Posts in category "Education"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Lessons learned in math class that have nothing to do with numbers

Lessons learned in math class that have nothing to do with numbers
Our family checked out the calendar last night. Our tween daughter has just four weeks of school left, and two of those are short weeks, meaning that there are just 18 days of sixth grade left. And it was then that the lessons learned in math class completely unrelated to numbers began to emerge. She... Read more »
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In defense of parents helping kids with homework

In defense of parents helping kids with homework
The latest parenting debate centers around whether parents helping kids with homework is helpful or harmful. I admit that I help my tween with her homework. Allow me to make it clear that we are not doing her homework for her, but I am happy to quiz her on vocabulary and spelling words, or talk... Read more »

Fun, cheap and educational gifts for kids: 8 present ideas under $17

<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SCP-06-Circuits-Flying-Saucer/dp/B000FMLVMO/ref=pd_sim_t_7" target="_blank">Snap Circuits Flying Saucer</a></strong>
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This teaches some basic electronics and circuitry without any soldering. Reviewers say it assembles quickly and is a big hit. If you have a more advanced scientist, consider a larger, more involved kit, but for most tweens and teens just getting into this area and who do not appreciate delayed gratification, this is fast and fun. $12.05 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SCP-06-Circuits-Flying-Saucer/dp/B000FMLVMO/ref=pd_sim_t_7" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a>.
Kids want presents that are fun, parents want gifts that are both fun and educational. Parents also want gifts that won’t cost a fortune. Tween Us has everyone covered this holiday season. Here are 8 awesome educational gifts, all under $17 and favorably reviewed by users. While tweens and teens can handle these items solo,... Read more »

The Field Museum transports visitors back in time with 1893 Chicago World's Fair exhibit

The Field Museum transports visitors back in time with 1893 Chicago World's Fair exhibit
Chicago is full of cultural wonders, and the Field Museum’s latest exhibit shows visitors that it has been that way for a very long time. Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair takes visitors back to 1893 to the World’s Columbian Exposition. Taking place just 22 years after the Great Chicago Fire, it was a significant... Read more »
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How registering for parent teacher conferences pushed me over the edge

How registering for parent teacher conferences pushed me over the edge
Parent teacher conferences are drawing near and the school district had online sign ups for them yesterday. With two parents and two step-parents involved in my daughter’s education, this can be a tricky. We all like to be at conferences so we are on the same page with the teachers. Meshing 4 different schedules isn’t... Read more »