Wednesday: Learning

Teaching kids body concepts can be fun

Preschool games teach children important ideas about themselves and how to get on in the world. Remember “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”? How about “Simon Says”? These activities help children identify body parts. Children are very interested in their bodies, butbody parts can be ...

From the Far East to the Far North

MARQUETTE — Tokyo and the Upper Peninsula are vastly different in many ways. First, Japan’s on the other side of the planet. Second, there’s the language barrier. Even with all the geographical and cultural differences, Japanese and Yoopers still have a lot in common — even kids. ...

Helping children make healthy choices

Meal and snack times provide a time to encourage healthy habits and conversation. When wise snacking is added to three nutritious meals a day, adults can achieve the total recommended daily guidelines for healthy American children. Grazing Over 27 percent of American children’s daily ...

A ‘little’ literacy

MARQUETTE — What kid wouldn’t be intrigued by a “Creepy Pair of Underwear?” or “President Squid”? The mind behind those children’s books, Chicago author Aaron Reynolds, was in town this week for the annual Marquette-Alger Young Authors Conference, which was to include ...

DeVos: Teachers should protest on ‘adult time’

BALTIMORE — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that teachers are walking off the job too often and that protests about pay and school conditions should be done on “adult time” so students aren’t hurt. DeVos made the comments in Baltimore while speaking at a conference for ...

Learning about the past helps link families

Family gatherings provide perfect opportunities to tell stories about parents and grandparents growing up. Storytelling is the first exposure to history and the stories of people they love. Most important, if family stories are passed on, they are not lost. Preparing One generation passes on ...

Students learning how to raise food in water

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The greenhouse at R-5 High School is humming with life and noise. Huge fish tanks containing hundreds of baby tilapia bubble and churn as water circulates. Pumps murmur as they move the fish water into bacterial converters, where microorganisms change the ammonia- ...

‘Positive in, positive out’

ISHPEMING — Oh, those middle school years, the in-between time when most students haven’t quite reached full emotional maturity. Not only are many youngsters not mature enough to keep from mistreating their peers, they don’t always have the emotional skills to handle that behavior ...

Create inspirational paper glass Chihuly art

Whenever it is too a cold and too wet to play outside, or children are sick, grandparents can take out a few art supplies and try a new easy craft. It’s always good to be prepared. This craft is based on the famous contemporary glass lamps and sculptures of Dale Chihuly found in beautiful ...

Report: Wisconsin higher ed funding drops amid national hike

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is among the states with the largest decline in higher education spending per student between 2013 and 2018, according to a new report. The analysis by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association shows that Wisconsin’s higher education funding ...

Campus conversations

MARQUETTE — The First Amendment and how it’s being applied in some cases on university campuses is being called into question. Greg Lukianoff, author and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, presented “The Threat to Free Speech on Campus and What do Do About It” ...

Rural teachers seek creative ways to boost STEM education

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Sophie Chambers was learning just how far behind her school was falling. Chambers, a teacher in the Chillicothe school district, had attended several state and national conferences and had seen what was possible. She said the science curriculum at her school is very ...

Flower garden in a day is very possible

Sometimes a springtime atmosphere needs a little nudge. Here is an easy table decoration activity for springtime family gatherings that gets the flowers inside and brightens the house. Why do these little extra activities? New studies report adults are talking with children only a total ...

Say cheese: Operation Smile helps students capture senior year

BATTLE CREEK — Two years ago, after her brother refused a professional senior portrait session, Battle High School senior Allison Bernt, 18, convinced him to participate in a photo session in the family backyard. Armed with a “Star Wars” lightsaber, Bernt’s brother smiled and posed ...

Email etiquette

MARQUETTE — If you want to make a good impression with your professor, don’t use profanity in an email. That might seem obvious, but to a college student who might be inexperienced in the ways of the world, an occasional reminder in teacher-pupil etiquette probably can’t ...

All the right angles

MARQUETTE — As the T-shirts worn by the Forest Park High School’s team read, “The first step is admitting you have a problem.” Solving those problems was the purpose of the 10th Annual Upper Peninsula High School Math Challenge, which took place Saturday at Jamrich Hall at Northern ...

What students can learn from the days before college loans

College tuition was less than what today's students pay for textbooks when Caron and Jack Knopoff attended Chicago’s Wright Junior College in the mid-1960s.Tuition at what is now Wilbur Wright College was $24 per credit hour, Caron Knopoff says. To cover this cost, the couple, who were dating ...

Grandparents Teach, too

Every spring bags of plastic colorful eggs appear in stores. They are inexpensive and appeal to kids of all ages. Here are some springtime fun activities with the eggs which encourage discovery and learning. You will need about a dozen plastic assorted color eggs which come apart in the ...

Poster prowess

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Marquette residents are connected to Lake Superior in many ways, but it should be remembered southern Upper Peninsula residents have their own Great Lake near and dear to their hearts: Lake Michigan. However, at least two local ...

Traveling solo with grandkids, part 2

Sandi Poindexter, grandparent and worldwide traveler has more suggestions for traveling solo with a grandchild based on research and personal experience in part two. She suggests to set expectations, reinforced by parents. Beside the basics of where, when, and how, there are the creature ...