MetroKids - September 2012 September 1, 2012 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Meet a MetroKids MomKheli Marie MuhammadMeet our September mom of the month. Family Fun FeaturesFall into family fun on the farmCelebrate the turn of the season at some of these Delaware, Pennsylvania and South Jersey family-friendly farms. Classes, FitnessEXERCISE CLASS QUESTIONSWhat type and style of fitness class fits your child? Is he ready? Does she have an interest in tennis, gymnastics or martial arts? GoodsSleepy time tacticWhen it's time to sleep, this powerful little reptile projects blue wages against the ceiling and plays relaxing ocean sounds. Education Features21ST CENTURY EDUCATIONSome schools have adopted an educational model that features inquiry, research, collaboration, problem solving, presentation and reflection. It emphasizes thinking skills instead of rote learning. Book ReviewsWegman, cool facts and GaileoWeimeraner photographer William Wegman discusses how to depict nature. Often garish illustrations spice up a fact book. And a biography chronicles the "father of modern science." Music ReviewsBig Bang Boom and Caspar BabypantsRockers Big Bang Boom make big noise with their third family CD. "Summer Baby (Let it Ride)" is a rocking daddy/baby love song by Caspar Babypants. Mom's HealthLifestyle tweaks for healthy agingThese tips to alter, diet, exercise, habits and expectations can improve mom's health. Changes can be as simple as walking 20 minutes a day. Elementary EducationFirst-time bus ride jitters?These tips can help ease the anxiety for both you and your child. Special Needs ParentingGrandparents special role: supportThe number one “special need” of any child is unconditional love, and a grandparent of a child with special needs has the unique ability to furnish it. SolutionsA day to celebrate grandparentsSept. 9 is Grandparents Day. Here are ways for your family to celebrate. SolutionsBig election offers big opportunityWith intrigue, surprises and high passions, the 2012 presidential campaign offers parents a dramatic way to teach children about our political process. Money529 savings plans, pro & conA 529 plan accumulates college savings tax-free, but disadvantages include a lack of flexibility. There are alternatives. Food & NutritionFood allergies on the riseAn average of two kids in each class class probably have an allergy. Most common are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, nuts, fish and shellfish. Food & Nutrition, Health & NutritionJoin the school cafeteria revolutionHere's how parents can get involved in promoting healthier food at their child’s school or district.