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Get Active with Andrew: Locomotor Fun

Now, when I say locomotor, this isn't about a train. Rather it's about the locomotion of kids, and how they should know how to move by the time they reach 3rd grade. Can you even imagine how difficult it would be for you to be active as adults if you didn't learn these basic skills! Don't take them for granted!

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Get Active with Andrew: The Big Three

This blog covers the 3 main muscle groups: Core, Legs and Arms. These are muscle groups you should have your kids focus on when doing exercises. With exercise and being active, it's all about balance with being healthy!

In Physical Education, we are looking for a few things:

  • Good cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Building on upper body, core muscular strength/endurance
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Get Active with Andrew: Body Part Identification

Salutations!

My name is Andrew Mantzaris. I am a local Physical Educator for elementary students, sports coach, and life-time mover. My job entails getting children and young adults moving. I don't just want kids to get involved in sports or going outside, but to really enjoy and be passionate about being active as they grow up. Whether it's with friends, family or classmates, the limits of having fun while being active are endless.

These blogs are a resource for you as the adult to work with the kiddos when they don't have the opportunity to go to P.E. at school or if you have some extra time at home.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Baby Swim Lessons

This spring I enrolled Bastian in infant swimming lessons. I was so anxious to put him in his little swim trunks and play around with him in the water. But a part of me was nervous he wouldn't like the water, or at least wouldn't like a lesson. But I knew for his safety and my piece-of-mind, he would need to learn how to swim. 

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Introducing Solid Foods

I remember the day we first gave Bastian solid food. My husband and I were so excited! We had been putting Bastian in his highchair for a little over a month during meal-time to get him interested in what goes on at the table. We waited to try solids with Bastian until he was 6 months old. I decided that introducing vegetables first would be the best option for us. I made my own sweet potato puree and was sure he would just love it. We were so excited to see him gobble down his first bites of real human food…but after one bite he was done. We were so sad! I thought to myself, 'he will never eat!' 'I have a picky eater!'

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Cholesterol Screening in Children

New guidelines now suggest screening 9 - 11 year old children for cholesterol. This new recommendation will help identify those children at risk for cardiovascular disease - before it progresses.
 

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Glowing, Bouncy Egg and Other Egg Science Experiments

With Easter just around the corner, we have been enjoying all sorts of crafts and activities with eggs! While they're lots of fun for eating and dying, they can also be the subject of several science experiments. Here are the full instructions for making a glowing, bouncy egg plus lots of other ideas for egg-citing science projects!

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Getting Your Toddler to Sleep

It's the end of a long day and you have finally sat down to unwind after getting the kids to bed when suddenly you hear that familiar patter of little feet. Oh no, you know exactly where this is going… "Mommy, I can't sleep."

Your first thought probably is, "You've only been up there for 5 minutes, no one falls asleep that fast. I just got on the computer/started watching my shows/etc... PLEASE go to bed." But you know that kind of reason doesn't resonate with a toddler. It's time to go into bedtime combat role.

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Energizing Kids with Exercise Games + Printables

Exercise.

It's something we all know is important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that "children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day." Oh boy, sometimes that's easy, especially when the weather outside is nice, but let's face it, when it's cold outside, sometimes it's pretty tough to hit that guideline.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Group Physical vs. Private Physical: What's Best for Your Child?

A physical is usually required for kids entering certain grades – or planning to participate in school sports. Physicals offered in a group setting may offer convenience and low-cost; however, a physical one-on-one with your child’s doctor will cover much more.

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6 Ideas to Beat the Bedtime Battles

"Just 15 minutes longer." "I'm not tired!" "I don't want to get up!"

Sound familiar? Kids and parents frequently clash about when children need to sleep – and for how long. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 69 percent of children have sleep problems. Kids resist sleeping for many reasons: overstimulation, caffeine, nightmares, and even snoring.

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Snow is beautiful and fun for kids of all ages to play in. Bring this fun indoors with these snow-themed activities! Plus, most of these activities only need a few supplies that you may already have around the house. We tried several of them during the recent snow day, and are excited to try out the rest this winter!

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Categories: development, lifestyle,


Screening for Adolescent Depression

New guidelines ask pediatricians to screen pre-teens and teenagers for depression. This is a good addition - due to the number of teens who go undetected for the disease.

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We conducted an independent survey to determine the top ten children's books that should be in every family's library.

Er, well, no, we didn't actually do that. I just picked some of my favorites and organized them alphabeticaly, because I couldn't pick my favorite of the ten. They're all so good! My family doesn't even own all of these, so if anyone needs any Christmas gift ideas...

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