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Virtual Preschool Curriculum for Parents

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Technology has given parents of preschoolers a new way to prepare for school.  The VINCI Virtual Preschool is a game-based subscription service that helps parents deliver instruction in essential early childhood skills.  Their subscriptions include the weekly delivery of lesson plans, books, and activity guides on their own device. Subscriptions also include access to credentialed […]

Fun Way to Learn About Finance

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The fallout from the Great Recession showed that many adults did not understand finance.  To help prevent this in the future, developers of a money management program hope to educate children on the mysteries of money management.  An article on the US Today website describes Finance Park, a “playground” for kids to learn about money […]

Coding for Young Children

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

A recent post on NPR’s Mind Shift blog by Matthew Farber explains that the ability to solve problems by thinking logically is a desirable twenty-first century skill that children will need in careers such as computer programming. There are games for children that will help them with coding by helping them learn how to think. […]

Pass Civics Test to Graduate

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Washington Post writer Reid Wilson reports that Arizona legislators have passed a law that requires high school students to pass the same citizenship test that immigrants must pass in order to graduate from high school.  Students  must answer correctly 60 of the 100 questions on United States government and history.  Even though the Civics Education […]

Snow Days and the Disadvantaged

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Many students in parts of the United States are missing many days of school due to snow.  While this is a welcome interruption for most of those students (and their teachers), an article by Matt Collette on The Hechinger Report website reports that it has serious ramifications for some students.  Too many snow days “are […]

College Graduates Guaranteed Minimum Salaries

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Almost everyone agrees that the rising cost of college  tuition is of great concern for most American families.  Well, a new program in Michigan is creating quite a buzz  as a way for students to handle their student loans.  An article in the USA Today reports that this program guarantees “every graduate would make more […]

Getting Kids to Read on Their Own

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

One of the more troubling truths for educators—and parents—is that most children do not read a book just for fun.  Motoko Rich, writer for The New York Times, explains, “In a 2014 survey of just over 1,000 children ages 6 to 17, only 31 percent said they read a book for fun almost daily, down […]

Master Civics to Graduate

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Many stakeholders have pushed for more civics education, and the state of Arizona has responded to the call by becoming “the first state in the nation…to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U. S. citizenship test on civics before graduation.”  Bob Christie, writer for The Huffington Post, reports that students must  […]

Improving Learning With Rest

Friday, January 16th, 2015

The results of a new study suggests that students can improve their learning by allowing their minds to rest and reflecting on things they’ve learned before.  An article on the Science Daily website reports that in addition to the previously-established finding that resting the mind—as in daydreaming–, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin […]

Study Smarter

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

In a recent post on The New York Times’ Well Column blog, Tara Parker-Pope reviewed tips gleaned from the new book, How We Learn:  The Surprising Truth About, When, Where, and Why It Happens, by The New York Times science reporter, Benedict Carey.  Carey’s tips are based on brain science, memory tests, and learning studies, […]

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