Archives for December 2014

Visually Impaired Preschoolers Learn From All Senses at TLC Preschool

It has taken 10 years of planning and fundraising, but the Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind (TLC) Inclusive Children’s Center and Preschool is now open with a brand-new building offering innovative programs to children ages 3-6 with visual impairment and special needs – as well as their typically developing peers. The preschool, opened in October, is designed for experiential learning and sensory integration. It incorporates the “High Scope Preschool Curriculum” and the “Active Learning” approach designed by renowned Danish psychologist Lilli Nielsen, Ph.D., for children who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities. The approach calls for educators...

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Our 2014 Dad Hero On Vacation

At L.A. Parent, we get to hear about a lot of great dads, and admire their positive parenting skills. In 2014, we decided to shine a spotlight on one terrific father – and do something special for him and his family. We were delighted at the flood of submissions in our Dad Heroes essay contest, and even more delighted to find Joe Stoop, a father of three who fits our definition of “hero” perfectly. With the help of some wonderful partners, we sent the Stoop family on a San Diego getaway, and they were kind enough to share some of...

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L.A. County Parks After Dark Program Garners Award

For the past five years, the L.A. County Department of Public Health has partnered with the county departments of parks and recreation, social services, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and a variety of other agencies to keep parks open after dark on summer evenings in under-served communities, providing a variety of recreation opportunities and social services, and promoting positive parenting. Those efforts were recognized Dec. 4 when the department was honored with an Advancing Health Equity Award by The California Endowment. This is the first time the statewide nonprofit, dedicated to expanding access to affordable, quality healthcare, has given the...

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Oksana School of Music Expands

Russian-born pianist and composer Oksana Kolesnikova, owner/founder of Beverly Hills-based Oksana School of Music, is expanding her school to serve Valencia and surrounding areas. Kolesnikova, who performed daily for nearly seven years at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s legendary Polo Lounge, has traveled the globe in concert on behalf of the U.S. Armed Forces and United Nations. She has performed for musician Sir Elton John, TV personality Oprah Winfrey, actresses Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and appeared several times on national television. Now semi-retired from live performing, she launched the Oksana School of Music and offers in-home,...

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Lakeshore’s Holiday Giveaway

Enter to win a prize-pack filled with the season's hottest toys from Lakeshore Learning! Deadline to enter is Saturday, December 20th.   Click HERE to visit the online form and enter to win.  Good luck!

Shooting Stars Winners Revealed!

It was a busy day for all of us at L.A. Parent as we stepped out to Plaza El Segundo Oct. 11 to meet more than 200 families looking for fun things to do in L.A. who entered our annual Shooting Stars Cover Kids Contest. But we were all smiling as the photographers snapped away and families enjoyed all the fun activities available at the event. After the event, the real work began as our photographers, graphic designers and editorial staff looked over all those adorable little faces to choose our three winners. Those winners are:   Each of these...

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Three Ways to Help Kids With Test Anxiety

The second half of the school year will soon begin, and for many parents that means a return to tests and the fear they instill in our children. Often times test anxiety stems from one of two areas: fear of embarrassment and fear of failure. The main idea is to look to the root of the problem. Use positive parenting and these three tips to help your child lower their testing anxiety. Prepare! The best way to overcome anxiety in any situation is to be prepared for it. This is as true of a test as it is of a...

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Yoga With Special Benefits for Kids With Special Needs

Naam yoga is unlike any kind of yoga I’ve practiced before, and I have been practicing for more than a decade. The Naam style combines movement (mudra), sound (mantra) and breath (pranayama) to promote vibrant health within the body and mind, and I got to see its effects recently on a class of people on the autism spectrum. At the Naam Yoga studio in Santa Monica, I felt the floor shake as the students pounded, combining musical beats with movement and joy. Instructor Eugene Pisareuski helped release any tension in their bodies by guiding his students through sharp exhalations and...

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Mark McKee Chosen To Head Viewpoint School

Following an international search, Mark McKee has been unanimously selected by the board of trustees as the new Head of School at Viewpoint School in Calabasas. McKee began his journey in education at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, serving as an English teacher, Director of Technology and Director of Summer School. He also served as the Head of Upper School at Chase Collegiate School and currently holds a position as the Head of School at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School in San Mateo. McKee brings 20 years of educational leadership experience to Viewpoint and will start his new position July 1....

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What Does Stay-at-Home Parenting Cost You?

Most working parents can relate to the desire to be with their children at every milestone. On the other hand, careers often provide satisfaction and a dual income that is important to the family. Mothers and, to an increasing degree, fathers must consider whether or not to stay at home with their children—a choice that can be difficult and very personal. One of the most immediate and pressing concerns in making the stay-at-home parenting decision is whether the family can afford to live on just one income. However, there are longer-term factors to consider. How would a career break affect...

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