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How to Inspire a Love of Music in Children

Cabin Fever wants to know: how do you inspire musical genius in children? Okay, we'll settle for deep appreciation and enjoyment. And a pain-free way to manage piano practice. So, we talked to an expert. Nicole Dueck writes and performs music for ch...

Students Watch Porn In Class By Accident

This just goes to show that sometimes too much technology in the classroom can be a bad idea. A substitute teacher at a Denver high school got quite a shock when he went to play a movie his class was scheduled to watch. According to news report...

Children Without Chairs - A Standing Room Only Classroom

In traditional classrooms, educators teach the three Rs and do it with three rules: Sit down. Be quiet. Sit still. But Minnesota teacher Abby Brown knows that kids are noisy when they're learning. She believes moving around doesn't just help her stud...

Should Schools Be Able To Hit Your Kids?

Among the many issues that arise when you have children is how to discipline them, including spankings. Most of us stand on one side of the issue or the other. Something many of us never think much about is corporal punishment in school. But it ha...

Too Young for Romance

Valentine's Day is almost upon us. Children of all ages will exchange cards, hugs and candy hearts. It starts as young as kindergarten, and continues until the kids discover that sometimes "love" is more fun in private. I know this will make some ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. - 5 Websites with Facts for Kids

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day that gives us a chance to stop and remember Dr. King's vision for the people in the United States, as well as a fitting precursor to the inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday. If you want to teach your...

Kid-Friendly Charities to Encourage Your Children to Give

When we started giving my 5-year-old daughter an allowance a few months back, we gave her three choices. She could take her five $1 bills and either put them into her piggy bank to save, a special jar to give away, or in her little princess purse to...

Teacher Binds Girls' Hands and Feet to Teach About Slavery

I'm all for a hands-on teaching experience. I think kids can get so much more from touching, experimenting, and doing than they can from books and lectures. But when a hands-on moment humiliates a child, it's taking things way too far. A seventh-g...

Daily Dish - Process not product

Invite your little chef into the kitchen to teach her some valuable cooking skills. Just don't expect perfection every time....

Preschool or prep school?

Do you and your partner argue about educating your kid? We do. My husband taught elementary school for nine years, and he saw a lot of kids who couldn't count to 10 or spell their own names in first grade. I know that shaped his views, but we still d...

Give your kid a green thumb

A few weeks ago, in a fit of optimism, I shoved some some bean and peas seeds into my autumn garden. There may be time for one more crop before the first frost, and with Hurricane Ike sending rain all the way up our way, it may be wet enough too. I...

Bribing your kids

Do you bribe your kids? Do you think you should? Do you think every time you do it that someone up there is keeping track of your parenting decisions but that you had no choice? If you do, I am sure you are not alone. My son is not old enough to ...

Do your kids learn Darwinism in school?

I remember learning the theory of evolution in elementary school, fascinated by the theory that small genetic mutations could eventually cause the morphing of an entirely new species. I also remember that my religious Mother did not approve of the fa...

Barely literate kid sues school system

Although he can barely read and write, 14-year-old Beau Abela of Diamond Creek, Victoria in Australia has somehow managed to make it to the 8th grade. According to the boy's father, Peter Abela, this sad state of affairs is the result of his son's sc...

Sign language for babies!

Recently I uncovered a book I had tucked away for when my son was just the right age. It's a book of how to teach sign language to babies, and I'm very excited about it. I'm also rather daunted by it. The signs themselves don't appear until the last...

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