When You’re Not a ‘Math Person’ and Your Kid Needs Help

By Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer for The New York Times Nearly all schoolwork is now homework, and many parents are struggling to support their kids at home. And many of the parents who are able to squeeze in the time and feel equipped to help their kids with reading, for example, want to run in the other direction when it comes to…

Ask Dr. Blank: Activities to Help your Child’s Reading Comprehension

Comprehension means that the reader has understood the message on the printed page. That understanding  is based on a child understanding language at a fairly sophisticated level. What are some activities to encourage the language skills that will enable your child to develop the most effective comprehension skills in reading?  The most common approach is to ask a child questions…

Florida teacher makes socially distant house call to check on depressed student

By Johari Canty A Florida teacher went above and beyond to ensure one of her students was OK during the quarantine. According to Fox News, Katie Ricca, who teaches at North Bay Haven Charter Academy, had been holding lessons online with Zoom, in addition to storytime in the evenings. However, during one of the storytime sessions, she noticed one of her…

Stuck at home together?

Nat Geo’s got you covered. Check out these 12 activities to entertain and educate your kids. For even more inspiration, visit NatGeo@Home. Find out your dinosaur personality Dinosaurs had unique personalities—from the water-loving Spinosaurus to the easygoing Triceratops. Which one is your child most like? Have them take this quiz to find out. Find more fun activities here. Help your child learn to read with…

‘That 15-minute dose of freedom and sunlight and joy’: How more time playing improves children’s learning

By Allie Jaynes for CBC Newsletters When William Doyle visited rural schools in Zhejiang province, China, he was amazed by what he saw: children running around in the mud, building things with tires and loose planks of wood, organizing themselves and having fun. The country has a reputation for its rigid educational system, but the schools Doyle visited were following…

Appeals court: Detroit students have fundamental right to education

By Christine Ferretti and Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Detroit students have a fundamental but limited right to basic minimum education and have standing to sue the state for alleged violations of that right. In a 2-1 ruling, the appeals court panel warned that the right to education “is narrow in scope”…