Coach Shane Laurent and Coach Steve Barlow have a lot in common: both are fathers of three boys, both have about a decade of youth-coaching experience, and both believe that every kid should have the chance to learn their favorite game as early as possible. Backed by the Youth Football Coaches Association, years of experience on the field, and Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin, the two mastermind game plans for athletes aged 3–12 at Totball.
Totball's miniaturized version of an American pastime forgoes competition and tackling in favor of fostering camaraderie among teammates as they learn football basics. Girls and boys huddle up for fun-infused drills that hone agility, blocking techniques, kicking, passing, and catching. At the end of each session, parents get a scouting report highlighting their child's progress, strengths, and success in avoiding the temptation to see whether the ball might secretly be filled with candy.:m]]
By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement?when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
Children’s Lighthouse of Mag Creek fosters a safe and creative learning environment for kids aged 2–12 to effectively absorb academic lessons while developing emotionally and physically. Led by a dedicated staff of caregivers, youngsters strap on a backpack before settling in for a one-week trial of schooling activities taught with the A Beka learning curriculum. Like tree forts plastered with Einstein’s high-school doodles, the age-appropriate classrooms cater to each level of learner, ensuring minds are comfortable but challenged. As 2-year-olds focus on developing independence, kindergarteners hone reading and writing skills and kids aged 5–12 master their homework as well as their inside voices before burning energy among arcade games or within a creative art arena.
Alfonso Ayala, who's been snapping photos for more than a decade and has professional graphic-design experience, loves to capture life's happiest moments, which is why he specializes in wedding and family photography. He also loves the technical aspect of photography and spends his free time experimenting with lights, equipment, and accessories, such as lens toupees, to figure out what steps he needs to take to capture the best image. Artful close-ups, classic portraits, and candid kisses pepper his portfolio, which represents a range of wedding vignettes.
A+ Pack and Ship escorts delicate belongings across long distances with complete packing, boxing, and shipping services. With full-service treatments, the wrapping specialists carefully ensconce items in bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and cardboard boxes to ensure shipping safety. Same-day delivery and overnight FedEx or UPS services effectively transport items to their proper locales while eliminating the need to breed genetically enhanced, super-strong carrier pigeons. A selection of holiday gift items such as greeting cards ($3.99) and college stockings ($29) accompanies items with additional holiday flair. Shipping prices are determined by weight, dimensions, zip code, and date of arrival requested. For reference, customers can ship a 1-pound package overnight to Atlanta ($10.30) or a 5-pound package to Laguna Hills, California, within four days ($21.54).