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Join Jason from Green Meadows Farm for 'Animal Fun' at Bronxville Library on Thursday, August 14 PDF Print Email

Aug. 6, 2014:  On Thursday, August 14, at 3:00 pm, children ages three and up are invited to enjoy "Animal Fun" on the lawn of the Bronxville Public Library.

Everyone gets to meet and pet lovable creatures, including bugs, frogs, toads, reptiles, hedgehogs, bunnies, chickens, and baby animals. The animals will be shared by Jason from Green Meadows Farm. 

For additional information, call 914-337-7680.

Pictured here:  Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Dr. Steiner-Adair Speaks on Protecting Childhood from the Digital Age PDF Print Email

Feb. 26, 2014:  Parents need to disconnect and pay attention to their children. Children should not be the "call waiting" of their parents' lives. Kids need to disconnect so that they become more socially and emotionally intelligent. This was the message that Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair gave at a lecture on Thursday, February 13, at The Bronxville School.

Dr. Steiner-Adair's critically acclaimed book The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age is filled with examples of the damages caused by too much time spent in the virtual world. Steiner-Adair cautioned parents to manage their children's online lives and said that no child under five years old benefits from playing computer games.

There is no substitute for reading aloud to your children and having rich conversation. She said that kids learn from interacting with other people, and long-term brain development can be seriously damaged by exposure to the digital world at a young age.

Dr. Steiner-Adair, who is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, consults with schools around the country and maintains a private psychology practice. During her research, she has found that with older children, the tendency to communicate via text is eroding empathy because the quick rate of reply lacks social and vocal cues. Dr. Steiner-Adair is concerned by how kids navigate this world and suggests that schools need to have in place curricula of social and emotional training.

"The typical teen spends 11 hours a day online. How is your school supporting the way they process this constant state of being connected? Do you have a program for digital citizenship?" she asked. She encouraged parents to get up earlier to finish their online tasks so they can focus on positive parenting when their children wake up.

She said that parents should never allow media on car rides to and from school, which is a sacred time for families to connect. And she encouraged parents to read their children's texts so that kids understand that no text is private.

Dr. Steiner-Adair also encouraged parents to have access to their children's online profile. Nothing sent into the digital world is ever protected or private. It can be forwarded, viewed by anyone, and used in a court of law.

Dr. Steiner-Adair will return to the school in the next month to give a rescheduled morning lecture and to visit with middle school students.

The lecture was sponsored by Bwell, the PTA committee on health and wellness.

Pictured here:  Façade of The Bronxville School.

Photo by N. Bower

 
Eliza Corwin Frost Welcomes Pets to the Classroom PDF Print Email

Oct. 23, 2013:  Eliza Corwin Frost welcomed furry, scaly, and squeaky pets to our classrooms last week. All ages had one-on-one time with Samantha Gordon from The Nature of Things to see and pet live animals. The interactive class focused on animals' similarities and differences using the visitors as examples.

Some special guests were Zuko the Angora rabbit, Sydney the milk snake, and Sami the quaker parrot. The Nature of Things offers educational programs for all ages, including adults, and also visits senior centers. Providing a nurturing, developmental, and inquiry-based approach, its hands-on programs fit in perfectly with Eliza Corwin Frost's curriculum. The program is a highlight of the school year; The Nature of Things has been introducing our children to live animals for over 15 years.

Eliza Corwin Frost (www.elizafrostschool.org) has been providing children with confidence, curiosity, and passion for learning for children ages two through prekindergarten since 1973.

 
Womrath Bookshop Sponsors 'Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt' during July with Twenty Other Bronxville Merchants PDF Print Email

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July 11, 2012:  Twenty-five years have passed since Where's Waldo was published, delighting young kids everywhere as they searched for the missing distinctly dressed man and usually found him on the pages of the now-famous book by illustrator Martin Handford.

To celebrate this landmark, Womrath Bookshop and 20 other Bronxville merchants are having a "Where's Waldo" scavenger hunt.  Kids can sign up at Womrath Bookshop and the Bronxville Public Library children's room any day in July except Sundays.

They will be given a sheet listing the 20 businesses in Bronxville and sent off to find Waldo in these participating stories.  When they find Waldo, they will be given a card that states they found Waldo from that store.

If they collect eight different cards, they can turn them in to the bookstore for a Waldo button (first 100), and if they continue and collect 16 of the 20 cards, they are eligible for a drawing to win a six-book deluxe set of the Waldo books and other great prizes.

On July 31st at 3pm, there will be a grand celebration at Womrath's and the prize drawings will take place.

For more information please call Gene Sgarlata, owner of Womrath Bookshop, at 914-337-0199.

Photo by N. Bower

 
Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence to Host 'Pop-Up Adventure Playground' for Young Children Saturday, June 19 PDF Print Email

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June 8, 2011:  On Sunday, June 19, The Child Development Institute (CDI) at Sarah Lawrence College and Groundwork Hudson Valley will host a Father's Day "Pop-Up Adventure Playground" for children (ages two and up) to create their own play adventures as they manipulate loose play parts, including cardboard boxes, wood, tires, and fabric.

The pop-up adventure playground, which will be held from noon to 4:00 pm at Sullivan Oval Park and Playground on Spruce Street next to School 23 in Yonkers, is dedicated solely to children's play, with trained play-workers, participants in CDI's Facilitating Play Program, on-site to help inspire and enable unstructured free play.

Barbara Schecter and Margery Franklin of CDI commented: "Opportunities for free play are essential for children to develop initiative, problem-solving strategies, imagination and creative thinking. Pop-up adventure playgrounds offer a stimulating play environment by providing the space and materials for exploration, movement, and innovation.  Parents and other adults will learn a great deal about children and their play from standing at the sidelines and observing what goes on."

For additional information regarding the playground, please contact Anais Murphy at 914-395-2630.

Editor's Note:  Groundwork Hudson Valley is a non-profit organization located in Yonkers whose mission is to foster and awaken the potential of Yonkers neighborhoods by working with the community to improve the physical environment. The Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College was established in 1987 to develop programs for early childhood and elementary school teachers, administrators, child development professionals, parents, and the community.

 

 
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