Wednesday: Learning

Discovering snow prints always exciting

Every time there is fresh snow a new story appears in the backyard. Families can help foster curiosity and love of nature by showing children ways to observe wildlife. A young nature detective can learn signs of animal life around the neighborhood. Looking for tracks in mud or snow give clues ...

State program boosts school nutrition with local foods

LANSING — More Michigan students can enjoy fruits and vegetables from local farms because of the expansion of a state program that supports buying them. The 10 Cents A Meal program is administered by the Department of Education.The state offers up to 10 cents per meal for schools to ...

NMU outdoor rec students get creative

MARQUETTE — A plugged-in piece of driftwood can make the most bizarre of sounds. Recycled bicycle parts don’t have to fill the landfill. Rocks can look more appealing when spritzed with water. These are just of the few nuggets of wisdom that could have been gleaned from Thursday’s ...

Children love growing, eating little sprouts

When outdoor color is mostly brown or white, it’s time to add some green inside by growing sprouts with kids. Young children may turn up their noses at ordinary salads, but will often think sprouts are kind of cute and grab them by the handful. Sprouts are available in stores, but are often ...

Beaumier program on immigrants set MARQUETTE — The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University received an $11,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to support an upcoming exhibition titled “The Immigrant Experience. Now the center is inviting any ...

Another dimension

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — A recent introductory 3-D printing class for the community at MAPS Makerspace had many dimensions, but mostly up. And the participants could even take home lovely parting gifts, which were small 3-D items like pre-made robots and ...

Children always enjoy paper core projects

Families are often looking for ways to recycle and reuse materials instead of throwing them in the trash. Think of how many paper towel and bathroom tissue cores we throw each month. They can be used in a myriad of ways with children. Poster paint stamps Paper cores make excellent stamps ...

‘Through the Eyes of our Youth’

MARQUETTE — What does the local community look like from the eyes of a teen? It depends on the teen, of course, but a sampling of young viewpoints is on display at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Running through Dec. 5 at the MACC, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public ...

Local Briefs

PWPL to screen ‘Cameraperson’ MARQUETTE — DocuMonday presents a screening of the 2016 documentary “Cameraperson” at 7 p.m. Monday in the Peter White Public Library Community Room. In this 2016 documentary, Kirsten Johnson explores the relationship between photographer and subject, ...

Children love making pretzel-based treats

Let’s get some of the warnings and negatives out of the way. One large pretzel rod has about 40 calories from the flour, but pretzels are basically nutritionally empty and may be a choking hazard for very young children. Although very salty, pretzel treats are fun and easy to make. Bottom ...

Selected to serve

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University student Madeline Wiles has a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and girls. Wiles, an NMU junior who hails from Gladstone, was one of 10 individuals selected to serve on the 2017-18 American Association of University Women ...

Score fluctuations mar Wisconsin school report card

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Unusually high fluctuations in scores for more than 150 Wisconsin schools and two dozen districts threw into question their school report card results released Tuesday. The scores of 162 schools and 24 districts were flagged for parents, teachers, community members and ...

Climate change on a county level

MARQUETTE — Marquette County, in recent years, has experienced several major climate-related events, the most recent being Oct. 24 when a large windstorm produced huge waves on Lake Superior, which in turn caused damage along the shoreline, not to mention downed power lines and toppled trees ...

STEAM activities help children solve problems

STEAM teaching is a way of helping children think like scientists, technologists, engineers, artists (architects) and mathematicians as they solve meaningful and interesting real world problems. When children use STEAM they are making hands-on projects and following the problem solving model ...

Legislator proposes sex ed online instead of in class

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah legislator is developing a proposal to move sex education out of the classroom and onto home computers via the internet. Rep. Justin Fawson, a conservative Republican from North Ogden, says he's drafting a bill that would tailor the state's sex education ...

Families have new photographers: Children

This time of the year, families get together and create memories. Often at the end of the visit, someone will say, “Oh, we forgot to take pictures while we were all together!” Children can be trained to be official photographers. They can be encouraged to take a few really good and ...

GOP tax bill furthers DeVos effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ school-choice agenda is getting a bit of a boost from the Republican tax bill, which would allow parents to use education savings accounts to pay tuition at private elementary and secondary schools. Yet some conservative groups favoring ...

‘Question, Persuade, Refer’

ISHPEMING — It’s OK to talk about it now. In fact, it always should have been OK. Ryan Reichel, head girls varsity basketball coach for Ishpeming Public Schools, Thursday conducted a special lesson on a sensitive subject — suicide — using the method “Question, Persuade, ...

Vessels

MARQUETTE — The Michipicoten was expected at noon today at the Lake Superior & Ishpeming ore dock in Marquette’s Upper Harbor.

Teachers in training

MARQUETTE — To become a good elementary school teacher, sometimes you have to surround yourself with vinegar, lemons and food coloring. Northern Michigan University students planning to enter that field took part in Saturday’s College for Kids at the NMU Seaborg Center. The programs are ...