Summer Reading Kick-Off: On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!

On your mark, get set…READ! Summer Reading has arrived at Smyrna Public Library and this year’s theme is health and fitness for the body and mind. We’ll have lots of special events to keep your kiddos active and engaged throughout the summer including; vintage games, a self-defense class with UFC Smyrna, puppet shows, and yoga […]

The “Work” of Childhood

What are your most fond memories of your childhood?  My favorite childhood memories involve unstructured outdoor play.  Chances are your favorite childhood memories involve play in nature too. Growing up in South Florida offered me year-round opportunities for exploration (most of the time barefoot) and play outside.  We made our own outdoor houses and created […]

{Smyrna Voices} Why I choose to send my son to a public school in Smyrna

  Originally posted July 2, 2014 When I tell people I pulled my oldest son out of private school and placed him into a public school located in Smyrna, specifically, Smyrna Elementary School, I am sometimes met with a puzzled look followed by the words, “Oh, really?” or “Interesting”.  I wasn’t totally surprised by these […]

{Small Busines Spotlight} Buckhead Preparatory School

Though they’ve been serving the Smyrna/Vinings area for 7 years, Buckhead Preparatory School opened the doors of their current Smyrna location last fall. Their classrooms are now nestled among the trees on the 2nd floor of a building in Smyrna Market Village, facing the Veterans Memorial and the Smyrna Public Library.     We’ve had the pleasure of […]

{In the Community} Wave of Excellence

    At this point, it’s hard to imagine life without social media. It’s also hard to imagine social media without the ever-present articles about how social media is destroying community. But Smyrna has several Facebook groups that are not only challenging this concept but are actively (and rapidly!) changing our community for the better. […]

Make the Music Your Own

  Our sponsors at The Music Class produced the following article for educators who use their music program in a school setting. The advice and techniques apply to parents at home as well, so I’m thrilled to be able to pass this on to you. Whether you’re trying to enhance an existing music & movement class […]

Crowd Safety for the Littles

Given the current heat it may be hard to believe, but the days will soon be shortening and the weather will be cooling. The new season brings a variety of fun from fall festivals to football games to crowded pumpkin patches. But if you’re the parent of young children, the crowds can be cause for more stress […]

5200 Reasons for Swimming Lessons

With summer here, we asked our sponsors at SwimRevolution to write a guest post about swimming lessons and water safety. The stats that Jeff shares below are eye opening and pretty horrible to read, but it’s important for all parents to be aware. Kids are out of school, the temperature is hot, pools are open – […]

Fizz! Boom! Read! 2014 Summer Reading Program

  It’s finally summer, and parents are already looking for ways to keep kids entertained. We’ll be highlighting plenty of outdoor options, but it’s important to have some quieter and rainy day options to round things out. This year, the Cobb County Public Library System, the Smyrna Public Library, the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools […]

Alternative Learning Philosophies

I think I’m figuring out I’m an alternative kind of person. I never really knew this until I had children. I didn’t know I was an attachment parent (with “alternative parenting choices”) until my daughter was almost a year old, and even as an educator I never realized how far from the norm my educational […]