Wednesday: Learning

Taking cyber challenge

ISHPEMING — Emphasis is being placed on getting more girls involved in the STEM-related fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. So, why shouldn’t cybersecurity — which definitely is tied to technology — be another field open to females? Aili Harmon, a junior at ...

Personal keepsakes written for kids

“Mom, did you know that after World War II, Great Grandpa saw starving little kids searching in garbage cans for food in Germany and he always shared his rations with them? Their faces bothered him for the rest of his life.” “Yes, dear, he had a hard time talking about his ...

MSU deputy AD Greg Ianni announces retirement

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University is losing a longtime member of its athletic department. Greg Ianni, Michigan State deputy athletic director who has been on staff since 1993, on Tuesday announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31, 2019. He will remain an advisor to first-year ...

Children learning to love mathematics

There are some simple math activities that families can do that are really cheap but effective. It is what families think, say, and do that counts, according to researchers. Remember the saying, “Children who are read to, read?” The same is true for math. When you’re in the kitchen, ...

Renovated special ed school looks, works better

GRAND RAPIDS — The special education students and staff at Lincoln Developmental Center are now in a building that's safer, looks better, has improved flexibility and function, and updated technology, according to Principal Steve Kadau. The school’s 100 students, ages 5 to 26, have ...

Teamwork

MARQUETTE — NICE Community Schools Superintendent Bryan DeAugustine believes teamwork is one of the reasons students in the district performed better than the state proficiency averages in the recently released M-STEP and SAT scores. For this year’s standardized tests, third-graders at ...

Planned healthy snacks add nutrition

Maybe this is a bad time to talk about nutrition, but pediatricians wish we would, anyway. Meal and snack times provide opportunities to encourage healthy habits and conversation. However, these times can be so frustrating! When wise snacking is added to three nutritious meals a day ...

Comfort food education

MARQUETTE — There’s a special way to make the ultimate comfort food — macaroni and cheese — that probably will come in handy now that colder weather is upon us. However, considering “THE Mac and Cheese” recipe has been pinned nearly 500,000 times on Pinterest, blogger Alison ...

Vaping: Use of e-cigarettes on rise in high schools

MARQUETTE — There is a growing concern over vaping at Marquette Senior High School, and steps are being taken to handle the issue. Principal Jon Young addressed the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education about vaping at its regular meeting Monday. “We’re talking about ...

Dice, tallies and fine motor skills

Fine motor skill is the coordination of hand muscles so children can print and do other related tasks correctly. Simple fun activities help teach, practice, and refine these skills. All you need are a pair of dice, pencil, paper, and ruler. Fun with math Start with investigating. Help your ...

New EMU regent has ties to Snyder

YPSILANTI (AP) — The newest member of Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents was involved in the establishment of the Education Achievement Authority — an authority the EMU board later withdrew from. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of his senior adviser and ...

Kids can help prepare for winter

There isn’t much time left. Children can help clean up the garden and prepare for winter. Then there is one last thing to teach children about gardening before winter sets in: planting bulbs for spring time magic. Children will need gloves, small shovels or large spoons, garden bulbs, a ...

Modeltowners are model helpers

MARQUETTE — Football and firewood don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The Gwinn High School Modeltowners football team, which is having a successful campaign at 5-3, is giving back to the community by stacking firewood for people who need this arduous task performed. They’ve already ...

Tuition waiver helps Native American students

MORRIS, Minn. (AP) — On the west side of the University of Minnesota-Morris campus stands an Anishinaabe grandmother, shrouded in a sacred blanket and embraced by two grandchildren. The sculpture, unveiled late last month by artist Duane Goodwin, is the newest addition to the ...

Teaching science, art with leaves

Families have little time left to teach young children the science and art of leaves. For these activities you’ll need a bag, variety of leaves, paintbrush or sponge, paper, paper plates, heavy book, clear packing tape, and white craft glue, and smart phone or camera. While walking with ...

Little library, big recognition

PALMER — The Richmond Township Library has received a 2018 Citation of Excellence from the Library of Michigan Foundation and the Library of Michigan. It will receive $1,000 for the honor. The small building is located at 309 Snyder St. in Palmer across from the idled Empire ...

Collecting helps children learn

Grandpa, Grandma look at my rocks! Children are proud to collect and show items to adults. It doesn’t matter what they collect. Children learn science and math skills by gathering, observing, sorting, classifying, and counting their treasures. They will take their collections out often in ...

‘White Scripts and Black Supermen’

MARQUETTE — Comic books probably aren’t considered by many to be literary beacons of social conscience. Yet, there could be hidden biases on their pages whose intent is to entertain. “White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books” was the title of a ...

Arts making comeback in schools

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) became education's most popular buzzword in the past decade, and with education resources going to STEM, it left some arts advocates out in the cold. Now, educators are slipping the arts back in by emphasizing the ...

Helping kids learn to focus is key

Elaborate toys, busy schedules and video games have left children with fewer opportunities for imaginative play. Researchers say changing the way children play has changed their emotional and cognitive development. Neuroscientist Adele Diamond and psychologist Deborah Leong have good news by ...