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Kid's World Spring 2013 | North/South Edition

Kid's World Spring 2013 | North/South Edition

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Published by Hersam Acorn
Hersam Acorn's spring Kid's World is a special section to The Darien Times, Greenwich Post, The Lewisboro Ledger, New Canaan Advertiser, The Redding Pilot, The Ridgefield Press, The Weston Forum and The Wilton Bullein.
Hersam Acorn's spring Kid's World is a special section to The Darien Times, Greenwich Post, The Lewisboro Ledger, New Canaan Advertiser, The Redding Pilot, The Ridgefield Press, The Weston Forum and The Wilton Bullein.

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Special Section to:
Greenwich Post
The Darien Times
New Canaan Advertiser
The Ridgefield Press
The Wilton Bulletin
The Redding Pilot
The Weston Forum
The Lewisboro Ledger
Kids World 
Good Night Moon … Hello Twilight 
“Read me a story!” “Again! Again!” As a parent of teenagers, it’s been along, long time since those words werespoken. And oh, how I miss them!Practically from birth on, a day did notgo by when a book (or several) was notpart of our day. From “Where the WildThings Are” to the “Magic Treehouse”series, to “Charlie and the ChocolateFactory,” we were able to explore so manyplaces together. But time intervenedand elementary school started flying by.Reading during the day wore down tosolely a chapter at bedtime. Between thehomework at the start of middle school,various evening sports practices, all of a sudden a hug and a kiss and a “sweetdreams” were all that was left of thenighttime ritual. Being hopeful during amiddle school vacation, I happily broughtwhat I thought would be a wonderfulbook to share, but at 11 and 13, bothboys suggested that really, they wouldrather read it to themselves. Sigh.In retrospect, I have come to the real-ization that the books they were goingto be reading next were an echo of theirown growing period, books that wereoften meant for a solitary internal jour-ney. Realistic fiction begins to presentsituations where friends are not able toresolve problems with a smile and a hug.Imaginary lands are fraught with visionsof a future gone awry, not the YellowBrick Road. And while I would haveloved to share in that journey throughreading aloud, I embraced in theory theimportance of working through thoseconflicts in their own heads.The tween and teen (Young Adult or
Books for tweens and teens
By Melissa Thorkilsen
See Books on page 6
Chris Thorkilsen, 17, immerses himself in the latest science fiction book at Elm Street Books in New Canaan.The Young Adult genre is popular and varied. Checking out a possible purchase is Katherine Schlegel, 14, of New Canaan.
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Kids World
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
April 4, 2013
 With pools in many schools and a commu-nity center off nearly every exit of I-95 and theParkway, there’s no shortage of places for kidsin Southwestern Connecticut to learn to swim. And the facility for Wings Over Water School of Swimming in Fairifeld might, at first glance, looklike others. But, being made for swim lessons, thepool is a maximum of 4.5 feet deep, the water is 90degrees, and the instructors are adults.“The people who work here, this is what theydo,” said Melissa Flannery, co-owner of the school,which also has a facility in Brewster, N.Y. “Nooffense to part-time swim instructors, but we don’thire high school students to teach or lifeguards toteach.” Instructors complete 40 hours of training inthe curriculum, plus monthly in-house trainings,and are certified in CPR and first aid.The staff also teaches from inside the pool. “It’s atotally different philosophy. If you want a child tobe underwater, the teacher needs to be in the water. We don’t teach from the deck,” said Flannery, add-ing that instructors also don’t push students whoaren’t comfortable in the water. “Sometimes you justneed to backtrack. We had this little guy who didhis first lessons dry. He never got in the water. Heneeded to establish that trust [with the teacher].”In other words, the approach isn’t “cookie cutter.Each one of those children is different. You haveto be open to seeing each individual child,” shepointed out.The school’s philosophy emphasizes students of allages experiencing the aquatic environment safely andwith joy, and instruction incor-porates the Swimplicity methodfor learning stroke development,tri-athlete training or adaptiveaquatics. The parent and tot pro-grams are particularly popular, asis the beginners program for ages6 and up, Flannery said.“This is where you will see thegreatest improvement in chil-dren. I always joke that the par-ent will give us a call when theirchild does their first cannonball.”The spring session will endin June, and Wings Over Wateroffers programs, as well asbirthday parties, year-round.Its Fairfield location, at 2221Black Rock Turnpike, can bereached at 203-212-3950 or via WingsOverWater.com.
Giving kids ‘Wings Over Water’ 
By Melissa Ezarik
At top: Young children discover the joy of swimming, safely, at Wings Over Water School of Swimming in Fairfield. Bottom: Melissa Flannery, ownerof Wings Over Water, helps a young student get in the swim of things.
It’s not uncommon for children to exhibit somefear or hesitation when first being introducedto swim classes. Melissa Flannery of Wings OverWater School of Swimming will say this to parentsof struggling kids: “If the goal is for your child tolearn to swim, you need to persevere. It’s a lifeskill, and it gets harder as the child gets older.”Cindy Freedman, co-owner of Angelfish Therapy(AngelfishTherapy.com), which provides aquatictherapy and swim lessons to children with sensoryissues and other special needs at five Connecticutlocations, offers these possible strategies for over-coming common roadblocks:• For children who can’t take their feet off thepool bottom, which is due to struggles with thebuoyancy of the water taking away their gravity:try small half-pound ankle weights or canvas ten-nis shoes so they can feel where their legs and feetare in space. To start, have them sit at the stepsand move their feet up and down. Then have them“make” a choo-choo train on the side of the pooland explain that the water makes their feet float,but their bodies are safe.• For those with swimming abilities but a fearof going under water: have the child lay on hisside, cheek in the water, and then turn and blowbubbles. Wipe his face firmly with your hand, andthen his own hand, chin tucked. Explain that theuncomfortable feeling of the water will be washedaway.In any difficult situation, tangible reinforcements— such as reward pegs, coins, or toys — can begreat motivation for testing the water, Freedmansays.
Overcoming Water Fears
April 4, 2013
Kids World
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
The big snowstorms of the past few yearshave meant big sales in four-wheel drivevehicles for families in our state. FordExplorers, Toyota Land Cruisers, CadillacEscalades, Chevrolet Tahoes and, of course, Jeep Cherokees, abound on thehighways and byways of Connecticut. Wagons and minivans may also be seenin abundance, cruising carefully andsurely across snow-covered roads. Andlately, mid-size and larger SUVs havebeen making a big impression (punintended) with families both largeand small.Sport utility and crossover vehicles,as well as luxury wagons, all seemto be the wheels of choice this year.Not only do they perform wellunder snowy and muddy conditions,they also provide large cargo areasand interior space for all the para-phernalia that comes with the terri-tory of multi-kid families. And, theirgood-looking colors and styles makethem easy on the eye as well. According to Joe Christiano of Georgetown Jeep in Norwalk, theGrand Cherokee “is one of the hottestand most awarded sport utility vehi-cles” around for families. The root of itspopularity? The vehicle’s ability to laughat inclement weather, its spaciousness and itssafety features.“Safety features are a big priority,” Christianosaid. “We get a lot of questions about dual airbags,side and front impact and anti-lock brakes.”The perennial bestseller in the large, full-sizeSUV category is the Chevrolet Suburban, fol-lowed closely by the Chevy Tahoe.“The Suburban is still a favorite forfamilies who either lead an active outdoorlifestyle or have multiple kids involved inmultiple sports,” Leo Karl, president of Karl Chevrolet in New Canaan said. “Ithas the largest cargo space of any SUV onthe market; it’s cavernous.”Both the Suburban and the Tahoe canseat up to eight passengers, as can theChevy Traverse, which is a crossovervehicle.“A crossover vehicle means it’s builton more of a car chassis,” Karl said. “It’slower to the ground. The Traverse is all-wheel drive and has great safety ratings.”Karl also said that more and morefamilies today are also looking at fuelefficient vehicles, too.“Those families who don’t necessar-ily need the eight-seaters anymore andwant more fuel efficiency as well, havemade the Chevy Volt very popular.” Whether your idea of a family car isan all-wheel drive, four-wheel drive orfront-wheel drive sporty wagon or sportutility vehicle, you can be assured that yourchoice has your family’s safety in mind. And,although a vehicle is a major purchase, it’shard to put a price on safety.
Which cars are cruising in Connecticut? 
A glimpse at the favorite family cars
By Julie Butler
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