Wednesday: Learning

Helping kids learn to read their names

As big brothers and sisters return from school and talk about what they are learning, autumn is a perfect time for younger children to learn to spell their name and share what they are learning, too. There are some fun activities to help remember the letters of their name and the sequence of ...

And the question is …

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The contestants in the final stages at the Miss America competition will have to answer a second round of questioning on the way to winning the crown. Sam Haskell, executive chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization, told The Associated Press that the second ...

New director hired at FROST

MARQUETTE — Jane Wankmiller is the new director of Northern Michigan University’s Forensic Research Outdoor Station, one of only eight such facilities worldwide and the first to study human decomposition in a cold climate. FROST will be complemented by a forensic anthropology laboratory ...

Learning with fall harvest activities

Fall brings the last of fresh corn on the cob, corn mazes, deer corn, multicolored corn, stalks, and popcorn around camp fires.. Now is a good time to help young children learn about this common plant and important part of our food supply and history. You'll need corn in the husk, corn ...

Learning software in classrooms earns praise, causes debate

WASHINGTON — In middle school, Junior Alvarado often struggled with multiplication and earned poor grades in math, so when he started his freshman year at Washington Leadership Academy, a charter high school in the nation's capital, he fretted that he would lag behind. But his teachers used ...

Getting political at a young age

ISHPEMING — Kelsey Routhier has some serious ideas about government. Routhier who will be a senior at Ishpeming High School, spent part of her summer at the June 27-July 8 YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs, which involved 25 youths from Michigan’s Youth In Government program. ...

Taking a second look in kids’ lunch boxes

Let’s see: pack the school lunch box, check; peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat, check; one cup apple sauce, check; fruit punch, healthy lunch, check. 0ops, not so fast. Nutritionists and physicians would like families to take a closer look. That lunch we just sent off with our ...

Mich. drops A-F school grades in revised education plan

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education last week re-submitted a proposed school improvement plan to the U.S. Department of Education dropping accountability options previously supported by Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder had backed proposed A-F letter grade system listed as two of three ...

Living independently while visually impaired

GWINN — A visually impaired person doesn’t have to be in the dark — literally and figuratively — when it comes to finding help to make daily life easier. Pat Duyck, an Escanaba-based rehabilitation teacher with Michigan’s Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, which is part of the ...

Personal skills help kids prepare for school

There are just a few weeks left before children begin school, some for the first time. Besides backpacks and supplies, teachers hope young children will bring along a few more things when they scamper off to school. First and foremost children will know how to put on their listening ears to ...

The new face of vo-tech

PHILADELPHIA — Matt Love was a puzzle no one knew how to solve. He had been traumatized by his father's drowning a week before his fourth birthday. By second grade, he was bored and acting out, so unruly that the private school he attended asked him to leave halfway through the year. Told ...

Infrastructure protection is a shared responsibility

MARQUETTE — How information about protecting critical infrastructure can be shared between public and private sectors was the subject of special presentations by members of the InfraGard Michigan Members Alliance Inc., at Northern Michigan University this week. NMU is a host site for the MI ...

Kids love tangling, safe eclipses, shadows

Summer isn’t over the school bells ring! There is still time to do a few summer things. String problems may take the rest of the summer to untangle, but remember summer is not over until it’s over. You will need two people, balls of yarn or thick string, and chairs. Tie string loosely ...

US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse. The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century. Never will ...

Keweenaw Young Professionals to discuss digital burnout

HANCOCK — Keweenaw Young Professionals is hosting Part 3 of their Professional “Disconnecting with Technology: The Mystery of Digital Burnout Solved.” Presented by Jeremiah Baumann, this event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Jutila Center, room 323, in ...

Deo to share rare photos on deer, grand camps

MARQUETTE — On Aug. 10, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will host “Deer Camps to Grand Camps,” an event featuring a slideshow by photo historian Jack Deo. Deo will share some of the greatest and funniest photos from his 40-year collection of regional classic deer camps. The latter ...

‘Unboring’ things to do with kids

There are no sunglasses around? No problem. Native Alaskans make fancy sunglasses from whale bone, but heavy cardboard works, too. You’ll need to cut cardboard pieces 15 cm by 6 inches by 2 inches and find string to tie around the head, markers or crayons. Hold the cardboard up to your ...

DIY high school computers

MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School students took on what could have sounded like an elaborate Do-It-Yourself project on Monday. It wasn’t. With the help of a few instructors, students enrolled in Advanced Placement Computer Science came to the high school during their summer break ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Children can catch fish in a bottle

Young children often want to net tiny fish for pets. Since minnows are very fast and don’t like to get caught, it is probably all right to give children a small net to puddle around and chase these terrified fish. They can put it in a container of lake water with sea weed for a short ...