Drowning is preventable, but safe swimming is a life skill that has not always been accessible to everyone.
#WHOI and Gleason Family YMCA are teaming up to provide classroom instruction on life saving water safety skills to our community, working to address inequalities in water access. WHOI's goal is to make our vision of ocean exploration and discovery more available and accessible to all.
Join us on Wednesday, August 10 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Redfield Auditorium on the WHOI Village Campus for a free professional instruction session. No pre-registration required.
WGBH and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education is offering a free summer learning initiative for kids under the age of 8!
WGBH and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education is offering a free summer learning initiative for kids under the age of 8! The program features games, videos, and hands on activities featuring PBS Kids characters. Families can earn points by completing activities and have the opportunity to win prizes. Check it out in the link below and through the WGBH Family Fun at Home Facebook Group!
Cape Cod Moms announces the 3rd Annual Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair to be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9am to 1pm in the Café at Cape Cod Community College, located at 2240 Iyannough Road in Barnstable, MA. All parents, caregivers as well as children will enjoy this educational and fun resource fair sponsored by Bridgeview Montessori School, Cape Cod Healthcare & The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. Connect with local family friendly nonprofits, resources, and businesses that are dedicated to helping families in our community grow and prosper. The event will feature local experts to help educate families on parent focused topics including “Navigating Grief with Your Family” presented by Good Grief Cape Cod; “Books Build Conversations: Family Story Time” with Eight Cousins; Empowering Children About Body Safety with Children’s Cove; and “Family Design – A Family Approach to Happiness, Health & Success” with Lamperti Counseling & Consultation. There will also be complimentary entertainment including a Princess Party, a dance session with Turning Pointe Dance Studio, a Magic Show with the Magicompany & music fun with Amy Wyman.
Tickets are only $2 for adults, children are FREE. Tickets can be purchased in advance via the Cape Cod Moms website or obtained for FREE via the participating vendors. Each ticket holder will be entered to win a Cape Cod Moms swag bag and will be given complimentary raffle tickets for additional chances to win any of the additional giveaways from local establishments.
Special thanks to Cape Cod Conservatory; Cape Cod Radio; Elevated Impressions; Falmouth Chamber of Commerce; YMCA Cape Cod; Duffy Health Center; The Child Safe Division of American Income; Arc of greater Plymouth & Upper Cape Cod; Good Grief Cape Cod; Spaulding Center for Children; Crayon College; Gary DellaPosta, CPA and Attorney Monique Sadarangani for helping make this event possible!
For more information including a list of all participants, entertainment schedule and speaker schedule please visit our website: http://www.capecodmoms.com/parent-expo.html
About Cape Cod Moms
Cape Cod Moms was founded in 2010 as a free resource, a place to network and collaborate for moms and parents on Cape Cod. Our blog is designed to help Cape Cod Moms connect with other moms, parents, and caregivers to empower the community with knowledge and support. Today much of our culture focuses on celebrity perfection, which fosters a desire in women and caregivers to do everything right. This is an impossible achievement for anyone and leaves women feeling overworked as the try to strive for a standard only achieved in the media. Cape Cod Moms is a supportive safe-haven for moms to know they aren't alone in the obstacles they face every day; other moms and caregivers struggle to get it all done too!
Cape Kids Cast Visits Plimoth Plantation to learn more about the Pilgrims, the Wampanoags, their way of living and the first Thanksgiving!
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What Dance Can Do for Your Child & Summer Dance Classes
I'm sure, at some point, you've all read or conversed about the benefits of dance lessons and the many life lessons gained by having your child participate in dance. For example you learn how to push yourself beyond your limits and reach your personal best, how to handle disappointment, learn time management skills, instill discipline, team work, humility, tenacity, and passion. I am living proof of how truly amazing life can be when you are passionate about something.
But where is the proof in our children? Having had 5 senior dancers graduate this year from high school and Turning Pointe Dance Studio, I have the proof and it was displayed by these 5 remarkable teenagers! These young women had been dancing with me since they were small. One of these young ladies used to cry every time her Mom dropped her off at the studio. It was clear that she loved to dance so her family kept at it, persevered and conquered and now she is performing in front of thousands of people with poise and confidence. These 5 young women all graduated with high honors (3 of which were in the top 20 students at Falmouth High School) and have managed to maintain rigorous dance schedules. They are loyal, team players even at times of stress and frustration. They are role models and I am confident that they will do amazing things in our community and world. They were accepted to top Universities and are majoring and minoring in subjects like forensic science, dance, art, architecture, neuroscience, physical therapy, and biochemistry.
Here is more of why...
Dance teaches the values and skills of creativity, problem solving, and risk taking.
Dance lessons are a great place for kids to make new friends. A dance studio provides a safe dance family and community during a time when life can be unpredictable and confusing, especially during adolescence.
Dance education helps students develop physical fitness, appreciation of their body, mindfulness of health and effective stress management skills. In today’s technology-driven world, it is becoming increasingly more important for children to adopt a physically active lifestyle early on.
Dance gives non-verbal children and outlet to express their emotions. Dance gives children with sensory related issues an opportunity to move freely through space, to work on gross and fine motor skills, balance, and spatial awareness. Many parents find that dance lessons help improve behavioral issues, such as hyperactivity.
Studies have shown that children who participate in dance lessons tend to perform better in the classroom. Dance requires discipline and focus, which translates to an improved academic performance. Dance lessons help reinforce educational basics, like counting. Children also learn to differentiate right from left and fast from slow.
So for all the parents out there with little ones that are shy or you can't get them unattached to your leg (I am one of those parents)... keep at it. It's all worth it and above is the proof!
Laura Sciortino is mother of 6 year old Henry and 4 year old Cordelia, a retired professional ballerina, and owner and dance teacher at Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth.
Summer classes begin June 26 and there are still spots in most classes!
Drool Baby Expo
This past week I was so excited to see that Magic Beans is going to be hosting a second Drool Baby Expo this year! I have been to Drool twice since it deput in 2011; once in 2012 and again in 2014. The Drool Baby Expo is an event that allows expectant parents, parents, grandparents and people who just love baby products to check out all the newest and greatest products and services all in one place. Each product booth as one to three representatives from the company that will chat with you and demo products as well as make suggestions of what might work best for your family. What I like about this is all the products are right there for you to get your hands on and try out; want to try actually folding or pushing that stroller you can, not sure that the car seat you saw advertised online really simplifies installation try it out.
The second Drool Baby Expo of 2017 will take place September, 14 from 3pm-9pm at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. Tickets are now on sale now and there are options for every price range. The least expensive option (the early bird pricing) starts at $10 for Value Ticket just gets you into the event (great for spouse/family/friend), $20 gets you a Standard Ticket which includes one drink ticket and raffle opportunities, $30 for Couples Standard Ticket (one standard ticket and one value ticket), for $45 you get a Premium Ticket which includes a gift bag, raffle opportunities and two drink tickets for $10 more you can get a couples ticket, then for $100 ($10 more for couples) you get a Single VIP Ticket which includes a super deluxe gift bag with over $200 in products and services a gift card to Magic Beans, raffle opportunities and two drink tickets. The exhibitors that I am most looking forward to checking out include Ergo, Britax, Bob, Thule, Uppababy, LuLaRoe, Astlen and Bugaboo. At the event you have the opportunity to purchase all the products or order them at the on-site Magic Beans Pop-up Shop. most with discounts or special deals (you do not actually have to take the products that night).
The VIP and Premium tickets do sell out quickly so if you want them order soon! If you plan on going I recommend getting there early as it does get crowd as afternoon turns to evening. I am looking forward to attending and checking out all the new products without my kids (kids are not prohibited but they make it hard to check products out and the venue is not really child friendly for toddler and up; babies in carriers would be fine).
Have you been to Drool? Might you go this year?
Molly, her husband, and their 4 and 6 year split their time between their little piece of the cape in Orleans and Cambridge. She was a kindergarten teacher before her oldest was born then became a SAHM. She loves running, books, supporting literacy, nature walks, arts, craft, knitting and sewing as well as being outside and on the beach!
Cape Cod Child Development hits close to home with "Rock of Ages"
By: Corinne Cameron
Life has been absolutely non-stop crazy for me, where I have not been able to write a blog post in ages. Things are no different right now, but there is a show, “Rock of Ages” coming up this weekend at the Tilden Arts Center that made me wake up an hour early so I could tell you about it. It’s that important!
Now you are sitting here thinking, Ok, theatre is entertaining and all, but important? Yes, important. The production has one goal, to serve as a fundraiser for a non-profit agency called Cape Cod Child Development. From May 12-13th the actors will perform 3 shows to raise money for CCCDP as well as the Cape Conservatory, who is receiving 10% of the proceeds to go towards student scholarships. I’ll tell you more about it further down but let me start by saying that I am not affiliated with the organization in any way other than being a former client on behalf of my 5 year old son, Remy.
Remy was born prematurely at 36 weeks and had a rough start to life, spending a total of 25 days in the NICU and Special care nursery off cape, before he was well enough to come home. Because of this he automatically qualified for services through CCCDP but little did we know, just how much we would need them and the impact the organization would have on us. Remy started off with some fairly minor stiffness on the right side of his body, a side effect of all the medications pumped into his delicate little body, and we utilized home based physical therapy services through their Early Intervention (EI) program. As he developed, he not only met his milestones, most were way ahead of the typical schedule. Then at about a year old, my husband and I, with our case manager, noticed that he wasn’t as vocal as we would have liked, so we monitored it for a bit. By the time he was 16 months, we decided to have a speech evaluation completed and the rest is history.
To make a long story, short, we had the pleasure of having CCCDP in our home multiple times a week to help Remy with his significant speech delays until he “aged out” at 3 years old and transitioned over to the public school system. In addition to having our case manager, we had a speech therapist, as well as a child development specialist working with not only Remy, but my husband and myself. What impressed me most was not only the service that they were providing, but their willingness to work within our personal ideals and boundaries. It was the definition of “child centered” and ‘individualized”.It was a sad day when we had our last EI appointment but also exciting to think of the future. Remy falls on the autism spectrum, with his receptive and expressive language being his largest stumbling block, but he is doing outstanding! The fact that it took what seemed like forever to hear my sweet boys voice say “mama’, it is even sweeter to now have him say, without prompting “Mama, I love you so much”. I can honestly say that it if wasn’t for CCCDP, I would still be waiting for “Mama”, as Early Intervention is key!
Early Intervention is actually the tip of the ‘iceberg” for Cape Cod Child Development as they have several programs to serve the Capes most vulnerable residents of all socioeconomic levels.They have the FUN (Family United Network) Program which has groups such as Music & Movement, Wildlife Playgroups, Children’s playgroups where they can explore fairytales, folk tales and original stories, Little Scientists and much more! They have Family Child Care, Preschool & Headstart Programs, and a Teen Parent Program. Since a good portion of clients fall at or below the poverty line, this non-profit organization relies on donations and grants to ensure they can serve any family that needs their service.
So what is so special about this production of “Rock of Ages” when we have an incredible amount of community theatre on Cape Cod? Well not only have some of the best talent on Cape been assembled, they have billed it as “Broadway meets Cape Cod” as they not only have 4 professional actors/vocalists joining the cast in lead roles, they have various production members that work in the business, working to make sure this show shines. I will mention that they have labeled the production PG-14, so this is an “Adult Night out to support our little ones”
So call your babysitter, grab your significant other or group of friends, go to www.CCCDP.org/children/events and reserve your tickets for one of the 3 shows and get transported back in time to re-live (Yikes! I am showing my age…..or live for the first time), your 1980’s rockstar dreams!
If you go:
Cape Cod Child Development Presents:
“Rock of Ages” by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements by Ethan Popp
Featuring National Tour & Broadway Musical Artists
May 12th-13th, 2017
Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College
Corinne Cameron, an only child originally hailing from Long Island, New York but spent vacations and holidays at her families second home in Brewster since she was 3 weeks old. She was fortunate enough to be able to settle on the Cape full time in the Summer of 2000. A couple of years after marrying her husband Robert, her father suffered a life changing brain bleed leading to combining households with her parents, so she could care for him during the day. This led to purchasing a home in East Falmouth where they have been since May of 2014.
Professionally, Corinne was a social worker before becoming disabled from full time employment after a April 2007 car accident, however her most cherished “job” came to fruition on 11/11/11 when she gave birth to her rainbow baby, Remy. Remy was her personal miracle after suffering 10 miscarriages beforehand, a topic she is passionate about exposing as countless couples (1 in 4 pregnancies) every year suffer the same fate in silence. Along with raising Remy, who falls on the autistic spectrum, Corinne is a Director within the community theatre scene here on the Cape, as well as at Mashpee Middle High School since 2010. She also sits as Vice President on the Board of Directors at the Woods Hole Theater Company and runs an online support group of over 4000 patients, like her, who suffer from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In her spare time she enjoys various crafts, cake & cookie decorating, watching movies and playing board games with her family and most importantly attending bible studies and events at her church.
Surprise Ride is a monthly subscription box geared for kids five and up. It is meant to be used as part of a homeschooling unit or can be used to supplement your child's education at home. My six year old really enjoyed opening the box and trying the activities and materials. You can try it free here just like we did.
The subscription is $24 month to month and if you get 6 or 12 months you save. Each month you receive a different themed box which has directions, two activities, a book, snack and some fun extras. This month’s theme was Birdsville. One activity was decorating a birdhouse all the supplies were included even a disposable apron; my six year old thought this was a great Sunday afternoon activity. The second activity was making seed balls which we did has a family activity. The kids loved getting their hands dirty by rolling the soil/clay mix into ball then sticking seed in/on them. We will put the seed balls outside after they dry and the kids are looking forward to them growing into wildflowers in the spring. Snack was a seed and dried fruit mix which was enjoyed. The book Blacky the Crow was a little old for my six year old to enjoy. A bird glider and whistle were the extra; I could have done without the whistle as it is very loud. My box came with a hand written thanks for ordering note and lots of interesting facts about birds. My kids enjoyed the box for an afternoon of fun and if I was homeschooling I could definitely see using the box each month as a starting point for a unit of study.
Try Surprise Ride free today and let me know what you think!
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Cape Cod Children’s Museum Celebrates Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® Day
Cape Cod Children’s Museum Unites with National Early Education Organization to Highlight the Importance of High-Quality Education for All Children
Jumpstart, a national early education organization, will partner with Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee for the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign that helps address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten.
On October 27, 2016, children and adults will join forces for the world’s largest shared reading experience, known as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Since 2006, this 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 17 million people, and Jumpstart holds the world reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. This year’s official campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), will not only inspire adults to read with children, but will also spur policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education while putting books in the hands of more children across the country.
A limited number of special paperback editions of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich will be available for purchase at Cape Cod Children’s Museum. By Pre-registering for the Museum’s Read for the Record event, you will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase a copy of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich for the special price of just $4.50. This exclusive price is available only the day of the event and only to those who Pre-register at www.CapeCodChildrensMuseum.org.
Special editions feature reading tips, vocabulary words, reading comprehension questions, and conversation starters developed by Jumpstart’s team of early education experts. All proceeds help bring Jumpstart’s program to preschool children in under-resourced communities across the country.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. By participating in Jumpstart’s year-long program, children develop the language, literacy, and social-emotional skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 95,000 preschool children nationwide. Learn more at jstart.org and follow us on Twitter at @Jumpstartkids.
ABOUT THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH
Julia Sarcone-Roach’s The Bear Ate Your Sandwich is the tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, that you will not see the surprise ending coming!
Working with Clay…No Guarantees
Sandy Nickerson, Head of School
Ok, full disclosure. When I was in college, I took a clay class. I worked very hard in that class. I just knew I could impress myself and my professor while I was at it. I wedged, slabbed, coiled, pinched, threw, and created all kinds of glaze concoctions. I spent hours perfecting each technique. And no matter what I did, how I did it, or how long I did it, the results were always the same oddly familiar shapes. Dare I call them vessels? I guess they were vessels, each with a unique likeness to my childhood mud pies. Needless to say, I achieved a ‘C’ in that course. I considered myself lucky…considering the hauntingly nostalgic repeated forms.
About 25 years later, as an Art teacher at Bridgeview Montessori School, I very much wanted our school to have a kiln. I knew our art curriculum would not be complete without our students experiencing the process of bringing a clay piece to its completed glazed finish. The Bridgeview Parent Association jumped aboard and raised money to pay for a new kiln and the kiln shed. The goal was reached, and the kiln and shed were installed. At last, there I stood, a ‘C’ clay student in charge of the new clay curriculum. I took a deep breath and contacted Kim, a local potter, and a parent at our school and pleaded for her guidance. As a parent volunteer, she helped me choose the most appropriate clay and glaze to use with children. She reminded me of all the steps involved in bringing a clay piece to its finish. We started by offering an After School Clay Class that Kim helped me teach. At home, I studied my clay vocabulary words.
Our clay adventure was underway, our students and their ‘C’ clay teacher were ready to explore, make mistakes, discover, make mistakes, and create three dimensional art pieces, some beautiful, some not. Each step in the process provided opportunity for great success and undeniable failure. Working hard did not factor into guaranteed successful outcomes. As the teacher, I could only guarantee the full process… celebrate the student successes and help students endure the failures, and continue on to the next work.
Here’s the full process. Wedge your clay to make sure there are no air pockets. Build your piece and make sure all added pieces are scratched and slipped, being sure not to create any air pockets. Allow piece to dry until leather hard with no moisture left. Bisque fire. Glaze piece making sure to layer every glaze color at least three times. Glaze fire. Bring completed pieces home without breaking them.
Air pockets will cause your piece, no matter how beautifully built, to explode in the kiln. Not scratching and slipping properly will cause your piece to break during the leather-drying phase. Little bits and pieces that managed to stay connected in drying may still fall off during the bisque firing. Failure to layer the glaze at least three times will lead to a “watery” layer of color that is bound to disappoint. I am sure we all understand the consequences of breaking clay pieces on the way home.
As a teacher, the stressful part of teaching clay is that I cannot assure my hard working students that they will not make a fatal mistake along the way. I can’t see air pockets or incorrect scratching and slipping technique or that a leather hard piece won’t slip out of my hands and fall crashing to the floor. All I can do is be a good role model for picking myself up, dusting off, and trying again when something disastrous happens to my demonstration pieces. My students and I have worked and grown together. They have encouraged me through my trials, as I have encouraged them through theirs. I start each clay lesson with the words, “There are no guarantees.”
Why all this trouble anyway? First of all, everyone should experience working three dimensionally. Most importantly, all learners need to experience the excitement of working hard even though they know from the start there will be no guaranteed success. Yet my belief is that the lesson is not as important as the attribute that can be gained… that attribute is true grit. Handling success is wonderful, but the real challenge is handling it when the going gets tough. I am proud that this ‘C’ clay student did not use her ‘C’ as an excuse to never teach clay. I am very proud of our clay students who continue to exclaim, ”Yeah, its clay time!” even though each of them has experienced disappointment while working with clay. I am equally proud of our cumulative successes and disappointments. Together, they have led to growth and grit.
Oh, and those annoying mud pie forms previously mentioned, they are fewer and farther between. Phew!
Bridgeview Montessori School
885 Sandwich Road
P.O. Box 270
Sagamore, MA 02561
Director of Admission: Suzanne Lawson at email@example.com
Serving ages 2.9 to 12 years, Bridgeview Montessori School, guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, provides a child-centered learning environment in which students develop a love of learning that will sustain them throughout their lives. Our goals include: the development of the whole child, emotionally, physically and intellectually; academic excellence gained through independent and critical thinking; inspired learning through creativity, courage, passion, personal responsibility and respect for self, others, and the world in which we live. We encourage our students to approach their work and their world with a sense of wonder, curiosity and the excitement of discovery. We value diversity and, above all, we value a compassionate and peaceful community. Bridgeview Montessori School awards upwards of $70,000 in need-based financial aid annually! Our school is allergen free. A wonderful small school for all kinds of learners.
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