If you've ever wanted to volunteer in the public schools and work with children, here is a great opportunity. Team Read sends coaches into elementary schools to work on reading with second graders. A training workshop for new volunteers takes place Tuesday, August 13, at Germantown United Methodist Church (GUMC). The session runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lunch and special guest speakers. The training is a gift to the community but donations are welcome.
Team Read will show faith-based volunteers how to go into Shelby County Schools and help second graders learn foundational reading vocabulary words, also called sight words. Team Read sprang from a partnership between Germantown United Methodist Church and Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary in north Memphis, and has been...
Parents frequently don't discover that their child has a vision problem until he or she struggles to read the board. Don't wait until school struggles surface to have your child's eyes checked.
Every Friday during the month of August, optometrists at The Eyewear Gallery will be offering free eye screenings to determine the health of your child's vision.
Dr. Do Nguyen will conduct a mini exam and discuss any vision problems with you. You can then schedule another appointment to have a full exam, however, there is no obligation. Free exams are available for both children and adults.
The back-to-school screenings take place each Friday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To make a reservation, call The Eyewear Gallery, 428 Perkins Ext. at...
Toddlers hate to brush. So why not make it fun? These easy-to-grip toothbrushes by Baby Banana Brushes are a great way to introduce tooth-brushing and help your little one develop good health habits.
Baby Banana Brushes was invented by grandmother Sandra Philips after her own grandson hurt the roof of his mouth during a fall with a hard toothbrush. His accident was serious enough to puncture the roof of his mouth. Determined to come up with something safer, she worked alongside her daughter-in-law, a dental hygentist, to create this fun line of toddler-friendly toothbrushes that include Baby Sharky, Baby Banana, and more.
Made of medical grade silicone, they're a bendable, durable, and safe. The company also offers other animal-shaped teethers. To learn more, go to their...
You can save money on your child's haircut and salon services for you through the month of August by visiting Remington College. This trade school is continuing their Cuts for Kids program — which reached 10,000 kids nationally — by offering free hair cuts for children 17 and under. Here's how it works.
Free cuts are offered Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Thursday, August 1-Saturday, August 31. To make an appointment, call the Student Salon at Remington College (901) 396-8625. Walk-ins are also welcome.
In addition to helping families, Remington College will be collecting school supplies for area schools. During August, anyone who brings in a donation of school supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, or folders, will receive a...
Registration for the Shelby County Schools will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Go here to see the SCS website.
Elementary and Middle School students can be registered in the morning or evening.
Morning session: 7:30 a.m.-noon
Evening session: 4 to 7 p.m.
High School students can be registered in the afternoon:
Grade 12: 2 p.m.
Grade 11: 3 p.m.
Grade 10: 4 p.m.
Grade 9: 6 p.m.
New High School students can be registered:
From 2 to 6:30 p.m.
In order to register your child, bring the following documents:
• Your child’s birth certificate
• Social security number
• Place of birth
• Most recent address
• Current telephone number
• Last school attended...
Rock on with your honey. But schedule a sitter, since you won't want to miss Indie Memphis' popular rock concert movie series. They kick off their third year at the Levitt Shell this week with six-film series that spans bands from the 1960s to the 2000s.
You'll catch a memorable performance from Queen this Thursday night as the series unfolds with Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest (1986). And never-before-seen footage of Memphis' own Big Star will be featured August 24th. It promises to be a rockin' eve.
The show gets started at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.) and is free to the public.
INDIE MEMPHIS CONCERT FILM SERIES
Thursday, July 18 — Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest (1986)
Saturday, July 27 - The Doors Live at...
We're midway through summer, which means families are busy hitting the beach, lake, splash parks — any place that offers cool, relaxing fun.
Here's a collection of reader photos as families across Memphis celebrate the dog days of summer.
When swimming at the lake, choose fashionable shades that accent your bikini and floaties.
Attitude is everything if you want to rock your favorite swimsuit.
If you've got a preschooler at home, chances are you've discovered Mike the Knight. This popular Nick Jr. cartoon, set in the colorful world of Glendragon, celebrates the virtue of doing right.
Mike and his sister, Evie, live with their parents (a king and queen, of course) in a colorful mideval castle, where their adventures involve their pet dragons, Squirt and Sparky, Mike's horse, Gallahad, and Evie's pet frog, Mr. Cuddles. Part of Evie's charm is her ability to cast spells, which sometimes get her into trouble. But regardless of where their journeys lead, the pair always learn a valuable lesson.
This summer, Nick Jr. makes the series available on DVD. The new release, Knight in Training, includes five fun stories plus several bonus features: a game,...
The cut-off date for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten enrollment has been changed from September 30th to August 31st for the 2013-2014 academic year.
According to new public school guidelines, children entering kindergarten must turn 5 on or before August 31st. Likewise, children entering pre-kindergarten must turn 4 before August 31st, to attend school this year.
From 2014-2015 onward, that date will be pushed to August 15th. The September 30th cut-off date will still be accepted if the child was born in 2008 and it is requested by a parent or legal guardian. The school director will evaluate your child to determine if she is academically and emotionally ready for kindergarten.
Given this new requirement, it is important to prepare your child for a successful school...
It's usually about now that kids start whining, "There's nothing to dooooo." But they don't have to be planted in front of the tube all summer. Send them to tennis camp.
Memphis Tennis is offering tennis camps that run week-to-week through July 25th, and are geared for children ages 5 to 18. The sessions run Monday through Thursday, from 8 to 11 a.m.
The cost $25 to $75, depending on the camp location.
Camp is designed for beginner and intermediate players. If your child has never tried tennis, he'll learn how to swing a racket, return a ball, and move around the court. With drills, games, and competetion, tennis is a fun game that can be a lifelong sport.
Register online at tennismemphis.org or call Ken Smith,...