Friday, October 17, 2014

Kaitlynn & Friends Learn About Acceptance and Kindness in Kindergarten



Hi, It’s Kaitlynn again! Hope everyone is having a good school year! There are so many things I have learned this year. One BIG thing we learn in school is how to be ACCEPTING and KIND to others.

My new friend, Jordis knows all about that. She is a kindergartener from California. Her mom tells me, “Jordis's K/1 combo class is across from the K/1 special needs class. They often team up with the kinders from that class and Jordis gets paired with one of them to read together. One of the moms of a girl in the special needs class told me today that Jordis was so sweet helping her daughter in art class. She was like a little teacher.”

Watch our video to learn more!



Jordis’s teacher deserves applause for teaching her students not only academics, but how to get along with everyone!



Friday, October 10, 2014

7 Ways Healthy Lunches have Changed Elementary Schools


Elementary schools have been providing lunches since 1946, but recently the federal government changed its guidelines for these meals. The new guidelines are meant to help children make healthier meal choices and curb childhood obesity. They also may require cafeteria managers to work harder to provide meals that meet the rules. Here are seven ways healthy lunch requirements have changed elementary schools.

  1. Nutrition Is Part of the Curriculum - In many schools, new lunch menus aren't the only change. Schools often adopt wellness curricula as part of the drive to reduce childhood obesity. Children may learn about good nutrition in class, have the opportunity to try out new forms of exercise such as yoga in gym class, or take a general wellness class every year. In some cases, parents are also given the opportunity to take health, nutrition and wellness classes and may be given a crash course in nutrition.

Friday, October 03, 2014

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Telling Time is Not a Math Skill



ESGI Guest Blogger Kathy Crane
Teaching children to tell time is not a math skill. That may seem strange to say about a concept that is usually included in math text books and taught in math class. However, even though telling time includes an understanding of numerical values, telling time is more about learning how to use a particular tool, than understanding a mathematical concept.

Once this is understood, it becomes clearer why teachers need to focus a discussion of time on the analog clock and not the digital. Though both are important tools, the analog clock is the tool that will give children the best understanding of what it is, exactly, they are measuring with the clock.

What do adults mean when they say, "Just a second", or when Mom says, "In a minute" does she really finish in "a minute"? Looking at an analog clock, children can begin to understand just what the terms, second, minute, and hour, actually mean. By drawing their attention to each individual hand on the clock, they can begin to see how long it takes for each increment of time to pass.