Archive for: September 2012

September Puzzle Place

 By West Knoxville Mathnasium

Click on the puzzle below to download your own copy! Read more →

Ten terrific books about creativity

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library


Hands by Lois Ehlert
Reading level: PreK-2nd
A young child explores many things that can be created by hand, including a bird house, clothing, toys, paintings, and even a garden, in this uniquely designed book illustrated with the author’s trademark collage artwork. Read more →

Local is good, healthy, and fun!

Re-establishing the link between farmers and the community

By Ellen Blasius, Knox County Parks and Recreation Department


Knox County Parks and Recreation presents a weekly Farmers Market at New Harvest Park in northeast Knox County. New Harvest Park was built on the site of the former Knoxville Regional Farmers Market that closed several years ago. The market, open every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., April through November, features fresh and locally grown produce, meat and dairy products, organic fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, artisan bread and gourmet food products. Read more →

Creatively teach your kids about money

By Kristina Howard, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Marketing Specialist

Practice makes perfect

Use music to exercise your child’s creativity

By Michael Kull

Just minutes before I walked out on stage to sing in public for the first time, I remembered a trick that I had heard to combat stage fright: “Imagine that everyone in the audience is sitting there in their underwear!” It was supposed to help me feel more confident, because I would surely feel better in my clothes than all those people sitting uncomfortably in their seats. The truth is that, at the time, I would have felt more comfortable standing on stage in my underwear than I did at that moment getting ready to sing. Read more →

Cyber smart

Keeping your child safe online

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


The Internet is a wonderful place for kids to learn and have fun, but it also exposes them to a lot of dangers. As a parent, it is your job to monitor your child’s Internet usage and to use the maximum privacy and security settings, as well as parental controls, on browsers, email accounts, and websites. Do not let computer illiteracy keep you from protecting your child. If you are unsure of how to implement these privacy settings, find someone who can help you. There are some very important steps to take to help provide a safer online experience for your child: Read more →

What’s new with Knox County Schools?

You’re Invited to the 8th Annual Parent Conference: Parents…Our True Superheroes!

The Knox County Schools, Knox County Council PTA, and Project GRAD Knoxville are partnering to present “Parents…Our True Superheroes!” at the 8th Annual Parent Conference.

The Parent Conference will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center located at 701 Henley Street on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with extended exhibitor hours through 3:30 p.m. A light, complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided along with a variety of free materials to all parents and caregivers of Knox County Schools’ students. Read more →

One size fits one

Use your creativity to help your child

By Kathryn Rea Smith, Ph.D.


The creative process is alive and well in East Tennessee family homes! And no, I am not talking about the multitude of school projects the students are doing. Rather, I am referring to the creativity involved in parenting. Parents engage in a creative process when solving their children’s problems. They often don’t recognize, however, that they are creating something new each time they facilitate a resolution to a parenting dilemma. Read more →

A creative change to the school day

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.

“Every child in the U.S. needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders…There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces.” This mission statement from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills reflects the concern that what is currently taught in schools should change. Read more →

The sleepy child: part 2

Healthy sleep is essential for your child’s health

By Phil Noe, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Last month I discussed two potential causes of excessive daytime sleepiness in children: insomnia, which is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep during the night, and narcolepsy, which occurs when children are very sleepy during the day sometimes resulting in sleep “attacks” that make them suddenly fall asleep or lose muscle control. This month I will discuss two more potential causes of excessive daytime sleepiness: Obstructive Sleep Apnia and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder and also Restless Leg Syndrome. Read more →