Wednesday: Learning

Grandparents Teach, too

Playing with water is a great way to have fun, increase vocabulary and teach. Young children who read and do fun hands-on learning activities while talking to adults start school with about ten times as many words than children who don’t have these opportunities. Math and science When the ...

Cops see progress but opioids remain massive problem

PETOSKEY — It wasn’t that long ago when pharmacies become targets for those who became addicted to opioids. “You don’t hear too much about that now,” said Michigan State Police Detective Lt. Ken Mills, who serves as unit commander of Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement. “We also ...

Scouting for cedars

ISHPEMING — Sometimes getting a tree to grow goes beyond just sticking it into the ground and hoping it grows. There can be a greater meeting, ecologically and spiritually. For Ian Parkkonen, his tree-planting project is definitely an education. Parkkonen, a Life Scout with Troop 302 in ...

Training Little Sous Chefs is fun

How can we help our children become foodies with a broad palate? How can we teach them to make their own food by themselves when they are a bit older instead of complaining, “There is nothing to eat around here!” According to professional cooks and nutritionists, hands-on family cooking ...

Rocketing their way to knowledge

MARQUETTE — If someone placed several compact discs, pencils, rubber bands and a piece of cardboard in front of you and told you to make a car, what would you do? That was the task given to fourth- and fifth-graders Monday during the opening session of “Rockets Red Glare,” one of the ...

EMU under investigation for Title IX compliance

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University is under federal investigation for allegations its athletic program discriminated against female athletes by not offering equal opportunities. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights launched the investigation following ...

Playing, moving with percussion instruments

Young children are drawn to drumming sounds and love to move with the beats found in every culture. Just observe young children at pow-wows, band concerts, weddings and parades. They are jumping and twirling to the beat. Drums are also a fun learning tool. All you’ll need are purchased ...

A Superior Award

MARQUETTE — The Center for Upper Peninsula Studies is the recipient of this year’s Superior Award, given by the Historical Society of Michigan. CUPS, as well as Lindsay Hiltunen of Hancock, who won the Charles Follo Award, took the top honors at the society’s 69th annual Upper ...

Life lessons at Erie’s Urban University

By KEVIN FLOWERS, Erie Times-News AP Member Exchange ERIE, Pa.— Acting has boosted Kamaria McKinney’s confidence, brought her new friends and renewed the 12-year-old’s faith in God. The experience also helped McKinney embrace the concept of leadership. “What this shows me is ...

Drumming up fun summer activities

PALMER — Several children’s activities at the Richmond Township Library Monday centered on guitar shapes and percussion sounds rather than reading from pages, although books, as usual, were a part of the day. Township librarian Jan St. Germain led Monday’s session in the “Richmond ...

Picnic learning can be great fun

Summer is the perfect time for combining skills and a picnic. This easy activity filled with fun and learning is another way to have more Time In with children. Planning together Even though it is easier and quicker to gather materials yourself, you might take a moment to make a list ...

Unlikely allies unite in bid to improve education in Michigan

LANSING — Business leaders, teachers unions and school administrators have formed an unlikely alliance to improve Michigan’s K-12 public education system by moving past shorter-term partisan fights that influence policymaking in the Capitol. The initiative, Launch Michigan, was unveiled ...

LEGOs rock!

MARQUETTE — LEGO’s rock! At least Peter White Public Library’s Children’s Branch think so. The library held its first LEGO event of the summer at the Children’s Branch of the Library at Westwood Mall Friday afternoon. Children ages 5 and up were invited to build and create with the ...

Charlevoix students visit Rome

“All roads lead to Rome,” was the phrase once said during the heyday of the Roman Empire. Several St. Mary School middle school students, along with their parents, their pastor and staff members recently followed that road for a trip of a lifetime. The recent pilgrimage to Rome was ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Times when grandparents must step in

When because of a variety of serious family problems, grandparents feel they must take over, perhaps adopt grandkids, there are a number of issues to address and places to go for help. First, what all experts agree is grandparents must swing into protective mode. Protect your grandchildren ...

Top teachers

MARQUETTE — Ann Piereson, special education teacher at Superior Hills Elementary School, and Lesley Addison, Bothwell Middle School guidance counselor, have been honored as co-Teachers of the Year for the Marquette Area Public Schools. Piereson and Addison were recognized at Monday’s ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Young children love painting with brushes, sponges, or almost anything. But what they like best is to paint with their fingers. Bright colored homemade or commercial finger paint works just fine. Children can put on some plastic gloves and mimic Iris Scot’s dots and swirl paintings. It is ...

Schools use yoga, meditation to boost learning, ease stress

PLUMSTEAD, Pa. (AP) — From an area that looks more like a yoga and recreation room than a traditional classroom, a new kind of learning was unfolding at Groveland Elementary School in Plumstead. Fourth-grader Jordan Pieczynski jogged in place beneath a ceiling covered in clouds. A few ...

DeVos: School safety panel will not look at role of guns

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday said the federal commission on school safety set up after a Florida high school shooting won’t be looking at the role of guns in school violence. DeVos was asked during a congressional hearing whether the panel, which she is ...

Guessing games can help young kids learn

Children love guessing games. A favorite activity to do with young children is called “What’s in the Box?” It’s something that parents and grandparents can do anytime, anywhere to get young children’s brains working. You will need a special box to use only for this activity, an ...