What Stanfield Is Reading & Watching: May 2015 Edition

Don’t Forget The Sunscreen This Summer!

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!

Source: TedEd

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Motivational Monday

Chester's Motivational Monday

Chester shares some wise words with us on today’s edition of Motivational Monday! Always remember that mistakes usually become learning experiences.

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Summer Vacation vs. Year Round Schooling

Summer Vacation vs. Year Round Schooling

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

  • Three-month respite from paying for ADHD medications
  • Kids who go to summer camp have opportunity to be tormented by entirely different group of bullies
  • Algebra doesn’t sink in until the fifth time children learn it from scratch during school year
  • Teenagers able to take on summer jobs that will pay for the cost of about two weeks of college
  • Gives kids much-needed time to build entirely new persona for following school year
  • The only reason anyone would be inclined to become a teacher

The Arguments For Year-Round Schooling

  • The look on their faces when we break the news to them will be priceless
  • Kids less likely to forget historical dates and state capitals that are so critical to their development and career prospects
  • Students get more classroom time to waste on standardized tests
  • Gives deeply held crushes ability to develop more fully before being cut short
  • With additional months of school, the United States could skyrocket to 25th place in global math and science scores
  • Keeps kids off the street and in the safety of an American classroom where no harm can ever come to them”

Source: The Onion

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Less Time Inside, More Time Outside

Outdoor Playtime Builds Life Skills
With recent cut backs on recess and outdoor playtime, a teacher in Vermont is making sure her students spend enough time outside by dedicating one whole school day a week to nature & the outdoors.

“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!

Source: NPR

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Summer Jobs For Kids Of Every Age!

Work Sklills & Soft Skills For Kids Of Every Age

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.

Tweens and early teens (11-13)
Kids of this age can do everything mentioned in the last category — raking leaves, yard work — and a bit more. Dogsitting might work out well, or perhaps unsupervised or supervised babysitting, depending on your child’s maturity and the age of the child being babysat. Lawn mowing is often cited as a good job for this age group, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be at least 12 years old to operate a walk-behind power mower or hand mower. Kids should be 16 before operating a riding lawn mower, according to the academy.
Teenagers (14-17)
According to a May 2014 survey of 800 parents by Upromise, a college savings service, three in five parents expect their teenagers to have after-school or summer jobs during the high school years. So if you have kids this age, chances are, they are actively looking for work.Your teen can theoretically apply for almost any job, but make sure it’s safe and the company has a good reputation — in other words, use common sense. Retail and food service are popular industries for teens to make money. Jobs as lifeguards and camp counselors are nice for those who can snag a position. If your teen doesn’t need the money, volunteering might be the way to go.Nadia Ward, an assistant psychology professor at Yale University who works with many disadvantaged youth looking for work, says summer jobs offer a host of benefits beyond the money. “For young people, they often need to develop soft skills, like relating to adults and developing important work behaviors like showing up on time,” she says.”
Read the full article with more job options and issues to consider here!

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Start Your Day Laughing!

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!

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#ToyLikeMe Campaign: Toy Diversity For All!

 

Toys that reflect disability positively

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!

Source: UpWorthy

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New Study: Movement Helps Students With ADHD Concentrate!

Movement helps students with ADHD concentrate

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…

Source: NPR

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Motivational Monday

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.

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Fridays Call For Bourbon

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!

Source: NPR

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Why You Should Be Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

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!

Source: TedEd

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School Or No School For Kids With Head Lice?

Kids With Head Lice Should Stay In Class

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

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Motivational Monday

 

Chester's Motivational Monday Quote

A little friendly Monday message from Chester! Make sure to believe in yourself, & always persevere.

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Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week

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!

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It’s Emergency Room Season For Kids

Emergency Room Season For Kids- Safety Smart Tips

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

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Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday With Chester

Chester shares some wise words with us on today’s edition of Motivational Monday! Make sure to enjoy all the little things this week.

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Special Education Humor Job Skills

Health Experts Recommend Standing Up At Desk, Leaving Office, Never Coming Back

ROCHESTER, MN—In an effort to help working individuals improve their fitness and well-being, experts at the Mayo Clinic issued a new set of health guidelines Thursday recommending that Americans stand up at their desk, leave their office, and never return. “Many Americans spend a minimum of eight hours per day sitting in an office, but we observed significant physical and mental health benefits in subjects after just one instance of standing up, walking out the door, and never coming back to their place of work again,” said researcher Claudine Sparks, who explained that those who implemented the practice in their lives reported an improvement in mood and reduced stress that lasted for the remainder of the day, and which appeared to persist even into subsequent weeks. “We encourage Americans to experiment with stretching their legs by strolling across their office and leaving all their responsibilities behind forever just one time to see how much better they feel. People tend to become more productive, motivated, and happy almost immediately. We found that you can also really get the blood flowing by pairing this activity with hurling your staff ID across the parking lot.” Sparks added that Americans could maximize positive effects by using their lunch break to walk until nothing looks familiar anymore and your old life is a distant memory.

Source: The Onion 

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