Wednesday: Learning

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 ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Create table top bubbles using STEAM

When it’s too cold or rainy outside to make bubbles, there’s a way to make them inside without a mess and use STEAM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Families can help young children develop minds that ask questions, investigate, make predictions, and solve ...

Learning the ‘birds and the bees’ — literally

BIG BAY — Some people love their lush, weed-free, expansive lawns. Then there’s “Mother Nature” herself, educator Margaret Gerhard of Fence, Wisconsin. To her, messy is better. “I’m really nervous about the birds and the bees, and so my aim is to educate people about what’s ...

Playing cars with geography and econ

Any play time is learning time for young children. Here are days, maybe weeks, of fun ideas to include geography and economics while playing with cars and trucks. You’ll need a relatively smooth rug that small cars can easily travel over, boots and shoes, pans, paper, and tape to turn the ...

Black colleges push for financial support

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK Associated Press WASHINGTON — Presidents from a majority of the country's historically black colleges and universities are in Washington this week, calling for $25 billion in the upcoming budget to help address priorities including infrastructure, college readiness ...

Art in academia

MARQUETTE — It’s cool when teachers can show off what they teach others. That was the case during the recent School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University. It could be easy to forget what the faculty do, said Melissa Alan, ...

Study: Struggling college students get hand

WASHINGTON —Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk. Researchers at Georgia State University spent four years analyzing students’ grades, ...

Reading text versus audio books

“Grandma, does listening to a book count the same as reading a book,” an eight year old asks? What a great thoughtful question in light of technology available to children. The answer is “It depends, yes and no.” Listening first Talking, listening and reading are closely linked. ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Playing, pounding fresh clay can be fun

About this time in winter young children need to play with something new, and fresh. And families are hoping, inexpensive, please. Like adults, children become restless, out of sorts, and don’t quite know why. They just are! Often they are like little growly grizzly bears. Part of the ...

Surg club raises money for AED

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Surgical Technology student organization recently raised funds to purchase an AED, or automated external defibrillator, that was installed outside the departmental lab in West Science. The students were motivated to take action because of their ...

Kindergarten kick off

MARQUETTE — Each child is unique, not only in personality but educational background and cognitive development. That’s why parents should consider attending kindergarten “roundups,” which are events where registration and screening take place. “We’re so fortunate to establish ...

Teach kindness and charity to children

Being kind and giving to others teaches responsibility, volunteerism, and self-worth. Orly Wahba’s “Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts” points out that there is a great need for everyone to be kinder in words and deeds to help make the world ...

Free tuition? Not the same as free college, students say

BUFFALO, N.Y. —They don't mean to sound ungrateful, but ... New York public college students who would stand to gain from the nation’s most ambitious free-tuition proposal are quick to point out a sobering reality from their own meager finances: Free tuition doesn't mean free ...

Helping kids make sense of numbers

When adults look at six dots on a dice we don’t need to count out the dots. We automatically know the dots mean six. That number sense is called subitizing. When young children learn subitizing, this immediate recognition leads to mastering other math skills: learning math facts, doing ...