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MetroFamily's August 2012 issue includes a list of extracurricular activities, and tons of back-to-school fun ideas and activities in the Oklahoma City area.

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  • August 2012

    metrofamilymagazine.com

    Back to School10 ways to make this school year the best ever

    How to manage school, homework & activities

    Find over 35 programs in our

    BIG After-School Activities Guide!

    Special Advertising Section

    +Over 159 ways

    to celebrate summer's last

    hurrah!

    Exploring Tulsa for a fun family

    weekend

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    Clickwhats new at metrofamilymagazine.com

    CALENDAR DIRECTORIES BLOGS CONTESTS SAVE MONEY

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    Top picks & finds on our website this month

    Make the back-to-school (and back-to-activities) rush easier with the great resources at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/top-picks:Alistoflocalschoolsback-to-school dates. School supply events and projectsandwhere to donateschoolsuppliestovariouslocalcharities.

    InadditiontotheAfter-SchoolActivitiesGuideonpage24ofthisissue,findmorelistingsinouronline directoryatwww.metrofamilymagazine.com/after-school-activities.

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    Back to School & After-School Activities

    6 Dear MetroFamilyEditorsNote.

    8 Family ShortsCommunitynews,resources&otherfamily-friendlyinformation.

    16 Oklahoma ReadsGreatreadsforallages.

    18 Exploring Oklahoma CelebratesummerslasthurrahwithaweekendinTulsa.

    20 Ask the Expert Backtoschoolnutritiontips.

    22 Real Moms of the MetroMeetjournalistRachelCalderon.

    28 Focus on EducationExperttipsforasuccessfulschoolyear.

    30 Problem-Solving Products

    31 Character CornerTakingresponsibility.

    32 Your Healthy FamilyCankersores:whattheyareandtipsfortreatment.

    35 CalendarFunevents,activitiesandclasses.

    46 Photo Gallery Readerssharefunfirstdayofschoolphotos.

    School,sports,tutoringandmorearehere.Howtotellifyourchildisover-scheduledandifso,whattodoaboutit.

    ON OUR COVER: Julius Ejike-Charles, age 6, is the son of Kara Rose Didier of Oklahoma City. He will be a 1st grader at Quail Creek Elementary. PHOTO BY: Randy Coleman, randycolemanphotography.com.

    ContentsAugust 2012

    Whyafter-schoolactivitiesareimportantforyourchild'sdevelopmentandtipsforchoosingtherightonesforyourchildandyourfamily.

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    Jennifer Geary Exploring OklahomaAsahomeschoolingmom,Itrytobeawareofnewbooksandnewmethodsthatcanhelpmykidsthemost.

    Shannon Fields Your Healthy FamilyItrytokeepupwiththeclassroomandtheworldaroundus,sowealwayshavesomethingtodiscuss.

    Brooke Barnett Assistant EditorIspendasmuchtimeintheclassroomasIcan,workingwiththeteacher.

    Info And Questions:405-601-2081

    To submit events to our calendarcalendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Publisher SarahL.Taylor

    sarah@metrofamilymagazine.com

    EditorMariM.Farthing

    editor@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Art DirectorKathryneTaylor

    kathryne@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Advertising SalesAthenaDelceDanaPrice

    ads@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Office and Distribution ManagerKathyAlberty

    kathy@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Assistant Editor & Online Content ManagerBrookeBarnett

    brooke@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Calendar EditorSaraRiester

    calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com

    Contributing WritersBrookeBarnett,JenniferBonn,ShannonFields,JenniferGeary,TiffanyGuerzon,SarahHolmes,

    SarahKendall,HeideSmithLuedtke,JeremyG.Schneider

    Circulation35,000OKC,Edmond,NicholsHills,Norman,Moore,MidwestCity,YukonAlso available as a digital edition at

    MetroFamilyMagazine.com.ArticlesandadvertisementsinMetroFamilydonot

    necessarilyreflecttheopinionsofthemagazineorInprintPublishing,Inc.Wedonotassumeresponsibilityfor

    statementsmadebyadvertisersoreditorialcontributors.TheacceptanceofadvertisingbyMetroFamilydoesnotconstituteanendorsementoftheproducts,services,or

    information.Wedonotknowinglypresentanyproductorservicewhichisfraudulentormisleadinginnature.

    MetroFamily Magazine is published monthly byInprintPublishing,Inc.

    725NW11th,Suite204OklahomaCity,OK73103Fax:405-445-7509

    E-mail:info@metrofamilymagazine.com

    InprintPublishing,Inc.2012,AllRightsReserved.Volume15,Number8

    DearMetroFamily,

    WhenIthinkbacktoback-to-schooltimeasakid,thereareafewthingsthatstickoutinmymemory:jarsofpastewiththeapplicatorinthelid,areturntothedampblue-textedpagesprintedbymimeograph(Icanstillsmellthem)andfall.Irememberbacktoschoolclothesassweatersandjeans,anewpairofsturdyshoes.

    NowasIplanforbacktoschoolformykids(whowilllikelybewearingshortsnotjeansandsweaters),werealsofacingaheatwavethelikesofwhichwehaventseensincewell,lastyear.Thetemperaturesintheimmediatescheduleincludehot,reallyhotandstillhot.Idontknowaboutyou,butitstoughformetogetintotheback-to-schoolmindframewhenImsofocusedonhowtostaycool!Idontthinkwellbepullingout

    sweatersuntilprobablyThanksgivingthisyear.AndIwontbuyjeansuntiltheweatherturnsatleastalittle,lesttheyoutgrowthembeforetheyhaveachancetobeworn.

    ButitisAugust,anditisback-to-school,nomatterwhatthethermometertellsus.Andthisisourback-to-schoolissuetogetyouintothespirit!Wevegottipsfromexpertsonhealthyeating,eveninthecafeteria(page20),tipsfromteachersonhowtohaveasuccessfulschoolyear(page28),lotsofgreatideasforextracurricularactivities(page24)andwaystomakesureyouandyourkidsdonttrytopacktoomuchinandgetoverwhelmed(page14)!

    Anewschoolyearpresentsanewopportunityforparentstofindnewwaystostayactiveinourchildrenseducation.Howdoyoumakeapositiveimpactforyourchild?Weaskedourstaffmembersandtheyprovideduswithsomegreatresponses,below.Besuretocheckthemoutandhaveawonderfulschoolyear!

    Cheers,

    P.S. Visit metrofamilymagazine.com/mari to read my blog, Keeping it Real, about my personal adventures in the ups and downs of parenting.

    Weaskedourcontributors:

    How do you make a positive impact on your childs education?Sarah Taylor PublisherImakesureheknowsIminterestedinwhatheislearning.Wehavemanylivelyandfundebates.

    Bragging on my boy! Spencer won a silver for his form and a bronze for sparring at his first

    tae kwon do tournament in July.

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    Contributing writers: Brooke Barnett, Mari Farthing

    Ten Dorm-Friendly ProductsAreyourkidsheadingofftocollegethisfall?Helpthembepreparedwiththesehelpfulproducts.

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