Wednesday: Learning

Artist in the making

NEGAUNEE — A future artist’s career might have just gotten started in a big way. The artwork of Kaiylah Hanninen, a seventh-grader at Negaunee Middle School, was chosen from entries throughout Michigan to appear on the 2018 holiday card sent by the Lansing-based company SET SEG to its ...

Alert families help toddlers learn, grow

Toddlers between age two to three improve large motor skills like running, kicking, climbing, managing stairs, running and testing limits. It’s an exhausting time for families and remains that way until about age five. However, if families know this is natural, set limits, and are very ...

Lawmakers unveil school-safety measure

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A statewide school-safety measure touted as the Kentucky legislature's top priority this year was unveiled on Wednesday, nearly a year after two students were killed in a shooting at a rural high school in the state. The legislation calls for hiring a state school ...

Snow science can be good fun for kids

Winter science is fun and exciting no matter what your weather. You will need a dishpan of snow, ice cubes, wooden spoons, spatulas, measuring cups, measuring spoons, three see through cups, magnifying glass, paper, and markers or crayons. Magnifying snowflakes If you have had snow ...

Parents sue over plans to arm teachers

TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — Parents are going to court to block a Pennsylvania school district from allowing teachers to carry guns in school, the latest flashpoint in a debate playing out in many states over whether it's wise to arm educators to protect students from mass shooters. The district in ...

‘Creativity excavation’

MARQUETTE — A hundred days can go by pretty quickly when you’re involved in something personal and creative. The sixth annual 100DayProject, a community-wide initiative designed to spur independent artistic creativity, has a launch date of Jan. 20, with the project finishing 100 days ...

Linking ABCs to sounds for writing

As young children begin to learn letters, it is also a good time to associate the sounds with each letter. Using pictures for this association helps give meaning to the sounds. You’llneed twenty-seen zip lock type sandwich bags, markers, stapler, twenty-seven note cards, magazines, grocery ...

Let’s get fit

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — It wasn’t quite New Year’s Day yet, but participants in Monday’s New Year’s Eve Fitness Bash at the YMCA of Marquette County got a head start on starting off 2019 in a healthy way by trying out fitness activities. The event also ...

EXCELLENT EDUCATORS

MARQUETTE — Nine Northern Michigan University faculty members were honored at the Dec. 6 Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship celebration. Award recipients were: Gary Brunswick and Jon Sherman, Excellence in Teaching; Marek Haltof and James Strain, Excellence in Scholarship; David ...

Religious windows mean delicious cookies

Have you ever taken young children to admire the brilliant colors of stained glass windows close up and watched them touch the colors with wonder? They are delighted by the light reflecting on their hands and often like to stand in the colors on a bright day. Children also love to make ...

Try making exercise a game with kids

Dog parks are family parks and fun places to exercise dogs and humans. That includes the grandkids. They usually are plowed and easy to walk in specific areas. Children can use their imaginations to exercise. Superheroes, fairy tale and cartoon characters can be an inspiration for ...

Trump’s safety panel seeks to revoke school safety rules

President Donald Trump’s school safety commission on Tuesday proposed a rollback of an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left schools afraid to take action against potentially dangerous students. The panel, led by Education ...

20 years of Honors

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University’s Honors Program, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, is poised to grow even more in the coming years. Northern’s Honors Program was established in the fall 1998 semester with 12 students; it has since grown to 327 participants, expanding ...

‘Be the change’

K.I. SAWYER — More than a few hands went up when students at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School were asked Tuesday if they’d been bullied. Motivational speaker and former Michigan State University basketball player Anthony Ianni, based in downstate Livonia, brought his Relentless Tour ...

New twist on kids’ sugar cookies

Children are eager to taste whatever comes out of the oven. You have their complete attention when cooking together, at least for a short time. Cooking incorporates teamwork, perseverance, following directions, measuring, mathematical conversation and creativity Successful Experiences Find a ...

Millennial Money

College-bound high school seniors of America: You are about to embark on one of the most formative periods of your life, full of new friendships, personal growth and overcaffeinated conversations on the nature of humanity. Keep “ruinous student debt” off the list. At this point, while ...

Indoor snowmen good for snowy day

Perfect high moisture snow doesn’t occur often enough for very young children’s enthusiasm for snowmen. Here’s a simple activity for snowmen that doesn’t require a snowstorm and doesn’t melt! You’ll need: A play dough recipe, toothpicks, white craft glue, dried beans, piece of ...

Steelcase Education taking grant applications

GRAND RAPIDS — Steelcase Education is seeking innovative educators and educational institutions looking to implement and expand active learning initiatives to apply for its fifth annual Active Learning Center Grant. The company will award up to 16 grants to select 6-12 schools, colleges or ...

Local attorney, detective pen law-related books

MARQUETTE — Two newly published books use actual local cases to educate the public and law enforcement about how the legal system works. “Money Talks” and “Don’t Talk, You’ll Walk” were written by Thomas Casselman, of Casselman & Henderson PC, and his wife Rhonda, a private ...

Community Engagement

RUTLAND, Vt. — Two programs at Rutland High School are helping students find their future careers by giving them a chance to participate in actual work experiences throughout the Rutland area. Meaghan Marsh, the School-to-Work coordinator, said she and Sarah Hagge, an English teacher at the ...