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Northland & St. Joseph

Monthly • Volume 14 • Issue 5 No. 162 • Fall 2010

onto the underside of the leaf where the veins are more utumn is a fabulous time of year—the weather is apparent. Carefully place the leaf on the card stock and cooler, the colors are brighter, and the fall crops are cover with a layer of paper towel. Gently press and hold ready to be harvested. It’s the perfect season to venture for a few seconds. Remove the paper outdoors with your children to enjoy all towel and lift the leaf. Add your child’s that autumn has to offer. name and date to the notecard with Celebrate this season with a visit to a black marker. Presto! Your children local pumpkin patch. Many have created beautiful notecards offer much more that will be treathan just a garden sured. full of pumpkins— • Leaf-Person. you can enjoy You’ll need: an bouncing around autumn leaf; on a hayride, paper; crayons warming yourself or markers; at a bonfire, finding your way glue. To make: Glue a leaf onto through a maze, and various the center of the paper. This leaf other forms of family-friendly will be the body. Draw a head, entertainment! Visit an apple arms, legs, hat, shoes, etc. to finorchard and pick a bushel or ish your person. two of this tasty fruit. Use the • Shrunken Applehead. You’ll recipe on page 5 in this issue need: 1 cup lemon juice; 1 tbsp. to make your own homemade salt; large unblemished apple; apple sauce. Or don your jackwhole cloves; a large wooden ets, and head out on a nature craft stick or pencil; paring knife, walk. Give each child a paper vegetable peeler. Note: Adult bag and let them pick up colsupervision and participation is orful leaves, acorns, pretty required for this activity. To make: rocks, and whatever else Peel the apple and shave away catches their eye. Talk with any bruised spots. Add salt to the your kids about the various lemon juice and soak the apple in colors, shapes, and textures of the mixture for 10 minutes to the items. When you get keep from turning brown. home, serve up a cup of hot Remove from the liquid and pat chocolate or warm apple cider dry. Insert a wooden stick or penand use your imagination, or cil firmly into the core for a “hanthe ideas listed below, to make dle.” Using tip of paring knife use of the items gathered. outline the eyes, nose, and mouth. • Rubbings. You’ll need: Using tip of vegetable peeler, items gathered on nature walk; Illustration by Rhajae Battles, scoop out two shallow hola piece of white paper; crayons Age 10, Kansas City, KS lows for eyes. Press whole without their paper wrappers. To cloves into the eye sockets. make: Let your child choose an item gathered from outCarve out wedged shaped pieces from each side of nose. side, and then place a piece of white paper over it. Lay Slice out a smile for the mouth. The apple will shrink to the crayon on its side and rub back and forth over the less than 1/2 its original size, so the features should be a item. The impression of the item will quickly appear on bit exaggerated when carving. Hang applehead from its the paper. Kids love doing this! “handle” by a string in a dry place where it is fairly free • Leaf Prints Notecards. You’ll need: leaves; yellow, from drafts (not in the sun or near a heat register) makred, and orange paint; card stock cut into notecard size; ing sure it does not touch anything. Air dry about 3 to 4 newspaper; paper towel. To make: Cover work area with weeks. newspaper. Brush a small amount of fall-colored paint 8 Happy Parenting!

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Simple Craft Idea: Milk Jug Bird Feeders Kids love fun crafts! Parents love easy crafts! Here’s one that will please both! Rinse out an empty plastic gallon milk jug. Cut out a window in the front of the jug. Poke two small holes just below the window, and insert pencils for perches. Fill the bottom of the jug with bird seed, and wait to see who shows up for dinner.

Colored Eggs Pre-K & up • Group • Open Space • Active Get Started: Choose a player to be the fox and one to be the hen. The other players will be colored eggs. How to Play: 1) The fox must stand far enough away from the hen and her eggs that he can’t hear them, and the hen assigns a color to each egg by whispering the color in their ear. The eggs line up facing the hen. 2) The fox comes up between the hen and her eggs and acts like he is knocking on a door. The hen asks, “What do you want, fox?” The fox says, “Colored eggs.” The hen says, “What color do you want?” 3) The fox guesses a color. When he guesses a color that is assigned to an egg, the egg begins to run. If the fox catches the egg a new fox and a new hen are picked. If the fox doesn’t catch the egg before it gets back to the hen, he must guess another color and try to catch the next egg, but first the conversation between the fox and the hen must be repeated.

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listening skills Work on listening skills and following directions by playing a game of Verbal Hide & Seek. Hide a stuffed animal or small toy in a room. Then give your child three verbal clues to help them find it (make the clues easy for young children and harder for older kids). Congratulate them for being able to follow directions when they find it.

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Finding happiness could be key to better health

Simple Homemade Applesauce Ingredients: 8 apples, cored • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

There is no doubt that happiness is linked to good health. Health experts worldwide have been keeping an eye on the connection for years. Now comes yet another finding: watching an hourlong humorous video can actually release stress for as much as a whole day. Even anticipating watching a funny movie will help you lower stress levels. But if you’re of the ilk that prefers to steer away from the boob tube, here are a few other tips on how to be happy— and healthy. Don’t be afraid to take a chance. ♦ Adopt a pet. ♦ Keep a full schedule with a number of activities and interests. ♦ When somebody asks you how you are, say “Terrific!” then stand back and watch the reaction. ♦ Don’t ever be afraid to sound corny or hokey. Express yourself. Don’t feel inhibited. ♦ You do not need to search for happiness; you can find it in the simple things that surround you. In short, doing these things could replace the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Tastes better than store-bought and is surprisingly easy to make. Combine all ingredients in saucepan and cook over medium heat until apples get soft, stirring occasionally. Cool before serving. Serves 8.

Family Tradition: Autumn leaves One family puts the final leaf raking of the year on the family calendar for a Saturday in early November. It’s the custom for each person to ask a friend to help with raking and then stay for lunch. They rake the leaves into piles (with jumping allowed). Then, since fires are permitted, they carefully burn them, enjoying the sweet smell of the leaves. Finally, they sit on the front steps and eat hot dogs and caramel apples as they watch the fires burn out. Taken from Family Traditions; 289 Things to Do Again and Again. Copyright, Caryl Krueger, 28455 Meadow Mesa Lane, Escondido, CA 92026

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Pour some colorful cereal on a table or other work surface. Have your child group the cereal by color. Select two or more groups and arrange them in a pattern. You may want to simply alternate two colors or arrange a more complex pattern. Tie the first piece of cereal to the piece of string or yarn, then help your child add the rest of the cereal according to the pattern you’ve arranged. Repeat the pattern until the necklace is as long as you want it, then tie the ends together. If you like, count how many pieces of cereal are on the string. Use a tape measure to measure the length of the necklace.

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understand.”, or, worse yet, “Aw, Mom, bug off!” The idea is to help children to think through their day and to give you, their parent or care provider, additional insight about what’s going on inside that child. After all, more and more research points out how important emotional well being is in the overall success of one’s time on earth. Then, moving beyond those two basic questions is another question that may be even more important than the first ones. After each of the ‘hi’ and ‘lo’ questions, ask, “What did you learn from that?” In so doing, you gently help a child consciously extract meaning from his life experiences. Can you imagine the long-term outcomes of such a daily exercise? • The kids open up about their lives. • They learn basic communication skills. • They get in touch with their feelings. • They experience the beginning of critical thinking skills. • The rest of the family learns to better know and appreciate one another. If you will take just a few minutes each day to follow this plan, you will be forever grateful. You will lay the foundations of ongoing relationships that will bless you and each member of your family for the rest of your and their lives. Now, just do it!

All in a single day! ‘Highs & Lows’: Sparkplugs for communication by Calvin & Carolyn Richert

“OK, kids. It’s time for ‘Hi’s and Lo’s’!” you remind your family as you sit down for supper and some family time. In a world of soccer games, music lessons, homework, Cub Scouts and sleepovers, family time is often shoved aside to accommodate the next deadline. Funny, isn’t it, how we allow less important things rule the more important? Still, there are huge benefits to actually taking the time – at the expense of other important things – to do the Calvin & Carolyn Richert more important. Authors of The Think Space Among those ‘more important’ things is an exercise we call ‘Hi’s and Lo’s’. The idea is that each person in the family – children and adults – is asked two basic questions about their day. (Or, if your family time is in the morning, you can review yesterday.) The questions? • “What was your low point today?” • “What was your high point today? Questions like that can go a long way toward nudging children beyond irritating, empty answers to how their day went, like, “Nothing.” or “You wouldn’t

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WE ALL ARE “FACES” OF INFLUENZA Everyone 6 months of age and older should be immunized against influenza this and every year. Olympic Gold Medalist and mother of two young children, Kristi Yamaguchi wants to do everything she can to protect her children, but as a wife and daughter, she also knows that influenza immunization is a must for everyone in her family.

WE ALL ARE “FACES” OF INFLUENZA. In fact, annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.1,2 Influenza is a serious respiratory disease that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death, for you or someone with whom you come in contact.1,3 Vaccination is safe and effective, and the best way to help prevent influenza and its complications.1 To learn more about the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza program, visit References: 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2009. MMWR. 2009;58(RR-8):1-52. 2. CDC. ACIP provisional recommendations for the use of influenza vaccines (2010-2011 influenza season). Accessed March 19, 2010. 3. CDC. Prevention and control of influenza: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2008. MMWR. 2008;57(RR-7):1-64. This advertisement is distributed as part of the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza educational initiative. For more information, please visit MKT19925 6/10

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Halloween Halloween has taken a goulish turn, so try to downplay death in favor of the fun of dressing up in happier costumes. Rather than begging for candy door-to-door, have a party that celebrates autumn and features bobbing for apples, square dancing, making small scarecrows of straw, carving pumpkins, and stringing popcorn. For an interesting costume party, ask everyone to come as a pumpkin. You’ll be amazed at the inventiveness!

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Is That A Fact? • The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is pepon. Pepon was modified by the French into pompon. The English then changed pompon to pumpion. And finally, the American colonists made the change from pumpion to what we use today–pumpkin. • Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds. • Pumpkin flowers are edible.

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The Festival puts their 180,000 guests and participants center stage this season with, Once Upon a Time there was You. A Kansas City fall tradition for over three decades, opens for the 34th season. Tickets can be purchased at the Festival gates just north of I -70 and K-7 Highways in Bonner Springs, Kansas on weekends and holidays Sept. 4 through Oct. 17 at $18.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids. There are weekend specials and guests can call 913-721-2110 for group ticket prices for parties and weddings at the Festival. Discount tickets can be purchased at Kansas City Hy Vee’s and Walgreen’s, regional Dillon’s, Baker’s and Gerbe’s and online at

CHILDREN’S PEACE PAVILION The Children’s Peace Pavilion- Located in Independence teaches children about peace through understanding, learning, and fun. This free spot has everything from art stations, mazes and puzzles to hands on activities, underwater castle and a giant kaleidoscope. Kids will have a blast and learn all about peacemaking first hand. Tue.–Fri. 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64059, (816) 521-3033

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THE CITY MARKET OCT. 2 Farm to Table Festival- 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fun contests, themed games & activities, arts & crafts projects, storytelling, Growing tips from Master Gardeners & More! 20 E 5th St., Ste. 201 Kansas City, MO 64106, 816-842-1271, free admission.

SHOAL CREEK LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM OCT. 9 Harvest Festival- 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Are you yearning for a simpler time? Join us for an old-fashioned Country Fair style festival at Shoal Creek Living History Museum. Bring your baked goods, sewing, handcrafts for judging or participate in the buffalo chip throwing or sack races! $5 per person, 5 and under free. Magician, pumpkin patch, stagecoach rides, games, blue grass music and much more. Admission: $5 adults, children 5 and under free. 7000 NE Barry Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64156, 816-7922655

COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA SEPT. 18 Waterfire Kansas City 2010- Dusk to midnight. Designed by award-winning artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire Kansas City is a unique, multi-sensory experience of music, fire and water. Now in its fourth year, the moving art installation features more than 55 floating bonfires on Brush Creek.

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We offer the following classes: · Water Babies · Swim Lessons · Water Aerobics · Diving Classes · NLU Swim Team · Synchronized Swim Team · Pre-Competitive Swim Lessons

MFCAA recruits, trains, and supports foster and adoptive parents. Visit or call 816-350-0215.

MOMS CLUB OF KANSAS CITY/ GLADSTONE Staying at home is important for you and your children. Moms Club provides activities during the day, when stay-at-home and part-time working moms need the most support. They have age-specific playgroups, allages playgroups, field trips, park days, brunches, arts & crafts, monthly meetings, Moms’ Night Out and many other fun activities. If you would like to join a play day or a business meeting, please email for specific times and dates:

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Reasons to drink more water

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Water seems to taste the greatest when you’re incredibly thirsty, but here are 10 reasons why you should drink more water, even if you’re not extremely thirsty. The health benefits, as you will see, are outstanding.

 Blue Valley Soccer Club. Overland Park, Ks. They are a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing soccer programming for youth players in and around the Kansas City Metro area. Offering recreational and competitive team programming, summer camps, Future STARS and academy programming. Contact or 913-685-2872. See ad on page 15.

■ It prevents bad breath. It washes away odor-causing particles and bacteria, and keeps saliva flowing. ■ It prevents or reduces symptoms of heartburn. ■ It prevents urinary tract infections by diluting urine and lowers the bacterial count. It may also reduce the risk of bladder cancer. ■ It prevents constipation. It flushes out toxins and decreases your risk of colon cancer. ■ It prevents headaches. Dehydration is the cause of many headaches. ■ It helps you to lose weight. ■ Water aids digestion. ■ It could reduce heart attacks, some studies show. ■ It boosts your immune system and helps fight off colds. ■ It wards off daytime fatigue. ■ It prevents back and joint pain.

 Creative Arts Academy. Gladstone, Mo. Activities include gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline, hip hop, swimming, outdoor sports, crafts, games and tons of fun. Extended hours are available for working parents. Creative Arts Academy is an amazing kid’s campus that sits on over 7 acres in the northland, very convenient to downtown. Professional staff, amazing facility. Cost: $125/week. Contact or 816-4523200 for more details. See ad on page 16.  Creative World Elementary School. Blue Springs, Mo. Private elementary school. Their mission is to create a world of wonder where families and children feel at home. They refine and innovate the curriculum and programs to fit each child uniquely by age. They educate children in creative ways and inspire their curiosity. Creative World allows children of all ages the opportunity to explore, play and learn in an environment filled with wonder with monthly themes. Call and set up and appointment to visit a school close to you today. Contact 816-795-8706 or See ad on page 3.

—adapted from Hope Heart Institute, Seattle

 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 816-741-1817. See ad on page 9.

Quality Christian Childcare Gym, Licensed, Meals 2 – 12 years New Generation offers quality childcare in a Christian environment at the lowest possible cost to the families in our community. We have been open since 1974. ———————————————— 101 N. Forest Ave., Liberty, MO 64068 816-781-2130 •

 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 (Fall fun continued on page 14.)

Lookin’ and Smellin’ Good After carving your jack-o-lantern, sprinkle some nutmeg and cinnamon on the inside of the lid. Then when you light it, the spices will let off a pleasant aroma.

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(Fall fun continued from page 13.)

Just Five More Minutes

fun, sports and gardening. Call for summer tuition and enrollment. Contact 816-420-8705 or www.helping See ad on page 9.

by Linda Cobb, The Queen of Clean

he school bus leaves in ten minutes and all across the country kids are screaming, “I can’t find it!” Don’t let this happen to you. Help each child select a designated spot for books, homework, and sports equipment—plus anything else they need to take to school in the morning. Baskets are great, as are bright plastic buckets. Canvas bags hanging on coat racks are good, too. Designate another safe place for report cards (did I just shiver?), notes from teachers, and permission slips that need to be signed. And let your children know, firmly, that the morning of is not the time for signatures. An over-the-door shoe rack in see-through plastic can be great for holding small items that kids never seem to be without—and never seem willing to leave the house without. Label a few pockets for each child and tell them it’s their own little holding bay. Give top pockets to older kids and save the easy-to-reach pouches at the bottom for the little ones.

 The Math Learning Center. Liberty, Mo. Supplemental education. Mathnasium offers a neighborhood-based, 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 or 816-415-9393. See ad on page 4.

Television is a huge distraction. Keep the TV off in the morning, and you’ll save time.

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 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. See ad on page 4.

Susan L. Storm MD Laurie D. Riddell MD Ermalyn Kubart MD Stephanie A Marx MD Kathyrn Hauptmann MD Melissa J. Beard MD Stephanie R. Bays DO Heather J. Malone MD Kathleen Ballenger PNP Veda M. Donner PNP

If kids want to agonize over what goes with what (not to mention who’s wearing what), that’s fine. Just remind them that 8:00 in the morning is not the time to be doing it. Save yourself a headache and let the kids select what they want to wear to school, but get them in the habit of setting out their clothes the night before. Linda Cobb is the author of several New York Times best-selling books from Pocket Books including Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean® and A Queen for All Seasons. Visit the Queen’s web site at

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Actually, make two. Keep one in the house, and put one in the car. Be sure everyone knows where to find them. Put in these items:  bandages and tape  tweezers and scissors  calamine lotion and hydrogen peroxide  cotton balls and gauze pads  ice pack & thermometer  flashlight and emergency phone numbers

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Don’t stop with the kits. Sign up for first aid and CPR classes. What a wonderful gift to give your children!

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