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Parent Skill-Building Workshop in Pooler: Tips for Parenting a Child with Behavior & Communication Challenges, Savannah

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Savannah parent skill building workshop

Children with disruptive behaviors and/or communication challenges can be much more difficult to parent.

Over time you may feel that your current parenting style has become less effective and feel unable to manage your child’s behavior. Kids react to parents, parents react to kids, and over time both create more coercive behaviors toward each other. Because of the continuing struggle, as a parent you may lower your expectations and/or stop paying attention.

Parent training available in Pooler works to make corrections now. It helps to stabilize the home situation and prepares your child for a successful peer interactions too. This training provides proactive strategies that you can take home and use immediately as well as provide a better understanding as to why these power struggles occur.

With training, you will learn how to interact with your children without power struggles. Learn how to reward appropriate behaviors, and create expectations that shift the pattern.

Please click here to register for the Parent Skill-Building Workshop in Pooler.

Register now by clicking here.
$10 per person
$20 per couple

Your workshop leader is Jennifer McGee, Ed.D, LPC. Jennifer has more than 15 years experience working in the special needs community and working with children who experience behavior, communication and anxiety challenges.

Dr. Jennifer McGee provides individual and family counseling for children and adults; she also provides social skill group therapies.

If you have questions about the workshop or would like to schedule for individual counseling or social skills groups, please contact the office by phone or email.
Contact: Jennifer Ranicki
The Mindspring Center
jennifer@mindspringcenter.com
912-748-6463

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com  Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

You’re invited: Open House at Savannah Honor Academy, a new private, independent K-5 school

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Savannah private schools Savannah Honor Academy You’re invited to an open house at Savannah Honor Academy, which will be a new independent K-5 school in midtown Savannah. Please click here for more information.

Open House
Sunday March 2
2 pm at 22 E. 38th Street ((the yellow house on the corner of 38th & Drayton). Reservations are required. RSVP to MarlaCocalis@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

Refreshments & childcare will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Connect with Savannah Honor Academy on Facebook here.

Savannah Honor Academy, email marlacocalis@yahoo.com,  www.SavannahHonorAcademy.com, Savannah Honor Academy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Free Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Erigo Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents SavannahFree Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents @ Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street, Savannah, 31405.

This event takes place the first Tuesday of every month and is always free.

time: 10am to 11:30am
date: March 4th, 2014
phone: 912-544-6387
email: support@erigosavannah.com
web site: http://erigosavannah.com

Come and meet fellow parents and kids. Discuss and learn different ways to enjoy parenthood. Cate Glyn-Jones, registered nurse, midwife, and lactation consultant, will be on hand to answer all of your questions. This is a free event with refreshments served and takes place the first Tuesday of every month.

FREE Holiday Technology Shopping Guide for Savannah Parents: What to Buy & What Not to Buy for Child Safety

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

St. Andrew's School private schools on the coast, SavannahYou’re invited to a FREE Holiday Technology Shopping Presentation for Parents at St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island.

7 PM Thurs. Dec. 12 Bell Hall Media Center at St. Andrew’s School
Parent Presentation on Best Technologies for Families
Free of Charge & Open to the Public
897.4941

National technology expert, Katie Koestner, is “coming to town” and you can be sure that good boys and girls will delight and benefit from what she has to teach us. Bring your gift ideas and technology questions, and get ready add to your list.

Update your knowledge on what’s developmentally appropriate for children of all ages when it comes to iPads, iPhones and Internet access.

Meet the Presenter: Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine and is the subject of an HBO Movie. She has lectured at over 2500 institutions throughout North America, including Harvard, Princeton, Wharton, Stanford, the Pentagon, Phillips Academy, Vanguard, the Girl Scouts of America, and the US Departments of Justice, Defense and Education. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, MTV, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight, as well as dozens of other national news programs. She is the author of over 100 books, articles, blogs, and chapters on internet safety and healthy relationship issues. Katie is the architect of federal student safety legislation. On the topic of Cyber-Safety and Cyber-Smarts, Ms. Koestner’s witty, fast-paced programs are packed with all the essentials. Katie’s humor and stories keep her audiences engaged. Her clear instruction distills complicated information into manageable morsels.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

See your baby for the first time @ Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio, Savannah

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Cherished 4D Ultrasounds SavannahEnd the wait & see!

See your baby for the first time in amazing 4D ultrasound technology at Savannah’s newly opened Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio, located at 7505 Waters Ave, Unit A-5 Savannah, 31406.
. Cherish every moment of your baby’s beautiful face with Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio! Take a 3D/4D sneak peek inside the womb or find out your baby’s gender as early as 16 weeks.
. Offering SonoStream Live to allow anyone from around the world to view your experience with you. Great for deployed soldiers or grandparents that live in another state. Make your appointment today.
. Learn more by liking Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio on Facebook here.
Experience 3D/4D Ultrasounds at Cherished 4D in Savannah. For you convenience, you can make an appointment online here.
Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio, www.Cherished4D.com,  (912)358-2030, 7505 Waters Ave, Unit A-5 Savannah, 31406. On Facebook here Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

St. Andrew’s School teachers pick their favorite educational iPad apps for children

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Best educational iPad games apps for children Savannah

Dr. Kelley Waldron, Lower School Head

St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island has many features that we love. One that really makes us swoon here at SouthernMamas.com is how cleverly the school incorporates technology into the classroom. Which is why it wasn’t surprising last school year when St. Andrew’s was named Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-13 academic year for its use of the iPad and Apple technology as tools to create a relevant and engaging school experience for its students.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that excel in areas of innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s shared vision of exemplary learning environments.

St. Andrew’s has implemented iPad usage for all of its students, pre-K through 12th-grade.

As Dr. Kelley Waldron, Lower School Head, said:
“The iPad is never a replacement for best practices or seen as the curriculum- it is a tool in the classroom. The value of this tool is that it allows teachers to differentiate instruction by offering extra challenge to a student ready to move on, or reinforcement of a skill or concept for a student who needs the extra time to understand and master it. The best apps engage students in variety of learning modalities- asking them to solve problems, kinesthetically move letters or numbers, engage creatively with the content, and work in a self-paced fashion.”

So we asked St. Andrew’s teachers to share some of the top apps they love. Here are their picks:

BB Magic Apps – Teach basic phonics, right to left reading and spelling, blending and sight words

Endless Alphabet App– Educational and entertaining at the same time

Tally Tots App – A counting app that offers 20 different activities

St. Andrew’s is an independent International Baccalaureate World School committed to being a leader in 21st Century teaching and learning, which includes a curricular focus on creativity, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and character. For more information on the Pre-K 3 through Grade Twelve school, visit www.saintschool.com  or call 912.897.4941.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Dynamic Parenting Series with Parent/Family Coach Patrick Byrd @ Ganesha’s Place yoga studio, Savannah

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Dynamic Parenting Classes in Savannah @ Ganesha's Place

Dynamic Parenting : Parenting with Consciousness series at Ganesha’s Place yoga studio in Savannah. In this fun and interactive presentation, parents will explore four powerful ideas that will eliminate conflict with your children & make parenting fun again.

  • Change & clarify the focus of your parenting.
  • Foster mutually respectful & trusting relationships with your children.
  • Nurture yourself as well as your children to create greater personal harmony.
  • Implement practical tools to access more patience and neutrality.
  • Apply deep listening and communication skills to help your child grow.
  • Reframe parenting conflicts as opportunities for growth, healing & learning.

Deadline to sign up is Oct. 2.  To register or more information email kate@ganeshasplace.com or call (912)665-4199 or visit www.ganeshasplace.com

Ganesha’s Place offers a variety of yoga classes as well as therapeutic classes including yoga for special needs kids, children with autism & restorative yoga for caretakers.

What we love about Ganesha’s Place is that it’s a spot to explore, heal and have fun. Ganesha’s can be a place for the whole family: you’re not required to be athletic or wear special outfits. Yoga therapy at Ganesha’s regulates and improves the balance between health and wellness without the intimidating images of body contortions and “pretzels”.

Keep up with Ganesha’s Place on Facebook here.

Ganesha’s Place, at the corner of Barnard & 40th St. @ 2323 Barnard St., 912-665-4199, http://ganeshasplace.com/ Ganesha’s Place is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Chiropractic Care for Children and Infants to Help with Colic, Torticollis, Ear Infections & So Much More

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

 

Ranicki Chiropractic Banner Ad

Chiropractic Care for Children and Infants is important to their development. The top 5 reasons Children and Infants should see a Chiropractor are:

1. Immune Function (Reducing the incidence of colds, ear aches, and flues)

2. ADD//ADHD (Helping with attention and behavior without the use of medicine)

3. Autism

4. Asthma and/or Allergies

5. Scoliosis

For more information on Children and Chiropractic Care click here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology opens new satellite office in Pooler in addition to their Savannah location

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Thrive OB-GYN opens in PoolerCongratulations to the dynamo-sister team at Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on the opening of their SECOND office in our area. Thrive is now seeing patients at their new satellite office in Pooler, in addition to their Savannah practice in the Candler Professional Building.

The new Pooler practice is @ 114 Canal St. Suite 403 and is open Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch just opened their first practice in Savannah this past May. So we’re thrilled to see how well the community has responded to manner in which these two deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 & 114 Canal St. Suite 403 Pooler,  tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com  Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

You’re invited: Open House at Maggie’s Morning School, Fri. Aug. 16, Savannah (Savannah preschools, pre-K)

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Savannah part-time pre-K for 4-year-olds Maggies Morning School

The popular Savannah preschool Maggie’s Morning School will have an Open House Friday, August 16, from 4-6 pm. Come & find out what makes Maggie’s “The Creative Alternative” for Pre-school.

Maggie’s Morning School is a NAEYC accredited private, non-profit pre-school at 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405.

Mission Maggie’s Morning School provides a developmentally appropriate, quality learning experience for a diverse student body in a safe, creative, and nurturing environment. The focus is on the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of each and every child through hands on activities and support by working together with families, well-trained teachers, and community resources.

Description Maggie’s Morning School has been serving Savannah since 1982. The school has 2, 3, and 5 half day and full day programs for children 18 months (by Sept. 1) through age four, and the Bright From the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Pre-Kindergarten program. Maggie’s provides an exceptional and unique learning environment in order to facilitate social, emotional, physical and intellectual development in each child.

For the school year, Maggie’s serves children ages 18 months (by Sept 1) through 3 classes of State-Funded (FREE) Pre-K. Maggie’s Morning School in Savannah offers part-time preschool for 4-year-olds.

Call (912) 352-8404 or (912) 352-8065 for more info or click here. Tell them SouthernMamas.com sent you!

Stay connected by “liking” Maggie’s Morning School on Facebook here.

Maggie’s Morning School, 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405, www.maggiesmorningschool.org,  On Facebook here. (912) 352-8404, (912) 352-8065 Maggie’s Morning School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Dyslexia Tutoring in Savannah with an Orton-Gillingham Academy trained tutor

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Dyslexia tutoring in Savannah

For many kids dealing with dyslexia, back-to-school means back to struggling to master the skills of reading and writing.

With the right help, dyslexia and related reading problems can be overcome. Take the first step to cracking the code and learning about the skills that can be life changing by visiting the Dyslexia Tutoring in Savannah Web site.

Dyslexia is the most under-diagnosed learning disability and is at the root of many academic difficulties.

Reading tutor Casey Welsh offers the one-on-one Orton-Gillingham Approach reading tutoring to students. Casey is an Orton-Gillingham trained tutor. Learn more by clicking here.

Dyslexia Tutoring in Savannah, contact Casey Welsh, info@dyslexiasavannah.com , 912.507.1868, http://www.dyslexiasavannah.com/ , Dyslexia Tutoring in Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

You’re invited: 90-Day Challenge health discovery workshop, Savannah

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

 

Dr. Ranicki's 90 Day Challenge Health Workshop, Savannah 2013

You’re invited to take part in the 90-Day Challenge. Learn more at a health discovery workshop with Dr. Ranicki’s Creating Wellness Center.

Attend the workshop
August 20th, 6:30-7 PM
OR
August 22nd, 12:30-1 PM

DISCOVERY WORKSHOP will include:
•Secrets To Losing The Extra Weight In 3 Quick And Easy Steps
•The TRUE CAUSE Of Disease And Illness
•The 3 Causes Of Stress That Are Robbing You Of Life
•How To Harness Live, Nutrient Rich Foods, For Rocket Fuel Energy
•Better Results From Your Workouts, In A Fraction Of The Time!
•3 Hidden Causes of weight gain that are rarely discussed in most weight loss programs

Learn to stay or get on track for your food, fitness & wellness goals.

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT call 912-376-1506 or email info@RanickiChiropractic.com MORE INFO HERE.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com

Coastal Parents of Multiples Community Yard Sale, Pooler

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Mutiples Twins Triplets Support Group Savannah Pooler

Coastal Parents of Multiples is group for parents of multiples in Savannah!

The group provides information, connection, advice & support.

For more information, visit the Coastal Parents of Multiples Web site by clicking here. Email: cpom.sav@gmail.com

Maggie’s Morning School in Savannah offers part-time preschool for 4-year-olds

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Savannah part-time pre-K for 4-year-olds Maggies Morning School

 

Call (912) 352-8404 or (912) 352-8065 for more info or click here. Tell them SouthernMamas.com sent you!

Stay connected by “liking” Maggie’s Morning School on Facebook here.

Maggie’s Morning School, 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405, www.maggiesmorningschool.org,  On Facebook here. (912) 352-8404, (912) 352-8065 Maggie’s Morning School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Tater Bugs cloth diaper store opens in Pooler (Savannah cloth diapers)

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Cloth Diapers in Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head Is., BlufftonWe’re so thrilled to tell you about a new cloth diaper boutique in our area!

Check out Tater Bugs in Pooler – Savannah’s only cloth diaper store & more. Details here.

Tater Bugs has gift registry, free gift wrapping, consignment, and an array of the finest, most natural products for you and your little ones. Looking for something that Tater Bugs doesn’t have? Just give Erica or Leslie a call at the store and they will do what we can to help you out. Call 912-656-7326.

Learn about cloth diapers
FREE Cloth Diaper 101 Class @ new Tater Bugs, a new cloth diaper boutique, 309 Hwy 80, Pooler, Georgia 31322 this Sat. July 27 at 2 PM. Learn all about cloth diapering from the Low Country Real Diaper Circle. There will also be a drawing for a gift bag full of goodies. Details here.

Come see Tater Bugs for all your cloth diaper and natural parenting needs.

They carry:
environmentally friendly products for all ages
Charlie’s Soap and Rockin’ Green products
Cj’s BUTTer
Boba and Tula carriers
Essential oils
Dr Bronners products
Gift Certificates
Consignment
Gift Registry
Ju Ju Be and much more!

Tater Bugs takes orders over the phone and will ship anywhere in the US. Call 912-656-7326.

Stay connected to Tater Bugs events & more by liking their Facebook page here.

Tater Bugs also has a play area for kids and an area where mommies can relax & feed their babies anyway they choose.

Tater Bugs cloth diaper boutique, www.taterbugssavannah.com, 912-656-7326, email leslie@taterbugssavannah.com  309 Hwy 80 Pooler, Georgia 31322

St. Andrew’s School forms new partnership with Thrive Cafe to provide student & faculty meals

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

St. Andrew's only Savannah private school named one of most challenging schools in the U.S.

Imagine if your child’s daily school lunches were going to come from a popular green-certified restaurant next school year?

That’s the welcome & innovative news at St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island, which recently partnered with Thrive Café, Savannah’s first and only green certified restaurant & caterer.

Thrive Café will begin providing all student & faculty meals at the private independent school beginning August 2013. The partnership is designed to bring healthy, affordable food to the Pre K – Grade 12 school on a daily basis.

In 2008, Chef Wendy Armstrong started Thrive Café. Thrive uses green methods in their daily business practices and works with over 20 local farms to source ingredients for delicious food with a healthy twist.

Some of the new and exciting plans include using all natural meats, preparing more local vegetables, serving no fried foods and pouring local hormone free milk. The St. Andrew’s garden will also take a prominent focus with this newly formed partnership.

Visit us www.saintschool.com  or www.thrivecarryoutcafe.com  for more information.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

(New Savannah Ob/Gyn Practice)Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology: A Sisterhood of Caring

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Thrive Savannah Obstetricians Gynecologists

We’re thrilled to tell you about a new obstetrics & gynecology practice in Savannah: Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology.

At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Candler Professional Building, Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch’s goal is to deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Savannah Magazine features a must-read article “How to Raise a Savannahian”

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

How to Raise a Safe SavannahianWe here at SouthernMamas always enjoy Savannah Magazine. Especially the May/June 2013 issue that features the article “How to Raise a Savannahian”

We particularly appreciate one break-out feature in the article (which unfortunately is not available online) entitled “How to Raise a Safe Savannahian”. It’s an interview with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department’s Crime Prevention Office Cpl. John Simmons. Cpl. Simmons gives advice on a variety of parenting topics including:

1. Talk Tough About Guns: excerpt “…all parents need to sit down with their children and talk to them about gun safety. Explain what a weapon is and that it is not for show and tell – and it’s not to be touched without your supervision…”

2. Fight Crime with Caution: excerpt “The child should be conditioned to know that if the stranger keeps getting closer, he or she needs to turn and run away, find a safe place and call 911.”

3. Keep an eye on the Internet: excerpt “the Web is the number one threat to our children’s safety.”

4. Guard the cell phone: excerpt “Cool phone. May I see it?” That’s a question predators often ask potential victims, so the answer should always be no.”

You’re invited: Meet & Greet on May 29 at new JEA Preschool Savannah

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Best Preschools in Savannah: JEA Preschool Savannah

Did the pre-K lottery not go as you’d hoped?

Is your precious toddler ready to expand his/her world and begin developing preschool social skills?

Check out the new JEA Preschool Savannah . It’s a program focused on providing a strong preschool experience in a nurturing environment with low teacher to student ratio. The preschool is now accepting applications. Meet & Greet on May 29th at 5:30pm at the JEA. Free babysitting available; reservations required. For more information go to www.savannahjea.org  or call 912-355-8111.

About JEA Preschool Savannah JEA Preschool Savannah, located in the Jewish Educational Alliance community center at 5111 Abercorn Street, will open its doors in August 2013. The school, which will serve the needs of children ages 16 months through 4 years, focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The core curriculum, led by qualified and experienced teachers, is available Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extended hours are available daily from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on JEA Preschool Savannah, please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 228), email preschool@savj.org  or visit www.savannahjea.org .

JEA Preschool Savannah, 5111 Abercorn St., Savannah, www.savannahjea.org, 912-355-8111 (ext. 228), email preschool@savj.org  JEA Preschool is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Author/Educator to speak at JEA on May 19, Savannah

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Worried about your child’s education?

You’re invited to come to talk on education “Keys to Bringing Out Creativity & Intelligence in Yourself & Your Offspring” given by Author/Educator Bernie Schein at the JEA in Savannah at 10 AM Sun. May 19

KEYS TO BRINGING OUT CREATIVITY & INTELLIGENCE IN YOURSELF AND YOUR OFFSPRING
Featuring Bernie Schein
May 19th 10 am
@ Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Savannah,  31405
Free to JEA Members, $8 for community guests
Price Includes breakfast

American education has it backwards. Emotion, not reason – true emotion, no more easily arrived at than the solution to a complex math problem – is the engine that drives the machinery of great works and great lives. Thought – great thought – is the PRODUCT, not the driver of that engine.

Bernie Schein, educator, will share his views and lead a discussion on everything from the shortcomings of the SAT and No Child Left Behind to the need for students to be emotionally open and aware before true learning can take place.

Bernie Schein, a native of Beaufort, S.C., received his Master’s in Education and educational psychology from Harvard. He has been a principal, director of teacher training, and teacher of creative writing and literature at the middle and high school levels. He is author of “If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom” (with foreword by Pat Conroy).

JEA Preschool Savannah, 5111 Abercorn St., Savannah, www.savannahjea.org, 912-355-8111 (ext. 228), email preschool@savj.org  JEA Preschool is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

 

Learn how to talk to your children about protecting themselves from abduction & abuse at free Savannah event organized by The Next Generation

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
learn how to protect your child against abuction, abuse at Savannah safety eventThe Next Generation’s first Educational Social Event of the year is coming up on Tuesday, May 21st from 6 to 8pm at the Savannah Golf Club.
This year, The Next Generation has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will be hosting a Take 25 event!
You’re invited to attend to find out protective measures to help keep our children safer.
Dr. Margee McKenna will present practical advise to equip parents and caregivers to effectively talk to their children about ways to protect themselves from abduction and abuse.
Many of us take for granted communicating with our kids about safety and think that no one will ever abduct our children.  However, it could happen to any one of us. More than 2,000 children are reported as missing to law enforcement every day. Out of over 7,000 confirmed attempted abductions, analysis shows the following:
69% of victims are female
41 % are between the ages of 10-14
35% occur while a child is walking along to/from school, the school bus or riding a bicycle
35% occur between the hours of 2pm through 7pm on a weekday
Suspects: 96% are male, 48% are white
72 % involve a vehicle
Please come to this event and learn about how to communicate with your young children about these topics.
Organizers will also provide resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, including Conversation Starters and Child ID kits.  Please spread the word about this event.
Anyone is welcome and it is a free event.  There will be a cash bar.  Please RSVP to rsvp@nextgenerationsavannah.com by May 17.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area provide adult & pediatric medical care 24 hrs, 7 days a wk

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

24 Hour Medical Care in Savannah, Sandfly, Pooler & Tybee Urgent Care 24/7 is here for you & your family, offering complete medical care when you need it, where you need it.

Life is 24/7 and so is Urgent Care 24/7.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area are full-service urgent care centers providing adult and pediatric medical care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you or a loved one need prompt medical attention, Urgent Care 24/7 are available with a compassionate and well-trained staff.

Extremely reasonable rates.

No insurance of any kind accepted. However, Urgent Care 24/7 provides you with all the information you need to file your claim with your insurance company.

Urgent Care has FOUR locations in the Savannah area:
* Historic Savannah, 144 Lincoln St., Savannah, 31401
* Tybee Island, 602 1st St., Suite A, Tybee Is. 31328
* Sandfly, 7400 Skidaway Road, Suite B, Savannah, 31406
* Pooler, 9 Mill Creek Circle, Suite A-1, Pooler, 31322

Urgent Care 24/7 Savannah, (912) 234-CARE (2273) email info@urgentcare247.com , www.urgentcare247.com On Facebook here. Urgent Care 24/7 is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

You’re invited: Family-friendly Savannah Mother’s Day Walk for common sense gun legislation like background checks

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Savannah Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense

SAVANNAH MOTHER’S DAY WALK: Eight mothers lose a child to gun violence every day in America. That is simply unacceptable.

Join the Savannah chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for a non-partisan Mother’s Day Walk in Forsyth Park and show our elected officials that we stand united for common sense gun laws.

Join us 4 PM Sunday, May 12th for a family-friendly Mother’s Day Walk in Savannah’s Forsyth Park. Participants are asked to carry 8 paper flowers to honor the 8 children lost to gun violence every day in this country. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to take a stand for common sense gun control laws to protect ALL our children!

Moms Demand Action is a non-partisan group of moms, dads, friends and concerned citizens devoted to enacting common sense gun legislation like universal background checks.

RSVP here.

Stay connected & updated by liking the Savannah chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America by clicking here

Spread the word to your friends, family, and to our Congresspeople that we have had ENOUGH gun violence in this country.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area provide adult & pediatric medical care 24 hrs, 7 days a wk

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

24 Hour Medical Care in Savannah, Sandfly, Pooler & Tybee Urgent Care 24/7 is here for you & your family, offering complete medical care when you need it, where you need it.

Life is 24/7 and so is Urgent Care 24/7.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area are full-service urgent care centers providing adult and pediatric medical care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you or a loved one need prompt medical attention, Urgent Care 24/7 are available with a compassionate and well-trained staff.

Extremely reasonable rates.

No insurance of any kind accepted. However, Urgent Care 24/7 provides you with all the information you need to file your claim with your insurance company.

Urgent Care has FOUR locations in the Savannah area:
* Historic Savannah, 144 Lincoln St., Savannah, 31401
* Tybee Island, 602 1st St., Suite A, Tybee Is. 31328
* Sandfly, 7400 Skidaway Road, Suite B, Savannah, 31406
* Pooler, 9 Mill Creek Circle, Suite A-1, Pooler,  31322

Urgent Care 24/7 Savannah, (912) 234-CARE (2273) email info@urgentcare247.com , www.urgentcare247.com  On Facebook here. Urgent Care 24/7 is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

JEA Preschool Savannah: a nurturing environment with a low teacher to student ratio

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Best Preschools in Savannah: JEA Preschool SavannahDid the pre-K lottery not go as you’d hoped? Is your precious toddler ready to expand his/her world and begin developing preschool social skills?

Check out the new JEA Preschool Savannah . It’s a program focused on providing a strong preschool experience in a nurturing environment with low teacher to student ratio. The preschool is now accepting applications. Meet & Greet on April 25th at 5:30pm at the JEA. Free babysitting available; reservations required. For more information go to www.savannahjea.org  or call 912-355-8111 .

About JEA Preschool Savannah JEA Preschool Savannah, located in the Jewish Educational Alliance community center at 5111 Abercorn Street, will open its doors in August 2013. The school, which will serve the needs of children ages 16 months through 4 years, focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The core curriculum, led by qualified and experienced teachers, is available Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extended hours are available daily from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on JEA Preschool Savannah, please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 228), email preschool@savj.org  or visit www.savannahjea.org .

JEA Preschool Savannah, 5111 Abercorn St., Savannah, www.savannahjea.org, 912-355-8111 (ext. 228), email preschool@savj.org  JEA Preschool is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

See your baby for the first time @ Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio, Savannah

Monday, April 15th, 2013
See your baby for the first time in amazing 3D & 4D ultrasound technology at new Savannah Cherished 4D ultrasound studioEnd the wait & see!
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See your baby for the first time in amazing 4D ultrasound technology at Savannah’s newly opened Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio, located at 7505 Waters Ave, Unit A-5 Savannah, 31406.
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Cherish every moment of your baby’s beautiful face with Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio! Take a 3D/4D sneak peek inside the womb or find out your baby’s gender as early as 16 weeks.
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Offering SonoStream Live to allow anyone from around the world to view your experience with you. Great for deployed soldiers or grandparents that live in another state. Make your appointment today.
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Learn more by liking Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio on Facebook here.
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Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio, www.Cherished4D.com,  (912)358-2030, 7505 Waters Ave, Unit A-5 Savannah, 31406. On Facebook here Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Update on Savannah-Chatham Public Schools Pre-K Waiting List Problems

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Savannah-Chatham public school system responses to 2013 problems with pre-K waiting list changesPre-K Lottery Update:

We heard from several moms recently who were surprised by changes to the pre-K wait list this year for Savannah-Chatham public schools. Basically,  if your child was accepted to one of your school choices, then he/she was not put on the waiting list for your other choices. In the past, students who were not accepted to their choices were automatically put on the waiting list. You can read parents’ concerns on the SouthernMamas.com Facebook page.

This change negatively affects those parents whose neighborhood school is not a good school, but they were required to make it one of their choices. Now they’ve been accepted to their neighborhood school & were not even put on the waiting list for their school of choice.

District 1 Savannah-Chatham County School Board Member Julie Wade looked into parents’ complaints & below are the answers she received.

Below are responses to Julie Wade’s questions about this year’s changes in the pre-K waiting list process. The repsonses are from David Feliciano, Chief Data and Accountability Officer for Savannah-Chatham Public School System:

There are two places we provided information on choice scenarios for parents to review and be aware of. One was above the choice selection list on the online application. The other reference was on our public website FAQ for Lottery. Since the lottery has completed, the FAQs have been replaced with FAQ for Registration. Below is a copy of the information that was posted:

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Pre-K school choice scenarios:
1. The family lives in a school attendance zone that has a Pre-K Program.

• If the family only wants to attend the Pre-K program in their school attendance zone, select the school as the first choice selection and leave the other two blank.

• If the family wants to attend a Pre-K program that is not in their school attendance zone, select the school as the first choice selection and select the attendance zone school as the second choice. The third choice can be left blank.

• If the family wants to maximize their opportunity for entry into a Pre-K program, enter three choices with one of them being the attendance zone school.
2. The family lives in a school attendance zone that does not have a Pre-K program.

• If the family only wants to attend a specific Pre-K program, select the school as the first choice selection and leave the other two blank.

• If the family wants to maximize their opportunity for entry into a Pre-K program, enter three choices.

Note: If a family is selected for a Pre-K slot, they will no longer be on any wait list.

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When the lottery was designed, it was designed to support community schools. Two specific rules impacted parent choices in the lottery:

• Priority is to be given to families that live within the Pre-K Center attendance zone.

• Families are required to list their attendance zone Pre-K Center as one of three choices.

Once a Pre-K slot is provided within the county, families are taken off of any other wait list. This was done to prevent families from holding wait list positions when they are already attending a Pre-K program within SCCPSS.

Q: For those that were not placed anywhere and are on two or three wait lists, can they withdraw from some of the wait lists?

A: Parents can remove their child from any wait list and still remain on others. Only when they accept a slot into a Pre-K program they are removed from others. The family that is on Shuman’s list can call the school and have their child pulled from the wait list. The child will still be listed on the other Pre-K program wait list. We will post this information on the website and provide it to the schools as this particular scenario was not covered.

Options for consideration:

The second rule listed above can be removed from the system. In doing so, families can pick and choose any Pre-K center of their choice, have the option of only entering one, two, or up to three Pre-K center, and don’t have to list their attendance zone school.

The above are responses to District 1 Savannah-Chatham County School Board Member Julie Wade’s questions about this year’s changes in the Pre-K waiting list process. The responses are from David Feliciano, Chief Data and Accountability Officer Savannah-Chatham Public School System.

Maggie’s Morning School in Savannah offers preschool, state-funded FREE Pre-K & summer programs (half-day & full-day child care in Savannah)

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Free State-Funded Pre-K in Savannah: Maggie's Morning School

Worried about where your child is going to attend preschool next year or trying to find a FREE, quality state-funded pre-K program in Savannah?

If so, you’ll be thrilled to learn about Maggie’s Morning School, a NAEYC accredited private, non-profit pre-school. This popular, beloved well-established Savannah school offers hands-on learning and a child-centered approach that encourages exploration and independence through a well prepared environment.

Mission
Maggie’s Morning School provides a developmentally appropriate, quality learning experience for a diverse student body in a safe, creative, and nurturing environment. The focus is on the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of each and every child through hands on activities and support by working together with families, well-trained teachers, and community resources.

Description
Maggie’s Morning School has been serving Savannah since 1982. The school has 2, 3, and 5 half day and full day programs for children 18 months (by Sept. 1) through age four, and the Bright From the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Pre-Kindergarten program.
Maggie’s provides an exceptional and unique learning environment in order to facilitate social, emotional, physical and intellectual development in each child.

Please come visit the school at 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405 and see why Maggie’s Morning School is  “The Creative Alternative!”

Upcoming events at Maggie’s Morning School which are open to the public include: 

1) Gently-Used Sale Saturday April 20, 8 a.m. – Noon. School parking lot. Indoors if there is inclement weather.

2) Open House Week – Monday April 22 – Friday April 26. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a..m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Come see what makes Maggie’s “The Creative Alternative” for Pre-school and learn about Maggie’s summer program “Earthworks”.

For the school year, Maggie’s serves children ages 18 months (by Sept 1) through 3 classes of State-Funded (FREE) Pre-K.

For the summer program, Maggie’s serves children 18 months (by Sept 1) through children entering 2nd grade.

Call (912) 352-8404 or (912) 352-8065 for more info or click here.  Tell them SouthernMamas.com sent you!

Stay connected by “liking” Maggie’s Morning School on Facebook here.

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My Smart Hands baby sign language classes now available in Savannah to help boost verbal skills & prepare for preschool

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

My Smart Hands baby sign language classes to boost verbal development now available in SavannahImagine communicating with your baby before he or she can even speak. Baby sign language reduces frustration, accelerates verbal development and strengthens cognitive skills. It also enhances child-parent bonding through time spent teaching signs to your baby.

Research shows that pre-verbal infants can communicate through the use of sign language long before they can verbalize their needs. For example, an NIH funded study compared two groups of 11 month old babies. One group was taught baby sign language. The second group was given verbal training. Overall it proved to be the signing babies who were more advanced talkers. A follow up when the babies were 2 years old found that the signers continued to be more verbal. The signing children tested approximately 3 months ahead of the non-signers at 2 years old.*

The authors of the NIH study, followed up with the children at 8 years old. Surprisingly, there was still a difference. Signers showed IQ’s 12 points higher than the non-signers, even though they had long since stopped signing. This put the signers in the top-25% of eight year olds, compared to the non-signers who were close to average.**

My Smart Hands is an international, award winning, 100% ASL program designed to teach sign language to pre-verbal infants and young children. My Smart Hands not only recognizes the value of giving children the gift of self-expression, they also know that baby signing is FUN!

The My Smart Hands program is designed to engage both the minds and the giggles of their students.

My Smart Hands is now available in Savannah! My Smart Hands offers 4 to 8 week classes as well as weekend workshops. The cost ranges from $75 to $130 and includes all handbooks and materials. Evening classes are available and dates, times and locations are determined by consultation with, and consideration for the needs of students.

Want to join My Smart Hands? See the Savannah My Smart Hands website  by clicking here for detailed information on the courses themselves, to contact My Smart Hands with any questions or to sign up. So go ahead, take a peek! Sign up for a few giggles for you and your little one. My Smart Hands can’t wait to meet you!

Please “like” My Smart Hands in Savannah on Facebook by clicking here to stay connected.

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* Susan W. Goodwyn, Linda P. Acredolo and Catherine A. Brown. Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 24, 81-103 (2000).

** Linda P. Acredolo, and Susan W. Goodwyn, The Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy on IQ at Age 8, International Conference on Infant Studies (July 18, 2000: Brighton, UK)

You’re invited: JEA Preschool Meet & Greet for prospective parents & caregivers on April 25, Savannah

Monday, April 8th, 2013

JEA Preschool Savannah will host Meet & Greet March 20Not sure where to send your child to preschool for the upcoming school year 2013-14? Check out the new JEA Preschool Savannah , which will host a Meet and Greet for prospective parents and caregivers at 5:30 PM Thurs. April 25 2013.

This dynamic new preschool, located at the Jewish Educational Alliance at 5111 Abercorn Street, will open its doors to children ages 16 months to 4 years in August, 2013. Enrollment is now open for all classes.

During the Meet and Greet, attendees will have an opportunity to meet preschool director Jodi Sadler and the teaching staff, view model classroom furnishings and learn about the enriched preschool JEA Camp Savannah program for 3 and 4 year olds. The evening will include a light snacks; free childcare will be available. Reservations are required. Please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 228) or email preschool@savj.org  to reserve a spot.

JEA Preschool Savannah has been in the planning stages for the past two years. The school was created to provide for the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The age-appropriate curriculum, led by qualified and experienced teachers, will focus on literacy, writing, math, science, music, art and movement all within the special facilities of the JEA.

“I am truly excited about the creation of our program of excellence, JEA Preschool Savannah,” said Sadler, a longtime educator and former assistant principal at Chatham Academy. “When parents and children walk into the school, I want them to see and feel two things: love and security. I know that the quality of the program, excellence of the facilities, and perfect location will make this one of the most attractive and dynamic programs in the area.”

The dynamic preschool will include spacious classrooms and an innovative outdoor space where children can explore, interact with and connect to the environment. The preschool’s core curriculum will be available Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children have the option of attending three or five days per week. Extended hours are available daily as early as 7 a.m. and until 6 p.m. to serve the needs of working families.

JEA Preschool Savannah is open to both JEA members and non members.

About JEA Preschool Savannah
JEA Preschool Savannah, located in the Jewish Educational Alliance community center at 5111 Abercorn Street, will open its doors in August 2013. The school, which will serve the needs of children ages 16 months through 4 years, focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The core curriculum, led by qualified and experienced teachers, is available Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extended hours are available daily from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on JEA Preschool Savannah, please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 228), email preschool@savj.org  or visit www.savannahjea.org .

JEA Preschool Savannah, 5111 Abercorn St., Savannah, www.savannahjea.org, 912-355-8111 (ext. 228), email preschool@savj.org  JEA Preschool is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

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