Wednesday: Learning

Children can learn about traffic safety

There is an old saying, “Everything you need to know in life you learn in preschool.” You learn how to get along with others, share, be polite, always flush the toilet, wash your hands, finish a task, help clean up and many others. Street safety is definitely one of them. Traffic ...

Parents want quality time with kids during shopping

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. —(AP) Staples, the back-to-school specialty store, commissioned a recent survey, with parenting authority Fatherly, that discovered 85 percent of parents and 83 percent of children prefer to shop in-store during the back-to-school season. To help accommodate shoppers, most ...

Helmet rule good protection for brain

Last week, the bike helmet rule hit home.Two competitive cousins decided they both wanted to be first in a string of cousins winding its way slowly to the bike path. They took off in a flash down a hill, one on the sidewalk and one moved to the road, to grandma’s horror. What is ...

Nonprofit offers activities for all ages, abilities

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Arts for All of Northern Michigan has been around for 21 years, but the name changed a couple times before it became an independent nonprofit organization a few years ago. Despite these changes, Executive Director Grace Hudson said the group continues to offer the ...

Maintaining machines

MARQUETTE — It’s a fact of life in the industrial world that things break. Then things have to be fixed. Then things have to be tweaked so they don’t break again. So, it helps to know the ropes — and cables, hoists and cranes. The types of skills required were stressed at the July ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Teaching kids nature full of sounds

“The song of earth has many different chords.”—Amy Lowell Children can become good listeners while walking in fields, along a shore,in the mountains and forest or their own backyard. The trick is to get them to be very quiet. Juliet Robertson and Chris Hall both expert teachers and ...

Grand Valley, MSU partner to help solve physician shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State and Michigan State university officials signed an agreement Monday, granting GVSU pre-medical students early assurance of admission into MSU’s osteopathic medical school. The partnership is expected to help solve a physician shortage and fill gaps in the ...

NMU profs receive tourism grant

MARQUETTE — Many Great Lakes communities have reinvented or expanded their economies from logging and fishing to travel and leisure. Tourism revolving around the scenic environment offers multi-faceted economic benefits. It also requires adequate strategic planning and investment to avoid ...

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 ...