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Education Coverage

Full STEAM Ahead.................................................... 18 Collaboration in education.

Education Directory.......................................................... 20 Leading schools and resources near you.





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Considerations for summer planning.

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Education Coverage A five-week training program


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Don’t Miss........................................................................ 8 This month’s entertainment and activities.

Health............................................................................ 32 Insight and items for your family’s care.

Travel.............................................................................. 33 Destinations, product picks, and getaway tips.

Socializing on the autism spectrum.

Update........................................................................... 34 Essential products and information for your brood.

In Season........................................................................ 42

The Ailey School Junior Division. Photo: Eduardo Patino, NYC.

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Inspiring activities and treats for the heart of the winter season.

ATLANTIC Health &for Fitness KIDS Media Literacy................ 14

Summer Programs Self-esteem in a broadcast world.


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Considerations for summer planning.

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Publisher Steve Elgort Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina Managing Editor Donald McDermott Associate Editor Samantha Chan Editorial Intern Jordan Brueckner Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski

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Accounting Teresa Pinargote Contributing Writers Karen Barski, Nicole Clark, Meredith Coon, Vivienne Van Eijkelenborg, Rebecca Hill, Monica Holloway, Jess Michaels

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MiSS A Film That Clicks

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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Rethink your child’s oral health this month, dur- For years, Karma Kids Yoga has been providing ing the American Dental Association’s National quality yoga programs for children throughout Children’s Dental Health Month! Establish healthy the city. Beginning February 4, the trusted habits early with your children to give them a company extends its offerings to include a new lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. This year’s dance program: Karma Kids Dance. The focus is on building physicampaign brings about characters like the McGrinn cal strength and flexibility while naturally fine tuning children’s focus, Twins, Flossy and Buck, asking children across the nation to “Join the Super attention, body awareness, and confidence. This innovative program Smile Team.” Visit for activity sheets, videos, and other online takes place at the Karma Kids Peace-In Studio, 102 W. 14th St., next resources that provide information door to the Kids Yoga studio. Learn more at on maintining healthy oral habits. Who Let the Dogs Out? More than 3,200 dogs Far, Far Away invade NYC February 10 Year of the Horse and 11 for the WestminThe Morgan Library and Museum hosts ImagCelebrate Chinese New Year at ster Kennel Club Dog ine Your Planet: What Planet Do You Come a party on February 7 at Rutgers Show at Pier 92/94. Head From? where young ones are encouraged to Community Programs, 236 W. to 711 12th Ave. to see expand the horizons of their imaginations. They 73rd St. Families with children this unique showcasing join a little prince on his journey from one planet are invited to indulge in food, of some of the most beto another. Then, they draw and build imaginary entertainment, and more. RSVP loved and rare breeds in planets with clay, wire, beads, fabric, and other to Jennifer Moore via e-mail at the world. Last year’s winner, an Affenpinscher named materials. The event takes place on February 8, The Banana Joe, will be visiting! For more information on 2-4pm, at 225 Madison Ave. Questions? Dial party is free for all guests, and it showcasing, judging schedules, and ticket information, (212)685-0008. runs from 6pm to 7:30pm. log onto

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At the Garden

Elmo is back in town from February 13 to 23 with Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music, showing at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. He’s brought Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and all of his friends from Sesame Street. The show tells the story of a new music teacher who discovers her musical instruments are missing! Don’t worry, Elmo teaches the children that they can use things like rubber ducks, trash can lids, and other unusual items to make music! Tickets are available at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, and at


A Whole New World

Previews for the new production of Aladdin, The Musical, begin February 26 and performances commence in March. Be one of the first to take a ride on a magic carpet to a far-off land where a boy from the streets wins the heart of a beautiful princess. The visually stunning production features music from the beloved Disney film. The show takes the stage at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St. Call (866)870-2717 for tickets.


Bluegrass Adventure Fit for a President

Celebrate George Washington’s birthday with live music and dance. Costumed performers teach traditional country dances that were common in 19th-century New York. Join in on the fun, toast to George Washington with historic refreshments, then go on a presidential-themed scavenger hunt. This all takes place at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 E. 61st Street, on February 16, beginning at 1pm. Visit for additional details.

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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. 12 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 child’s age when choosing between a traditional and specialty camp. Young children often haven’t figured 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 first-rate instruction in that activity or sport while also enjoying other aspects of a traditional camp.

Session and day lengths

Both day and sleepaway camps offer different session lengths for your family’s needs. Children can go to camp for a few weeks or for the whole summer. Some day camps offer “mini days,” allowing the youngest children the opportunity to go to camp for a few hours a day or for a few days a week. Full-session sleepaway camps are traditionally seven weeks and give campers more time to adjust to camp and become

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

References and outside review

Don’t be afraid to ask a camp for references. This is generally one of the best ways to check a camp’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. Jess Michaels is the director of communications for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the summer camp experience.

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by Nicole Clark

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 14 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. Nicole Clark is the director of Cover Girl Culture and a spokesperson for the 4 Every Girl Campaign. She teaches media literacy via workshops in schools across North America. Learn more at

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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.

Karen Barski is a mother of five, a 19-year nurse, and a Certified Infant Care Specialist and Instructor. She designs innovative and original products for babies and toddlers. Known best as the Woombie baby swaddle ( creator, Karen has also invented Time IN Dolls with a built-in timer as a way to teach children the concepts of time and patience in a fun, natural way. Time IN Dolls ( facilitate simple skill building to teach kids how to work laces, buttons, snaps, zippers, and Velcro while giving parents much-needed “me time.” 16 I parentguide News I February 2014

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d a e h A M TEA

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 1 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 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. Working on Montgomery’s biomes project, says parent Robin Schrimsher, increased her son’s awareness of the problems faced by barrier reefs. “Engaging him in science content through the creativity of art has been an excellent tool for his learning,” Schrimsher 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.” The biome project, in which Nash’s son participated, impacted his appreciation of beauty in the world’s natural systems and human creations. Nash says it


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. Rebecca Hill is a freelance writer who writes on education, literacy, library, science, and family issues. She has been published in a variety of online and print magazines. To see her work, visit

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The Ailey School The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W. 55th St., NYC 10019 Bilingual Buds (212)405-9000 175 Riverside Boulevard, NYC 10069 (212)787-8088 The renowned Ailey School, under directors Tracy Inman Bilingual Buds is a Preschool and Elementary School with and Melanie Person, serves as the official school of Alvin an immersion dual-language program in Mandarin Chinese Ailey American Dance Theater. The School is a professionand English for students ages 2 to fifth grade. The dynamic al dance institution with one of the best, most diverse proschool focuses on the development of the whole child and grams available. The Ailey School’s Junior Division offers his/her relationship with the world. A student’s personal classes for children beginning at age 3. The First Steps and journey to bilingualism enriches all aspects of academic Bounding Boys programs offer an enjoyable introduction to global and creative• Fax expression. Park Avenue South, New consciousness, York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 212-447-7734 dance, bringing the joy of music and creative movement to 419exploration, The first school of its kind in the greater New York area, young children. The pre-professional program for students Bilingual Buds uses a proprietary specifically ages 7-17 encompasses a broad curriculum of dance classes to: FAx curriculum # designed for learning language through content. Its rigorous including Horton, Limón and Graham-based modern dance dual language program is brought to life by native-speaktechniques, classical ballet, tap, West African and Spanish From: ing Mandarin teachers teaching Chinese, iSSue DAte:and native-speakdance. Children have the opportunity to work with profesing English teachers teaching the American curriculum. sional dancers who are exploring their own future in dance. The staff ignites students’ curiosity, joy, and innate sense Please call Classes or fax your comments and/orand oK.differof community. are highly interactive entiated. An extensive list of programs include full- and SigNAture oF APProvAl: half-day preschool, kindergarten to fifth grade elementary school classes, after-school classes for children ages 5-10, supplemental afternoon classes for students ages 2 to 5, and summer camp in both Manhattan and China. The Summit, NJ campus offers the same programs in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. Monolingual students new to the program starting in grades 1-5 usually need support in either Chinese or English for one to two years in the new Elementary Integration Program, after which they are transitioned in the mainstream immersion program. The program involves a pullout each day for a period of time in a small group for focused individualized language and content support.

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Dedicated to children’s growth and learning - ages 2.3-5 Experienced, nurturing staff Specialists for music, movement, studio and gardening Large, airy classrooms; rooftop playground

The First Presbyterian Church Nursery School 12 West 12th Street, NYC 10011 (corner of Fifth Avenue) Nancy-Ellen Micco, Interim Director Visit our website at, or call 212-691-3432

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Cathedral School 319 E. 74th St., NYC 10021 (212)249-2840 Founded in 1949, The Cathedral School provides a warm, nurturing and family atmosphere to 155 students in preschool-grade 8. With a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, an international student body and placement of graduates in the city’s best high schools, The Cathedral School continues its legacy of educating children in the classics. The mission statement of “excellence through the classics” has become a central part of the curriculum, which includes Ancient Greek (grades 7-8) and Mythology (kindergarten-grade 4). The Cathedral School has also become a charter member of the National Junior Classical League and students routinely win highest honors in the League’s annual ETC (Excellence through Classics) examination. The Cathedral School seeks to provide a well-rounded education, which includes math, English, history, social studies and science, French, computer science, chess, physical education, art and Music. Movement and exercise and music appreciation are taught to Early Childhood students. The recent transition to the internationally successful Singapore Math Program for grades K-6 is yielding positive results. Recently, a major grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has made it possible to create a new Learning Center and add Smartboard technology to every classroom. Sonia Celestin is head of school. Financial aid is available. Full- and half-day programs are available for pre-school students. For more information, please visit


dents the rigorous, more classical instruction of French education and the more inquiry-based teaching of the American system. EINY is a family-sized school that enrolls American students who don’t speak French, French or French-American children, and students who speak a third or fourth language at home. The French teachers are certified by the French Ministry of Education and its American faculty members are certified by New York State. The after-school program FUNéi offers a wide variety of extracurricular classes to explore the arts and practice a multitude of sports. The school opens its new Summer Camp in June/July 2014 for children aged 3-12. For information and to schedule a visit, contact Mr. Clyde Javois, director of admissions, at The Family School Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza 323 E. 47th St., NYC 10017 The Family School West 308 W. 46th St., NYC 10036 (212)688-5950 The Family School, established in 1975 and directed and founded by Lesley Nan Haberman, prides itself on its multicultural and diverse student population and staff. The faculty holds degrees in ECE, Special Education and are all Montessori certified. Total enrollment for both Schools is about 250 boys and girls. The Schools are affiliated with the American Montessori Society. In intimate, caring, eclectic environments, each child is encouraged to work independently at his or her own pace with concrete, self-correcting teaching materials. Carefully trained and experienced teachers stand back observing, intervening if necessary, ready at all times to • 212-213-8840

Proof • 212-213-8840 Ecole Internationale de New York (EINY) 111 E. 22nd St., NYC 10010 (646)410-2238 Ecole Internationale de New York (EINY) is a French-American international school that offers an academic, bilingual program in French and English. Mandarin starts in third grade and Spanish is taught in the middle school section. The school enrolls students from nursery through sixth grade (ages 3-12). In September 2014, the school expands its preschool section. It opens the seventh-grade class in its new international Middle School section. EINY is accredited by the French Ministry of Education. It combines the best of both French and American educational systems, offering stu-

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY facilitate, encourage, remediate where needed and, most especially, catch a child at that special moment when he is ready to make the next leap forward— to a new level of mastery and knowledge. The Family School West, for children 2.6 to 6 years of age, offers an Extended Day program, like the East Side. The Family School on the East Side, for children 18 months to 12 years of age, offers Toddler, Preprimary and Elementary programs; full summer day camp, extended day, and spring and holiday recess programs. The curriculum provides a thorough grounding in math and language skills, intense enrichment in music, art, chess, martial arts, yoga, drumming, cultural arts, instruments, foreign languages and physical education. Come visit the Family School family! First Presbyterian Church Nursery School 12 W. 12th St., NYC 10011 (212)691-3432 Founded in 1952, FPCNS is a neighborhood school welcoming children of all races, religions, abilities, cultures, economic backgrounds and family configurations. Its program is nonsectarian. The curriculum encourages children to explore materials and relationships, and express ideas and feelings, while building skills. The program includes art, music, movement, woodworking, blocks, books, manipulatives, sensory materials, plants and animals, cooking and dramatic play. Large bright classrooms with tall windows overlook trees and gardens. The fenced-in rooftop playground features riding toys, big blocks and climbing equipment. There is space for movement classes and indoor play on rainy days. Each class has three teachers, including a licensed head teacher, two as- • 212-213-8840


sistant teachers, or an assistant and an aide. Teachers are chosen for their creativity as well as their knowledge, warmth and sensitivity to children. There are specialists for music, movement, studio and gardening. Parent involvement includes parent education programs, social and fund-raising events, the maintenance of an active lending library, class trips and special classroom projects. Kid’s Korner Preschool 247 W. 24th St., NYC 10011 (212)229-9340 Chelsea’s best kept secret! Located in the heart of Chelsea, Kid’s Korner, a NAEYC accredited preschool/nursery school, occupies the first two floors of a cozy brownstone. Intimate and small classrooms are designed to provide a sense of warmth and acceptance for your child. Dedicated and highly qualified staff lead a wide range of stimulating, hands-on activities for each child. Kid’s Korner aims to meet your child’s social, intellectual, physical and emotional needs, as well as provide a sense of community and diversity within the school. Their secluded and private playground offers a peaceful existence away from the bustling and busy city. Children enjoy the comforting and relaxing atmosphere while socializing with their peers. The school accommodates children ages 2 and 3 as well as pre-kindergarten students ages 4 and 5. Kid’s Korner offers a variety of full and extended days as well as half day schedule arrangements designed to meet the needs of individual families. Kid’s Korner is celebrating 18 years of striving to offer the most nurturing and loving beginning to your child’s educational experience. Come explore Kid’s Korner on an informative tour to see what all your friends are whispering about!

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Guided by the Montessori philosophy, we gently help children learn how to learn in a secure, prepared environment, laying a firm foundation for them to become confident, caring, and successful human beings. Twin Parks Montessori Schools are accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), the Middle States Commission on Elementar y Schools (MSCES), and are members of the New York Association of Independent Schools (NYAIS), the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), the Parents League, as well as af filiate schools of Columbia University.

La Scuola d’Italia “Guglielmo Marconi” 12 E. 96th St., NYC 10128 (212)369-3290 Initially founded in 1977 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to meet the academic needs of Italians living in the New York City area, thanks to an ever increasing interest on the part of American families, La Scuola has grown into a unique bilingual educational institution, reflecting the best features of the Italian and American system. La Scuola is committed to providing a bicultural education to foster international understanding and openness in order to

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July 8th-July 26th Call About Our OPEN HOUSE TOURS By Appointment Only Summer Camp II (3 weeks): Open House Tours Begin in Accepting applications for 2014/2015 July October 29th-August 16th

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY prepare students to become citizens of the world. The challenging bilingual curriculum, deeply rooted in the European classical tradition, offers an intensive academic program. A program of Italian as a Second Language is offered to English-speaking students, grades 1-9. The unique curriculum is designed to give students a firm grounding in liberal arts, math and science, together with a formidable competence in foreign languages.

early childhood school serving children ages 2-5 in a nurturing setting committed to addressing the unique needs of young children. The school’s mission is aligned with the Riverside Church mission celebrating diversity and pledging itself to education, reflection and action for peace and justice. The school draws upon a variety of proven approaches to foster independence, individuality and creativity. Supported by a collaborative community of peers, parents and teachers, the children learn to make Morningside Montessori School decisions, meet complex challenges and take responsibility for 251 W. 100th St., NYC 10025 their actions. The school is committed to developing an aware(212) 316-1555 ness and respect for the natural world and its resources within the curriculum and through a full utilization of the wealth of Morningside Montessori School is a preschool for children ages resources available in New York City. Side by Side at Riverside, 419 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 2-5 years offering a small, nurturing environment where chilwhich began in October, is a weekly 90-minute introduction to dren can explore their love of learning and take their first steps the pre-school experience for toddlers and their grown-ups. The towards independence. Morningside blends traditional Montesprogram is designed for children 16 months to 2 1/2 years old, tO: FAx # of early childhood sori materials with non-Montessori elements and morning and afternoon classes available. education such as blocks and fantasy play. Morningside teachers they DAte: vary materials to suit Seton Day Care Center and Elizabeth Seton Pre-School FrOm: create a stimulating environment asiSSue students’ needs and interests. Morningside loves and welcomes 245 E. 92nd St. NYC 10128 families of all diversities. Visit the website to apply. Accepting (212)369-9626 applications for 2014-2015 school year on September Please call or fax your comments and/or1.OK. Riverside Church Weekday School SigNAture490 OF Riverside APPrOvAl: Drive, NYC 10027 Children from 2 months-6 years of age and their families feel at (212)870-6743 home at Seton Day Care Center & Pre-School. Established in 1972 by the New York Foundling as a community service gram, this warm, personalized environment allows children to The Riverside Church Weekday School is a non-denominational, thrive as they engage in a variety of developmentally appropri-

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La Scuola d’Italia a private unique Italian/English bilingual and bicultural school providing: • Strong foundation in liberal arts, math & science • Thorough bilingual education integrating the best of Italian and American curriculum of studies • In depth study and appreciation of American, European and Italian civilizations and cultures

Graduates attend North American, Italian and European Union best Colleges and Universities Knowledge of the Italian/English language is not a pre-requisite for admission to Pre K through 9th grade La Scuola d’Italia is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York and by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Italy. The School is a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools. Pre K-12th Grade Announcing 2014-2015 Scholarships for Middle & High School Levels

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY ate experiences. Based on the Montessori approach, the program fosters individual expression through opportunities presented for creative exploration, problem-solving and a sense of community. Seton demonstrates quality child care by combining the comforting aspects of home life with a challenging learning program that is cultivated by a staff who is responsive to children’s emerging needs and interests. Rigorous standards for staffing, low staff-child ratios and a welcoming environment for parents are hallmarks of a program that serves to support children’s optimal growth and development. As an affiliate of The American Montessori Society and a member of ISAAGNY, Seton is used as a learning facility for students and intern Montessori teachers.


Twin Parks Montessori Central Park Montessori 1 West 91st St., NYC 10024 (212)595-2000 Park West Montessori School 435 Central Park West, NYC 10025 (212)678-6072 Riverside Montessori School 202 Riverside Dr., NYC 10025 (212)665-1600 One school. Three campuses— Twin Parks Montessori Schools are accredited by the American Montessori Society and the

Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools Education, are members of NYSAIS, the Parents League and ISAAGNY, and are affiliate schools of Columbia University. Twin Parks Montessori Schools provide nurturing, child-centered settings for children ages 3 months-6 years. The Park West location offers a 12 month progam.The schools are committed to building and fostering a community of lifelong learners using proven Montessori methodology, which has been successful for the past 100 years. While focusing on helping children master language, math and sensorial experience at age-appropriate levels, the schools simultaneously nurture the development of conscious, caring and compassionate human beings. Twin Parks Schools are among Manhattan’s most spacious preschools. Twin Parks offers rich and varied environments— from individual activity tables to open floor areas promoting group interaction, from the quiet areas for independent interests to the abundance of the Schools’ glorious backyards: Riverside and Central Parks. Each of these environments invites exploration and, in total, fully meets the developmental needs of young children.

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Upper Valley Preschool 103 W. 96th St. NYC 10025 Phone: (212)257-4749 Fax: (646)589-0539 The Upper Valley Preschool is structured on the principle of parents, teachers, and administrators coming together to build schedules and programs that truly cater to the needs of students

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Winston Preparatory 126 W. 17th St., NYC 10011 (646)638-2705; Winston Prep was founded more than 30 years ago as the first high school in New York City devoted specifically to students with learning disabilities. Winston provides a highly individualized, responsive setting for a smart and creative community of students who have been diagnosed with language-based learning disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, and executive functioning difficulties. Each student’s program is designed to challenge strengths while remediating areas of need, including but not limited to the essentials of reading, writing, mathematics, organization, and study

skills. Each individualized educational program is based upon a diagnostic understanding of the dynamic learning profile that evolves as the student progresses and matures. Small classes of 8-12 students help to facilitate the individualization of course work. Students receive daily one-on-one instruction, Focus, which is designed to serve as the diagnostic, instructional, and mentoring centerpiece. P.E., art, and music alternate daily, and a variety of enrichment courses are offered after school including drama and interscholastic athletic programs. Graduates are enrolled in four- and twoyear colleges as well as post-graduate transition programs. For more information, contact Michelle Bramlett, director of admissions at (646)638-2705, ext. 634; or Medry Rodriguez, admissions assistant (646)638-2705, ext. 619.


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Socializing on the autism spectrum. by Monica Holloway


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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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

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Heart Health

Treat your ticker right.

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:

G: Get your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

O: Own your lifestyle. Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise,

and eat healthy. It’s up to you.

R: Realize your risk.

We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one out of three women.

E: Educate your family. Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

D: Don’t be silent.

Tell every woman you know that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women. Raise your voice at www. The more women we mobilize, the more lives we can save. Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices. More than one-third of them have lost weight, and nearly 50 percent have increased the frequency of their exercise. Sixty percent of the women who decided to Go Red changed their diets, and one-third of them have discussed developing heart-health plans with their doctors. Your heart is truly in your hands. Learn the risk factors for heart disease that you can control, and make heart-healthy choices to reduce these risks. High blood pressure can increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks, and it usually has no symptoms. Make sure to discuss it with your doctor, and also maintain a healthy diet. High cholesterol is another issue to tackle. The higher your 30 I parentguide News I February 2014


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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.

Did you know?

• An estimated 43 million women in the United States are affected by heart disease. • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and are often silent, hidden, or misunderstood.


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February 12: Oasis in Manhattan Central Park, 3 W. 95th St., (800)317-1392,,,, by appointment.

February 25: Friends Seminary, 222 E. 16th St., (212) 9795035, ext. 152,, www., 5-7pm.

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February 26: Downtown Day Camp, 120 Warren St., (212)766-1104, ext. 250,,, 6-8pm. RSVP.


February 27: Oasis in Manhattan Downtown, 219 Stanton St., (800)317-1392, All Month Long: Bilingual Buds, 175 Riverside Boulevard,

February 2: Lunar New Year Parade and Celebration, Lower Manhattan: Little Italy and Chinatown, Check out Chinatown’s 15th annual Lunar New Year celebration for stunning visuals, tantalizing treats and impressive performances. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Horse. Walk the main streets of Lower Manhattan from Little Italy through Chinatown, to catch a glimpse. 1pm.

Proof • 212-213-8840 • 212-213-8840 (212)787-8088,, by appointment. February 3: Asteroids: Earth’s Nearest Neighbors with Amy RSVP on website.

All Month Long: The Family School West, 308 W. 46th St., (212)688-5950,, by appointment. All Month Long: Kid’s Korner Preschool, 247 W. 24th St., (212)229-9340,,, by appointment.

February 4: Breastfeeding Support Circle, Prenatal Yoga Center, 251 W. 72nd St., (212)362-2985, www.prenatalyogacenter. com. Being a part of a “women’s circle” allows women to bene-


All Month Long: Seton Day Care Center and Elizabeth Seton Preschool, 245 E. 92nd St., (212)369-9626, susanp@

Mainzer, Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, (212)769-5100, Asteroids have interacted with Earth in the past and are certain to do so in the future. Explore the origins and evolution of the smallest bodies in the solar system as well as what has recently been learned about their orbital and physical properties. 7:30pm.


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FEBRUARY 2014 SEPTEMBER 2010 fit from the experiences and knowledge from other women with a shared experience. Share the joys, concerns, and challenges of breastfeeding in a safe place, where a clinical approach to this process has the sometimes absent warmth, which can be tremendously rewarding. A scale is available to weigh your babies before and after feeding, and help track weight gain. This program occurs again on February 18. 2:30-4pm.

109 W. 57th St., (347)766-3608, Application. The Rondo Young Artist Festival is a showcase for classical musicians ages 5-18. Come audition for a chance to go on a regional tour and perform at Carnegie Hall! 10am.

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February 5: A Petits Pas Cooking Workshop, French Institute Alliance Francaise, 22 E. 60th St., (212)355-6100, www.fiaf. org/frenchclasses. FIAF offers hands-on cooking workshops for children in preschool and younger. In each workshop, children discover new flavors of the season by creating different sweet or savory treats with seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They explore their five senses and develop motor skills as they smell mint, taste rhubarb, shape brioche, and play with shapes and colors. This program continues every Wednesday. Register online, by phone, or in person. 3-4pm. February 7-8: Rondo Young Artist Festival, Steinway Hall,

February 8: Family Films: Tales from Around the World, Museum of Modern Art, The Celeste Bartos Theater, 4 W. 54th St., Recommended for kids age 5 and older, and their adult companions. In Family Films, enjoy classic live-action and animated short films, engaging discussions. Films include: Anansi the Spider (1969), The Chinese Word for Horse (1987), and Village of Idiots (1999). Admission is free. Tickets are distributed on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Noon.


February 8: Give Your Voice: Honor Black History, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, (212)769-5100, In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson organized a weeklong celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made to the United States. The museum kicks off Black History Month with the ever popular mancala game sessions with a mancala scholar. Also enjoy artists, composers, musicians, and other talented individuals to celebrate all month long. Noon-5pm. February 9: Broadway Playhouse 2014, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th St., (212)501-3330, www. Kids are invited to dip their toes into the wonderful world of musical theater at this performance series. Enjoy theatrical scenes, singalongs, and musical games that help Broadway-bound little ones understand what all the fuss is about. Appropriate for ages 4 to 11. 11am. February 10: Valentine’s Fun, 74th St. MAGIC, 510 E. 74th St., (212)737-2989, Celebrate Valentine’s Day by crafting extra special Valentines. Decorate Valentine’s cookies, and be prepared to have tons of fun. 4-5pm. February 10: Your 2 Year Old: What to Expect, Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, jmoore@ This parenting workshop is led by an educator with a master’s degree from the Bank Street College of Education, and tells parents everything they need to know about the development of their 2 year olds: behavorially, socially, physically, and cognitively. RSVP required. 6pm. February 11: Meet the Author: Henry Winkler, Barnes and Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St., (212)587-5389, Early readers— and fans of the Fonz— have the chance to meet Henry Winkler, author of the Hank Zipzer series. He’ll be appearing alongside Lin Oliver, his collabo-

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rating illustrator, to present the latest title in the series, called Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hank, about a boy who struggles with dyslexia. The books are made for readers with similar challenges, thanks to an easy-to-read font. Winkler and Oliver will read from their books, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of their works afterward. Appropriate for ages 6 to 8. 6pm. â&#x20AC;˘ 212-213-8840


Opening February 12: This [Baby] Life, New 42nd Street Studios, 229 W. 42nd St., (646-223-3042, www.studios. This interactive dance performance is designed specifically for babies, inviting its tiny audience members to mirror the motions of the choreography. A relaxing, nurturing atmosphere is created with gentle guitar melodies and seating in a circle on the floor. Designed for ages 4-18 months. Times Vary. Runs through February 23.

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February 15: Mario the Magician, The Drilling CompaNY, 236 W. 78th St., 3rd floor, Mario the Magician presents an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old world looks and physical comedy style are reminiscent of his heroes, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does. Appropriate for families with children age 3-10. The theatre is a third floor walk-up, it is recommended to only bring what you can comfortably carry up two flights of stairs! 12:30pm.

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February 15: He Came from the Sun: The Gustafer Yellowgold Show, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)8645400, Come for a creative combination of catchy original songs performed by a live band, accompanying beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of a sun creature and his earthly friends. This perennial favorite and worldwide family favorite, Gustafer Yellowgold is definitely a donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this month! 11am.

February 15: Family Winter Nature Hike, Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues, Children are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild with the help of urban park rangers, in a safe and supportive environment. The whole family is invited to this leisurely hike through the North Woods of Central Park. 1pm.

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February 22: Birding: Eagles, Payson Park House in Inwood Hill Park, Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue, www. NYC is home to millions of people, and an amazing abundance of wildlife from falcons to salamanders. City rangers guide guests to some of the best wildlife viewing spots in the city for you to witness the majesty of American Bald Eagles, as they soar over the Hudson River. Even the most beginner of birders is welcome. Bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. 9am.

February 22: Tribeca Family presents Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly; BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., (212) 220-1459, The first day is hard for everyone, especially when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a bug! Based on the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, this coming-of-age musical shows how the Worrying Worm, Fearless Fly, and Sassy Spider all find their special talents and succeed! Appropriate for ages 4 and older. 1:30pm. February 22: The Okee Dokee Brothers, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, genre/family. Grammy Award-winning performers Okee Dokee Brothers, hailing from Minnesota, head to the Big Apple with their bluegrassy adventure tunes in tow. Bring the little ones of all ages to hear beautiful Americana-laced songs, filled with original tales of nature and the great outdoors. This engaging bluegrassy duo presents a musical camping expedition without leaving the city. 11am. February 25: Discipline: Setting Limits, Saying No and Accepting No, Asphalt Green Battery Park City, 211 North End Ave., (212)298-2980, ext. 2978, campsagbpc@asphaltgreen. org. Nancy Schulman, Head of the Early Learning Center at Avenues: The World School and co-author of Practical Wisdom for Parents: Demystifying the Preschool Years, tells parents of toddlers and preschoolers why discipline is hard, necessary and how it can be effective. Noon.

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Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway, (212)239-6200, Take a look into the last century of Major League Baseball’s most iconic and controversial teams, the New York Yankees, through the eyes of Yogi Berra. The show combines the ups and downs of some of the most noteworthy players including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and even modern-day players like Derek Jeter. Times Vary. The show runs through July 6.

Through February 9: Thunderbird American Indian Dance Concert and Powwow, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.,, The oldest Native American dance company in New York, puts on a show of dances, stories and traditional music at the Theater for the New City. Popular segments include the a caribou dance from the Inuit, a buffalo dance Fourth Friday of February: Kids’ Night Out, Harlem from the Hopi and a stomp dance originating in the 419 Southeast. 135th (212)912-2100, www.ymcanyc. Park Avenue YMCA, South, 13th180 Floor,W. New York, St., NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 At the end, the audience can share the joy of the powwow durorg. Parents are encouraged to take time to have dinner for ing the friendship-themed Round Dance. Times Vary. two, go shopping, or maybe just kick back and relax for a TO: FAX # about the children. Bring night without having to worry Every Day in February: The Little Prince, The Morgan your kids to the Y for an evening of arts and crafts, sports, Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., (212)685-0008, swimming, and fun! AfterISSUE all, DATE: the Kids deserve a Night FROM: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Out, too! Parents must provide a snack. Advance registraPrince is a well known piece of children’s literature. What tion is required. 5-7pm. is less well known is the story’s New York City’s ties. Saint- Please call or fax your comments and/or OK. Exupéry wrote and illustrated the story in New York during Saturdays Through March 1: The Amazing Max and World it was here that it• Fax was212-447-7734 first published in The Box of Interesting Things, Manhattan Movement & uth, 13th Floor, NewWar York,IINYand 10016 • 212-213-8840 SIGNATURE OF APPROVAL: both English and French. This exhibit, the most comprehenArts Center, 248 W. 60th St., (212)787-1178, www.mansive yet, explores the story’’s American origins through the During this family magic show, FAx #and watercolor drawings. Times vary. original manuscript the Amazing Max wows audiences with science-defying • comedy, 212-213-8840 The exhibit runs through April 27. tricks, and juggling. A handful of kids are even called onstage to assist during the show. Appropriate for iSSue DAte: Every Day in February: Bronx Bombers, Circle in the ages 3 and older. Times vary.






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Bake Cookies With Love

Show that special person in your life exactly where your heart is this Valentine’s Day by baking treats using the 12-Cup Heart Molded Cookie Pan from Cake Boss. This unique, nonstick cookie pan has 12 compartments featuring two-tier heart shapes for the ultimate display of affection. Perfect for themed weddings and anniversaries, the durable, carbon steel design of the pan resists wear and makes cleanup a breeze. Start baking from the heart this Valentine’s Day season with the 12-Cup Heart Molded Cookie Pan from Cake Boss, available at

Goodbye Wintertime Sadness

Are you suffering from a case of winter blues this snowy season? It’s time to lift your spirits with the HappyLight Liberty Energy Lamp Kit from Gaiam. The kit features Natural Spectrum Light, scientifically proven to fight sluggishness and low mood associated with jet lag, shift work, and winter blues. This energy lamp is interchangeable and customizes light settings based on your personal energy needs. End your seasonal sadness with the HappyLight Liberty Energy Lamp Kit. For more information on this product, visit www.

Delicious Cherry Pie

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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