BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 1:00pm |
Friday, March 14, is Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical Pi, the Greek letter π. Pi Day is celebrated by Math fans around the world on March 14 because Pi = 3.1415926535…
But celebrations call for food, so you are more than welcomed to eat pie on Pi Day! I’m making this Coconut and Key Lime Pie to celebrate.
One thing you should do is send your tweens and teens over to the Montclair Public Library after the kids get home from school for the Pies For Pi Day event:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 12:00pm |
Montclair SEPAC is the Montclair Special Education Parent Advisory Council, which is a volunteer group of parents and guardians that provides support and information to parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Each district board of education is charged under the New Jersey Special Education Code to ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities.
Montclair SEPAC meets monthly to share information and ideas, raise and resolve concerns, and ensure that issues affecting children with special needs are given the attention they deserve.
This month SEPAC invites the Montclair community to join in on an educational discussion of kids and anxiety. A panel of 5 experts will present an overview of:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 10:00am |
At the Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair children ages 6 months to age 6 can learn how to swim, dance, play sports, explore art and cook—all under one roof. While registration for their Spring II session begins on April 7, if you’re new to the Y, you can visit their Open House on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to learn about their unique offerings for young children.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 8:00am |
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the book Lean In, is spearheading the #BanBossy campaign arguing the negative put-down of “bossy” stops girls from pursuing leadership roles.
She’s been joined by Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, and other prominent women taking a stand against the term “bossy” and what it stands for in regards to female empowerment:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Mar 10, 2014 1:00pm |
Jeepers! A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theater and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby are on their way in the Mystery Machine to help solve it! See Scooby Doo Live!, which features groovy musical numbers and outrageous antics, at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on April 18.
Thanks to The Mayo Performing Arts Center’s generosity, Barista Kids has a family 4-pack of tickets to see Scooby Doo Live! at 4 pm on Friday, April 18 to give to one lucky reader:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Mar 10, 2014 11:00am |
St. Patrick’s Day is in one week. Celebrate the Irish holiday with one of these books about leprechauns, shamrocks, and everything green:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Mar 10, 2014 9:00am |
As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, this is my monthly post about Netflix Kids offerings.
It all starts with a science fair packet buried at the bottom of your child’s backpack. Depending on the type of parent you are, you’re either thrilled to get started
doing helping your kid with her project, or you’re dreading it.
Before you Google “easy science projects for kids,” Netflix Kids has a variety of science-themed TV shows and movies for kids of all ages that might help jump start your kids’ imaginations and get the whole family excited about a winning science fair idea.
Here are some Netflix picks for science fair inspiration:
BY Eileen Lundberg | Monday, Mar 10, 2014 7:00am |
The recent spate of articles debating the qualities and brain cortex thicknesses of introverts versus extroverts offer great insight into our own behaviors. But our own social habit can take a back seat when we become a parent because thoughts about socializing shift primarily to our little one. Parents are somewhat forced out of their shells to mingle at the playground, learn about activities and schools and make the sometimes highly stressful PLAYDATE even if they would rather stay home. Our social network, in whatever fashion adults manage it, provides support, a sounding board and sometimes just a good old chance to vent. Preschools, elementary schools, kids’ classes and activities are all great social outlets. Typically, one could also head to a local park after school or on weekends and meet parents and kids pretty easily. This icy Winter has really cancelled that option.
If you are new to Montclair or switching schools, it can be difficult to find ‘your peeps’ when everyone is busy with their daily routines, chaos and now shut in their homes. The Adult School has great classes. The YMCA, gyms and yoga studios offer a variety of group classes.
It seems like there should be a modern welcome wagon or “Buddy Bench” spot in town for adults. The heart warming “Buddy Bench” concept that a little boy created is basically a designated playground spot where children can sit if they want to play or talk with other children. Some of our Montclair schools have created the bench spots.
As the Montclair Public Library opens its doors to everyone, I asked Grace Grund of its Terra at the Isabel Rose Cafe about hosting a weekly informal drop-in and meet-a-new-friend session there. Of course Grace jumped at the idea as she is one of those very friendly, together people that make Montclair a warm place to live.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 3:00pm |
Our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads: