Posts in category "Education"

Stop typing! Why taking handwritten notes in class is best

Stop typing! Why taking handwritten notes in class is best
My teen has a school-issued laptop computer that she uses in every class. As great a learning tool as it is, there is one aspect of classroom learning that is not improved by the laptop: note-taking. Research shows that taking notes with the old-fashioned paper and pen method may be the best way to go.... Read more »

Helping tweens and teens determine the best news sources

Helping tweens and teens determine the best news sources
Our kids get information and news from a wide variety of sources, but determining what is fact and what is fiction can be a big challenge. A recent study out of Stanford show that adolescents are struggling. Researchers found “a dismaying inability by students to reason about information they see on the Internet . . . Students, for example, had... Read more »

6 great coding websites and apps for tweens and teens

6 great coding websites and apps for tweens and teens
My daughter’s school offered a coding class as one of this year’s summer school offerings. I was excited. She was not. Ah, tweens. The tricky thing is that they’re smart enough to argue with you. In this case, my daughter pointed out that the class description said it was “self-guided” and that she could guide... Read more »
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11 ways to make summer reading fun and meaningful for kids

<b>Focus on the Fun</b>
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Parents need to have a positive attitude and view reading as fun. If they see it as work, chances are kids will feel the same.<br><br>“Summer is the perfect time to focus on the fun of reading,” McGuire says. “Pleasure comes first, like all the other things that are sticky with kids.” The more they have fun with it, the more they’ll read, and the more they read, the more they will develop their literary skills and abilities.
We know that it’s important for kids to read even when school is out so that there is no summer slide. That is sometimes easier said than done, though. Maggie McGuire is a Vice President at Scholastic, mom of two tween boys, and former middle school language arts teacher, so she has experienced summer reading... Read more »

6 ways to celebrate Pi Day 2015

6 ways to celebrate Pi Day 2015
Pi Day falls on March 14 every year. But this year, Pi Day 2015 is even more special than usual because it will be March, 14, 2015, which can be written 3-14-15. This happens only once in a century. Pi is the Greek letter “π,” and in mathematics it represents the ratio of the circumference... Read more »

7 Fun, free, educational websites for kids

<a href="http://tweentribune.com/frontpage?link" target="_blank"><strong>Smithsonian Tween Tribune</strong></a>
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The folks at the Smithsonian have a website dedicated to news for kids in grades 5-8 and judging the headlines on the Tween Tribune, they know just what interests tweens. One story, <a href="http://tweentribune.com/tween78/school-s-favorite-cookie-banned-cafeteria">School’s favorite cookie banned from cafeteria</a>, was about the national lunch guidelines, and another was entitled <a href="http://tweentribune.com/tween56/un-bee-lievable-50000-bees-invade-apartment">Un-bee-lievable! 50,000 bees invade apartment</a>. I'm glad to know that it's not just my tween who enjoys news of the weird like that.
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There are also global stories, including <a href="http://tweentribune.com/tween56/hate-taking-bus-school-try-swimming" target="_blank">Hate taking the bus to school? Try swimming!</a> about 61 kids in India who swim across a river and then walk 3 miles to to school. The news article is straightforward, but it would be tough for kids to read it and not get a healthy dose of perspective. It seems to shy away from more controversial current events, though there is also the Grade 9-12 version.
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There is a <a href="http://tweentribune.com/spanish" target="_blank">Spanish edition</a> and Tween Tribune can be downloaded as an <a href="http://tweentribune.com/apps" target="_blank">app</a>.
I’ll never forget my first grader coming home and announcing that a classmate told everyone there was no Tooth Fairy. She announced that she knew for certain because she had Googled it. Tweens are very tech savvy and good at searching the web. Given the above story, many of them have been good at it... Read more »
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Feeding the sharks at the Shedd Aqaurium: a review of our extraordinary experience

Feeding the sharks at the Shedd Aqaurium: a review of our extraordinary experience
Welcome back to Shark Week on Tween Us, designed to get you in the spirit for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, which starts on August 10th. Today’s installment is my very favorite.  We were lucky enough to go as a family to feed the sharks at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. My daughter and... Read more »

7 best educational apps for middle schoolers aligned to Common Core Standards

7 best educational apps for middle schoolers aligned to Common Core Standards
Did you know that there are over 100,000 educational apps in the App Store? Yeah, that’s a lot of apps and I can’t think of a parent I know who has time to sort through them all, especially when parents are looking for some good apps to fight the summer slide keep their kids engaged... Read more »

Out of this world, fun summer science activities to fight brain drain

Out of this world, fun summer science activities to fight brain drain
School is out for some kids and the countdown of the final days is on for most other students. Parents are pretty aware of the summer brain drain and their efforts often focus on reading and social sciences like history and geography that tie in to summer trips. Science can be an academic area that... Read more »
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3 Ways parents can help kids learn a world language

3 Ways parents can help kids learn a world language
My tween starts her foreign language class at school in the fall. She is taking French, which seems far different than the little Spanish I know and that she’s learned up to this point. I wondered what parents could do to help their kids as they embark upon the adventure that is learning a new... Read more »