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Invitation to free new website in Charlotte that helps moms better manage their kids? group activities

Hello fellow Mommies, 

I am a mom here in Charlotte and the creator of a new website called Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids? group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)

Kids today are over scheduled, and keeping up is a challenge: 

         What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids?
         Who is driving to the scout meeting?
         When am I signed up to bring the team?s snacks? 

These are just a few of the many little details that busy parents have to keep straight.  Try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks.  We all need a little help to stay organized.

I?d like to invite you to join our brand new website, and we?re giving local moms the first opportunity.  To join, just go to http://www.podanize.com and click Get Started to create a ?Pod? for any real-world group, or even just your family for now. You can create a Pod if you?re a group leader or a group member. It?s quick, easy and free.  Then ?get your Pod going? by adding discussions or events, and inviting others to join your Pod.  Podanize can also be accessed via a mobile browser, and our mobile app will be available in late 2013.

Our mission at Podanize is to help ease the stress that comes with keeping our kids active and involved.  To this end, we welcome any feedback you have.  Podanize is for you and is built to get better over time by adding your suggestions ? I?d love to hear from you. Also, if you know of other moms (or dads) who might benefit from Podanize, please share this with them.

Podanize is ideal for all extra-curricular activities: soccer, little league, playgroups, scout troops, swim teams, theater groups, school classes, PTA, etc. The list is endless and includes anything with a need for ongoing communication and coordination.

Again, just go to http://www.podanize.com to get started.

Best,
Nikki Sacks
Co-Founder of Podanize




Sponsor Spotlight: Turning Pointe Music & Dance Center
Red Flags When Looking For A Dance Studio
When I was young I remember my mother taking me to my very first ballet class.  It was magical!  I loved everything about it?the pink tights, the hair in a pretty bun, the warm smiles that I got from the dance teacher ?.even when I was going the wrong direction!  It was that wonderful experience that set me on a path to becoming a performing artist, teacher & now owner of the Turning Pointe Music & Dance Center in Cornelius.  During my years teaching, I have noticed that there are some definite red flags that you should consider when picking out a dance studio for your child.

Red Flag #1:  The studio does not consider dance education its primary goal.   Beware of studios that do not offer quality dance education.  You are paying a lot of money for your child to learn an art that is developed over many years.  Your teachers should be knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, dance terminology & age appropriateness in the development of technique.

Red Flag #2:  The studio teaches ?drilling? or ?tricks? over proper technique.  A studio with a good dance program spends the majority of the time developing proper technique & biomechanics for movement.  In general, a well-balanced class should never spend or more of the class on choreography.  Also, a class that ?drills? the same movements every single class is not concerned with developing technique.   

Red Flag #3:  The studio allows girls on pointe with less than 3 hours of ballet per week and without a pointe readiness assessment.   Pointe is for an advanced ballet student.  Students taking less than 3 hours of ballet are not ready for the physical demands that a study in pointe requires.  In addition, any studio that allows a child on pointe without assessing whether they are physically ready?puts a child in danger of injury.

Reg Flag #4:  The teacher?s class looks out of control and disorganized.  There are many reasons this can occur but in general if a class looks disorganized your child is not getting the proper attention that they deserve.   

Red Flag #5:   The studio environment and teaching style emphasizes ?yelling? over correcting.  This is probably the biggest red flag to me. There is nothing more demoralizing than a teacher yelling at kids.  This sort of behavior not only reflects poorly upon the studio but in the long term will destroy a child?s sense of worth.  There are very few students who go on to dance professionally but all students should develop a love of dance.     


This article was written by Jennifer Phelps.  Ms. Phelps has over 20 years teaching and performance experience and is the Owner/Artistic Director of the Turning Pointe Music & Dance Center located at 19615 Liverpool Parkway in Cornelius.  If you are interested in dance or music classes for your child please attend our Open House on August 24th from 11:00-2:00.  We will be having free classes from 11-12; Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Open House from 12-2 visit or visit our website at www.dancelkn.com .


Sponsors Spot : Animal Grossology at Discovery Place
Animal Grossology: Turning "EWWW" into "WOW"

Slime, barf, and other smelly stuff - there's no denying it - kids are fascinated by some pretty gross things, especially when animals are involved.

Many animals are dirty and stinky, but some take their grossness to a whole new level.  Animal Grossology at Discovery Place in Charlotte hurls you into exploring the disgusting side of science where the grosser, the better.

Combining science and disgusting fun, Animal Grossology engages kids of all ages in real life lessons that are presented in a fun showcase oozing with science.  This interactive exhibition sparks children's interest in science while learning about some of the slimiest and ickiest creatures on Earth.

Kids get to enjoy hands-on stations and games that feature tons of gross topics including "Dung Ball Rally," "Blood Sucker Blow-up," and "The Slime Game."  These wacky games teach kids lessons such as why the waste of some animals actually helps others live, ways to avoid Lyme disease or West Nile virus, and the important purpose slime serves for animals and even humans.

Meet Sir Gus Flea and Helga the Hagfish as you become an expert on the science behind Animal Grossology.  Many people think leeches are pretty gross but they're often used after some surgeries to aid in the healing process.  Did you know that cows are one of the gassiest animals on Earth? They actually produce the greenhouse gas, methane.

You can also discover why the dung beetle is nature's living pooper-scooper and why scientists are studying slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.

Be sure to join us for a journey into the en-GROSS-ing world of animals.  It's a great way to show kids that learning can be fun.

Animal Grossology is FREE with Museum admission.


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