Wednesday: Learning

Try tea partying with the grandkids

What is better than scones and adults’ attention? Grandparents can help young children learn table manners, the art of conversation, and feel comfortable using them during an English Tea. Invite some friends, stuffed animals, and a few action figures who need little culture to save the ...

Bomb-sniffing dogs join WMU police force

By mLive KALAMAZOO — Two new officers joined the police force at Western Michigan University. German shepherds Brax and Oso are the newest members of WMU Public Safety, according to a press release from the university. The explosive-detection police dogs are younger than 2 years old, ...

Wildcat wellness

MARQUETTE — Health education is never ending, regardless of whether you’re a college student or an adult professor. Northern Michigan University students, and just about anyone who walked through the doors Tuesday at the University Center, had the chance to learn their blood type, pet ...

Indoor sandbox fun for kids in winter

While the sandbox is buried under layers of snow and frozen solid you can still provide sand fun indoors and keep a tidy house. It’s hard to believe but this recipe feels better than damp beach sand. It is soft and velvety, yet holds its shape when building castles and roads. It also adds ...

From geomatics to forestry

MARQUETTE — It might be easier to learn about a topic in a temperate-controlled classroom than in a muggy forest that requires constant checks for ticks. However, it might not be as satisfying. Ian Pope, a geomatics major at Northern Michigan University, is the 2018 recipient of the ...

Class Clown

MINNEAPOLIS — Design students are often put into the unenviable position of being asked, “Hey, I need you to be creative right now.” Tane Danger, a University of Minnesota alumni and local improv comedian, promises to arm these students with the tools for spontaneous creativity by ...

‘To dye for’

MARQUETTE — You too can have a “garden to dye for.” That was the title of a presentation by local gardener Poppy Hatinger, who talked about the art of eco-printing on Saturday at the Peter White Public Library. “It’s that combination of interests and gardening and artwork that ...

Healthier food choices for children

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. Otherwise, the guidelines can be very difficult. Children ...

Koch group touts education push on curriculum, technology

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — (AP) Officials with the powerful political network led by conservative billionaire Charles Koch said Monday that they are promoting a state-level education strategy that they hope educators and teachers unions will support. The Koch network is launching a new group ...

Teach children how to analyze and guess

Children love guessing games. A favorite one is called What’s in the Box? It’s something that families can do anytime, anywhere to encourage children to analyze, narrow options, and make a reasonable guess. They will need to listen carefully when they shake the box and analyze what could ...

House Dems bringing new scrutiny to DeVos

WASHINGTON— Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of the House ...

‘Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug’

MARQUETTE — Is there anything more peaceful than an infant sleeping on its belly in a crib, swaddled in a blanket? It might be peaceful, but it’s not necessarily safe. The Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency has been using a $1,800 grant from the Literacy Legacy Fund of ...

Artist in the making

NEGAUNEE — A future artist’s career might have just gotten started in a big way. The artwork of Kaiylah Hanninen, a seventh-grader at Negaunee Middle School, was chosen from entries throughout Michigan to appear on the 2018 holiday card sent by the Lansing-based company SET SEG to its ...

Alert families help toddlers learn, grow

Toddlers between age two to three improve large motor skills like running, kicking, climbing, managing stairs, running and testing limits. It’s an exhausting time for families and remains that way until about age five. However, if families know this is natural, set limits, and are very ...

Lawmakers unveil school-safety measure

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A statewide school-safety measure touted as the Kentucky legislature's top priority this year was unveiled on Wednesday, nearly a year after two students were killed in a shooting at a rural high school in the state. The legislation calls for hiring a state school ...

Snow science can be good fun for kids

Winter science is fun and exciting no matter what your weather. You will need a dishpan of snow, ice cubes, wooden spoons, spatulas, measuring cups, measuring spoons, three see through cups, magnifying glass, paper, and markers or crayons. Magnifying snowflakes If you have had snow ...

Parents sue over plans to arm teachers

TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — Parents are going to court to block a Pennsylvania school district from allowing teachers to carry guns in school, the latest flashpoint in a debate playing out in many states over whether it's wise to arm educators to protect students from mass shooters. The district in ...

‘Creativity excavation’

MARQUETTE — A hundred days can go by pretty quickly when you’re involved in something personal and creative. The sixth annual 100DayProject, a community-wide initiative designed to spur independent artistic creativity, has a launch date of Jan. 20, with the project finishing 100 days ...

Linking ABCs to sounds for writing

As young children begin to learn letters, it is also a good time to associate the sounds with each letter. Using pictures for this association helps give meaning to the sounds. You’llneed twenty-seen zip lock type sandwich bags, markers, stapler, twenty-seven note cards, magazines, grocery ...

Let’s get fit

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — It wasn’t quite New Year’s Day yet, but participants in Monday’s New Year’s Eve Fitness Bash at the YMCA of Marquette County got a head start on starting off 2019 in a healthy way by trying out fitness activities. The event also ...