LABOR DAY

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Labor Day is a federal holiday. There is usually no work or school on this day and it is the unofficial end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day?  

This is what I found in the NIE Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide, written by Terri Darr McLean and produced by KRP, Inc.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is the day we celebrate America’s working men and women and their social and economic achievements. Although some labor groups sponsor celebrations, Labor Day for most people is a day of rest and recreation. It also has become a symbol for the last day of summer.

• Students will enjoy learning about the many jobs held by America’s workers. Start by pointing them to the classified ads section of the newspaper. Have them identify as many different jobs listed as possible within a set amount of time.

• Explain to students that the American labor force is made up of four occupational groups: white-collar workers (clerical, professional and technical, sales, managers), blue-collar work-ers (operatives, craftworkers), service workers (private household, etc.), and farm, forestry, and fishing workers. Next, have students categorize the help wanted ads in the newspaper according to these occupational groups. What conclusions can they draw about jobs in their community?

Ask each student to write a classified ad for his or her “dream job.”

• Allow students to do some career matchmaking for their favorite comic strip characters. Remind them to consider the characters’ traits, likes and dislikes, and other factors that might determine their career choices. As an extension activity, have students write letters of recommendation for their characters.

Awesome Authors’ Book Reviews Week 5

Today’s featured Awesome Authors’ book reviews and illustrations are from Cora Kirby-Gable, age 8 and Fiona Hendrickson, age 6.  These appeared in the Grand Forks Herald on Sunday, August 17.

Book reviews from the Awesome Authors will be published every Sunday in the Herald for the next 3 weeks.

Tips to prepare for school – Part 3

Here is Part 3.  School will be starting soon. Here are some quick tips to help parents and kids get ready for the upcoming school year from McClatchy-Tribune.

Setting the family alarm clock to hit those early, early — did we mention early? — morning classes is only part of the challenge of going back to school.

OK, first, you have to pick out that crucial first day outfit. Not too fussy. Not too plain.

After that, there are lots of questions for kids and parents. What do you need to know about school? What are some healthful snacks and lunches? What questions should parents ask their kids about their day? How do parents help establish good study habits?

Today we will look at health and nutrition, super snacks, a good night’s sleep, staying  in shape and lunches.

 

Awesome Authors Week 4

Today’s featured Awesome Authors’ book reviews and illustrations are from Grace Carriere and Eleece Reilly.  These appeared in the Grand Forks Herald on Sunday, August 10.

Book reviews from the Awesome Authors will be published every Sunday in the Herald for the next 4 weeks.

Tips to prepare for school – Part 2

School will be starting soon. Here are some quick tips to help parents and kids get ready for the upcoming school year from McClatchy-Tribune.

Setting the family alarm clock to hit those early, early — did we mention early? — morning classes is only part of the challenge of going back to school.

OK, first, you have to pick out that crucial first day outfit. Not too fussy. Not too plain.

After that, there are lots of questions for kids and parents. What do you need to know about school? What are some healthful snacks and lunches? What questions should parents ask their kids about their day? How do parents help establish good study habits?

Today we will look at tips for getting involved, people you should know at your child’s school and dealing with bullies.

COMING SOON … health and nutrition, super snacks, a good night’s sleep, stay in shape and lunches.

Tips to prepare for school – Part 1

School will be starting soon.  Here are some quick tips to help parents and kids get ready for the upcoming school year from McClatchy-Tribune.

Setting the family alarm clock to hit those early, early — did we mention early? — morning classes is only part of the challenge of going back to school.

OK, first, you have to pick out that crucial first day outfit. Not too fussy. Not too plain.

After that, there are lots of questions for kids and parents. What do you need to know about school? What are some healthful snacks and lunches? What questions should parents ask their kids about their day? How do parents help establish good study habits?

Today we will look at first day jitters, preparing to study, connecting with your kid and helping with homework:

COMING SOON … tips for getting involved, people you should know at your child’s school and dealing with bullies.

Linda Niemi and Lisa Deffendall, of McClatchy Newspapers, and Jody Mitori, of McClatchy-Tribune, contributed to this report.

Attention Grand Forks Parents

In today’s Grand Forks Herald (8/8/14), you’ll find a special section called “Spotlight on Excellence” produced by the Grand Forks Public Schools.  It is a great resource for if you have a student attending Grand Forks Public Schools. It lists all of the Grand Forks Public Schools, their addresses, phone numbers and the names of the principals.  You’ll also find school registration dates and times,open house dates,  GFPS 2014-2015  calendar, plus a lot more useful information.

Getting Preschoolers Ready to Read

Here’s an interesting article written by Kim Jacobs, National Center for Families Learning Project Manager. The article is from a literacy tab produced by the Newspaper Association of America and sponsored by VerizonReads.com.  The article focuses on getting preschoolers ready to read.

 

GETTING PRESCHOOLERS READY TO READ

By Kim Jacobs, NCFL Project Manager

Rhymes? Rhythm? Repetition? That’s kid stuff, isn’t it? A way to keep children occupied and have a little fun, right? In fact, rhymes, rhythm and repetition are important for helping preschool children get ready to read, much like reading aloud does.

Parents and other adults play an important role in supporting young children’s emerging literacy. We know that preschool children need many kinds of experiences with print to help them become good readers. Preschoolers love to have fun with language, and this can be done through play and in everyday routines—like reading the newspaper!
Talking and listening are important skills for all of us. When children listen, they take in sounds and words and learn to understand conversation and speech. So what can parents do to help children build their oral language skills? They can talk—and talk a lot! According to researcher Todd Risley, the average young child should hear 1,250 words or more per hour in every day interactions at home.

That’s a lot of words, but newspapers can help you discover and explore them. Find an interesting article with a photograph in your paper. Read part of the story aloud to your family and show the picture to your preschooler. Ask her what she thinks the picture is about. Respond to what she says and ask more questions to extend your conversation. Talk about how pictures can tell a story just like words you read or say.

SOUNDS, SOUNDS, SOUNDS  - Our lives are full of sounds—speech, songs and the world around us. Help your preschooler pay attention to sounds. Point out things in the newspaper that make sounds or identify the beginning or ending sounds of words. Make connections to things your child understands. “Look Marta, here’s a picture of Manny, the monkey at the zoo! His name starts out like yours. They both start with the letter ‘M.’ Let’s make some rhymes: Manny, Fanny, Danny. Can you say one?”
Bring out the rhyming books and dust off the record player—everything from Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss can help children play with sounds. Once children can hear, identify and play with sounds, they move on to sounding out words.

HOW DO WE USE THE NEWSPAPER?  When children are read to often, they begin to understand how books, magazines and other forms of print work. How does the newspaper work? Watch how your child turns the pages, looks at the print, and notices different features of the text. Ask him/her some questions about the newspaper as you look at it together.

“Am I holding the paper right-side-up or upside down? Should I start at the front and go to the back? How do I follow the words on the page? Yes, from the left to the right.What are these symbols? They are letters. Do the letters make words? Are the pictures important to the story?”

These are concepts of print that children begin to understand when they interact with print. They are essential for helping children get ready to read. As preschoolers get ready to read, it’s important for them to understand that letters are symbols and that words are made up of these symbols. Older preschool children often recognize that these symbols represent sounds. Preschoolers need lots of opportunities to see, handle and use letters in their play.

THE POWER OF A NAME - What’s the most important word to a child? His/Her name! Preschoolers are proud when they can string together the letters in their names. Look through the newspaper headlines with your child and cut out the letters of her name.

Glue them on paper or just move them around on the tabletop to put them in the correct order. Make a game of it. It’s a big deal for young children to see their name in print.

Helping preschoolers get ready to read is kid stuff – and adult stuff, too. It’s up to adults to provide the everyday experiences—talking and listening, songs and plays, exposure to letters and words and books—that help children get ready. Your daily newspaper can be a wonderful tool along the way.