Wednesday: Learning

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 ...

Junior achievements

MARQUETTE — Two Marquette Senior High School juniors have received the Yale Book Award, given for "outstanding personal character and intellectual promise." The recipients, who were honored in a Friday ceremony at the high school, were Willem Guter and Zita Jameson. Yale alumnus and local ...

Bridge to victory

NEGAUNEE — Michigan middle and high school students dominated a national bridge-building competition event in Tennessee May 22 as teams from around the state took seven of the top nine places. It’s hard to be more dominating than garnering a first place, though, and that’s what happened ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii last erupted to this magnitude in 1982. It is erupting now with a vengeance. Although the overflow of the 10 calderas is devastating to some land and people of Hawaii’s Big Island, the cracks and flows help children peak inside the Earth’s crust, search for igneous ...

Decoding dysgraphia

By MetroCreative Many people are familiar with or have at least heard of dyslexia, a condition that can affect a person’s ability to read and comprehend the written word. Few may be as knowledgeable about dysgraphia, another learning disability that can affect language skills. Dysgraphia ...

A practical approach

MARQUETTE — There’s a definite need for nursing. Northern Michigan University’s School of Nursing is collaborating with Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College on a new practical nursing certificate program. The program was established in response to outreach from local health care ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Find teachable moments this summer

Adults don't need to be trained teachers to help their children practice skills during the summer. That practice is very important so skills are expanded or not weakened. Families can use 10 or more minutes of teachable moments every day to teach any subject. While taking a walk, talk about ...

Classroom tech trends to watch

Technology continues to evolve. With computers, tablets and smartphones, people of all ages are immersed in technology. According to the Pew Research Center, 56 percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 go online several times a day. Teens are not just relying on technology at home or ...

Farming fundamentals

CHATHAM — The North Farm this summer is hosting a series of short courses on topics ranging from livestock on small farms to managing wooded areas. The workshops explore farming fundamentals and best practices, which will be taught by teams from Michigan State University Extension and Alger ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Marshmallows much more than s’mores

Marshmallows have four grams of sugar each which is about one teaspoon of sugar. Four grams may be OK if you only eat just one. However, who eats just one or counts the calories around the campfire? Marshmallows can also be used for art projects and artsy recipes this time of the year when ...

Bridges to Tennessee

NEGAUNEE — Before big bridges are built, often little bridges have to be constructed first. Almost 200 teams composed of almost 600 Michigan high and middle school students presented and tested their bridges at the 10th Annual Michigan Design and Build Bridge Challenge sponsored by the ...