Archive | December, 2015

Every Student Succeeds Act: The Gift of Opportunity

31 Dec

By Steven M. Rothstein The President’s signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which supersedes No Child Left Behind, offers an opportunity to improve education in America through greater adoption of expanded learning time in public schools. The new law drafted chiefly by the bipartisan team of Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Continue Reading

Tips for Parents to Help Kids Cope with College Rejection Letters

29 Dec

College acceptance letters can be an exciting time for high school seniors and a realization of a goal achieved. Although hard work and perseverance pay off for many, there are those seniors who receive college rejection letters. This can be a difficult time for both the student and the parent. Darby Fox, a child and Continue Reading

Dynamic Duo

23 Dec

Child’s play is more than simply a way for kids to burn off energy – it’s their way of exploring the world, imagining, problem solving, and so much more. It’s for this reason Boston Children’s Hospital is teaming up with Hasbro to launch a multi-phase research initiative investigating how different types of play affect a Continue Reading

Testing Time-Out

21 Dec

Good news for students and parents: Boston Public Schools (BPS) are slashing district-required testing in half in lower-performing schools as they continue to investigate assessments that have long been considered redundant. A national study found that the average student in a large public school spends about 25 hours of instructional time on testing. Typically these Continue Reading

77,000,000 Christmas Trees Planted Each Year

18 Dec

It’s almost hard for us to believe, but 77 million Christmas trees are planted each year. It takes anywhere from six to eight years for each one to mature. Best-sellers include the Douglas fir, Fraser fir, balsam fir, white pine and Scotch pine. One more fun fact – the tallest living Christmas tree is a Continue Reading

Kids in Kitchen

16 Dec

Picture it: You’ve spent all day in the kitchen (maybe even all week) slaving over what is to be your holiday meal, only to find your picky eaters turning their noses up at all of the trimmings once you sit down to eat. It’s been well-documented that getting kids involved in the meal-making process makes Continue Reading

Playing Santa Like a Pro

14 Dec

By Mary Alice Cookson Follow these useful holiday tips: Large suitcases are great for storing wrapped gifts and making them easy to carry to their destination under the tree. Using a certain wrapping paper or color scheme for each child differentiates piles and keeps things less confusing on Christmas morning. Numbered sticky notes corresponding to Continue Reading

Holiday Scrapbook Craft

10 Dec

Your child can relive all of the wonderful memories from the season with this sweet and sentimental craft from lakeshorelearning.com. It’s the ultimate photo book. What You’ll Need: Double-sided color poster board Felt Collage buttons Pipe stems Wiggly eyes Yarn laces Crayons School glue Stick-on glitter shapes Hole punch Snowflake stickers Pine tree cutouts Here’s Continue Reading

Penguin Craft

7 Dec

  Kids will love making and decorating this wintertime friend, another fun craft from lakeshorelearning.com. What You’ll Need: White paper bag Construction paper in black, white and orange Washable glitter tempera paint Wiggly eyes Crinkle strips or recycled paper School glue Easy-stick glitter shapes Yarn laces with tips Scissors Stapler Hole punch Penguin template (com/l372so5)   Continue Reading

Snowman Magnet Craft

2 Dec

  This jumbo magnet, a craft from lakeshorelearning.com, is perfect for securing holiday artwork to the fridge. What You’ll Need: 7 jumbo craft sticks Tempera paint in blue and white Paintbrushes Glue Wiggly eyes 5 tissue paper squares in black (or red) Orange construction paper Ribbon – four and a half inches long by one-quarter inches wide Continue Reading