For 38 years, Feeding the Valley Food Bank has served families in need in the Chattahoochee Valley region. The need for nutritional assistance is not limited to the holiday season and Feeding the Valley Food Bank works year-round to help families in an 18-county region. In the last fiscal year, Feeding the Valley Food Bank distributed over 13 million pounds of food within the organization’s service area. Feeding the Valley Food Bank relies on both food donations and monetary donations to assist those in need. Food donations, that are not in glass containers, can be dropped off at Feeding the Valley Food Bank’s central warehouse at 6744 Flat Rock Road in Midland, GA. Some of the most needed items include canned tuna, canned meats, pasta, peanut butter and evaporated milk. A complete list of the most needed items can be found on the organization’s website at feedingthevalley.com. If you can’t drop off food items, cash donations can be made through their website too. If you are interested in hosting a food drive at your church or your child’s school, a form to request food drive collection barrels is available on the website. Carleen Frokjer, of Feeding the Valley Food Bank, says, “Since the […]
By Ryan Gutowski of One Board Family As a kid, I loved learning new games from my grandmother. Most of the time they were simple card games, but it didn’t change the fact that I was actually learning some pretty important life lessons around that dining room table. Taking time to play games with family has some tremendous benefits that can make more of an impression than we realize. Here are some benefits of gaming with our kids that we’ve seen over the past decade: Math, Science & Reading Skills Board and card games are excellent at reinforcing some of the skills that our kids are learning in the classroom or in the home school setting. Companies such as Genius Games have made it their mission to educate players while simultaneously creating fun interactions playing modern board games. They have built games around areas of Science and History that are not only fun to play but also have educational value. Taking time to play word games with kids can be a huge benefit to expanding their vocabulary. Classics like Scrabble and Upwords, along with modern games like Bananagrams, Paperback and Composition, are fun and encourage kids to broaden their ELA […]
ATLANTA, January 4, 2021 — One silver lining from 2020 has been discovering the joy of outdoor adventures. Parks all across the country welcomed record numbers of visitors looking for fresh air, peaceful scenery and heart-pumping exercise. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start daydreaming about future getaways. The newly published “2021 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is a helpful resource for planning spring break, romantic retreats and summer vacations. The booklet is filled with tips on the best hiking trails, fishing spots, pet travel, golf courses, cabins and campsites, as well as many new photos shared by park users. Frequent visitors may also want to purchase new 2021 passes. A $50 Annual ParkPass provides free parking at more than 40 destinations, including Fort Yargo, Tallulah Gorge and Providence Canyon. The separate Historic Site Pass covers admission fees at 15 sites, including Etowah Indian Mounds, Dahlonega Gold Museum and Fort King George. The Historic Site Pass is $25 for students and $50 for families. “One advantage of having an annual ParkPass or Historic Site Pass is that it encourages people to explore parks and historic sites they’ve never been to before,” said Georgia State […]
Parents are more concerned than ever before with their child’s development and wondering if they are doing enough to support it. Did you know that 80% of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are three years old? What if there were five simple, free, and fun ways for parents and caregivers to engage with their children to give them a great start in life? With “The Basics,” it’s possible! “The Basics” were developed by Harvard University researcher Dr. Ron Ferguson, who was studying the academic achievement gap in kindergartners. When research showed that children as young as two began to have gaps in their development, Dr. Ferguson created “The Basics” based on scientific evidence to help every child reach their potential in school and beyond. “The Basics” Chattahoochee Valley, launched in 2019, is the first ‘Basics’ community in Georgia and strives to share these five powerful tools with parents, caregivers, and community organizations in the area. “The Basics” are: Maximize Love, Manage Stress; Talk, Sing, and Point; Count, Group, and Compare; Explore Through Movement and Play; and Read and Discuss Stories. By practicing “The Basics” every day, parents and caregivers can develop their child’s intellectual, social, and […]
Ever looked at your child in bewilderment and asked: “What were you thinking?!” Then you know that kids, especially teens, can make some profoundly poor decisions. Luckily, we can help them learn smart decision-making skills and manage mistakes—without feeling the need to helicopter over their every move. Blame biology. “Understand that your kids aren’t just being stupid and emotional about things. The adolescent brain is very uneven,” says pediatric psychologist Stephen Lassen, Ph.D. The prefrontal cortex of the brain, which handles decision-making, isn’t fully developed until around the age of 25. Given the number of decisions kids must make as they move into early adulthood—college, career, relationships—this “makes for a challenging environment for parents,” Lassen says. Give choices at an early age. Prime the decision-making pump beginning in toddlerhood. Offer your child simple choices that you can live with like: “Would you like to wear the red shirt or the yellow shirt?” “Would you like to take a bath before or after dinner?” “Giving options like that not only helps them start to think through decisions, make decisions and accept consequences of those decisions, but it also sends the message that kids can do it, which tends to build self-confidence,” Lassen […]
After experiencing the numerous unexpected challenges in the previous year, many parents may be hesitant to set goals for their families for 2021. It can be discouraging to set personal goals only to have events beyond your control create a series of roadblocks that interfere with achieving them. Here are some tips on how to set meaningful goals for the new year and then stick to them even when facing unexpected challenges. Start your plan with achievable, well-defined goals. You may have a list of resolutions for the new year, but they are not goals unless they are specific and you define how you will measure your progress. For example, if you want to have your kids eat more healthy foods this year, set a goal of how many times a week you will serve healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and keep a meal-planning record so you can see what progress you have made. To help your child define her goals, sit down with her, and ask her to brainstorm several goals she would like to achieve this year. Next, help her narrow the list of goals down to a few that are a top priority. Kids are much […]
Holiday season is here! Make the most of it and make lasting memories for you and your kids by taking advantage of this list. All the organizations hosting the events listed below have taken safety measures to ensure you can feel good about attending. A few of the events are even virtual so you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. There is something for everyone! Stories, Santa, Crafts and More with Chattahoochee Valley Libraries Throughout this month, you can tune in to multiple programs that will be held virtually through The Chattahoochee Valley Library’s Facebook page @chatlibraries. You can share in Storytime with Santa at 10am on December 11 and get creative December 15 with wood slice ornament making, and that’s only two of their many events planned! Check out our calendar on pages 12 & 13 for more library events. Check Out Nature’s Version of Christmas Lights at Virtual Astronomy Night The Coca-Cola Space Science Center returns with another virtual astronomy night with the Director of the WestRock Observatory, Rosa Williams. Join in for free via their Facebook page @CocaColaSpaceScienceCenter, Saturday Dec 5 at 8pm for a tour of the night sky. This free, fun and educational event […]
Instilling a sense of gratitude in kids is a task that is often made difficult by peer pressure and popular culture. Once kids start their holiday wish lists, it may especially feel like they have forgotten the ‘reason’ behind the holiday season. Kids may have learned they should feel ‘thankful’ during the holidays, but ‘thankfulness’ and ‘gratitude’ are rather abstract concepts that don’t have much meaning until you connect them with real life. When preparing for Thanksgiving this month, plan some activities that allow kids to gain a deeper understanding of gratitude and to reflect upon what they are grateful for each day. Teach by modeling gratitude in your own actions The adults in your household help bring these concepts to life by modeling gratitude. Make it a point daily to do a quick check to see if you are providing good examples of gratitude, such as thanking someone for helping with a chore and finding something positive to say even when you encounter a disappointment. Show your kids that a sense of gratitude can help them find the positive outlook needed to move forward from a difficult situation. Create a fun way to think about gratitude each day Create […]
Even though some fall events may not be able to occur this year, you can encourage your kids to still get moving and enjoy the outdoors by creating your own fall festival at home. Here are some ideas for a fun, fall-themed afternoon in the backyard. Pumpkin Planter Visit one of the pumpkin patches from our fall guide on page 7 before your event, and help your kids select a pumpkin to turn into a planter for decor. You will also need a plant, a knife and a garden pot that is small enough to fit inside the pumpkin, filled with garden soil. Ensure that both the garden pot and pumpkin have a drainage hole cut into the bottom. Carve out the top of the pumpkin and remove the innards of the pumpkin. If you like, keep the pumpkin seeds and roast them later. Remove the plant from the pot it was purchased in and transplant it into the garden pot. Help your kids draw a face on the pumpkin or other design of choice with a permanent marker and then place the pot into the pumpkin. Painted Pots Prep the pots before your event. Use smaller pots for […]
A backyard flower garden is a fun family project that can be enjoyed throughout the year and, with a little planning, it can also serve as a habitat for butterflies native to the southeastern US. Butterflies are both beautiful to observe and are plant pollinators essential to the ecosystem. When a butterfly lands on a flower to drink nectar and then leaves, it takes some of the flower’s pollen with it. The pollen then ends up on the next flower the butterfly visits. Some of the foods humans eat could not be produced without plant pollinators like butterflies. In recent years, scientists have noted a concerning decrease in butterfly populations. The decrease may be a result of a loss of habitat and a reduction in the availability of food sources suitable for butterflies. – To create a garden that butterflies will want to live in year-round, provide the essentials of food, shelter and water and avoid pesticides. – Select flowers that provide nectar for adult butterflies and host plants that serve as food for butterflies in the caterpillar stage. To make it friendly for Monarch butterflies, plant butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), the only plant Monarch caterpillars will eat. Plants that serve as […]
One question I hear over and over from parents is: “How can I get my child to eat more vegetables?” Helping our kids build strong bodies and healthy immune systems can seem tricky if you’re dealing with a picky eater, especially as we all try to adjust to this “new normal.” One way we can help our kids become more willing to eat vegetables while spending time at home is to start a small garden. This is a great family activity that incorporates many of the components of a healthy child: time spent outside, physical activity, eating fresh, whole foods and a bonus science lesson built right in! No room for a small raised garden bed? No problem! Several of these can be grown in pots in a sunny area on a doorstep or driveway. A great starter plant is cherry tomatoes. You can buy a sprouted cherry tomato plant at one of our local garden centers, and they are great for young children’s short attention spans as they tend to produce fruit quickly. These can be grown in a garden bed or even a medium pot. Cherry tomatoes are fun for young children as they make a healthy sweet […]
In 2012, Luke Mickelson’s kids were bored over Christmas break, the new Christmas gifts were not cutting it. So, Mickelson, of Kimberly, Idaho, decided to do a service project. He grabbed some wood from his shed and his family built a bunk bed. Afterward, he went to his church to find someone in need. One of the parishioners raised their hand, confessing their children sleep on the floor. Mickelson was shocked, attending an affluent church, he did not expect “bedlessness” to be an issue. After doing some more research, he learned children sleeping on the floor is a big problem. Mickelson started Sleep in Heavenly Peace with the mission of “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town.” However, the non-profit has rapidly expanded internationally, with over 200 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada and Bermuda. In Columbus, Sleep in Heavenly Peace got its start after the founder, Michael Wood, heard about the non-profit on Joy FM. After attending a build in LaGrange, he was hooked and created a local chapter in September 2019. “Right now, the demand has been keeping up with supply,” explains Wood. “We’re still growing, I wouldn’t even say growing, we’re still trying to get the […]
This summer, the Rock Ranch, a 1,500-acre cattle ranch located about an hour from Columbus, is offering the opportunity for families to visit and enjoy fun farm activities and the ranch’s beautiful scenery. The ranch is open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm. Adam Pugh, general manager of the Rock Ranch, says, “In our new normal, guests have multiple options. They can visit simply to have lunch or enjoy our famous strawberry Icedream® and walk about the farm on marked walking paths. They may choose to extend their stay by purchasing a punch card to enjoy select attractions and food items, make an appointment online for a zipline experience…or make a reservation for a personal guided VIP experience.” There is no admission fee to enter the farm and enjoy the walking paths. Guests who would like to enjoy the attractions are encouraged to make reservations for the zipline and purchase punch cards online. There is a discount for buying the punch cards online. Pugh says, “There is a limited quantity for each time slot throughout the day and tickets may sell out, so we really advise guests to buy online in advance of their visit.” The […]
Does your child know how to set a table? How to hold a fork and knife correctly? How about the confidence to introduce his/herself to someone new? Do they look people in the eyes when speaking and put their device away when eating? Do they feel comfortable and confident in social situations? Columbus Junior Cotillion, now in its 26th year, helps teach area young people good manners and the importance of knowing, through practice, why etiquette is important in today’s world. We focus on character education, so each child can be the best version of his/herself during the formative years. Our programs are about learning and showing honor, dignity and respect for others. They teach the tools so young people can be more self-confident. Many of the topics covered in our programs include interview skills, social media etiquette, manners for the home, theatre etiquette, sports etiquette, restaurant etiquette, flag etiquette, team-building and much more. Their goal is to develop: 1) well-rounded members of society that are confident and poised in social situations; 2) aware of appropriate boundaries within society; 3) able to respectfully conduct oneself in an appropriate manner. The Cotillion’s programs are for students in grades 5-12. The small classes […]
If you enjoy crafting, the Columbus chapter of Project Linus has a volunteer opportunity for you. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that, as the name suggests, seeks to provide comfort to kids in need by giving them gifts of donated handcrafted blankets and afghans. In the past seven years, the Columbus chapter of Project Linus has delivered over 6,000 blankets to kids in the Chattahoochee Valley area. The organization delivers blankets to Damascus Way, Twin Cedars, Russell County Child Advocacy Center, Piedmont Regional NICU and the Piedmont Regional children’s department. The Columbus chapter of Project Linus is planning to expand its outreach to other agencies in the Chattahoochee Valley area and to increase the number of blankets delivered to hospitals. However, to make this possible, the organization needs more volunteers to handcraft blankets. Project Linus volunteers create blankets and afghans at home and take them to the drop-off location at Joann Fabrics in Columbus or to the monthly meeting of the Columbus chapter of Project Linus. The monthly meeting takes place on the second Saturday of each month at the Gallop Center at 1212 15th Street at 10:30am. This meeting is also a good opportunity for volunteers to swap […]
By Linda Ligon, Family & Kids Magazine The work of parenting is not easy. As children grow, the amount of guidance they need from their parents is constantly evolving, and it is hard work to adjust and enforce boundaries as situations and a child’s maturity changes. It is very unpleasant to be the target of your child’s anger when you made a decision he does not like. Would being your child’s friend be more effective, since one could assume that if your child likes you, he will be more likely to openly share and listen to your advice? Parents should spend time together with their kids having fun and engaging in friendly conversations. However, there are some important reasons you should not swap your parenting role for that of your child’s best friend. Children with structure and boundaries feel more secure and confident When parents decide to take on a friend role, they step back from the task of defining and enforcing limits. Kids are then left to make most decisions with a lack of maturity and full knowledge. Without someone to guide them from making dangerous mistakes, kids can feel more stressed and vulnerable. To develop into confident, successful […]
By Maria Phillips, Family & Kids Magazine Literati (literati.com) In each box, you receive five age-appropriate books, cardstock printed art and adorable book labels with your child’s name. Since the library closed during the pandemic, having new books delivered to our doorstep was a great treat. You can buy the books you love and return the ones you don’t. Cost: $9.95 per month + the cost of books Kiwi Co (kiwico.com) They have project crates based on your child’s age and interests. In addition to craft crates, they also offer “tinker” STEM crates and art design crates. The best part, these crates are even available for adults! Personally, for my four-year-old, I love that the crates are interesting enough to keep his attention and easy enough to create a nice memento. Cost: $19.95 per month Raddish (raddishkids.com) This recipe subscription box comes with beautifully illustrated and laminated recipe cards, a utensil for cooking, crafts to go with your themed meal night and tableside conversation starters. Plus, Raddish Kids sends your grocery list before the box is delivered, so you’re prepared for your child’s meal night! Cost: $24 per month Sensory Theraplay (sensorytheraplaybox.com) This box is specially designed with sensory needs in mind. The items are […]
When the ball dropped on 2020, none of us could have predicted in a few months we would be living in fear of a virus, shutting down schools, locking up businesses and spending major holidays with our family over video chat. Many of us heard of the coronavirus, but I don’t think we understood the severity until it started to affect our daily lives. Now, after a month of living in fear and uncertainty, we’ve adapted to a new norm. To “flatten the curve” we’ve been given an opportunity to slow down and spend more time with our families. We’ve returned to a simpler time when we didn’t have so many choices to occupy our times, and we are spending our days enjoying the earth and family given to us. During this time, I’ve been able to reflect on myself and the distancing a bit, and this is what I’ve learned: The definition of social distancing Despite what I thought, I’m not a good cook If Walmart shut down, I wouldn’t be able to survive I am incapable of shopping for long-term meals I really need to learn how to grow vegetables A bidet would be a good investment I […]
At Impact Performance RX, they offer youth training services! Some benefits of youth exercise includes reducing the likelihood of obesity and other weight related problems. By staying active, teenagers can reduce the risk of stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Youth fitness can also help teenagers maintain a positive body image. If you would like to learn more about our youth gym, please contact Impact Performance RX today! Contact Us Today!
1951 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus GA 31904
Have you missed some holidays or gatherings in the past year? We can fix that! Come experience 13 different holidays with us this summer at Highland Kids Academy Camp. We’ll celebrate while we are learning the origins and reasons for each special day and come away with some amazing memories. We’ll be celebrating all the way from New Year’s Day (in May) to Christmas time in August, and oh so much more! Come be a part of it all! Camp begins May 24 and runs daily from 7am to 6pm for kids 4 to 13 years of age. What’s Special about Highland Kids Academy? 3 (Out of 3) star Quality Rated center! Small class size Low teacher/student ratio Friendly staff Creative teachers Imaginative activity centers Outside/gym time Special guests/field trips We love your kids!! Below, our Highland Kids Director, Linda Fisher, explains more about our 2021 summer camp and invites you to join us!
7300 Whittlesey Blvd. Columbus, GA 31909
The CSU Dance Conservatory offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in ballet during the school year with opportunities to perform with The Columbus Ballet at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Our mission is to prepare young students for futures as dancers, engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round classes are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for our students. The Conservatory’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater technique, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the Conservatory, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence. Providing exceptional dance training, nurturing our students’ developing skills and instilling a lifelong love of dance extends far beyond our curriculum. We strive to challenge each student, whether dancing for enjoyment or pre-professional training. Our highly-trained teachers take great care to instruct students with proper technique and […]
1004 Broadway, Columbus GA
Does your child have an interest in the medical field? Whether their appeal stems from a love for “Grey’s Anatomy” or a natural knack to care for people, Hughston’s Scrubs Camp will help explore medical career opportunities with hands-on experiences, tours, demonstrations and speakers. The camp provides a unique outlet for students to explore their passion in the medical field before deciding on a career path. Provided with their own scrub top, camp-goers will delve into medical writing and medical illustration, radiology, surgery and more. Campers will be given the opportunity to speak with medical residents, scrub nurses, radiologists, surgical technologists and physical therapists to learn more about career expectations, training and opportunities for advancement. Students will be exposed to anatomy through dissection and arthroscopy equipment on a cadaver specimen with corresponding surgical videos provided.
6262 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus, GA 31909
Visiting Historic Westville is like taking your kids on a trip back in time to the mid-19th century. The grand opening of the re-located village was in June of this year and about half of the historic buildings present in the previous location have been moved to the new Columbus location on South Lumpkin Road. Even though the village is still a work in progress, the structures present are maintained to be as historically accurate as possible both inside and out. When we asked Cindy Bowden, Historic Westville’s museum manager, about her organization’s mission, she replied, “Through exhibits, live interpretations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, you’ll be immersed in the history and spirit of the South and the personal experiences of those who called the Pineywoods home.” A visit to the village starts at the Welcome Center, which is in the historic Thornton House. This building offers a gift shop filled with types of crafts common in the 19th century, such as woven baskets and pottery. Some of the crafts in the shop are made in the village by skilled crafters. After purchasing tickets at the Welcome Center, visitors proceed to the village on a stroller-friendly path. Once in the village, […]
3557 S Lumpkin Rd, Columbus, GA 31903
Marannook mission is to know Christ through the study of His Word and to make Him known through summer camp experiences. For more than 40 years, Marannook has been offering camping adventures for children going into grades 1-9. This summer will be no exception! We’ve planned another slate of week-long sessions, each packed with exciting activities and directed by counselors who bring the gospel of Jesus Christ alive in everything they do. Our name literally means “the Lord’s resting place,” and when you visit us, you’ll understand. The camp is tucked away in 200 beautiful acres of pines and hardwoods in eastern Alabama and features scenic trails, a stream-fed lake stocked with largemouth bass, a unique open-air dining hall, and air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms and big porches. Each Day Packed with Adventure The fun begins with our junior Olympic pool, which sits on a hill overlooking our beautiful lake. Campers zoom down the waterslide, enjoy aquatic sports like polo, basketball and volleyball, build sand castles on the white sand beach, and at times pause to admire the waterfall. Down at the lake, campers paddle canoes, navigate the channel challenge and eat s’mores around the campfire. Up in the woods, they […]
10425 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, La Fayette, AL 36862
The Columbus Ballet is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1998 that advocates for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. We strive to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture. The official school of the Columbus Ballet is the CSU Dance Conservatory, which offers classes for dancers 3 years old through adult in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. The Columbus Ballet annually presents the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” and produces an annual spring production that has included such well-known ballets as “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Coppelia” as well as many others. The Columbus Ballet is proud to be a part of the arts community in Columbus and strives to provide the highest artistic quality performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas.
The Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway
Growing Room opens the door to a secure, quality, fun and nurturing educational environment based on a balanced partnership with parents. At Growing Room, our goal each day is to provide an enriching environment with nurturing teachers using a planned developmentally appropriate curriculum for Infants 6 weeks of age through children age 12 years.
1200 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
Camp Chehaw is the coolest destination for your adventurous camper. This is the perfect blend between zoo and traditional overnight camps. Many friendships and memories will be made as we learn survival skills and explore the outdoors through canoe trips, nature walks, archery, and primitive skills demonstrations. The fun doesn’t stop there, each day, campers will get the opportunity to explore the animal kingdom through zoo visits and behind the scenes encounters. Our animal exploration goes beyond the public barriers into our fully AZA-accredited Zoo with activities like feeding our camels, lemurs and rhinos. When the sun goes down the adventures continues, evenings behold night hikes to the bat house, feeding the alligators on exhibit, and the most challenging of scavenger hunts. Even living quarters provide a unique twist to your traditional camps, children get to sleep in giant teepees. Our whole week is dedicated to connecting campers with nature; all activities promote conservation and sustainability. This camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-14 years. We offer three sessions. Most campers stay the full week, a fourth day check out option is available. For more information and registration details check out our website at www.chehaw.org
The Rock Ranch, located at 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga., is a 1,500-acre ranch created by Chick-fil-A founder, S. Truett Cathy as a foster home for children. Now, in addition to foster homes, the ranch has evolved into a public destination that serves all families and groups. Its tag line is “Growing Healthy Families.” A day at the farm is filled with action-packed adventure and making memories with a wide variety of activities* to appeal to all ages including pony rides, locomotive train rides, zip lines*, paddle boats, carousel*, cane pole fishing, pedal carts, Farm Land animal zoo, rock climbing wall*, tractor wagon rides, gem stone mining*, a cow train, ball toss, giant jumping pillow, Tiny Town, and more. And, the new The Rock Museum*, which houses more than 5,000 Georgia gems and minerals, is available for exploring – including a fossil dig station.
5020 Barnesville Hwy, The Rock, GA 30285
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison. We hear these words repeatedly, yet schools are focusing more on structured learning and less on free play and recess. Studies have proven the shortage of play in a child’s life is actually putting a strain on their development and emotional health. The instructors at BTG Learning, located in Columbus, offer academic learning through physical activity and sports. “It gets their whole body engaged in learning, which tends to keep their interest,” explains director Wanda Wozniak, “and if they’re interested in what they’re doing, they tend to retain information better.” BTG Learning focuses on training in math, science, reading and writing for preschool through 5th grade. This academic learning program teaches children that each subject has a real-world value and demonstrates using the skill in your child’s daily life. Instructors come to your home, and your backyard or driveway is the classroom. A session is an hour-long, and instructors come at least once a week. Your child’s curriculum is designed based on his or her needs, and each subject contains a physical activity. For example, if your child is struggling […]
3100 Gentian Blvd ste 121 room 26, Columbus, GA 31907
Welcome to Family and Kids Magazine‘s online parenting resource, serving families of Columbus, Fort Benning, Phenix City and the rest of the Chattahoochee Valley. We strive to be your #1 local magazine for family news, parenting tips, local events and business referrals. Check out our online localized directory for things to do, places to eat, where to shop and almost every other resource a growing family in the Chattahoochee Valley could need. While you’re here, enter our monthly giveaway or submit your child’s photo to be featured in our Hoo’s Cute section of our magazine. We welcome all families coming into our area, whether for a temporary stay or a new place to call home, and hope our magazine guides you through our large community. Pick up a copy of our Family and Kids magazine at our many distribution locations, including all local Chick-fil-as or read the latest issue here.