Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day and a fun part of parenting is tricking and/or pranking the kids!
To help you out, we’re reposting a couple of fun April Fools’ Day articles, full of ideas, to make it a fun day:
The students of Cicely L. Tyson Elementary School in East Orange were visited by award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper this month, and the excitement is still palpable.
Floyd Cooper introduced the students to his special technique, which he refers to as the “subtractive process”, whereby he uses an eraser to create the picture by removing paint from the painting. The students were on the edge of their seats while Mr. Cooper pulled and stretched and reused his eraser until the face of a man emerged from the canvas. Not only did Mr. Cooper offer insight into the artistic process, he also shared with the students some valuable life lessons, and detailed his own journey through the professional art world.
The community is invited to meet Maasai Warriors from Kenya and experience a rare opportunity for up close dialogue with a tribal king, on Wednesday, April 2, at 2:45 p.m. in the LGI (or Auditorium if attendance is large) sponsored by MHS and MFEE.
You’ll meet Chief (Joseph) Ole`Tipankp Koisenke, his wife (Cicilia) Seleyian Koisenke, and fellow tribesman (John) Kilenyi Parsitau from Ngong Hills in Kenya near Tanzania. Chief Joseph is in the United States to speak at the United Nations. Chief Ole ‘Tipanko Koisenke is looking forward to visiting Montclair to share his tribe’s culture. This is a rare opportunity for the school community.
Of course my head is spinning from taking the Montclair Elementary School tours. I mean, how many times can you hear about the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing program? And did you know that many of the kindergarten classrooms have bathrooms ensuite? I told myself not to get worked up about the main event. All the schools are great. That’s what everyone says, isn’t it? But Bradford, a school I loved, doesn’t have a real cafeteria – although it does have on-site occupational therapists and it’s a stone’s throw from my work. There’s Northeast, which has a rockin’ music teacher and great outdoor space. But we can’t walk there. Okay, we could walk there, but it’s a lot closer to walk to Watchung, which has a gym, a cafeteria and a greenhouse. But since my husband is an environmental editor shouldn’t our kid go to Bullock, the green school? But then he’d have to take a bus. And he gets carsick!
The Easter Bunny is making his rounds before he gets busy filling baskets on Easter Sunday, April 20. You can catch him at several events leading up to the big day: egg hunts, brunch, train rides, crafts and more.
He is one busy bunny:
Our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:
Oliver Street Elementary School, part of the Newark Public School District, has been named one of five winners in the nationwide Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which challenges students to apply STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) solutions to problems facing their local communities. The Oliver Street students’ project, Guarding the Water Supply, focuses on cleaning the polluted Passaic River, which runs through their city. The school has won$140,000 in technology for the school, which will be used to further develop their river project as well as to enhance and expand the school’s existing STEM program.
The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2, and autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. It’s the kickoff of a month long effort to raise awareness about a disorder which affects millions of individuals and families with a series of events and initiatives.
According to the Autism Society, “Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.” Today 1 in 88 U.S. children has autism. The numbers are higher in New Jersey, with 1 in 49 children in New Jersey, according to Autism NJ.org.
I have to admit, I wasn’t too optimistic when the Beech-Nut box filled with the company’s new product line came filled with four jars of baby foods for my daughter to try. She turned one in January and has since turned her nose up (in her own baby way) when she sees a jar appear on the kitchen table. She eats what my husband and I eat– just a little mushier – and the fruit and veggie purees I make for her. If she’s still hungry after her meals, she will drink down an organic baby food pouch. I think she finds them fun.
I read the marketing material that came with the box first. According to the card, Beech-Nut’s inspiration was mom-made foods and claimed that, “This is not baby food, this is real food for babies.” Further down, I learned that there is nothing but whole fruits and vegetables in this new line — no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They also used a ‘just gentle cooking process™ to lock in the flavor and freshness. Although I was glad to learn that the food was natural, I was bummed that it wasn’t organic.
After reading enough background to know what I was about to feed my daughter, I opened the box to find four newly designed Beech-Nut jars, one each of the new flavors: Just Honey Crisp Apples; Just Carrots; Just Spinach, Zucchini and Peas; Beets, Pear & Pomegranate.