Seems obvious that kids of all ages need time to play. But how and when kids play seems to be at risk these days because of how it is defined and interpreted, growing use of media and the increasing pressures at home or in school to allot for kids time every moment of the day. I am an advocate for real unstructured “play” time at home and at school.
Category: education + schools
Thanks Jill Davidson for continuing our conversation of raising kids in a digital world and reminding us that as parents, mentors and educators we should be mindful of how we use technology and how we share it with our children. We live in an exciting world where technology entertains, educates, and connects us but with any tool, there are rules to follow and safety concerns along with it’s creative potential. – Anisa
Her education column in October’s East Side Monthly focuses not on school but on learning as it happens throughout our lives—in this case, learning as a family about ways to live safely and confidently in the digital world.
Read This Digital Life: October 2011′s East Side Monthly Column
Open House For State’s First Early Learner’s Trilingual Immersion Program Draws Crowd More than 100 people attended an open house at the Federal Hill House Association’s (FHHA) as the agency unveiled Rhode Island’s first early learning trilingual immersion program, Speak to Succeed, at the agency’s center on Courtland Street in Providence. The majority of [...]
Whole Foods Market to hold donation drive to fund gardening opportunities for children Whole Kids Foundation in partnership with FoodCorps is now accepting online grant applications for the School Garden Grant Program, which will be funded by a six-week, in-store donation drive at all Whole Foods Market stores, and online at wholekidsfoundation.org. The donation drive [...]
My kids dislike buying school lunch because they enjoy hanging with their friends outside of the classroom. Lunch period is short, so standing in line to buy food eats into conversation time with friends and actual time to eat. I should be pleased that they prefer a homemade lunch but on days when food in the fridge is scarce or we’re running late with barely time to brush our teeth, I wish they would take the lunch money.
Program provides 5,000 free meals to Providence children at neighborhood recreation centers and parks. Starting July 5, the City of Providence will serve lunch (and, at one site, breakfast) to kids who are 18 years old and younger. Lunches are served Monday through Friday through August 19, 2011. The program allows for meals to be [...]
Jill writes a monthly education for East Side Monthly. May’s ESM contains “Inspiring Hope,” a continuation of the “At School Today” column she has been writing for ESM. For this piece, which is in the online and print editions on page 44, she spent a morning at Hope High School asking questions about what classes [...]
More often than not, in response to “Hey guys, what happened at school today,” recess is my elementary school-aged kids’ number one topic. Their daily 10 minutes of recess often results in 10 minutes of real-time recess retelling. Eventually, until I found ways to ask the right questions about math, science, reading, art, library and other learning opportunities they might have experienced between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, this apparent recess fixation troubled me. Was recess the only aspect their days (aside from gym, another topic discussed with wild enthusiasm) that my kids valued? However, I no longer interpret their passion for recess as a devaluation of the other 350 minutes of their school days. Quite the opposite: without those 10 minutes, they and their peers would likely get far less out of the rest of the school day. Their animated retelling of those action-packed minutes on the playground contrasts starkly with the larger reality of many schools, in which recess clings to a tenuous existence. In Providence and across urban school districts nationwide, recess has become a scare commodity that kids need more than ever.
In what is now an annual tradition, Kidoinfo offers tips and guidelines to help you have a successful experience as you register your child for the Providence Public Schools as a kindergartener or first grader. This year, I’ll be among those signing my child up for a kindergarten spot as Henry, my youngest son, will [...]