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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Turn Off Spell Check on Your Kid’s Computer

Turn Off Spell Check on Your Kid’s Computer

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Photo: CC Photo Labs (Shutterstock)One of the things I have enjoyed as the parent of an elementary student is watching how my son’s spelling has evolved over the years. When he’d bring classwork home as a kindergartener and first grader, it could be a bit of a puzzle to decipher his writing. The letters themselves…
8 Ways to Get Your Kid to Read More

8 Ways to Get Your Kid to Read More

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Photo: Pinkasevich (Shutterstock)Not only do many kids stop reading for fun around age 9, we’re also in the midst of a pandemic that has brought much of their learning into the virtual space. That has many parents and educators worried about the potential for a “COVID slide,” in which some kids fall behind academically—even more…
Learning Curve: How Physical Education Works In A Virtual Learning Environment

Learning Curve: How Physical Education Works In A Virtual Learning Environment

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For our series "Learning Curve," Megaera Regan explains how she's teaching physical education to elementary students in Port Washington, N.Y. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: OK. We're going to move to something else now. Needless to say, this school year has already required a lot of flexibility and creativity on the part of parents, students and teachers.…
Learning Curve: Daily Life Is A Logistical Challenge For Atlanta Mom

Learning Curve: Daily Life Is A Logistical Challenge For Atlanta Mom

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NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Fairrah Newsome Jackson, an Atlanta mom juggling her job with school for one of her daughters, for our series examining how COVID-19 is changing education. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: One family - two parents with two full-time jobs, two daughters, 3 and 7 years old, and a dog. Daily life for…
Learning Curve: Virtually Teaching Indigenous Third Grade Students In Arizona

Learning Curve: Virtually Teaching Indigenous Third Grade Students In Arizona

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Lynette Stant teaches third grade in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community in Arizona. For our Learning Curve series, she shares what a week of virtual learning is like. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Throughout the school year, we're hearing from families, students and teachers about how the pandemic is changing education for a series we're calling…
Distance Learning Presents A Challenge For Students With ADHD

Distance Learning Presents A Challenge For Students With ADHD

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Distance learning is a big challenge for many students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disabilities. And making it work often requires parents to become educators.
Learning Curve: We Meet A Mother Of 4 As The School Year Begins

Learning Curve: We Meet A Mother Of 4 As The School...

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NPR's Rachel Martin talks to a single mother in Charlotte, N.C., as her four children try to get online for their remote classes.
Learning Curve: One Las Vegas Family On Pivoting To Remote Learning

Learning Curve: One Las Vegas Family On Pivoting To Remote Learning

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The learning curve for families and educators this year is a big one. We hear from the Munoz family in Las Vegas about what their first week of remote school was like.
Finally, Tools to Help You Decide What to Do About School

Finally, Tools to Help You Decide What to Do About School

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Photo: Cynthia Farmer (Shutterstock)If you’re still wondering and debating what you’re going to do about school this fall, you’re not alone. For many parents, the deadline to choose among their options—whether it be in-person, all virtual or a hybrid of both—is days away. We’re all weighing the physical risks against mental concerns and the logistical…
How to Create a Learning Space for Kids at Home

How to Create a Learning Space for Kids at Home

Photo: nelea33 (Shutterstock)There is a very good chance our kids will spend at least part (or most, or all) of their week learning virtually from home after the school year starts back up this fall. And although we managed to make it through the spring with makeshift learning spaces where they completed their sporadic assignments…

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