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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekly Wellness: The quickest way to get your kids in shape

The Doings Weekly – Matt Gallagher

“As a trainer of children and adults of all ages, I have realized there are more effective ways of improving a child’s fitness level compared to adults. Many of the basic concepts apply but, for kids, I have narrowed the list down to several key concepts to start applying immediately that will have dramatic effects on a child’s fitness level and body fat reduction, if needed.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Tough Conversation Parents Must Have Before Paying For College

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“Parents and students need to look at education just like any other investment…When you pay for education, the goal is to better yourself for the future. This should, in turn, pay dividends by giving the graduate higher wages than a non-graduate. However, if you overpay for your college education, the return on investment simply won’t be there.” (more)

Number of Parents Refusing Vaccinations on the Rise in Arizona

Education News – Grace Smith

“Public health officials continue to worry about the number of children who are asking for exemptions from being immunized. In Arizona, the number of kindergartners and sixth-graders who opted out of being vaccinated has nearly tripled in the last 10 years.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amazing!! These Black and Hispanic Kids Speak Fluent Chinese — Find Out Why They Are Learning

BlackNews.com – Staff Writer

“Learning a second language is no longer a luxury; it is a necessary skill that students must have in order to compete in a global economy. It broadens their opportunities…” (more)

Chattanooga School of Language provides learning opportunities

Nooga.com – Megan Ferguson

“…more and more parents are seeing the benefits of exposing their children to different languages because of its cognitive and social advantages…when people learn another language, they learn another culture. So opening children’s eyes to other cultures in the world broadens perspective and awareness of other people in the world.” (more)

New state rankings on how America’s children are faring

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“The KidsCount 2014 Data Book finds that in 2012, 23 percent of U.S. children were living below the official poverty line and many others live just above it…It is the 25th such annual report released by the foundation, which collects and analyzes a mountain of data about the well-being of America’s children…” (more)

32 classic books for parents and kids to read together

The Christian Science Monitor – Mary Beth McCauley

“You don’t need an English degree for you and your children to read books simultaneously. Starting at the middle school level, experts say, there are plenty of classic titles sophisticated enough to hold parents’ attention yet accessible enough for kids.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brain imaging proves second language learners can process language to nativelike levels

Medical Xpress – Christine Metz Howard

“With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas shows.” (more)

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

Psyche Central – By RICK NAUERT PHD

“Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children.” (more)

Which states are best to grow up in? Oregon is No. 30; which is No. 1?

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“A report out Tuesday morning dings Oregon as a below-average place for children to grow up, mainly because so many parents of young children struggle to find full-time work and to pay for housing.” (more)