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The Importance of Child’s Play

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This is a sponsored post and yet all opinions remain steadfastly my own. As always.

Long ago when all children were free range children, only we were just called children, unstructured play ruled the land. Granted, you could say it was an easier time, a gentler time, but was it, really? When I was young, we had to be in when the street lights went on, and that was when we were in elementary school. On those long, hazy summer nights we were covered in mosquito bites and a fine dusting of dirt from the street, or maybe some muck from the frog pond. We were always amazed when our mother knew we had been to the pond  (we weren’t supposed to go), and thought she was magic. Now I know that she could smell frog pond on us from 100 feet away. Anyone could, really, and that’s why it was off limits, not because we might fall in and drown, although I’m sure she considered that as a possibility.

Now, and I include myself in the ‘in control’ parent group, playtime is structured, scheduled and organized and supervised, but should it be? Classes are great, interests are wonderful, but where has the time for play gone? Here is a great article by Dr. Michael Patte, on the Genius of Play website.

Here is another article from The American Academy of Pediatrics, in case you like more data.

The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds

And, yes, my children had their share of scheduled activities from play dates to lessons to organized sports.  While I was not for letting my children wander off in the vague direction of a frog pond, they did have plenty of unstructured play. The swing set in our back yard has the typical worn down dirt under each swing and these patches of dirt became a magnet for their play, especially after a rain. Small plastic animals lived there (some, I fear, are still buried there), Barbies swam in the puddles with Polly Pockets, lions and horses, mud pies and castles reigned, and it was just the right amount of mess for my girls, and for me. As it turns out, frog ponds are really stinky.

So, sign your children up for a class or two, but remember that your backyard, local park or school yard has plenty of opportunities for play and the benefits for the children are enormous, so take the pledge to play. Don’t just take my word for it either.

Click here to take the Pledge to Play.

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Need more info on the benefits of play? Here are some stats and facts. Need ideas? Here are some great ideas for games.
Find the Toy Industry Association on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Youtube for more great tips about, basically, child’s play.
I received compensation for this post. 

Another Great Event in April in Newton – NewTV’s Open House on April 8th

NewTV’s Open House 

Tuesday, April 8, 6-8pm

Wow, there is so much going on in April! Newton Open Studios, The Newton Kitchen Tour and NewTV’s Open House! What fun! Have you seen the renovated digs at NewTV? It’s gorgeous with state-of-the art equipment, a new theater and classroom facility. And they are hosting a community wide open house and there will be prizes. Yes, prizes. NewTV’s Open House April 8 from 6 pm-8 pm.

Walk in, take a tour and explore the HD control room and studio, HD Dolby 7.1 surround sound screening room and cutting-edge training center.

Enjoy Newton Open Studio’s 2014 Winter Juried Show –


Sign up for a class
Learn more about NewTV’s full roster of production and post-production courses. Become a new member and enter for the chance to win a flat screen TV (existing NewTV members can also win some great prizes by referring new members).

For more info on the event and membership, please contact Member Services Coordinator, Michael Sills at michaelcs@newtv.org and visit NewTV Open House.

Other NewTV News:

NewTV’s Emmy® Award-winning original program, “The Folklorist” is currently seeking talent for our upcoming segment,“Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance” to film at the NewTV Studio on 4/11/14. Please email folklorist@newtv.org with your headshot, full body shot, and a resume, as well as the role(s) you are interested in.

Actors must provide their own transportation to the shoot. The NewTV Studio is located at 23 Needham Street in Newton, MA. Public transportation is available via the Green D Line “Newton Highlands” stop.

All roles are non-speaking, non-union, and unpaid. Actors will receive meals during the shoot, as well as IMDb credit and a DVD copy of the program upon its completion.

SHACKLETON’S VOYAGE OF ENDURANCE (1914-1916)
Filming on 4/11/14 at the NewTV Studio
Available Roles:
• Ernest Shackleton – Male (ages 35-50)
• Captain Frank Worsley – Male (ages 35-50)
• Frank Wild – Male (ages 35-50)
• Harry “Chippy” McNish – Male (ages 35-50)
• James Francis Hurley – Male (ages 25-35)
• Perce Blackborow – Male (ages 18-25)
• Sailors – Male (ages 18-50)

Internships Available 

NewTV offers interns fantastic opportunities that could include covering a community event for Newton News, editing a documentary for the Government Channel, working on your own project with the Education Channel, or even designing marketing and promotional materials for the station.

 

Mission Statement

NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media.  NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community.

 

 

Thanks to these Open House Sponsors:

 

Social Media & You taught by Melanie Graham at NewTV

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If you are a fan of Melanie Graham, the first and wonderful Newton Patch editor, (her Five Things You Need to Know posts were the best and she is super nice IRL*), and you want to know how to use Social Media for good (not evil), you’ll sign up for her class at NewTV.  Melanie is currently the Digital Content and Social Media Producer for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and has been teaching this class at NewTV since 2011. So learn to better promote yourself and your projects and get a handle on Twitter (pun intended).

Social Media & You

The internet opens up a world of resources for you to better promote yourself and your projects. This course introduces to you some of the wide variety of options, from Facebook to Twitter, and how to best use them.

Instructor: Melanie Graham of Dana-Farber

Location: 23 Needham Street, Newton MA 02461 

Time: January 27 • 7pm

Fee: $25.00

To register for Social Media & You, please click here.social media nd you, NewTV, Melanie Graham,

*In Real Life (if you had to look at this then you need this class)

 What is NewTV?
NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media.  NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community.

Where is NewTV?

The headquarters of NewTV and the TV production studio facilities are located at 19-23 Needham Street in Newton Highlands.

The facility is at the top of the hill of a private road called Easy Street, which runs off Needham Street between National Lumber and National Tire & Battery (NTB). From 128 North or South, take the Needham Street Exit 19A and follow Needham Street North past the Avalon Apartments. Make a left onto Easy Street. From Newton Centre and points North, take Centre Street past Route 9/Boylston Street, onto Winchester Street, then go right at the traffic signal onto Needham Street. Easy Street is the first right past National Lumber.

Who can use NewTV?
Residents of the City of Newton, members of Newton-based non-profit organizations, employees of Newton businesses and City of Newton employees are eligible to use NewTV.  This includes free use of TV production equipment and facilities, cable TV channel time and training in TV production, media literacy and Internet access.  Anyone wishing to use NewTV facilities must become a member of NewTV for a small annual fee (Really, it’s $25).

Children, Teens, and Technology

Children, Teens, and Technology Rules of engagement: Are there any? 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

 Newton North Auditorium

Light refreshments

Dr. Rich is a pediatrician and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital, Boston. His research explores the positive and negative effects of technology (computer, television, cellphones, etc.) on children and teens.

Join us as Dr. Rich discusses

  • Strategies and tips to manage children’s use of technology
  • How to fight the “crowd” mentality
  • Addictive nature of technology as it relates to children with attention issues
  • Impact of violence and inappropriate content on child development

Visit http://cmch.typepad.com/mediatrician/ for more information.

Co-sponsored by the PTOs from Bigelow, Cabot, Day, Peirce, Newton North, and The Newton Partnership

From Ask the Mediatrician :

I am Dr. Michael Rich, the Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. But more importantly, I am a parent, just like many of you. As a former Hollywood filmmaker, I am a lover of media.  But as a pediatrician, I see that media have both positive and negative effects on children’s health.

I’m here as The Mediatrician® to answer your questions about media and health.  It is my goal to provide you with science-based answers and practical solutions that can help the children in your life use media in ways that can enrich their development. What’s YOUR question about media? Go ahead and ask.

 

CMCH is a non-profit organization supported in part by the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Comcast, Google, The Stuart Family Foundation, The Norlien Foundation, Cisco, and other generous donors.

Update:

 

The Mediatrician is a wonderful speaker and shared great information although I wish this was shared with the students as part of the curriculum in schools.

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