Wednesday: Learning

Product idea: NMU students help U.P. sheet metal worker develop concepts

MARQUETTE — Sheet metal worker Ron Aho walked into Invent@NMU on the Northern Michigan University campus with a product idea that would save time and effort on the job. He had spent years manually hammering in drive cleats for air ducts. The repetitive motion of pounding upward put a lot ...

Helping to prevent dog bites to children

There are about 78 million dogs in the United States. Chances are children either have dogs or will meet them often. The CDC records 4.5 million bites each year and 60 percent are to children under the age of 15 months. Each day about 1,000 people require ER care. Pet experts have ...

DeVos tours military school in Virginia

MANASSAS, Virginia (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday highlighted the need to help the children of military families transition into new schools as their parents are moving from one assignment to the next. DeVos visited Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, to ...

Young archers aim high

MARQUETTE — At first glance, the errant flight of an arrow poorly aimed, falling to the grass, might not seem like much to see. That is, of course, unless that arrow is followed by a child. Then, as she reaches to pick it up, there’s a whole world to look at all at once — promise, ...

Try teaching children to be good observers

Weather observation helps children be alert for changes in their environment and to be prepared. Checking the weather forecast every day on media plus learning weather clues for their own forecast are good ways to nurture awareness. Weather affects their safety, activities, and clothing ...

Caring for soldiers

MARQUETTE — People walking through the doors at Walmart in Marquette Township on Saturday can help Michigan soldiers stationed abroad. The annual Care Packages for Soldiers Overseas is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day outside Walmart, located at 3225 U.S. 41. Leading ...

Try inspiring children with art masterpieces

People have always used art as a way to record an event, express themselves and their emotions. Children can learn a great deal from art since there is so much to observe and talk about. By sharing art, families can open up a world of richness and diversity for children to explore. You can ...

New UN peace messenger to promote girls’ education

UNITED NATIONS — Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, newly designated as a U.N. Messenger of Peace, said Monday that extremists tried to kill her but didn't succeed and in her second life she is keeping up her fight for education especially for girls - and hoping men and boys will become ...

‘Penny War’ commences

MARQUETTE — A “war” is going on at Marquette Alternative High School at Vandenboom, but it’s for a good cause. Students and staff are raising funds while hoarding pennies and “bombing” others with “silver” coins like quarters or nickels during the Penny War, which began in ...

Children must move their muscles for health

Spring time weather can be as unpredictable as preschool children’s behavior. However, children’s need for at least one hour of exercise every day is very predictable. When outdoor play is not possible, try some safe active indoor games. Gross motor activities use the large muscles of the ...

Teachers across Poland strike

WARSAW, Poland — Teachers across Poland went on strike Friday to protest a sweeping educational overhaul by the populist government that will eliminate middle schools this fall. Many fear the change is a pretext for introducing a more nationalistic curriculum that will leave children less ...

Gwinn district honors Teacher of the Year

At the March 20 regular meeting of the Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education, Gwinn Area Community Schools, Superintendent Thomas Jayne, right, presented Brad Pfluger with a plaque honoring him as district “Teacher of the Year.” Pfluger’s peers indicated he was the epitome of ...

From mining to fat bikes

MARQUETTE — With the constant evolution of a region comes constant education. That was at least one reason to listen to the presentation, “Who Do We Think We Are? A Tale of Mine Shafts, Caving Ground, Wilderness, Weed Wackers, Wolves and Fat Tire Bikes,” given by local historian Robert ...

About giving children time out and time in

Expect it. Young children test grandparents’ limits and do behaviors that are dangerous or disruptive. They break rules set by the parents. Families may avoid some power struggles by giving children several simple choices, planning ahead, setting up rules and expectations, and practicing ...

A ‘dia’ in another LANGUAGE

MARQUETTE — If you were a student taking part in Spanish Day, a mere “yes” or “no more” wouldn’t have sufficed. In fact, it might have landed you in “jail.” A “si” or “no mas,” though, were the preferred responses. Hundreds of high school students from throughout the ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Try writing personalized books with preschoolers

Young children may not be able to form their letters yet, but they are able to talk and draw. All they need are family members to help them write a personalized book. Children like to talk about themselves and be the complete focus of an adult’s attention. Gather some computer paper, ...

Hitting the ‘Marc’

MARQUETTE — Marc Mero was enthusiastic when speaking to North Star Academy students, but he had to be. The message of the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion at a Monday presentation centered on making the right choices and standing up to bullies. Mero, a former amateur boxer ...

Study: Student loan defaults rising

The stock market is up, unemployment is down but things aren't rosy for all Americans. A new analysis of government data by the Consumer Federation of America found that the number of Americans in default on their student loans jumped by nearly 17 percent last year. As of the end of 2016, ...

Gifting picture books can be great idea

Great books with no or few words and beautiful illustrations are fantastic for building vocabulary, love of books, writing, and drawing skills. This is not too much praise especially if they are Caldecott Award winners for illustrations. The 2017 Caldecott Medal winner is ”Radiant Child: The ...

Book purchase underscores National Reading Month

MARQUETTE — Students at Graveraet Elementary School in Marquette brought a childhood classic to life in celebration of National Reading Month in March With a donation of $1,000 from the Rotary Club of Marquette, school officials purchased copies of “The BFG,” (short for Big Friendly ...