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Archive for January, 2012

School lunches go green and leafy

January 31, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

School lunches are getting a healthy makeover for the first time in 15 years. The changes were made in response to the childhood obesity epidemic – an estimated 30 percent of children are obese or overweight. The new rules require school food programs to: Serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables. Offer dark green and […]

Cutting down on tube time

January 31, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Q: I’m a working mom, and I let my son watch TV in the evening so I can prepare dinner and get things done around the house. I know TV isn’t great for my preschooler, but how can I get housework done without depending on the tube to entertain my child? A: You raise an important question. […]

When illness is actually avoidance

January 31, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The symptoms seem mild: headache, stomachache, fatigue. But the complaints are fairly regular – and typically surface on school days. If there are no obvious signs of illness, such as fever or vomiting, and a check with your pediatrician rules out physical factors, your child could be suffering from what psychologists call “school avoidance.” School […]

Tackling textbook reading assignments

January 31, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Strong reading comprehension skills will help students successfully navigate their school years. However, if your child has trouble concentrating when it comes to reading a textbook, how can you help? There are a number of tried-and-true methods available to help develop better reading comprehension, but one that’s been around for decades is the SQ3R method. […]

Online search engines change the way we remember

January 17, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Internet search engines such as Google and Bing may be shifting the way your teen remembers information. According to research by Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow published in Science, people are less likely to remember information when they are aware they can find it via online search engines. Says Sparrow, “Our brains rely on the […]

Learning is all about style

January 17, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Any child who’s a fan of the Disney television show “Hannah Montana” has likely seen the episode in which Hannah (Miley Cyrus) sings “The Bone Dance Song.” It’s a song she made up to help her remember the skeletal system for a science test. Singing is a great way to remember information, but that doesn’t […]

Minimize homework hassles

January 17, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

Your third grader bounds off the school bus, races into the house and tosses his backpack carelessly on the floor. He grabs the television remote and flicks on the TV before heading into the kitchen for a snack. Homework is clearly the furthest thing from his mind, and though you’re reluctant to bring it up, […]

Statistics show importance of hand-washing

January 17, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

If you had a nickel for every time you told your children to wash their hands, you’d be rich, right? Think you’re wasting your breath? Consider these statistics from Blue Cross/Blue Shield: Nearly 189 million school days are missed every year due to the common cold. 126 million work days are missed annually by parents […]

Teachers add value beyond classroom

January 17, 2012 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A new study says elementary and middle school teachers can have a big impact on a child’s long-term academic, professional and even social life. The report, by Harvard professors Raj Chetty and John Friedman and Columbia professor Jonah Rockoff, monitored 2.5 million students over 20 years and rated teachers based on their ability to improve […]