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Dance with Me: Playful Ways to Explore Dance with Your Child

Children are born to move. The process of achieving mobility drives them at first. Movement is further used to express thoughts and feelings, especially before words become plentiful. Primed to be in motion throughout their day, toddlers and preschoolers naturally learn by doing. The feeling of pure joy might be the only motivation needed for moving. This natural state of motion makes early childhood an opportune time to use dance to enhance a young child’s insistent impulse to move. The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) states, “Dance is a natural method for learning and a basic... 

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Orlando Family Magazine believes that early exposure to arts and culture greatly contributes to the development of well-adjusted children. Therefore, we are presenting 2015-16 events, exhibits, and shows from a variety of museums, theater, music, and dance productions throughout the Central Florida area, with the goal of  inspiring our young artists to cultivate and nurture their own creative talents. We encourage our readers to also review our monthly calendar for details on current family shows and events.   ART MUSEUMS   MAITLAND ART & HISTORY MUSEUMS 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland Home... 

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Pizzoccheri Gratin

This soul-satisfying comfort food ─ which stems from Trentino, a beautiful mountainous region in Italy ─ is based on pantry staples (and kids’ favorites) such as cheese, potatoes, and pasta. The cheese choice is entirely yours, but the chef recommends using fontina, Brie, buffalo mozzarella, or other stretchy, ooey gooey cheese. Ingredients | Yield: 4 servings ½ cup salted butter ½ teaspoon toasted caraway seeds, cracked ½ teaspoon poppy seeds, cracked 3 or 4 sprigs of sage 1 russet potato, peeled and diced 1 pound large, flat buckwheat noodles or whole wheat noodles ½ head napa cabbage,... 

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