Parents and educators have been trying to decide on best practices in terms of kids and screens for decades. With the onslaught of new technology and mobile devices during the past several years, these concerns have only increased. How is the Internet changing the way kids think and behave?
This week, there’s a lot of talk about elections, democracy, and power. Our children are hearing it, as hard as we might work to keep the news off the radio and television, as hard as we try to keep discussions positive, as determined as we are to find our way toward forming a more cohesive nation after a bitter campaign season.
Math was never my strong suit (English nerd forever!) but as an adult, I wish I’d pay closer attention and learned those skills well enough that they lasted past graduation. Math really does have a lot to do with my life, and if I were better at it, many things would be easier for me. Hindsight is 20/20…
The Book Squad is here again! We invite you to join the Nomad Press Book Squad by filling out a short survey about our ideas for a new series of educational books for children ages 5 to 8.
School is full swing. For students, that means hitting the books, losing the pencils, catching up with friends, and navigating a new teacher's expectations. It might also mean getting to tinker away in a makerspace.
When you hear a first grade class shriek with enthusiasm during a science experiment, it can be hard to believe that more than half of those kids are going to reach high school thinking that science is too hard for them. Or they'll think it's boring, or messy, or a waste of time. They might see so few people who look like them doing real science that they'll be unconsciously discouraged from doing it themselves.
Teenagers who are entering 9th grade this year will be the first graduating class for whom the terrorist attack of September 11 is truly history. It happened before they were born. They have no memory of that clear, sunny, blue-sky day, no story that's been told to them about a parent picking them up from preschool in tears, no memory of their own. They only have what we as parents and educators can teach them.