing is now done much earlier. In the past, the once Triple test, then Quad test was performed at 16 gestational weeks. These have changed to a First Trimester screening and completed at 10 weeks. This test combines blood testing with the trisomy screen for Down’s syndrome enabling physicians to diagnose much earlier,” said Dr. Frank Schubert, assistant clinical professor of maternal fetal medicine.

At t he hospital

The day has come for delivery. You’ve journeyed with your trusted physician and nursing staff through tests, ultrasounds, education and emotion to experience this day together.

“There is not a lot of new technology in the delivery room. Blood pressure, oxygen saturation and heart monitoring continues as it has since the 1970’s. There have been advancements in communication devices enabling nurses and physicians to see information from their desks, off ices or be paged. It is still primarily skilled nurses and doctors that are there for a successful delivery,” said Dr. Schubert. “If a problem does occur during delivery there is enough help with communication devices to allow quicker reaction time for doctors to respond.” Generally speaking, technolog y cannot replace the care and skill of trained professionals who have seen and studied all delivery situations. There is peace and pureness during the aches and whirlwind of delivery as it continues to be preserved as originally created.

MANY SPECIALTIES. ONE MISSION. YOU. At Riverview, we have a proud tradition of delivering compassionate and innovative patient care for women through all stages of life, including pregnancy. We offer traditional gynecology and obstetrics services, and our spacious maternity center provides private rooms and all of the round-the-clock comforts of a 4-star hotel. It’s all part of our effort to practice cutting edge medicine with a caring and personal touch. To learn more, call the Riverview Medical Group at (317)565-0000 or: OB/Gyn Specialists of Indiana (317) 776.9400

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John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline lost a baby at 34 weeks. That baby today would go home and be fine. The technol ogy done since then with ventil at or s alone has saved lives. Our ventil ator strategy does different modalities with set tings set according to breathing needs...

Jacqueline lost a baby at 34 weeks. That baby today would go home and be f ine. The technolog y done since then with ventilators alone has saved lives. Our ventilator strateg y does different modalities with settings set according to breathing needs. For example, in the past a baby would be given one big breath; we could now give 200 smaller breaths according to her needs. It’s complicated to explain the physiological benef its of how important it is to keep the carbon monoxide levels, but technolog y has improved infant success rates because of ventilator strategies and use of surfactant for lung development,” said Hartman. Technolog y comes in many forms during prenatal testing, pregnancy screening, internal and external fetal monitoring to extensive advancements in neonatal intensive care; all of which are enabling more women to have children and for high-risk infants to have a higher survival rate.

Nikki Keever is a freelance writer living in Noblesville, Indiana with her husband and three children.

A spoonful of sugar

A hot topic for parents is medication dispensing, and rightfully so with recent news of overdosing and inaccurate medications being given to infants. Most hospitals have taken steps to make certain the safety of their patients with nofail technolog y. “The Pyxis System requires the nurse to enter the mother’s name and medication being dispensed guaranteeing the patient is getting the proper dosage and correct medication. Intravenous pumps have guardrails and parameters to ensure mediation and patient needs are accurate,” said Dr. Schubert. “Care Mobile is charting software used when nurses scan the patient’s barcode on their hospital bracelet matching them again with medication and medical information.”

Expect ing t he unexpected

NICU, neonatal intensive care unit, has been the area of greatest study and advancement in obstetrics in recent years. Denise Hartman, clinical director of the NICU at Community East Hospital, notes the changes in technolog y in recent years, “A lot of technolog y has changed with how we take care of NICU patients. The f ield of neonatalogy is the youngest f ield of study so advances have come a long way in a short time. Ever y year technolog y saves babies younger and improves survivorship.”


At Communit y East, private rooms have been constructed for each infant. Five years ago all the neonatal infants were 10 to 15 in a room three to four feet apart and were not family friendly. “Not only are the private rooms more accommodating for families, we know the environment plays a huge roll in developmental care of premature newborns. Providing a healing environment, sensitive to noise and light will reduce complications associated with premature babies like heart rate and lung development,” said Hartman.

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Safety Check-Up for Preventing Burns to Young Children 7 Easy Steps to Prevent Burns

Nationa l Bu r n Awa r eness Week is Febr uar y 1-7 and it presents a chance to sound the a lar m once again on the dangers of f ire and bur ns to ch i ldren, especia l ly our youngest ch i ldren. Bur ns to ch i ldren can be traumatic. Ch i ldren under the age of f ive are at h ighest r isk of bur n-related injur y simply because of who they are: cur ious, fearless and unaware of the consequences of their actions. Young ch i ldren need to be able to count on adu lts to protect them f rom har m and help keep them safe. Th ink about tak ing these steps at home and any where your ch i ld or ch i ldren f requent:

them to your child. Riley Hospital promotes the message of ‘Kids Scald Fast. Cool It First’ to help parents and care providers remember that when kids get burned, they will burn on more body surface area than adults (because of their size) and also because their skin is still growing and developing.

Consider installing gates to prevent young children from entering into the kitchen where there is a risk of getting burned. With the multiple tasks associated with meal preparation and kitchen clean-up, most parents are not able to provide the watchful supervision needed to assure that a child is safe in this area of the home.

Diligent supervision of young children at all times is probably the best prevention step you can take.

Bath time is a fun time for all little kids, but never lose sight of the importance of practicing tub safety. Run cool bath water f irst, followed by warm water gradually and test the water with your hand to assure a comfortable temperature. There are also safety products like bath tub thermometers that can help you gauge whether or not the water is too hot.

Why not celebrate the children you love? Not just with a Valentine or a special toy or treat, but with an everyday commitment to prevention – the kind that keeps the children you love from serious injuries, like burns and scalds. You can learn more about burn prevention and related safety products by contacting the Riley Safety Store at 317.274.6565 or by visiting

If young children do have access to the kitchen, consider installing safety products such as stove guards, oven locks and stove knob covers. Turn pot handles inward on the stove to prevent little hands from grabbing and pulling hot liquid or food onto them.

could easily climb onto a counter to get access to these products or dangerous hot appliances.

Lock up your matches, lighters and any f ire-setting products. Do not leave chairs, stools or boxes anywhere a child

Microwaves heat foods unevenly. Test liquids or food products yourself to make certain they have cooled before giving

This article was prepared by Karen Bruner Stroup, PhD, Director, Riley Hospital Community Education and Child Advocacy and Cara Fast, MSW, Safe Children Programs Manager and Manager of the Riley Safety Store.


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Getting in on the Act

Local Theatres Provide a Multitude of Options and Confidence for Kids People often ask Justin Wade, artistic director of Young Actors Theatre (YAT) in Indianapolis, if his kids ever “make it.” His response, “Yeah, they make it as doctors, lawyers, politicians, f iref ighters.”

To him, theater is a tool that can give kids conf idence in everyday life. He sees f irsthand that theater helps kids believe they have the capacity to start something and f inish it. To have the discipline to not just talk about it, but to do it and to do it with conf idence. So, yes, YAT kids do go on to make it. “I always say the only thing I guarantee is that if you make it from one end to another, you will grow as a person. Some lessons may be hard, some may be easy. I always have parents say they see change in their kids’ conf idence levels and how they deal with the outside world and with things at school,” Wade says. YAT’s mission is to create conf idence, creativity and discipline through theater. It’s open to kids in kindergarten through grade 12. The organization offers fall, spring and summer programs. Last fall, for instance, 140 kids enrolled at YAT representing 67 different schools. Gabi Ritter is a Monrovia sixth grader and YAT performer and devotee who speaks highly of not just the organization, but of theater itself. “Theater shows how you can express yourself in such an empowering way,” she says. About performing, “It’s the best feeling there is. It’s kind of like getting on a rol ler coaster. It’s just so exciting and sometimes you get that nervous feeling but you block it out. Once you’re on stage you let your instincts take charge,” she explains. At the time of the interview, Ritter was commuting into Indianapolis ever y Saturday to attend YAT sessions and expected that to increase to ever yday as she gets closer to her performance as the evil stepmother in Cinderella. “I love doing the performances. They are the best part of the entire thing. I love being onstage because of the lights and audience. It’s really exciting having ever ything there.” She says acting teaches you to be less shy and how to “get out there more.” She also says it teaches you discipline that allows you to use your own creativity in a way that is meaningful for other people. It’s clear her work also brings with it a level of empathy and understanding. Historically, she says, she tends to play evil characters. “I look at the character and try to f ind who they are and why they are doing this. Why are they evil? They are obviously evil for a reason.” That is one life lesson everyone should spend some time researching. YAT is a good program many kids seek, but certainly not the only act in town. Fishers boasts the The Artists’ Studio, which offers classes in drama, music and dance for kids and adults of all levels from beginner to professional. The Children’s Theatre Institute in Indianapolis is another known institution that uses theater as a means of inspiring and education young people. The Indianapolis Civic Theatre, also in the city, offers a Jr. Civic program designed to help kids tap into their creativity and self-expression through the world of theater. Asante Children’s Theater is still another program. Its mission is to preserve the tradition of African and African-American performing arts. Indy Dance Academy offers instruction for students as young as 1 ½ years old thru adult in classes such as Ballet, Ballet Core, Contemporary, Corps Barre, Dance Team Technique, Hip Hop, Jazz, Mommy & Me, Pilates, Tap, Tumbling, Yoga, Zumba and one of their most popular classes—Musical Theater. Musical Theater teaches students ages 6-18 the skills needed to become a triple threat on the stage. Students work on voice, acting and dancing while learning a variety of song and dance numbers from popular musicals. Regardless of the venue, theater should be part of a kid’s experience—whether acting onstage, working behind the scenes or watching others breathe life into a stage performance, theater can open up a whole new world of creativity, self expression and conf idence.

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Children’s Theatre Institute 7435 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240 James Leagre 317-251-5100

Live professional performances for children ages 3-8. PLUS a New Youth Repertory Theatre Company for ages 8 -14 to perform - learn the process of developing a full production through exploration of design, painting, building, and acting through weekend rehearsals for a play, culminating in 3 public performances. - a fulfilling journey through creativity while learning life skills.

Music Indianapolis Children’s Choir

4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208 Laura Neidig 317-940-8069 Music & Instrument Performance

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir provides music education, choral instruction and performance opportunities. Programs are geared for pre-school age children through high school. Choirs rehearse on the campus of Butler University, and several regional

Arts & Enrichment Guide choirs operate throughout central Indiana. For the auditioned choirs, a simple assessment of the child’s voice is required - no preparation needed!

Kindermusik by Musical Beginnings

606 S. Union Street, Westfield, IN 46074 Kim Bemis 317-867-3077 Music & Instrument Performance Locations in Hamilton, Boone & Northern Marion Counties

Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children, ages 0-7. You’ll play, listen and dance to music that will impact your child in profound ways. That’s because every song, story and two-step has a carefully chosen purpose in this creative curriculum - one that’s designed to stimulate and strengthen the vital neural wiring taking place in your child’s mind right now. A Kindermusik educator will guide you every step of the way so you know how each activity contributes to your child’s overall growth and development. You can learn more about Kindermusik classes by browsing our site or calling our office.


Dana Mannix Gymnastics Parties & Camps

9325 Uptown Drive, Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN 46256 Dana Mannix 317-863-0491

We offer pre-school, recreational, and competitive gymnastics. We also provide birthday parties and open gym times. Our mission is to enhance children physically, mentally and spiritually!

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2255 Fox Hill Drive, Indianapolis, In 46228 Betty Wright 317-251-3007 Dance Category - Other: Ballet, tap,hiphop, jazz and liturgical dance

Ballet, tap, hiphop, jazz, and liturgical dance. Professional staff, friendly atmosphere, competitive prices. Parents can observe classes from closed circuit TV. Ages 3 to adult welcome.

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Children and Headaches Adults Aren’t the Only Sufferers

Children can be sufferers, too.


Think migraines only affect adults? Think again. Migraines and headaches that are debilitating enough to affect daily activities can impact children of all ages. Headaches – which can have a wide range of causes and many levels of severity – are common in children. Before the age of eight, headaches tend to be more prevalent in boys than girls. Around puberty, prevalence is higher in girls because of the onset of hormonal changes. Five percent of all children and 10 percent of teenagers experience more severe, recurrent, migraine-like headaches. While many times a headache can just be a passing pain, there are times when it may be something more that requires medical attention. As a rule of thumb, most physicians encourage you to seek medical care if your child has headaches once (or more) a month, which don’t go away easily or are particularly painful. If headaches interfere with children’s activities on a frequent enough basis, then they should be evaluated. If they aren’t able to go to school or concentrate because of the pain, or if they can’t


participate in their extracurricular activities, they should see a doctor,” says Edward Zdobylak, M.D., a neurologist and medical director of the St.Vincent Headache Center. While Dr. Zdobylak has treated children as young as six, the majority of his younger patients are in middle school and high school. P ut t i n g t he pa i n i nto word s In general, children get the same types of headaches as adults. Symptoms are often described as a pounding, throbbing pain, or one that is dull or aching. Dizziness and stomachaches can accompany headaches, along with seeing spots or being sensitive to light, noise or smells. One difference, however, is how adults recount their symptoms compared to children. “We try to speak directly to children because they often describe things differently than their parents. We focus on listening to them so we can appropriately diagnose and treat their pain. We’ve even had children draw us pictures, which can be particularly helpful in understanding the level of intensity of their headaches,” Dr. Zdobylak explains.

Tuning into the triggers A number of factors may contribute to

headaches in your child. Lifestyle is one of the biggest contributors—skipping meals, eating unhealthily, drinking too much caffeine or becoming dehydrated, for example. Too little sleep or changes in sleeping patterns can also bring on headaches. Sitting in front of the computer or television for prolonged periods of time have been tied to headaches as well. In addition to lifestyle habits or changes, menstruation, hormone levels, certain medications and even weather patterns can trigger headaches.

Options available Dr. Zdobylak believes one of the biggest misnomers about headaches is the availability of treatment. “If a child is suffering from headaches that are interfering with their daily activities, we can help them,” he shares. The first step in diagnosing headaches and determining treatment is completing a medical history. Your doctor will want to know the following: Severity and frequency of headaches

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When they started What they feel like and where they hurt

Possible triggers

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Your child’s diet, habits and sleeping patterns Any stressors Medications and allergies Family history of headaches

To help identify the problem, doctors often ask the children or the parents to keep a headache diary to track some of these factors. Often times, the course of treatment is through prevention. “Sometimes, it’s a matter of making some lifestyle changes,” Dr. Zdobylak says. “We can also use techniques, such as relaxation or stress reducers, to help prevent headaches.” Supplements or medications also may be prescribed as a preventive measure, and/or to take when headaches occur. “There are lots of options. No one should have to live with headaches affecting their daily life,” he says. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Zdobylak at the St.Vincent Headache Center by calling (317) 582-8270.

alternative in a broader culture that still too often adheres to stricter def initions of what constitutes normative expression by boys and by girls.

Attributes of the Arts S e l f- e x pr e s s ion is a cor ner stone of healthy psycho-social development. When it is artif icially limited, children of all ages fail Arts Camps Encourage Expression to fully thrive. When it is accommodated or encouraged, it allows for experiences that shape any camps cater to a broad range identity and interaction with the world. Artist of aptitudes with gender and age boundaries and educator Debby Greenwood says, “Camp barely visible. In one area more than most, is a place and a time where kids can reinvent these factors mix in a creative whirlwind that themselves,” pointing to the satisfaction and produces some of the most ingenious, and uptick in self-esteem that many campers remarkably practical displays of young minds: experience when awareness of their own capabilities kicks in. the arts.

The ART of Camp


Art comes in many forms. Camp classics such as tie-dye, macramé and wooden name signs are pursued alongside advanced clay pottery classes, courses in digital photography, dance, cinema, creative writing and theater. Camp allows girls to carve sailing ships from blocks of wood and boys to throw pots at the wheel. Should this be surprising in the 21st century? Not to anyone involved in education. Nevertheless, it represents an important

Fourteen-year-old Adam, an art, pottery, and woodworking student at camp, says, “Art helps me to express myself because I can paint or draw or carve the feelings and thoughts in my mind onto paper, canvas, or wood. Pictures in my mind that can’t be said or explained can be talked about through my art. It makes me feel different and special.” And Brooke, eleven, explains, “I love to give, so I always make things for other people. It makes

me feel good about myself. If I am in a not-sogreat mood, expressing myself makes me feel better.”

willpower in other things, like sports. If I put my heart into it, I will succeed as long as I don’t give up.”

The Creative Side of Camping

The Art Alternative

In addition to advancing self-expression and self-esteem, there is research to suggest a broader benefit from the creative side of camping. In an article in The Boston Globe, professors Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland, co-authors of the book Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, offered up their own data documenting a series of “studio habits of mind” taught to children through visual arts classes, including persistence, observing, envisioning, innovating through exploration, and reflective self-evaluation. Winner and Hetland indicate, “For students living in a rapidly changing world, the arts teach vital modes of seeing, imagining, inventing, and thinking. … Those who have learned the lessons … are the ones likely to come up with novel answers needed most for the future.” Such “transferability” is often overlooked from a broader educational perspective. Seventeenyear-old Danny, a dancer at school, enjoys art, photo, and cinema at camp, pointing out that the skills he learns aren’t just “art” skills. “I learn to be a better listener by following the instruction,” he says, “and I have become more independent by creating my own projects.” Anna and Ben, thirteen, both point to woodworking as a place where they learn math skills. And Brooke says that art has taught her perseverance. “I never give up on a project, and that has taught me to use

Summer camp art programs also offer important activity alternatives for campers, providing opportunities to excel in less regimented ways. Debby Greenwood shares the story of her son Dan, who, she says, arrived at camp as a nonathletic nine-year-old only to discover art and acting, a career he is now pursuing at age twentythree. Our other artists have weighed in as well. Brooke: “Not everyone can do — or participate in — sports and other things camps commonly have, but almost everyone can do some form of art at any age. “ Ben: “I think that art adds a lot of diversity to activities. Part of the reason I sign up for art is because I don’t necessarily want to play sports all day.”

Got Art? For years, educators have bemoaned shrinking budgets. More recently, the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) fueled fears that rigid academic standards would increase shortfalls in art, music, and sciences. NCLBA does include the arts in its core academic subjects, however some say that NCLB has failed to address a growing art gap because of a lack of funding and inadequate time in the school day. Others highlight that the law does not require progress assessment in the arts as it does in other subjects such as reading and math.

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In response to rising concerns that cuts to arts programs and over-reliance on testing for English and math to rate a school’s performance will mean less emphasis on art, music, and other subjects, groups like Americans for the Arts are advocating for increased federal funding, better access to core academic subjects, improving data collection and research related to the arts in school, and increasing vehicles through which others can voice their support for arts education. Greenwood cites the trend toward limited arts education, saying, “There’s not enough room for the arts in even the best schools, given the competitive academic requirements. And that makes camp arts programs all the more important.” Or, as Anna says, “Having arts programs at camp is great because happiness is definitely one of the most important things in life.” Having happy campers is pretty important, too. Stephen Wallace, M.S. Ed., author

of the book Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex–What Parents Don’t Know and Teens Aren’t Telling, has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent counselor. He serves as director of counseling and counselor training at the Cape Cod Sea Camps, chairman and CEO of SADD, and adjunct professor of psychology at Mount Ida College. For more information about Stephen’s work, visit


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Beth-El Zedeck Presents: “The Dog Days of Summer” 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Joanie Waldman 317-259-6854 Co-ed Day Traditional Flexible hours/Call for brochure/Part-time available for all ages. Session 1: June 7 - July 2; Sesson 2: July 6 - July 30 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4 and 5 years + Cost: Call for full brochure. Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. Water play for 12 months +, 18 months + and 2+. Music/ Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4’s and 5’s. Our Summer Program recognizes that children learn through play. Play fosters total development and should be interwoven in everything

children do. During camp, children will experiment and explore by using all five senses. Our campers will thrive on creativity, exploration, discovery, spontaneity and lots of love. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Camp Cathedral 5225 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226 Bryan Banschbach , Camp Coordinator 317-542-1481 bbanschbach@ Co-ed Day Sports and Enrichment 7 am - 6 pm with early and late pick-up available Ages K - 12 Campers have the option to take a number of sport and enrichment programs throughout the summer -- everything from football and volleyball to theatre, music and art. Children of all ages can advance their interest in a particular discipline with specialized coaching and instruction,

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CALENDAR EVENTS Monday 1 Baby Social Time Babies 8 - 23 months are invited for an informal play gathering managed by attending parents. 10:30 a.m. Irvington Library. 5625 E. Washington St, Indianapolis. 317-275-4450.

Family Storytime at Eagle Families and children of all ages are invited for stories, activities and a craft. 6:30 p.m. Eagle Library. 3325 Lowry Rd, Indianapolis. 317-275-4340.

attractions: Eiteljorg, NCAA, Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum and White River Gardens. Visit Website for details. All Day. Discount Tuesday. See Website for details or call. White River State Park. 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. 800-665-9065.

For children in grades 3-5. It’s Groundhog Day! Come celebrate LKA style. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. or 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

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Baby Lap-Sit

Dr. David Walsh speaks at Park Tudor School

Open House Please join us for our Parent Information Open House. Public registration for the 2010/2011 school year is fast approaching. We’ll be offering tours of the school and answers to all of your questions. Join us on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 7pm. We are located at Castleton United Methodist Church, 7101 North Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis. For more information, please call 317-841-7491. 7pm. Free. Castleton United Methodist Nursery School. 7101 North Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis. 317-8497491.

Dr. David Walsh is one of the most sought-after speakers in American education. He is an award-winning psychologist, author of nine books and a regular guest on national radio and television. Parent of three, Dr. Walsh has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on parenting, family life and the impact of media on children’s health and development. He is the author of nine books, including his latest, “No: Why Kids of All Ages Need It and Ways Parents Can Say It” and “Why Do They Act That Way: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.” Copies of the book will be available for sale at the presentation. Reservations are not required but are appreciated to ensure adequate seating. Please RVSP to the school at 415-2700 or 7 p.m. Park Tudor. 7200 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis. 415-2700.

7 p.m. Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis. 317-917-2500.

Community Tuesday at White River State Park The first Tuesday of every month means discounts at all of your favorite

Children ages 8 and up and teens are invited to make a simple hat using the basic chain stitch and either single or double crochet stitch. The hat pattern, yarn and crochet hooks will be provided. There’ll be a follow-up Crochet Club meeting later in the month so they can practice their skills. Call 275-4450 to register. 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Irvington Library. 5625 E. Washington St, Indianapolis. 317-275-4450.

Target Free Family Night Celebrate African American heritage and achievements in history, science, art, and music with programs, performances, and activities. Sponsored generously by Target, the first Thursday of each month The Children’s Museum opens free of charge from 4 to 8 p.m. 4–8 p.m. The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis. (317) 334-3322.

Friday 5 NBA Indiana Pacers host Detroit Pistons 7 p.m. Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis. 317-917-2500.

Prairie Tykes: Gracious Groundhog Shake, Rattle, and Read

NBA Indiana Pacers host Toronto Raptors

Preschoolers and an adult are invited for stories and activities. 7:00 p.m. Glendale Library. 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis. 317-275-4410.

Knot-Heads Fiber Arts: How to Crochet Library Kids Adventures: It’s Groundhog Day!

Tuesday 2 Babies up to 18 months and an adult are invited for stories, songs and activities just right for babies. 10:15 a.m. Franklin Road Library. 5550 S. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis. 317-275-4380.

Evening Stories at Glendale

For children ages 19-36 months & their caregivers. Toddlers with a favorite adult will experience the discovery of books. Storytime includes 30 minutes of rhymes, fingerplays, and lots of wiggling, singing, dancing fun. This action-packed program encourages the child’s emerging language skills. 9:30-10:00 a.m., 10:30-11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

Thursday 4 Craft Classes

The Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department is offering craft classes for adults. The craft classes will be held at the Greenwood Community Center the first Thursday of every month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Please register one week in advance. Call 317-881-4545 to find out what craft is being offered each month and the cost. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Varies. Greenwood Parks and Recreation/ Greenwood Community Center. 100 Surina Way, Greenwood. www. 317-881-4545.

Gracious Groundhog Friday, February 5, 9:30-11 am or Friday, February 5, 12:30-2 pm Did the groundhog see his shadow? We will learn about this tradition and explore how groundhogs and other animals cope when it’s cold outside. Make shadow puppets and look for animal tracks. 9:30-11am or 12:30-2pm. $10/ youth ($9/member youth). Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. www.connerprairie. org/Learn -And - Do/Programs/Prairie -Tykes.aspx. 317.776.6006 or 800.966.1836.

First Friday Family Movie Night For ages 5-12; must be accompanied by an adult. 6-7:30pm. FREE. Washington Park. 3130 E. 30th St, Indianapolis. www. 317-327-PARK.

First Friday Evening at WonderLab Enjoy Indiana’s top 25 hands-on science museum at a discount price! General admission drops to just $3 per person after 5 pm, and WonderLab is open extended evening hours until 8:30 pm. Pizza and juice will be available on site to purchase. See INDYSCHILD.COM 45

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WonderLab’s website or FaceBook page for information on possible special activities. 5:00 - 8:30 pm. Members: Free | Non-Members: $3 per person. WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. 308 West Fourth Street, Bloomington. 812-337-1337 ext. 25.

Saturday 6 Fancy Nancy Fancy Party Dress up in your fanciest finery and come to this fanciest of parties. Party includes Fancy Nancy book readings, fancy crafts, fancy games and fancy refreshments. For ages 3-8. 11:00-12:30. $5.00. Mudsock Books & Curiosity Shoppe. 11631 Fishers Station Drive (116th & Allisonville-Marsh Plaza), Fishers. 317-579-9822.

Just Girls: From Fashion to Rocket Science This exciting, day-long event that provides a positive, interactive forum for girls and young women in grades 6-12 is back by popular demand! Just Girls will feature a fashion show and other scheduled presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Girls will have an opportunity to visit and buy from popular vendors (clothing, jewelry, hair products, etc.), visit with community organizations, and learn about volunteer opportunities. Food will be available for purchase throughout the day as well. Learn about: College/career opportunities, Cultural Arts, Fashion/Cosmetics, Etiquette, Abuse Awareness, Self-defense, Financial Education, Physical Fitness, Recreation, Volunteer Opportunities, and much more! Presented by the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation and sponsored by St. Vincent Children’s Hospital. 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ritz Charles. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel. www.carmel.

Levi Coffin and Madame C.J. Walker Celebrate Black History Month in The Children’s Museum Lilly Theater with vignettes exploring the lives of two historical legends who played a significant part in American history during the 1880s and 1900s. Meet Levi Coffin, the “president” of the Underground Railroad, and Madam C.J. Walker, an astute business woman and the first black female millionaire. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free with museum admission. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. www.childrensmuseum. org. (317) 334-3322.

ext. 250, or visit our website at 9am-4pm. Facility Member $45 Program Member $65. YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. 7900 Shelby Street, Indianapolis. (317) 881-9347.

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Library Kids Adventures: Movie Night

Greenwood La Leche League

For children in grades 3-5. Come play movie jeopardy and watch a short movie. 4:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

JCC Camp Registration Day JCC summer camps for ages 3-14 are discounted 15% this day only! The JCC offers a la carte camp. Registration is by the week so families can elect their own schedule and choose between traditional day camps, sports camps and art camps. JCC Camp Registration Day is fun for the entire family. There will be family activities, refreshments, entertainment and prizes! All camps (with the exception of Tennis) and summer childcare will be discounted this day only. 12:30–2:30 pm. Jewish Community Center. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis. (317) 251-9467.

Monday 8 Bookworms: Winter Olympics For children in grades 1 & 2. Bobsledding, figure skating, ski jumping – the Olympic Winter Games will soon begin. Come celebrate with us. Gold medals all around. 4:00-4:45 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

Preschool Storytime Storytime for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

Indiana Ice vs. Waterloo Black Hawks Admission: $15 & $9; Children 3-10 $13 & $7; Children 2 & under Free. Additional Information: - For more information, contact The Indiana Ice at (317) 925-4423 or visit www. 12:05pm. $15 & $9. Pepsi Coliseum. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. www. 317-927-7536.

Tuesday 9 A TROLL’S TALE, 3 Billy Goats Gruff story from the Troll’s point of view. A 30-minute professional production for ages 3-8. February 9-12 at 10am and Feb. 12 at 7pm. CTI Theatre lcoated at 7435 N. Keystone Ave. All tickets $6. 317/251-5100 or

Safe Sitter® Class Safe Sitter® is a nationally recognized instructional program. This medically accurate, hands-on class teaches boys and girls how to handle emergencies such as injury management and chocking rescue while caring for children. Learn the basics of childcare through games, activities and role plays. Course includes a kit with a manual, bag, etc. Be sure to bring a sack lunch. Contact Sara Noyed at 317-881-9347

Clay Public Library. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel. 317-571-4292.

Jeff Stone National Book Release Celebration Join us for the release of Dragon, the seventh and final book in the Five Ancestors Series! Book sales & signing – limited to first 50 people to arrive. Animal Kung Fu & martial arts tools demonstration. Program is free and registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 571-4292. 4:00 – 7.00 p.m. Carmel

NBA Indiana Pacers host Chicago Bulls 7 p.m. Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis. www.consecofieldhouse. com. 317-917-2500.

Jungle Tales Join us for nature-related stories, activities and crafts about a different topic each month. Registration required. Ages: 2-5 with adult. 10-11AM. $3. Garfield Park Conservatory. 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis. (317)327-7580.

Wednesday 10 Book Buddies Storytime for children ages 4 through Kindergarten with super stories and cool crafts. 4:00-4:45 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

Fishers Parks & Recreation: Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance Fathers and daughters are invited to join us for a special evening of fun and dancing. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures for an additional cost. Prizes and refreshments will round out the evening. Semi-formal dress. Tickets go fast so don’t delay! Sponsored by Fishers Parks & Recreation and The Mansion at Oak Hill. For girls 5-12 years old and their fathers. Min 200/Max 400. Aft er payment, tickets must be picked up at the Recreation Office. Web Registration NOT allowed for this event. Registration begins 12/8/09. 7:00–8:30 p.m. Resident: $8 per person; Non-Resident: $12 per person. The Mansion at Oak Hill. 5801 E 116th St, Carmel. 317.595.3150.

Fishers Parks and Recreation: Princess Party Celebrate with crafts, games, stories, songs, and a snack hosted by our fairy godmother. (Princesses, please come dressed in your royal attire). Registration ends 2/3. For children ages 4-6. 12:30-2:00pm. Resident: $16; NonResident: $24. Billericay Park Building. 12690

Pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children are invited to the Greenwood La Leche League monthly meeting Wednesday, October 14, at 9:30 a.m., held at the Methodist Medical Plaza, 8830 South Meridian Street (use Community Room entrance on the south side of the building). Discussion topics include the advantages of breastfeeding, the family and the breastfed baby, the art of breastfeeding and avoiding difficulties, and nutrition and weaning. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers with questions are encouraged to attend. La Leche League offers mother-to-mother support and information about breastfeeding. A lending library of books on childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting, and nutrition will be available. 9:30-11:00 a.m. Free. Methodist Medical Plaza, Community Room. 8830 South Meridian Street, Greenwood. (317) 784-8286.

Thursday 11 Toddler Storytime at Eagle Toddlers 18 - 36 months and an adult are invited for stories, songs and activities. 10:30 a.m. Eagle Library. 3325 Lowry Rd, Indianapolis. www. 317-275-4340.

Wii Game @ East 38th! Teens are invited for an hour-and-a-half of Wii gaming and snacks. Call 275-4350 to register. 6:00 p.m. East 38th Street Library. 5420 E. 38th St, Indianapolis. 317-275-4350.

Friday 12 Drop-In Color Page Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite crayons to color seasonal coloring sheets. During Library Hours. Glendale Library. 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis. www. 317-275-4410.

Exhibit Opening With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition / Library of Congress (Feb. 12 – April 11) exhibit opens With Charity for All: The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection (Feb. 12 – July 25) exhibit opens . Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. ism. 317-232-1637.

Parent/Child Valentine Dance Join us for our annual Parent/Child Valentines Dance at the Greenwood Community Center. The dance is Friday, February 12 from 6:30pm8:00pm. This special evening is a dressy event featuring dancing, refreshments and crafts. Pictures will be available to purchase for $5. Each child will recieve a goody bag. This is a FREE event. 6:30pm-8:00pm. FREE. Greenwood

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From Shakespeare with Love Using the Shakespeare sonnets as a springboard, From Shakespeare with Love explores love in all its many aspects. Just as the Bard’s words speak to us down the centuries and across the globe, this original creation of the Indiana Ballet Company’s Artistic Director, Alyona Yakovleva, reaches through history to weave together a timeless connection and expression of love through the universal language of dance. Utilizing diverse choreographic styles and musical selections, including live performance of period music and Shakespeare readings, From Shakespeare with Love will enchant lovers all: lovers of literature, dance, music and romance. 7:30 p.m. Fri & sat 2 p.m. Sat. $25, $20, $15. Athenaeum. 401 E. Michigan St, Indianapolis. 317630-4569.

Saturday 13 8th Annual Hendricks County Preschool & Family Fair A “one stop shop” where families are able to preview and gather information about local preschools, family-friendly businesses and services in our community. There will be a bounce house donated by Party Zone and entertainment for the family. MOMS Club is proud to donate 100% of the proceeds to non-profit organizations, many of which are based right here in Hendricks County. 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Free. Expo Hall at the north end of the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Center. 1900 East Main Street, Danville. www. 317-8388954.

Engineer’s Day Local engineers will be at the museum to show how engineering has contributed to our health, happiness, and safety. The event will highlight interesting facts about African American engineers. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free with museum admission. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. www.childrensmuseum. org. (317) 334-4000.

Ave, Indianapolis. 317275-4320.

For the Love of Lincoln Gala The Indiana State Museum welcomes home Abraham Lincoln with a festive evening of music and dancing. This fundraising gala will celebrate the opening of two exhibitions about our beloved 16th president. All proceeds will benefit the Indiana State Museum as it fosters and develops educational programming for school children across the State of Indiana. 6 p.m. $125 donation per ticket. Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. 317-232-1637.

Happy Birthday, Franklin Road! Join in the celebration of the library’s 10th birthday. From noon to 2 p.m., there will balloon animals created by George Flexman, crafts, refreshments, a birthday card to sign, and drawings for giveaways from area businesses. Stick around at 2 p.m. for a presentation by Silly Safaris! Support is provided by Franklin Road Subway, Southport Road Chick-fil-a, Brown Bunz Tanning Salon, Franklin Road Super Cuts, and Donatos. 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Franklin Road Library. 5550 S. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis. 317275-4380.

Indiana Caledonia Pipe Band – Live! Enjoy the traditional sounds of the highlands as pipers and drummers prepare for competition by performing. Each band member wears their own kilt using their “clan” or family tartan. 10 a.m. – noon. Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. ism. 317-232-1637.

Royal Family Valentine Join The Children’s Museum at the second annual Royal Family Valentine! Come dressed as your favorite heroes and heroines, and spend Valentine’s together as a family. Enjoy dinner, dancing and character appearances. The entire museum will be open for you to explore! Tickets are $25 for member youth, $35 for member adult, $35 for nonmember youth and $45 for nonmember adult. Visit the Member Events page at to order online, or call (317) 334-4000. 6-9 p.m. $25/ member youth, $35/member adult, $35/ nonmember youth, $45/non. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. www.childrensmuseum. org. (317) 334-3322.

Family Splash! Families with children of all ages are invited for stories, songs, crafts and activities to help develop their love of reading. 2:00 p.m. College Avenue Library. 4180 N. College

Junior Gardener Club Children ages 6-12 are invited to enjoy a fun-filled time in the Children’s Garden. There will be a different topic each



ONgoing EVENTS energetic stage version of the 1984 hit movie musical. After moving to a puritanical town, Ren is compelled Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, February 12, 2010 to shake things up by planning a senior prom for his Through Sunday, February 14, 2010. Drag City USA: classmates even though the local minister has forbidden featuring- Don Garlits’ Swamp Rat III, IV and VIII Don dancing. With an Oscar and Tony-nominated top Prudhomme’s 1970 Wynn’s Winder Connie Kalitta’s 40 score, Footloose has the heart and music to get 1967 Bounty Hunter Pinstriper Panel Jam & Auction everybody on their feet. Original stage adaptation - Benefits Youth Diabetes Foundation of Indiana by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, music by Tom Knoxville Speedway Sprint Car Simulator - possible Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, additional music by grand prize for best time set over the weekend Back in Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim time- Motorama 1962 revisited Gauge Magazine Life Steinman. On stage through March 21. Beef & Boards Style Section- featuring Euro Customs, Spot Compacts, Dinner Theatre. 9301 N. Michigan Rd, Indianapolis. Tuners and Mini Truck GUEST APPEARANCES: 317-872-9664. Rich Franklin UFC Super Star Saturday Only: 1:004:00 & 7:00-9:00pm.Various Times. General Admission Indy Winter Classic Dog Show $14, children $5. Indiana State Fairgrounds. 1202 E. Occurring Daily Beginning Thursday, February 11, 38th St., Indianapolis. 3172010 Through Sunday, February 14, 2010. For more 927-7500. information, contact Kevin Allen at (317) 508-8129 or visit Indiana State Boat, Sport, & Travel Show Fairgrounds. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. www. Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, February 19, 2010 317-927-7500. Through Sunday, February 28, 2010. Indiana State Fairgrounds. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. www. THE 88th ANNUAL INDIANAPOLIS 317-927-7500.

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Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, January 29, 2010 Through Sunday, February 07, 2010. The Indianapolis Occurring Every Sun,Thu, Fri & Sat Beginning Friday, Home Show is the nation’s oldest and the Midwest’s January 22, 2010 Through Sunday, February 07, 2010. largest home-focused extravaganza with more than A lot can happen in a single night. A tawdry nightclub 900 exhibits. Now in its 88th year, the Indianapolis singer can discover domesticity, a brash rancher can Home Show offers thousands of products, decorating, soften his touch, a drunken poetry-spouting lecher construction and remodeling ideas for visitors to gather can regain his dignity and even the most solitary and and compare.The Indianapolis Home Show is produced forlorn can find romance in a tiny Midwestern roadside by Marketplace Events, which produces 27 consumer diner populated with a busload of weary travelers in the home shows in 18 markets across North America middle of a blizzard. Thu. 7pm, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. that collectively attract 14,000 exhibitors, 1 million 2pm. $21 (Thu.) and $28 (Fri.-Sun.). Indianapolis Civic attendees and nearly another 1 million unique Web Theatre. 3200 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis. www. visitors annually. Coupons for $3 off adult admission, 317-924-6770. good Monday through Thursday ONLY, are available at participating Central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets. Check out the Indianapolis Home Show Web site at Community Tuesday at and get $3 off. White River State Park Occurring on the first Tuesday of each Month Through $12 – Adult $5 – Children ages 6-12 FREE – Children Tuesday, November 30, 2010. The first Tuesday of 5 an. Indiana State Fairgrounds. 1202 E. 38th St., every month means discounts at all of your favorite Indianapolis. 317-927-7500. attractions: Eiteljorg, NCAA, Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum and White River Gardens. Visit Website The Foreigner for details. All Day. Discount Tuesday. See Website Occurring Daily Through Sunday, February 07, 2010. for details or call. White River State Park. 801 W. No secret is safe once The Foreigner opens the season Washington St., Indianapolis. www.inwhiteriver. on Jan. 6. Painfully shy, Charlie just wants to be left alone org. 800-665-9065. when he vacations at a rural fishing lodge. He pretends not to understand English – which makes him an ideal confidant to the others there. Charlie learns secrets and Curious George Live! Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, February 05, 2010 scandals by the score, resulting in a hilarious climax Through Sunday, February 07, 2010. Starring in his in this winner of two Outer Critics Circle Awards. own original live musical stage production for the first Written by Larry Shue, The Foreigner is the first of time ever, Curious George is on a mission to help Chef five new productions in 2010 and is on stage through Pisghetti save his restaurant by winning a world-famous Feb. 7.Various Times. $35 to $58. Beef & Boards Dinner meatball competition. This adventure takes him to Theatre. 9301 N. Michigan Rd, Indianapolis. www. Rome and The Golden Meatball Contest. With every 317-872-9664. swing and flip, George takes the audience through a Trader’s Point Creamery fun-filled, entertaining story filled with music, dance Weekend Fun and follow-that-monkey fun. Parents and grandparents who grew up with Curious George will enjoy it just Occurring Every Sun & Sat Beginning Saturday, as much as the kids. $13, $18 & $28. Murat Theatre. January 23, 2010 Through Saturday, March 06, 2010. 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. www.livenation. Join us for our new Family Sunday Brunch. The adults will love our Brunch entrees which include a Farm com/murat. 317-632-7469. Scramble, Eggs Benedict, Tortilla Egg Stack, Mimosas and more. Sunday Brunch: 9-12pm; Sat Buffet: Footloose Occurring Daily Beginning Thursday, February 11, 9-11:30am; Sat Lunch: 12-3; Market 9-12pm. Traders 2010 Through Sunday, March 21, 2010. Bursting onto Point Creamery. 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville. www. the stage with a youthful spirit Feb. 11 is Footloose, an 317-733-1700.

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month. Registration required. 11am-12pm. Free. Garfield Park Conservatory. 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis. www. 317327-7580.

Soap Box Derby Building Clinic The Indianapolis Soap Box Derby Association will be holding a building clinic for both new and experienced Soap Box Derby racers. There will be Soap Box Derby race cars on display and experts to answer questions about how to get into the Derby and how to make your car go fast. You can get in the cars and see how you like driving the race car. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Krannert Park. 605 S. High School Rd, Indianapolis. www.indygov. org/eGov/City/DPR/Parks/ List/Krannert+Park. htm. 317-3277375.

Family Traditions With Freetown Village Families are invited to join presenters from Freetown Village in exploring how families celebrate traditions and create new ones. More information on Freetown Village can be found at 2:00 p.m. Nora Library. 8625 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis. 317-275-4470.

Monday 15 Bookworms: Year of the Tiger What do the moon, good luck, and the coming spring have in common? Chinese New Year celebrations! Fun awaits, so don’t miss out. 4:00-4:45 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

President’s Day at the Benjamin Harrison Home

Sunday 14 ”Romance and Remembrance” A romantic evening of Victorian love letters, poetry and readings at the Harrison Home, followed by dinner at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. 6:00 p.m. $130 per couple; $120 for members. President Benjamin Harrison Home. 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis. 317.631.1888.

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Family Fun! Concert Family Fun concert geared towards children of all ages. 3:00PM. Westfield High School (Westfield, IN 46074). 18250 North Union Street, Westfield. www.carmelsymphony. org. 317-844-9717.

Family Fun! The Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents, Family Fun!, an interactive concert geared toward children of all ages on Sunday, February 14, 3:00 p.m. at Westfield High School. The Family Fun! concert is a unique opportunity that no other regional orchestra offers. The unusual format, designed specifically with children in mind, allows families to enjoy quality, classical music together in a relaxed environment. During portions of the performance, children are invited to sit on stage with the musicians to get an up-close look at a symphony performance. Following the concert, children can participate in a Musical Petting Zoo, allowing them (and adults) to actually play the instruments they have just heard. Tickets can be purchased by calling 317.844.9717. 3:00 p.m. Westfield High School. 18250 N. Union St., Westfield. 317-867-6800. 48 INDY’S CHILD * FEBRUARY 2010

The President’s Theatre presents “LIVE from Delaware St.” during tours. Visit the President Benjamin Harrison Home and hear the conversations and gossip of the day as you enter each room and meet and speak with family members and household staff, whose roles are recreated by exceptional actors. President’s Day also marks the opening of the 2010 exhibit “All Aboard! Making Tracks with the Presidential Train.” This exhibit explores how presidents have traveled by train, and includes hundreds of gifts given to Benjamin Harrison during his 1891 train trip. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Adults $9; children (ages 5 to 17) $4. Benjamin Harrison Home. 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis. www. 317.631.1888.

Presidents’ Day Celebration: PlayFit Presidential Fitness Day In celebration of America’s leaders, The Children’s Museum will present a free admission day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover Indiana’s Presidential heritage and celebrate healthy living with fun family activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. (317) 334-4000.

Visit Camp Half Blood For students in grades 3-8. (No school because it’s Presidents’ Day.) Join us at Camp Half Blood to celebrate the release of The Lightning Thief movie with activities, games, and crafts. Drop by the Program Room at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Camp Half Blood character. Admission is free, and no registration is required. 1:00-4:00 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Program Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

Tuesday 16 Family Game Night at Fountain Square Families are invited to play a variety of board games with their children. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Fountain Square Library. 1066 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis. 317-275-4390.

For children in grades 3-5. It’s everything yucky and gross. 4:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

cerebral palsy (CP) is about 1 in 278 children. This neurological disorder will be the highlighted topic for a free assistive technology workshop. Sponsored by the INDATA Project, this quarterly workshop will take place Friday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Easter Seals Crossroads, 4740 Kingsway Drive, 5th Floor Conference Room, in Indianapolis. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Easter Seals Crossroads. 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis.


Winter Carnival

The Ronen Chamber Ensemble’s third concert, MOZART AND THE MODERNS take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Wood Room of the Hilbert Circle Theatre (45 Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis). Works of the 20th Century (by G. Ligeti) and the 21st Century (by Katherine Hoover) will open this concert which features music for winds. Individual concert tickets are $20 general admission, $15 senior citizens and $10 students and American Federation of Musicians members. For tickets or information call RCE at (317) 8469334 or visit 7:30 pm. $20. Hilbert Circle Theatre. 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis.

Over 20 carnival games and activities, refreshments, raffles, and a silent auction. 6-9 pm. Thompson Crossing Elementary School. 7525 E Thompson Road, Indianapolis.

Library Kids Adventures: Yuck Fest

Wednesday 17 Ice vs. Youngtown Phantoms 7 p.m. Pepsi Coliseum. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. 317-927-7536.

Thursday 18 Baby Building Blocks Babies up to 23 months and an adult are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. 11 a.m. InfoZone Library Branch. 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis. 317-275-4430.

Ready Readers: Frog and Toad Are Friends Children who are beginning to read are invited for a “Frog and Toad Are Friends” story, along with crafts, games and other activities that focus on phonics and other literacy skills. 10:15 a.m. Franklin Road Library. 5550 S. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis. 317-275-4380.

Youth Night: Un-Valentine Celebration Young people ages 10 - 19 are invited for an UnValentine’s Day celebration with cranky crafts, grumpy treats and seriously fun games. 6:00 p.m. College Avenue Library. 4180 N. College Ave, Indianapolis. 317-275-4320.

Friday 19 Deaf is Beautiful Original works of experiencing deaf literary art. Silent Auction, Dessert & Wine Show. 6:00 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at door. The Garrison. 5830 N. Post Road, Indianapolis.

Free Assistive Technology Workshop on Cerebral Palsy A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the average prevalence of

Saturday 20 American Girl Club Children ages 7 - 13 are invited to bring their favorite dolls and tell stories, create projects and learn about their dolls. 11 a.m. Wayne Library. 198 S. Girls School Rd, Indianapolis. www.imcpl. org. 317-275-4530.

7th Annual Indiana Art Fair Looking for ways to find color during the often blah winter months? Don’t miss the annual Indiana Art Fair, now in its seventh year. The event features the best artists Indiana has to offer and this year there will be even more to see. As in years past, guests are able to enjoy the museum while shopping for their next fine art or craft purchase in the warmth of the indoors. Overall, guests can enjoy the work and artistry of over 93 local artists. Not only will you be supporting local artists, but you’ll also support your Indiana State Museum, with proceeds supporting both public and school programs. Contributing Sponsor is Indiana Artisan, with additional support from Indiana Office of Tourism. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. 317232-1637.

Sunday 21 College Goal Sunday I N D I A N APO L I S – J a n u a r y 7, 2010–The Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA) will hold its 21st annual College Goal SundaySM on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2 p.m. The event provides free information and assistance to Indiana families filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and will be held at seven Indianapolis locations, as well as 30 other locations throughout the state. For more information, visit www.CollegeGoalSunday. org. 2 p.m. Ivy Tech Community College. 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Dr., Indianapolis.

Monday 22 Mother-Daughter Book Club Join our book club for girls in grades 4 and 5 and their mothers. We will be meeting to discuss Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Giff and INDYSCHILD.COM 48

re so urc e s enjoy some special treats. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, January 26, either online, in person, or by calling 844-3363. Space is limited, so register early. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel. 317-844-3363.

Friday 26 Boat, Sport, & Travel Show Indiana State Fairgrounds. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. 317-927-7500.

Singsation 2010 The hottest choirs celebrate Black History Month combining edgy with traditional gospel music. 6:00 p.m. Madame Walker Theatre. 617 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis. 317-236-2099.

Tuesday 23 Family Fun Night Families are invited for Wii gaming, board games, Karaoke and fun crafts. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Decatur Library. 5301 Kentucky Ave, Indianapolis. www. 317-275-4330.

Tales for Twos at Irvington Toddlers 2 years old and an adult are invited for stories and activities. 10:30 a.m. Irvington Library. 5625 E. Washington St, Indianapolis. 317-275-4450.

Wednesday 24 Fishers Parks & Recreation Program Partner: TRU Original Family Collage-Session 1 Create a treasure that treasures your family! Hand paint and design a unique 11”x14” canvas collage that uses your own photos and keepsakes. All other supplies are included. These mixed media workshops are a great introduction to collage art and offer a fun environment to expand and nurture creativity in anyone, no matter what the level of experience. For ages 13 & up. Min 5/ Max 12. Registration ends one week prior to class. 1 Park Drive, Fishers. (317)595-3155.

Stitch & Snack If you enjoy knitting and chatting about books, join us for our drop-in knitting program. This program is for children in grades 3-6. Please bring your own knitting or crocheting projects and supplies. This program is for kids who already know how to do the basic knit or crochet stitch. Registration is not required. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel.

Thursday 25 NBA Indiana Pacers host Milwaukee Bucks 7 p.m. Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis. www.consecofieldhouse. com. 317-917-2500.

Public Ice Skating Stop by the Pepsi Coliseum for two hours of skating fun. 2:30 - 4:30. $4; Under 13 $3; $2 figure skate rental or $3 hockey skate renta. Indiana State Fairgrounds. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. 317-927-7500.

Footloose Bursting onto the stage with a youthful spirit Feb. 11 is Footloose, an energetic stage version of the 1984 hit movie musical. After moving to a puritanical town, Ren is compelled to shake things up by planning a senior prom for his classmates even though the local minister has forbidden dancing. With an Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, Footloose has the heart and music to get everybody on their feet. Original stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. On stage through March 21. Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. 9301 N. Michigan Rd, Indianapolis. http://www. 317-872-9664.

Saturday 27 ”Something New, Something Used” Rummage Sale and Boutique Please join us for our CUMNS KIDS “Something New, Something Used” Rummage Sale and Boutique on Saturday, February 27, 2009 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Our rummage sale will feature children’s items and an assortment of household goods. Our boutique will feature approximately 30-35 vendors with a variety of products. CUMNS KIDS is a non-profit daycare ministry at the corner of 71st and Shadeland Avenue serving approximate 200 families. We are raising money for our school and are providing an opportunity for families to have a fun-filled day of shopping. 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Free. Castleton United Methodist Church. 7160 Shadeland Station, Indianapolis. www.castletonumc. com. 317-849-2947.

Black History Month–A Celebration of Art Immerse yourself in African American music, literature, and visual art with displays and performances by talented artists. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis. www. (317) 334-3322.

Indy’s Child Summer Camp Fair The lazy days of summer don’t have to be so lazy. The Indy’s Child Summer Camp Fair can help you find just the right summer camp for your children. Camps have topics like art, science, nature and more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. www. 317-232-1637.

Life Laughs With Words Book Club Tweens ages 10 - 13 are invited to discuss their favorite books over snacks. The book to be discussed is “Schooled” by Gordon Korman. A hippie craft and snack will be provided. 2:00 p.m. Fountain Square Library. 1066 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis. 317-275-4390.

Maple Syrup for Families Come to Ritchey Woods to discover where maple syrup comes from. Join the nature staff as we hike in search of the perfect tree, taste some sap, talk about the history of maple syrup, and end back at the campfire where the sap is being turned into syrup. Min 18/Max 30. Pre-registration is required and ends one week prior to program. (fee per participant ages 3 years and up. No charge for children under 3.) . 3:00-4:00pm. Residents: $4; Non-Resident: $6. Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. 10410 Hague Rd, Fishers. www. 317-595-3150.

Plants that Bite Back! Can plants really bite? Come learn about carnivorous plants and other unique plants found in the Conservatory. See live examples and make a craft to take home. Registration required. Ages: 7-14 . 1:30-2:30PM. $3. Garfield Park Conservatory. 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis. www.garfieldgardensconservatory. org. (317)327-7580.

Scrapbooking Extravaganza Join us at the Greenwood Community Center on Saturday, February 27th for a day of uninterrupted scrapbooking. Bring all your supplies and catch up on all your scrapbooks. Learn new tips and share ideas. If you are new to scrapbooking, there is a basic scrapbooking lesson at 8:15am. Cost includes: basic scrapbooking lesson, a door prize worth $10 for anyone that signs up before Feb. 6, snacks, beverages, and lunch (pizza, salad and breadsticks). 8am-4pm on February 27, 2010. $25/Greenwood residents, $28/Non-residents. Greenwood Community Center. 100 Surina Way, Greenwood. 317-881-4545.

Yack and Snack Book Club Children ages 8 - 12 are invited to discuss their favorite books over snacks generously provided by



the IMCPL Foundation. The book to be discussed is “Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis. 2:00 p.m. Wayne Library. 198 S. Girls School Rd, Indianapolis. www. 317-275-4530.

Zumba for the Cure Where: Lifetime Fitness 8705 Castle Creek Parkway East Drive Indianapolis, In 46250 (317) 5959700 When: Saturday, February 27, 2010 Time: 10:00 am - It will be a 90 minute class - Please arrive 30 to 45 minutes early to register, because Zumba will start promptly at 10:00 am. Cost: $10.00 per participant - all proceeds will be split between Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Seven in Seven for Parkinson’s Research. Additional donations will be accepted. We can only accept cash or check, “No Credit Cards”. Additional Information: Let’s join together to raise money for these causes and at the same time, have fun doing Zumba. If you have a Zumba T-shirt, please wear it on that date. If you have any questions, you can contact Cesar Acosta at (317) 507-4924 or by email at . 10:00 am - 11:30 am. $10.00 each. Lifetime Fitness. 8705 Castle Creek Parkway East Drive, Indianapolis. 317-507-4924.

Moms and More Meeting at Center for Inquiry Snacks, conversation, light exercise, and reflection. Children are welcome with volunteers available to care for children while mothers converse. 1011:30am. Free. Center for Inquiry. 350 Canal Walk, Suite A, Indianapolis. 317-654-8684.

Girls Night Out Massage, Hand Treatments, Foot Treatments, Chair Massage, Facial Massage, Brow Wax, Food & Fun. Bring a friend and come hang with the girls . 6-9PM. Choose 3 services for $30. Eden’s Pathway. 5496 Emerson Way, Indianapolis. www.edenspathway. com. 317.205.9377.

Sunday 28 2010 ESU National Shakespeare Competition Adults and children ages 10 and up are invited to hear sonnets or monologues from one of Shakespeare’s plays performed by high school students. This competition, presented by the Indianapolis Branch of the English-Speaking Union, is the next step toward possible national advancement that includes acting workshops in New York, competing at Lincoln Center, and a full-tuition scholarship for summer study in the United Kingdom. This program will be held in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library. 2:00 p.m. Central Library. 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis. 317-275-4100.








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