Archive for August, 2011

Coastal Kids’ Cards: 1st Annual Coloring Contest

Coastal Heritage Society is gearing up for the 2011 holiday season in a new and exciting way!

Please join us as we invite children ages 1-12 from around Savannah and the Low Country,  to participate in Coastal Kids’ Cards 1st Annual Holiday Coloring Contest!

The winning entry will be printed  as the official Coastal Heritage Society 2011 holiday card, which will be sent out around the world to our members, vendors, sponsors, and friends.  Imagine your child’s artwork  on the front of our official holiday card!

All children up to 12-years of age are encouraged to participate, creating their own artwork which depicts their interpretation of the holiday season in Savannah.

Just ask your child:

“What do you love about

the holidays in


Encourage your child’s creativity! Entries can be drawn, painted, a photograph of a chalk drawing or a collage art project.


Blow-up Santa’s holding surf boards often show up on front yard lawns around the end of November, along with magnolia leaf wreaths, which serve as a lovely reminder that we are spending the holiday season in a gorgeous Southern city.

We may not get snow, but I’ve seen ‘snow men’ and Star-of-Davids drawn in, or formed out of sand, on Tybee Island.

Remind your kids of all these uniquely Savannah decorative elements – I’m sure I’ve left quite a few off – and encourage them to include that in their art work.


Contest Rules & Prize Information

  • Kids 12 and under are invited to participate
  • Age brackets: 4 and under, 5-8, and 9-12
  • One first prize winner in each age bracket
  • One grand prize winner.

Click here for the official Coastal Kids Cards Contest Form. Entries can be dropped off to Miss Rebecca at 601 W. Harris St., Savannah, GA 31401 or scanned and emailed to info@chsgeorgia.org. All entries must be received by Friday September 16, 2011. Winners will be announced Tuesday November 1, 2011. Stay tuned to find out who the local celebrity judges will be!


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The Quiet Before the Storm

A quiet house is a welcomed change for parents who’ve been busy keeping their kids healthy, active, and out of technology-induced comas all summer long. But while you’re enjoying the peace and quiet of a house free-of-kids until 4 p.m., remember that you can be experiencing the quiet before your kids’ anxiety storm…

Older kids – usually over 8 – are obsessing about cool school supplies and even cooler hair – and are generally excited to see friends they’ve missed for the last couple of months.

For the younger school-aged children  however, the first days of school can feel a bit like the first week at a new job for most adults; exciting but also nerve-wracking.

I look back on my grade school years and remember mixed feelings of excitement and worry.  Would I know anyone in my class?  Is my teacher going to be nice? These questions filled my head the night before the first day of school each year.  I remember my mother always telling me, “Walk through that invisible door of fear and just smile.”—her motto of encouragement that I could do anything and my school year would be just fine.

A few days into the school year children get settled in, learn the new classroom’s routine, and become familiar with other students.  However, the transition from summertime to a busy school year can be hard for kids no matter what age.  Set your child up for a great school year by practicing healthy habits such as getting plenty of sleep, eating breakfast, and staying organized.

It may sound obvious, but sleep is absolutely critical for children to have a good day at school.  Children who are well rested (up to 12 hours for preschoolers, 8-10 hours for elementary and up) perform better, are less agitated, and have less anxiety.

Going to school on an empty stomach is rough.  Allow for enough time in the morning routine to have a light breakfast before class.  Students who have eaten in the morning concentrate better throughout the day. If there is not time to cook, a banana and glass of milk can go a long way…

In many households, mornings are a chaotic time.  Plan ahead as much as possible:  lay out clothes the night before, have a homework and bookbag station where papers can be seen to be signed and returned to school, and books can be neatly organized.

Home Connections

To get your child more organized this school year, here’s a neat homework center idea:

What you’ll need

  • Wooden chalkboard
  • Yellow paint
  • School themed scrapbook paper
  • 3 wooden clothespins
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Soda can pop tab
  • Hot glue (adults only)


  1. Paint the frame of the chalkboard yellow and set aside to dry.
  2. Cut scrapbook paper to fit on the clothespins and glue in place.
  3. Glue the clothespins to the bottom section of the chalkboard frame.
  4. Decorate the top of the frame with school themed shapes cut from the scrapbook paper.
  5. Add a pop tab to the back and hot glue in place.  This will allow for the chalkboard to be hung on the wall.

Miss Rebecca Recommends

Many teachers use an All About Me thematic unit the first weeks of school, enabling your children to learn more about themselves as they become acquainted with others.  Some of my favorite questions to ask back when I was teaching were “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and “If you could visit any place, where would you go?”  Teachers can learn so much about their students, build rapport and break the ice among new classmates.

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont is a special book which recognizes our individuality and uniqueness. Recommended for ages 3-7.

David Catrow is the illustrator who lends his unique talents to bring this book alive. His uncommon style is a great example for children who are visually stimulated, that art can be quirky and fun.

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