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Children’s Museum Helps Children Find Joy in Books

According to the National School Readiness Indicators Initiative, early literacy is a key indicator of school readiness in young children. As children develop, literacy is highly correlated with school achievement and is essential to lifelong learning. The museum’s latest traveling exhibit is literacy-based and provides essential book-based experiences while equipping parents with messaging and tools to promote literacy. Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites will continue through January 4, 2015.

Storyland transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; Abuela by Arthur Dorros; and Tuesday by David Wiesner – into three dimensional, bi-lingual (Spanish) play and learning environments that highlight the six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children.

Children can explore literacy skills and concepts through imaginative, interactive experiences and are encouraged to reflect on their Storyland experience by creating a drawing inspired by the books and writing a caption, title or story.

Cold and Flu Season: Fact Versus Fiction

I am often amazed at how many parents come into our clinic with misinformation about the cold and flu. Parents are inundated with caretaking advice, much of it from unreliable Internet sites and old wives tales. As we head into the sickest time of the year, I think it’s important to educate parents about “flu facts” versus “flu fiction.” For the purposes of this article “flu” refers specifically to an illness caused by the influenza virus. Flu symptoms can sometimes be caused by other viruses. Your doctor can test for the presence of influenza with a nasal swab.

The flu is most contagious during the fall and winter months? FACT

Flu season typically begins in November and runs through March. It is contracted when tiny droplets enter the respiratory system from coughs or sneezes, or by touching something with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.

Children who received the flu shot last year need it again this year. FACT

A flu shot can reduce the chance of contracting the influenza virus, commonly known as the flu, by up to 70 percent and is the only proven method to prevent contracting the virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends all children ages six months and older receive a flu shot this year, including those who were vaccinated last year. Because babies younger than six months old cannot receive the vaccination, it is especially important for their caregivers to be vaccinated. Babies are at a higher risk of complications from the flu including dehydration, pneumonia, and death.

The flu vaccine can cause my child to contract the virus. FICTION

The viruses used in the vaccination are inactivated and actually help fortify the immune system against the virus. There are different components of the flu – and the flu vaccine – each year, so it is important to get your vaccination yearly.

The flu vaccine can cause my child to develop autism. FICTION

The myth linking vaccinations to autism has been disproven, yet it rages on in online blogs and urban legend. The myth comes from a fraudulent study conducted in Great Britain in the 1990’s and has been refuted by the medical community.

Catching the flu is the same thing as having a cold. FICTION

Cold and flu can share some of the same symptoms including cough, sore throat, vomiting and headaches. Parents should look for three distinctive symptoms to determine if a child has the flu:

  1. Body aches
  2. Fatigue
  3. Fever, chills and dizziness

“Preventative,” over-the-counter products can help prevent the flu. FICTION

Contrary to popular belief, over-the-counter products such as Airborne or Zycam do not prevent or cure the flu virus. Don’t waste your money on these products and instead, invest in hand sanitizer and wet wipes to carry with you to stay clean and germ-free.

Vitamin C can prevent or cure the common cold and flu. FICTION

The myth that vitamin C helps prevent or cure illness traces back to the time when scurvy outbreaks on ships were common. Scurvy is a disease resulting from a vitamin C deficiency, which was frequent for sailors who were at sea for months at a time and did not have access to fresh produce. Once sailors returned to shore and consumed fruits rich in vitamin C they would begin to feel much better. This lends to today’s misconception that high doses of vitamin C will somehow ward off cold or flu. There is no truth to this at all, unfortunately.

Chicken noodle soup can make a sick child feel better. FACT

While the soup itself has no medicinal value, the warmth and comfort of chicken soup does have some recovery benefits. Providing children (and adults) with extra care and affection is a very important factor for relaxation and wellness. This “soft-touch component” is essential to helping them feel better and regain their strength. The warm broth also soothes a sore throat and promotes a runny nose, which helps the gross mucus drain out of your child’s body instead of into it.

Finally, I will wrap up this flu facts – versus – fiction list with a note about children’s cold medicine. There is a lot of confusion concerning what, if any, cold medicines can be used to treat children. The only over-the-counter medicines children under the age of four should be given are acetaminophen and ibuprofen to reduce fever and pain. Always follow manufacturer guidelines regarding dosage and age restrictions. Giving medicine to a child who is too young may result in poisoning and a trip to the emergency room.

If a child is feverish and unable to stop crying, we recommend a call to your primary care pediatrician. If it is after normal business hours, visit Good Night Pediatrics and see our overnight pediatrician.

Good Night Pediatrics is open every night of the year, including holidays, from 5 P.M. to 5 A.M. The clinic is located at 2651 N. Green Valley Parkway Suite 101D, Henderson, NV 89014. Phone: 702‑939-6800.

White Christmas – The Musical

Presented by Faith Lutheran Theatre Company

This winter, the award-winning Faith Lutheran Theater Company will present a production certain to make your day both merry and bright, as they bring Irving Berlin’s White Christmas-The Musical to their state-of-the-art stage for six stunning performances, December 5-14.

“White Christmas The Musical is both a classic and timeless tale, and we plan to breathe new life into it through the unique theatrical interpretation of these talented students,” said Erik Ball, Director and Head of Theatrical Arts at Faith Lutheran High School. “This production propels viewers back in time to an era that invokes many sentimental memories to audiences everywhere, and we can’t wait to bring this tale of holiday merriment to Las Vegas.”

This heart-warming adaptation features seventeen classic Irving Berlin songs and a story that transcends time. Fans of the timeless movie will follow the story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, portrayed by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in the film, whom find themselves thrust into the world of performance with a successful song-and-dance act, after serving in World War II.

Performances of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – The Musical can be seen at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, and 4 p.m. for matinee performances on Sundays, December 5-14. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online at www.FaithTheatreCompany.com or www.ShowTix4u.com.

City of Henderson Challenges Teens to Become Jr. Lifeguards

Teens interested in building self-confidence and life skills are invited to take part in the City of Henderson’s Jr. Lifeguard program, offered November 3 through December 13. Days, times and locations may vary. Enrollment is $50 (ages 12-15) and may be made at cityofhenderson.com (activity code 436004-01) or at any City of Henderson recreation center or indoor pool.

The challenging and educational pro­gram serves as an introduction to lifeguarding and what it is like to work in an aquatic facility. Participants gain a wide variety of skills, including water rescue techniques, the importance of keeping fit, and other topics related to water safety and customer service. Following one week of training at Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, 310 S. Racetrack Rd., participants are assigned to assist at City of Henderson pools, shadow lifeguards, and help with swimming lessons.

Upon successful completion of 25 hours of Jr. Lifeguarding, teens will receive free registration in the City of Henderson American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course.

For additional information, call 702-267-2980 or visit us at cityofhenderson.com.

Nevada Arts Academy: Music, Art & Dance Classes

Nevada Arts Academy’s music department has over 20 professional teachers with extensive musical backgrounds. The teacher’s step by step approach continually produces award winning students. Over the years, Nevada Arts Academy students have excelled in local, state, regional, national and even international competitions. Students are encouraged to explore all styles of music while focusing on building fundamental musical skills. Students are also encouraged to participate in group activities such as performance class, youth choir, music theory class, recitals, festivals and competitions. These shared activities promote musical experiences as well as friendship and camaraderie.

NAA’s art department provides critically acclaimed artists to teach young minds how to imagine and create through different mediums. Their simple but direct approach helps students learn the basics while dreaming of the possibilities. Students enjoy creating using pencil, colored pencil, paint and even scratch. The class setting allows them to get the feedback of their teacher as well as their peers.

The Nevada School of Dance, a division of Nevada Arts Academy, strives to provide the highest level of classical ballet training in the Las Vegas Valley. Our instructors are passionate about dance and have extensive world stage experience. They use a systematic method and realistic expectations to allow students to achieve continued progress and participate in varied performances. Class sizes are limited to ensure students thrive technically and creatively while enjoying the beauty and grace of ballet.

Nevada Arts Academy believes results matter. Our students continually strive to reach all their artistic goals. Parents can be confident in a Nevada Arts Academy education.

Hanah Shields is the Executive Director of Nevada Arts Academy which is located at 6072 S. Durango Dr.Las Vegas, NV 89113. To find out more about their programs call 702-248-1288.

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