When my boys were little, play dates were one unabashed attempt to tire them out: How many times could I entice them to race to the other side of the playground, how many balls could they lose in the bushes, and could we keep everyone unscathed until pickup time? If the boys stopped for a second to remember they were hungry, snacks were shoveled down lightning fast. These boys are now teenagers, but not much has changed: They still take down food without pausing their game of hoops, and play until utterly exhausted.Read More
When my boys were in elementary school, their science teachers launched a program in the cafeteria called the ORT Report, in which the students measured their food waste. The goal was to cut down on their environmental footprint.
According to the dictionary, an ort is “a morsel left at a meal.” The kids measured their orts by scraping their plates into bins lined up at the back of the cafeteria. There were bins designated for food waste, recycling, silverware and plates. The children then weighed the bin of food waste and graphed it on a large chart in the cafeteria. They used their math skills to add the day’s amount to the overall total, and to see how they were tracking against other classes and compared with past days and weeks.Read More
every edge imaginable as they review and process all they have learned this year. Of course, studying smart and hard is what is really going to get them across the finish line, yet I can’t help but remind them that properly feeding the brain can legitimately benefit their cognitive function.Read More
I have witnessed something pretty awesome recently: an increase in social activism among tweens and teens since the 2016 election. Kids are marching for science, posting about issues on social media (often more respectfully than the adults in their lives) and hosting meetups to keep the conversations going. Regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, kids’ finding their voices about issues that matter to them is a splendid thing.Read More