Suggested Events 09/01/07 – 09/07/07
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
School’s back in session, and for some families this will be the first time their kids are away from home. I have friends whose kids have been by their side since the day they were born, and I have friends whose children have been in either daycare or pre-school for a couple of days a week … and then there are kids who have been in full time daycare or pre-school since they were one. My daughter is in the latter group and she started kindergarten this week.
Before my daughter was born I considered homeschooling. Now that she’s five and has the energy of ten kangaroos, there is no way I could keep up with her. She doesn’t stop moving from the moment she wakes up until the moment she falls asleep. “She’s very kinetic,” one of her pre-school teachers remarked.
Having a kinetic child presents certain challenges … spilled milks, dropped ice cream cones, tumbles from high places, etc. Our most recent challenge is figuring out what to do with her after school. I’m foregoing the homeschooler route yet I am very interested in “after-schooling,” as are many parents. But now that summer is winding down, and the weather is cooling, there comes the difficulty of finding and coordinating (without “overscheduling”) appropriate activities in the late afternoon that can supplement and/or support her educational experience, including physical education.
One of the great aspects of the member and readership of Hilltown Families is that we are a mixed bag of educational modalities, with many great ideas and resources to contribute. HF is committed to supporting educational and enrichment programing through our rich communications network of supportive families.
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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
Saturday – 09/01
9am-Noon – KIDS HOW-TO CLINIC – All Home Depot stores offer free “How-To Clinics” on the first Saturday of each month.Children accompanied by an adult construct projects from pre-fabricated kits. The kits are designed to be both educational and practical. Click here to find out where the nearest Home Depot store is to your home. [Ages 5-12] (Free)
Sunday – 09/02
2pm-4pm – HISTORICAL MUSEUM – Every Sunday through 10/21 families can take their children to the Blacksmith Shop Museum in Westhampton, MA, to explore their collection and learn a little about the history of our area. (Ages 5 & up) (Free)
Monday – 09/03
Tuesday – 09/04
KIDS CHORUS – The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus will be holding auditions for singers toaday and 09/11 in Amherst, MA. Call to schedule a time: 253.7346 [Ages 8-16] (Free)
3:30pm-5pm – THEATER CLASSES – Theater classes for children grades 3rd – 5th. There will be three 10 week sessions available from Sept.-June in Florence, MA. Call to register. 584.5562. [Ages 8-11] ($$$)
7pm – FAMILY RADIO – Tune-in between bath and bedtime to the Hilltown Families very own radio show, the Hilltown Family Variety Show, on WXOJ LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio, out of Northampton, MA. www.valleyfreeradio.org [Families] (Free)
Wednesday – 09/05
9pm – PARENT COFFEE BREAK – After dropping the kids off at school or their homeschool program, drop into Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA. Not only do they have great coffee, they have a fantastic breakfast menu too. Connect with other parents. If you’d rather do some work, bring your laptop (they have wireless!) and let wait on you! To find out what’s happen over at Elmer’s, read Notes from Nan, a weekly update posted here on Hilltown Families. [Adults] ($)
3:30pm – GIRL’S SPORTS – After school hours take your girls to be inspired through sports by watching Hampshire Regional HS and Northampton HS Girls Scoccar teams play at Northampton HS, Northampton, MA. [Families] (Free)
Thursday – 09/06
3:30pm-5pm – THEATER CLASSES – Theater classes for children grades 1st & 2nd. There will be three 10 week sessions available from Sept.-June in Florence, MA. Call to register. 584.5562. [Ages 6-8] ($$$)
Friday – 09/07
7:30pm – FOR MOTHERS – Birth, a play at PACE in Easthampton, MA. The true story of eight powerful women giving birth in America today. Directed by Juniper Talbot. Seating is limited. 527.3700 [Adults, children welcomed] ($)
7:30pm – INDIAN DANCE -“Homeland(s): India and the Pioneer Valley” is an hour-long show that weaves sound, images and live contemporary Indian dance through the stories of six vastly different Pioneer Valley individuals, all of whom have a strong connection to India. At the Northampton High School in Northampton, MA.587.1374 [Families] (Free)