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Education Coverage

Full STEAM Ahead.................................................... 24

Big Smooch Photo Contest........................................ 23 Birthday Blowout......................................................... 54

Education Directory.......................................................... 26


Collaboration in education.

Leading schools and resources near you.

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Special Needs

This month’s entertainment and activities.

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Insight and items for your family’s care.

Travel.............................................................................. 49 Destinations, product picks, and getaway tips.

Playdates with Peers.... 46

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Publisher Steve Elgort Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina Managing Editor Donald McDermott Associate Editor Samantha Chan


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Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli

Considerations for summer planning.

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I recently hit my seven-year mark at Mom, In Season, and Update columns, and enter to win the PARENTGUIDE News, where the Big Smooch Photo Contest for a selection of fantastic prizes. first role I held was assistant editor Education takes the forefront in this month’s directory, during a time when journalism was a which lists top schools and resources. Are you familiar with well-defined field. Since I’ve been at the the terms STEM and STEAM in regard to academics? Author magazine, the way readers consume information has Rebecca Hill explains how these acronyms fit into curriculums dramatically shifted. Websites went from simple supplements to the benefit of students in “Full STEAM Ahead.” for print publications to vastly complex resources, and we The issue also demonstrates how parents of children with now discover the bulk of our news via social media, blogs, special needs can encourage their social skills in “Playdates with Peers.” Monica Holloway’s article focuses on tips to smartphones, and tablets. Throughout these adaptations, PARENTGUIDE News foster successful playdates for children with autism. has kept its finger on the pulse of change. In seven years, Get comfortable, because there’s plenty to learn in the pages 419 Park South, New York, NYand 10016 •to212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 come. And •when you power up your nearest device, check we started a Facebook page and Avenue a Pinterest account, we began to “tweet.” Our website, too, has continued to out the new style at No matter TO: FAX # evolve. In fact, you may have already noticed its fresh new the medium, PARENTGUIDE News has it covered. look! An easier-to-use interface highlights the very best in FROM: ISSUE DATE: parenting content, from in-depth articles and blog posts to Stay warm and cozy, family-friendly products and tons of exciting prizes. call orissue’s fax your Also seek great giveaways in Please the February Wo-comments and/or OK.





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An ordinary Lego minifigure is mistakenly recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant in The Lego Movie. An animated comedy adventure for the whole family, the original flick features the vocal talents of Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, and Liam Neeson. The Lego Movie opens in theaters on February 7.

Action and Adventure

A bored construction worker who dreams of a life filled with amazing adventures has his world turned upside down in Tad: The Lost Explorer. Available now and featuring the voices of Ariel Winter and Cheech Marin, this animated DVD offers a hilarious, action-packed ride for the whole family.

Flashback Fun

Put away your XBOX, turn off your Playstation, and treat your family to some retro fun with the Atari Flashback 4. Honoring the Atari consoles of the 1980s, the system comes complete with two Atari 2600 wireless controllers; a Centipede poster; and 76 classic Atari games like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and countless others. The Atari Flashback 4 is available now.

Pony Ride

Bring every child’s favorite tiny horse right into your own home by picking up the My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection. The new DVD release features four, animated My Little Pony stories, including Princess Promenade, Runaway Rainbow, Dancing in the Clouds, and Friends are Never Far Away. Copies are available in stores and online now.

New year, new look

The popular game Minecraft has been rebuilt for the Xbox 360! The re-tooled gaming phenomenon allows players to create unique worlds right from the comfort of home. The game includes brand-new features, a tutorial mode, split screen options, and a chance to play with as many as eight players. Dig one up today.


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Paint & Play

Children will be able to create an artistic masterpiece with the Paint & Play App. Available for free at the Apple App Store, the innovative app promotes creative, imaginative play by combining art, mini-games, interactions, no rules, and lots of fun! Download Paint & Play today or find out more at

Happy Valentine’s Day

Gather round the TV this month and enjoy two, delightful animated Valentine’s Day specials. Featuring Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Valentine offer the perfect ways to celebrate the holiday as a family. The shows will be presented back to back on February 8 beginning at 8pm on ABC. Check your local listings.

Ready to Rock

Ubisoft teaches music lovers of all ages how to play guitar with the acclaimed game, Rocksmith. The 2014 edition makes learning to play even faster, with help from redesigned menus, easy-to-follow options, and more than 50 tracks that range from alternative rock to heavy metal. Rocksmith is available now for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC or Mac.

Learning on Sesame Street

After taking a game of Hot Potato too seriously, Elmo learns that winning isn’t everything in Sesame Street: Be a Good Sport. The new DVD from Children’s Television Workshop offers two hours of games, lessons, and an appearance by L.A. Clippers basketball star Blake Griffin. Let the games begin at home today!

Play Ball

Created by two dad-coaches, Let’s Play Football is a story and character-based picture book and app designed to teach the “fun-damentals” of the game to children ages 3-6. The app is free for a limited time and includes the vocals of the Merrill Reese and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski. The colorfully illustrated picture book is available at Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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Darlings, Divas, and Dolls


Take your own little diva and her favorite doll out for a special Dolly & Me Tea on February 16! The morning event includes hair styling with a hair accessory and brush for each doll to keep, a photo of your diva and her doll, and a tea party-style lunch with beverages and dessert. The festivities are held at Darlings & Divas, 5 Merrick Road, Amityville. Reservations are required. Call (631)608-4710 or visit for more information or to reserve your spot.


A Living Legend

This winter, the Broadhollow Theatre Company brings the tale of Hercules to life before your eyes. Experience an odyssey of fun, fantasy, and adventure for all ages with the hilarious adaptation of the legendary Greek myth. Don’t miss your chance to see Hercules on February 15, 18, and 22, as well as on March 2 at Broadhollow, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont. Call (516)775-4420 or visit for tickets.

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Live on Stage

The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts makes it a month to remember as with two wonderful, live productions for audiences of all ages. Introduce your little ones to the amazing world of dance when the State Ballet Theatre offers a special adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty on February 8. Then, on February 9, the versatile members of the Wooden Horse Theatre Company will have you on the edge of your seat during a presentation of Stuck. The Tilles Center is located on the LIU Post Campus, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville. Call (516)299-2752 or log onto to find out more.


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The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is the place to be this winter for amazing family entertainment! Upcoming shows include: Monster Jam on February 1 and 2, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters on February 15, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from March 5 to 10. The Coliseum is located on Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale and can be reached at (516)794-9303 or at for tickets and more information.

Beat those winter blues by enrolling your child in the February Mini-Camp at M.A.T.S.S. Open to children ages 2-10 on February 18, 19, 20, and 21, this fun-filled winter break program keeps your child happily occupied from 10am to 2pm each day with plenty of games, crafts, gymnastics, and lunch. M.A.T.S.S is located at 171 Eileen Way in Syosset. Hold your child’s spot by calling (516)496-7765 or visiting • 212-213-8840


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February Illusions Galore

Escape the real world and step inside an arena of magic and mystery when Masters of Illusion comes to the NYCB Theatre, Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. Audiences of all ages will be entertained and astounded during an evening filled with laughter, artistry, escapes, and exotic animals. The show comes to town on February 7 at 8pm, but tickets go fast. Get yours today at (516)334-0800 or at


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Healthy Smiles

Rethink your child’s oral health care during the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! Establish healthy habits early with your children to give them a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. This month’s campaign brings about characters like the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, asking children across the nation to “Join the Super Smile Team.” Visit for activity sheets, videos, and other resources.

Make a Mess

Children ages 18 months through 4 years will love being up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and more during Messy Afternoons at the Long Island Children’s Museum. These hands-on programs are filled with sensory activities, arts and crafts, and plenty of fun! Sessions are held every afternoon, beginning at 1pm, through February 22 at the LICM, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. Reserve your child’s place today by calling the museum at (516)224-5800.

Beloved old tales take on a delightful new look when The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales comes to Molloy College in Rockville Centre on February 9. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Tortoise and the Hare are just a few of the stories featured in a special show that encourages young audience members to use their imaginations and help create new possibilities. For tickets, call (516)323-4444.

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Well known for its Boardwalk and its races, the town of Long Beach is thrilled to present the annual 4-mile Snowflake Race. Runners of all ages are welcome to lace up their sneakers and take part in the special event along the newly renovated Long Beach boardwalk. Registration begins at 7:30am, and the race starts at 9am on the boardwalk between Grand Boulevard and New York Avenue. Register at • 212-213-8840

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Choosing a Camp

Considerations for summer planning. by Jess Michaels

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ou’ve made the decision to send your child to camp, which will allow for your child to participate in a myriad of new activities and to build life skills that are not taught in the classroom such as independence, self-confidence, and resiliency. There are many camps from which to choose, but what should you consider when sorting through the choices? Here are just a few things to think about when deciding on a summer camp.

Mission and philosophy

Each camp has its own mission and philosophy, so it’s important for you to do your research and find a camp that matches your own family’s values. Consider your child’s personality and learning style when looking into a camp’s mission and philosophy, and make sure it’s a good fit.

The camp director

While you should certainly consider facilities and activities at a camp, clicking with the camp director is very important. When you choose a camp, you are forming a partnership with the director, so you want to make sure you feel comfortable with her. Schedule a camp tour that will allow you to see the camp while also giving you time to talk to the director. Get to know the camp director through phone calls, e-mails, a scheduled home visit, or at a camp fair. When speaking with the director, ask questions about the camp program, staff hiring, safety procedures, and what type of child is successful at the camp. 18 I parentguide News I February 2014


Day or sleepaway camp

Although some camps have programs for children even younger, day camps are designed for children ages 3 and older. For many children, day camp is the first experience toward independence, and it plays an important part in their growth and development. Children can go to sleepaway camp beginning at age 7. Keep in mind that just because a child is a certain age, it doesn’t mean she’s ready for sleepaway camp. If you are considering sleepaway camp, you want to be sure your child has had a number of successful overnights away from home, is mature enough to go away for an extended period of time, and is able to do certain things independently such as brushing her teeth and showering.

Traditional or specialty camp

Specialty camps focus on a specific camp activity or related camp activities for a given period of time, while traditional summer camps offer campers exposure to a whole range of activities,

as well as a social and developmental experience. Consider your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age when choosing between a traditional and specialty camp. Young children often havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ gured out their interests, and a traditional camp exposes them to a whole range of activities to develop many different skills. Older children and teenagers often show a particular interest in a sport or skill. A specialty camp may be a good option for them to hone these skills. Families should also know that many traditional camps Camp Chipinaw offer focused programs where a camper can specialize in a chosen activity. Often times, these activities are taught by top athletic coaches, so children receive ďŹ rst-rate instruction in that activity or sport while also enjoying other aspects of a traditional camp.


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ingrained in the community. A short-session camp is held for a few weeks and provides campers with a speciďŹ c beginning, middle, and end time. Campers in each session arrive and leave together, making it easy to form friendships.

References and outside review

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to ask a camp for references. This is generally one of the best ways to check a campâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation and service record. You also want to make sure the camp is inspected each summer by the Department of Health and ask if the camp is American Camp Association Accredited. The ACA is the only national organization that establishes uniform standards for reviewing a camp.


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Toddlers & Time by Karen Barski

Five creative ways to teach the concept.

Time can be a difficult concept to explain to children, and it’s not easy for them to understand it, either. Kids often question time when we tell them, “Bedtime is in 10 minutes,” or “We’ll be leaving soon.” Being patient is hard when kids don’t have a grasp of the meaning of “soon,” and to them, 10 minutes can feel like an hour. More often than not, time may be taught in a negative manner when we give our children “timeouts.” In order for children to have a better understanding of time, parents can incorporate it into fun, everyday activities.

To help introduce and reinforce the concepts of time and patience in a positive way, try some of these creative ideas: 1. Teach time in intervals of five to 15 minutes. Depending on the age of your child, waiting patiently for more than five minutes can be a tough task. Using a timer that can be set to intervals of five to 15 minutes can teach kids how to wait while dad finishes cooking dinner. It can demonstrate that they can watch TV for five more minutes. As your child gets older, you can set the timer to higher intervals. You’ll start to find that your child adjusts to the timed sessions and can tell when the five or 10 minutes are almost complete 2. Encourage common courtesy and patience for “mommy or daddy time.” Sometimes, moms or dads need just a little bit of time to themselves for a quick break. Practice telling your kids, “I need five minutes, so please be patient. When the timer rings, you will have my full attention.” Kids will learn to keep busy during those five minutes and patiently wait. The next time you’re making an important phone call or need extra time to get ready in the morning, use this tactic. You’ll be amazed by how well it works! 3. Track time when brushing teeth, hand washing, potty training, and more. Toddlers begin to develop a sense of time around schedules and routines that you put in place for them. Tell them they need to brush their teeth for a full two minutes every morning and night, and find a two-minute song to play as a tooth-brushing song. Children will learn that they can stop brushing their teeth once the song is finished. You can also use the same method for other routines like hand washing, potty training, or bath time. 4. Teach time while cooking or baking with mom and dad. Kids will love being able to help out with cooking meals or baking sweet treats. If you tell them that the cookies won’t taste good unless you bake them for 10 minutes, they will excitedly wait until the timer goes off. They will feel so proud that they had a part in making the cookies. Then, the next time you bake, it will be easier for them to patiently wait because they know that’s when the cookies turn out yummy.

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5. Instead of teaching timeouts, teach “time ins.” If your child is having a hard time listening and being patient, give him a fiveminute “time in” so you can both discuss your emotions and take a few moments to teach your child coping skills. Give him a calming, skill-building activity to do that lacks the negativity associated with a timeout. Activities can include learning to tie shoe laces, buttoning clothes, zipping up a jacket, etc. The next time your child has to wait when mom and dad are busy, these activities will encourage calmness and focus.

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n r o C b w r e i es N 10 tips to keep

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by Vivienne Van Eijkelenborg

Parents of infants and newborns may sometimes have a tough time figuring out their babies’ needs based solely on their crying. They are all pondering the same thing: How can I ensure my little bundle of joy actually stays joyful? New parents have so much on their plate, and a fussy baby can make everything even more difficult. Consider the following tips in your efforts to ensure baby stays happy and calm.

1. Set a routine. Even babies can sense what is coming next.

Your little one thrives on routine and structure and will be much happier if she’s eating, sleeping, bathing, and playing at roughly the same times every day. Sleep is especially important. A wellrested baby is a happy baby. Be vigilant about bedtimes and naptimes, even if they don’t work well with your schedule. Babies will actually sleep better if their naps and bedtimes are consistent versus if they’re overtired.

2. Keep yourself calm. Babies take their cues from mom or dad. If

you become panicky or irritable, your baby will sense it and react the same way.

3. Snuggle with them. Babies need physical touch, and being

snuggled by mom or dad will keep them calm and help them feel safe. The “Kangaroo Hold,” or going bare skin to bare skin, is especially calming for a child.

6. Create bathtime rituals. Sometimes, when baby is feeling out of

sorts, a warm bath can help sooth the negative disposition. Create special bathtime rituals that will relax your little one and keep her calm. Most babies enjoy music, and playing your little one’s favorite songs can often put her in a more playful mood. The water from the shower can also produce a calming effect.

7. Story time. Babies enjoy the sound of a parent’s voice while

being snuggled. Reading a special story, particularly at bedtime, can create wonderful bonding moments among mom, dad, and baby. It also can set the stage for a restful night’s sleep.

8. Massage. Just like adults, babies can feel the day’s stresses. Use lightly scented or unscented oil to massage baby’s back, legs, and arms while speaking soft words of affirmation to calm baby’s mood. The soft sounds of mommy’s or daddy’s voice will lull baby into a more relaxed state of being.

4. Know your baby. You’ll quickly learn what makes your little one 9. Take a walk or go for a car ride. Babies need variety in their day, fussy. Some babies are extremely sensitive to needing a clean diaper, having itchy clothes or clothing tags, being hungry, feeling too warm or too cold, etc. Journaling when your baby appears to be fussy and how or when the crying stops may give you some good insight into what your baby needs.

too, and if the fussiness starts, they will often calm down if they get outside and enjoy the fresh air. If baby isn’t feeling happy, take her for a walk around the block or to the park in the stroller. Some babies find the motion and sound of the car soothing; so if a walk outside is not in the cards, a car ride may make for a good alternative.

5. Have a special song. Babies love being the center of attention.

10. Surround baby with bright, cheerful colors. Bold and colorful pat-

Find a special song to sing when baby is feeling fussy. The sound of your singing will comfort her and help her calm down.

terns will stimulate baby’s curiosity and keep her occupied and engaged. This holds true for the nursery, baby toys, and accessories like pacifiers.

Keep in mind that each baby is different, and experimentation is key to discovering how to make sure your bundle of joy actually stays joyful. As baby grows, her cries will help you discern whether she needs food, a diaper change, or help with teething pain. Until then, try these tips to keep your baby happy and calm. Vivienne Van Eijkelenborg is the owner of Difrax, a Dutch company that pioneered a pacifier system designed to accommodate each stage of baby’s development. Difrax offers innovative, stylish, and trendy products that make the lives of babies and their parents convenient and pleasant. See the complete Difrax pacifier system at 22 I parentguide News I February 2014

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by Rebecca Hill

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Collaboration in education.


ut together an art teacher, a music teacher, and a science teacher, and what do you get? At Dayton Regional STEM School in Ohio, you would get origami butterflies, illustrated storybooks, and watercolor paintings of cells. At Taylor Elementary School in Virginia, you would get music and paintings about the life cycle of flowers. These are just a couple of projects that were born from a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) partnership among art, science, and music teachers and their students

What is STEAM? Advocated by John Maeda of the Rhode Island School of Design, STEAM integrates art and design with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields that have become top priorities in the country’s education initiatives. Even though STEAM is grounded in the premise that creativity is the basis of innovation, you might not think that art and science would be likely partners. So, are they polar opposites, or are they actually similar?

Art and science: Polar opposites? Well, history and research seems to show that these skills are comparable. Take a look at some of the most famous scientists. Telegraph inventor Samuel Morse was also a noted American painter. Leonardo da Vinci was a prolific artist, scientist, and 24 I parentguide News I February 2014

inventor. In fact, a study published by Michigan State University’s Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D., found that almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences have been actively engaged in the arts, too. Kate Cook and Jenny Montgomery from Dayton Regional STEM School claim that their partnership is successful because their content areas, art and science, can harmonize together. “Both artists and scientists aim to explore and make sense of the world,” Cook says. “While we use different lenses, they are often complementary.” Initially, their partnership started when Montgomery’s art students displayed origami butterflies they made as part of a paper engineering project. Cook’s biology students were simultaneously studying the pollinators of various biomes, natural communities of flora and fauna. Cook and Montgomery started talking, and an exhibit between art and science students on specific biomes was created. From there, the partnership evolved into The Living Lens Project, a collaboration with a local aquarium to develop online exhibits and educational materials. Working together inspired Cook and Montgomery to think about educational content in different ways. Cook says much of what is being learned in her biology class is “visual in nature.” In science, students spend a great deal of time creating and interpreting models through experimentation. And just as scientists rely on experimentation, artists also create a design or structure by trying different forms and functions. They sometimes use engineering and mathematical concepts to build their desired artistic outcome, too. In the end, both artists and scientists take risks, make mistakes, and start over again with the ultimate goal of attaining an innovation or discovery. At Taylor Elementary School, Jeremy Ferrara, Bianca Sanchez, and Elizabeth Ashley found that their students learned to better communicate and work as a group through collaboration. “Rather than telling them what to do,” Sanchez says, “we present them with a problem, which force[s] them to think creatively.” Multiple studies show that a strong arts education improves a student’s cognition, memory, and attention skills in the classroom. Further, a 2002 study by Americans for the Arts also found that an arts education

enhances problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, thereby increasing a student’s overall academic achievement in school.

Parents’ views of STEAM

also demonstrated the importance of getting involved in the world and making it a better place. Other parents, though, Sanchez says, had a view of STEAM as students merely singing songs about science. “So we had to help them understand that the arts are not just about drawing pictures and singing songs,” Sanchez says, adding that as more teachers see their students having success and excited about their work, they’ll be more willing to be a part of the STEAM way of teaching. Perhaps, we’ll find another Albert Einstein or Leonardo da Vinci in our future.

STEAM projects are also part of parents’ learning curves, Sanchez says; as they see their children learn in new ways, they learn, too. The cross-curricular approach enabled by STEAM collaborations appeals to most parents who see the resulting, varied skills their children gain. Rebecca Hill is a freelance writer who writes on education, lit Working on Montgomery’s biomes project, says parent Robin eracy, library, science, and family issues. She has been published Schrimsher, increased her son’s awareness of the problems faced in a variety of online and print magazines. To see her work, visit by barrier reefs. “Engaging him in science content through the creativity of art has been an excellent tool for his learning,” Schrimsh- er says, “I even learned more about barrier reef problems because the project prompted my son to share information with me.” Parent Chris Nash agrees, “The art education my son is receiving will open his eyes to the value of the arts.” The13th biome project, in NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 419 Park Avenue South, Floor, New York, which Nash’s son participated, impacted his appreciation of beauty in the world’s natural systems and human creations. Nash says it




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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Bethlehem Nursery School is a New York State licensed school and offers a variety of program sessions to accommodate the developmental needs of children and parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; schedules. Along with a full-day session, there are halfday morning and afternoon sessions, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lunch buddies program,â&#x20AC;? which offers a half-day morning class plus lunch, or lunch and a half-day afternoon class, and a session for children who are â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost 3.â&#x20AC;? Each of the programs offered provide a comprehensive literacy-based educational experience through math and reading readiness activities, music and movement, art, dramatic play, block play, sand and water tables and much more. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground and large indoor gym area allow children the opportunity to develop their gross motor skills and interact through supervised play. At Bethlehem, children develop a positive selfconcept, and grow in their ability to relate to other children, adults as well as the world around them. For more information or to arrange a tour, please call (516)223-3400.


old through those in kindergarten. Their park-like facilities feature five buildings, two pools, seven playgrounds, a number of sports areas, and classrooms divided into a variety of large, modern educational learning centers. The children are cared for by qualified, warm, loving teachers. Free transportation and a nutritious hot lunch are provided. They also offer extended days, morning and afternoon, for all their students. The school is always open for a drop-in visit from 9:30-10:30am and 1:30-2:30pm. In the summer, there is a fine day camp that accommodates children up to the age of 13.


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EDUCATION DIRECTORY care for children in grades k through 6. Pre-registration is required. Visit the website for updates. Call for more information or to schedule a visit. Countryside Montessori School 354 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY (516)466-8422 Are you looking for a different type of education for your child? Well, then why not choose a proven system with 100 years of practice, research and worldwide recognition? Countryside Montessori School offers children ages 18 months to 6 years old a well-balanced and enriched curriculum, including traditional subjects as well as art and music. The school is located on an estate-like setting that includes an outdoor playground and provides the opportunity for frequent nature walks. All classrooms are fully equipped, spacious and provide the most enriched curriculum available for young children. The school’s philosophy is based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori. Children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. Everything in the school is designed to encourage and aid the child’s natural curiosity. There is an almost total absence of time-wasting activities and routines. Montessori recognized early on that different children mature at different rates and are ready for different learning experiences at different times in their lives. They learn to respect themselves and others, and they develop inner discipline. Call for more information or to schedule a tour.

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Greentrees Country Day School and Camp are mature, trained individuals eager to make your child’s 247 Jackson Ave., Syosset, NY 11791 summer the best ever. Greentrees will help build your child’s (516)921-4949 confidence. Call for more information. Kiddie Academy Greentrees Country Day School and Camp provides a warm Bethpage, NY 11714 (516)719-0366 learning environment, a loving staff, flexible schedules, beHicksville, NY 11801 (516)931-3330 fore and after care, transportation and year-round programs. Syosset, NY 11791 (516)496-1056 Since 1988, this family owned and operated school and camp has been encouraging children to grow socially, emotionally For almost 20 years, parents have trusted Kiddie Academy and intellectually through exploration and discovery. Ownto care for what they treasure most — their children. Kiders, and directors, are always on the premises. Greentrees die Academy provides a most comprehensive and developfollows the New York State recommended curriculum. mentally appropriate child care program for children. With Toddler children (age 2) through those in first grade take locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties, this facility is a part in challenging school activities in this stimulating and convenient choice for parents looking for quality care and 419 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 419 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 creative environment. The curriculum, based on New York instruction for their children. Kiddie Academy offers a proState standards and the HighScope philosophy, encourages gram to promote each child’s intellectual, social, physical TO: FAX # to: FAx # the use of critical thinking, expressive language and the and emotional growth — from 6 weeks to 12 years old. In development of a sense of self-worth and independence. addition to the traditional areas of language development, ROM: ISSUE From:a iSSue The certified, experienced staff is DATE: dedicated to providing science/discovery and creative arts,DAte: many Kiddie Academy happy, rewarding experience for each child. Greentrees has locations include computer and foreign language programs. always younger child. Providing year-round Some Kiddie centers also provide before Pleasefocused call oronfaxtheyour comments and/or OK. Please call Academy or fax your comments and/or oK. and after programs, Greentrees offers a summer camp program, for school care for children ages 6-12, with an emphasis on proages 2-8. It includes daily Red Cross swim instruction in a viding a safe and secure learning environment. Centers are SIGNATURE OF APPROVAL: SigNAture oF APProvAl: heated in-ground pool, arts and crafts, science and nature, equipped to provide activities in arts and crafts, science and sports, tumbling, soccer, karate, summer reading club, mudiscovery, dramatic play and constructive building. Whatever sic, dance, cooking, special events and more. Camp staff you child care needs may be, you can be guaranteed that


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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Portledge School 355 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY 11560 (516)750-3203 Portledge School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for pre-nursery through grade 12. Located on a secure and serene 62-acre campus, the school offers a small community setting, attracting families from all over Long Island to reflect the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse population. Portledge Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary mission is to instill within each child an enthusiasm for learning that will last a lifetime. Portledge faculty consists of talented and dedicated teachers who are passionate about tapping into each childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intellectual curiosity. They strive at all times to stimulate creativity and the exploration of diverse interests.Across all grade levels, both inside and outside the classroom, Portledge students are inspired to achieve academic excellence, to foster an appreciation for the arts, to value physical fitness and sportsmanship, and to support a sustained global environment. The Portledge educational philosophy is grounded in values of accountability, selfdiscipline and responsible citizenship, all of which are shared and nurtured by every member of the Portledge community.


Red Robin Country Day School & Camp 878 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY 11590 (516)334-1144 Since 1957, Red Robin Country Day School & Camp has been dedicated to the education and development of the younger child. Its program is small and extremely nurturing in order to provide for the emotional growth of 2 (toddler) through 5-year-old (kindergarten) students. Red Robinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on the educational needs of its students has been an integral part of its programs. Classes are capped, with limited enrollment, in order to provide for each childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual growth. Supervision, support and instruction are provided by a staff of certified, experienced lead and assistant teachers. The school curriculum includes reading readiness, math concepts, language arts, science experiences, computer skills, community studies, music appreciation, creative expression and physical development. It also emphasizes learning to share, enjoying free play, as well as feeling emotionally and physically safe and secure. Red Robinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classrooms are equipped with the latest instructional materials, and its spacious outdoor facilities include colorful playgrounds, sports decks and a brand-new indoor/outdoor play arena. Hours are flexible and offered as ½-day, ž-day, or full-day sessions: 9am-12pm, 1-4pm, 9am-2pm, or 9am-4pm. Choose two,

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computers. Sweet Tots appreciates the physical, cognitive and cultural differences of children, and they adapt to each childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level of readiness. Even the youngest students form friendships and learn basics such as sharing and getting along. Children are served breakfast, lunch and two snacks, and they have nap time. They enjoy an indoor play gym and outdoor play area on Sweet Totsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s park-like grounds. Communication with parents is the number one priority, and parents of Sweet Totsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children are encouraged to maintain a school-family connection and to build new friendships as well! Call Sweet Tots, whose goal is to have â&#x20AC;&#x153;happy children and happy parents,â&#x20AC;? for more information.


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EDUCATION DIRECTORY small things that are a part of the children’s lives, such as: food, families, animals and pets, community things, weather and more. Some important skills taught are awareness and observation, following directions, motor development and coordination and self-control. Computer Education and field trips are provided as well! The staff will also work at developing your child’s self-confidence, attention span and sense of humor! Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided daily. For more information on how to make your child one of the “Teacher’s Pets,” call (516)520-7721.

activities. Classes include music, art, manipulative toys, movement dance, story time, interacting and socialization skill, and so much more. Children are guaranteed to learn techniques that will carry them through and beyond elementary school. Besides a great education, Thinkertots also offer birthday party packages for children ages five and younger. They are the only party place that caters to young children under the age of 5 years old. Your birthday activities will be custom designed by a party specialist to be just right for your little guests.


Thinkertots Toddler Time at The Enrichment Center 1818 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040 750 Hicksville Road, Seaford, NY 11783 (516)488-3414 (516)520-6096 222-14 Union Turnpike, Bayside, NY 11364 (718)740-1616 Toddler Time, a year-round state-of-the-art preschool and extended child care program, is located in the Seaford area. Thinkertots offers fun, developmentally appropriate, enrichThis program has everything a parent can ask for— a safe ing classes for children. Every child is born with potential environment, video monitoring throughout the school, first gifts and talents that are only realized with the appropriate class teaching techniques, flexible hours and half-day and stimulation and guidance. The cutting edge curriculum is full-day programming with extended hours from 7-9am and Park Avenue South,Children 13th Floor,ages New York, 10016 • 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 provided in a warm, nurturing environment to fulfill 419 your 4-6pm. 15 NY months-4½ years are• invited to child’s full potential. Offered programs include Parent and take part in this unique program at Toddler Time. Children TO: FAX # Time’s fully equipped Child programs for ages 4 months-3½ years; two-hour nurswill have a fun-filled time at Toddler ery drop-off for ages 2-3½ years; two-and-a-quarter-hour, preschool program. Teachers encourage each child’s own FROM: ISSUE DATE: pre-k, drop-off for ages 3-5 years. Your child is introduced rate of social, emotional and cognitive growth. With outdoor to education through a variety of exciting and age-specific and indoor space to “learn through play,” a child-directed atmosphere and a small teacher-to-child ratio, your child Please call or fax your comments and/or OK. will have a spectacular day! Curiosity and self-discovery Bayside are promoted through developmental play. Children are New Hyde Park SIGNATURE given OF APPROVAL: the opportunity to explore their unique talents in 222-14 Union Tpke. 1818 Jericho Tpke. crafts, music, computers and fine motor activities. With 718-740-1616 516-488-3414 more than 38 years of experience in the field of education, Toddler Time is the perfect choice for children, including infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Licensed teachers provide a learning atmosphere in small classes with a high teacherCAll for to-pupil ratio. Call (516)520-6040 for more information on A ToUr! this wonderful program. • 212-213-8840


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ADHD Parent Trainer Elaine Lerner, MSW, CSW Special Needs 233 7th St., Suite 200, Garden City, NY 11530 (516)487-0636 Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services 538 Broadhollow Road, Suite 202, Melville, NY 11747 Is your child having behavioral problems at home, in (631)385-7780 school or in social settings? ADHD Parent Trainings are Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 â&#x20AC;˘ 212-213-8840 â&#x20AC;˘ Fax 212-447-7734 forming in Long Island. Elaine Lerner, MSW, CSW419 and ADHD specialist will offer training for parents of children Achieve Beyond is a nationwide therapy company with attention problems using the Russell Barkley, to: Ph.D FAx pediatric # that provides quality English and bilingual evaluations, as and Ross Green Ph.D methods of behavioral management. well as therapeutic and educational services for ages birth ADHD is one of the most common childhood developmental From: iSSue DAte: through 21 years. Available are speech therapy, physical behavioral disorders affecting up to 5-7 percent of the school therapy, occupational therapy, special education, autism age population and accounting for the largest proportion of Please call fax your comments and/or oK. services, and or behavior therapy services. A family-centered children referred to mental health programs in this country. and multilingual approach ensures parents that their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Learn techniques to give your child a better chance of developmental needs are met in a nurturing and supportive success in school, at home and in social settings. HerSigNAture goal oF APProvAl: environment. The company offers coordination of initial as a clinician is to empower parents to take charge of the evaluations as well as follow-up sessions to provide support demanding care of these children in a way that ensures to families through the preschool and school age transitions. the health of the child individually and the entire family These services are provided in-home, community, and clinic collectively. Elaine Lerner, MSW, CSW, received her masters


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Hagedorn Little Village School, The Jack Joel Center for Special Children 750 Hicksville Road, Seaford, NY 11783 (516)520-6058 For more than 40 years, The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack If your child is not doing what other Joel Center for Children (HLVS) has provided the finest educational kids the same age are doing— and therapeutic services for infants and children up to 11 years old ask questions…and get answers. a wide range developmental delays. The mission of HLVS 419 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 •with 212-213-8840 • Faxof212-447-7734 is to facilitate children with special needs in achieving their highest Call us at potential. HLVS provides early intervention, preschool and school-age 516-731-5588 (press 6) to: FAx # services in the home, nursery school, daycare, on site and in based classrooms in its state-of-the-art facility. Services may include: From: iSSue DAte: special education, speech-language therapy, occupational and physical 125 E. Bethpage Rd., Plainview NY 11803 therapy, psychological and social work services, and SEIT and The Early Intervention program is funded by NYS & county governments for children birth audiological services. to 3 suspected of having a developmental disability orPlease delay. Servicescall are authorized by your comments or fax and/or oK.Additionally, comprehensive Applied Behavior the county. The CPSE program is funded & regulated by the NYS Education Department, Analysis (ABA) programs are provided for children diagnosed with county and your local school district for children 3-5. Services for both programs are provided at no direct cost to families for children who meet eligibility guidelines. autism spectrum disorders. Many additional services are also offered SigNAture oF APProvAl: at HLVS, including multi-disciplinary evaluations, parent and me classes, and parent and sibling support groups. For more



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information on HLVS programs and services, call (516)520-6058 or check the website: J.M. Ladge Speech & Hearing Center C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548 (516)299-2437 The C.W. Post J.M. Ladge Speech & Hearing Center serves as a complete diagnostic and therapeutic facility providing speech, language and audiological services for children as well as adults with communication disorders. All services are offered at reasonable rates during day and evening hours. A full range of services include evaluation and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders and language and language learning difficulties, including difficulty with auditory processing and phonemic awareness, stuttering, aphasia and voice disorders. The Center offers accent reduction services for adults and students, stroke rehabilitation programs and groups for children focused on listening, reading readiness and delayed speech/language development. Individual feeding and swallowing services are available, as are mealtime play and language play groups, for those from birth through age 5. For further information, contact Dr. Joyce Rubenstein, Ph.D., director of the Ladge Speech & Hearing Center at C.W. Post,


Steps to Socialization (s2s) 13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050 (516)767-0266 Is your child left out of playdate invitations? Does your child sit on the sidelines at recess? Steps to Socialization (s2s) is a social learning program for children who have difficulty with social interactions. Steps to Socializationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly trained staff guides students, in groups of 3-4, in learning the skills required to develop and maintain friendships, interpret social cues and work in groups. Skills taught include predicting what someone else is thinking about, how behavior impacts on others, and how to be part of a group. Using targeted activities and role playing, students are equipped with the skills needed to navigate the social world. The program is for children with average to above-average cognitive skills in grades 1 through 8. s2s teaches children how to think socially, step by step.

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Vincent Smith School 322 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050 (516)365-4900 The Vincent Smith School (VSS) is well-known for its individualized program for students with learning disabilities in grades 4-12. VSS has a history of excellence dating back to 1924.

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The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children, is a not-for-profit program that provides services for infants and children up to 11 years of age with learning, language and social delays, motor impairments and autism with no direct cost to families:


Located on four and a half acres in suburban Port Washington, Vincent Smith School is a private day school, serving students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties in New York. It offers students differentiated instruction in small supportive classes. Students experience academic success, emotional growth and social acceptance. More than 85 percent of graduates go on to college. Vincent Smith School is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as an independent, nonprofit institution and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools. It takes pride in being a place where it’s okay to learn differently. The Vincent Smith School is open to all without regard to race, creed, or national origin.

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Early Intervention (EI) and Committee for Special Education (CPSE) services are for children who have or are suspected of having a developmental delay or disability. Evaluations must be referred by NCDOH/SCDOH for EI and/or to the local school district for CPSE. Services are provided based on an individual child’s eligibility as established by NYSDOH and/or NYSED and local government at no direct cost to parents. Parents are responsible for fees/costs associated with childcare.


111 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 FAX # (516)678-7422 Does your child know proper tooth-brushing? Are you concerned thatDATE: thumb-sucking, pacifier or bottle use is continuing too long? ISSUE Pediatric dentist Jodi Guttenberg and her associates can help. They recommend that children visit the dentist for the first time comments and/or at 2 years of age,OK. and they encourage parents to be in the room whenever it’s possible. During their first visit, they examine the child, clean the child’s teeth and administer a fluoride treatment. They’ll also discuss the child’s diet, especially if there’s

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evidence that it’s impacting dental health. They also provide crowns, root canals and fillings for even the youngest of their patients— they’ve seen cavities in patients as young as 18 months old. Often local anesthesia is sufficient for these procedures, and they try to avoid putting children “out” if at all possible. They have a “tell, show, do” approach, which helps to dispel the fear of the unknown, and their specialized training helps them to be empathetic with children and to understand their needs. They accept insurance as partial payment. Call for more information. Dr. Jodi Guttenberg is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.

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Self-esteem in a broadcast world.

For the first time in history, the media has more face time with children than teachers have with them at school. The average tween spends approximately 75 hours with media — TV, movies, magazines, the Web, etc. — a week but only 35 to 40 hours in school. It’s clear that a new “educator” has taken power, and it’s up to us as parents to pay close attention and ensure our children are getting stronger, more valuable messages and lessons at home and school. While filming the documentary Cover Girl Culture (Zen Pen Films), I discovered how powerful the media’s influence is on a girl’s self-esteem and body image. Girls who have parents, namely mothers, with healthy body images have a greater immunity to the media’s infectious messages about the “ideal” body. When it comes to self-esteem, girls can really struggle. Many of the reasons for this were shared in Cover Girl Culture with statements like: “It’s hard to be yourself,” “Boys expect us to be like the celebrities,” “The pressure to be sexy is everywhere we look,” and “People get famous for doing shocking things.” With such ideas paramount, why bother with school if success is all about looks and misbehaving? Children are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, self-harm, and eating disorders at alarming rates. Studies show this is partly a result of the pressure on them to conform to a beauty ideal that is unattainable and unrealistic, as well as the pressure to be famous. Many children today associate fame with success. When they cannot achieve the level of fame that is shown to them on a daily basis, they can internalize this as failure. Just as you have parent-teacher meetings, you can also periodically check on the media your child is consuming. Having a TV in your child’s bedroom is the equivalent of letting a stranger sit with your child and teach him his values about body image, self-worth, and what is important in life. Media literacy is a parent’s power tool to level the playing field and help children navigate a message-saturated world. Those of us who are old enough to remember first getting a TV in our homes know that the only media literacy we learned was, “Don’t sit too close!” So we grew up trusting what we viewed as long as we sat far enough away. Today, entertainment producers craft precise commercials and messages that speak directly to a child’s subconscious mind. Advertisers are manipulating children’s emotional centers in the brain to sell products, and it’s become easier for them to create a generation of mindless consumers to fuel their business. The good news is that media literacy can begin when your child is an infant. Your words and actions teach children what to value in yourself and others. There are countless resources available for parents to help build a child’s media literacy skills and critical thinking. Limiting media exposure when your child is young is one vital 44 I parentguide News I February 2014

component to prevent unwanted messages from being planted in your child’s mind. Role-modeling healthy body image and self-esteem are two more essential tools parents can use on a daily basis to help override the media’s messaging. Negative self-talk in front of your child only reinforces the media’s messages. Connie Sobczak of The Body Positive initiative tells parents in her healthy body image program to say kind, empowering things about their own bodies in front of their kids even if they don’t like their own bodies. The same thing goes for how your child perceives your selfesteem. You do have the power to encourage your child’s healthy self-esteem and values. It costs you nothing to do this, but it can cost your child’s mental and emotional health if you don’t.

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ust like autism itself, playdates with chilPractice with adults. You can use role-playing to pre-teach dren on the spectrum can be experienced in playdate activities to your child. a myriad of ways. My family and our supFind a good fit. Set up playdates with children who have port network have seen many instances where similar interests to your child and that have play skills around the developmental level of your child, even if they are a different chronomy son, Wills, and his peers have learned from each other as they worked through the process of logical age. Choose a playmate that is patient and kind. social interaction and inclusion. We are appreCreate a visual schedule. Draw or write out the structure of the playdate in advance, considering activities where the kids ciative for the enrichment, understanding, and will need to play together, nearby, or in cooperation, and be sure to awareness that has blossomed during these opinclude activities that all participants will enjoy. portunities to interact and socialize with peers. Keep it short. Keep activities to about 30 minutes to start, and Here are some tips for playdates with peers: then add time once the playdates seem successful.

Build skills. Help your child to develop even a small set of play skills. Can he play nicely in parallel? Can she build towers or engage with sensory toys? These are the building blocks of the first playdates.

Positive reinforcement. If your child is having a positive interaction, use reinforcements such as praise or a treat to reward the good behavior. If your child needs a reminder to share or play by the rules, provide coaching and encourage cooperation.

Don’t give up! While it can be difficult at times, continue this process, and I believe you will see progress, as well as better social skills, from your child’s interaction with peers. Through playdates, Wills developed the building blocks for many life skills, including his strong bonds with peers. Playdates weren’t always easy for him, but through preparation and organization, we learned to make these types of interactions successful, positive and meaningful for all involved. I encourage you to organize sucessful playdates with your child and his peers! Monica Holloway is the critically acclaimed author of the bestselling memoir Cowboy & Wills (Simon and Schuster), the story of her lovable and brilliant autistic son, Wills, and the remarkable dog that coaxes him into the world. An advocate for autism and literacy awareness, Monica has served as a spokesperson for nonprofit Autism Speaks and received the Women of Distinction Award from the Special Needs Network. Keep up with Monica at

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Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Sadly, most people don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late, which is why it’s been called the “silent killer.” No longer are we silent in the face of this condition, though. Women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement since 2004. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national initiative, created by and for women, that’s dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease. And we’ve made a difference! More than 627,000 lives have been saved. But the fight is far from over. Using the American Heart Association’s research and resources, Go Red For Women educates and connects hundreds of thousands of women and offers tools to help women make life-saving choices. Here’s what it means to Go Red:

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total blood cholesterol, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease. You can take steps to lower your levels by losing unnecessary weight and limiting your intake of saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol. Smoking cigarettes increases your risk for heart disease two to four times that of nonsmokers. It is the most preventable risk factor. Women with diabetes, too, have two to four times higher death rates from heart disease as compared to women without diabetes. Talk to your healthcare professional about any family history of diabetes. Physical inactivity also increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Aim to get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, and work with your doctor to determine and maintain your healthy weight. Being obese or overweight is another risk factor. More than 149 million American adults are overweight, and 75 million of them are obese. Aside from the ones mentioned, there are other risk factors of which a woman should be aware. Talk to your doctor about how age, race, and heredity may affect a person’s risk for heart disease. Eighty percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise, and abstinence from smoking. Meredith Coon is a freelance writer.

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February 1: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury, (917)623-6602, www. Moms and dads who need a night out won’t want to miss the legendary saxaphonist that is still impressing crowds after nearly three decades. 8pm. February 1: Messy Afternoons, The Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, (516)224-5800, www. Children from 18 months to 4 years old will love being up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, Play-Doh, and more during hands-on programs are filled with sensory activities, arts and crafts, and plenty of fun! Runs daily through February 22. 1pm. February 1 and 2: Monster Jam, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, (516)794-9303, Some of the most amazing vehicles on four wheels take over the coliseum for two unforgettable days of down and dirty excitement for the whole family.


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February 4: David Jacobs - Sight and Sound, The Emily Lowe Gallery at Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, (516)463-6600, A special exhibition that highlights works from the career of Long Island-based artist David Jacobs. Runs through April 27. February 7: Masters of Illusion, The NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, (516)334-0800, Escape the real world and step inside an arena of magic and mystery as audiences of all ages will be entertained and astounded during an evening filled with laughter, artistry, escapes, and exotic animals. 8pm.

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February 11: An Engagement Celebration and Bridal Event, The Fox Hollow Catering & Conference Center, 7725 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, (516)224-8184. Everything you can imagine to make turn your wedding day into something extra special is waiting for you at this evening event that includes cocktails, amazing cuisine, live music and previews of the latest in wedding fashion. 6:30-8:30pm.

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February 14: Improvised Shakespeare, The Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, (516)3234444. Anything goes when, based on audience suggestions, The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. 8pm. February 15: The Harlem Globetrotters, Nassau Veterans Me-

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of your diva & her doll, and a tea-party style lunch with beverages & dessert. February 16: George and Abe are Back!, The Valley Stream Historical Society, 143 Hendrickson Ave., Valley Stream, (516)825-7157. Society members will be dressed in authentic colonial costumes as visitors take a close up look at a genuine piece of George Washington memorabilia. 1 - 4pm. February 16: The Swingtime Big Band, The Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, (516)3234444. This amazing 20-piece authentic swing band presents an unforgettable afternoon of music from the Swing Era. 3pm.


February 16: Valentine’s Weekend 70s Soul Jam, The NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, (516)334-0800, Enjoy a night of romantic music in honor of Valentine’s Day featuring The Stylistics, The Dramatics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, and New Birth. 7pm.

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February 18 - 21: February Mini-Camp, M.A.T.S.S., 171 Eileen Way, Syosset, (516)496-7765, Children ages 2-10 are invited to enjoy a fun-filled winter break program keeps your child happily occupied with plenty of games, crafts, gymnastics and lunch. 10am-2pm. February 22 and 23: The Camellia Weekend, Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, (516)922-8678, www. Treat your entire family to one special daylong event when Coe Hall hosts a fabulous annual event that brings Planting Fields to life with live music, walking tours of

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February 23: Where is Everybody?, Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, (516)571-7900. In this captivating live animal presentation, visitors take a look at the animals that leave our area and those that take a long winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rest or just slow down till spring. Reservations required. 11am - noon.

February 24 - March 10 February 28: Boston Brass, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City, (516)877-4000. From exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, in a friendly and fun atmosphere. 7:30pm. March 2: The Galumpha Dance Group, Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington, (516)7676444, Enjoy an afternoon of captivating music for all ages. March 5 - 10: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, (516)794-9303, The greatest show on Earth returns by popular demand to keep children and adults alike on the edge of their seats with delightful clowns, amazing aerialists, animals and much more!

All Month Long Ongoing through February 23: Peter Max Exhibition, Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, (516)484-9337, This exhibition takes the first in-depth look at the original drawings of Pop artist Peter Max, featuring portfolios of his mostly black-and-white drawings on paper against many of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larger and more color-saturated works in a variety of media and covering a wide range of subjects. Sundays through February 23: For the Family Series, The Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr, Roslyn, (516)484-9338, Families are in62 I parentguide News I February 2014

vited to enjoy an afternoon that includes a tour of the museum’s exhibitions, followed by supervised art activities and creative themes. (No session on February 2). Wednesdays throughout February: Music and Movement, The Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, (516)224-5800, Children ages 5 and under are invited to take part in a morning filled with musical instruments and sing-along songs designed to get their young bodies moving. 11:30am. Ongoing throughout February: The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post Campus, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, (516)299-2752, The Tilles Center is the place to be for amazing live entertainment in 2014! Upcoming events for the winter season include The New York Philharmonic, The Monster Who Ate My Peas by ArtsPower, Phildanco Dance, and Sleeping Beauty from the State Ballet Theatre.

nial, featuring the works of 10 skilled sculptors throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum. Sundays: The Next Step, Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview, (516)822-3535. Program offers teens with special needs in grades 7-12 the opportunity to develop basic leadership skills and perform community service. Meets two Sundays per month, 1-3:30pm. Call for a schedule. Sundays through Fridays: Support Groups, Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, (516)634-4010, www. A variety of groups are offered at various times. Included are Caring for the Caregiver, Loss and Bereavement I and II, Unemployment, Divorce and Separation I and II, Women’s Issues, Single Parents, Couple Fair Fighting, Pre-Marriage Counseling, and more. Babysitting may be available. Call for specific information.

Proof • 212-213-884 • 212-213-8840 Ongoing through March 23: Snow Day in Oyster Bay, The Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay, (516)922-5032, The Historical Society’s winter exhibition features artifacts, images, and clothing from its permanent collection, as well as costumes on loan from the personal collections of Monica Randall and other lenders. Ongoing through May 31: The Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Adelphi University, Garden City Campus, 1 South Ave., (516)877-4040. The Adelphi University Exhibitions Program proudly presents its seventh Outdoor Sculpture Bien-

Mondays: JASA AZORS Help Caregiver’s Support Group, Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach, 455 Neptune Boulevard, Long Beach, (516)742-2050. This support group is for those caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. New participants should call before coming to the group. Free. Held the second Monday of the month. 12:30-2pm. Mondays: Free Breast Cancer Support Group, Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City, (516)877-4314. This group welcomes anyone who has tested positive for breast cancer during genetic testing. Sessions are free. Call for required registration. 78:30pm. Starts February 25 and runs through April.




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February 20 is National Cherry Pie Day! Celebrate this unique holiday by lavishing in sweet, flaky goodness with this Cherry Pie recipe courtesy of Peter Sterk at Ingredients: •4 c. fresh or frozen tart cherries •1-1½ c. granulated sugar •4 Tbs. cornstarch •⅛ Tbs. almond extract (optional) •Your favorite pie crust or pie dough recipe for two-crust pie •1½ Tbs. butter, to dot •1 Tbs. granulated sugar, to sprinkle. Directions: Put the cherries in a medium saucepan, place over heat, and cover. Remove from heat after the cherries have lost a considerable amount of juice, which may take a few minutes. Proceed to mix the sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Take this mixture and pour into the hot cherries and stir well. If desired, add the almond extract and mix. Place the mixture back on the stove and cook on a low heat setting until thickened. Make sure to stir frequently. Proceed to remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thin, add a little more cornstarch, if too thick, add water. Preheat oven to 375°F. Chose your favorite pie dough recipe, prepare the crust, and divide in half. Roll each piece large enough to fill an 8-inch pan. Proceed to pour the cooled cherry mixture into the crust. Dot with butter and moisten the bottom crust edge. Put the top crust on and flute the pie’s edge. Cut a slit in the middle of the crust to allow the steam to escape and sprinkle with sugar.

Finally bake the pie for about 50 minutes. When time is up, remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

Let Freedom Ring

Teach your children the importance of human rights and dignity this National Freedom Day, February 1, with the Musical Stars and Stripes activity from! What You’ll Need: •Regular and decorative scissors •Ruler •Red, white, and blue craft foam •Small hole punch •White paint •Small paintbrush or star stamp •30 small paper clips (preferably red, white, and blue) •12-inch wooden skewer with the sharp tips cut off •Ribbon or wire •13 ¾-inch bells How to make it: Start by cutting out a 4½-by-4-inch, blue, craft foam rectangle. Proceed to punch four, evenly spaced holes on one of the long sides of the rectangle and seven on the other side. Next, paint on the stars or use a small star stamp. Then, use scissors with decorative bales to cut out seven, red, craft foam strips as follows: three that are ½-by-8 inches and four that are ½-by-3½ inches. Cut out six, white, craft foam strips as follows: three that are ½-by-8 inches and three that are ½-by-3½ inches. Proceed to punch holes in both ends of all strips and thread paper clips through each hole. Then, attach the seven, short strips to the blue square at the bottom and thread four paper clips in the holes of the blue square at the top. Form the flag by placing all of the pieces onto the wooden skewer and attach a piece of ribbon or wire to the ends of the skewer. To finish the activity, attach a bell to the clip on each strip and let freedom fly!

Weaving History

The Royal Weave, a festive and traditional West African cloth, is the perfect activity to help your family celebrate Black History Month this February. Combine fun with learning with this kente mat activity, courtesy of Materials: •Paper grocery bags •Acrylic paint •Water •Paper •Iron •Glue stick Directions: Start by cutting two or three large paper grocery bags into various large panels. Next, thin out the acrylic paint with water to make it easier spread and less likely to flake. Then, use the acrylic paint to make patterns on the panels. Allow the panels to dry and continue to sandwich them between two clean pieces of paper. Proceed to iron them flat on a low heat setting. Cut the panels into 1-inch-wide strips, setting aside one panel for the base. Trim the base panel into an 11-by-18-inch rectangle. Proceed to fold the paper in half, lengthwise. Mark an 1-inch line from the unfolded side and make slits at 1-inch intervals from the fold to the marked line. Then, unfold the paper and weave strips into the base. Use a glue stick to secure the ends of the strips to the base, and you now have your very own royal cloth.

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