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COMPLIMENTARY

2020 Education Guide Our annual local resource for students of all ages and abilities NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020

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Healthy futures start here.

Pediatrics From newborns and toddlers to tweens and teens, at NCH Pediatrics we provide care for young patients of all sizes. Whether your kids need a regular checkup or more specialized care, our team is standing by with the experience and compassion to help your little ones grow. Because while they may be little, their health is a big deal. Pediatric Emergency Department • MacDonald SeaCAREium Inpatient Unit • Pediatricians

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Come Out to the Collier Fair! Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March 29

50+ Rides • Games • Live Music Family Living & Livestock Competitions Food • And So Much More! Tickets on Sale NOW! Buy your tickets today at:

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Did You Know? The Collier Fairgrounds is not a part of Collier County or State of Florida government and thus receives no tax dollars or other subsidies. We are a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching our community by promoting education and Southwest Florida agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement. We accomplish this by producing a first-class annual fair each spring with quality family entertainment and providing facilities and resources for year-round events. Over the years we have given back to a long list of other not-for-profits and charities throughout our community. Your money stays here, and we thank you all for supporting us.

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February 2020 TABLE OF CONTENTS

in every issue . . . 07

FROM THE PUBLISHER

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FAMILY MOVIE PREVIEWS

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YOUR COMMUNITY

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE

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14 MOMentum Moms. Meet Briesa Ruby, who “beelieves” keeping harmony in the family hive makes life sweet. by Anna Snyder 18 Celebrate Black History Month with a Book. Find the perfect book to share with your child. 20 Destination: The Slopes. 5 family-friendly ski resorts with 100% chance of snow and one unique ski experience in Florida. by Karen T. Bartlett 2020 Education Guide 32 Earning College Credit. Learn how your student can get a head start on college while still in high school. by Amanda Sterk, Ed.D.

Andrew Weber is 9 years old and in fourth grade at First Baptist Academy. Andrew skis black diamond runs and plays football, but his favorite sport is basketball. He plays on two local basketball teams and practices an hour or more every day. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography 239-263-7001 • naplesportraits.com

34 What Your Preschool Teacher Wants You to Know. Helpful tips to ease your child’s transition into the first year of school. by Katherine Baron 37 Montessori for Kids with Special Needs. Discover if Montessori is the right option for your child. 38 Education Directory. Your guide to the best preschools and private schools, as well as tutors and providers of education services.

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OWL WATCH KIDS CLUB

Parents, get your kids involved with wildlife conservation. Audubon Western Everglades Owl Watch Program is a science research program that monitors and protects Florida’s threatened Burrowing Owls in Southwest Florida. The Owl Watch Kids Club is an online ”Connecting with Nature” education adventure for Collier County families who want their kids to learn about environmental conservation and wildlife stewardship through outdoor activities and special family group events.

Join the Owl Watch Kids Club by naming and adopting an Owl. Kids Club Benefits

Class of 2019

• Kids name an owl chick and follow its life-cycle • Certificate of Adoption with adopted owl photo • Great Kids Owl Club T-Shirt • Quarterly Digital Newsletter with reports, art and photos by Kids Club members. • Plus AWE annual “family” membership ($80 value – see added benefits on website)

• 250 pairs nested in Collier County

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• 563 chicks raised for Record Year To adopt an owl or learn more about Burrowing Owls visit: www.audubonwe.org or call Audubon Western Everglades (AWE) 239-643-7822

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from the publisher… the parenting magazine devoted to collier county

P.O. Box 110656 Naples, FL 34108 info@neafamily.com

Co-Publisher Stacy Nicolau snicolau@neafamily.com 239-370-5333 Co-Publisher Leigh Ann Newman lanewman@neafamily.com 239-272-0529 Travel Editor Karen T. Bartlett mostlykidsguides@gmail.com 239-595-9026 Feature Writers Anna Snyder Katherine Baron Cover Photographer Peggy Farren www.naplesportraits.com Field Photographer Lisette Morales lisettemoralesart@gmail.com Editorial submissions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit, reject, or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for return of any unsolicited materials. Articles and advertisements in Neapolitan Family do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher nor does the publisher assume responsibility for statements made by our advertisers or editorial contributors. Acceptance of advertising by Neapolitan Family does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service that is fraudulent or misleading in nature. Neapolitan Family is available free of charge at more than 200 distribution points throughout Collier County as well as digitally at neafamily.com. Neapolitan Family is ©2020 by Neapolitan Family Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020

THIS MONTH: Education

Mapping out our children’s education paths can be a daunting task. When should we start preschool? Full day or half day? Public or private school? Faith-based or secular school? What if we make the wrong choice? It doesn’t end with graduation, either. Preparing our children for their postgraduation path is equally stressful. When should they start taking the SAT and ACT? How many schools should we tour? Public or private university? How do we pay for it? (Pro tip: it is never too early to start a 529 or Florida Prepaid Plan account). We are here to help. Whether you are choosing your child’s very first school or looking to make a change, we have compiled on page 38 an education directory to educate you on some of the finest schools and tutors in Collier County. If you are feeling anxious about your preschooler’s eating habits or potty skills, turn to page 34 to read Katherine Baron’s article on 11 things your preschool teacher wants you to know. Finding the right school for your child with special needs also is challenging. Go to page 37 to learn why a Montessori education can be a great fit for children of all abilities. Local college planning expert and author Amanda Sterk, Ed.D., is here to help your rising high schoolers plan their accelerated course load by explaining all of the options and how they affect college applications, starting on page 32. After you map out your children’s education path, why not find a snowy place on the map to spend spring break? Travel editor Karen T. Bartlett navigates us in the direction of 100% chance of snow on page 20, and all the flurry fun that comes with it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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FAMILY MOVIES

Family Movie Previews for February SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Rated PG for action, some violence, rude humor, and brief mild language In theaters 2/14 Sonic navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic to use his powers for world domination. EMMA Rated PG for brief partial nudity In theaters 2/21 Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma

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THE CALL OF THE WILD Rated PG for some violence, peril, thematic elements, and mild language In theaters 2/21 Adapted from the classic novel this liveaction/animation hybrid film brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team – and later its leader – Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master. WENDY Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this satire of social class Emma must navigate through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Rated PG-13 for brief violent/bloody images In theaters 2/28 The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in a ragtag epic. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come

unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. Written and directed by Benh Zeitlin, the film stars Tommie Lynn Milazzo, Shay Walker, and Stephanie Lynn Wilson.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Baby Boom at the Naples Zoo Sets Record for Live Births

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he birth of an Eastern bongo calf in late December brought the total number of life births at the Naples Zoo last year to 15. Four-year-old Amara gave birth to a male bongo calf that weighed approximately 48 pounds and stood about 2 feet tall. Once the calf is following its mother, it will be introduced to its father and brother, and the exhibit for public viewing. The record-setting year saw Naples Zoo welcome two mountain bongo calves, two clouded leopard kittens, five black and green poison dart frogs, three red-ruffed lemur babies, and three African lion cubs. This is the first time in more than 30 years that lion cubs have been born at the zoo. These births are a crucial part of helping create sustainable populations of threatened and endangered species. Four of the five species born at the Naples Zoo in 2019 are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. For more information, visit napleszoo.org, follow at facebook.com/napleszoo, or call 239-262-5409.

Top left: Cloud leopard kittens born in February 2019 (photo taken in May). Top right: Critically endangered red-ruffed lemur babies born in May 2019. Above: African lion cubs born in May 2019 (photo taken in December 2019).

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Corkscrew Middle. 2nd place, ages 15-17: James LeSage Photography by James LeSage, homeschooled/Liberty University Online Academy. 3rd place, ages 6-7: Boo-Boo Buddies by Winge Dawson, Logan Grove, and Janel Elwell, homeschooled. 3rd place, ages 8-10: S3 Creations by Ella Seidner, Mac Seidner, and Devyn Seidner, Laurel Oak Elementary. 3rd place, ages 11-12: Olivia’s Creation Station by Olivia Edwards, Gulf Beach Homeschoolers. 3rd Place, ages 13-14: Ready Cement Go! by Joshua Paul and Caleb Paul, homeschooled; and Zachary Paul, Community School of Naples. 3rd place, ages 15-17: ABC Boba Tea by Becca Pacter, Barron Collier High; and Cathy Pacter and Ally Pacter, North Naples Middle. For more information, visit napleschamber.org.

Naples 2020 Children’s Business Fair Attracts Over 200 Entrants

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he Naples 2020 Children’s Business Fair in January was one of the largest in the nation, with 123 youth-run businesses, 211 student participants, and 1,200 attendees. This is the second year of the fair, which provides an opportunity for children ages 6-17 to showcase their businesses and sell their products and services. Prizes were awarded in several categories and ages groups. Most Original Business: Storm Pet Toys by Benjamin Peterson, Corkscrew Elementary; and Max Varga, Jack Johnson, and Macauley Ronninger, Oakridge Middle. Highest Business Potential: VMC Designs by Vanessa Coakley, homeschooled. Most Creative: Bree Artiste by Bryana Hamilton, Corkscrew Middle. Sunshine Award: Genevieve’s Art by Genevieve Blitch, homeschooled. 1st place, ages 6-7: Taralyn’s Treasures by Taralyn Thomas, Corkscrew Elementary. 1st place, ages 8-10: John’s Woodworking by John Disser, First Baptist Academy. 1st place, ages 11-12: Stache Your Slime by Sofie Ortiz and Pascale Guirguis, Oasis Charter Middle School. 1st place, ages 13-14: Colony Magic by Shepherd Brady, Pine Ridge Middle. 1st place, ages 15-17: Nagen Bakery by Carl Veus, Fanko Cardozo, and Ezekiel Ramirez, Lorenzo Walker Technical High. 2nd place, ages 6-7: Emma’s Sweet Art by Emma Vicas, homeschooled. 2nd place, ages 8-10: Tuti’s Terrific Treasures by Sarah Dabees, Veterans Memorial Elementary. 2nd place, ages 11-12: Jumba’s Cotton Candy by Julia Muller and Olivia Muller, Cypress Lakes Middle. 2nd place, ages 13-14: Water Pros by Justin Boggs, Kaiden Gabauer, Jonathan Regalado-Ramirez, and Victoria Rizo-Nunez,

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Top, L-R: Zachary, Joshua, and Caleb Paul took 3rd place in the 13-14 age group with Ready Cement Go! Above, L-R: Julia and Olivia Muller captured 2nd place in the 11-12 age group with Jumba’s Cotton Candy. Left: Brady Shepherd won first place in the 13-14 age group with Colony Magic. neafamily.com

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH

By Amy Plassins, Director of Dental Operations, Healthcare Network of SWFL

Helping Children Smile

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strid’s second grade teacher was concerned that she was not smiling or engaged in class when Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile came to her school. After Astrid’s initial dental screening, providers diagnosed her with widespread tooth decay and infection, and devised a treatment plan that resulted in more than 18 visits to a Healthcare Network dental office. She was treated, despite her parent’s lack of insurance and financial constraints. Astrid is now out of pain and smiling brightly, but it’s not just about cosmetics. Oral health issues have been connected to

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heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairment. Bacteria in the mouth affects the whole body. There is a simple way to help put a smile on many children’s faces, and that is through supporting the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Since 2004, the 40-foot-long state-of-the-art mobile pediatric dental office has provided at-risk children throughout Collier County with dental screenings, sealants, fluoride, school medical physicals, and Head Start screenings. The mobile unit brings dental care to first and second grade students at 14 Collier County Title 1 elementary schools, as well

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as after-school programs, child development centers, migrant communities, and a variety of family-oriented festivals. In the last five years, the amount of schools the bus visited has grown from six to 14. In addition, the Care Mobile provides school physicals for new students who are uninsured or unable to pay for them elsewhere. Without the physicals, children would be unable to attend Collier County Public Schools. Through the years, we have been fortunate to receive many grants and donations to continue our important mission. While we have been successfully running since 2004, the need for our programming continues. There is an understandable misperception that the program is fully funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities. House Charities does generously provide a portion of the Care Mobile’s annual operating budget, but additional philanthropic aid is necessary to annually support the program. Grants from the Naples Children and Education Foundation launched the program, and in 2015 helped replace the original mobile unit, but those grants do not cover the remainder of the yearly operating costs. With all of our operations, we strive to be efficient. Two years ago, we changed from visiting second and third grades to visiting first and second grades. With earlier intervention, we are able to use less sealant by catching problems sooner. This also provides the opportunity for the child to be referred to a dental home where continued oral health education as well as any needed dental treatment will be provided on a regular basis. The move also allows oral health education to begin before problems do. With the community’s support, we can continue to treat children throughout Collier County and even expand our programs to additional schools, where there are also children in need. For additional information, check healthcareswfl.org/ support-the-ronald-mcdonald-care-mobile. Photos, facing page: Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Top right: Astrid receives dental care at a Healthcare Network dental office.

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MOMentum Moms

By Anna Snyder hen you examine your life – your work, your family, your home – does it look different than you imagined it would as a teen or young adult? For Briesa Ruby, a pediatric emergency nurse, life on a five-acre homestead in Golden Gate Estates is all about bees, bee hives, and honey (and her two young children, of course). She coordinates daily operations, sales, and

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marketing, and provides chaos control (i.e. corralling two toddlers) for Rubee’s Raw Florida Honey. The growing business’ brand is a word play on the family’s last name, dreamed up many years ago by her husband, Josh. I had a chance to sit down with Briesa to discuss the family’s business, their bees, and their vision for the future. Tell me about you and your family. My husband and I have two children.

Our daughter, Rennisen, is 2 years old, and our son, Jacob, is 20 months. We also have two dogs, a cat, several cows, and chickens. We do keep some bee hives at our house (we have 400 hives total) for making queen bees. I’m a Naples native, and my parents homeschooled my siblings and me. During our homeschool years, we connected with other families through various programs, including “the bee family” (my husband’s family) – my mother ordered honey from the Rubys on a regular basis. I always thought of my husband as that “weird bee kid,” and he remembers thinking of me as that “weird punk kid.” I studied to become a nurse, and I lived at home throughout my education. When I graduated from Florida Southwestern University in 2013, my parents gave me two pointer puppies. I came home one afternoon and discovered a bee hive on one of our fence posts – I was concerned for my puppies. My mom told me to call the Rubys, and they sent Josh. When I saw him after several years, I thought “wow.” Josh thought the same thing about me, too, and in 2016, we got married. I worked for four years at Golisano Children’s Hospital as a nurse in the pediatric emergency department before I resigned to raise our family and run the business. How did you get into beekeeping? From a young age, my husband dreamed of becoming a beekeeper. It’s how he grew up, and by the time we got married, he had a lot of experience running the family beekeeping business. The Ruby family gave us four hives as a wedding present, and we built our own business from there. We made the decision to branch out on our own and form Rubee’s Raw Florida Honey – we never wanted to hinder our family relationships in any way, which can happen when various generations get NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020


involved in business together. We don’t compete with each other; rather, we help each other out and support one another in Southwest Florida. What do you enjoy about beekeeping? I love that we get to spend so much time outside together; we’re an outdoor family. We keep lots of animals, and we try to be a self-sufficient, homemade type of family. I love honey, and I love bees. Honey is so versatile and delicious, and I’m fascinated by the intricate science behind this part of creation. I do miss nursing; nursing is my passion, and I still maintain my license. At this point in my life, though, I’d much rather be able to help my husband. And, I love the family business aspect – we are all together. Bee hives and bee keeping are never boring, and I appreciate being able to help the environment in this way. What is challenging about beekeeping? There’s no exact method or science that will work 100% of the time. There is so much out of our control regarding the realities of agriculture. Various bug issues, hurricanes, weird sicknesses, and bears can destroy hives and kill bees, even if we’ve done everything perfectly. Beekeeping involves so much more than selling honey. Yes, we do sell honey, but we also raise queen bees, sell bees in packages and boxes, and provide bee removal services. We partner with small businesses around town that use our honey, and we provide residential delivery service one day a week. Our ultimate allergy blend is most popular, and it is a mixture of honey harvested throughout the year from various pollinations, so a teaspoon a day can be really effective for mitigating seasonal allergy symptoms. How do you envision the future for your business? We hope to be able to hire a part-time employee or two. God provides exactly how much we need when we need it, but we’d love to increase production such that things are a bit easier on a regular basis. Long-term, we hope to have a shop out of which we can work – a store where people can come, buy honey, and learn more about bees and beekeeping. What environmental challenges are facing Collier County that impact the bee population? We need to stop cutting down wetlands that we can never get NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020

Photos, facing page: MOMentum Mom Briesa Ruby with a few of the bees that fuel her family’s business, Rubee’s Raw Florida Honey. Above, L-R: Rennisen, Josh, Briesa, and Jacob Ruby.

back to make room for new developments. Collier County is losing parcels of the environment we’ll never be able to reclaim. That kind of stress is dangerous for every facet of our local ecosystems, and the bee population is included in that. The deforestation depletes our pollinators of their natural resources, taking away food sources and potential homes. This is one of the reasons there are so many bee swarms in our town and its neighborhoods. Though mosquito control chemicals supposedly don’t hurt bees, there is no one who can guarantee that over time. The chemicals are designed to kill bugs, and we need to think long-term about mosquito control’s effect on bee population as well. How do you decide where to place your hives? Hive placement depends on a lot of factors. My husband’s genius brain determines the strategy behind all of it. We work hard to place hives closest to the nectar blooms that open up, and we move them around to make different types and flavors of honey. For example, we take our hives up to the Lake Placid area for the orange blossom bloom, where the orange groves are very healthy and well taken-care of. We also place hives near black mangroves at specific times in the year; bees then will produce black mangrove honey,

which has a unique, salty flavor. When there’s an impending hurricane, we move them inland, and during winter months, we also move them inland. It’s better for bees not to have supplemental feed when there’s nothing to feed on. My husband has knocked on doors [to find properties where we can move the bees], and we barter with honey [to use the land]. We have friends with property all over Hendry and Collier County. Bigger commercial beekeepers have contracts with groves, but we try to keep our business more personal. What makes the honey you produce the “highest quality honey available,” according to your website? Why should people buy it instead of other raw honey available at other stores? When you buy honey locally, you can guarantee the quality and the healing properties of the honey you purchase. Even if a jar of honey is labeled “raw,” honey packagers must pasteurize it to some extent for it to be on a store’s shelf. Additionally, if honey is labeled “Florida Honey,” it may still come from other countries and have been packaged or distributed from somewhere in Florida. Continued on page 16 neafamily.com

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direction needs to be something that both people in the relationship love fully and completely. When the dark times come, both people in the marriage must commit to not letting it get best of them. They’re both going to have to push through and make it work. And you have to be okay not making any money from the business – just seeking to break even. We’ve run into a lot of hard times. It is not easy building a business from the ground up. There have been quite a few occasions when I’ve almost looked at my

Above, L-R: Briesa and Josh Ruby in their beekeeping gear. Below: The Rubys’ bee yard at their home in Golden Gate Estates.

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Honey on the store shelf may have very little actual honey in it; honey labeling is very vague and can be misleading. To get the full health benefit, it is best to buy from a local beekeeper. When you do so, you’re helping an American farmer, and you’re helping the local environment. Beekeepers are really scientists. They work closely with farmers and engage in active research to promote growth and pollination, and to support yield. Beekeepers worked to eradicate a dangerous 16

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genetic of Africanized bee that was appearing several years ago. And, 8-10 years ago, bees were vanishing in areas across the country. Local beekeepers worked to get a better understanding of the issue and helped to begin reversing that trend. Buying honey from a local beekeeper supports that important work. What advice would you give to other parents who are interested in pursuing their passion by starting their own family business? The business’ focus and

“We live and breathe beekeeping. It’s integral to our family culture. It’s our passion, our livelihood, our way of life.” husband and said: “I want out.” The business is so hard on him. We lost 80+ hives during and after Hurricane Irma, and it took us a long time to be able to build back from that loss. It was so painful to watch Josh pull 10-12 hour days five to six days a week to build our business, working his fingers to the bone, and then to have a destructive hurricane hit. And yet, my husband has so much integrity, heart, passion, and grit – he is what keeps me going. Sometimes I collapse and think, ‘Can I just be done tonight? I’ll be strong tomorrow.’ This family business is unique in that we live and breathe beekeeping – it’s our lifestyle. We can’t escape. Our relationship with our business is so intimate. But, in the end, that’s what makes it so great and so rewarding on a daily basis; it’s integral to our family culture. It’s our passion, our livelihood, our way of life. Visit Rubee’s Raw Florida Honey at therubees.com or find Briesa on Instagram: @briesaruby_honeygirl. NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020


COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Jennifer Kupiec

Laws of Life Essay Program Helps to Build Character

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n my most trying times, my mother reminded me of a quote from Wayne Dyer, ‘Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.’” Good advice, I would say. The above is an excerpt from one of our high school semifinalists in the annual Laws of Life essay competition. The Laws of Life program is a character-building activity that helps young people focus on and develop positive character traits that lead to responsible citizenship and a successful life. It was initiated as a suggestion by members of the Naples Young President’s Organization (YPO 49ers) who brought it before the City of Naples and Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). Now sponsored by the City of Naples, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the Southwest Florida 49ers organization, and CCPS, the program is open to all student residents of Collier County who are enrolled in grades 4-12. Annually, more than 3,000 students compete for a variety of honors and scholarships in four grade-level divisions. Students initially write essays connected to a Laws of Life character theme. The themes include self-control, citizenship, patriotism, honesty, fairness, courage, respect, tolerance, responsibility, cooperation, kindness, and perseverance. “Respect to me is important because it is so much more than just considering someone’s feelings,” shared one middle school semifinalist. “It is taking that consideration and putting it into action by accepting someone’s beliefs, ideas, and decisions even if they are different than you. This shows that you care about them and see them as an equal rather than someone less than you.” The student essays submitted are scored by a committee of readers and the top 10 students in each division are invited to participate in the speech phase of the competition. Once again, a committee composed of community judges scores the oral presentations. The top four student finalists in each division are then invited, along with their parents and teacher, to attend the annual Laws of Life banquet,

Last year’s Laws of Life winners, L-R: Arya Rajaram, Joanne Augustin, Isabella Stapp, and Faith Hundley.

where the finalists are recognized and presented with their awards. This year’s banquet will be held on Feb. 20. Following the banquet, the winning presentations in each division can be found at www. collierschools.com. “We were made to go out and get hurt, to know what heartbreak is, to know the sting of failure, but perseverance is a gentleman and will knock before entering. Sometimes the only option we have left is to fall, and that is okay because eventually we rise again with a new sense of strength and power. The thing that makes a person is to be able to feel the depths of our emotions and to know that everything is just temporary. If we were to live in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to persevere, but we don’t so we are called to rise to the challenge.” – Excerpt from a high school semifinalist in the Laws of Life essay competition.

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36 Books for Kids Black Hist 1. Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker and Dow Phumriuk 2. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison 3. Little Leaders: Bold Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison 4. Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace and Bryan Collier 5. Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior by Ed Clayton 6. If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold 7. Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson 8. The ABCs of Black History: A Children’s Guide by Craig Thompson 9. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney 10. Who Was Frederick Douglass? by April Jones Prince 11. Henry’s Freedom Box: The True Story of the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson 12. Little People, Big Dreams: Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser and Leire Salaberria 13. Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil DeGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull, Paul Brewer, and Frank Morrison 14. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez 15. Charlie Takes His Shot by Nancy Churnin and John Joven 16. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges 17. Who Was Nelson Mandela? by Meg Belviso 18. The Journey of York: The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Hasan Davis and Alleanna Harris

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That Celebrate ory Month 19. Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader 20. Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome 21. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama 22. Ella Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks 23. Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington 24. Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson and Frank Morrison 25. Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins, Sean Qualls, and Selina Alko 26. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone 27. The Life of Bessie Coleman: First African American Pilot by Connie Plantz 28. Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes by Lynn Homan and Thomas Reilly 29. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson 30. Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks and Colin Bootman 31. Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver by Tami Charles and Claire Almon 32. Mary McLeod Bethune by Eloise Greenfield and Jerry Pinkney 33. The Great Migration: An American Story by Jacob Lawrence 34. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe 35. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford and Jamey Christoph 36. Who Was Sojourner Truth? by Mona Zeldis McDonough NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020

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TRAVEL

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or certain Florida-based ski bunnies, snow bums, and their little bunny-kins, the term “snowbird” takes on a whole new meaning just about now. They hit the Patagonia and REI websites and start watching snow conditions on Colorado and Utah mountaintops. If you’re planning your first-ever family ski/ snowboard experience this winter, you may be overwhelmed at the sheer number and diversity of ski resorts. Here are a few familyfriendly snow destinations with unique features to get you started. World’s largest snow fort Colorado’s Keystone Resort has dialed the kid-o-meter to the max with its Kidtopia program, which showcases the world’s largest snow fort, plus indoor games and movies, Super Snowy Science Days, dog sledding, and meet and greets with the ski patrol’s adorable rescue dogs. They also have parades, Saturday night fireworks, sleigh rides, ice skating and tubing, family fondue nights, and milkshake socials. Kids’ lessons start at age 3. Call 970-4237100 or visit keystoneresort.com. Cookie cabin, teepee, and a sleigh ride to dinner Of course, it’s not only about the cookies (did I mention that they’re chocolate chip?); it’s also other special touches that make a memorable family vacation. The two-year-old Red Buffalo Park 20

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within the venerable Beaver Creek (Colorado) Resort has a gentle 13-slope family learning area, and lots of other goings-on within the resort, from ice skating to fireworks. Start the littlest ones in Haymeadow Park, where they’ll also love the interactive teepee and the build-your-own sundae in the yummy new Ice Cream Parlour. Visit beavercreek.com or call 970-754-4636. Celebrating all snow-abilities High on the Hollywood crowd’s winter sports A-list, Park City Mountain Resort is nearly impossible to access during the Sundance Film Festival, which just ended. But impossible turns to oh-so-possible for snow-lovers of all abilities and challenges at this world-class ski resort, thanks to its National Ability Center. From family-friendly, accessible lodging to amazing adaptive equipment, everyone from amputees to visually impaired, from those with spinal injuries and those on the autism spectrum, can hit the slopes. Kid and family favorites include the toboggan-style Alpine Coaster, the Flying Eagle Zip Line, sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, and the new High Meadow Park ski and snowboard school for beginners. Visit parkcitymountain.com or call 435-649-8111. Near and far Maggie Valley, North Carolina, always a Neapolitan fave in NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020


Facing page: A private family ski lesson at Keystone Resort in Colorado. Photo by D. Milchev. Above: Fireworks over Keystone’s snow fort. Photo by Jack Affleck.

summertime, has some very respectable slopes at the Cataloochee Ski Area, elevation 5,400 feet. It’s super family-friendly, with its Kidz Ski & Ride Center and Wednesday Family Days. Private lessons are available for kids age 3 and up, and group lessons for age 8 and up. Check out the Kids Stay & Ski Free program, offered Sunday-Thursday at participating lodgings. Nearby is Tube World, with the unfortunate name of “Wee Bowl” for the littlest ones. Visit cataloochee.com or call 800-926-0285. For those who have been there, done that, have some extra vacation time, and want to get serious, let’s talk Swiss Alps. The Matterhorn. Wolli the Sheep. Okay, the last one is just semiserious, but kids and grownups all adore the woolly mascot who hangs out in Zermatt-Matterhorn, the highest ski area in the Alps. Snow Park Zermatt has snow play 300 days a year. Wolli’s Park is a dream-maker for kids ages 6 to 16. Sign the kids up for the Stoked Ski & Snowboard School’s Stoked Kids’ Club, which includes private and group lessons for ages 4 and up. Every Friday there’s a Stoked Kids Ski Race where every child earns a medal, a gift, and – the website promises – a high-five from Wolli himself. Visit matterhornparadise.ch. Winter Park…FLORIDA! Go ahead and laugh your balaclava off, but it’s true! Before you head up to the winter wonderland of your dreams, give the little ones and teens their first feel of the slopes at Winter Club Ski and Snowboard in Winter Park, near Orlando. There’s no cold, the state of the art “slopes” are soft tufted nylon, and while you’re getting your snow legs, the instructor can actually stop the slope before you fall. Super-fun and confidence building for all ages. Ask about the school field trip packages. Call 407-618-1123 or visit winterclubski.com. KAREN T. BARTLETT is the travel editor of Neapolitan Family. The full scope of her skiing experience involves (1) a two-hour crosscountry trek in Finnish Lapland, followed by an 18-hour nap; and (2) a no-nonsense trek from the Naples Pier to Gordon Pass with Naples’ Nordic Pole Walking Group. Find them on Facebook @naplesnordicpolewalking. NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020

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YOUR COMMUNITY FEBRUARY EVENTS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: To submit your event for both our online and print calendars, go to the Calendar at neafamily.com and follow the instructions for inputting event information. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar. Note: Please check dates and times before attending events. As we do not enter all calendar data, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

1 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. 9th Annual STEAM Expo. A hands-on day of meaningful experiences and learning for students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Located at Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Naples. Check collierschools.com. 9:00 a.m. First Saturday Market. Food, local vendors, and yard games. Located at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1955 Curling Ave., Naples. Call 239-297-4091 or check oslcnaples.org. 9:00 a.m. Free Saturday at Naples Zoo. Collier County residents get in free the first Saturday of every month with proof of residency. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or visit napleszoo.org. 9:00 a.m. Kids’ Workshops. A new craft each month. Ages 5-12. Located at Home Depot, 2251 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Check homedepot.com. 9:00 a.m. National Geographic Photo Ark Exhibition at Naples Zoo. Features large-format, stunning images of endangered animals. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 9:00 a.m. Science Saturdays. Unleash your inner scientist or marine biologist with hands-on discovery labs for all ages. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check www. rookerybay.org.

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9:00 a.m. Yoga for Kids. Ages 2-5. $20 per child, $15 for siblings. Includes 30 minutes of free play before class. Located at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Call 239-703-6671 or email tatianatholt@gmail.com to register. Check www. werockthespectrumfortmyers.com. 10:00 a.m. Annual Antique Car Exhibition. More than 100 antique cars from local car clubs and classic car owners. Located at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Check edisonfordwinterestates.org. 10:00 a.m. Beginning Crochet. Learn the basics of crochet. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Camp for Limb-different Children. For limb-different youth and siblings to take their game in mainstreamed sports to the next level. Located at Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 800-338-9467 or check universe.com. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids’ Fishing. We supply the rods, reels, bait, and knowledge. Located at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers. Call 239-461-7800 or check basspro.com. 10:00 a.m. Quilling for Beginners. Create your own design for beads using a quilling tool and make a bracelet. Ages 12-18. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

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10:00 a.m. Sensory Storytime. Make new friends while participating in hands-on sensory activities. All ages welcome. Registration not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Touch-A-Truck 2020. Free. Experience cranes, police, ambulances, tractors, trucks, and more. Located at Naples Church of Christ, 12760 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-455-5252 or check napleschurchofchrist.com. 10:30 a.m. Pups ’n’ Books. Practice your reading skills with our furry friends. Dogs provided by Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs. All ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Pineapple Day. Growing tips and fruit demonstrations, pineapple treats, activities for kids, and more. Located at Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Check colliermuseums.com. 11:15 a.m. Daily Programs for Kids. Be A Biologist at 11:15 a.m. Scales and Tales at 12:15 p.m. Ocean Discoveries at 1:15 p.m. November-April, Wonders of Wildlife at 2:15 p.m. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 11:30 a.m. Winterfest. The Ben Allen Band, food trucks, beer garden, and games. $10 per car. Located at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples. Call 239252-3527 or check collierparks.com. 12:30 p.m. Ave Maria Blues, Brews & BBQ. Free admission and parking. Live music, food trucks, and children’s activities. Located at 5076 Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria. Call 239-352-3903 or check avemaria.com. 1:00 p.m. Autism Spectrum Play Group. Open to ages 5-16. $10 per child. A safe, structured, and supervised place for your child to interact with others. Located at Christ Community Church, 4050 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Check fi-florida.org. 1:00 p.m. Puppy Dog Tails. Find out how to keep your children and yourself safe around any animal. Ages 5 through adult. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Great Naples Duck Race and Water Safety Festival. Adopt your lucky duck today and enter for a chance to win cash. Located at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4021 or check duckrace.com. 2:00 p.m. Movie Afternoon. Abominable (PG). All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

2 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Less crowding and a quieter restaurant environment, dimmed lighting, the show and music turned down or off entirely, limited appearances by Chuck E., full menu, access to all games and rides. Located at Chuck E. Cheese’s Fort Myers, 5020 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Call 239-3340563 or check chuckecheese.com. 9:30 a.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at 24 Hour Club, 1509 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or visit naplesAl-Anon. org for other meeting days and locations.

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4:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. River Park Recreation Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Check www. mealsofhope.org.

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2:30 p.m. Edison Festival of Light 2020 Junior Parade. Over 100 units including floats, marching bands, dancers, street performers, clowns, and dignitaries. River District Downtown Fort Myers, Fort Myers. Check www. edisonfestival.org.

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4:30 p.m. Golden PAWS Readers. Practice reading aloud to these special dogs. All ages. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239775-5592 or check www. collierlibrary.org.

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9:00 a.m. Royal Palm Academy Open House. Find out how the Royal Palm advantage can help your child reach higher. Royal Palm Academy, 16100 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-594-9888 or visit royalpalmacademy. com.

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10:00 a.m. Preschool Program: Black History Month. Free program for children ages 2-5 years who have not yet entered kindergarten. Registration required. Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Visit colliermuseums.com or call 239-252-8476.

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10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 enjoy fun activities in WINK Playland. Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239948-3766 or check www. miromaroutlets.com.

9:30 a.m. Homeschool Day: Uplands to the Sea. Enjoy an exciting day of age-appropriate estuarine learning experiences led by marine science educators. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org.

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11:00 a.m. Corn Hole Tournament and Food Truck Cook Out. Corn hole tournament, raffle, and food trucks. Tours available. Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, 206 Ridge Dr., Naples. Visit NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org.

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3:30 p.m. Pocket Pals and Puppy Love. Learn about Collier County Domestic Animal Services, the process for adopting a pet, and experience live animals up close. Ages 5 years and older. Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

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6:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie Night. Toy Story 4. Bring chairs or a blanket for the whole family. Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check naplesgov.com.

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4:30 p.m. Junior Campout at Rookery Bay. Gain outdoor skills and further your appreciation for the great outdoors of SWFL. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-5305940 or check rookerybay. org.

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9:00 a.m. Reel in the Sunshine Fishing Expo. A day of fun and fishing. Activities, food, and giveaways. Sunshine Ace Hardware, 9100 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Visit www. sunshineace.com or call 239-992-0454.

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9:00 a.m. Find It Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check evergladeswondergardens. com.

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10:30 a.m. Mommy & Me Yoga Class. Ages 2-5. A special time with your child. $20 per mommy and child. Includes 30 minutes of free play. Call 239703-6671 to register. We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Check werockthespectrumfortmyers.com.

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9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. For ages 9 months to preK. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. For children on the autism spectrum and/ or with other sensory integration disorders. Limited participation in order to minimize crowds. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Check cmon. org or call 239-514-0084.

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3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Ages 5-13. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.

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9:00 a.m. Estuary “Edventures” – Uplands & Ecotones. Student day camp. A day in the field with hands-on learning that provides a greater understanding and appreciation of our local waters and wildlife. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org.

9:30 a.m. Zoo Yoga. Start your day with an animalthemed yoga class designed for all ages. Bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water. Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org.

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11:00 a.m. Corn Hole Tournament and Food Truck Cook Out. Corn hole tournament, raffle, and food trucks. Located at Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, 206 Ridge Dr., Naples. Visit NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org. 12:00 p.m. Sunday Programs. Join us for a day of themed activities. Included with price of admission. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org.

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Library hours. Teen Activity Corner. Tired of sitting in class all day? Relieve some stress by working on a puzzle, suggesting a good read, or writing thoughts in the teen journals. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Teens: Movie @ the Library. Watch a film after school. Ages 1117. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Golden PAWS Readers. Practice reading aloud to these special dogs. All ages. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.

4 TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Homeschool Day: Uplands to the Sea. Enjoy an exciting day of age-appropriate estuarine learning experiences led by marine science educators. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 2:00 p.m. Quilling: The Art of Paper Filigree. Make a special Valentine’s Day card and learn how to quill, an old art that is making a comeback. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Scoopie Kid’s Night. Every Tuesday. Face painting, balloon animals, and crafts. Located at Culver’s of Naples, 5775 Airport Pulling Rd., Naples. Call 239-596-4640 or check culvers.com.

5 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. For ages 9 months to preK. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 9:30 a.m. Art Classes with Miss Lexi. A different theme every month. Located at InPlay Family Fun, 4035 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples. Call 239-963-9716 or visit inplayfamilyfun.com. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 enjoy fun activities in WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check miromaroutlets.com. 10:30 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. For ages 9 months to preK. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:30 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. For ages 9 months to preK. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org

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6 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. First Baptist Academy Open House. Learn about our discipleship school with a uniquely personal approach to education. Located at First Baptist Academy, 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-597-2233 fbalions.org. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers. Multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. Ages 5 and younger. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 10:15 a.m. Mini Wonders. Thursdays and Fridays. Toddler fun and activities dedicated to our little learners 5 and younger. Every month we explore new books, create art projects, tinker, and more. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will

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be provided. Ages 5-11. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239- 394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Pocket Pals and Puppy Love. Learn about Collier County Domestic Animal Services, the process for adopting a pet, and experience live animals up close. Ages 5 years and older. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Free Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop Series. Fun and educational parent workshops. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 7:30 p.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at Habitat for Humanity Tutor House, 5250 Floridan Ave., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or check NaplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations.

7 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find It Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-9922591 or visit evergladeswondergardens.com. 10:30 a.m. Mommy & Me Yoga Class. Ages 2-5. A special time with your child. $20 per mommy and child. Includes 30 minutes of free play. Call 239-703-6671 to register. Located at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Check werockthespectrumfortmyers.com or call 239-362-3378. 7:00 p.m. ZOObilee. A wild and wonderful evening in support of the new growth and expansion at the zoo. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org.

8 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Reel in the Sunshine Fishing Expo. A day of fun and fishing. Located at Sunshine Ace Hardware, 9100 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-9920454 or visit sunshineace.com. 10:00 a.m. Annual Cars on 5th Show. More than 400 luxury vehicles on display. Located at Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Check carsonfifth.com. 10:00 a.m. Make and Take Valentine Workshop. Make valentines for the ones you love. Ages 2 years and older. Registration not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Kids Zone. A different craft every month. Kids also receive an ID badge, lanyard, and collector’s pins. Located at JCPenney at Coastland Center Mall, 2076 9th St. N., Naples. Call 239-261-6010 or check jcpenney.com. 12:00 p.m. Mutt Strutt. Dog lovers, families, vendors, and pet agencies gather for fun, food, and mutt strutt. Located at Downtown Fort Myers. Check leelostpets.com. 2:00 p.m. Valentine’s Card Making. Kids can make a special valentine to give to a friend or a family member. All ages. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Group for Parents of Children with ASD. A welcoming environment for parents and caregivers to meet, share experiences, ideas, ask questions, and receive support. Located at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Check werockthespectrumfortmyers.com or call 239-362-3378. 5:00 p.m. Kids’ Night Out. Parents can enjoy a night out while the kids have fun in a safe and secure environment. Ages 6 months to 12 years. Preregistration is required. Dinner included. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org.

9 SUNDAY 2:30 p.m. 2020 Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade. Over 100 units including floats, marching bands, dancers, street performers, clowns, and dignitaries. Located at River District, Downtown Fort Myers. Check edisonfestival.org.

11 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Royal Palm Academy Open House. Find out how the Royal Palm advantage can help your child reach higher. Located at Royal Palm Academy, 16100 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-594-9888 or check royalpalmacademy.com.

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9:00 a.m. Darwin Day. Commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin with buy one get one free entrance. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing Wednesday. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns while listening to soothing music. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Program: Black History Month. Free program for ages 2-5 years who have not yet entered kindergarten. Registration required. Located at Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-8476 or check colliermuseums.com. 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad. Each toddler class includes an animal encounter, storybook reading, creative art, and free-choice play stations, such as sensory play and naturebased activities. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 11:00 a.m. Make and Take Craft. While supplies last. All ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Bricks provided. All ages. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-6572882 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Valentine’s Craft Program. Make holiday decorations and decorate heart-shaped cookies. Registration is required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org.

Library hours. It’s A Hearty Celebration: Valentine Crafts Day. Make a special valentine for those you love. All ages. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Teens DIY Project. Join us after school for a fun and easy craft. Ages 11-17. Supplies are limited. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or check collierlibrary.org.

14 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Le Leche League Monthly Meeting. All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome. Located at Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Visit lllsunshinestate.org. 11:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring while listening to soothing music. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or visit collierlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie Night. Toy Story 4. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check naplesgov.com.

15 SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. NAMI Walk. Scenic 2.5 mile walk to raise funds and awareness for mental illness. Free food, fun, and entertainment. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-260-7300 or check namicollier.org.

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9:00 a.m. Autism Spectrum Disorder. Join Kerry Magro, award-winning national speaker and best-selling author, for a discussion followed by a Q&A session. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Little Kids’ “Drive-in” Movie. Build a car out of a box, then sit in your car and enjoy a short film on the big screen. Ages 2-5 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Valentine Tea Time. Put on your Valentine’s Day best and join us for snacks, crafts, photo ops, and a sweet story. All ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:30 p.m. Pups ’n’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Great Hope 4 Kids Vendor Show. Kids helping kids, by raising money for children’s charities. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-777-6366 or check greathopefoundation.org. 2:00 p.m. Movie Afternoon. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Pony Fun Day. Ages 4+. Horseback riding, games, crafts, and special seasonal activities. Located at Cornerstone Farm South, 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-595-7618 or check cornerstonefarmsouth.com. 4:00 p.m. Sensory Friendly Saturdays. Free from 4-6 p.m. for families with autism spectrum disorder or other sensory processing needs. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Check naplesgarden.org. 4:30 p.m. Junior Campout at Rookery Bay. Gain outdoor skills and further your appreciation for the great outdoors of SWFL. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org.

TNP KidzAct is Southwest Florida’s premier youth theatre program where children as young as four years old can experience the benefits of theatre education classes.

17 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Estuary “Edventures” – Uplands & Ecotones. Student day camp for school vacation day. A day in the field with hands-on learning that will leave you with a greater understanding and appreciation of our local waters and wildlife. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org.

18 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Manatees and Dolphins. Learn behaviors, anatomy, and fun facts about manatees and dolphins. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check friendsofkoreshan.org.

19 WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. Lego Fun. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Bricks provided. All ages. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-6572882 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Cooking with Tish. Learn how to make a molten lava cake and homemade ice cream. Registration is required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org.

20 THURSDAY 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Ages 5-13. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Visit pflagnaples.org or call 239-963-4670 for location.

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art making, gallery activities, games, and more. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check artinlee.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Mardi Gras Craft. All ages are welcome to create beautiful mask for Mardi Gras. All materials will be provided. Registration not required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Reading with Maggie. Practice your reading skills with our furry friend Maggie. She is a friendly and insured chocolate lab who loves children and enjoys reading. All ages. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org.

25 TUESDAY 4:00 p.m. Teens: Mardi Gras Celebration. Snacks and a movie. Ages 11-17. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. For children on the autism spectrum and/ or with other sensory integration disorders. Limited participation to minimize crowds. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Check cmon.org or call 239-514-0084.

29 SATURDAY The all-new Second Edition is the perfect guide for visitors, local families, classrooms, homeschool groups and libraries. Twice as many colorful photos and illustrations...more super-fun attractions and experiences... more freaky factoids and inside tips. Plus, all the websites and phone numbers you need. It’s absolutely, positively not just for kids! Available in the best bookstores, gift shops, and on amazon.com.

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11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Full STEAM Ahead Fort Myers Grand Opening. Join us for free STEAM Activities, food, raffles, and more. Learn more about what we offer at our brand new location. Get 50% off one Fort Myers Summer Camp if you enroll during the grand opening. Located at Full STEAM Ahead, 1901 Brantley Rd., Fort Myers. Check fullsteamaheadfl.com or call 239-451-3142. 10:00 a.m. Cape Coral Strawberry Fest. Bounce house, food, arts & crafts, pony rides, face painting, games, contests, and more. Located at German American Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Check capecoralfest.com.

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Your Guide to High School Your Guide to Acceleration High School Acceleration

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By Amanda Sterk, Ed.D.

High school students have great opportunities to obtain free college credits even before graduating high school! Today, Florida provides many opportunities for students to accelerate their learning through various high school programming. Earning college credit in high school is beneficial for multiple reasons.

Career Focus Time Savings In Florida, it was found that less than 67 percent of Florida college students graduate in six years, according to the Florida Board of Governor’s Accountability Rate. While not widely discussed, college is taking longer to get through as students change their degrees, have trouble meeting prerequisites, or enter programs that change their requirements. Having a student be able to focus on the generalized core courses or electives to determine their major, these credits can save students a substantial amount of time and stress.

Rigor & Independence Acceleration courses allow students to be treated as college-students. Students learn to better navigate the academic skills, such as time management, study skills, test preparation, and note taking, to be a more successful student. Having both rigor and independence can be

The college course work allows students to see how they might enjoy specific career fields. Advanced lab reports, research, hands-on projects, and indepth teaching provides more opportunities for exploration into various career fields. DualEnrollment often offers industry certifications that can be directly employable after high school or with additional semester or two.

Cost Savings School districts often pick up the tab for tuition and books. Sometimes there are some small fees, but at a fraction of the cost what a student would pay after graduating high school, including room and board, tuition, fees, books, and other expenses.

Smaller Classes Taking these courses in high school or on a state college's campus guarantees small numbers and more personalized attention.

highly motivating for students to excel.

Amanda Sterk, Ed.D., is the director of Accelerated Programs at Florida Southwestern State College, where she works with students, parents, school counselors, and school districts to understand and participate in accelerated learning programs in SW Florida. She is the founder of Unmaze.me, an online resource for colleges admissions, scholarships, and financial planning, and is the author of College UnMazed: Your Guide to the Florida College and University System, from which the information on pages 32-33 is taken. The book is available both on Unmaze.me and Amazon.com. 32

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Advanced Placement- implemented by the College Board, are standard curriculum courses taught by high school teachers. Students are given an end-of-the-year test, that provides them a score from 1-5. Based on this score, colleges and universities determine if college credit can be earned.. Over 2.7 million students worldwide are expected to take up to 5 million exams this year.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

a. Strengths- AP is one the largest and oldest acceleration methods. It gives opportunities for all types of students to take singleton courses for potential college credits. College credits are often given for certain scores, but not all universities accept AP credits. Students can take courses they are stronger in rather than a whole program. b. Weaknesses- While the student may do well in the classroom environment, some students struggle on the extensive standardized test. As well, colleges have differing scores needed to obtain college credit. For more information about AP options- visit CollegeBoard

Cambridge AICE and International Baccalaureate- The AICE and IB programs are similar in curriculum structure with an emphasis on intellectual rigor, high academic standards, and strong emphasis on citizenship. Students often apply in 8th grade with standardized test scores, application, and possible interview.

AICE CAMBRIDGE & INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

a. Strengths- Courses taught in the high school setting, but becomes a “schoolwithin-a-school” setting as only a select number of students may enter the program. Students may earn up to 45 credits through passage of the final, standardized test. The programs are internationally recognized. Currently students who earn the AICE or IB diploma are eligible for the Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars full-tuition scholarship. b.

Weaknesses- AICE and IB are extremely rigorous, structured, writing intensive

programs. Some students do not thrive academically in this type of environment, some do.

DE courses are college courses that can be utilized in three ways; on a high school campus with a credentialed professor, online through the college, or at the college campus. Unlike the other programs, dual enrollment students have to meet state requirements of a 3.0 unweighted grade point average and specific test scores on standardized tests like the PERT, ACT, or SAT (https://www.fsw.edu/dualenrollment).

DUAL ENROLLMENT

a. Strengths- Florida statute requires all credits with passing grades to transfer to a four-year university or college. Coupled with the same course number system throughout Florida, transferability is simple. College courses are also by semester, so students can earn credits at a faster rate than other acceleration methods that are yearlong, such as AP, AICE, and IB. DE students have full access to the college’s resources, such as the library, academic resource centers, tutoring, activities, and Honor’s Program. b. Weaknesses-Students are treated as a college student and are expected to have academic independence. Student’s are creating their college official transcript.

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EDUCATION By Katherine Baron

11 Things Preschool Teachers Want Parents to Know

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he preschool years are your child’s first school experience, and both parents and teachers want it to be a success. Handing your child over to a stranger in a new environment might be one of the hardest things you do, and teachers know this. With some helpful tips, your child can have an easier transition during the first year of school. 1. Read, read, read. Story time can start before they can crawl, talk, or read. Reading to your child at bedtime or bath time instills a love of books. You can even introduce simple and age appropriate chapter books (no pictures) during their preschool years. Read only a chapter each night. As you read, their imagination creates the images of the story. Falling in love with stories at such a young age will ensure they are more engaged at school during story time or when they begin to read. 2. Drop-off. If your child has tears at drop-off at the beginning of the school year, it’s normal. To help them transition, spend 5-10 minutes at home before school in a fun discussion, playing a simple game, or singing songs. This one-on-one time gives them a warm sense of fulfillment that may be key in helping them through their school day without you. Give them a quick hug and an “I love you” before you walk out of the classroom. After the parent has left, most criers stop after a few minutes. If they continue to cry each morning, it becomes harder for mom and dad to leave, but the quick drop-off is necessary to help them get used to their new routine. Once your child starts forming new friendships and enjoying the 34

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class activities, they will become less frightened to be without you. 3. A sense of value. Along the course of their day, preschoolers love to be able to speak their opinions and be heard. It doesn’t matter if they want to talk about a trip they went on last year or discuss their favorite color. Being heard and allowed the time to talk makes them feel valued and cared for. 4. Allocated jobs. Preschoolers love having “jobs” and need to feel included at home and school. This happens by assigned tasks, and praise of a job well done. When my children were young, they loved to clean our toilets. I think it was the “magic stirring wand” and the bubbles they’d make. Did I have to do it over later? For sure, but your little assistant loves to contribute to the upkeep of their home and their classroom. 5. Table manners. Encourage good eating habits at home so they use them at school. To help them learn, give them their dessert if they sat at the table during the meal. Or play a fun game after dinner if they eat dinner without playing with it. Show them discussions are fun at mealtimes, and there’s no reason to leave the table. Preschoolers are social and enjoy conversation among peers, but if they are in the habit of walking around, or being silly at mealtime, chances are they will be put at a separate table at school if repeated reminders aren’t working. Having good table manners allows them to sit with their peers for those fun conversations. 6. Clothing. Some preschoolers are adamant about what they wear. Some are fine with what mom or dad choose. If it’s a struggle NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION to dress them, it’s okay to allow them to express their taste in clothing. Children who dress themselves (in mismatched clothing) make us smile, and we admire them for it. Also keep in mind that we use paint, markers, glue, and scissors on a regular basis. I use paint shirts in my classroom, but paint often finds its way onto clothing anyway. Markers are also dropped or flailed around during engaging conversations. It’s not unusual for children to go home with marker on their hands, clothing, or even face. 7. Speaking of messy. We are teachers. We see the nose pickers, we’ve waited half of lunch time outside the bathroom stall because a child can’t/won’t go poopy in the potty, and we’ve helped strip wet pants off over their clunky shoes because they want them off right away. Preschoolers are preschoolers, and we have their backs. Nothing is off limits, so don’t hesitate to talk to us about habits, issues, or something they are having trouble with. 8. Social skills. Our school teaches the academics needed to prepare them for kindergarten, but our priority is teaching social skills. Does your child know how to share, take turns, apologize to friends, or lose gracefully at games? Your child will experience a lot of these things in a classroom full of students. Teachers spend a portion of their day reiterating social skills between students. These skills are taught at the preschool age while they learn how to get along and function in the shared space. If they learn these skills before starting their school years, they will have fewer tears and frustrations within the classroom setting. 9. Eating habits. What your child eats for breakfast and what you pack for their lunch can determine the focus and thinking skills they may or may not have for their day ahead. My daughter only wanted peanut butter sandwiches for lunch during her elementary years. I’d make sure there were healthy items like carrots, grapes, or berries and nuts to go along with her sandwich. Make the main part of their meal healthy, with only a little unhealthy on the side. 10. They are honest. We’ve been told that our breath stinks, or our legs feel “prickly.” We’ve been asked why we have funny wrinkles, and told that our hair looks bad today. We hear about how Aunt Jessica “has so many boyfriends,” and how Dad swears while driving, sometimes graphically. They know what’s right and wrong, even at this young age, and love to point it out. I once tried to help a child decide what to get her grandmother for a Christmas gift, and I suggested a coffee mug. She told me her grandmother doesn’t like coffee, so I asked her what Grandma preferred. She

turned on the sarcasm of a teenager and told me with a serious expression, “she loves her drink.” Preschoolers keep us grounded, humble, and often astounded with their preschool perspectives. 11. We love teaching them. We use our hearts to make sure they thrive within our walls, and teach skills that will be with them for the rest of their lives. We get to share in their growth – first lost tooth, making best friends, and taking on new responsibilities. We see the excitement in their eyes as it happens. We bandage their booboos, hear about their nightmares, and learn about the things that make them sad or angry. They share the fun things they did at home

Know that bloody noses, runny noses, constipation, and tears are part of what we do.

last night or the sad news about their pet. We witness how fiercely they love their family, and how much they miss them some days. So much is rolled up into the life of a preschooler. Children learn more quickly during their first five years of life than at any other time. They need nurturing and love to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence, and we get to be a part of that. We know they won’t always remember us, but we will remember them and the things they did that touched our hearts. The support that parents give us is so important to the classroom environment and what happens inside its walls. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your child’s day and how they are doing. Know that bloody noses, runny noses, constipation, and tears are a part of what we do. It’s hard letting your littles go off to school, but we try to make it easier and enjoyable for them, so that they always want to come back. KATHERINE BARON is a mom of two, a preschool teacher at Vanderbilt Learning Center, a freelance writer, and author. She founded the Back to Being a Woman online site to inspire women to rise above their challenges. You can find her at backtobeingawoman.com.

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ontessori education recognizes that each child learns differently and at her own pace. Montessori respects each child’s unique learning path. Your child’s educational plan is matched to her unique developmental level, learning style, and interests. She will receive individualized instruction and progress through the curriculum at her own pace. She will be free from the pressure to meet formal standards of learning (such as grade-level benchmarks) at a predetermined rate, but will be challenged at the appropriate level in all areas of learning. Learning in a Montessori classroom is multi-sensory and hands-on. Students learn by doing and are free to move about. This is an advantage for those who require a high level of physical activity or may have difficulty sustaining attention in a more traditional classroom setting. Additionally, the organization and structure of a Montessori classroom helps children develop organizational and time management skills that lead to independence. This is especially important for students with executive functioning deficits. Montessori teachers are trained observers who expertly individualize instruction for all students, not just those with learning differences. Through careful observation of each student, teachers tailor their lesson planning to include accommodations for students who need support. This means that students with learning differences may be included in a lesson with their peers (and thus be socially included) and receive individualized follow-up work for their specific needs. This allows each child in a Montessori classroom to be successful.  The right social fit Montessori schools value respect for others, diversity, and inclusion. Children NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020

with special needs often thrive socially in Montessori environments where they are welcomed into a multi-aged peer group that promotes kindness and acceptance. In a classroom with older and younger peers, your child will learn from others and experience new challenges through observation of her friends. She also will reinforce her learning by teaching concepts she already has mastered to other children, while developing leadership skills and serving as a role model. Importantly, in the multi-aged classroom, your child will build self-esteem through individualized, positive learning experiences. In a Montessori classroom, each child does individual work at her own pace. This decreases the tendency of children to compare their progress with their peers or notice if another classmate is more or less advanced. This eliminates the impression of being “behind” that children with special needs may feel in traditional classrooms. School support services Depending on your child’s needs, a Montessori school might refer her for additional resources such as speech and

language therapy, occupational therapy, and/or counseling. Some schools might offer some specialized services in-house, while others will recommend outside resources in the community for students who need additional support. In all cases, the school works in close partnership with a child’s family in order to best meet each child’s unique needs. Nonetheless, some students may need greater accessibility or more support services than a given school can provide. Each Montessori school is autonomous in determining which services and support it can provide to best meet the needs of its students. In each situation, the student’s individual needs and the school’s resources should be carefully assessed through a partnership between the school and the family to ensure a successful match.

Reprinted with permission from the American Montessori Society. ©2020. All rights reserved. For more information about four local Montessori schools, turn to the Education Directory starting on page 38. neafamily.com

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Education Directory PRESCHOOLS and PRIVATE SCHOOLS BLOOM DAY SCHOOL

15300 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples • 239-249-2084 BloomDaySchool.com At Bloom Day School, we are dedicated to creating a nurturing, stimulating, and welcoming environment for all children. Our unique programs incorporate a variety of educational theories, while always keeping the child’s best interest in mind and allowing for handson, experiential learning. Program highlights include: Frog Street curriculum; Bible lessons; activities and schedule created to provide diversity and challenge; weekly character traits; school readiness skills; arts and crafts; music and games; outdoor play; and weekly chapel. We are affiliated with Grow Church.

CEDAR MONTESSORI

10904 Winterview Dr., Naples • 239-597-7190 CedarMontessori.org Cedar Montessori School was founded in 1984, based on Maria Montessori’s philosophy and natural stages of child development to be a partnership and extension of your home. Cedar Montessori offers children ages 12 months to 6 years a fun and nurturing environment

to explore and grow individually and independently. The spacious campus, located in a North Naples residential neighborhood, includes a large outdoor play yard, full- and part-time sessions, before- and after-care, an optional hot meal program, parent participation, and veteran, highly qualified staff dedicated to your child’s early childhood experience.

CHILD’S PATH

3144 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples 239-353-4144 CollierChildCare.org A CCCR Early Childhood Development Center. Child’s Path is a fullservice early childhood development center that is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children ages 2-5. VPK and School Readiness vouchers accepted; partial scholarships available to income-eligible families. Highly qualified teachers provide children with the consistency and skills necessary for them to flourish, following the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education, which promotes child-centered learning in an arts-based environment and inspires a desire for lifelong learning.

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2535 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples 239-593-6668 • ChildMont.com Children’s Montessori School is a private early childhood preschool program. Children learn by exploring and discovering concepts with a “hands-on” approach using manipulative equipment and instruction that also encourages students to progress at their own pace. The Montessori Method develops the whole child, not just intellectual faculties but also powers of deliberation, initiative, and independent choice. The school was founded in 1998 and offers classes for children ages 12 months through kindergarten with VPK integrated into the Extended Primary program. The full school hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with various schedules available.

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COVENANT CHURCH MOM’S MORNING OUT 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples 239-597-3464 CovenantNaples.com/moms-morning-out

Covenant Church of Naples Mom’s Morning Out is a ministry for both children and parents/guardians. Our purpose is to provide a loving environment for children while offering parents and caregivers a needed break. Daily activities for the children are based around a theme. Using that theme, the children will experience story time (both literature and Bible), outdoor play and free play, and art and music. For ages 2-4 (as of Jan. 1).

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2260 Olympia Park Blvd., Naples 239-734-5100 • CreativeWorldSchool.com Coming this spring! Creative World School is an early education school where children come to laugh and learn every day. We believe that children learn best in an inspiring environment. Our custom-built Exploratorium is a world of wonder where children have hands-on experiences that help them understand the world around them. We dive into STEAM learning and engage in a different theme for our Inquiry Explorations each month. Come for loving infant care, engaging toddler programs, challenging preschool learning, and kindergarten readiness. We also offer CW Kid’s Club before- and after-school care for your school-age student.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL

250 Sixth St. S., Naples 239-262-8315 • fppNaples.org First Presbyterian Preschool, where we are growing the God-given gifts and potential of each child, began caring for the children of the Naples community over 50 years ago. Today, the preschool offers a part-time, half-day program for children ages 18 months through 6 years, including VPK and a junior kindergarten program, that follows the same calendar as the Collier County Public Schools. Our program offers a play-based curriculum that is individualized to meet each child’s needs, as well as small class sizes and extremely low student-to-teacher ratios.

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6051 Bayshore Dr., Naples 239-424-9084 • GardenSchoolNaples.com The Garden School of Naples offers a world-class Montessori environment for children ages 2-6 years, one that nurtures independence and promotes physical, social, and emotional well-being, while creating space for intellectual and academic excellence, and supporting a wide range of creative and artistic endeavors. Our strong focus on modern environmental education introduces compassion, connectedness, good citizenship, and conscientious stewardship of the Earth as key elements of early childhood development. We offer both a morning and full-day academic preschool and kindergarten program certified by the American Montessori Society.

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5450 YMCA Rd., Naples • 239-963-3778 GreaterNaplesYMCA.org The Greater Naples YMCA offers a comprehensive curriculum for ages 3 months to 5 years that focuses on building relationships, the learning environment, how children learn, and how teachers and families can work together to strengthen the child’s growth and development, ensuring school readiness. NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2020


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LITTLE PEOPLE’S SCHOOL

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868 94th Ave. N., Naples • 239-597-5064 LittlePeoplesSchool.info

2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples • 239-597-2255 NaplesMontessori.org

Little People’s School (LPS) was founded over 35 years ago by certified elementary teachers dedicated to the education of young children. The staff at LPS believes that children learn best when involved physically and intellectually in their learning environment. Students enjoy a small child-to-teacher ratio, which allows children to have the optimal opportunity to learn basic concepts in math and literacy through age-appropriate programs of art, science, literature, music, social studies, character development, and, of course, play. Part-time, full-time, and VPK programs are available.

Montessori Academy of Naples offers comprehensive Montessori programs for students ages 8 weeks to 15 years old. The time-proven Montessori method is evident in the carefully prepared, reality-based environments that foster independence and self-discipline and encourage young hands and minds to engage, experiment, and explore. School snacks and lunches include farm-fresh fruits and vegetables courtesy of the school’s student-run organic produce co-op. School hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., including early arrival and after-school programs. VPK and summer programs also are available.

LITTLE WONDERS PRESCHOOL

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A CCCR Early Childhood Development Center. Little Wonders is a full-service early child development center open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children ages 1-5. Located in Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples, Little Wonders offers a highly qualified teaching staff. VPK and School Readiness vouchers accepted; partial scholarships available to income-eligible families. Little Wonders follows a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to learning that promotes child-centered learning in an arts-based environment and inspires a desire for lifelong learning.

Moorings Presbyterian Preschool was founded in 1978. We offer classes for ages 2 through VPK. Our maximum enrollment is 100 students, which provides a 10:1 student/teacher ratio. Our mission is to provide an affordable, high quality academic education in a Christian environment of acceptance, love, and guidance. We accomplish this through individualized instruction and by creating an environment of understanding and compassion to help each child feel welcomed and successful. We welcome children and families of all ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

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PRECIOUS CARGO ACADEMY 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples 239-261-7442 PreciousCargoAcademy.org

Precious Cargo Academy sees early childhood education as the foundation for lifelong learning. We strive to establish opportunities for play, cognitive development, laughter, and promoting social-emotional growth. Through extensive research and adoption of the Creative Curriculum, we offer children the right balance of skills, intellect, and global awareness. We embrace the importance of balancing academics with children’s individual needs, with the goal of teaching the “whole” child. Precious Cargo is an inclusive school welcoming all families. Teachers are supported by an administration passionate about education.

ROYAL PALM ACADEMY

16100 Livingston Rd., Naples 239-594-9888 RoyalPalmAcademy.com Royal Palm Academy’s mission is to partner with families to provide an education of rich academics with Catholic formation. We teach the mind, educate the heart, and form the character of tomorrow’s leaders. The values you instill in your children at home are carried through our daily instruction by highly professional and talented faculty and staff, many of whom hold advanced degrees in their respective fields. Our goal is to develop your child into a well-rounded leader who lives up to his or her full potential. That is why our motto is Semper Altius – Always Higher. Find out how the Royal Palm Advantage can help your child reach higher at our Open House at 9 a.m. on Feb. 11. Call 239-594-9888 to register.

SAINT ANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 542 Eighth Ave. S., Naples 239-262-4110 StAnn.net

Since 1956, Saint Ann School has provided excellence in education of spirit, mind, and body to our students in PK3-grade 8, from our academic curriculum to our athletic programs to our arts programs, in which students participate fully. For more information, visit www. stann.net, facebook.com/SaintAnnSchool, or call 239-262-4110.

SCRIBBLES LEARNING CENTER

727 108th Ave. N., Naples • 239-775-4537 ScribblesLearningfl.com It is our philosophy that early childhood be a time of fun, warmth, exploring, and discovery. Preschool children are creative and enthusiastic learners. Our staff strives to nurture and encourage these qualities. We offer an atmosphere that promotes social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth, and development of the child as a whole. The learning process is approached through an emergent curriculum education, which emphasizes the interests of the child. We offer programs for children 12 months to 5 years old. We are Visit www.covenantnaples.com/Moms-Morning-Out VPK certified, offering full-day and partial-week programs. 42

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Temple Shalom Preschool is recognized as a high-quality program in Naples. We have been approved by Florida SouthWestern’s Early Childhood Department as an appropriate setting for their pre-service teacher training. We offer classes for ages 2-4, as well as a Baby and Me class for babies and toddlers. Our multi-faceted curriculum is based on faith values, which offer children a belief system and ethical guidance. Our trained and credentialed teaching staff provides a nurturing environment where each child may flourish and grow to meet his or her full potential. Included in the program are enrichment classes in science and technology, fitness and yoga, storytelling, music and movement, and creative visual arts.

7100 Davis Blvd., Naples 239-793-1986 • Seacrest.org Seacrest Country Day School is an early learning through grade 12 mission-driven, college preparatory independent school. From the first day as a 6-week-old child to the last day as seniors, our students are engaged in inquiry learning, research, problem solving, intellectual exploration, and collaboration. Our after-school program helps students explore other interests like robotics, cooking, yoga, music, and engineering concepts. Community outreach provides hands-on learning opportunities and teaches good citizenship. Seacrest fuels intellectual engagement, teaches ownership of the educational experience, cultivates quality of character, and inspires students to lead lives of significance.

2730 53rd Terrace S.W., Naples • 239-455-2262 SaintElizabethSeton.com • facebook.com/SESCatholicSchool St. Elizabeth Seton offers challenging academics as well as spiritual, physical, and social formation for students in pre-K3 to grade 8. Since 1981, the goal of our professional and dedicated faculty and staff is to nurture the development of a complete, well-rounded child in a safe, family atmosphere. We emphasize high academic standards and moral values and the integration of the Catholic Christian philosophy in all aspects of school life. Through our curriculum and extracurricular opportunities, service projects, and faith traditions, all students are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential and understand the relevance of Catholic values in their daily lives.

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WONDER YEARS PRESCHOOL

9751 Bonita Beach Rd. S.E., Bonita Springs 239-948-6677 WonderYears.fpcbonita.org Wonder Years is a Christian preschool school serving children ages 18 months to 5 years. Wonder Years serves the whole family with regular family nights with dinners, bi-weekly chapel, and Parent Connection groups. In addition to our VPK, preschool, and Moms Morning Out Program, children participate in our S.T.E.A.M. lab, learn Spanish, and optional extended-day enrichment program.

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TUTORING and EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES KUMON MATH AND READING CENTER OF NAPLES

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2464 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Suite 516, Naples • 239-276-6477 Kumon.com/Naples-North We are the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program. We strive to instill in children the desire to achieve and the motivation to learn on their own. Kumon builds your student’s academic abilities and confidence while fostering a lifelong love of learning. Open to children ages 3 and older.

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239-579-6449 • PreferredParenting.com Preferred Parenting of Naples and Boston offers personal classes for caring parents. Our classes include: Parenting Part I, Newborn to 6 months; Parenting Part II, 7-12 months; CPR/First Aid; and a DCF-approved Parent Education & Family Stabilization. Preferred Parenting also provides ASQ-SE and SEAM assessments.

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