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All About Asthma...... 18 What you should know as a caregiver.

Destinations, product picksSupport and getaway tips.&

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Social Aggression................................ 12 Six warning signs your child is being bullied.

Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina Managing Editor Donald McDermott

The Power of Play............................... 16 How unstructured recreation fosters growth.

Associate Editor Samantha Chan Editorial Intern Kristan Morley

Give Back and Get Back...................... 39 Children in need benefit from free tutoring.

Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski

Wonderful Words........................... 42

Accounting Teresa Pinargote

Build a Beautiful Mind........................ 44

Contributing Writers Stacey Antine, M.S., R.D.; Nelson Dellis; Dr. Alan B. Goldsobel; Carol-Ann Hamilton; Laura Lane; Emily Lerer; Kathleen Rea; Lisa Sandagata; Kumar Sathy; Ted Zeff, Ph.D.

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Contributing Writers Stacey Antine, M.S., R.D.; Nelson Dellis; Dr. Alan B. Goldsobel; Carol-Ann Hamilton; Laura Lane; Emily Lerer; Kathleen Rea; Lisa Sandagata; Kumar Sathy; Ted Zeff, Ph.D.

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Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

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Advertising Managers Deirdre Antoniello, Karen Gibofsky, Bill Scalzitti

6 Survival Tips........................................................................ 46 For the sandwich caregiver.

PGTV Producer Beth Elgort

Feeling Good, Looking Good.................................................. 47 Products and accessories to make your life extra fabulous.

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abounding for children. Flip to our Education DirecBy now, you’ve likely had tory for tons of area programs and schools that offer a bittersweet goodbye at the enriching activities. And our Back-to-School Photo bus stop, and you might even Contest offers the chance to win school supplies to adhave a back-to-school night penciled in your calendar. As ev- ditionally boost your student’s academic adventures. Even more prizes, including tickets to spectacular ery surface in your abode becomes shows, and ways to win may be found at the PARENTpiled high with homework papers, keep PARENTGUIDE News Facebook page. GUIDE News handy to help you make the most of the Do you ever wonder about your family’s dietary semesters ahead. choices? A special two-part series, “Nutrition Q & A Starting at day one in the classroom, teachers are with Stacey Antine, M.S., R.D.,” answers reader quesalready preparing students for important tests. This can spur stress for many youngsters and result in poor tions on topics ranging from the frozen yogurt craze • organic 212-213-8840 performance on exams. Learn how to address these to eating on a budget. And are you looking to issues with Kumar Sathy’s “Easing Quiz Qualms.” connect with other parents who really “get it?” Check Some children may also be wary of returning to out our fun and lively blog, The Sandbox Social, school because they have experienced bullying. In at, and then share your “Social Aggression,” author Ted Zeff, Ph.D., pinpoints thoughts in the comments section. six warning signs of which parents should be aware so Enjoy the issue, that they may intervene. Despite the challenges this time of year may bring, there are plenty of positive and healthy experiences



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Back to Oz

by Donald McDermott

Under the Sea

One of the most iconic films of all time is back on the big screen for a special oneweek only showing of The Wizard of Oz. Originally presented in 1939, the film tells the timeless tale of a Kansas girl’s magical journey over the rainbow. Don’t miss your chance to see The Wizard of Oz on the big screen in 2D and in stunning 3D beginning September 20. A special DVD release follows on October 1.

Walt Disney Pictures introduces one of its greatest treasures to a brand-new generation by presenting The Little Mermaid. This beautifully restored animated classic tells the story of Ariel, a mischievous mermaid who is fascinated with all things human. Featuring award-winning songs and edge-of-your-seat action for the entire family, The Little Mermaid floats back into theaters on September 13, and it will be offered in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.


Storybook Treasures

Just in time for the start of football season, EA Games proudly presents Madden NFL 25. Featuring 30 new moves, a precision modifier, and state-of-the-art graphics, the anniversary edition of the wildly popular video game gives kids of all ages the chance to become their favorite players on their favorite teams. Madden NFL 25 is available now for the Playstation 3 and XBox 360 game systems.

Dear Diary

The Hallmark Channel’s popular Walden Family Theater Series continues with Dear Dumb Diary. Based on the Scholastic children’s book series from author Jim Benton, the family flick follows a spunky young girl with an active imagination, who tells all her secrets to her diary and sometimes even slips into her own fantasies. Dear Dumb Diary airs on September 6. Check you local listings.

A Second Serving

After the disastrous food storm, Flint Lockwood returns home to help clean up his island in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The follow up to the 2009 animated hit follows Flint on a delicious adventure when he discovers that his food machine has been creating mutant foods like hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, and apple pie-thons. The film will be served to audiences on September 27.

For the Birds

One of the most popular mobile games ever comes to your home game system as Activision presents the Angry Birds Trilogy. Available for the XBOX 360, Playstation 3 and Wii game systems, the new game offers hours of slingshot firing fun while strengthening precision and coordination. Pick up your copy in stores or online today. SK-Sept. I parentguide‘13 News I September 2013

Just in time to get kids back to school and prepared for the classroom, Scholastic Storybook Treasures, Inc., offers two new DVD releases. Choose from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late...and More Stories from Mo Willems, or Children Make Terrible Pets...and More Stories About Family. Featuring pigeons, bunnies, dinosaurs and more, both DVDs are available in stores and online.

King of the Hill

Exhilarating jumps, fun tricks, eye-catching scenery, and colorful bikes and outfits are all part of the fun in Hill Bill. Balloon 27’s fun-filled new app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch encourages players to become a motorcycle riding daredevil. Start as a beginner and travel through 60 levels on your way to becoming a master. For more information, visit

Ballet Basics

Acclaimed Russian Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva brings her talent and enthusiasm to children in an all-new educational DVD. AllyCat the Ballet Cat uses a group of wonderful, multi-ethnic young dancers to introduce children to ballet while inspiring them to get moving and stay active. Order your copy today at

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Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution ease your preschooler’s transition to the new school year by presenting an array of all-new DVDs. Choose from exciting titles such as Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora’s Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie; Let’s Learn: Colors; Nickelodeon Favorites: First Day of School; Team Umizoomi; and many more. All titles are available now. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.


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Making Transitions Easy

Cutting the Cord: Helping Your Children Transition to School, is a workshop hosted by the Rutgers Community Programs on September 16, 6pm. Head to 236 W. 73rd St. to learn how to make the transition from building bonds with your child through dayto-day activities to letting your child go to preschool. Explore conflicting feelings and learn how to incorporate this separate entity into your lives. E-mail or dial (212)877-8227, ext. 212, to make the required reservation. Visit the What’s Happening section for more events at Rutgers Community Programs.


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September 12-22 brings about the 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. Enjoy food, games, entertainment, and a slice of Italian culture on Mulberry Street from Canal Street to Houston, as well as Grand and Hester streets between Mott and Baxter. On September 23, the Gennaro Blood Drive takes place at St. Patrick’s Basilica Youth Center, 268 Mulberry St., 11:30am-6:30pm. Visit to schedule a donation time.


Secular Celebrations

New Party Hot Spot With Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah • 212-213-8840 Taste Buds Kitchen has become a staple in Manhattan for being a premier venue for cooking programs, parties, and more. The 109 W. 27th St. location is now offering birthday parties specifically for teenagers ages 13-17. Menu themes include Handmade Pasta, Iron Chef Challenge, Cupcake Wars, Sushi and Dumplings, and more! Just call (212)242-2248 for more information.

One of the nation’s favorite talent shows is at Radio City Music Hall through September 18. Be a part of the studio audience to see some of the country’s most talented performers. America’s Got Talent takes place at the infamous venue at 1260 Avenue of the Americas. Get your free tickets online at

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Social Aggression

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Six warning signs your child is being bullied.


pproximately 160,000 children miss school every day in the United States for fear of being bullied. More than 50 suicides have been linked to prolonged bullying. Approximately 85 percent of school shootings have revenge against bullies as a major motive. School-related bullying has led to depression and poor school performance in many children. The costs of bullying are high, but, unfortunately, many children suffer alone, keeping their experiences of being bullied to themselves. Many kids are taught that it is a sign of weakness to ask for help and frequently fail to tell anyone when they are being bullied for fear of appearing weak. They feel shame and think, Something must be wrong with me. Why else would they target me? Students who are bullied are at risk for developing a number of emotional difficulties, including depression and anxiety symptoms. Those who are particularly traumatized may go on to develop a specific type of anxiety disorder, called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is usually brought on by a terrifying physical or emotional event or series of events. Some of the symptoms of PTSD include trouble sleeping, withdrawal from normal activities, a lack of concentration, and emotional numbness. PTSD can lead to physical symptoms in situations where kids feel unsafe and in danger. They appear disconnected from others and may experience an intense physical response from their nervous system that can involve angry outbursts, jumpiness, and hyper alertness. Whether real or imagined, this reaction is the nervous system’s response to potential danger, creating constriction and disassociation in order to protect the body. When children experience trauma, they often become frozen and exhibit feelings of helplessness and shame, rendering them nearly unable to defend themselves when attacked or put under pressure. These traumatized children then bring this frozen state of helplessness to many other situations that they perceive as threatening throughout their lives. And, the more withdrawn these children become, the more fearful and helpless they feel, the stronger the likelihood that they will slip into serious emotional trouble. 12 I parentguide News I September 2013

Although children may experience depression, severe anxiety, or PTSD due to a variety of factors, frequently these symptoms are related to school bullying. The following is a list of red flags that your child may be being bullied. •Is your child disconnecting from people and isolating himself? •Has your child developed physical problems, such as stomachaches and headaches that interfere with daily life? •Has your child’s schoolwork recently suffered, or is it difficult for him to concentrate? •Does your child have trouble falling or staying asleep or experience frequent nightmares? •Does your child seem listless, unenthusiastic and disinterested in life? •Have you noticed that your child seems hyper-vigilant, extremely nervous, depressed, or emotionally explosive (beyond the normal teenage angst and moodiness)? If you suspect that your child is suffering from any of the above symptoms, you should consider having your child evaluated by a licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family counselor, or licensed social worker. If you can’t afford to pay for private therapy sessions, virtually all cities have low-cost therapy clinics (check with your city or county department of mental health). Ted Zeff, Ph.D., is the author of Raise an Emotionally Healthy Boy: Save Your Son from the Violent Boy Culture (Prana Publishing), which can be purchased at For more information, visit SK-September 2013

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Nutrition Q & A with Stacey Antine, M.S., R.D. Y

ou had questions about your family’s eating habits, and Registered Dietitian Stacey Antine has the invaluable answers to them. Want to know whether those frozen yogurt shops you adore are as harmless as advertised? Or are you curious as to how much pasta is really too much pasta? Keep reading to find out!


I eat frozen yogurt at least twice each week, and my family enjoys Tutti Fruiti and 16 Handles as special treats. I understand that yogurt has wonderful nutritional benefits, but I’m concerned about the calorie counts and health benefits of the delicious add-ons, especially the carob chips and chocolate crunch toppings. Are these low-fat treats and their embellishments really healthy?


Frozen yogurt made with natural ingredients and containing probiotics (good bugs!) is a good choice. However, kids and adults often go awry with adding toppings that can quickly “junk up” a good thing. Fruit toppings, while adding sugar, are better than the chocolate crunch and sprinkle toppings, so your intuition is spot on. If you and your kids can stick with the frozen yogurt and go light on the toppings, this treat could be a good choice.

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My girls (ages 2 and 4) are pasta addicts. Every night, pasta is all they want to eat. Even when I don’t make it, they ask for it (well, whine for it)! I have spoken to several other parents who say the same thing is going on in their homes, too. I know too much pasta is not good for them. Is this just a phase? Should I stop giving them pasta? How worried about this should I be?


Kids love pasta, I certainly did as a child, so your girls are normal eaters! I’m all about celebrating the foods kids are eating, not taking away choices or sneaking stuff into their meals. I’ve got two important tips for your pasta girls. Number one: Serve whole-grain pasta. Barilla PLUS and whole wheat get a thumbs up from kids and add dietary fiber and other nutrients to their diet. Number two: Add good nutrition to the pasta. Make Spinach Pesto Pasta, as well as Pasta and Sweet Peas. Found in my book, Appetite for Life, the dishes will give the girls the noodles they love and good nutrition for your peace of mind. SK-September 2013


My daughter runs out of the house each morning without eating breakfast. Is this a bad habit?


How can I push my family to eat organic when money is tight?

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As parents, we’re always searching for ways to help our kids become the best and brightest of their generation. It’s a competitive world and only becoming more so. How can we improve their problem solving skills, make them smarter and more well-rounded? How about letting them play more? We often worry when our children are outside playing in the dirt instead of focusing on activities that we perceive will get them ahead in life. How will little Suzy ever become C.E.O. when she’s building castles in her sandbox on a Saturday afternoon while little Jenny from next door is off to her third extracurricular activity of the day? However, I would argue that the child who takes time to play in the dirt might actually be the one gaining the advantage. What is play? Play is a voluntary activity that occurs within a framework of agreed-upon rules. Kids may set rules at the beginning of a game by saying, “You hide, and I’ll try to find you.” But rules often emerge and evolve in a natural, spontaneous way as playtime progresses. The seeker might announce that he is going to change each friend he finds into a magical creature. A parent checking in on these kids a while later will likely find a complex and intricate game with its own internal logic that bears no resemblance to hide and seek. Even though play involves its own internal logic and rules, no one involved knows exactly how things will unfold. This lack of knowing is so fundamental that the moment things become predictable, play ends. Can you imagine playing Monopoly if you already knew who would win? Winning might seem like the end goal, but it’s not. The goal of play is to play. So how does play increase a child’s capacity to solve problems? To play successfully, one must adhere to rules, but at the same time be able to improvise. In the hide-and-seek game, defined “hider” and “seeker” roles hold the game together. Being able to improvise adds the excitement of the unknown, which keeps players engaged. Players take on leadership roles in developing the game by either adapting the rules themselves, or by saying, “Yes,” or “No” to others’ suggestions. The game is a practice of being with the unknown and figuring it out. Successful problem solving requires these same skills. To come up with solutions to problems, you need a structured approach in addition to the ability to take the lead and make things up as you go along. Kids who play throughout their childhood get to practice these skills. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute of Play, explains that play helps kids learn about their 16 I parentguide News I September 2013


environment and the rules of engagement. Play allows for a penalty-free rehearsal, where kids can imagine and experience situations they have never encountered before. They can create possibilities for themselves that otherwise would never have existed. Parents who understand the value of creativity often send their kids off to ballet, violin or piano lessons. While learning a pirouette or a Mozart sonata does teach rhythm, grace and technique, these activities should be complemented by the world of free play. So, what happens if kids do not have enough time to play? Diane E. Levin, expert in play and child development, believes that kids who lack play-time experience challenges in critical thinking and problem solving. These kids, she explains, are bored easily, feel anxiety when facing unstructured activities, lack creativity and have difficulty resolving conflicts. They are more at ease when told what to do, and therefore, prefer highly structured activities. When they do have free time, they do not know how to entertain themselves and rely on TV and video games to do the job for them. The good news is that turning this trend around is as simple as giving your kids time to play and the right tools with which to do it. Structured academics and lessons are still important, but make sure your kids are not over-committed so they still have time to play. Give them toys and games that allow them to take the lead.



Some reasons why youngsters today play less than generations past.

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The Disease If your child has persistent asthma, you’ve seen him suffer from symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. It’s not easy to watch your child struggle, but by educating yourself and your family about the condition, you can help your child manage the symptoms and, in some cases, avoid them altogether. Asthma is a condition that causes chronic inflammation in both the large and small airways of the respiratory system, which causes the bronchial tubes to constrict and makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. This inflammation can be triggered by factors externally or internally. Asthma can be categorized into two types: allergic and non-allergic. Allergic asthma, the more common of the two, occurs when pollen, dust, or pet dander impact the airways. Non-allergic asthma is caused by triggers such as viral infections, irritants like cigarette smoke exposure, and stress or anxiety.

The Latest Many people with asthma or parents of children with asthma don’t realize the condition impacts both the large and small airways of the lungs. Similar to tree limbs, the airways of the lungs are divided into “branches,” or bronchial tubes that begin with the large, main bronchi and then break off into many small airways in the lungs. As you can imagine, for a child, those large and small airways are even smaller. Increasing evidence suggests that these small airways, when inflamed, may play a significant role in contributing to asthma symptoms and attacks. There have been many advances in asthma treatments over the past several years, which have led to the availability of medicines that target the small airways in particular— and, 18 I parentguide News I September 2013


when used as prescribed, have the ability to improve asthma control and reduce inflammation. If inflammation is not treated, the airways can become more constricted and blocked with mucus, increasing your child’s risk of an asthma attack.

The Management. There are steps you can take to prevent and minimize the symptoms of your child’s asthma. Certain triggers, such as allergens, tobacco smoke, and some aerosol sprays can be avoided to prevent the onset of an attack. Triggers are different for each child, and it’s important to keep track of when symptoms occur and the factors that may have played a role. Medications are available to help treat asthma symptoms. Asthma treatments are classified into two categories: longterm controllers and quick-relief medications. Controllers are taken on a daily basis and help to prevent the inflammation in the airways in patients with persistent asthma, but they give no immediate relief. For sudden symptoms, quick-relief inhalers, also known as rescue inhalers, are taken to relax the muscles around the airways, causing them to dilate. In order to find a treatment plan that fits your child’s needs, you should work closely with a physician and always maintain open communication. To guide your discussions, begin keeping track of your child’s symptoms and when they occur. It’s important to get smart about asthma and stay on top of your child’s symptoms, especially as the start of the school year brings busy schedules and new stresses. Proper management requires the right knowledge and tools. There are many resources available to asthma sufferers and their caregivers including an online resource, There, visitors can find asthma tools designed for the well-informed patient and caregiver such as a symptoms diary, an asthma quiz, information about the latest research, and discussion guides.

Did You Know… • 25 million people in the United States suffer from asthma. • The total surface area of the lung can be up to 200 square meters— the size of a singles tennis court. • Asthma inflammation is not only contained to the large airways, but also extends to the small airways.


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he research has some simple and fascinating things to say about how we can boost student performance on standardized test scores, including a simple writing exercise that can actually reduce the achievement gap in education. Unfortunately, with the mounting pressure to increase standardized tests scores, many educators and administrators are unknowingly creating classroom environments that are not conducive to student success. They are increasing test anxiety by resorting to the use of some pretty controversial statements in the classroom: “If you don’t pass this test, I might lose my job,” or “This test will go on your permanent record.” As educators, we are better than this. No matter how stressed we are, no matter how much pressure is passed down to us from administrators and district leaders, we simply cannot pass such anxiety down to the kids. There is growing concern about testing, and some groups have even gone as far as boycotting the tests around the country. However, the test is not the problem. The way we talk to children about it is. I work with kids from a variety of elementary schools and most parents and educators would be absolutely shocked to hear the kinds of things kids tell me when I ask them honest questions like, “What do you think will happen if you don’t pass the test?” or “When you think of the big test at the end of the year, what goes through your head?” Students as young as 8 years old tell me they are worried their teachers will get fired. They tell me they are embarrassed already, because they know other kids will make fun of them if they don’t pass. They tell me they are scared that it will be on their permanent record. Seriously, what permanent record has a child’s 4th grade test scores on it? I have never had an employer 20 I parentguide News I September 2013 IR_Sept

turn me down for a job because I failed the reading comprehension portion of the California Achievement Test when I was in elementary school. Teachers can take a pledge to talk to fellow educators and administrators about possible harmful actions and the adverse consequences of them. If it doesn’t stop, report it to someone who will take action. Talk to your children about test taking. Listen to them without interrupting and ask them what they feel and what their concerns are. Don’t correct any misconceptions or succumb to the urge to interrupt until they have let it all out. Let them vent. Kids know they don’t have to bottle up their worries with the cork of optimism and positive thinking. Then, work to correct the misconceptions. If it seems like someone at your child’s school is issuing empty threats or creating a hostile learning environment for your child by being threatening, not encouraging, make it a top priority to talk with that person at the school. Understand, though, that what your child fears may not necessarily be a reflection of what his/her teacher or administrator is actually saying. It could just be the way your child is processing the situation. Kids have very creative ways of interpreting the world around them. The positive slogans, constant reassurance, discussions, pressure and practice with the big test could just be leading your child to misinterpret what it all really means. On top of the moral and ethical concerns of issuing empty threats to students, we all know that anxiety and stress decreases learning, consolidation, and retention. Chronic stress kills learning. Period. Stressing kids out is not the answer. Changing the way we talk about the test is the answer, and here are three simple ways to make that happen: Have honest conversations about the test. Do this in a calm,

supportive environment where kids are not criticized for their fears or concerns about the exam and where teachers are correcting any misconceptions about the test. This will go a long way in easing test anxiety. Also, engage in expressive writing. There is quite a bit of research demonstrating that engaging in simple expressive writing exercises about the test, then writing about the things those students value and are grateful for in life, can actually decrease a major source of test anxiety called stereotype threat. Further, this exercise leads to a boost in student performance when they actually sit down and take the test. This simple writing activity helps kids vent and then redirects their focus to the things they love and pour their hearts into. Doing the latter portion of the writing exercise in a varied manner, as often as possible, will ensure that students spend more time thinking about the things they are grateful for than on things they are worried about, like how they will do on the test. Create a classroom culture that embraces mistakes. By reminding students that you’re more pleased with effort and hard work than correct answers, you’ll positively reinforce behaviors such as perseverance, as well as decrease student concerns about incorrect answers, both of which will dramatically reduce test anxiety. Remember that students perform best in a cooperative, non-threatening learning environment.


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Discover Some of the Area’s Finest Schools, Programs & Resources! Schools The Ailey School The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W. 55th St., NYC 10019 (212)405-9000 The renowned Ailey School, under directors Tracy Inman and Melanie Person, serves as the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The School is a professional dance institution with one of the best, most diverse programs available. The Ailey School’s Junior Division offers classes for children beginning at age 3. The First Steps and Bounding Boys programs offer an enjoyable introduction to dance, bringing the joy of music and creative movement to young children. The pre-professional program for students ages 7-17 encompasses a broad curriculum of dance classes including Horton, Limón and Graham-based modern dance techniques, classical ballet, tap, West African and Spanish dance. Children have the opportunity to work with professional dancers who are exploring their own future in dance. Classes are taught by nurturing dance instructors with extensive experience working with children. Year-end performances are held in the School’s own theater as well as other venues. Visit for more details.


Bilingual Buds 175 Riverside Boulevard, NYC 10069 (212)787-8088 Bilingual Buds is a dynamic preschool/elementary school that focuses on the development of the whole child and his or her relationship with the world. The school believes that a student’s personal journey to bilingualism enriches all aspects of academic exploration, global consciousness, and creative expression. The first school of its kind in the greater New York area, Bilingual Buds uses a proprietary curriculum specifically designed for learning language through content. Its rigorous dual language program is brought to life by native speaking Mandarin and English teachers who ignite students’ curiosity, joy, and innate sense of community. Classes are highly interactive and differentiated. Bilingual Buds’ extensive list of programs include full- and half-day preschool, kindergarten-fifth grade primary school, after-school classes for children ages 5-10, and summer camp in both Manhattan and China.

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develops a sense of responsibility through a group job that they perform for the entire School community. Specials classes in Art, Technology, Library, Music, Rhythms, Science, Woodshop, Orchestra and Spanish complement the core study as children are able to integrate their scientific and artistic experiences with studies of history and culture. Students graduate from City and Country School as creative thinkers with a zeal for learning and the ability to problem solve in any situation. C&C graduates develop an authentic sense of confidence and an unmistakable respect for others. Students are accepted to a wide range of high schools, and most attend their school of choice.

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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 Ecole Internationale de New York (EINY) children to explore materials and relationships, and express ideas and feel111 E. 22nd St., NYC 10010 ings, while building skills. The program includes art, music, movement, (646) 410-2238 woodworking, blocks, books, manipulatives, sensory materials, plants 9 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 and animals, cooking and dramatic play. Large bright classrooms with tall windows overlook trees and gardens. The fenced-in rooftop playground Ecole Internationale de New York (EINY) is a French-American interfeatures riding toys, big blocks and climbing equipment. There is space FAx # national school that offers an academic, bilingual program in French for movement classes and indoor play on rainy days. Each class has three and English. Mandarin is taught in grades 3-6. The school enrolls stuteachers, including a licensed head teacher, two assistant teachers, or an asdents from nursery through 6th gradeiSSue (agesDAte: 3-12). In September 2013, sistant and an aide. Teachers are chosen for their creativity as well as their Om: it will open its new international Middle School section. EINY is acknowledge, warmth and sensitivity to children. There are specialists for credited by the French Ministry of Education. It combines the best of music, movement, studio and gardening. Parent involvement includes parboth French educational systems,and/or offering students Please callandorAmerican fax your comments OK. the ent education programs, social and fund-raising events, the maintenance rigorous, more classical instruction of French education and the more of an active lending library, class trips and special classroom projects. inquiry based teaching of the American system. EINY is a familyNAture OFsized APPrOvAl: school that enrolls American students who don’t speak French, German-American Language School French or French-American children, and students who speak a third Locations throughout the Greater New York Area, NY or fourth language at home. The French teachers are certified by the (212)787-7543 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 Learning a second language is both educational and fun at The Ger-

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man-American School with four convenient locations: Manhattan, Ridgewood, Franklin Square and Garden City. The school teaches German as a foreign language to children from all backgrounds. No German is necessary to enter the program. In the afterschool enrichment program, children as young as 4 can learn German. Young children are taught by drawing, singing, coloring; children 6 and older work with more structured texts. Homework is assigned. German-American School’s program is unique because it is Regents accredited. Graduating children can take the NYS three year comprehensive Regents equivalency exam and AATG #3 exam. Instructors are dedicated and experienced; classes meet once a week from 4:30-6:15pm. GermanAmerican School has been teaching German for 120 years. For registration information and a location nearest you, call (212)787-7543 or email


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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 419 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447 an ever increasing interest on the part of American families, La Scuola has Kid’s Korner Preschool grown into a unique bilingual educational institution, reflecting the best fea247 W. 24th St., NYC 10011 tO: tures of the Italian and American system. La Scuola FAx is# committed to provid(212)229-9340 ing a bicultural education to foster international understanding and openness in order to prepare students to become citizens of the world. The challenging classical FrOm:bilingual curriculum, deeply rooted in the European iSSue DAte:tradition, offers Chelsea’s best kept secret! Located in the heart of Chelsea, Kid’s Korner, an intensive academic program. A program of Italian as a Second Language a NAEYC accredited preschool/nursery school, occupies the first two is offered to English-speaking students, grades 1-9. The unique curriculum floors of a cozy brownstone. Intimate and small classrooms are designed is designed to givecall students firm your grounding in liberal arts, math andOK. sciPlease or afax comments and/or to provide a sense of warmth and acceptance for your child. Dedicated and ence, together with a formidable competence in foreign languages. 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, LycéeOF Français de New York SigNAture APPrOvAl: physical and emotional needs, as well as provide a sense of community 505 E. 75th St., NYC 10021 and diversity within the school. Their secluded and private playground (212)439-3834 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-kinThe Lycée Français de New York is a bilingual French-English pri-

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY vate, independent school for pre-K to 12th grade students. Located fantasy play. Morningside teachers create a stimulating environment as on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, it is home to more than 1,300 they vary materials to suit students’ needs and interests. Morningside students from more than 55 different countries. For more than 76 loves and welcomes families of all diversities. Visit the website to apply. years, the LycÊe Français has been offering its diverse student body Accepting applications for 2014-2015 school year on September 1. an education that combines the very best of the French and American approaches. It blends academic excellence, following the curriculum Purple Circle Early Childhood Program of the French Ministry of Education, with rich extracurricular activi251 W. 100 St., NYC 10025 ties, including music, art, drama, and athletics. The LycÊe Français is (212)866-9193 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 accredited by the French Ministry of Education, as well as the New York State Association of Independent Schools. It offers students the opportunity to prepare for the traditional French Baccalaureate, the Purple Circle was founded in 1972 asFAx a non-sectarian, non-discrimito: # international option of the French Baccalaureate, a special Frenchnatory program that operates as a parent cooperative. The mission is American Baccalaureate, and the American High School Diploma. to preserve, celebrate and respect children’s right to play. As an early From: childhood program, children receive aiSSue DAte: This blending of French and American educational traditions distinquality educational experience guishes the LycÊe Français program. Through the curriculum, stuwithin a nurturing environment that links families and educators in a dent support, and extracurricular activities, the LycÊe Français de community of natural learning and care. Classrooms are designed to Please call orof fax your comments and/or oK. New York is able to offer students the full benefit of a traditional encourage a variety opportunities for exploration and investigation. French education with the opportunities and possibilities available Children use an assortment of mediums, such as art, music, literature, in the best American independent schools. Learn more during the clay, building and drama. The curriculum is developed through SigNAture oFblock APProvAl: open houses taking place 6-8pm on September 23, October 8, and adult observation and documentation of children’s questions, ideas, November 7, 2013. conversations, and use of materials. When the curriculum is tailored to meet the individual’s strengths and interests, and the environment Morningside Montessori School supports this, the children come to see themselves as capable learn251 W. 100th St., NYC 10025 ers, making sense of the world around them. There are four separate (212) 316-1555 classrooms organized by age; the Little Kids Room for young 2s, the Middle Kids I Room for older 2s and young 3s, the Middle Kids II Morningside Montessori School is a preschool for children ages 2-5 Room for older 3s, and the Big Kids Room for 4s and 5s. The rooftop years offering a small, nurturing environment where children can explayground is used daily, except in the most inclement weather. It has plore their love of learning and take their first steps towards indepena gazebo, climbers, sprinklers in the summer, and room for biking and dence. Morningside blends traditional Montessori materials with nonrunning games. Multiple time options are available to accommodate an Montessori elements of early childhood education such as blocks and array of schedules, as the facility is open 8am-6pm.





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8am to 6pm, 52 weeks a year • full day/ mornings / afternoons

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Riverside Church Weekday School 490 Riverside Drive, NYC 10027 (212)870-6743 The Riverside Church Weekday School is a non-denominational, early childhood school serving children ages 2-5 in a nurturing setting committed to addressing the unique needs of young children. 419The Parkschool’s Avenue South, NewisYork, NY 10016 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 mission aligned with •the Riverside Church mission celebrating diversity and pledging itself to education, reflection and action for peace and justice. The school to: FAxdraws # upon a variety of proven approaches to foster independence, individuality and creativity. Supported by a collaborative community of peers, parents and teachFrom: ers, the children learn to make decisions, iSSue meet DAte: complex challenges and take responsibility for their actions. The school is committed to developing an awareness and respect for the natural world and its Please calltheorcurriculum fax yourand comments oK. of the resources within through a and/or full utilization wealth of resources available in New York City. Beginning in OctoberoF 2013, Side by Side at Riverside is a weekly 90-minute introducSigNAture APProvAl: tion to the pre-school experience for toddlers and their grown-ups. The program is designed for children 16 months to 2 1/2 years old, and morning and afternoon classes available.


New York Foundling as a community service program, this warm, personalized environment allows children to thrive as they engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate experiences. Based on the Montessori approach, the program fosters individual expression through opportunities presented for creative exploration, problemsolving 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.


St. Luke’s School 487 Hudson St., NYC 10014 (212)924-5960 Founded in 1945, St. Luke’s School offers a balanced and challenging curriculum to intellectually curious students. Located on a two-acre landmark block in the West Village, the school has spacious outdoor facilities and large, sunny classrooms. The academic program balances basic skills and critical thinking with collaborative learning and interdisciplinary study. The school is divided into a Lower School (Junior Kindergarten-grade 4) and an Upper School (grades 5-8). Arts and creative expression are an integral part of daily life. Science, foreign language, physical education and multimedia technology complement a core curriculum of reading, writing and mathematics. There is the goal that graduates become lifelong learners who are confident, competent and self-aware. St. Luke’s size promotes openness, accessibility, and • 212-213-8840

Seton Day Care Center and Elizabeth Seton Pre-School 245 E. 92nd St. NYC 10128 (212)369-9626 Children from 2 months-6 years of age and their families feel at home at Seton Day Care Center & Pre-School. Established in 1972 by the

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251 W. 100th St., NY 10025 • 212.866.9193 •

A Progressive, Independent Early Childhood School for Children Ages 2—5 is Located on the Upper West Side at the Iconic Riverside Church. 4 A nurturing and caring environment 4 Bright, fully equipped, spacious classrooms with large, arching windows overlooking the Hudson River and the upper West Side 4 A diverse inclusive community committed to understanding, sharing and respect 4 Active parental involvement 4 A variety of school-year and summer programs 4 Multiple after-school enrichment activities 4 Family style lunches prepared on-site 4 83 year history

FOR 2014-15 ADMISSIONS INFO, PLEASE CONTACT US! 490 Riverside Drive • New York, NY 10027 • 212-870-6743 E-mail: •

Riverside Drive New490 Program starting October 2013 “Side by Side at Riverside” New York, NY 10027 A weekly 90-minute introduction to the pre-school experience 212.870.6743 for toddlers and their grown-ups. E-mail: •Children 16 months to 2 1/2 years old • Morning and afternoon classes available For more information or to enroll contact Ms. Tricia Pool:

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY collaboration. Students are encouraged to become active, responsible, and contributing members of the school community. Honesty, respect, excellence, compassion, and dignity constitute the school’s community standards. As an Episcopal school, families of all faiths or no particular faith at all are welcome. There is value in the power of reasoned inquiry and debate in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and mutual respect. After completing grade 8, St. Luke’s School graduates enroll in outstanding independent day and boarding schools as well as specialized public high schools. 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 commit-


ted 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.


West Side Preschool 165 W. 105th St., NYC 10025 (212)749-4635 West Side Preschool was established in 1989, founded by a group of dedicated teachers and parents. The school is located in a land-marked church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. WSP believes in a play-based learning environment that fosters social and emotional development. The school believes that play is the best way for children to accomplish the skills they need, while feeling comfortable, secure and independent. WSP enrolls 30 children in a mixed-age setting. The school has five classroom teachers and the director, giving it a low teacher/child ratio. The director works individually with each family during the admissions process. WSP’s spacious sun-drenched classroom has high ceilings with south-facing windows. The school’s centers - science, blocks, writing, library, imagination, art and manipulatives - are well organized and rich in materials. WSP’s gym is stocked with age-ap- • 212-213-8840 • 212-213-8840

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Open House Wednesday, October 9 RSVP at Give your children more than a great education; give them purpose. Founded in 1945, St. Luke’s offers a balanced and challenging curriculum that that serves serves intellectually intellectually curious curious students. students. curriculum Located in the heart of the West Village 487 Hudson Street | 212-924-5960 |

EDUCATION DIRECTORY Atlantic Theater Company 76 9th Ave., Suite 537, NYC 10011 (212)691-5919 This award-winning Off-Broadway theater company founded by DaPrograms vid Mamet and William H. Macy offers incredible classes for aspiring young actors through its Acting School. For kids in grades pre-k through 6, programs are as follows. Performers introduces 4, 5 and Asphalt Green 6 year olds to the world of acting and role playing. Children explore 555 E. 90th St. NYC 10128 storytelling through creative play, improvisation and movement ex(212)369-8890, ext. 2080 ercises. The Performers class culminates in a final performance for parents and friends. Creators (grades 1-3) is a must for any young Asphalt Green is dedicated to the health and fitness of all New Yorkperformer desiring a positive outlet for creative expression. Through ers. From swim to gym, Asphalt Green has something for everyone in improvised games, structured movement exercises and storytelling, your family. Its first class campuses on the Upper East Side and the this class explores all areas of performance and beginning playwritnewly opened Battery Park City campus are home to Asphalt Green’s ing.Avenue Students to create characters• and stories. This world class swim, sports and fitness programs, as well as cultural and419 Park South,are Newencouraged York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 class also culminates in a final performance. Performance and Playculinary arts downtown. Children 4 months and older can take swim writing (grades 4-6) features fundamental acting exercises and an classes and progress from swimming basics in a warm-water moveable to: in FAx #brings together the elements introduction to playwriting. The class bottom teaching pool to becoming skilled and confident swimmers of storytelling and performance with a final performance written, the indoor lap pool. On land, Asphalt Green offers some of NYC’s best directed by and starring this young group. Students should come to sports classes with expert instructors who follow the Positive Coaching From: iSSue DAte: class prepared to create and have fun. Alliance method. From toddlers to the AG Wave competitive teams, players of all levels and abilities achieve their best in sports, including Ballet Academy soccer, basketball, flag football, gymnastics, and more. Asphalt Green Please call orEast fax your comments and/or oK. 1651 3rd Ave., NYC 10128 is also a great place for mom and dad to get fit and see results in the (212)410-9140 pool and fitness center and with adult sports leagues. With Family and SigNAture oF APProvAl: Passport Memberships, parents receive benefits including preferred pricing and registration for kids and adult classes as well as access Ballet Academy East, with more than 33 years of experience, offers to both first-class campuses. Visit and www. excellent programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities. for more information. propriate equipment, and the school uses the public playground across the street for outdoor play. Please visit WSP’s Web site for further information and to sign up for a tour.


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EDUCATION DIRECTORY The youngest children start in the Petit Dancers Division where children 18 months-2 years, along with their parents/caregivers, share the joy of music and dance. Pre-Ballet classes (ages 3-6) introduce ballet in a positive and creative environment. Tap and modern classes are also offered for ages 3-6. The Pre-Professional Ballet Division, for ages 7-18, provides students every opportunity to achieve their highest potential and aspirations utilizing a structured curriculum within a nurturing environment. The faculty consists of highly experienced and renowned teachers led by associate artistic director, Darla Hoover. All classes have piano accompaniment. Admission to the Pre-Professional Division is by audition. There are two performance opportunities yearly in February and May, providing the Pre-Professional students with the opportunity to hone their performance skills. BAE offers teens and adults of all levels a full schedule of ballet, tap, jazz, Zumba, yoga and Pilates classes. The bright facility has five airconditioned studios. The dressing rooms have showers and lockers, and there is a Capezio Dancewear Boutique on the premises. Ballet Club 328 E. 61st St., Second Floor, NYC 10065 (917)281-1030 / (212)204-6348 Fax: (917)281-1032 The Ballet Club is a unique program that offers professional training in a nurturing environment, as well as a foundation of life skills and intellectual stimulation. It includes the Children’s Creative Dance Club Division for ages 3-8, and the Performing Arts Pre-Professional Division for ages 7 and older. It strives to provide the very best quality of ballet training, instilling in students a love of learning, and class size is limited to ensure individual attention. The Ballet

Club has a holistic approach to training, in which students master ballet as a tool for their own creative expression, with an emphasis on healthy training for both the body and the mind. All young ballet students learn bodyspace awareness, musicality, master locomotive and non-locomotive skills, gain physical confidence, and explore the use of time, space, and energy in dance. Classes in the Performing Arts Pre-Professional Division incorporate classical technique with a modern approach and emphasizes technique, creativity, choreography, and performance. For more information, and/or to register, call (917)281-1030 or (212)204-6348, e-mail, or visit Bilingual Buds (See “Schools”) Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex 23rd Street and Hudson River Park, NYC 10011 (212)336-6666 Chelsea Piers offers Manhattan’s best and most comprehensive sports programs for children ages 12 months-17 years. State-of-the-art facilities, world-class coaches and a friendly staff combine to make Chelsea Piers New York’s ultimate sports destination. Weekend recreation, after-school instruction, leagues, camps and clinics are available in a wide variety of sports. The Field House at (212)336-6500 features the largest gymnastics center in NYC, equipped with inground trampolines and foam pits, a children’s rock climbing wall, a toddler gym, dance studios, four batting cages, two basketball courts, two indoor artificial turf playing fields for soccer and more than 350 sports classes for all ages. The Field House is also home to CP Kids, a childcare and preschool program for children ages 3 months-5 years.

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Sky Rink at (212)336-6100 features twin indoor, year-round ice skating rinks and classes in ice hockey and figure skating. The Golf Club at (212)336-6400 features 52 heated, weather-protected hitting stalls on four tiers, a 200-yard hitting fairway and putting greens. Youth programs and private instruction are available at the Golf Academy. Enroll your child today! For more information on any of the Chelsea Piers youth sports programs, please visit

children ages 3-5 and 7-11 write stories, act, select music, design costumes and sets, and work toward a final performance for parents while using the Italian vocabulary. In Piccoli Cuochi, children ages 6-11 and adults are welcomed to learn Italian cooking and Italian recipes. For all the bellissimi details on Collina Italiana, including Italian language, culture, cuisine, wine classes for adults and summer camp (one-two or three weeks), call the Italian instructors today.

Collina Italiana 1556 3rd Ave., NYC 10128 (212)427-7770 Immerse your family in the wonders of the Italian culture and language without leaving the city with Collina Italiana. Set in a townhouse, the Italian classes allow child and adult students to benefit from a comprehensive approach to learning in an age-appropriate and inviting atmosphere. Classes for children, which consist of three to eight students, include Girotondo, il Giardino dei Bambini, Create, Act, Draw...Make an Italian Show. In Girotondo (“circle”), children ages 2-5 gather around to share learned words and expressions through playful, skill-building activities such as games, songs, dances and stories. Arts and crafts enhance the sessions, as do attending parents and caregivers who can help to continue the learning at home. Group and private classes for older children, along with tutoring services, are available weekdays and Saturdays. Il Giardino Dei Bambini is a new drop-off playgroup for kids ages 2-5. Children may join in on the fun every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-noon on an as-needed basis. With direction mostly in Italian, children also stencil, print T-shirts, as well as make puppets or a theater set, depending on their ages. For Create, Act, Draw, an Italian theater workshop,

Dancing Divas and Dudes 418 E. 75th St., NYC 10021 131 W. 72nd St., NYC 10083 (917)279-4351 In July 2013, students from Dancing Divas and Dudes landed Top Score Overall in the junior competition at Tremaine Dance Conventions! If you are looking to join an inspiring and successful dance program, this is the place for you! Dancing Divas and Dudes believes that dance improves many fundamental foundations: from math (putting patterns together, counting and retaining) to giving presentations (listening to the music, smiling, remembering the steps, being aware of your peers and being in front of an audience). Students truly celebrate the art of dance at Dancing Divas and Dudes. Building on three generations of dance schools in Texas, this inspiring program shares teaching techniques and dance styles amassed during the last 90 years. Founder Julie Swift coupled her expertise in dance with her mother and grandmother’s teaching ideas to create this unique, evolving program that is taught at preschools as well as two studios on the UWS and UES. Classes for younger children combine ballet and tap, while the older students may select ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop or acro. Company members compete at Dance Competitions. Parents


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EDUCATION DIRECTORY say that along with learning new moves and techniques, their children gain self-esteem, body awareness and a sense of accomplishment that fosters overall learning and development. Dancers are able to remember their well-choreographed dances independently, and students gain stage presence and confidence by performing throughout the year, including at an annual recital. Visit the website for performance pictures and videos.

crediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools. Call (212)369-1484 or visit for an application.

EBL Coaching 17 East 89th St., NYC 10028 Or At Home (212)249-0147 The Diller-Quaile School of Music 24 E. 95th St., NYC 10128 Under the direction of Dr. Emily Levy, EBL Coaching offers one-one(212)369-1484 one specialized tutoring for students in grades pre-k to 12 with specific learning needs. They used research-based, multi-sensory strategies, The Diller-Quaile School of Music was founded in 1920 by pianists including the Orton Gillingham technique, to develop reading, writAngela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile, who believed the capacity for uning, reading comprehension, math, organization and study skills. They derstanding and creating music exists in everyone— and that a music also offer three-week intensive academic summer programs at the elschool should provide a dynamic and well-rounded experience not just ementary and middle school/high school levels. Students are initially 419 ParkforAvenue 13thbut Floor, York, NYDiller-Quaile 10016 • 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 select South, students, for New all. Today, is a thriving•comassessed by the director, Dr. Levy, and an individualized instructional munity music school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, comprised plan is created. Sessions can be held at the home or at EBL Coaching’s of Early Childhood (music and art classes for infants-six-year-olds), learning center. Specialized tutorial programs for students with dysTO: FAX # Instrumental and Vocal, High School Certificate, Adult, Teacher Trainlexia and learning disabilities are available. ing, and Outreach Departments. The school’s faculty nurtures each and expression, proHiArt! FROM: student’s ability to play and sing with knowledge ISSUE DATE: viding a foundation for a lifetime of involvement in music. Curricula 227 W. 29th St., NYC 10001 emanate primarily from international folk music and classical music, (212)209-1552 and the school annually enrolls 1,100 students of all ages. Throughout Please call or fax your comments and/or OK. the year, Diller-Quaile offers Rug Concerts for young children, masNow in its 16th arts-exploding year, this Best of New York arts proter classes, student recitals and faculty performances. Additionally, the gram revs up for another fantastic Fall filled with art, art and more artschool music outreach programs to more than 1,000 children - thanks to some incredibly inspired programming that insists that art SIGNATURE OF provides APPROVAL: and adults from underserved communities throughout NYC. Applidoesn’t have to be made small just because kids are! This award wincations are being accepted for the 2013-2014 academic year which ning, Best Arts Program for Kids (Best of New York, New York Magabegins in September 23 and run through June 9. Accredited by the Aczine 2000) offers a spectacular array of classes especially designed for



Girotondo (circle of fun) Ages 2-5 An Italian language program which improves fluency through songs, stories, games and arts & crafts. Il Giardino Dei Bambini Ages 2-5

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY the city’s arts-savviest kids. Whether your child opts for Manga with manga stars Yali Lin, Hyeondo Park, Ashley Silva or Zoe Greenbaum; or builds ingenious creations with stellar sculptor, Mallory Breiner; or mixes media madly with bookmaking queen, Becky Brown; or paints till the cows come home with the stupendous JJ Manford; or inscribes themselves in video with internationally renowned video artist, Asya Reznikov; or writes his own comic books with the brilliant, Maggie Siegel-Berele; or plunges into the world of Opera ‘N Art with HiArt! founder and art diva extraordinaire, Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène; kids and parents are guaranteed to have the artiest, most inspiring art-making days of their lives. New friends, new experiences, lots of learning and tons of fun await. Offerings are available to ages 18 months-16 years. Be there or be square!

added locations on the Upper East Side in collaboration with I’m Bilingual! 1296 Lexington Ave.; Brooklyn at the International School of Brooklyn, 477 Court St.; and in New Jersey in collaboration with IAAS, 300 High St.

Jodi’s Gym 244 E. 84th St., NYC 10028 (212)772-7633 25 Hubbels Dr., Mt. Kisco, NY 10514 (914)244-8811 Jodi’s Gym, the leader in innovative children’s gym programs, has been providing kids with the highest level of fun and fitness for 31 years! 419 ParkKids Avenue Floor, Newand York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-77 run,South, jump,13th climb, swing tumble as they build not only a• founInstituto Cervantes de New York dation for gymnastics, but also all sports. In Jodi’s nurturing environ211 E. 49th St., NYC 10017 ment, kids enjoy moving, love to exercise and develop confidence. The TO: FAX # (212)308-7720, ext. 3 spacious facility features two brightly colored, 5,000-square-foot loft spaces filled with all the gymnastics equipment imaginable including Instituto Cervantes is the only non-profit organization of its kind,FROM: crebars, beams, trampolines, slides, tunnels,ISSUE bounce house and so much DATE: ated and endorsed by the government of Spain with the mission to more. You will not find a more experienced, fun or attentive staff anypromote the language and culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking where. Mommy and Me classes for children 6 months-3 years include countries. It is the largest organization in the world that teaches SpanTeeny Tumblers Mighty Muscle Movers OK. (gym), Please call(music/movement), or fax your comments and/or ish to non-native speakers, with 70 cultural centers in more than 30 Rockin Rollers (gym/music combination) and the new Jumpstart Jodi’s countries. A great variety of affordable Spanish language classes for (a preschool alternative). Preschool offerings for 3-5 year olds include all ages, including kids (3-13 years), and teens (14-17 years) programs, Tumbling Tots (one-hour gym/motor skill development) and Creative SIGNATURE OF APPROVAL: and cultural courses are available. Experienced teachers are highly Cartwheeling Kids (two-hour combination of gym, art and music). For qualified, native Spanish speakers from Latin America and Spain. At k-8th grade, classes available include Funtastic Gymnastics, AcceleratInstituto Cervantes children learn and practice Spanish through fun ed and Advanced Gymnastics, Totally Tumbling and Motion Evolution activities like arts and crafts, songs, dance, games and, stories. Teen(fitness/ nutrition wellness). This fall, Jodi’s Gym is proud to welcome age students will enjoy learning Spanish through relevant topics and new partner classes: Creation Station (dance), Songs for Seeds (music) course materials that reflect their worldview. There are now newly and Mad Science. Can’t get to Jodi’s? Have Jodi’s To Go come to your

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY school, camp, daycare or building! There are great perks for members, Jodi’s Gymwear and, of course, the best birthdays ever! To join the fun, friends and fitness call, go to “Like” Jodi’s Gym on Facebook for special promotions, pictures and information. Joffrey Ballet School 434 Ave. of the Americas, NYC 10011 (212)254-8520 The Joffrey Ballet School builds on children’s natural impulse to express themselves through movement. Recreational classes are offered for fun and fitness as well as a graded program for young dancers with a serious interest in the arts. The Children’s Division encompasses classes in Dance with Me (ages 2-3), Baby Ballerinas (ages 3-4), Demi Soloists (ages 4-5), Hip Hoppin’ Street Jazz (ages 5-9) and many more courses. Students develop the body strength, coordination and discipline to learn classical ballet. All students enjoy professional instruction from distinguished faculty and accompanied by live music. The school’s studios are equipped with sprung marley dance floors and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. The Joffrey Ballet School’s mission is to train children ages 3-18, develop their talent and graduate outstanding young adults. • 212-213-8840

Karma Kids Yoga 104 W. 14th St., NYC 10011 & Various Other Locations in NYC (646)638-1444 At Karma Kids Yoga, children practice fun-filled yoga poses and




• Composing • Launching Rockets • Hydroponics • How the Body Works • Robotics • Bird watching • Botany • Designing Houses • Model Boat Sailing • Exploring Ecosystems • Building Weather Stations • Amazing Field Trips • AND MORE Fall is a great time for kids to explore the wonders of science. SciTech Kids sparks a child’s innate curiosity and creativity about science through rich, hands-on, captivating experiences. Whether an Explorer (ages 3-5) Adventurer (ages 6-8) or Investigator (ages 9-12) SciTech Kids inspires kids to think like scientists. To register, call (212) 804-7055 or


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breathing exercises to promote physical strength and flexibility, concentration, focus and attention, inner strength and body awareness, confidence and self-esteem, relaxation and self-control, a feeling of well-being and respect for others, and love for one’s self, inside and out. In a fun environment, children play yoga by imitating animals and nature, and by using creative expression, games, music, art and storytelling. Fun, inspirational and playful classes encourage a child’s natural thirst for knowledge with engaging songs, games, self-expression and stories that exercise social, sensory and motor skills while increasing flexibility. Children will strengthen their bodies as they learn how to focus through breathing and relaxation techniques. Kids sing, draw and play yoga in energy-releasing and age-appropriate classes. And check out Karma Kids Yoga’s new CD of yoga music for children, Come Play Yoga! Classes offered are: Prenatal Yoga, Mom & Baby, Toddler (Parent & Child), Kids, Teens, GLOGA Yoga, CircusYoga, Family Yoga and Free StoryTime Yoga. Private classes are also available. Special events and yoga birthday parties and Teacher Training, too! Call the number above or visit online at


Kids at Art 1412 Second Ave., NYC 10021 (212)410-9780 Now in its 13th year, Kids at Art is recognized as the premier art studio for children of all ages, focusing on the basics of visual arts, with age-appropriate projects for each group from 2years to adults— painting, drawing, sculpture, mosaics, and much more. Classes are limited in size so that each child receives individual attention. Kids at Art Birthday Parties are also available and are known to be the most fun and creative in format. At Kids at Art the process is just as important as the finished project. Kids at Art is also available for private art class for five to ten children, one time or once a week! Summer Camp and Holiday Workshops are also available. During these periods the class focuses on more involved projects, such as mask-making, puppet-making, paper-mache and plaster. Please see the website for schedules and more information. The Language Workshop for Children Manhattan, Upper Eastside and Westside (212)396-0830 CNN called Director François Thibaut “one of a very few experts in teaching languages to small children.” Since 1973, his famous


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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Thibaut Technique classes, camps and preschools have introduced French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Italian to children ages 6 months to 9 years by capturing the critical years when they possess their strongest capacity to absorb language and imitate native pronunciation. During each session, children receive a brandnew, glossy, full-color workbook/CD, which is jam packed with original language-rich songs (and ages 3 and older get an LWFC storybook, too). Best of all, LWFC instructors are native speakers. LWFC materials won six major children’s educational media awards. Parents magazine named the LWFC one of “6 Classes Worth the $.”

in Central Park, kids will be having too much fun to even notice that they are learning! Launch also offers a variety of sciencebased workshops. Budding scientists will have a blast with robots, rockets, electronics, engineering, chemistry, physics, video game design and beyond. To motivate your child to love and learn math and science, call Launch today. Launch— Real World Math & Science…Out of This World Fun!

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Special Needs Services Close to Home Enrichment and Tutoring EBL Coaching 17 East 89th St., NYC 10028 Or At Home (212)249-0147 Under the direction of Dr. Emily Levy, EBL Coaching offers one-one-one specialized tutoring for students in grades pre-k to 12 with specific learning needs. They used research-based, multi-sensory strategies, including the Orton Gillingham technique, to develop reading, writing, reading comprehension, math, organization and study skills. They also offer three-week intensive academic summer programs at the elementary and middle school/high school levels. Students are initially assessed by the director, Dr. Levy, and an individualized instructional plan is created. Sessions can be held at the home or at EBL Coaching’s learning center. Specialized tutorial programs for students with dyslexia and learning disabilities are available. • 212-213-8840

Parent-Child Resources BBkids Speech Therapy-SLP, P.C 38 W. 32nd St., Suite 604, NYC10001 BBKids Speech Therapy-SLP is conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan, easily accessible by public transportation. It is owned and operated by Bernadette Bergancia, who holds a Master of Science degree in speech

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pathology and has more than 10 years of experience with children and adults. Ms. Bergancia is primarily devoting her time to working with children, and on a case-by-case basis with adults. In addition to treating and enhancing children’s speech ability, she wishes to educate parents-caregivers on the importance of early detection/intervention in children during the “critical” period of language development. The child-friendly environment of BBKids Speech Therapy-SLP is carefully designed to make children feel at ease during treatment. They utilize the latest methods (PROMPT trained, knowledge/use of SIM, methods in Verbal- tonal), combined with traditional therapy methods to achieve real progress. A multi-sensory integrated approach is the goal at BBkids-Speech Therapy,SLP. Whether a child is overcoming a speech and language, occupational and physical challenges families receive the therapies that are needed to help children through their development. In addition to speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy is provided on site through partner agencies: CTD Occupational Therapy and PIM Physical Therapy.


Connect The Dots Occupational Therapy 38 W. 32nd St., Suite 604, NYC 10001 (212)290-0290 Connect The Dots is a newly expanded 2,500-square-foot sensory integration clinic that builds upon your child’s strengths to promote further independence in life’s daily activities. With a holistic approach to evaluate and treat children, CTD understands how occupational therapy can most positively impact their lives. In addition to occupational therapy, physical and speech therapy is provided on site through partner agencies; BBKids Speech Therapy and PIM Physical Therapy. In conjunction with parents, teachers, and health practitioners, therapists help to determine a treatment plan that addresses the immediate as well as long-term needs of every child. Monthly seminars for parents and providers with varied topics related to child development. Facility based Early Intervention, CPSE, and RSA contracts are accepted. CTD is proud to announce that they are contracted with the DOE for all of Manhattan for CPSE, and districts two, five, and seven for school-age students. CTD also offers handwriting classes for children of all ages and abilities. The Handwriting Without Tears program gives your child the extra boost to ensure classroom success. Progress In Motion Physical Therapy PLLC 38 West 32nd Suite 604, NYC 10001 (347)746-7812 Progress in Motion Physical Therapy, PLLC (PIM) is a pediatric physical therapy clinic in Midtown Manhattan that provides cutting edge physical therapy services in a highly personalized setting to children ages 0-21 with developmental, neurologic, sports, and orthopedic conditions. PIM physical therapy services value the importance of a family-oriented physical therapy practice and are backed by evidence-based clinical care to children including early intervention, initial evaluations, reassessments, and treatment interventions. In addition to physical therapy, occupational and speech therapy is provided on site through partner agencies; CTD Occupational Therapy and BBkids Speech Therapy. Progress in Motion is an approved clinic for the New York City Department of Education and accepts CPSE, CSE, and RSA mandated services. Insurance and private pay are both accepted. The staff therapists are highly trained and specializes in pediatric conditions and provides services adhering to each child’s needs and Individualized Education Program (IEP). Interventions are geared towards achieving age-appropriate gross motor skills that foster active socialization at home and school. For a free screening, contact Progress in Motion and speak with the director at (347)746-7812 or email

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While teaching in private and public school settings throughout Manhattan during the course of almost a decade, I witnessed how children living mere city blocks away from one another were experiencing immensely different educational conditions. Every school in the New York City public school system is measured by the same standards. However, the degree of resources and support each school receives wildly varies, and almost always to the detriment of the struggling students in the low-income schools. I taught for one year at a school on the Lower East Side where conditions were less than ideal. It was a tough job. I didn’t have supplies or much help from administrators and other teachers. I loved the children in my class with all of my heart, but circumstances made carrying out a proper teaching job untenable. With a heavy heart, I took a new job at a public school in Greenwich Village where I felt more capable of doing the job I’d been trained to do. But I never stopped thinking about the kids I had left behind— kids who were across town yet living in a different world without so many of the advantages provided to my new students. For years, I considered how I could go back to those kids who I knew needed my help without giving up my place in the community that I’d come to love so much. This is what eventually inspired me to start Project Tutor. Project Tutor works with paying families who want to help their own children while also enabling 4-to-8-year-old children in low-income families learn how to read. The organization’s team of expert tutors has recently expanded the program to include higher grade levels and more subject areas. Here’s how it works: For every child who gets a paid tutoring session, Project Tutor donates the same session to an underprivileged child for free. That’s it! Simple. Beautiful. Because of Project Tutor, children who struggle in school and don’t have the means to pay for much-needed tutoring services now receive high-quality educational assistance. Paying clients get the extra help they need at the same price as other services while also giving back to the community. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. Every child, regardless of geography and financial circumstances, deserves a chance to learn, thrive, and discover that helping others is one of life’s most important lessons.

Emily Lerer was born and raised in Syosset, New York. She majored in education at Syracuse University and received her master’s degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education at Manhattan’s Bank Street College. Lerer worked in various Manhattan schools before starting Project Tutor. She now lives in Soho with her husband, Ben, and their dog, Willis. Contact Project Tutor at your needs, your neighborhood

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ix-year-old John sits next to me on the piano bench and plays the instrument using two fingers during his entire music therapy session. John functions on the autistic spectrum; his speech is delayed, and his direct and meaningful communication with another person is severely limited. At the piano, we observe the word “Yamaha” facing us. John points to each letter in the word. I then create a short song for every sound John starts vocalizing in monosyllables: “Aaaaa.” “Yyyyy.” “Mmmmm.” The little boy is clearly happy, and when we get to the letter “h,” I begin to sing, “‘H’ is for happy/And I’m happy singing/I’m singing with John/And he’s singing with me.” This was the beginning of our work together. Eventually, John started singing some words along with me. This was a remarkable breakthrough, signaling the start of his ability to communicate with speech, to focus and attend, to make and sustain direct contact, and to participate with reciprocity. This is the power of music therapy. As a music therapist, I am continually amazed by the unique relationship each person has with music. Some people identify themselves as musicians, and others simply share their love of music. Believe it or not, we’re all musicians with varying degrees of talent and skill, capable of impacting the world with our own versions of sound and silence. Music has the ability to communicate and unite. As musical beings, we seek to make connections with others who are willing to enter our musical space, hear 40 I parentguide News I September 2013


us, respond with us and to us, and join together in music. The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals in a therapeutic relationship with a credentialed professional who has completed an approved program. Music therapists offer a musical experience to their clients, presented in a way that will help them improve their functioning in specific goal areas. The music therapist carefully establishes a relationship with the client based on rapport and trust. Each person’s strengths and challenges inform the direction taken by the therapist, whose purpose is to meet that person in his musical world and guide him into areas he may need to explore, develop, change, control, and express. Music therapy can be an optimal setting for children with learning differences and challenges in cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development. Music is joyful and highly motivating. Children are willing to join the creative process as they practice skills in sessions. When making music, many of our senses are stimulated simultaneously, and the whole person is involved. Processed in both hemispheres of the brain, music is able to stimulate cognitive functioning and improve a child’s willingness and ability to communicate expressively. Rhythmic activities are used to help children develop control over motor movements, as well as explore self-regulation and impulse control. Children can explore their own voice, using sounds and words, entering into a musical dialogue with the therapist. They are empowered, making choices regarding songs, instrumentation, tempo, and other aspects of the music. Combined, a musical environment and a trained music therapist

offer children the opportunity to explore their musical selves and connect with another person through music. Additionally, they experience tasks at which they can be successful while building on strengths and reaching goals. There are endless possibilities for children to become involved in music. For the child with autism, incorporating expressive sounds and movements into song is validating, opening Like doorways to communication and a willingness to sustain contact with others. For the child with learning delays, accomplishing simple musical tasks can build self-esteem and encourage confidence. A group of children with emotional and social delays may explore issues of trust and inclusion as they write a song about tolerance, diversity, and friendship. A creative process, a musical journey, a chance to experience growth and learning, music therapy offers a very powerful intervention in a child’s life. It has the power to bring about meaningful connections and transformational change.


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Speech development in the early years.

by Laura Lane

There are few things more exciting to a parent than watching a child’s ability to communicate with you develop. Between birth and age 3, children’s language skills develop dramatically. Further, there is often a wide range of “normal” when it comes to children saying their first words. “The typical benchmark for a child saying his first word is 12 months old, but it’s often analogous to when children take their first steps,” says Ellen Meyer Gregg, a professor of audiology and speechlanguage sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. “There can be wide age variations as to when children say their first words.” Read on for a road map to help guide you through the early years of speech-language development.

Language in the First Year

A newborn’s cries are the earliest form of communication. When you respond appropriately to your infant’s cries, your child learns to expect a response. From birth through 12 months, reciprocal communication patterns develop between you and your baby. For example, your baby might coo or babble, you respond back, and your baby coos again. Breastfeeding also establishes a conversational pattern between mother and baby. “The baby is sucking, while you are quiet,” Gregg says. “If the baby stops sucking, you might try to rouse the baby. There’s a turn taking happening that is like a conversational pattern.” During the first year, your baby might play a game with you where he drops something, you pick it up, and then he drops it again. This type of play also lays a solid foundation for communication because it’s reciprocal. If your baby doesn’t seem to be hearing well or responding to sounds, especially loud sounds, you may want to consult your pediatrician. Children who have had multiple ear infections may have difficulty acquiring speech-language skills, although this isn’t always the case. Another cause for concern is if your child is averse to social interactions and doesn’t want to make eye contact or be touched. “Usually, the best place to start is with your pediatrician,” Gregg says, adding, “If you’re not comfortable with the doctor’s response, then it’s time to consult a speech-language pathologist who holds a certificate of clinical competence.” Visit the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s website at www. for more information on how to find a certified speechlanguage pathologist in your area. 42 I parentguide News I September 2013

Vocabulary Explosion in Year Two

Although most children say their first word around their first birthday, there can be a huge age span with some children saying their first word as early as 8 months and others not until 15 months. From ages 12-18 months, a child’s vocabulary usually increases from one word to around 50. Most children have a core group of words they like to use such as “no” and “more.” By age 2, there’s usually a vocabulary explosion with most children being able to say 200-250 words. Although, 2 year olds understand many more words than they can say. At around 2 years, children also start putting two words together, such as “more cookie” or “baby up.” Between 27-30 months, children put together early sentences with subjects, verbs, and objects. “The period between 2 and 3 years old is amazing,” Gregg says. “It’s like your child acquires a new word every day. The difference between a 2 year old, 2 and a half year old, and 3 year old in language development is dramatic. By age 3, a child usually has pretty good conversation skills, a good vocabulary, and is saying sentences with a lot of information packed in them.” Some 2 year olds are late bloomers when it comes to language. They understand most of what’s being said to them and interact appropriately with the world around them, but they’re not talking a lot. If you are concerned about your toddler’s language skills, a speech-language pathologist can evaluate your child’s social interaction skills and hearing status. Often a child who is a language late bloomer will be communicating effectively by age 3.

reading Builds Language Skills The two most important things you can do to encourage your children’s speech-language development are reading to them and playing with them. “You don’t want to read to your child in a drilland-practice kind of way, or put any kind of performance pressure on your child,” Gregg explains. “A natural, enjoyable interaction between parent and child is what facilitates development in social interaction, cognitive development, and language development.” Your son or daughter might like to read the same book over and over again and with good reason. Children learn how stories are structured and pick up on new things each time a familiar story is read and re-read to them. The key is to let your child take the lead in deciding what activities he wants to do. “Follow the child’s lead,” Gregg says. “Go where they want to go.”

Laura Lane and her husband are the parents of two children. Her husband was especially pleased when both of their children said, “Da Da” first.



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Bui d a Beautiful Mind Make the most of your child’s memory. by Nelson Dellis

As a Grandmaster of Memory, I’ve demonstrated impressive memory feats like recalling the order of a shuffled deck of cards in about a minute. However, I’ll be the first to tell you a strong memory didn’t come naturally for me. Through memory training and leading a healthy lifestyle, I’ve significantly improved my memory. There are several tips I share with parents on how to help children’s minds continue to develop and how to strengthen memory for schoolwork and everyday life.

Encourage Them to be Social

Get Them Active

Experts suggest children get at least 30 minutes to one hour of physical activity a day to continue building positive brain health. Encourage your children to play outdoor games like kickball, tag, or hide-and-seek, and sign them up to play team sports. Exercise can be fun for the whole family when you take your children on a hike or to the local swimming pool. I enjoy rock climbing to stay active.

Give Them Proper Nourishment

Foods packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins are important for children as they fuel the mind and body. A nutritious diet includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It’s low in saturated fat and added sugar, yet rich in good fats like DHA omega-3, which supports brain health and function. A study published in PLOS ONE journal called the Docosahexaenoic Acid Oxford Learning and Behavior (DOLAB) Trial investigated the effects of algal DHA supplementation on reading and behavior in healthy school children. The DOLAB study reported that supplementation with 600 mg of algal DHA for 16 weeks improved reading performance in children with low reading scores as compared to the placebo. A lot of people think fatty fish or fish oil pills are the only way to get DHA, but there are several algal (vegetarian) options, including options for children, at your local pharmacy.

Evidence shows social connectedness is vital to health and wellness at any age. As children age, a rich social network may also help support brain health, reduce stress and maintain happiness. Encourage your children to make new friends and get involved with school clubs and community activities. Meet with your kids and identify group activities for them to enjoy throughout the year. Fun after-school activities can include sports; dance; music groups like band, orchestra or choir; chess club; volunteering; and Scout groups. Keep track of your children’s friends and help them to build strong relationships.

Develop Their Mental Engagement

Keeping the mind active helps create new brain cells and makes new connections in the brain. Learning is a lifelong process, but children in particular should be encouraged to love learning to stimulate their brains. I follow a regimented training schedule to keep my brain sharp, but here are a few things you can teach your children to do to improve their memorizing skills: 1. Think in pictures. The brain prefers pictures, not abstract concepts (numbers, names, nouns, etc.). Encourage your children to turn what they are trying to remember, like the state capitals, into visual pictures that are easy for them to recall, like Montpelier as a mountain of Perrier bottles. 2. Think silly. Make those pictures over-the-top and out of the ordinary because we remember silly things better. For example, have your children imagine skiing up in the snowy mountains of Vermont and that the Montpelier mountain is made out of glass Perrier bottles.

Nelson Dellis is a two-time USA Memory Champion. He is also the founder and C.E.O. of nonprofit Climb for Memory, which raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Read about the organization and Dellis at

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6TIPS Survival


Recognize that self-care is not a luxury, but a necessity. You may have heard this before, but are you acting on the advice? Likely not! Exactly when you’re drained, you must recharge. Extreme self-care doesn’t equal selfishness. Nurturing yourself is analogous to donning your oxygen mask first in an airline emergency.


If we were to sit together over a rare coffee break from your unremitting responsibilities and be brutally honest, would these statements ring true?

Surrender to certain circumstances for the time being. This notion should not conjure caving. What might at first seem irreconcilable can eventually break through in a wondrous way. Take, for example, my father’s obstinacy regarding his “hoarders-on-steroids” home. Once my mother passed, he suddenly became open to cleaning and gardening support.

“I want to tear out my hair while interacting with my totally stubborn, aging folks. No sooner am I done with them than my children are begging for attention.”


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Do you relate?

“My teeth are ground to their roots because of clamping down on what I long to say to all of them.” “I’m so terribly exhausted most days. I feel like the soggy middle in a burnt (out) triple-decker grilled cheese. And, that’s no bologna!” You’re not alone anymore. If you have infinitely impossible— or as I refer to them, “un-cope-able,”— elders, we’ve got something in common. As the 54-year-old only child of excruciating parents, I profoundly know about being trapped in the “Sandwich Generation!” Your load is crushing, contending with unruly seniors while juggling multiple competing priorities. You’re split between caring for your elderly mother and/or father (possibly in-laws) and balancing a job, significant other, children, grandchildren, home maintenance, your health, and tons more. You seek to foster positive parental interactions. However, you need support, and you need it now. Across three grueling years, I was often stuck between a rock and hard place while struggling to strike my own balance. In that time, I left no stone unturned to discover tactics that succeed with even the most pig-headed elder. The following are tips that can help you create a calm amongst the storm. I long for you to benefit from my painfully earned lessons so you’re saved unnecessary agony. You have my earnest empathy and unbridled support.

Impatience fails to win the day. Maintain your power. Though your parents may seem to risk destroying your capability, this won’t happen. No one can pinch your competence without permission. Don’t let exasperating folks victimize you. They’re the ones who now need parenting.


Quit taking things personally. Your folks’ “naughty” behaviors aren’t necessarily about you. What if they’re essentially afraid of passing on? The unknown beckons. They resist vulnerability. Allow them to drone on about glory days. Their stories may be all they have left.


Feel all your feelings. Did you know it’s 100percent okay to experience so-called “negative” feelings such as anger and resentment? You need not demonstrate Mother Teresa-like dedication to prove you’re a good daughter.


Please accept my parting encouragements. Beneath the surface turmoil, you seek to rest in the tranquility of easing your parents’ transitions. I implore you to not become a statistic, however. For example, it was found that caregivers experience 63-percent higher mortality rates than non-caregivers of comparable age. Forget the self-righteous who consider eldercare a privilege. Try walking a mile in your lead-heavy shoes!

Through Spirit Unlimited, Carol-Ann Hamilton is a transformational coach, speaker, and author of Coping with Un-cope-able Parents: Loving Action for Eldercare (Balboa Press). Stay tuned to Hamilton’s blog, workshops, and interviews as she shares hilarious and poignant parental lessons to support those stressed and sandwiched between challenging aging parents and multiple competing priorities. You can reach keep up with Hamilton at 46 I parentguide News I September 2013

By Kristan Morley bers. Reminders are sent directly to your iPhone or e-mail, and the app is free to download. Stop If you have been searching for a way forgetting important events by learning more at to get rid of unwanted deodorant build-up and sweat stains, there is a new spray-on cleaner called Deo-Go that will do just the trick. Made out of Rich Lips non-ionic surfactants and hydrochlo- Get the new Super Antioxidant Rich Lip Balm by Scientific Organics for ric acid, the gel liquid cleaner works to restore smooth and healthy lips. Made out the original look of your favorite shirt. It can of 100-percent natural plant oils, butbe used on most fabrics and even on colored ters, waxes, vitamin E, and intense clothes. Deo-Go is available for purchase at antioxidants, this lip balm will soothe or sun-exposed and chapped lips. Bring your lips back to life, and protect Family Calendar App them against all weather conditions. Need a way to remember events, occasions, Visit to purchase online, and birthdays without the hassle of a planner? or keep an eye out at your local spa. The BigDay Reminder app is here to help busy mothers stay on track with all that is going on around them. Enter important dates into the Subtle Emotion calendar, connect to Facebook, form a wish list, Isabelle Grace Jewelry has a or add a reminder note of what gift to buy for a new charm necklace to celebrate certain family member. BigDay Reminder also all mothers in a universal way. The necklace lets your profile connect to your family mem- dangles the word “Mom” in braille to show-

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Cake Lingerie offers stylish bra, underwear, and sleepwear options for pregnant women. The Ginger Macaroon Flexible Wire Bra, available in sizes 32C40GG, boasts divine stretch satin with Moroccan-styled embroidery. Match it with a tanga brief, offered in sizes S-XXL. Visit for more options. Also head to to score a Ginger Macaroon Flexible Wire Bra and Tanga set for yourself in a special giveaway! Kristan Morley is the editorial intern.


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Health All-Natural Granola

Introducing USDA-certified organic and certified gluten-free Giddy Up & Go Granola by Thoughtful Food, Inc. Created for all of those living with food allergies, Giddy Up & Go Granola is also dairy free, vegan, and made with 100-percent organic agave nectar, a safer alternative for diabetics. Purchase Giddy Up & Go Granola at

Organic Hair Care

Looking for a new all-natural shampoo and conditioner for your children? The Eco Princess Citrus Shampoos and Detangling Conditioners are formaldehyde and dioxane free. Made with olive leaf extract, sweet almond protein, and essential oils, both the shampoo and conditioner keep your children away from toxins in the shower. Visit for more information and other all-natural products.

New Fun Options

Medical ID bracelets can be embarrassing and awkward for children to wear. Hope Paige has created a line of medical ID bracelets for kids that have fun colors and help provide children with the look of a friendship bracelet. The medical ID bracelets are offered in rubber, stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, Velcro, mesh, and more. They come in many colors, too. Visit to learn more.

Chic Humidifiers

Stadler Form offers a collection of humidifiers perfect to help in any room of the house. The Oskar and William humidifiers complement any home decor while keeping chapped skin, dry sinuses, and many other issues at bay. Stadler Form always uses modern engineering that is energy efficient. Learn how to get a healthier air environment in your home with these humidifiers at

Asthma App

by Kristan Morley maSense, an application dedicated to helping those with asthma. This app can be used anywhere, at anytime to help find the trigger of your wheezing and how to intervene to prevent it. More information can be found at

Healthy and Happy

Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature Added Comfort Bottle is a new bottle designed to prevent your newborn baby from suffering from colic. The bottle keeps air bubbles out of milk by venting, and the nipple reduces the risk of your baby ingesting air. The BPA- and phthalate-free bottle comes in two sizes and is available at

Staying Cool

Keep hydrated with the Hydro Flask water bottle. Free of chemicals and aluminum, the container is made of 100-percent stainless steel. It has double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your water cold. Check out for details.

Easy Squeezey

If giving your children medicine has become a stressful process for you, the True Easy Syringe can help put you at ease. It delivers the exact amount of medicine the doctor prescribes to your children with every use. The True Easy Syringe may be found at CVS and Walgreens.

Organic Oral Care

Keep harmful toxins away from your child’s mouth with Natural Flavor’s Organic Bubble Gum Mouthwash for kids. The mouthwash is made with water and organic ingredients. Help your kids achieve healthy teeth and gums by visiting

Keep Calm

Give your body the jump start it needs with Yoga Blast, a workout DVD created by Dr. Lisa Masterson of TV show The Doctors. The video offers three, totalbody yoga workouts that focus on strength while still using cardio. Blast your way into a healthier you and buy a copy at

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Travel Bottle

Travel easier with a newborn baby using Steri-bottle, a baby feeding bottle. Steri-bottle is a one-time use, disposable baby bottle. This bottle is perfect for traveling on a plane, or in the car on a long road trip. There is no need to wash or sterilize the bottle because it comes ready to use. It is also BPA-free and phthalate-free. Use it at any time of the day without worry. Don’t fret about cleaning bottles again while traveling. Visit www.steribottle. com to find more information. Steri-bottle can also be purchased in stores at Babies “R” Us.

for you with instructor Kerri Kelly. Starting December 28, 2013, and running through January 4, 2014, this trip also offers a New Year’s Eve party. For more information, visit

All Around The World

The Worldwide Adventures of Rohini Molini by Lea & Tim (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform )is a new book series that lets your children travel the world. Expand their imaginations with these new adventures from the comfort of their beds. Let your children discover different cultures, customs and countries all around the world. The series will inspire your children to Yoga Retreat experience new and exciting adventures and learn If you are interested in clear- fun facts. Rohini Molini communicates information ing your mind and body at the to help children engage in worldwide activities. end of the year, take a trip to Purchase the book series at New Zealand’s South Island with The Travel Yogi to a yoga retreat. Treat yourself to Insect-Free Protection an early holiday present with Looking for the perfect outdoor lamp to store in your this eight-day program. Enjoy two calming yoga car or take camping? The ThermaCELL Outdoor classes a day in the scenic destinations planned out Lantern is an insect-repellent, long-lasting LED lan-

tern that is portable and perfect to bring on the go. It is great for campsites and backyards. It also provides a 15-by15-foot mosquito-free zone, which is 98 percent effective. The Lantern is non-toxic and odor free. There are two illumination settings for adjusting brightness. To learn more and shop for one, visit

Clip-on Case

Don’t leave your home without protecting your phone with Nite Ize’s Connect Case for the iPhone 4 and 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4. The innovative case is made with shatterproof Lexan polycarbonate, is shock-absorbent, and is extremely lightweight. The back offers a clip so dropping or losing your phone will no longer be an issue. With travelers in mind, the Connect Case is meant for adventures, including bike riding and hiking. This case brings function back to traveling with a cellphone. Colors vary. Visit for additional information. Kristan Morley is the editorial intern.

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Update Sitting on Cloud Nine

If you are looking for a way to keep your baby sitting upright and comfortable, Mega Seat is the perfect match for you. The Mega Seat is made of soft and durable foam, with a high back and a seat belt to ensure your baby won’t go anywhere. It also has an easyto-install Mega Tray that attaches right to the front of the seat. The high back offers the right neck support, there is plenty of arm space, and it features a wide leg area for more comfort. For more information and to see the variety of colors, visit The seat can also be purchased at Walmart and Buy Buy Baby.

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during a playdate. The versatile blanket can be used as a car seat cover, stroller cover, blanket, shopping cart cover, high chair cover, nursing cover, and playtime blanket. The Babee Covee makes running errands with your baby easier. To see the wide range of print and designs, visit


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Nursing Pillow. The pillow fits right on your lap and offers a privacy cover, comfort bolster, detachable back pillow, and dual pockets. The pillow is hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, non-flammable, recyclable, odor-free, glue-free, foam-free, lead-free, and phthalate-free. It was designed with your baby in mind, and the surface design helps angle the position of your baby’s head and body to encourage proper feeding. Check out

Educational Read

Bullying is a scary and thriving issue, and Animal Farm (PublishAmerica) by Tony Rubino is a new children’s book dedicated to helping the cause. Using the love children have for animals, this book shows bullied victims to unite and stand tall in an entertaining way. It provides a way for children to learn life lessons while enjoying a story about lovable pet dogs. Purchase a copy at

Family Game Night

Start family game night with txTylz, a new game created by model/actress Joan Serverance. Using pictures, symbols, letters, and words, you have two minutes to get your point across. This game promotes outside-of-the-box thinking and strong interaction, and it conveys messages in all languages. Learn more at

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Update Bath Time

Give your newborn baby a bath with the Original Puj Tub. It offers a soft and reliable way to keep your newborn happy during bath time. Both sides snap together and fit in any sink. Using this tub will help keep you from bending over and hurting your back. The Puj Tub is made with a non-slip material, and it cradles your little one to keep him protected. The soft material is free of PVC and BPA. For more information, visit

durable, lightweight, and can be folded up and stored in an easy fashion. It takes up little space, but can carry a lot of weight. Check out The Grocer at to see the range of colors and to purchase.

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Gelli Plates, available at, offer a new way for you and your children to create crafts together. The jelly-like base comes in a variety of sizes and allows you to make unique prints with just a bit of paint and tools like stamps or even cups and straws! Visit the website to view Easy-Carry Grocery Bag galleries of Gelli works and techniques, then snag Carrying groceries from the supermarket to your your own to get started on fun projects. home has never been easy, but now it can be. The Grocer from ADK Packworks is a revolutionized Fun in a Box way to bring your groceries home via public Keep your children’s minds flowing with Happy transportation, taxi, car, or on foot. The bag has Trunk, a box filled with craft and science projects. an internal frame, flat bottom, adjustable straps to There is a kit delivered once a month that includes wear as a backpack, and a variety of other ways all the supplies and directions for the projects to carry it. It has an insulated liner for any food inside. Happy Trunk offers a different theme that needs temperature control. It is eco-friendly, each month, and the kits are structured for boys

and girls. The projects are developed by a team of teachers, a child psychologist, and a designer. Happy Trunk helps your children learn new and exciting information. It is available for kids ages 3-7 or 7-11 at

Nice and Cozy

Are you worried about your baby’s transition from the womb to the world? The Original Woombie swaddle helps relieve that worry. All Woombie products are made with their signature bebeflex ECO cotton, which is 100percent organic. The swaddles help prevent overheating, colic, face scratching, and waking due to the Moro reflex. Their fabric is stretchy, soft, and light for good airflow. Visit www.woombie. com to purchase the Original Woombie and to see other Woombie items. • 212-213-8840 • 212-213-8840


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September 10: Instituto Cervantes de New York, Upper East Side: I’m Bilingual!, 1296 Lexington Ave., (212)3087720, ext. 3,, 5-6:30pm.

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September 10: Bilingual Buds, 175 Riverside Boulevard, (212)787-8088,, After-School Program Information Session. 5:30pm



September 7: Rutgers Presbyterian Church Body and • 212-213-8840 Spirit Program, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, 236 W. 73rd September 14: Instituto Cervantes de New York, New St. (212)877 8227, ext. 212,, Jersey: IAAS, 300 High St., Closter, NJ, (212)308-7720,, 9:30am-12:30pm. ext. 3,, 10am-noon.


September 8 and 22: City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, 15 W. 86th St., (212)213-1002,, 1:30pm. Childcare available.

September 16: SciTech Kids, The NY Junior League, 130 East 80th St., (212)804-7055,, 6pm.

September 9: Instituto Cervantes de New York, Brooklyn, International School of Brooklyn, 477 Court St., (212)3087720, ext. 3,, 5-8pm.

September 18: Instituto Cervantes de New York, East Midtown: 211 E. 49th St., (212)308-7720, ext. 3, www., 4-7pm.


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September 22: North Shore Day School and Day Camp, 85 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, (516)676-0190,, 11am-3pm. September 23: Lycee Francais de NY, 505 E. 75th St., (212)439-3851,, 6-8pm. September 24: West Side Preschool, 165 W. 105th St., (212)749-4635,, 9am. September 26: Cathedral School, 319 E. 74th St., (212)249-2840,,, 6:15pm.

Proof September 28: Bilingual Buds, 175 Riverside Boule-

ern training program for young dancers. September 3: Dancers age 3-10 may audition for Young Movers, 4pm. September 4: Dance Company I, II, and III for more experienced, older dancers holds auditions, 2pm. September 5: Young Performers Ballet Ensemble holds auditions, 3pm. September 7: Amazing Creatures Ensemble holds auditions noon. September 7: brings about the opportunity for Scholarship Auditions, 2pm. September 5: Secular Cultural Rosh Hashanah Service, The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Holiday Inn, 440 W. 57th St. (212) 213-1002, Enjoy music and readings led by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer and congregation members. Concurrent children’s program. 10:30am.


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SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER2013 2010 Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, (646)437-4202, The acclaimed and dynamic musical duo presents a show that’s sure to entertain and amuse the kiddies. Premiering songs from their new album Radio Jungle, the Brooklyn natives provide a fine repertoire of songs about a variety of topics, in a wide range of musical styles. Ages 2 to 7. 1pm for craft activities, concert starts at 2pm.

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September 14: Secular Cultural Yom Kippur Service, The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Holiday Inn, 440 W. 57th St. (212) 213-1002, This cultural and secular service is led by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer and congregation members. Concurrent children’s program. 10:30am.

September 15 - 21 September 15: Baby Loves Disco: Fall Into Disco, Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., www.lepoissonrouge. com. Boogie alongside diaper-clad munchkins at the popular dance party for tykes. A DJ spins family-friendly tracks from the ’70s and ’80s, while you teach your little ones moves from the era. Face painting, temporary tattoos, crafting, snacks, and more round out the afternoon. Appropriate for families with children ages 6 months to 7 years. 3pm. September 18: Battery Park City Block Party, North Cove Marina, 385 South End Ave., #6H, This 11th annual fest began one year after 9/11 as a tradition that would bring joy back to the neighborhood. This year, the fun continues with boat rides from the marina, musical performances, small rides for kids, local food vendors and more. Appropriate for families with children ages 4 and older. 11:30am. September 20: Family Friday Pizza & Movie Night, Charlotte’s Place, 107 Greenwich Street (rear of 74 Trin-

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ity Place), (212)602-0800, Relax with your kids and meet other downtown families for free pizza, children’s movies, and community. All families with young children are welcome. 6-7:30pm.

September 21: Bill Traylor Family Day, American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave., (212)595-9533, Explore the Folk Art Museum’s exhibit devoted to 20th-century selftaught artist Bill Traylor, then complete a workshop inspired by his drawings. Reservations are required and can be completed online. For ages 4-12. 1pm.

Beginning September 21: Go Fish! Festival, Robert F. Wagner Park, Battery Place, (212)267-9700, www. Come for this catch-and-release festival September 21: Fuel Free Food: Salsa, Pesto and Ice Cream, where families can use barbless hooks, which cause less Battery Urban Farm, Bridge Street, Battery Park, www.thebatharm to both animals and slippery-fingered children, to Directly following the farm’s volunteer hours, families get a closer look at the Hudson’s gilled residents before can get in on a workhop in which they’ll build take-home solar setting them back into the wild. Even if you’re crew isn’t ovens, use a bike blender, a handheld chopper and other tools the fishing type, kids can head out on a naturalist-led bird to whip up ice cream, salted chive butter, spicy salsa, bean dip, walk, drop in aquatic art projects, and catch a special stage and pesto with sage, kale and basil. Families with children ages show each This week• is212-213-8840 Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, 419 Park Avenue South,week: New York, NY 10016 • Fax 212-447-7734 • 212-213-884 5 and older are welcome. 1pm. performing their original puppet musical, The Rejuvenary River Circus. Appropriate forFAxages 5 to 10. Continues in to: # October. 10am.



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Mind Bigger!, Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene St., (212)777-4490, Please call or fax your comments and/or oK. Shows everyone’s deepest desire is to like the world. Based on Siegel’s words “If you get along well with the world, igNAture Eli oF APProvAl: you will be some citizen.� the workshop invites guests to expand their horizons and minds. Appropriate for ages 512. 11am-12:15pm.

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September 22: Annual Kite Flight, Port Authority Bus Terminal, 625 Eighth Ave., (212)764-9600, Kite flying may spark memories of pastoral landscapes and beachside scenery, but at this annual workshop, youngsters can take on the wind New York City style. Head to the rooftop of the Port Authority. Art-


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SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER2013 2010 ists will be on hand to help kids create their own gliders, while seasoned pros will assist with the flying. If they’d rather stick closer to the ground, participants can work on craft projects, play games, nosh on snacks and take in live entertainment. For guests ages 4-10.

September 29: Art Trek Plus, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., (212)535-7710, In this program, families with children ages 5-12 tour the globe by discovering the art of myriad countries. City babes can learn about their hometowns from 100 years ago through paintings and the Brian Slattery string band. 2:30pm. October 1: The Chalkboard Ninjas Presents “Love An Elder” Day!, Bank Street Bookstore, 610 W. 112th St., The youngest members of your family celebrate the oldest with face painting and a sidewalk chalk activity hosted by the Chalkboard Ninjas. All youngsters ages 5 to 12 are welcome. 3pm.

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September 27: Chinese Dance Event, Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd St., jmoore@rutgerschurch. org, (212)877-8227 ext. 212, Come enjoy a special celebration of Chinese dance, where adults and children are invited to a free dance lesson, and more festivities! RSVP is required. 6pm.

September 27: Children’s Concert: Ship of Tolerance, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, The New-York Historical Society hosts classically trained young musicians in a concert geared specifically for kids, as part of the Ship of Tolerance’s stay in NYC, a massive project that’s making its US debut at the Dumbo Arts Festival. Appropriate for audiences ages 5 and and older. 7pm. September 28: Back-to-School Science Adventure, Torly Kid, 51 Hudson St., Children ages 4 and older are invited to get a kickstart on the school year. Fire up your brains with cool science projects like erupting a volcano, creating bouncy balls and watching a mad scientist at work. 11:30am.

September 29 - 31 September 29: Medieval Festival, Fort Tryon Park, 689 Fort Washington Ave.,, www.nycgovparks. org. Head back to the Middle Ages with family and friends. The annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park features music, dance, juggling, and other live performances. In the true spirit of the times, the festival ends with an actual joust between knights on horseback. Expect Renaissance gowns and knights in armor to be roaming by your side.


Beginning October 4: Carnegie Kids, Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W. 26th St., (212)760-9800, www.hudsonguild. org. Carnegie Hall sponsors these free family concerts throughout the year. The Itty Biddies take the stage with family-friendly tunes, fun, and shenanigans. Through October 19. 10:30am. October 5: ¡Fiesta! Celebrating Hispanic and Latin American Culture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., (212)535-7710, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a day full of craft projects, museum tours, music and dance performances and other activities related to Latin American art. All ages are welcome. 1pm.

All Month Long Every Day Through September 8: Wanda’s Monster, Vineyard Theatre’s Dimson Theatre, 108 E. 15th St., Enjoy this family musical that introduces an imaginative little girl named Wanda and her unexpected bond with a fuzzy purple monster as she learns acceptance and friendship. Based on the awardwinning children’s book by Eileen Spinelli. Appropriate for ages 2-10. Times vary. Every Day in September: Adventures with Dora and Diego, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Preschoolers flock to this exhibit based on the popular Nickelodeon show. Hands-on activities have little ones pretending to cook Latin American foods for a big fiesta at Dora’s house, and exploring caves, beaches

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and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Appropriate for explorers ages 2-6. 10am. Sundays in September: Big City Fishing, Hudson River Park at Pier 84, West 44th Street, For this aptly named program, the Hudson River Park Trust runs beginner lessons in multiple locations throughout the summer. Kids ages 5 and older can learn the rodand-reel basics, and get familiar with the types of fish that swim the local waters, with an emphasis on river ecology and education. Equipment for up to 25 participants is provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the drop-in sessions. 1pm. Mondays in September: Toddler Time, Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave. at 10th Street, (212)243-4334, Families with young toddlers are invited to just show up for this fun time for babes and parents alike. 11am. Mondays and Wednesdays in September: Drop-In Music Class, The Y, 344 E. 14th Street at 1st Avenue, www.14streety. org. Come enjoy the music offerings of the Y. 3pm. Tuesdays in September: Baby Laptime, Schwartzman Building, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street,, Babies from birth to 12 months old and their caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Space is limited, and tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. 10:15am. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in September: Scholastic Story Time, Scholastic SoHo Store, 557 Broadway, (212)343-6166, Drop in for a wonderful time when stories are brought to life! 11am. Tuesdays in September: Giggle Storytime, Giggle, 120 Wooster St., (212)334-5817, Come enjoy an afternoon of interactive storytelling— a fun way to develop your child’s imagination and foster a love of reading! 4pm. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in September: Dionne Movement Class, Chelsea Studios/TheatreworksUSA, 151 W. 26th St., 6th floor, www.dionnekamaradance. com. Find a class to get your tiny walker or crawler into the groove. Various times. Second Wednesday in September: Music Together in the City Monthly Sing Along, Giggle, 120 Wooster St., (212)334-5817, Come sing, dance and play along with Music Together in the City. Enjoy an informal sing-along version of a Music Together class! Apyour needs, your neighborhood

propriate for children from birth to 4 years old. Classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes and movement, and instrument play activities that are developmentally appropriate for children and easy for caregivers. 4pm. Wednesday in September: Baby Story Time, Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, www.nypl. org/locations/hudson-park. Appropriate for babies from birth to 18 months, this program invites the community to enjoy great books, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. 11:15am. Thursdays in September: Storytime at the Strand, The Strand, 12th Street and Broadway, 2nd floor, Come enjoy stories for the whole family. 3:30pm. Thursdays in September: Kids Music That Rocks, Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, www. Enjoy performances and introductions to various musical instruments. 3:30pm.

Fridays in September: Tunes for Tots, Hudson Park LiSEPTEM brary, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, Stories and songs to sing along with! 3:30pm. Every Day in May: Whales: Giants of the Deep:American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street (212) 769-5200, www.amnh.orgvisitors closer than ever to some of the mightiest, most massive, and mysterious mammals on Earth. Featuring life-size models, interactive exhibits, and films—as well as more than 20 stunning whale skulls and skeletons—the family-friendly exhibition also reveals the history of the close relationship between humans and whales, from the traditions of Maori whale riders to the whaling industry and later rise of laws protecting whales from commercial hunters. Originally developed at Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum 2010will also feature rarely of NewSEPTEMBER Zealand, the exhibition viewed specimens from the museum’s own world-class collections. Through January, 5, 2014.

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and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Appropriate for explorers ages 2-6. 10am. Sundays in September: Big City Fishing, Hudson River Park at Pier 84, West 44th Street, For this aptly named program, the Hudson River Park Trust runs beginner lessons in multiple locations throughout the summer. Kids ages 5 and older can learn the rodand-reel basics, and get familiar with the types of fish that swim the local waters, with an emphasis on river ecology and education. Equipment for up to 25 participants is provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the drop-in sessions. 1pm. Mondays in September: Toddler Time, Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave. at 10th Street, (212)243-4334, Families with young toddlers are invited to just show up for this fun time for babes and parents alike. 11am. Mondays and Wednesdays in September: Drop-In Music Class, The Y, 344 E. 14th Street at 1st Avenue, www.14streety. org. Come enjoy the music offerings of the Y. 3pm. Tuesdays in September: Baby Laptime, Schwartzman Building, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street,, Babies from birth to 12 months old and their caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Space is limited, and tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. 10:15am. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in September: Scholastic Story Time, Scholastic SoHo Store, 557 Broadway, (212)343-6166, Drop in for a wonderful time when stories are brought to life! 11am. Tuesdays in September: Giggle Storytime, Giggle, 120 Wooster St., (212)334-5817, Come enjoy an afternoon of interactive storytelling— a fun way to develop your child’s imagination and foster a love of reading! 4pm. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in September: Dionne Movement Class, Chelsea Studios/TheatreworksUSA, 151 W. 26th St., 6th floor, www.dionnekamaradance. com. Find a class to get your tiny walker or crawler into the groove. Various times. Second Wednesday in September: Music Together in the City Monthly Sing Along, Giggle, 120 Wooster St., (212)334-5817, Come sing, dance and play along with Music Together in the City. Enjoy an informal sing-along version of a Music Together class! Apyour needs, your neighborhood

propriate for children from birth to 4 years old. Classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes and movement, and instrument play activities that are developmentally appropriate for children and easy for caregivers. 4pm. Wednesday in September: Baby Story Time, Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, www.nypl. org/locations/hudson-park. Appropriate for babies from birth to 18 months, this program invites the community to enjoy great books, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. 11:15am. Thursdays in September: Storytime at the Strand, The Strand, 12th Street and Broadway, 2nd floor, Come enjoy stories for the whole family. 3:30pm. Thursdays in September: Kids Music That Rocks, Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, www. Enjoy performances and introductions to various musical instruments. 3:30pm.

Fridays in September: Tunes for Tots, Hudson Park LiSEPTEM brary, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, Stories and songs to sing along with! 3:30pm. Every Day in September: Whales: Giants of the Deep: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street (212) 769-5200, www.amnh.orgvisitors closer than ever to some of the mightiest, most massive, and mysterious mammals on Earth. Featuring lifesize models, interactive exhibits, and films—as well as more than 20 stunning whale skulls and skeletons—the family-friendly exhibition also reveals the history of the close relationship between humans and whales, from the traditions of Maori whale riders to the whaling industry and later rise of laws protecting whales from commercial hunters. Originally developed at Te Papa Tongarewa, the 2010the exhibition will also nationalSEPTEMBER museum of New Zealand, feature rarely viewed specimens from the museum’s own world-class collections. Through January, 5, 2014.

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New beginnings call for celebration.

Back to School!

Cool Off

Labor Day Weekend may mark the end of summer, but it is still the perfect time for a cold snack. Treat your family and friends with watermelon ice pops at your last summer gathering. More recipes can be found at Ingredients •2 ½ c. cubed seedless watermelon •¼ c. sugar How to make it: Combine the watermelon and sugar by blender or with a spoon until it is chunky-smooth, then pour into ice pop molds or cups and freeze.

From Summer to Autumn

The Autumnal Equinox is upon us this month, and on September 22, summer officially turns into fall. If you are looking for a way to engage with your children while teaching them about the season change, help them created a Fall Fingerprint Tree using their own hands and fingers. Visit for more fall crafts. What you’ll need: •White, green, and brown construction paper •Yellow, green, red, and orange finger paint •Scissors •Pencil •Glue How to make it: Trace your child’s hand and forearm onto brown construction paper, and cut it out. Glue the hand and forearm to the white construction paper to create the tree, branches, and trunk. Then, cut a strip of green construction paper about 1-2 inches wide, and cut small slits in the paper the entire length on just one side to create grass. Glue the green strip to the bottom of the forearm on the white paper. Let your child use the different finger paints, one at a time, to dot the paper all around their hand outline to create leaves. Let the tree dry, and hang it anywhere.

Classic Music Month

In 1994, President Bill Clinton proclaimed September as Classic Music Month. Embrace classical music at home with your children and enlighten them with sounds from many centuries ago all month long. A great way to introduce your family to various composers and conductors is to play classical musical while making dinner, during nap time, or driving in the car. Visit for more information and special games.

by Kristan Morley

Beginner’s Brisket

Happy Rosh Hashanah! Celebrate the New Year from September 4 to 6 by making a brisket meal. Head to for more brisket or Rosh Hashanah recipes. Ingredients: •3-4 lbs. chuck roast or beef brisket •1 large white onion, chopped •1 c. ketchup •1 envelope dry onion soup mix •½ cup water How to make it: Use aluminum foil to line one of your roasting pans, and cover it with cooking spray. Place the beef in the pan. Mix together all of the ingredients, then spread over the beef. Finish preparing by covering the pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 2 ½-3 hours at 350° and serve.

Day of Peace

Help your children celebrate peace with the entire world on September 21 for International Peace Day. This is a day dedicated to uniting all people, organizations, and beliefs. It is a strong cause that can be celebrated at home, in your community, and/or at school. Interact with your children and teach them the importance and meaning of “peace” not only for this generation, but for future ones. Learn how to get involved at

Crafty Fortunes

September means it is back to school. A great way to help motivate your kids and send them back to school with positive thoughts is by creating a Back-to-School Fortune Teller. Visit for a full tutorial and other craft ideas. What you’ll need: •Square piece of paper •Writing utensil How to make it: Fold the square paper diagonally from corner to corner, making the shape of a triangle. Fold it again the same way to make a smaller triangle. Unfold the paper to get it back to the original full square, and you will see an “X” crease. Fold the all four corners to the center of the square to get a smaller square. Flip the paper over and fold all four corners to the center of the square again to form a smaller square. Fold and unfold the top and bottom, and both left and right side to form creases that look like an asterisk. Your children’s fingers will fit perfectly under the formed flaps. To decorate the fortune teller, color the front four flaps any different colors and the insides with numbers up to eight. Under each, flap write encouraging statements and happy thoughts that will provide your children with positive back-to-school messages. Kristan Morley is the editorial intern.

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