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St. Brelade's Bay, Jersey,  England, at low tide.

School Cancels Beach Trip for Fear of Sunshine

. File it under “Fear of frying.” A school in Jersey (one of the Channel Islands between England and France) has cancelled its annual beach trip due to the possibility of sun. Students from St George’s Preparatory in St Peter normally enjoy an end-of-year beach day but the school decided to cancel the outing, citing […]

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What child walks the earth that can carry that Lowe's $4.98 children's shovel up younder stairs?

School to Child: We Will Carry that Shovel For You

. Think of our proud founding fathers, the Minutemen who ran in from the fields to wage a revolution. These were ordinary people entrusted to win the freedom of an entire country, accustomed as they were to toiling, being tested, and rising to the occasion. Here’s how we breed that out of our kids: Dear […]

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Playing! What a waste of time!

Finland’s Genius Idea: More Free Time for Kids

. If you look back on your childhood and what you did in your free time, the thing that you LOVED to do just may still be part of your life. In fact, please tell us stories of that — the thread from your childhood interest or obsession to your current work (or obsession). Me, […]

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What a crazy world that would tell kids they can only go one direction!

Don’t Sign Your Kid’s Reading Log!

. This post comes to us from early childhood writer/speaker/wise woman Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK Not to Share. Tomorrow her new book comes out: It’s OK to Go Up the Slide , which includes Free-Rangey chapters like Safety Second, It’s OK to Talk to Strangers, and Ban Elementary Homework. It even offers sample scripts and ideas […]

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Some sticks hurt more than others....

“Sticks and Stones” — Too Harsh for Today’s Kids?

. Storyteller Tom Shillue ponders exactly the children’s rhyme I have been thinking a lot about lately, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” It’s annoying that I have to add a caveat here that I do not endorse bullying. (Come on — who does?) (Besides some presidential candidates, […]

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Pretty soon I gotta go inside to do my homework.

Even Pre-K Gives Snow Day Homework

. Terrified about the possibility of snow day-induced “amnesia,” Washington, D.C., schools sent home extra packets of homework on Friday.  (Just how truly are the students absorbing their material if it evaporates quicker than a snowflake?) What irks me about this “School work uber alles” mentality is the idea that kids who are simply playing […]

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Wait! What if that truck RUNS OVER the kids? Delusional principal worry # 47.

First Grader Suspended for 3 Days for Pretending to Shoot Pretend Arrow

. Writing in a note that, “I have no tolerance for any real, pretend, or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension,” the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes elementary school in Cincinnati, Joe Crachiolo, suspended a first grader for pretending to shoot another student with a pretend arrow in a pretend […]

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