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t doesn’t matter whether you’re six or sixty-six, vided with a Montessori/Cathechesis philosophy. Ages everyone likes to have fun in the summer! We’ve dedi2–12 yrs old. Tutoring, language, math, science, geogracated this special summer issue to helping you find some phy, history, practical life, sensorial, art, piano, music, great fun in Kansas City. These ideas are really about French, Cathechesis of The Good helping your family create great Shepherd, lesson and classroom family memories. You will find furniture rental, seminars, assist a list of local businesses spewith estabcializing in making your lishing new summer fesprograms. tive and fun. Hands-on There are learning ideas for helps chilbirthday pardren develop ties, sports social skills, leagues, respect, emodance, acting, tional awareness and music, bargain independence. Conhunting and even edutact: 816-587-1615 or cational opportunities. www.cmpro gram.org There are wonderful  Creative World ideas for infants to School. Summer proadults—something for grams include Sumeveryone! So read on mer Adventurers taiand decide how you are lored for preschool going to finish making age children and our this the best summer Summer Camp for ever! school age children.  Blue Valley Soccer They explore excitClub. Overland Park, ing themes through Ks. They are a 501c (3) arts and crafts, non-profit organization music and drama, dedicated to providing science and nature soccer programming for and organized youth players in and games. They will around the Kansas City take exciting speMetro area. Offering cial interest field trips in on Washington, uv Sh by on ati str Illu y, MO recreational and competiaddition to regular weekly Age 8, Kansas Cit tive team programming, summer trips that include: swimming, bowling, skating, camps, Future STARS and academy programming. putt-putt golf and much more. Experienced staff allows Contact: www.bvsoccer.org or 913-685-2872 See ad parents to work without worry. Located in Indepenon page 16. dence, Liberty, and Lee’s Summit. Contact the school nearest you for fees.  Building Blocks CDC. Lenexa, Ks. Private Preschool, Pre-K and Childcare. Preschool and pre Dave’s Gymnastics Factory. Lee’s Summit, Mo. kindergarten programs concentrate on social, emotional, DGF Summer Day Camp is for children ages 5–11. and self-help skills, while incorporating pre-academic Each day allows the children 2 swim times in a heated skills to prepare children for kindergarten. Classrooms pool, play time in the gym, arts & crafts, outdoor and are equipped with cameras which can be monitored from indoor play. Swim class instruction, gymnastics, and the office and a one-way mirror for parents to observe. tumbling classes are available. Children are always Contact: www.buildingblockscdc.com or 913-888-7244 supervised. Space is limited, so call early. Contact: 816See ad on page 3. 525-5650  Covenant Montessori Programs. Parkville, Mo.  EDGE Gymnastics, Tumbling & Cheerleading. They offer year around special classes/services, all pro(Summer fun continued on page 13.)

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Various Racing Ideas: 1) Running backwards race. Run backwards to the finish line, then turn around and run backwards back to tag the next racer. 2) Somersault race. Somersault to the finish line, and then run back to tag the next racer. 3) Dress-up race. Take a bag containing a hat and gloves to the finish line, open the bag, put on the clothes, take them back off, put them in the bag, and run back to tag the next player and hand off the bag. 4) Crawling race. Crawl on all fours to the finish line, then turn around and run back. 5) Hopping race. Hop on one leg (or two for younger players) to the finish line, then hop or run back.

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Here are some easy and fun things you can have your child do this summer to keep skills from diminishing: 1. Read 30 minutes each day. This is a must to keep those reading skills from slipping. Find a time that suits your family. Read as a family, or set a time aside for your child to read. But do it! Check out www.bookadventure.org for reading lists appropriate for your child. 2. Keep a diary or journal. Writing is often neglected during the summer. This is a non-threatening way to get your child to write. Private, of course. 3. Make an album of your summer. Once a week, have your child draw a picture on the top half of a piece of paper and write a paragraph on lines on the bottom half. At the end of the summer, put a cover on the pages and you have a special memento of the summer!

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✸ When I was expecting my son, I explained to my 3-year-old daughter that there was a new baby coming, and she was going to be a big sister. She asked, “Do you mean he’s going to eat and sleep here?” I replied,“Yes.” She pondered this for a moment and said,“Well okay, but we had better tell Daddy.” ~ Submitted by Cindy Sampson

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Tips For Improving Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Comedy Corner! ✎ It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in rats. ✎ The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

t Let your child know every day that you love them and feel they are special for who they are, not for how they look or what theyaccomplish. t While “You’re great” is valuable, specific compliments about their decisions or choices gives them a greater feeling of pride. t Encourage children to say what they like about themselves and others. Learning to like themselves and to compliment others gives them a positive outlook on the world. t Judging statements are hurtful to a child. Name-calling and negative labels are destructive to a child’s self-image. t Help your children become self-sufficient so they grow up feeling competent and proud. Teaching them how to deal with a lot of different situations creates self-reliant youngsters who feel capable and valued. t Complimenting a child in front of others makes the child shine. t Let your children know they are unique and special. t Have reasonable expectations based on your child’s capabilities. Children’s self-esteem cannot thrive when they feel frustrated about not measuring up to unrealistic expectations. t Adults should never talk negatively about children in their presence. Children will believe these negative statements about themselves and this is damaging to their self-worth. Never hesitate to apologize for negative statements you may make while tired or frustrated. Learning to apologize for a mistake will be a good example for your children. They will be more likely to apologize for their errors when they see the adults in their lives do the same. t A child whose self-esteem is low is less likely to be involved in problem-solving. t Believe in your child’s ability to succeed and express this belief to the child; success fuels and is fueled by high self-esteem.

✎ Change is inevitable—except from a vending machine. ✎ I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges. ✎ Diplomacy is saying, “Nice doggy”, until you find a rock.

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“The Illusion Of Compliance” Parent’s night out

Part 2 of 2 • Featuring the ‘get-away-with’ principle by Calvin & Carolyn Richert

Frequently we hear a parent gratefully remark, “My kids have been so ‘good’ recently.” To which I always want to ask, “And how many ‘good’ kids have you known who eventually selfdestruct?” You see, compliance can be a cruel illusion. Yes, the easy-to-manage child may seem compliant now, but at what cost? Think of this: to our knowledge, none of the youth who have in recent years turned guns on their schools have a record of violence. Rather, they have usualCalvin & Carolyn Richert ly been quiet, to themselves, and Authors of The Think Space generally compliant. Indeed, in those cases, compliance was an illusion. For, while the child complies with the directives of dominant adults, a complicated web of inner conflict can develop. Conflicts that, unexpressed or undiffused, eventually play out in inappropriate ways. Not that every compliant child is a festering pot of resentment and anger. Rather, be aware of management styles and techniques that can be dangerous, both to children and to the adults in their lives. So, what techniques tend to blow up in the faces of parents and other adult care providers? While a complete list is obviously impossible in a short article, here is one of the most common – but usually overlooked – offenders: • Learned helplessness: The practice of overriding choices offered to children, leading to a condition of temporary or permanent helplessness. It happens so subtly. • - A child is asked if he needs to go to bed. After all, he is fussy and obviously tired. The child says ‘no’. But, the parent knows he needs it and takes him anyway. • - The point is this: even if you seem to ‘get away with’ that kind of mistake now, it can come back to bite you in the future! • - Better to have simply told the child, “In five minutes I’ll be taking you to bed,” without the question. In other words, if you have already decided what the child must do, just say it in a respectful way and quietly follow through. • - Bottom line: if you give a child a choice, honor the choice he makes. In so doing, you will avoid the growth of resentment that can eventually lead to anger and other dangerous outcomes in the future.

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Clover Jewelry

Try using two clothes hampers - one for dark clothes and one for whites. You will save a lot of time when it comes to sorting your laundry.

Pick some long-stemmed white clovers and make a small slit at the end of the stem with your fingernail. Thread the next stem through that hole and then make a slit in that stem. Continue this process until you have the necklace or bracelet the length that you want. To finish your jewelry piece, make a larger slit in the last stem and put the first white flower blossom through that hole. Make an entire jewelry set. This can include a necklace, a bracelet, a headband and an ankle bracelet. What a fun way to spend some time with your children on a warm summer day!

Cleaning Tip Here’s a way to get the inside of your microwave oven sparkling clean and fresh smelling too. Just put a bowl of hot water in the microwave. Add a slice of fresh lemon and boil the water until plenty of fresh steam is produced. Let the steam sit for a few minutes and then you can easily wipe the inside clean.

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Creative Party Announcements A friend told me about a unique way to send a party announcement. Just blow up a balloon and use a wide tip magic marker to write the name, date, time, place and any other details your guest may need to know. Deflate the balloon, put it in an envelope with a note telling them to blow it up. You could add a little confetti to the envelope as well. Kids especially love this idea!

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Young fathers are more family-oriented Mirroring what women have done for decades, today’s young men are beginning to view themselves first as fathers and then as workers. A recent national survey of 1,008 workers over 21 found that young men are putting aside career aspirations in favor of being better fathers. • More than four-fifths of men ages 20 to 39 said having a work schedule that allows them to spend time with their family is more important than doing challenging work or earning a high salary. • One-fourth of the men said having a prestigious job was very important to them. • About 70 percent of men in their 20’s and 71 percent of men in their 30’s said they would be willing to give up some of their pay in exchange for more time with their families. About 26 percent of men over 65 said they would do the same. • About 70 percent of the mothers of men now aged 20 to 29 worked for pay. Among men aged 40 to 49, about 57 percent had working mothers. Among men older than 65, only 32 percent had mothers employed for pay.

“A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.” —Anonymous

Perfect Picnics Take your family on a picnic. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Just pack some juice boxes and pick up a pizza, chicken or sandwiches on the way to the park. Don’t forget a magnifying glass to study the bugs and some glue and paper to make a nature collage.

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Here’s a great indoor summer activity. Pick a room in your house and have everyone but one person leave the room. The person that stays rearranges 3 objects. They can hide a knick-knack, put down the key cover on the piano, turn a book upside down, etc. When they have finished, the rest of the family comes back in and tries to find the 3 things that have changed. The first person to find all three wins. The winner gets to rearrange 3 things in another room. This activity helps children develop important observation skills by encouraging them to pay close attention to details.

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LONGVIEW LAKE PARK JUL. 24 KCRC Harvester’s Charity Fun Fly - 7 am–5 pm - Don’t miss KCRC’s 5th Annual fundraising event for Harvesters. Pilots and spectators are encouraged to bring canned goods or dry food items. All collected items and proceeds from pilot fees and concessions will be donated to Harvester’s. Admission is free. RC Flying Field, 11100 View High Dr., Kansas City, Mo. http://www.jacksongov.org/ 816-5034860

POWELL GARDENS Following events are free with paid admission. Fee: Regular admission: $9.50/adults, $8.50 seniors and $4/children 5-12

JULY 31 Paul Mesner Puppets - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Bug Show Famed entomologist Dr. Antzinpantz and a cast of colorful bug puppets bring you silly songs and comical tales about our six-legged friends. "Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee," "The Grasshopper and the Ant" and more! FREE with regular Garden admission.

AUG. 6–8, 13–15 Festival of Butterflies - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Powell Gardens’ signature festival is a grand celebration of the fantastical beauty of the butterfly, with emphasis this year on the often overlooked mysterious world of moths. The festival includes an indoor exhibit with hundreds of free-flying butterflies and moths from the tropical United States and Costa Rica, two outdoor butterfly breezeways aflutter with native species, children’s activities, a butterfly plant sale and much more. Fee: $10/Adults, $9/Seniors, $5/Children 5-12

CROSSROADS ARTS DISTRICT FIRST FRIDAY OF MONTH First Fridays - 7–9 pm - Join the thousands that explore the galleries and shops in the Crossroads Arts District for one of the nation’s largest art walks. 913530-6279 http://www.kccrossroads.org/ Admission is free. 18th & Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY MUSEUM FIRST SUNDAY OF MONTH First Sunday Family Fun Day - Noon–4 pm - Bring kids ages 3 to 12, accompanied by at least one adult, and the whole group is admitted free! The events foster individual creativity, promote visual litera-

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AUG. 7 Corn Festival: Crazy Corn Day - 9 am – 2 pm - The first Saturday of each month The City Market will host the 2010 City Market Farm to Table Festival Series. 20 E 5th St., Kansas City, Mo. Admission is free. http://www.thecitymarket.org/ 816-842-1271

WESTON, MISSOURI AUG. 6–7 Weston 10 Mile Trail Antique & Garden Show - Fri., Aug. 6th 10am till 7pm, Sat., Aug. 7th 9am til 5pm - A unique concept in antique shows where the show spans a 10 mile area. Enjoy the scenic drive to the four premier locations: Historic Downtown Weston at Beverlin’s Statuary, Red Barn Farms, Locust Grove Antiques and Interiors, and Riverwood Winery. Admission is free and there will be top quality antiques, collectibles and garden items. Food and drink available during the evenings. Entertainment on Friday evening at all four venues. Area artists will showcase and sell their creations at the Riverwood Winery location. 816-2703978 http://www.weston10miletrail.com/

PARKVILLE FIRST SATURDAY Parkville Cruise Night’s 2010 - 4 – 9 pm - Find your ultimate dream car while you listen to the cool tunes of yesterday. Take in a little shopping and grab a tasty bite. The American Legion will offer onsite food. Admission is free. 816-5052227 http://www.parkvillemo.org/

KANSAS CITY ZOO THIRD SATURDAYS Run, Cheetah, Run! - 10:30 am - Watch the cheetahs - GiGi, Claire, and Sadie chase the lure at the end of a motorized track. It moves fast, but these girls can run 60+ mph, so it’s fast-paced, exiting animal action. 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, Mo. http://www.kansascityzoo.org/ 816513-5714

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THROUGH AUG. 22 Flourishing Patterns: Textiles from Persia and Europe - Wed. 10 am-4 pm, Thu.-Fri. 10 am-9 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. Noon-5 pm - In the 17th century, contact between Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Asia disseminated ideas, colors, patterns and textiles. Come see how the Persian aristocracy boldly displayed their status and wealth on the walls, floors and furniture of their magnificent palaces. Admission is free. 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Mo. 816-7511ART http://www.nelson-atkins.org/

TOY & MINIATURE MUSEUM THROUGH DEC. 31 Celebrating 50 Fabulous Years with America’s Favorite Doll - Wed.–Sat. 10 am–4 pm, Sun. 1 pm–4 pm - Fashion diva, career girl, and friend, Barbie® defines girlhood like no other doll. Celebrate her 50th birthday with a look back at her early years and learn how she became an international icon. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 for children 5–12. 5235 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo. Phone: 816-333-9328 http://www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org/

BURR OAK WOODS CONSERVATION NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS FOR AUG. 2010 1401 NW Park Rd., Blue Springs, Mo. 816-228-3766 All programs are Free. FAMILY CREEK CRUISIN’ SAT., AUG. 7 11–12:30 pm By Registration. INTERMEDIATE FISH AND CANOE TUES., AUG. 10 10–3 pm By Registration (Ages 10 & up). FAMILY FISHING SAT., AUG. 14 9–11 am By Registration (Families with kids 5 & up). CLEVER CRAYFISH SAT., AUG. 21 10–11 am By Registration (Ages 3 – 5). IN SEARCH OF SHADE AUGUST 21 / SATURDAY / 10 – 11 am By Registration (Families with kids 8 & up).

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Breastfeeding support and information for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Various locations. Call for information 816-361-0909. Visit www.LLLofGreaterKC. org.

If your preschooler or elementary school aged child has a habit you have not been able to change, try a reward chart. Let’s say that Jane always forgets to hang up her clothes.

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Meet and support other local stay-at-home moms. This group facilitates playgroups, craft events, outings, recipe clubs, Mom's Night Out, and more. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Children are welcome. Visit http://sites.google.com/site/olatheeastmomsclub/, or contact our Membership Vice President at olatheeastmomsclub@gmail.com

■ Sit down with Jane and explain that you would like her to hang up her clothes. You want her to hang up her bathrobe in the morning and hang her jacket in the closet when she comes in from play. She forgets to hang up her clothes quite often and you will help her learn to remember. Set your child up for success. ■ Together, draw up a sticker chart. Explain that every time she remembers to hang up her clothes she will get a sticker to put on her chart. ■ Whatever behavior you chart, be sure your child can earn stickers right away—goals should be set at a level that will help your child to succeed. ■ When the chart has five stickers (or a number you think will be easy for your child to achieve at first), then promise a treat such as playing a board game or a trip to the zoo.

MOTHER & MORE 1ST & 3RD TUESDAYS Mother & More provides bi-monthly meeting and weekly activities. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian, 11100 College Blvd. Visit www. jocomothersandmore.org

FRIENDS OF ADOPTION SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH Friends of Adoption is a support group for families in all stages of adoption - from those just looking into adoption to adoptive parents in the midst of raising children. Activities within FOA are support group meetings, informational presentations, and member social events. Find us online at FriendsOfAdoptionKC.com or email us at friendsofadoption@gmail.com

MARILLAC SPECIAL NEEDS Open to any parents and helps those who have children with special needs or behavioral issues. Free and open to the community. Provided by Kansas Childrens Service League. 913-621-2016 x1211

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Riverside, Mo. They offer a variety of classes during summer that will meet the needs of every child in the Northland. Cheer & tumbling, gymnastics, urban ninja and stunting, Contact: 816-587-2242 or edgegymnastics.com.  Growing Places. Parkville, Mo. An accelerated preschool for ages 2–6 years with a spacious outdoor play space. Babies are separated according to age. They offer age appropriate infant development activities, separate facility for infant/toddler care. Contact: 816-7411817  Helping Hands Montessori School. Gladstone, Mo. Children will develop social skills, self-respect, emotional awareness, independence and respect for others. Fascinating child sized environment using genuine Montessori materials for math, language, botany, geography, practical life, sensorial, art, music and sign language. Their summer program offers weekly themes for fun projects each week. Some of our themes include art, authors, insects, water fun, sports and gardening. Call for summer tuition and enrollment. Contact: www.helpinghandsmontessorischool.com or 816-420-8705  Henrich’s US Tae Kwon Do. Independence, Mo. Does your child need help with focus and listening skills? Could your child use help with better self control, more confidence, and physical activity in their life? Martial arts classes can help to improve these areas for you and you children’s lives. They offer classes for children and adults. Call today for your free class. Contact: www.henrichsustaekwondo.com or 816-257-0001  Juggling Jeff Productions. Greater Kansas City. Offers fresh new entertainment with action-packed fun and games. Guaranteed to delight all of your party guests. Invite friends and family over to enjoy their most popular “Deluxe Entertainment” package (total running time about 90 min.) Juggling & magic show, group party games, and balloon animals for each child. Quick & easy set-up. Priced according to entertainment package provided. Contact: www.JugglingJeff.com or 816-792-5559  Jumping Jax. Overland Park, Ks. Offering an indoor inflatable play facility and birthday party venue. Their parties are great for birthdays, team events, daycare outings, church and youth group events. You will get the playrooms to yourself and private party room. Contact: www.jumpingjaxparties.com See ad on page 3.  Just Between Friends. Pavilion at John Knox Village, Lee’s Summit, Mo. They are a leading children’s and maternity consignment event. Shop and get great deals on all your kids clothes, toys and much more. Sell your items as a consignor or volunteer. Contact: www.jbfsale.com  Kindermusik with Denise Revo. Lees Summit, MO. Learn songs, lullabies, and ways to say “I love you” in Peek A Boo, I Love You! for newborns to 20 months. Splash will delight 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 year olds with sounds, movements, and music of all things wet and bubbly. Jazz Kitchen for 3 1/2 to 6 year olds will take jazz music, sounds and instruments into the kitchen. Blast Off with Piano is a fabulously fun introduction to piano for 6 to 9 year olds. Contact: www.revomusic.com or 816-5542363

Solid Answers by Dr. James Dobson Q. Is there a way I as a father can influence my daughter’s attitude toward boys? If she chooses to marry, she will need to understand men and know how to relate to them. Is that something I should be thinking about? A. You bet it is. Long before a girl finds her first real boyfriend or falls in love, her attitude toward men has been shaped quietly by her father. Why? Because the father-daughter relationship sets the stage for all future romantic involvements. If a young woman’s father rejects her, she’ll spend her life trying to find a man who can meet the needs he never fulfilled in her heart. If he’s warm and nurturing, she’ll look for a lover to equal him. If he thinks she’s beautiful and feminine, she’ll be inclined to see herself that way. But if he rejects her as unattractive and uninteresting, she’s likely to carry self-image problems into her adult years. It’s also true that a woman’s relationship with her husband is significantly influenced by the way she perceived her father’s authority. If he was overbearing or capricious during her earlier years, she may precipitate power struggles with her husband throughout married life. But if Dad blended love and discipline in a way that conveyed strength, she may be more comfortable with a give-and-take marriage characterized by mutual respect. So much of what goes into marriage starts with the bride’s father. That’s why it behooves those of us with daughters to give our best effort to raising them properly. You are right to be thinking about that vital relationship. From: Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide by Dr. James C. Dobson. © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Shaving Cream Fun Squirt some shaving cream on a cookie tray or large plastic surface. Dress your children in play clothes, and then let them squish and draw with their fingers in the shaving cream. Show them how to make letters or simple drawings. Add a drop or two of food coloring for variation.

Oh, I Thought It Was A Red Giraffe To help keep your young child’s self-esteem in tact, here is a great way to respond when they show you their artwork: ✦ First, look at it carefully. ✦ Next say, “This is great! Can you tell me about it?” ✦ Then compliment them on their creativity, use of color, or anything else you think they did well.

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 Lakeview Village Child Development Center. Lenexa, Ks. Lakeview Village Child Development Center is a small family oriented Center located in the lower level of Lakeview Village Main High Rise. They have 6 Infants in one classroom with 2 caregivers. They have 2 classes for Toddlers with 5 children in each class with one caregiver. They have one Preschool Room with 19 children and 2 caregivers. The children and residents interact with both planned and unplanned activities. Contact: 913-888-1507 or 913-744-2462 See ad on page 3.

 The Math Learning Center. Liberty, Mo. Supplemental education. Mathnasium offers a neighborhoodbased, learning center where kids go to catch up, keep up and get ahead. Students drop in two to three times a week for Power Math Workouts. Each workout instructors provide close guidance - including one-on-one teaching to make sure students successfully complete every exercise. Contact: www.mathnasium.com or 816415-9393

 Liberty Montessori Center. Liberty, Mo. Private Preschool and Kindergarten. Mo. Special classes/services: Spanish, music and art. LMC care for children 6 weeks – end of Kindergarten. Montessori curriculum includes language, math, science, geography, sensorial, practical life, the arts and Spanish. The caring, stable staff has many years of accumulated experience with young children. The preschool offers a daily Montessori

 MelRoe’s School of Dance. Liberty, Mo. Offering classes in ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, hip hop and many more. They also offer competitive and recreational classes for ages 3–adult. Classes are forming now for Fall 2010. Join them for an open house August 21 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Contact: 816-781-6989  Montessori Day School of Blue Springs. Blue Springs, Mo. Offering a different theme each week such as: Gardening, Sports, Cooking, Independence Day, Insects, Water Fun, and Artists and Composers. Each week will include the Montessori curriculum along with many projects to go along with each individual theme. Call for tuition rates and availability. Limited spaces available. Ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. Contact: www.montessoridayschool.info or 816-224-2525

“Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.” — Anonymous

 Northland Yoga Center. Riverside, Mo. A sanctuary for yoga in the northland offering many different yoga classes to help keep moms healthy & relaxed. For Children ages 5-11. They also offer a kids yoga circle every 1st Saturday of the month 10 a.m.–11 a.m. Contact: www.northlandyoga.com or 816-520-2247

Surprise Jar Game These are the ingredients you’ll need for this game: ✩ Pictures with specific actions to imitate ✩ Jar or box that opens for players to reach into

 Storybook Stables. Kansas City, Mo. This farm is nestled on rolling hills in Kansas City North, just five minutes west of I-29 and Barry Road. Two hour parties include one hour of pony rides on two ponies and one hour in the Stables’ party room or picnic grounds. Add a campfire, painting a live pony, a hay ride, games, add more ponies and/or lengthen your party time. They can travel to your location - trip fees apply. Call for optional activities pricing. Contact: 816-716-4714

Place action pictures in the jar. A parent or older child demonstrates by making the first selection and performing the action. Action pictures can include a lively, wiggly worm; an elephant (walk with hands clasped together, bending over at waist, swinging arms as the elephant’s trunk); a tree blowing in the wind; a dancer. Other players guess what the child in the center is acting out. Some children may need assistance performing their actions. Try to make tasks fun and appropriate to the abilities of the children involved. Encourage all children to be themselves and use their imaginations.

 Tea & Tiara Parties. Lenexa, Ks. Allow Tea and Tiara Parties to bring the tea party to you. Choose from an Elegant or Enchanted Fairy Tea. Includes 1.5 hours of party time with the hostess, dress up trunk, full tea (lemonade) service with cookies/cakes, craft, keepsake tiara/halo for the birthday princess, etiquette lessons, invitations and mailing, and set up/clean up. Give your Princess a day to cherish. Contact: 913-908-4227 or teaandtiaraparties.com

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 Theatre of the Imagination. Overland Park, Ks. With movie star acting they bring costumes to you and make your child the star of a movie. Everyone watches the movie right there and you get a free DVD, Themes include Clone, Hannah, Superhero, Diva, HSM, Pirate, Princess and more. Special price for Scouts and you get a badge. Ages 4 & up, parties run 2 hours/$200, (up to 15 kids). Contact: 816-561-2787 or www.tiarts.com See ad on page 7.

How To Raise “Can-Do” Kids  Tell your children that they are special and one-ofa-kind. Then tell them why!  Help them find their own talent and develop it.  Don’t forget these talents your child may have: being a good listener, being neat, doing math, being kind, keeping friends, making up funny stories, or helping without being asked.

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