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Brain breaks are fun but have a purpose

Brain breaks are fun but have a purpose

January 20, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

My kids love “brain breaks.” They will dance and follow directions with an attention I rarely see while they sing songs about syllables or follow brief workout routines. What’s a brain break? A brain break is a short mental break, typically limited to five minutes, taken during classroom instruction and work best when they incorporate […]

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Keeping connected in today’s classroom: Teachers utilizing digital tools to better communicate with parents

Keeping connected in today’s classroom: Teachers utilizing digital tools to better communicate with parents

October 17, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

I can distinctly remember that yellow piece of paper with six little words, “Please call at your convenience. IMPORTANT.” “Uh oh,” I thought. Written on a pad from the “Desk of Mrs. Hinchey,” my fifth-grade teacher – poor Mrs. H wasted quite a few sheets of her personalized paper trying to get in touch with […]

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Summer learning: Make it part of your family’s summer routine

Summer learning: Make it part of your family’s summer routine

June 8, 2016 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

“Sometimes I wonder what I’m a-gonna do But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.”  -Eddie Cochran From the time my kids were little, our family took part in a special tradition and implemented it faithfully each May, until the children got to the age when they were working or simply too busy. I […]

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Getting exercise a smart idea

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A new study says exercise doesn’t just benefit kids’ physical health – it gives their brains a boost too. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that 70 minutes of play per day can improve children’s thinking, particularly in multitasking. The study included 222 children ages 7-9, of which 109 met after school […]

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Get physical

July 28, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Children today are only one-quarter as active as their grandparents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. At a time when concerns about childhood obesity abound, it’s important to make physical activity part of the daily routine. Begin incorporating physical activity into daily life in the preschool years and you’ll set the stage for a […]

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Nutrition is a vital piece of young athletes’ training plan

September 25, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

When it comes to our young athletes, we tend to focus on the physical paces they put themselves through as they train for their favorite sports. Equally important is nutritional training – making sure their bodies have enough fuel to make it through a race or game, not to mention to support growth in their […]

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Heat-stress awareness important for athletes, parents, coaches

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

High school athletes across the state have spent the summer preparing for rigorous preseason workouts. Most healthy children and adolescents can safely participate in outdoor sports and other physical activities in whatever weather summer throws their way. But as the temperature rises, so does the risk for heat stress from over-exertion, as well as other […]

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Parent activity level creates lifelong habit for children

July 12, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It should come as no surprise that the activity level of parents plays a key role in determining their children’s activity level. A new study emphasizes the importance of parents setting the stage for their children to becoming active adults – so it’s information worth repeating. Researchers at Oregon State University studied 200 families with […]

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Go play with your (active) friends

June 1, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Children who hang out with active kids are more likely to be active themselves. That’s according to a new study published in the May 28 issue of Pediatrics. Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee measured activity levels among children attending after-school programs in Nashville. They found that children don’t make or break friendships based on […]

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Monkey bars and water balloons: Playtime exercises preschool bodies and minds

April 19, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

Your preschooler is a ball of energy, darting from one spot to the next, running from the playroom to the kitchen, skipping from the swing set to the sandbox. You wonder at times if they’ll ever stop moving long enough to sleep. Rest assured, this physical activity is an important part of your child’s healthy […]

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