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Late January is a lovely opportunity for snowy adventures & warm local libraries filled with stories & events in Western MA!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Hartsbrook School
Featured School: Hartsbrook. Hadley, MA.

Openings in middle and high school for 2022-23! Beautiful outdoor classrooms, deep academic inquiry, music, and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion: that is the Hartsbrook School. During this time of uncertainty, Hartsbrook has provided students with a grounding and nurturing foundation every day. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. PreK thru high school. Call 413-586-1908 x116 to begin your exploration and imagine the potential for your child. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, www.hartsbrook.org

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
Featured School: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (South Hadley, MA)

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA, is accepting applications for the 2022/2023 school year for students entering grades 7-11. As a Public Charter school with 400 students from 60+ communities, PVPA offers a free, college-preparatory education with the arts at the heart of all they do. Students are encouraged to think critically and work collaboratively in a supportive learning environment with small class sizes. Arts concentrations include Music, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts. Enrollment to PVPA is open to all MA residents on a space-available basis. Tuition-free, no audition required. Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2022. Enrollment Lottery: Feb 14, 2022. Apply now at www.pvpa.org/admissions. For more info, call 413-552-1580 x134 or email admissions@pvpa.org.

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FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 3mo-12yrs

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. For more information: 413-253-3101; kedreich@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 2.9-5 years

Prelude Preschool of the Arts is now enrolling for summer and fall 2022! Full-day & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum fosters creativity and a lifelong love for learning while supporting students’ social-emotional development. Flexible before & aftercare is available to meet your scheduling needs, and regularly scheduled family nights facilitate connection & collaboration among students, their families, and their teachers. To learn more or schedule your tour: 
prelude@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude

FEATURED SCHOOL
Four Rivers Charter Public School
Greenfield, MA

Virtual Open Houses on Jan 15, 26, & Feb 12

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA, is accepting applications for Fall 2022. Prospective families can attend a Virtual Open House on Sat., January 15 at 10am, Wed., January 26 at 7pm, or Sat., February 12 at 10am. Four Rivers is a small Expeditionary Learning school for grades 7-12, dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Four Rivers offers a rigorous college preparatory program aligned with the MA curriculum frameworks and emphasizes character development for moral and social responsibility. Students connect learning to the real world, work hard, and develop the independence and thinking skills needed in college and beyond. For more info & Zoom link, visit FourRiversCharter.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy
Deerfield, MA

Logo for The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy Periscope program.
Outdoors, Indoors.

The Experimentory is a fantastic opportunity for students currently in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade to sample Deerfield Academy. The Experimentory is an innovative program that allows students to delve into project-based creative learning and focus on collaboration, communication, fostering creativity, building character, and developing how we look at the world.

Dates: July 5-23, 2022
Age Range: 11-14yo 
Contact: 413-774-1498
♦ experimentory@deerfield.edu 
♦ deerfield.edu/experimentory

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Grow your family's love for reading with this episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show with songs inspired by storybooks!

Grow your family’s love for reading with this episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show! Jason Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam, features songs inspired by storybooks, like The Brown Bear Rap, Chicken Soup with Rice, and The Dot Song. Jason also reads The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, by children’s singer/songwriter, Justin Roberts.

HFVS Classic Children’s Books Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner
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PLAYLIST

  • Two of a Kind – “I Like a Good Story” – So Many Ways to Be Smart
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Magic Beans” – Make Believers
  • They Might Be Giants – “Fake Believe” – Here Come the ABC’s
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions – “Every Day I Write the Book” – Punch the Clock
  • Emily Arrow – “The Dot Song” – Storytime Singalong, Vol. 1
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Poor Mother Goose” – Best Day Ever
  • Carole King – “Chicken Soup with Rice” – Really Rosie
  • Book: Justin Roberts – “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade”
  • Miss Nina – “The Brown Bear Rap” – Sha Doo Be Doop
  • The Original Broadway Cast of Seussical the Musical – “Green Eggs and Ham” – Seussical
  • Monty Harper – “Hangin’ Out with Heroes at the Library” – The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD
  • Mister Billy – “A Guy Named Stan” – Super Superhero Songs
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “My Superpower” – Lollipop Motel
  • Lunch Money – “I Love My Library” – Dizzy
  • Justin Roberts – “A Wild One” – Lullaby

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Learn through the lens of full of moonlight hikes, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, winter farmers' markets & more this mid-January in Western MA.

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Springfield, MA ♦ For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

Featured School: Hartsbrook. Hadley, MA.

Openings in middle and high school for 2022-23! Beautiful outdoor classrooms, deep academic inquiry, music, and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion: that is the Hartsbrook School. During this time of uncertainty, Hartsbrook has provided students with a grounding and nurturing foundation every day. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. PreK thru high school. Call 413-586-1908 x116 to begin your exploration and imagine the potential for your child. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, www.hartsbrook.org

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA

Virtual Info Session: Wed., Jan. 19 @ 7pm

The Academy at Charlemont is a community-oriented independent day school for grades 6-12. For 40 years, Academy students have become engaged learners and articulate leaders through small classes, rigorous coursework, diverse electives in the arts and beyond, inclusive athletics, personalized advising, and student leadership. Learn more about The Academy at a Virtual Info Session on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (7-8pm), and visit The Academy’s campus along the Deerfield River for a personalized visit day. Generous financial aid and daily round-trip bus service from Amherst, Northampton, and the Hilltowns are available. Ready to learn more about The Academy family for your family? Find details & Info Session registration at www.charlemont.org.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 3mo-12yrs

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. For more information: 413-253-3101; kedreich@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Four Rivers Charter Public School
Greenfield, MA

Virtual Open Houses on Jan 15, 26, & Feb 12

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA, is accepting applications for Fall 2022. Prospective families can attend a Virtual Open House on Sat., January 15 at 10am, Wed., January 26 at 7pm, or Sat., February 12 at 10am. Four Rivers is a small Expeditionary Learning school for grades 7-12, dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Four Rivers offers a rigorous college preparatory program aligned with the MA curriculum frameworks and emphasizes character development for moral and social responsibility. Students connect learning to the real world, work hard, and develop the independence and thinking skills needed in college and beyond. For more info & Zoom link, visit FourRiversCharter.org.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Now Enrolling for Winter Session

Berkshire Music School (BMS) in Pittsfield, MA, is now enrolling for private lessons, in-person and online, for all levels and ages starting on January 3, 2022. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs and may begin at any point throughout the year. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with a new winter session beginning at the end of January 2022. Visit the BMS website at
www.berkshiremusicschool.org for class offerings and check out their new online registration feature! Share the joy of music and check out why the Berkshire Music School was named the Berkshire Eagle 2021 Best of the Berkshires “Best After-School Program.”

FEATURED SCHOOL
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts
Charter Public School

South Hadley, MA

Accepting applications for 2022/2023
Deadline: Feb 1, 2022


Do you know a student who would thrive in a creative, collaborative, arts-focused learning environment? The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA, is accepting applications for the 2022/2023 school year for students entering grades 7-11. Enrollment to PVPA is open to all MA residents on a space-available basis. Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2022. Enrollment Lottery: Feb 14, 2022. As a public charter school with 400 students from 60+ communities, PVPA offers a free, college-prep education with arts at the heart of all they do. Apply at www.pvpa.org. Info session on Thursday, Jan 20, 2022, from 6:30-8pm. Registration online. For more info, call 413-552-1580 x134 or email
admissions@pvpa.org.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Family traditions through a variety of eclectic songs, ranging in styles from classical piano music to family-friendly hip-hop.

Guest DJ Tunes with Tim shares short stories honoring the family traditions he recalls from his childhood with a variety of eclectic songs to compliment them, ranging in styles from classical piano music to family-friendly hip-hop.

HFVS Family Traditions Episode
with Guest DJ, Tim Bredrup of Tunes with Tim
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PLAYLIST

Sister Sledge – “We Are Family” [We Are Family]
Tunes with Tim – “When the Baby’s Sleeping” [We’re All Human]
James Taylor – “Pennies From Heaven” [American Standard]
Julie Andrews, Charmian Carr, Heather Menzies, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath, Irwin Kostal – “Do-Re-Mi” [The Sound of Music]
Tunes with Tim – “Ziggy Zaggy Zoo” [We’re All Human]
The Surfaris – “Wipe Out” [Wipe Out]
The Beatles – “Julia” [The Beatles]
Tunes with Tim – “P.B.J.” [We’re All Human]
Mr Dave – “Two Wheels” [Feeling Good]
Enya – “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)” [Watermark]
François-Joël Thiollier – “Arabesque No. 1” [Debussy: Clair de Lune and Other Piano Favorites]
Tunes with Tim – “Rub-a-Dub, We’re in the Tub” [We’re All Human]
Raffi, Lindsay Munroe – “For All You Do (feat. Yo- Yo Ma)” [For All You Do]
Tunes with Tim – “We’re All Human” [We’re All Human]

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Second week of January in Western MA offers events and learning opportunities that celebrate the winter and local culture!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Whole Children in Hadley, MA, is pleased to offer a Virtual & In-Person Winter Program for school-age kids and teens. Their 6-week program will be offered Monday through Saturday, January 10 – February 19, 2022 and will include a full roster of virtual classes and a selection of in-person classes, including photography, theater, Joyful Chorus, Friendship Band, and more! Price: $125 for six weeks of unlimited classes! For more information, visit wholechildren.org/class-schedule or call 413-585-8010.

Springfield, MA ♦ For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 3mo-12yrs

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. For more information: 413-253-3101; kedreich@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA

Virtual Info Session: Wed., Jan. 19 @ 7pm

The Academy at Charlemont is a community-oriented independent day school for grades 6-12. For 40 years, Academy students have become engaged learners and articulate leaders through small classes, rigorous coursework, diverse electives in the arts and beyond, inclusive athletics, personalized advising, and student leadership. Learn more about The Academy at a Virtual Info Session on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (7-8pm), and visit The Academy’s campus along the Deerfield River for a personalized visit day. Generous financial aid and daily round-trip bus service from Amherst, Northampton, and the Hilltowns are available. Ready to learn more about The Academy family for your family? Find details & Info Session registration at www.charlemont.org.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Virtual open houses are offered from January 11-13, 2022.

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. While Bement is scheduling individual campus tours in person, a series of virtual open houses are offered from January 11-13, 2022. A member of the admission office and faculty will share what makes Bement an incredible education. Registration is required. Zoom invitations will be sent upon registration. Applications for fall 2022 are being accepted now. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of the open houses.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Four Rivers Charter Public School
Greenfield, MA

Virtual Open Houses on Jan 15, 26, & Feb 12

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA, is accepting applications for Fall 2021. Prospective families can attend a Virtual Open House on Sat., January 15 at 10am, Wed., January 26 at 7pm, or Sat., February 12 at 10am. Four Rivers is a small Expeditionary Learning school for grades 7-12, dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Four Rivers offers a rigorous college preparatory program aligned with the MA curriculum frameworks and emphasizes character development for moral and social responsibility. Students connect learning to the real world, work hard, and develop the independence and thinking skills needed in college and beyond. For more info & Zoom link, visit FourRiversCharter.org.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Now Enrolling for Winter Session

Berkshire Music School (BMS) in Pittsfield, MA, is now enrolling for private lessons, in-person and online, for all levels and ages starting on January 3, 2022. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs and may begin at any point throughout the year. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with a new winter session beginning at the end of January 2022. Visit the BMS website at
www.berkshiremusicschool.org for class offerings and check out their new online registration feature! Share the joy of music and check out why the Berkshire Music School was named the Berkshire Eagle 2021 Best of the Berkshires “Best After-School Program.”

FEATURED SCHOOL
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts
Charter Public School

South Hadley, MA

Accepting applications for 2022/2023
Deadline: Feb 1, 2022


Do you know a student who would thrive in a creative, collaborative, arts-focused learning environment? The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA, is accepting applications for the 2022/2023 school year for students entering grades 7-11. Enrollment to PVPA is open to all MA residents on a space-available basis. Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2022. Enrollment Lottery: Feb 14, 2022. As a public charter school with 400 students from 60+ communities, PVPA offers a free, college-prep education with arts at the heart of all they do. Apply at www.pvpa.org. Info session on Thursday, Jan 20, 2022, from 6:30-8pm. Registration online. For more info, call 413-552-1580 x134 or email
admissions@pvpa.org.

FEATURED PEDIATRIC
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Sensory SpOT
East Longmeadow, MA

Registering now for 2022!

At Sensory SpOT, children explore ways to foster the growth of their emotional well-being, a strong mind-body connection, & strengthen their foundational skills necessary for learning. They create a positive learning environment that builds on your child’s strengths to allow them to flourish and grow their skills. Located in East Longmeadow, MA, Sensory SpOT offers individualized & group-based occupational therapy services and wellness groups for children provided by a Licensed Occupational Therapist and/or Occupational Therapy staff. Sessions are 45-60 mins. They are registering now for January 2022 SpOT and Wellness groups. Space is limited & registration required for services. Visit sensoryspotma.com for info & registration.

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Class Directory

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Celebrate the holidays with Mister G on this week’s HFVS. Broadcasting from his recording studio deep in the woods of Western MA, the Latin GRAMMY Award winner and previous contributing writer for Hilltown Families serves up a multicultural musical feast featuring holiday classics by Ray Charles, B.B. King, Johnny Cash along with tracks by fellow children’s musicians. It’s a fiesta for the ears!

HFVS Guest DJ, Peter Alsop, selects songs that support building community while talking with kids and families about widening our circle of care. He touches upon speaking up when we see injustices and learning the craft of making safe places so we can work together to transform the world into a better place for all of us.

HFVS Songs to Uplift Kids in Challenging Times Episode
with Guest DJ, Peter Alsop
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Are you looking for fun things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our list of Weekly Suggested Events includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Whole Children in Hadley, MA, is pleased to offer a Virtual & In-Person Winter Program for school-age kids and teens. Their 6-week program will be offered Monday through Saturday, January 10 – February 19, 2022 and will include a full roster of virtual classes and a selection of in-person classes, including photography, theater, Joyful Chorus, Friendship Band, and more! Price: $125 for six weeks of unlimited classes! For more information, visit wholechildren.org/class-schedule or call 413-585-8010.

Give the gift of a clean home this holiday season with GreenLove Eco Cleaning! Get 30% off a Gift Certificate with their Holiday Special, available to purchase on their website through 12/31/21. GreenLove’s fully insured and bonded team offers greener, healthier lifestyle services to their community as part of the greater sustainability movement and focuses on building resilient communities through fair pay, healthy lifestyle education, and family-first values. This past year marked their 11th year in business, and after coming through last year’s pandemic, they are stronger than ever! The GreenLove Team is currently working on transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative model in early 2022. Sign up for a cleaning at www.greenloveclean.com.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Virtual open houses are offered from January 11-13, 2022.

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. While Bement is scheduling individual campus tours in person, a series of virtual open houses are offered from January 11-13, 2022. A member of the admission office and faculty will share what makes Bement an incredible education. Registration is required. Zoom invitations will be sent upon registration. Applications for fall 2022 are being accepted now. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of the open houses.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA

Virtual Info Session: Wed., Jan. 19 @ 7pm

The Academy at Charlemont is a community-oriented independent day school for grades 6-12. For 40 years, Academy students have become engaged learners and articulate leaders through small classes, rigorous coursework, diverse electives in the arts and beyond, inclusive athletics, personalized advising, and student leadership. Learn more about The Academy at a Virtual Info Session on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (7-8pm), and visit The Academy’s campus along the Deerfield River for a personalized visit day. Generous financial aid and daily round-trip bus service from Amherst, Northampton, and the Hilltowns are available. Ready to learn more about The Academy family for your family? Find details & Info Session registration at www.charlemont.org.

FEATURED PEDIATRIC
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Sensory SpOT
East Longmeadow, MA

Registering now for 2022!

At Sensory SpOT, children explore ways to foster the growth of their emotional well-being, a strong mind-body connection, & strengthen their foundational skills necessary for learning. They create a positive learning environment that builds on your child’s strengths to allow them to flourish and grow their skills. Located in East Longmeadow, MA, Sensory SpOT offers individualized & group-based occupational therapy services and wellness groups for children provided by a Licensed Occupational Therapist and/or Occupational Therapy staff. Sessions are 45-60 mins. They are registering now for January 2022 SpOT and Wellness groups. Space is limited & registration required for services. Visit sensoryspotma.com for info & registration.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori School
Amherst, MA

Amherst Montessori School
Ages 3mo-12yrs

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. For more information: 413-253-3101; kedreich@amherstmontessori.org; amherstmontessori.org.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts
Charter Public School

South Hadley, MA

Accepting applications for 2022/2023
Deadline: Feb 1, 2022


Do you know a student who would thrive in a creative, collaborative, arts-focused learning environment? The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA, is accepting applications for the 2022/2023 school year for students entering grades 7-11. Enrollment to PVPA is open to all MA residents on a space-available basis. Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2022. Enrollment Lottery: Feb 14, 2022. As a public charter school with 400 students from 60+ communities, PVPA offers a free, college-prep education with arts at the heart of all they do. Apply at www.pvpa.org. Info session on Thursday, Jan 20, 2022, from 6:30-8pm. Registration online. For more info, call 413-552-1580 x134 or email
admissions@pvpa.org.

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Celebrate the holidays with Mister G on this week’s HFVS. Broadcasting from his recording studio deep in the woods of Western MA, the Latin GRAMMY Award winner and previous contributing writer for Hilltown Families serves up a multicultural musical feast featuring holiday classics by Ray Charles, B.B. King, Johnny Cash along with tracks by fellow children’s musicians. It’s a fiesta for the ears!

Celebrate the holidays with Mister G on this week’s HFVS. Broadcasting from his recording studio deep in the woods of Western MA, the Latin GRAMMY Award winner and previous contributing writer for Hilltown Families serves up a multicultural musical feast featuring holiday classics by Ray Charles, B.B. King, Johnny Cash along with tracks by fellow children’s musicians. It’s a fiesta for the ears!

HFVS Holiday Show
with Guest DJ, Mister G
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It's the last week of 2021, and we have a rich list of events to support learning during winter vacation week in Western MA!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Whole Children in Hadley, MA, is pleased to offer a Virtual & In-Person Winter Program for school-age kids and teens. Their 6-week program will be offered Monday through Saturday, January 10 – February 19, 2022 and will include a full roster of virtual classes and a selection of in-person classes, including photography, theater, Joyful Chorus, Friendship Band, and more! Price: $125 for six weeks of unlimited classes! For more information, visit wholechildren.org/class-schedule or call 413-585-8010.

Give the gift of a clean home this holiday season with GreenLove Eco Cleaning! Get 30% off a Gift Certificate with their Holiday Special, available to purchase on their website through 12/31/21. GreenLove’s fully insured and bonded team offers greener, healthier lifestyle services to their community as part of the greater sustainability movement and focuses on building resilient communities through fair pay, healthy lifestyle education, and family-first values. This past year marked their 11th year in business, and after coming through last year’s pandemic, they are stronger than ever! The GreenLove Team is currently working on transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative model in early 2022. Sign up for a cleaning at www.greenloveclean.com.

When we tell positive stories about our lives, engaging our inner wisdom, we cultivate the possibility for new ideas to emerge by shifting our perspective towards what works. If you’re feeling stuck in any area of your life and seeking changes in the new year, take time for yourself to clarify your focus, flip your perspective, dream, and design your way into the new year. The weekend of Jan 8 & 9, 2022, experienced facilitator & coach Anne Ditzler will host a customized, online retreat using Appreciative Inquiry to embrace challenges while exploring creative ways to use your insights. This two-day retreat takes place via Zoom from 1-5:30pm. Registration deadline: Dec 29. Cost: Sliding scale. For more info, visit ditzlercoaching.weebly.com.

FEATURED HOLIDAY GIVING
The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, MA

The Gift of Reading is a monthly program that aims to find books that are tailored to fit the age, interests, and reading level of the child in your life.

Are you looking for a unique gift for a child in your life? The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, invites you to Give the Gift of Reading! For just $25 a month, the child that you enroll will receive a handpicked book based on the age, interests, and reading level that you provide. From newborns to young adults, no child is too young or too old to join! Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with their Gift of Reading Coordinator at kids@odysseybks.com for more information. Odyssey Bookshop. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley MA.

FEATURED YOUTH MUSICAL
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Musical Spectacular
Northampton, MA

Saturday, January 8, 2022 @ 1pm

Starlight’s Musical Spectacular will celebrate 15 years of bringing youth musicals to the community on Saturday, January 8, 2022, @ 1pm! Starlight’s Youth Theatre alumni will join current students at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton to perform songs from Les Miserable, Annie, Oliver, Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Starlight Express, and many more. Ticket prices: $22/adults, $18/seniors & students. For tickets, go to www.aomtheatre.comMore info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED YOUTH MUSICAL
Oklahoma!
Northampton, MA

Open to ages 9-16. Rehearsals start: Jan 4, 2022.

Did you know that the Academy of Music Theatre presents a fully staged youth musical every year? Come hoot and holler with them in Oklahoma! – part of the “Getting to Know Rodgers and Hammerstein” series. Open to ages 9-16, no experience necessary. Rehearsals start on January 4, 2022, and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 5-7pm at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA. The final performances will be on March 10 & 11, 2022. Visit aomtheatre.com and click “Academy Youth Productions” under the Youth Programs menu to register. Email Education Director, Susan Dillard, with any questions: education@aomtheatre.com.

FEATURED PEDIATRIC
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Sensory SpOT
East Longmeadow, MA

Registering now for 2022!

At Sensory SpOT, children explore ways to foster the growth of their emotional well-being, a strong mind-body connection, & strengthen their foundational skills necessary for learning. They create a positive learning environment that builds on your child’s strengths to allow them to flourish and grow their skills. Located in East Longmeadow, MA, Sensory SpOT offers individualized & group-based occupational therapy services and wellness groups for children provided by a Licensed Occupational Therapist and/or Occupational Therapy staff. Sessions are 45-60 mins. They are registering now for January 2022 SpOT and Wellness groups. Space is limited & registration required for services. Visit sensoryspotma.com for info & registration.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Virtual open houses are offered from January 11-13, 2022.

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational day and boarding school serving 200 students from kindergarten through grade 9. While Bement is scheduling individual campus tours in person, a series of virtual open houses are offered from January 11-13, 2022. A member of the admission office and faculty will share what makes Bement an incredible education. Registration is required. Zoom invitations will be sent upon registration. Applications for fall 2022 are being accepted now. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of the open houses.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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The Jolly Pops guest DJ an hour of music and family fun celebrating the Holiday Season. Chompy the Alligator and Bacon the Pig take over for Mr. Billy, who has gone Holiday shopping. They spin tunes, make a snowman and even enjoy a visit from Santa Claus himself.

The Jolly Pops guest DJ an hour of music and family fun celebrating the Holiday Season. Chompy the Alligator and Bacon the Pig take over for Mr. Billy, who has gone Holiday shopping. They spin tunes, make a snowman and even enjoy a visit from Santa Claus himself.

HFVS Holiday Show Episode
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The week before Christmas, and all through the house ... holiday events and learning opportunities in Western Massachusetts abound!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

NATURAL HISTORY/ ART STUDIES: Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA. 

LITERACY: Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

FOOD JUSTICE: Abundance Farm. 413-584-3593. 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA.

AMERICAN HISTORY: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

ANIMAL WELFARE: Equiculture: Alderman Farm. 413-813-2000. 67 Alderman Rd, Chester, MA.

Whole Children in Hadley, MA, is pleased to offer a Virtual & In-Person Winter Program for school-age kids and teens. Their 6-week program will be offered Monday through Saturday, January 10 – February 19, 2022 and will include a full roster of virtual classes and a selection of in-person classes, including photography, theater, Joyful Chorus, Friendship Band, and more! Price: $125 for six weeks of unlimited classes! For more information, visit wholechildren.org/class-schedule or call 413-585-8010.

When we tell positive stories about our lives, engaging our inner wisdom, we cultivate the possibility for new ideas to emerge by shifting our perspective towards what works. If you’re feeling stuck in any area of your life and seeking changes in the new year, take time for yourself to clarify your focus, flip your perspective, dream, and design your way into the new year. The weekend of Jan 8 & 9, 2022, experienced facilitator & coach Anne Ditzler will host a customized, online retreat using Appreciative Inquiry to embrace challenges while exploring creative ways to use your insights. This two-day retreat takes place via Zoom from 1-5:30pm. Registration deadline: Dec 29. Cost: Sliding scale. For more info, visit ditzlercoaching.weebly.com.

Give the gift of a clean home this holiday season with GreenLove Eco Cleaning! Get 30% off a Gift Certificate with their Holiday Special, available to purchase on their website through 12/31/21. GreenLove’s fully insured and bonded team offers greener, healthier lifestyle services to their community as part of the greater sustainability movement and focuses on building resilient communities through fair pay, healthy lifestyle education, and family-first values. This past year marked their 11th year in business, and after coming through last year’s pandemic, they are stronger than ever! The GreenLove Team is currently working on transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative model in early 2022. Sign up for a cleaning at www.greenloveclean.com.

FEATURED YOUTH MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Oklahoma!
Northampton, MA

Open to ages 9-16. Rehearsals start: Jan 4, 2022.

Did you know that the Academy of Music Theatre presents a fully staged youth musical every year? Come hoot and holler with them in Oklahoma! – part of the “Getting to Know Rodgers and Hammerstein” series. Open to ages 9-16, no experience necessary. Rehearsals start on January 4, 2022, and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 5-7pm at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA. The final performances will be on March 10 & 11, 2022. Visit aomtheatre.com and click “Academy Youth Productions” under the Youth Programs menu to register. Email Education Director, Susan Dillard, with any questions: education@aomtheatre.com.

FEATURED YOUTH MUSICAL
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Musical Spectacular

Northampton, MA

Saturday, January 8, 2022 @ 1pm

Starlight’s Musical Spectacular will celebrate 15 years of bringing youth musicals to the community on Saturday, January 8, 2022, @ 1pm! Starlight’s Youth Theatre alumni will join current students at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton to perform songs from Les Miserable, Annie, Oliver, Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Starlight Express, and many more. Ticket prices: $22/adults, $18/seniors & students. For tickets, go to www.aomtheatre.comMore info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED HOLIDAY GIVING
The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, MA

The Gift of Reading is a monthly program that aims to find books that are tailored to fit the age, interests, and reading level of the child in your life.

Are you looking for a unique gift for a child in your life? The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, invites you to Give the Gift of Reading! For just $25 a month, the child that you enroll will receive a handpicked book based on the age, interests, and reading level that you provide. From newborns to young adults, no child is too young or too old to join! Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with their Gift of Reading Coordinator at kids@odysseybks.com for more information. Odyssey Bookshop. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley MA.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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This episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show is a celebration of global holidays and light with Guest DJs, James Coffey and Katherine Dines from the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band. It features many award-winning artists, as well as fantastic educational content about several of the holidays highlighted, including Chinese New Year and Diwali.

This Hilltown Family Variety Show episode celebrates global holidays and light with Guest DJs James Coffey, and Katherine Dines from the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band. It features many award-winning artists and great educational content about the holidays highlighted, including Chinese New Year and Diwali.

HFVS Holidays Around the World Episode
with Guest DJs Katherine Dines and James Coffey
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Mid-December in New England is rich in holiday events and cultural heritage learning opportunities. This month, from pastry arts to language arts, support your interests with community-based education ideas for the whole family!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

FEATURED IN-PERSON EVENT
Pioneer Valley Ballet performs The Nutcracker
Northampton, MA

December 10-12, 2021 in Northampton, MA

Pioneer Valley Ballet returns with the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. This production is a treasured community event that features dancers from across the Pioneer Valley performing roles ranging from sparkling snowflakes to the tiniest reindeer. A one-hour performance, live on stage December 10-12, 2021 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Perfect for families of all ages. General admission seating. Reserve your tickets and view the health & safety policy at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

FEATURED EVENT
Playing in the Cold: A Talk on Winter Gear for Infants and Toddlers
Friday, Dec 10 @ 4:30pm

All are welcome!

Outdoor creative free-play is essential to every child’s health and well-being. However, winter in Western MA can be challenging with keeping kids warm while playing in the snow and exploring their frozen landscape! On Friday, December 10, 2021, at 4:30pmWild Garden of Childhood Nursery in Northampton, MA, is hosting a talk, “Playing in the Cold: A Talk on Winter Gear for Infants and Toddlers.” with Nicole Thurrell. Nicole is from the Institute for Wild Med: Wilderness and Emergency Medicine and will be talking about playing in the cold with infants and toddlers. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.comwildgardenofchildhood@gmail.comAll are welcome! 

FEATURED EVENT
Piti Théâtre Company Presents: DinoFest
Greenfield, MA

December 11-12, 2021 in Greenfield, MA

Dinos return to the Valley! Piti Theatre & Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association are bringing DinoFest back to Greenfield (and online) on Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2021. Blending science, arts, and community-building, DinoFest features “Dexter and the Dinosaurs,” a historical dramedy for all ages at the Garden Cinemas with special guests (and their fossils) from the Jurassic Roadshow, a Dino Improv session, a child dino expert Zoom session, and more! Dinofest grew out of Piti’s “Your Town” program that leverages local history to help us better understand the present. Schedule: ptco.org/dino. All events are FREE to the public. The Greenfield Garden Cinemas is located at 361 Main St. in Greenfield, MA.

FEATURED YOUTH MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Oklahoma!
Northampton, MA

Open to ages 9-16. Rehearsals start: Jan 4, 2022.

Did you know that the Academy of Music Theatre presents a fully staged youth musical every year? Come hoot and holler with them in Oklahoma! – part of the “Getting to Know Rodgers and Hammerstein” series. Open to ages 9-16, no experience necessary. Rehearsals start on January 4, 2022, and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 5-7pm at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA. The final performances will be on March 10 & 11, 2022. Visit aomtheatre.com and click “Academy Youth Productions” under the Youth Programs menu to register. Email Education Director, Susan Dillard, with any questions: education@aomtheatre.com.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Community Music School of Springfield
Springfield, MA

Buy 4 private music lessons & get 1 free!

Creativity, self-expression, and the joy of music are gifts that last a lifetime, so the Community Music School of Springfield is making music lessons easy & affordable for your loved one this holiday season. All of their packages for private music lessons feature buy-4 get-1-free pricing, the choice of virtual or in-person instruction, and perfect match teachers. Ordering online or over the phone is easy & they can deliver gift certificates via email or mail. You choose the length of the lesson (30, 45, 60 min.), and the recipient selects the instrument & time that works best for their schedule when they redeem their gift package. Start date for lessons is Jan 2022. Learn more or purchase today! communitymusicschool.com/gifts 413-732-8428.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Give the gift of music this holiday season!

Give the gift of music this holiday season with the Berkshire Music School (BMS) 4-lesson trial package! The package includes four consecutive 30-minute lessons in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice or theory for $140. One-month instrumental rental included. Take a private lesson in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online from the comfort of your home. Private lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs and may begin at any point throughout the year. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis with a new winter session starting in January. Visit the BMS website for class offerings and check out the new online registration feature!

FEATURED HOLIDAY GIVING
The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, MA

The Gift of Reading is a monthly program that aims to find books that are tailored to fit the age, interests, and reading level of the child in your life.

Are you looking for a unique gift for a child in your life? The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, invites you to Give the Gift of Reading! For just $25 a month, the child that you enroll will receive a handpicked book based on the age, interests, and reading level that you provide. From newborns to young adults, no child is too young or too old to join! Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with their Gift of Reading Coordinator at kids@odysseybks.com for more information. Odyssey Bookshop. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley MA.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
The Common School
Amherst, MA

In-Person/Adaptable

Preschool ♦ Ages 3-12yrs
For more information: 413-256-8989; www.commonschool.org.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Prospective families are invited to meet their teachers and tour their newly renovated facilities, including outdoor learning spaces for extended time outside.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens.
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The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas), with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas.

The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas), with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas.

HFVS Heart of Chanukah Mama Doni Guest DJ Show
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Over 150 events are featured for the first week of December to support interests, education, and community engagement throughout western MA!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

FEATURED IN-PERSON EVENT
Playing in the Cold: A Talk on Winter Gear for Infants and Toddlers
Northampton, MA

Friday, Dec 10 @ 4:30pm

Outdoor creative free-play is essential to every child’s health and well-being. However, winter in Western MA can be challenging with keeping kids warm while playing in the snow and exploring their frozen landscape! On Friday, December 10, 2021, at 4:30pmWild Garden of Childhood Nursery in Northampton, MA, is hosting a talk, “Playing in the Cold: A Talk on Winter Gear for Infants and Toddlers.” with Nicole Thurrell. Nicole is from the Institute for Wild Med: Wilderness and Emergency Medicine and will be talking about playing in the cold with infants and toddlers. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.comwildgardenofchildhood@gmail.comAll are welcome! 

FEATURED IN-PERSON EVENT
Pioneer Valley Ballet performs The Nutcracker
Northampton, MA

December 10-12, 2021 in Northampton, MA

Pioneer Valley Ballet returns with the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. This production is a treasured community event that features dancers from across the Pioneer Valley performing roles ranging from sparkling snowflakes to the tiniest reindeer. A one-hour performance, live on stage December 10-12, 2021 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Perfect for families of all ages. General admission seating. Reserve your tickets and view the health & safety policy at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

FEATURED EVENT
Piti Théâtre Company Presents: DinoFest
Greenfield, MA

December 11-12, 2021 in Greenfield, MA

Dinos return to the Valley! Piti Theatre & Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association are bringing DinoFest back to Greenfield (and online) on Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2021. Blending science, arts, and community-building, DinoFest features “Dexter and the Dinosaurs,” a historical dramedy for all ages at the Garden Cinemas with special guests (and their fossils) from the Jurassic Roadshow, a Dino Improv session, a child dino expert Zoom session, and more! Dinofest grew out of Piti’s “Your Town” program that leverages local history to help us better understand the present. Schedule: ptco.org/dino. All events are FREE to the public. The Greenfield Garden Cinemas is located at 361 Main St. in Greenfield, MA.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Give the gift of music this holiday season!

Give the gift of music this holiday season with the Berkshire Music School (BMS) 4-lesson trial package! The package includes four consecutive 30-minute lessons in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice or theory for $140. One-month instrumental rental included. Take a private lesson in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online from the comfort of your home. Private lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs and may begin at any point throughout the year. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis with a new winter session starting in January. Visit the BMS website for class offerings and check out the new online registration feature!

FEATURED HOLIDAY GIVING
The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, MA

The Gift of Reading is a monthly program that aims to find books that are tailored to fit the age, interests, and reading level of the child in your life.

Are you looking for a unique gift for a child in your life? The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, invites you to Give the Gift of Reading! For just $25 a month, the child that you enroll will receive a handpicked book based on the age, interests, and reading level that you provide. From newborns to young adults, no child is too young or too old to join! Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with their Gift of Reading Coordinator at kids@odysseybks.com for more information. Odyssey Bookshop. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley MA.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Community Music School of Springfield
Springfield, MA

Buy 4 private music lessons & get 1 free!

Creativity, self-expression, and the joy of music are gifts that last a lifetime, so the Community Music School of Springfield is making music lessons easy & affordable for your loved one this holiday season. All of their packages for private music lessons feature buy-4 get-1-free pricing, the choice of virtual or in-person instruction, and perfect match teachers. Ordering online or over the phone is easy & they can deliver gift certificates via email or mail. You choose the length of the lesson (30, 45, 60 min.), and the recipient selects the instrument & time that works best for their schedule when they redeem their gift package. Start date for lessons is Jan 2022. Learn more or purchase today! communitymusicschool.com/gifts 413-732-8428.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

Four Winds School in Gill, MA, is now accepting applications from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students for the current school year and Fall 2022. The Four Winds curriculum provides a balance between focused training in basic academic skills and the freedom for students to explore their interests. Teacher and student work together to design an individualized academic program based on these evaluations and the student’s learning style. Visit Four Winds School at fourwindsschool.info to learn more. 

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
The Common School
Amherst, MA

In-Person/Adaptable

Preschool ♦ Ages 3-12yrs
For more information: 413-256-8989; www.commonschool.org.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Prospective families are invited to meet their teachers and tour their newly renovated facilities, including outdoor learning spaces for extended time outside.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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HFVS Gratitude Episode features songs that celebrate feeling good about yourself and about life, and being positive and grateful.

Eric Herman gets downright happy in this show featuring songs that celebrate feeling good about yourself and about life, and being positive and grateful.

HFVS Songs of Gratitude Episode
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Last weekend of November is full of community-based learning opportunities and  family events for holiday fun + memories.

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

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Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Hosts 2021 Gingerbread Build at Home! Register a team by 12noon on Wednesday, December 1, and pick up your gingerbread kit on Saturday, December 4. Contestants will have six days to construct their dream confectionery dwellings and submit three photos to gingerbread@pvhabitat.org by Thursday, December 9 at midnight. Log in Saturday, December 11 at 3pm for a live virtual award ceremony. A minimum donation of $100 is required per team; additional fundraising is encouraged! For more information and to register, go to www.pvhabitat.org/events/gingerbread-build. Questions? Contact Amy Landry at amy@pvhabitat.org. Thank you for supporting the building of real houses for real families in western Massachusetts.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Community Music School of Springfield
Springfield, MA

Buy 4 private music lessons & get 1 free!

Creativity, self-expression, and the joy of music are gifts that last a lifetime, so the Community Music School of Springfield is making music lessons easy & affordable for your loved one this holiday season. All of their packages for private music lessons feature buy-4 get-1-free pricing, the choice of virtual or in-person instruction, and perfect match teachers. Ordering online or over the phone is easy & they can deliver gift certificates via email or mail. You choose the length of the lesson (30, 45, 60 min.), and the recipient selects the instrument & time that works best for their schedule when they redeem their gift package. Start date for lessons is Jan 2022. Learn more or purchase today! communitymusicschool.com/gifts 413-732-8428.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Give the gift of music this holiday season!

Give the gift of music this holiday season with the Berkshire Music School (BMS) 4-lesson trial package! The package includes four consecutive 30-minute lessons in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice or theory for $140. One-month instrumental rental included. Take a private lesson in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online from the comfort of your home. Private lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs and may begin at any point throughout the year. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis with a new winter session starting in January. Visit the BMS website for class offerings and check out the new online registration feature!

FEATURED HOLIDAY GIVING
The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, MA

The Gift of Reading is a monthly program that aims to find books that are tailored to fit the age, interests, and reading level of the child in your life.

Are you looking for a unique gift for a child in your life? The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA, invites you to Give the Gift of Reading! For just $25 a month, the child that you enroll will receive a handpicked book based on the age, interests, and reading level that you provide. From newborns to young adults, no child is too young or too old to join! Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with their Gift of Reading Coordinator at kids@odysseybks.com for more information. Odyssey Bookshop. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley MA.

FEATURED IN-PERSON EVENT
Pioneer Valley Ballet performs The Nutcracker
Northampton, MA

December 10-12, 2021 in Northampton, MA

Pioneer Valley Ballet returns with the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. This production is a treasured community event that features dancers from across the Pioneer Valley performing roles ranging from sparkling snowflakes to the tiniest reindeer. A one-hour performance, live on stage December 10-12, 2021 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Perfect for families of all ages. General admission seating. Reserve your tickets and view the health & safety policy at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

FEATURED PEDIATRIC
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Sensory SpOT
East Longmeadow, MA

Registering now for 2022!

At Sensory SpOT, children explore ways to foster the growth of their emotional well-being, a strong mind-body connection, & strengthen their foundational skills necessary for learning. They create a positive learning environment that builds on your child’s strengths to allow them to flourish and grow their skills. Located in East Longmeadow, MA, Sensory SpOT offers individualized & group-based occupational therapy services and wellness groups for children provided by a Licensed Occupational Therapist and/or Occupational Therapy staff. Sessions are 45-60 mins. They are registering now for January 2022 SpOT and Wellness groups. Space is limited & registration required for services. Visit sensoryspotma.com for info & registration.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

Four Winds School in Gill, MA, is now accepting applications from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students for the current school year and Fall 2022. The Four Winds curriculum provides a balance between focused training in basic academic skills and the freedom for students to explore their interests. Teacher and student work together to design an individualized academic program based on these evaluations and the student’s learning style. Visit Four Winds School at fourwindsschool.info to learn more. 

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Join award-winning children's recording artist Lindsay Munroe as she guest DJ's the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Join award-winning children’s recording artist Lindsay Munroe as she guest DJ’s the Hilltown Family Variety Show. She’ll play her favorite songs from childhood that influenced her songwriting and shaped her love of music. She will also share her favorite kindie performers making music for kids’ families today! It’s sure to be a great show full of kindness, love, and music.

HFVS with Guest DJ, Lindsay Munroe
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Holiday season arrives this week with Thanksgiving + learning opportunities through the lens of food, heritage, and habitat!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Hosts 2021 Gingerbread Build at Home! Register a team by 12noon on Wednesday, December 1, and pick up your gingerbread kit on Saturday, December 4. Contestants will have six days to construct their dream confectionery dwellings and submit three photos to gingerbread@pvhabitat.org by Thursday, December 9 at midnight. Log in Saturday, December 11 at 3pm for a live virtual award ceremony. A minimum donation of $100 is required per team; additional fundraising is encouraged! For more information and to register, go to www.pvhabitat.org/events/gingerbread-buildQuestions? Contact Amy Landry at amy@pvhabitat.org. Thank you for supporting the building of real houses for real families in western Massachusetts.

FEATURED IN-PERSON EVENT
South Hadley, MA

Saturday, November 20 @ 1pm (FREE)

Join the Odyssey Bookshop for a live, in-person event on Saturday, November 20, 2022, at 1pm with Kristen Nordstrom, author of STEM picture book Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by NatureShe will be in conversation with Dr. Al Crosby and Dr. Duncan Irschick from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, two of the ten real-life inventors featured in the book. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the community meeting room at South Hadley Public Library. Register by clicking here.

FEATURED IN-PERSON EVENT
Pioneer Valley Ballet performs The Nutcracker
Northampton, MA

December 10-12, 2021 in Northampton, MA

Pioneer Valley Ballet returns with the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. This production is a treasured community event that features dancers from across the Pioneer Valley performing roles ranging from sparkling snowflakes to the tiniest reindeer. A one-hour performance, live on stage December 10-12, 2021 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Perfect for families of all ages. General admission seating. Reserve your tickets and view the health & safety policy at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Community Music School of Springfield
Springfield, MA

Buy 4 private music lessons & get 1 free!

Creativity, self-expression, and the joy of music are gifts that last a lifetime, so the Community Music School of Springfield is making music lessons easy & affordable for your loved one this holiday season. All of their packages for private music lessons feature buy-4 get-1-free pricing, the choice of virtual or in-person instruction, and perfect match teachers. Ordering online or over the phone is easy & they can deliver gift certificates via email or mail. You choose the length of the lesson (30, 45, 60 min.), and the recipient selects the instrument & time that works best for their schedule when they redeem their gift package. Start date for lessons is Jan 2022. Learn more or purchase today! communitymusicschool.com/gifts 413-732-8428.

FEATURED PEDIATRIC
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Sensory SpOT
East Longmeadow, MA

Registering now for 2022!

At Sensory SpOT, children explore ways to foster the growth of their emotional well-being, a strong mind-body connection, & strengthen their foundational skills necessary for learning. They create a positive learning environment that builds on your child’s strengths to allow them to flourish and grow their skills. Located in East Longmeadow, MA, Sensory SpOT offers individualized & group-based occupational therapy services and wellness groups for children provided by a Licensed Occupational Therapist and/or Occupational Therapy staff. Sessions are 45-60 mins. They are registering now for January 2022 SpOT and Wellness groups. Space is limited & registration required for services. Visit sensoryspotma.com for info & registration.

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

Four Winds School in Gill, MA, is now accepting applications from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students for the current school year and Fall 2022. The Four Winds curriculum provides a balance between focused training in basic academic skills and the freedom for students to explore their interests. Teacher and student work together to design an individualized academic program based on these evaluations and the student’s learning style. Visit Four Winds School at fourwindsschool.info to learn more. 

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Giving Tree School
Gill, MA

Outdoor Program.

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5
For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

Celebrate the whole child! The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in their rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 minutes from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods and pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC and accredited by NAEYC & HighScope. Sliding scale tuition.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Discover 150 smart events in western Massachusetts that are both fun & engaging while supporting interests through community engagement!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Hosts 2021 Gingerbread Build at Home! Register a team by 12noon on Wednesday, December 1, and pick up your gingerbread kit on Saturday, December 4. Contestants will have six days to construct their dream confectionery dwellings and submit three photos to gingerbread@pvhabitat.org by Thursday, December 9 at midnight. Log in Saturday, December 11 at 3pm for a live virtual award ceremony. A minimum donation of $100 is required per team; additional fundraising is encouraged! For more information and to register, go to www.pvhabitat.org/events/gingerbread-buildQuestions? Contact Amy Landry at amy@pvhabitat.org. Thank you for supporting the building of real houses for real families in western Massachusetts.

In June of 2021, the Center School moved to a beautiful brand new building, situated on 30 acres of land to explore. Admissions season is underway, and the school is booking more tours than ever. Valley families are drawn to the Center School’s approach– weaving justice, joy, collaboration, innovation, and love into a unique educational experience. If you’re looking for a school where kids are immersed in 21st Century curriculum and in the timeless world of nature and play that is so essential to childhood, visit www.centerschool.net to learn more and to book an in-person tour today! Please email Lauren Obregón, Director of Admissions and Outreach, at l.obregon@centerschool.net with any questions.

FEATURED IN-PERSON EVENT
South Hadley, MA

Saturday, November 20 @ 1pm (FREE)

Join the Odyssey Bookshop for a live, in-person event on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 1pm with Kristen Nordstrom, author of STEM picture book Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by NatureShe will be in conversation with Dr. Al Crosby and Dr. Duncan Irschick from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, two of the ten real-life inventors featured in the book. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the community meeting room at South Hadley Public Library. Register by clicking here.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Virtual, In-Person/Outdoors, In-Person/Indoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Berkshire Music School is enrolling for the fall 2021 semester! Take a private lesson or Community Group Class in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online. Private lessons are offered in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice & theory. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student and may begin at any point during the year. Online lessons are conducted via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype, and students should have access to a computer or iPad with internet connection. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with suggested tuition listed for each course. For more information: cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org

The Berkshires’ Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS), is an innovative nonprofit music-education organization offering online, after-school lessons for students ages 12-18, taught by a world-class faculty of musician-composers, recording artists, performers, and educators. BAAMS’s unique learning system encourages students of any level of experience to learn to compose music and improvise. Their students will express their own life experiences and individual perspectives through their instrument(s). Students are taught trumpet/brass instruments, drums, piano/keyboards, saxophone/woodwinds, guitar, and electric bass (a brief, private audition takes place before admission). Join BAAMS today! For more information: info@berkshiresacademyams.org; 718-483-5911; www.berkshiresacademyams.org

FEATURED SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

Four Winds School in Gill, MA, is now accepting applications from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students for the current school year and Fall 2022. The Four Winds curriculum provides a balance between focused training in basic academic skills and the freedom for students to explore their interests. Teacher and student work together to design an individualized academic program based on these evaluations and the student’s learning style. Visit Four Winds School at fourwindsschool.info to learn more. 

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Giving Tree School
Gill, MA

Outdoor Program.

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5
For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

Celebrate the whole child! The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in their rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 minutes from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods and pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC and accredited by NAEYC & HighScope. Sliding scale tuition.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Nonotuck Community School
Florence, MA

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program

Preschool ♦ Ages 15mo-5yrs
For more information: info@nonotuck.org; 413-586-5996; www.nonotuck.org.

Nonotuck Community School is accepting applications for 2022-23. Nonotuck has served the greater Northampton area for 40+ years. Their school includes five classrooms, art studio, large & sunny indoor play space, and two large & natural outdoor play spaces, including climbing equipment & garden areas. Their curriculum is play-based & inspired by progressive early childhood education theory. Children have ample time for free-play, exercise, & outdoor time. Teachers create small group activities that emphasize arts, science & creativity. They have daily large-group circle time for stories, discussion & music. Nonotuck is a parent cooperative, licensed child care center. Teachers meet & surpass state requirements for early childhood educators.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Award winning children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey around the world to dance and learn about traditional dances from different lands. From the bottom of Latinoamerica to the top of the Irish mountains, we will discover plenty of wonderful and varied music.

Award winning children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey around the world to dance and learn about traditional dances from different lands. From the bottom of Latinoamerica to the top of the Irish mountains, we will discover plenty of wonderful and varied music.

HFVS Traditional Dances from the World Episode
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