Wednesday: Learning

Grandparents Teach, too

Children love dinosaurs so much they can be used to teach almost anything. You’ll need a package of small dinosaurs, small river or flat rocks, an up to date dinosaur book, paper and markers. Take along along your dinosaur gear to the beach and start a conversation. Have your children seen ...

Stocking up for school can be eco-friendly AND economical

By BEV O’SHEA Associated Press Earth-friendly school supplies might sound expensive, but you can be gentle with the planet and respectful of your wallet. Start by widening your idea of what’s “green.” LOOK FOR FREEBIES FIRST Using what you already have is the ultimate ...

Get your sisu on

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula probably is the only place in the world where someone might understand this sentence: “You might be hungry for a slice of cudighi pizza if you pank down the 5 feet of snow on your camp’s front porch wearing your choppers.” Words unique to the U.P. were ...

Grandparents Teach, too

“Yum. Here are some fruits and vegetables,” says adult to child. Young child’s mouth is sealed shut. “Let’s eat some salsa you helped chop up! Yummy!” Magically the mouth may open up with a smile. Not convinced? Give salsa a whirl. Sometimes when families are encouraging small ...

DeVos revokes Obama-era rule policing for-profit colleges

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer The Trump administration on Friday revoked an Obama-era rule that aimed to terminate federal funding to for-profit college programs that consistently left graduates with high student debt. Department officials announced that the 2014 gainful ...

Learn Quest

MARQUETTE — Throwing water balloons can be a rite of passage for a youngster, but it has added meaning when the heaving of said water balloons has science behind it. Catapult concepts was just one subject taught at the recently completed first session of Marquette Area Public Schools’ ...

Keeping toddlers safe can be a challenge

Someone once said that silence is golden unless you have a very young child and then it is suspicious. Keeping this age safe is a 24/ 7 job. Here are tips from the Department of Health and Human Services and emergency physicians. Water Stay with young kids every minute they are around water. ...

School’s plan for facial recognition system raises concerns

LOCKPORT, N.Y. — A New York school district has finished installing a facial recognition system intended to spot potentially dangerous intruders, but state officials concerned about privacy say they want to know more before the technology is put into use. Education Department spokeswoman ...

Sounding off: Recording booth installed at PWPL

MARQUETTE — Right now it just looks like a sparsely furnished room, but a new recording booth at the Peter White Public Library is expected to enrich the community’s educational experiences. In addition to the library’s recently completed renovation project, the booth has been installed ...

Education, from mud pies to real thing

“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, ...

Van Andel Institute to award grants

GRAND RAPIDS — Van Andel Education Institute invites educators from across the country to submit their ideas on how they would use $5,000 to transform their classroom during Science on the Grand: A STEAM Conference for Inquiry-Based Instruction. Conference finalists will present their ...

Westwood goes west

ISHPEMING — Westwood High School students have earned accolades for their business acumen — and a trip to Disneyland. Westwood students garnered national awards at May’s National Leadership Conference of the Business Professionals of America, which took place in Anaheim, ...

Broken bee?

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee suffered a body blow when eight kids ended up co-champions because they were simply too accomplished to stumble over any of the words Scripps threw at them. That doesn’t mean it’s irretrievably broken. Even some critics who ...

Husband, wife share love of classroom teaching

BRYAN, Texas — For more than 20 years, the husband and wife teaching duo of LaNette and David Godfrey have taken teaching seriously by instructing in an anything but serious way. The Eagle reports when you enter David Godfrey’s art classroom, you’re entering a “land of rainbows and ...

Science and economics in kids’ gardens

Life is about choices and human decision-making. Science is discovery and learning how things work. Young children can learn about both through gardening. When children garden a little patch of soil or container no matter how small, they need to make choices. When they read about possible ...

Bothwell band director wins award

MARQUETTE — Not all middle schools have a full-time band director, but Bothwell Middle School has one, and an award-winning one at that. Emily Morgan-Booth, who is finishing up her fourth year at Bothwell, recently won a district Teacher of the Year award, chosen by her peers, from the ...

D-Day’s 75th anniversary renews interest in some classrooms

CARY, N.C. — Kasey Turcol has just 75 minutes to explain to her high school students the importance of D-Day — and if this wasn’t the 75th anniversary of the turning point in World War II, she wouldn’t devote that much time to it. D-Day is not part of the required curriculum in North ...

Using weather apps and forecasts with kids

Weather observation helps children be alert for changes in their environment and their need to prepare. Sometimes we underestimate what we can teach young children. Checking the weather forecast every day on media, plus learning weather clues for their own forecast are good ways to nurture ...

After 36 years, a girl is the middle school math champ

PITTSBURGH — Ask Vivian Loh a simple question, like her age, and you may not get a simple answer. “4,687 days,” the Squirrel Hill resident answers softly and without hesitation, sitting in an office at the Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside. She calculated her age in days a ...

Digital determination

MARQUETTE — What’s special about art is that it can be whatever the artist wants, such as an autumn landscape in oil, a portrait in pencil or — in the case of Gwinn High School senior Emma Locknane — “A Very Determined Medic” with green pupils and sharp teeth. Locknane is the ...