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Focus And Concentration


So many children today are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder or variations of this theme. This disorder is tied with a difficulty in the child to focus and concentrate. Drugs and a change of diet are usu-ally prescribed. Perhaps what [...]


Peace Begins with You – Montessori & World Peace

Peace Begins

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Maria Montessori

The path to world peace begins with education for the young child. The classroom is a microcosm of society at large. When children learn to be at peace with one another in the classroom, they can later be at peace as adults. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children.”


Etiquette Atlanta: The Business of Manners


Patty Hunnewell, owner and operator of Etiquette Atlanta, is passionate about the business of manners. “Getting back to the [good] habits isn’t silly. It’s a sign of respect,” says Hunnewell. “We’re so busy being individuals that we forget that we have to work with each other. Just because something doesn’t bother you doesn’t mean that doesn’t bother the person next to you.”

Hunnewell, who is the mother of three girls, started Etiquette Atlanta in January of 2012 while she was still working as a preschool teacher.


Center for Puppetry Arts Presents Tales of Edgar Allen Poe


Poe’s tortured psyche is resurrected among the ruins of a fallen house where mysterious spirits bedevil the dead and it’s always a midnight dreary. Gothic designs, haunting music, and shadowy figures breathe life into Poe’s tapestry of terror, weaving his classics The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Bells, The Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado with his lesser known works, Berenice, The Oval Portrait, M.S. Found in a Bottle, and Lenore.


Host an Exchange Student


World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics. Students are already awaiting word on their host families for the 2013-2014 academic school year (or semester). Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.


Kaleidoscope Gift Shop


Thanks to my good friend Sue, I recently discovered one of the most fascinating gift shops in Atlanta. Kaleidoscope at Northlake has an incredible stock of colorful and artistic instruments in almost all shapes and sizes — one inch to four feet! The shop also offers a great deal more and is a wonderful place for children’s gifts. There are unique books, plush toys, light sabers, puzzles and a variety of games. Most interesting for old timers like me is the original slinky toy, which, I guess, never grows old.


It’s Soccer Time in Decatur


Got a little one who is eager to start playing sports? Decatur Active Living offers Lil’ Kickers and Mini Soccer, which are introductory instructional programs for girls and boys ages 3-5. Lil Kickers Soccer (ages 3-5) and Mini Soccer (ages 4-5) are four-week courses designed to develop basic soccer skills. Spaces are limited. Fees are $65; $50 Decatur residents. Registration begins August 11.


Aesop’s Fables


The Center for Puppetry Arts presents The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables, August 2-September 9. Join a troupe of vagabond performers as they present five carnival acts of Aesopian wisdom! And, of course, the big race ends the show in this cheerful, interactive take on classic fables and poems. Engaging audiences aged 2 years and older, this Theater for the Very Young production features fun interaction for kids and adults alike.


Big Adventures for Kids

Chloe Breen 2 1/2 explores the "Tunnels of Fun" at The Big Adventure exhibit.

Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s new feature exhibit, The Big Adventure, open now through September 9, is a 3-D game board that encourages children’s natural desire to explore and investigate while challenging their physical abilities with fun activities. Children can explore Adventure Mountain and The Tunnels of Fun where they scale a six-foot rock wall, crawl through dark tunnels and climb to the Crow’s Nest for a bird’s eye view of the exhibits other adventures that include Out on a Ledge where they appear to be three stories in the air, Virtual Flyer, a kid sized airplane that requires teamwork to dodge a flying saucer, hot-air balloons, ducks, mountains and an oversized monster looking for dinner.


I Can Fly!


Each year, every student at Sophia Academy takes part in a theatrical production called “The Love Letter.” This thematic production is performed as a display of love and thanks to all those who support the school. The theme of this year’s Love Letter was “Peter Pan” and took place on May 11. Middle school students gave a dramatic performance of the tale of Peter Pan and his nemesis, Captain Hook, complete with magic fairy dust, lost boys, pirates, a crocodile, and more. K-5 students added to the night with music from the popular Disney movie version.

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