‘Week of the Young Child’ set for next week

By Jacob Biba Times-News Staff Writer In an effort to improve early learning opportunities for children in Henderson County, the Children and Family Resource Center has teamed with other organizations such as Hands On! and the Henderson County Public Library to celebrate “Week of the Young Child” next week. “We’re just joining the nation overall in recognizing our young children and focusing on the needs of our young children here in our county,” CFRC Executive Director Elisha Freeman said about the initiative, which is held in partnership with the National Association of Education of Young Children. In a prelude to the upcoming week’s events, Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk visited CFRC Friday to offer an official proclamation designating April 12-18 “Week of the Young Child” for the city. “We try to recognize the organizations, and sometimes individuals, who are making a difference in this community — making us a better place to live and providing services for all of our citizens, and in this case our future voters, and to be healthy and well-educated and have good lives ahead of them,” Volk said. The earliest years of a child’s life are crucial in regard to future success, according to Freeman. “And that’s just because that’s the period of time when our brains are growing most rapidly — all foundation for future learning is laid at that time.” To help foster that growth and development necessary for a bright future, a host of activities for children and families are slated for next week across Henderson County. To kick things off, scavenger hunts will be held all week starting at the Henderson...

Contradictions for Kids

I learned the definition of the word contradictory when I was the wise age of “9 going on 10.”  At that time, my family lived in Beaufort, NC.   I was in the fourth grade and once a week I would go to work with my dad after school before we would walk down the street to my piano lesson.  Do you remember when you got to go to work with your parents?  How all those “older” people would make a big fuss over you.  One day, I was at his office and one of the ladies that worked with him had a niece who was in my class.  I was working on a project she heard about and she said something about the assignment that wasn’t true.  I can’t remember what she said, maybe it was the due date or some part of the work she had heard her niece talk about, but I corrected her.  She responded back in disagreement and in my full pre-adolescent mouthy little know-it-all fashion, I argued back.  I must have been indignant (I mean seriously, how would my friend’s aunt possibly know more about our project than I did?) and rude. It came time to walk to my piano class and my father didn’t waste the opportunity to correct me.  I remember him saying that when I spoke to adults, he wanted me to do so without being contradictory.  He had to define the word for me.  I was surprised to know that’s how I sounded.  In my mind, I was stating facts and was unaware of my ‘delivery.’ Life is full of...