Wednesday: Learning

Under the dome: Seaborg Center gets portable digital planetarium

MARQUETTE — If you want to see what Earth looks like from the Martian surface, look no further than the Seaborg Center. The Glenn T. Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics, located at Northern Michigan University, has acquired a Starlab, a portable planetarium that ...

Children respond well to love languages

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It is tough, exhausting, and rewarding especially after following the advice in Drs. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell’s book “The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively.” They write about all the ways we can express ...

Charter School backed by DeVos growing

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A teenager grips the steering wheel and presses pedals. He sees wind-blown snow in front of him as he approaches the runway. A video game? No, George Radashaw is at a public charter school, simulating a flight in a Cessna airplane. “I’ve always loved ...

Getting a taste of the real world

HARVEY — A typical student’s day usually doesn’t involve seeing a dog that swallowed a dozen rocks. However, that’s been part of Kirsten Ryon’s school year. Ryon, a senior at Superior Central High School in Eben Junction, has been part of an internship program with the ...

Enjoying books together

Experts agree that reading to your young children one or more times a day is extremely important. It is an easy activity that begins soon after birth and continues through the school years. Children who are read to on a daily basis will be ready to learn to read on their own, and they will ...

Upcoming video series covers planning and zoning basics

NEGAUNEE — Understanding local zoning laws shouldn’t require an advanced degree in theoretical physics. Michigan State University Extension educator Brad Neumann said the Citizen Planner Program could be of some help with possibly complex issues, especially since MSUE in January will ...

Dancing is great kids’ exercise

When adults turn on any kind of music or sing even off key young children naturally move and sing along. Brain research suggests that music and movement help both sides of the brain learn to work together. First gather all kinds of music, cardboard and plastic containers and paper core ...

Report: Officers wrong in handcuffing elementary students

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Six of the 10 officers involved in arresting elementary students at a school in Tennessee violated their department’s policies, an internal police investigation determined. Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr said the case prompted police to respond to the ...

Children enjoy making graham cracker houses

When it is too cold to play outside children especially enjoy being cozy while making art projects for display inside. Graham cracker houses and villages can be simple for little hands or very elegant and complex for older ones. Collect small cartons of different sizes. Children’s school ...

Sharing the language of love with children

One of the greatest pleasures of reading to children is reassuring them that we love them by speaking the words of love out loud. According to Dr. Gary Chapman counselor and author of the series of books the” The Five Love Languages” for all members of the family, we can never say the ...

A birthday for the Upper Peninsula

People everywhere love the Upper Peninsula because it is a very special place. And that’s why it seems so wrong that the Upper Peninsula has no official birth date and therefore no birthday to celebrate each year. Virtually everyone and nearly everything has a birth date, but the Upper ...

Learning about labor, musing about management

MARQUETTE — Give a $1,000 bonus or a raise? Promote an employee according to seniority? Provide five weeks of vacation after 25 years of service? These are the types of questions management and employees face during collective bargaining, and it was that type of real-world experience local ...

Use technology to connect with grandchildren

Children’s technology skills and time on devices can be good things. Grandparents are learning that technology can be a barrier to grandparent to grandchild communication or an exciting bridge between generations. Start my asking grandchildren to show you what they do on the computer ...

Immigrants seek place in US high schools

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court must decide if older immigrant and refugee students steered to an alternative high school in Pennsylvania are getting a meaningful education or are simply being passed through the system. Civil rights lawyers argued Monday that the Lancaster School ...

Peter White Public Library holds computer class to help with web searches

MARQUETTE — How often do you see the words “Did you mean...” while performing a Google search? Are you often stymied while looking for a product or topic on the popular search engine? To help people hone their Google search skills, the Peter White Public Library on Monday hosted a ...

Kids can play store and learn economics

Playing store with preschoolers teaches personal finance lessons of saving, spending, wait until later, and opportunity cost. These are lifelong lessons that go beyond shopping. Turn a shoe box into a cash register. Then add some real or play money, things to buy and sell, small box attached ...

Feds give states more time to bolster schools

WASHINGTON —States will have more time to identify failing schools as part of new Obama administration rules aimed at supporting troubled public schools and students who are struggling. The rules, released Monday, provide a broad framework for states as they design new accountability ...

Oh deer!

It’s a volunteer organization that just tries to engage the community in different community projects, like this project. — Daniel Hunter Construction Management program Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — Ever read the “The Yearling”? The 1938 book, ...