February 24, 2013 |
Each morning at Sinan Road Kindergarten in Shanghai, a child stands in front of the class and tells a story. One morning, I watched as 4-year-old Ziyu told a 10-minute story about a group of animals frightened by a strange sound. When he finished, his teacher asked the class: "Shall we make him Storytelling King? Did he do a good job?" Children called out criticisms. "His voice was too soft. " "It was like a story we'd heard before. " Still, when teacher Wong called for a vote, Ziyu was elected Storytelling King by a 16-4 margin.
February 14, 2013 |
DECATUR, Ga. - President Obama is due to visit a pre-kindergarten class in the Atlanta area Thursday to push for his proposal to make preschool available to all children, an idea he argues would do more to improve competitiveness of the American workforce than other, more expensive options. This is Day Two of Obama's tour to promote his second-term agenda, which he unveiled Tuesday in his State of the Union address and is trying to sell in day trips outside Washington. Aides say Obama believes he can find Republican support for economic proposals like these.
February 14, 2013 |
DECATUR, Ga. - Crouching to sit in a tiny chair and handing out high-fives to 4-year-olds, President Obama toured a public preschool Thursday to promote his plan to expand access to free early childhood education - an initiative he argues would do more to improve the competitiveness of the American workforce than more expensive options. "Before you know it, these kids are going to be moving on to bigger and better things in kindergarten, and they're going to be better prepared to succeed," Obama said after his visit to College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, one of several preschool programs the president pointed to as a model for his plan.
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December 2, 2012 |
After he was done serving himself seconds, Fernando Godenez turned left to his classmate and extended his arms out, holding the bowl of meatballs and marinara in one hand, a serving spoon in the other. " Quieres ?" the 3-year-old asked in Spanish, the physical effort a monument to his improving motor skills, a sign that he's becoming more comfortable with other kids. "In his way, he's communicating, he's coming out of his shell," said Rashmi Kothari, one of Fernando's teachers.
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November 9, 2012 |
Dean R. Gits, who won an acquittal for his client Peggy McMartin Buckey in the infamous child molestation case of the 1980s and early 1990s and represented thousands of other clients during a lengthy career as a public and private defense attorney in Los Angeles, has died. He was 68. The chief deputy of the federal public defender's office for California's central district, Gits died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of complications from cancer, said his wife, Christina Larson Gits.
October 27, 2012 |
Silver Lake has recently been named the hipster capital of cool. Its reservoir and meadow provide great walking and a green urban outpost right in town. 1. Start walking from the Silver Lake Recreation Center, which (from about 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) offers clean bathrooms and drinking fountains. Join the joggers, strollers and joggers with strollers on the clockwise lakeside circuit. 2. A soft walking path dotted with redwoods lines the western edge of the reservoir, a 1906 construction with a capacity of 795 million gallons of water.
April 3, 2012 |
Confession: I am the parent of a preschool-age child, and I do not play outside with him each day. I am hardly alone. According to a study released online Monday by the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 49% of 3- to 5-year-olds do not go outdoors with their mom or dad on a daily basis. Among families (like mine) in which kids had a regular child care provider outside the home, 58% do not have a daily excursion with Mom or Dad beyond the home. (Car trips don't count - the researchers focused on time spent walking or playing.)
January 9, 2012
When it comes to fostering the well-being of preschoolers, one thing society should fear is fear itself. Lively image to the contrary, 3- to 5-year-olds spend most of their time in preschool sitting down. As for running, jumping, climbing, sliding, riding a tricycle — 2% of the time. This is of special concern when you consider that three-fourths of this age group attend preschool in this country. A study published last week in the journal Pediatrics reveals a scary reason why preschools have become centers of inactivity: Adults, including parents, preschool staff and bureaucrats, are scared.
November 16, 2011
At a time when government agencies are hard-pressed to find the money to serve all the genuine needs, First 5 LA has had its own peculiar problem: a nest egg of more than $800 million that it has hoarded instead of reaching out to more babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Funded by state cigarette taxes, First 5 LA is an independent county agency that provides various programs for children from birth to age 5, including preschool and health, safety and family literacy services.
June 27, 2011 |
Three-to-5-year-old kids who watch violent or scary media content, or who watch more TV during evening hours, are increasingly likely to have sleep problems, according to research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Though previous studies had shown that watching television, playing video games or using a computer can interfere with preschoolers' sleep, Michelle M. Garrison of the Seattle Children's Research Institute and coauthors wrote, this work sheds light on how what children watch, when they watch and with whom they watch contribute to sleeping problems.