||Heres a quiz to see
if your kids watch too much TV.
Answer Yes or No
|____ 1. I set limits on how much
television my kids can watch.
____ 2. Each week, my children and I choose the programs
they will watch. At other times, the set is turned off.
____ 3. My kids have interest besides TV. They play games, read books, or play a sport.
____ 4. The set is turned off during meals.
____ 5. Sometimes, we watch programs together. Then we talk about what we have seen.
How Did You Score? Four of five "Yes" answers is very good. Three is just
fair. Less than three means your childs schoolwork may be hurt by watching too much
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progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.
John F. Kennedy
|Trick of the Nines
|Is your child having
trouble learning the "9" times table? Here is a trick to help. Multiply any
number by 9, and the answer will always add up to 9. Try it. 2 time 9 equals 18, and 1
plus 8 equals 9. 8 time 9 equals 72, and 7 plus 2 equals 9.
trick works for very large numbers, as well, like this 8142 times 9 equals 73,278. 7 plus
3 plus 2 plus 7 plus 8 equals 27
and 2 plus 7 equals 9.
Give your child a calculator and let her try it for herself.
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|Things even up pretty well in this world. Other
peoples troubles are not as bad as ours, but their children are far worse.
.or so we are told. It can pay to be skeptical when you are given statistics and
data. Ones to watch include:
- The everythings-going-up statistic. It is typically found in reports showing more
people than ever are employed, are on welfare, etc. Thats right because there are
more people than ever. More useful: The actual employment rate or the portion of the
population receiving welfare.
- The everything-is average statistic. Example: Someone argues that women cant be
combat soldiers because the average woman cant lift as much weight as the average
man. But many women can lift more weight than many men.
- The best-foot statistic. Here the best numbers to support a case are used. Example: This
years sales are compared with those of three years ago to show a 25 percent
increase. They arent compared to higher sales two years ago, which would show a 10
How to get it right: Ask to see all of the numbers and make your own calculations.
Victor Cohn, Iowa State University Press, Ames, IA
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|Getting it Write
|If you are concerned
about how many times you rewrite something before you feel it is readable, consider this
excerpt from a speech by William Zinsser, a noted professional writer:
always surprised that people think professionals get everything right on the first try.
Just the opposite is true; nobody rewrites more often than the true professional.
rewrite at least five or six times. E.B. White and James Thurber rewrote their pieces
eight or nine times.
Information Anxiety, by Richard Saul Wurman, Doubleday
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|Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to
|Are you considering
leaving your child alone for short periods of time? If so, you are not alone. Statistics
show that occasional self-care is a normal experience for a large number of young
estimated two million to six million children are considered to be "latchkey"
.7 to 10 percent of all five to 13-year-olds. Should your child be staying
alone? The answer depends on several factors, according to Christine Todd, extension
specialist for child development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"Self-care can be a rewarding experience for children who are ready for it," she
says. "However, if the child is not ready, self-care can be a frightening and
potentially dangerous situation."
Benefits of self-care by children who are ready
for it include increased independence, increased knowledge of self-care skills, increased
sense of responsibility, greater self-esteem and a sense of contribution to the family.
Concerns related to children who are not ready include reduced learning opportunities and
social contacts, increased misbehavior and legal consequences for parents.
||Ask yourself the
following questions when determining a childs readiness:
|s the child physically capable of taking care of and
protecting himself or herself?
Is the child mentally capable of recognizing and avoiding danger and making sound
Is the child emotionally ready? Will he/she feel confident and secure or afraid, lonely
Does the child know what to do and who to call if a problem or emergency arises?
There is no "magic age" at which children are ready for self-care, and that
other factors besides a childs age or maturity may influence your decision. For
example, "if your neighborhood is unsafe, if there are no adults nearby to call in
case of emergency, or if your child must remain alone for a very long time, it is best to
continue to use some form of child care even if your child seems ready to stay alone.
Illinois Association of School Boards.
School Public Relations Service.
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|Great March Links
Virtual Smithsonian - a high bandwidth look at over 360 artifacts from the 14 museums.
Want to know more about the presidential candidates? Check here.
A grammar quiz page sponsored by the Teachers of English as a Second Language Journal.
Quizzes emphasize the grammatical rules of Standard English.
Noah Says will give you the answer to your questions.
This site offers facts and fun for dinosaur fans. The author is a dinosaur expert, NOVA
host, and author of several books on the giant lizards.
Need help with taxes. This site offers forms, tips and news that will be helpful to you in
preparing those forms.
Even if you are not studying dragonflies, take the time to view these fantastic creatures.
The ABCs of Child Development
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