Summer brings lots of sunshine, hot weather, & an urge to cool off in bodies of waters such as pools and beaches. Besides avoiding painful sunburns, do you know why else you should be making your kids use sunscreen this summer? Watch this interesting TedEd video to find out!
So enjoy the sun this summer, but enjoy it with sunscreen!
Chester shares some wise words with us on today’s edition of Motivational Monday! Always remember that mistakes usually become learning experiences.
School’s (almost) out!!! That is, unless you’re one of those students/teachers who follow the year round schooling schedule…
The Onion has us laughing with this funny post about summer vacation vs year round schooling!
“Students around the nation are currently anticipating the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation, while some education experts argue that a year-round education system would prevent children from falling behind in school. Here are some arguments from each side of this education debate:
The Arguments For Summer Vacation
The Arguments For Year-Round Schooling
Source: The Onion
“Every Monday morning, the kids suit up for a day outdoors. Rain or shine — even in the bitter cold — they go out. They head to the woods next to their school where they’ve built a home site with forts and a fire pit.
First thing, the kids go to their “sit spots.” These are designated places — under a tree, on a log — where each kid sits quietly, alone, for 10 minutes. Their task is to notice what’s changed in nature since last week.
“There’s more moisture in the air,” a boy named Orion Bee tells me. An astute observation: It’s early April on the day I visit, and the snow is starting to melt, making the air feel slightly soggy.
Playtime is next. Kids run around and do all kinds of things they’re not allowed to do inside, like yell and throw things. Down by the stream, two boys are working together to build a dam…” (read the rest of the article, here!)
Great idea, great story, great teacher, & fortunate kids!
Summer is right around the corner and it’s very likely that your kids will need money for all those fun summer activities. So here’s a list of different jobs/chores that your kids can do in order to earn some cash!
“The young ones (ages 4-10):
Jobs to consider include raking leaves, gardening, taking out the trash, and cleaning their room. Really, these are the allowance years. “Children as young as age four can benefit,” says Pamela Yellen, author of “Bank on Yourself.” “An allowance can help teach them how to recognize coins, though they’re also more likely to lose them.”
Yellen is an advocate of tying allowances to chores. “The earlier children learn basic financial principles, such as the exchange of goods and services for money, the better,” she says.
Source: Business Insider
Prepare to “take off” all stress & worries this morning with this adorable and funny video we stumbled upon on our first edition of Start Your Day Laughing!
Have you heard about the #toylikeme campaign?
It all started with 3 moms in the U.K who wanted toy companies to make dolls & toys more inclusive of children with disabilities. Since toy companies have not been known to make dolls that kids with disabilities can relate to, these 3 moms decided to do it themselves. More than anything they hoped that by starting this campaign & sharing images of toys that reflect disability in a positive light, mainstream toy manufactures might hop on the bandwagon and respond to this movement.
Toy Like Me campaigner, Rebecca Atkinson, explains:
“For parents of Deaf children I think there is something very emotive about seeing a familiar mainstream character like Tinkerbelle with a cochlear implant or hearing aid. It creates a very positive image of disability that is seldom found by marrying up something mainstream with something affecting a minority. It’s a powerful mix for parents of Deaf children, and the children themselves.
When I was growing up, I never saw a doll like me. I had two hearing aids. In the real world, there were people like me. In the doll world, I didn’t exist. What does that say to Deaf and disabled children? That they aren’t worth it? That they’re invisible in the toys they play with? That they’re invisible in society?”
What a positive movement!
Read the full article here!
New study finds concentration benefits for all those hair-twirlers, knee-bouncers, foot-tappers, & pen-clickers in class!
This new study found that students with attention disorders perform better on tasks that require concentration when they are engaging in hyperactive movements.
“The researchers gave a small group of boys, ages 8 to 12, a sequence of random letters and numbers. Their job: Repeat back the numbers in order, plus the last letter in the bunch. All the while, the kids were sitting in a swiveling chair.
For the subjects diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, moving and spinning in the chair were correlated with better performance. For typically developing kids, however, it was the opposite: The more they moved, the worse they did on the task.” (Read the full study here!)
So maybe teachers, parents, & educators should be granting kids with ADHD some leeway and allow them to move around as they need to…
A little dose of motivation for your Monday morning! Don’t just go through life, enjoy life & remember that experiences & mistakes ultimately help you grow through life.
Happy Friday! Due to the overwhelming requests of our followers this week, we are re-posting this article from NPR!
“Craft bourbon, like craft beer, is in the midst of a boom: In the past 15 years, the number of distilleries in the U.S. has surged from just a handful to around 600.
Why are Americans buying more bourbon? According to author Reid Mitenbuler, one reason is that we’re being seduced by clever bottles and throwback labels. Along with enticing branding, some of these bottles of “craft bourbon” boast hefty price tags. Take Pappy Van Winkle, a craft bourbon with “family reserve” editions that retail for thousands of dollars.
And yet “the term ‘craft’ is little more than an ambiguous buzzword,” Mitenbuler writes in a new book, Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey. Behind all the craft buzz, Mitenbuler says, are actually just some “carefully cultivated myths” created by an industry on a roll.” Read the full article here!
Sleep occupies approximately a third of our lives, yet many people do not get the recommended amount of sleep for their age group, especially young adolescents. Sleep is extremely crucial for brain development & memory consolidation.
So skipping on sleep not only harms long term health, but makes memory retention less likely. Watch the full video above to learn more about sleep benefits!
For years and years now, students with head lice have usually been recommended to stay at home in order to avoid spreading lice to other students.
However, The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly believe that students with head lice should remain in class. According to them, though lice is irritating and itchy, lice doesn’t make children sick. Ultimately, being absent from school for 2 weeks or a month due to head lice is not worth it. “Lice simply won’t hurt a child as much as missing school will.”
What do you think? Keep them at home? Or send them to school?
Read the rest of the story, here!
Source: ABC News
A little friendly Monday message from Chester! Make sure to believe in yourself, & always persevere.
On behalf of Chester & the JSC team, we want to take the time to thank all the teachers and educators out there for all their hard work!
Did you know that Spring is classified as the season that brings broken bones, bruises, sprains, and all other sorts of injuries for kids?
With warmer weather & sunshine, most kids find themselves outside; playing, running, jumping, etc. Unfortunately, many become victims of “reckless horseplay or unavoidable accidents” which ultimately cause injuries and/or trips to the emergency room. Though exercise is important (and fun!), we need to make sure to take certain precautions such as making them wear helmets while on a bike or scooter or making sure they stay hydrated. Small things like this can help ensure some sort of safety for them.
Read more about spring injuries and doctor recommendations from the Wall Street Journal!
Source: Wall Street Journal
Chester shares some wise words with us on today’s edition of Motivational Monday! Make sure to enjoy all the little things this week.
Source: The Onion
The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.