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  • The perfect recipe
    The perfect recipe
    Are you still looking for that perfect and yet elusive holiday gift for that special person on your list. Certainly there are those who would look for the gift they knew was out there. Many of us will know the gift when we see it; reading,...
  • WFP announces Family Meal photo contest
    Photo contest invites entries of the family meal
    The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union have teamed up for a special photo contest. People are asked to submit photos that tell the story of their family meal.The Family Meal Photo Competition runs until January 11, 2015. You can...
  • Pacing chart guidelines
    Should students own their own learning?
    Two and a half years ago, I penned a story about education versus learning. I expressed strong criticism about how education, with its overuse of testing, pacing charts and similar tools, had taken “learning” out of the schools. I was...
  • Matthew Michael Hickey
    Lessons learned a year after a loss
    My regular job has kept me busy of late and so I had been only intellectually aware of the impending first anniversary of my father’s death, yesterday. I wasn’t planning to write about this. It finally caught up with me thanks to the...
  • From Rhythm to Reason Study Shows Musical Rhythm Discrimination Related to Language Skills
    Study shows musical rhythm discrimination related to language skills
    Is there a connection between rhythm recognition skills and language skills? More and more studies are saying yes.In one of the most recent research efforts, 25 normally developing 6-year-old children completed "standardized assessments of...
  • A Young Child Sitting On A Child's Potty And Reading A Book
    Potty Training Guide from a pediatrician
    Dr. Laura Nathanson, MD, FAAP discusses potty trainingPotty training is a unique task in which parent and child need to work as a team. Achieving the goal should make trainer and trainee both feel proud, empowered, and closer than ever. As a...
  • Learning starts at home
    Does learning Start at Home
    Speaking of how learning starts at home, I dated a man who had a three year old daughter, and when I would ask her about what she did at school (daycare), she would fumble around with a few words and then say "look at my shoes, you like my...
  • Lifelong Learning at the Rapides Parish Library
    Lifelong Learning at the Rapides Parish Library
    Today's technology dictates the demand and need for computer knowledge from people of all ages, and senior citizens are determined not to get left behind. The computer classes available at the Rapides Parish Library offer seniors everything...
  • Dorm at La MICA Biological Station
    Zoology in the Cloud Forest: Join a Course in Panama
    Panama is a country filled with amazing opportunities for students, researchers, and tourists. There are several opportunities for visitors to take courses, whether in language, culture, or science, and one such course is being offered with coming...
  • Singing a new tune: Research shows music study can improve academic performance
    Singing a new tune: Research shows music study can improve academic performance
    It's not a secret to music educators across the world. Music improves performance not just in singing, or playing the clarinet, or keeping a beat -- it also can boost IQ levels, help students focus, improve math skills, and improve students&...
  • Horticulture Experiment
    Homeschool: Who can and the best and worst....
    The three best things and the three worst things about homeschooling:Children at home with you….getting to spend a lot of time with your kids.One of the worst things about homeschooling…. getting to spend a lot of time with your kids...
  • Help Kickstart “Walter The Vault”: Teaching Kids About Finance
    Help Kickstart “Walter The Vault”: Teaching Kids About Finance
    It is important to be fiscally responsible in order to succeed in the adult world. Thus, teaching children the importance of finances from the time they are young will likely have positive effects on their futures. Even though math-related...
  • Viewing a human brain
    Learning may be improved by mental rest and reflection
    People are often advised to get adequate rest to stay healthy. The University of Texas at Austin reported on Oct. 20, 2014 that a new study shows mental rest and reflection also boosts learning. This study has shown that brain mechanisms which are...
  •         Integrated Accelerated Learning activities for teachers, parents and students
    Integrated Accelerated Learning activities for teachers, parents and students
    Integrated Accelerated Learning is fun. We all learn in a different way. However, for most people, the brain remembers best what is learned first and last. This is called primacy and recency. That means the information that is in the middle may go...
  • Tiananmen Square on September 30, 2014
    Home school: Are your ready to begin?
    When I first began our homeschooling journey, I took my children out to run some errands with me. I remember walking by a cafe and seeing another family sitting together at a table. The children all sitting quietly while their mother read. I felt...