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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
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://www.aahperd.org/nagws/programs/ngwsd/ for more information)
Billie Jean King, Professional Tennis
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Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Ski Racer
Mary Lou Retton, Olympic Gymnast
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Danica Patrick, IndyCar Driver
Tamika Catchings, Professional Basketball
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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 www.iwinfoundation.org 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.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 – www.lullabelly.com/benefits.html 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 www.MommyMagic.com.
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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 radicalparenting.com 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 kidshealth.com, 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 (WebMD.com). 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 timetoact.drugfree.com, 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. Clevelandclinic.org 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. KellyVanGogh.com. 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 SabidoBasteris.com . 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 www.cLeanmomma.com.
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Mary Michele Little is a Style Expert, Image Consultant and mother of 2 who lives in Raleigh. She is also the author of Mama’s Little Helpers: bite-sized beauty and style tips for busy moms. Read more from her at www.onechicmama.com.
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Exercising with Children with Special Needs 30 Minutes Can Do a World of Good
Weâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€œweightsâ€? â€“ lifting them up and down gives you a workout and, often, makes them giggle. They love the attention.
If youâ€™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 â€“ let alone trying to run a household â€“ 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? Theyâ€™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. Youâ€™ll raise your heart rate, and theyâ€™ll simply think theyâ€™re playing.
But we do need exercise â€“ 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 isnâ€™t only about physical fitness â€“ 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 theyâ€™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, thatâ€™s a dangerous message.
But thereâ€™s yet another reason that exercise is important for parents of special needs kids: they learn by watching you. If you donâ€™t make exercise a priority, youâ€™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: Itâ€™s time to stop trying to sneak in a little exercise around your family life; make exercise a part of your family life. Youâ€™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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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
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Open Feb. 6 — May 23, 2010! Visit The Children’s Museum online at www.childrensmuseum.org for more interactive Bob the Builder fun!
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Presidential Pathway Through Indianapolis Educational Tours to Celebrate our Presidents
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 www.visitindy.com for the latest deals and things to do with your family.
Kimberly Harms has four children (5 - 24) along with a grandchild and is the associate director of media relations at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. www.visitindy.com
You might even consider spending the night where many heads of state have stayed. The Columbia Club, located downtown on Monument Circle, is a private club; however, its guest rooms
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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.
an adolescent, not quite an adult - but by the junior year of high school, parents and their teens are usually contemplating where the child should spend the next four years of their young life.
With a list in hand, parents and teens can find out basic information through Internet research, as most INDYSCHILD.COM 19
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 www.collegeboard.com or www.Petersons.com 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 www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm.
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 www.collegegoalsunday.org 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.”
Harrison College has graduated—and helped place—thousands of students. With three schools of study and more than 30 career-focused programs in some of the economy’s fastest growing fields, a successful career could be yours for the taking.
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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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