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Why are schools and parents keeping children indoors?

The Telegraph – Sir Ken Robinson

“As the Easter holidays begin across the country this week, parents can use this time wisely to help develop their children’s imagination and social skills – especially by encouraging them to spend more time playing outdoors…Academic research shows that active play is a natural and primary way that children learn. It is essential to their healthy growth and progress…Allow children to play safely but freely outside with little structure and you’ll be amazed by their enterprise and their ability to create…Here are some ideas on how to make the most of the school holidays and weekends to play.”(more)

New York loves Lunar New Year

China Daily USA – HEZI JIANG

“The Lunar New Year is becoming a more fantastic celebration in New York. Nothing exemplifies that more than Fantastic Art China, a free exhibition from Feb 6-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, in conjunction with the US-China Cultural Institute and Committee of 100, is bringing the art of China to New York…It’s the Year of the Monkey, and Chinese artist Duan Haikang’s Golden Monkey Celebrating Spring, a 3,000-pound steel monkey mounting the clouds and riding the mist, will welcome visitors at the entrance, who will be encouraged to write, draw and put stickers on the installation…Feb 8 also will be the first time that New York City’s 1.1 million public school pupils will have the day off for Chinese New Year.”(more)

How to laugh and learn over the holiday break

GoErie.com – Erica Erwin

“Kids sick of playing the new video game? Are stuffed toys strewn about your living room, already forgotten? Karen Tyler, head of the Erie Day School, has a few thoughts on why and how to keep your children engaged over the winter break…“Regardless of the age or size, it is vital that our children’s education be continued over the holiday break and parents are always the primary teacher. Our role to guide, nurture, set and maintain expectations as well as model lifelong learning doesn’t end when our reach school-age. Be mindful of the sensory experiences offered this holiday season. Let it stimulate your time together this holiday break.””(more)