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This simple exercise can teach your kids how to be smart with money

The Week – Sara Lindberg

“The best way parents can help their children develop good financial habits is to lead by example. Growing up the daughter of a banker, my entire life was about teachable moments when it came to money. My brothers and I couldn’t go to the grocery store without some kind of lesson on spending. And many nights at home were spent learning how to save our pennies in hopes that we could turn them into a dime.”(more)

The Answer Within—Making Language Personal

Ed Surge – Courtney L. Cochran

“Each word, every conversation, is focused on the students’ needs for information, and their own passions they bring to the classroom. After all, no child has—or even needs—the same set of vocabulary or structures to talk about herself, her life, or her family. Throughout the year, this language will grow and be used to tackle more and more complex situations that are based on the students’ lives and their needs for new words to describe the new situations. In my Spanish Language Acquisition course, this is what is meant by personalized learning.”(more)

The Disconnect Between Educational Measures and Life Outcomes

Education Next – Jay P. Greene

“A new study led by Nicholas W. Papageorge at Johns Hopkins University and IZA examines the connection in Great Britain between teacher reports about behavior when students are 11 and later life outcomes for those students. Because non-cognitive measures are in their infancy, we aren’t entirely sure how to slice and dice the measures and do not have a clear system for labeling the related concepts we are measuring. In this study, if we simply lumped all of the teacher reports of misbehavior together we would find that students who misbehave more tend to do worse later in life. But if we split misbehavior into two categories — one that captures misbehavior directed toward others (externalizing) and another that captures whether students are misbehaving because they are withdrawn (internalizing) — the picture gets more complicated. Students who score poorly on measures of internalizing misbehavior still seem to fare poorly later in life. But for students who score lower on the externalizing misbehavior, how they fare later depends on their social class.”(more)

Parents who want their children to be kind are the most successful in passing on all of their values

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Research published in the British Journal of Psychology has found that parents who want their children to have prosocial values are the most successful in instilling all their values in their children compared to those who promote selfishness. The collaborative study from Royal Holloway, University of London and the universities of Westminster, Vienna, and Bern assessed 418 German and Swiss families to see which parents most strongly transmitted their values to their children. They found that children whose parents wanted them to value helping, supporting and caring for others, were more similar to their parents in their overall value profile than those whose parents promoted striving for power and achievement.”(more)

Helping your child succeed: Summertime: A great time to begin learning a foreign language

Marianas Variety – Jane Elizabeth Hamilton

“Children who study one or more foreign languages during their school years reap numerous personal, cognitive and academic benefits. Through foreign language study, they learn about different cultures and ways of life, and expand their views of the world. Additionally, they have higher scores on tests of academic achievement than their monolingual peers. Below are some details about the benefits of foreign language study: Personal benefits. One advantage of studying a foreign language in school is the exposure it gives students to different cultures, beliefs and ideas, and new ways of thinking. Individuals who can understand, speak and read in more than one language have the ability to communicate with more people, read more diverse types of material and benefit more fully from traveling in other countries. As students learn about different cultures and different ways of life, they expand their horizons and understanding of the world.”(more)