Author Archives: Ellen Sewell

Family-Friendly Holiday Events and Volunteer Opportunities

A ROUND-UP OF FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY EVENTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE December is here and holiday events are happening! Check out this round-up of Family-Friendly Holiday Events in the Charlottesville area for a sampling of the many things to do and explore this holiday season. Learn more about these events and discover many other family outing ideas on our […]

Interactive Indoor Daytrip Ideas for the Wee Ones

BUSY BRAINS: TOUCH & LEARN INDOOR DAYTRIP IDEAS TO ENGAGE KIDS’ BRAINS No matter a person’s age, touch and movement are essential to everyday life and learning. With this in mind, the winter months provide the perfect opportunity for kids to develop skills through hands-on learning and activities in fun indoor spaces. Whether it be […]

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Charlottesville-Area Tree Farms

FIND THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE WITH THIS LOCAL ROUND-UP This year, enjoy venturing out of the house with your family to find the perfect Christmas tree. There are many local tree farms in the area, and we’ve compiled this Charlottesville-Area Tree Farms to help make planning easier. Be sure to call ahead and ask if […]

Easy Roast Turkey Recipe

AN EASY ROAST TURKEY RECIPE & OTHER WINTER SIDE DISH IDEAS Each year, our lovely staff shares personal, family recipes during the holiday season. It is a joy to share with CharlottesvilleFamily readers some of our favorite dishes like this Easy Roast Turkey Recipe with the hope that you and your family will enjoy them […]

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Autism & Communicating

HOW TO SHOW SUPPORT AND FRIENDSHIP TO CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN YOUR COMMUNITY There’s a good chance that you’ll know a child with autism before your own kids have finished high school. Autism spectrum disorder affects as many as 1 out of every 54 children in the United States. An autism diagnosis can leave many […]

Family Event Round-Up: November + Family Volunteer Ideas

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHARLOTTESVILLE EVENTS IN NOVEMBER + VOLUNTEER IDEAS The holiday season is here, and it’s time for festive fun galore and giving back! Check out this Family Event Round-Up: November + Family Volunteer Ideas for a sampling of the many things to do and explore this month around Charlottesville. You’ll also learn about opportunities on […]

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The Importance of Creative Play

A WALDORF TEACHER’S SUGGESTIONS FOR ENRICHING INDOOR PLAY Play is the heart of childhood, the foundation of our humanity. Human beings are given a very long period of infancy and childhood. During this extended infancy, the brain is “wired together” for efficient learning and functioning. This will serve us the rest of our life. If […]

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The Benefits of Children Having A Pet

WHAT CHILDREN CAN LEARN FROM AN ANIMAL COMPANION The sheer joy of a bouncy dog greeting you upon your return home…the comfort of a cat nestled against your legs as you drift off to sleep…Pets can be great friends, and growing up with animal companions can be an incredibly rewarding experience for children. Here are […]

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Trick-or-Treating Tips & Fun

CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN IN CHARLOTTESVILLE It’s hard to believe October and the holiday hoopla are already here. We’ve pulled together some Trick-or-Treating Tips & Fun of what you need to know for a happy Halloween this year. Scroll on for safety tips, costume ideas, and local spooooooky events and activities. Trick-or-Treat! Halloween Safety Tips Young children […]

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Diabetes I & II in Children

HOW EVERYONE CAN SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH DIABETES According to the American Diabetes Association, around 210,000 children have diabetes, and more are diagnosed every year. “A child with diabetes needs an adult responsible for his or her care to be with them at all times,” says Dr. Christine Burt Solorzano, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at […]