Celebrate the 4th of July in the Reno/Tahoe area with any of these events!
4th of July at Artown
Free Evening Concert and Fireworks
July 4, 2015
7:30 PM - After Dark
Star Spangled Sparks
July 4, 2015
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Genoa Americana Celebration
Mormon Station State Historic Park
July 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fourth of July on the Comstock
July 4, 2015
Noon - After Dark
Red White and Tahoe Blue
Incline Village/Crystal Bay (North Lake Tahoe)
July 4, 2015
Events going on all day
The polls are open for RN&R's Annual Best of Northern Nevada contest, and we are excited to be in the running! Please show your support for local businesses by voting for at least 10 of your favorites.
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Did you know children who exercise regularly are more likely to perform at their best in any aspect of their lives? Being physically active is just as important for children as it is for adults. Adults use exercise to to overcome health issues. Children who are exposed to exercise at a younger age reduce the likelihood of health risks.
Creative World Academy promotes exercise by offering many physical activities necessary for your child’s growth to become happier and healthier.
Planning a vacation with a preschooler can be very difficult. It can be the time of their life, but it’s always a challenge to keep them entertained. The main thing to keep in mind when planning your trip is to factor in extra time and try to be flexible with your schedule. They’re always going to be curious about the world around them, so you need to give them plenty of time to explore. This will make them happy and you will also enjoy watching them having a good time. Although it is tempting to just pack up and leave, there are a few things that need to be considered before you go.
In the days or even weeks leading up to your big vacation, try to get them excited about their destination by showing them pictures and books. This will ensure that they are not surprised when they arrive and will be able to adjust quickly.
When the adventure has begun, keep in mind that even with preparation, your preschooler is going to be overwhelmed with changes in schedule and environment. To limit the anxiety that comes with this sudden change, try to stick with a few of your basic routines like sticking to your normal nap schedule and trying to eat meals at your normal times. If you can give them a little comfort in knowing what might come next in their day, you can spend the time in between these set events simply enjoying your time together.
Overall, vacation with a preschooler can be fun for everyone if you take the time to prepare. There will be stressful moments for you, but keep in mind that this will be a memory that you will cherish forever!
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Moving to a new home can create stress and excitement for both parents and children. We recommend using a lot of communication in the process. Let your children participate in as much as possible--from the home search, to selecting a real estate agent, to moving in. Children, even as young as 3 and 4 years old, can contribute a lot. They can surf through pictures of home and quickly indicate their preferences. You might be relieved to find that your child is more interested in that house with the pink bedroom than the house with the pool, or that your child would rather have that big tree in the back yard than the 3 car garage. If your child feels included in the process, she'll have a chance to give valuable input that will make the move less stressful.
Walk your child through the steps of saying good-bye to the old home and neighborhood. If the move is across several states or cities, you may want to brainstorm a list of friends or parks to visit one last time. Let your child blow a kiss, give hugs or verbally say good-bye. And then talk about how you'll be needing to find new parks and new friends in the new location.
Giving your child the words will boost their confidence. Teach your child the words for the relevant cities and states: Reno, Nevada.
The first stop in your new town should be the library and the park nearest to your home. These can act as a home base, not only in this town, but in any future relocations.
Restore your child's room with the favorites: blanket, stuffed toy, picture on the wall, night light. Show your child that it can be exciting to get NEW things, as well as rely on the cherished favorites. You don't need to be in a hurry to unpack all the toys or decor. Allow your child (and yourself) to slowly integrate into the new home. Take advantage of those open, empty spaces in those first few weeks, and fill them with quality family time rather than furniture!
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Susan Baker is our Assistant Director. She earned her Masters Degree with honors and has received the Outstanding Alumni Recognition from UNR. She is retired from the Carson City School District after 29 years of service as a Speech Pathologist with the Early Childhood program.
Susan is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association, the Nevada State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and is licensed by the Nevada State Board of Education. She was voted Teacher of the Year in 2008 for her service to young children at the Early Childhood Center in Carson.
Nikki Podnar is our four-year-old (Stars) teacher. Nikki married last summer and she and her husband are the proud parents of two dogs and a bunny.
Mrs. Podnar graduated from UNR with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education, with a minor in psychology. She s licensed by the Nevada State Board of Education for both K-12 as well as Special Education.
Nikki found that young children were her forte after doing her internship in a kindergarten classroom. She has been trained with the Nevada K-12 Standards as well as the Nevada Pre-K Curriculum Standards and applies them to her lesson plans. She understands the importance of implementing these criteria in her instruction to enhance her student’s social, emotional and educational development.
Edith Duerr is our teacher in the two-year-old (Moons) room. She is originally from Washington State and moved to Nevada after she married in 2011.
Mrs. Duerr has been working in the childcare industry for more than 13 years and is passionate about nurturing little ones to become well-developed children. She believes in a hands-on curriculum and utilizes a multi-sensory approach to teaching.
Edith’s has a strong music background and plays the piano. Her previous experience includes serving as the Choir director and head of the Children’s Program at her church. She brings her talents to the classroom with songs about numbers, ABCs, and silly melodies as well.
Sylwia Snyder (pronounced Sylvia) is a co-teacher in the three-year-old classroom. Sylwia was born and raised in Poland, where she received her degree in French Language. She studied and lived in Paris, France for a year to complete her practice training and worked as an Au Pair in Europe (London, Paris) USA (Philadelphia, Phoenix) and Asia. Sylwia is married and she enjoys hiking, camping and meeting new people.
The opportunities for a child are endless at Creative World! Where else can a child attend swim lessons during their day at preschool, play outside on a landscaped half-acre playground, and become school-ready at the same time! Susan Heath-Powers lovingly nurtured my children twenty years ago. She has high standards and provides creative activities meant for learning in a loving environment. I would highly recommend her school to anyone wanting to place their child in a high quality environment.
Susan Baker, M.S., CCC-SLP
Our now four-year-old son has been at Creative World since September, and we have found the teachers to be very caring and loving with our son. The facility is very nice with a huge play yard in back. Our son has learned a lot since being at the school and seems to be more aware of numbers and letters and can count consistently up to 15. A friend’s child at another school, but of similar age, is not near as proficient with numbers. We are very happy with the programs and the teachers.
I love this school. All the teachers are great and my child learns so much and she loves to go to school. Very clean place and safe place to leave your kid there. I would not trust any other places to take care of my kid but the creative world.
Creative World is amazing!!! My child loves her school! You can see that the teachers and other staff love their careers at Creative World! My child has learned everything from; drawing, counting, names of continents, to being respectful to others. Creative World is not a "daycare" it is a true head start program! I want to thank the staff at CWCA for making my Bucket so happy while at school!!!!!!!!!!!!