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Superheroes command the stage at Toy Fair

February 28, 2016 NEW YORK — Superheroes were a force to be reckoned with at this month’s North American International Toy Fair, the annual trade showcase for all that’s new in playthings. more »»

Learning gets more flexible

February 21, 2016 LEWISTON, Idaho — Elementary school teacher Shelley Harrison noticed something interesting about her study habits as she worked on a master’s degree over the summer. more »»

Divorcees want equal custody law

February 21, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Mo. more »»

New research finds noise harder on children than adults

February 21, 2016 WASHINGTON — From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child’s brain than an adult’s, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters... more »»

Cursed cursive

February 14, 2016 BEAVER, Pa. — It’s just after lunch at Hopewell Area School District’s Independence Elementary School and Roni Albanese’s second-grade class is hard at work. more »»

Cruising social media

February 14, 2016 PITTSBURGH — Some celebrities and athletes say dumb things on social media, and they’ve learned the hard way what kind of damage the wrong tweet or post can do. more »»

Study tries to give C-section babies mom’s germs they missed

February 14, 2016 WASHINGTON — Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom’s... more »»

Program has children creating their own books

February 7, 2016 SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The conference room is a sea of white paper, colored markers, magazine clippings and chattering children. But there’s a method to this madness. The result is literatur. more »»

Something new to worry about: Toy security

February 7, 2016 NEW YORK — Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure — not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, say, your email where other people could read it. more »»

Pope Francis answers questions from kids

January 31, 2016 NEW YORK — “Dear Pope Francis,” 10-year-old Mohammed begins, “Will the world be again as it was in the past?” Signed “Respectfully yours,” the boy wrote from a Jesuit-run school for refugee children... more »»

Whichcraft: Testing image transfer techniques

January 31, 2016 CONCORD, N.H. — Consider me your new craft-test dummy. Do-it-yourselfers don’t have to look far to find tutorials for almost any crafting technique imaginable. more »»

New desks let young students ride or stand

January 31, 2016 OWENSBORO, Ky. — Remember those classrooms with desks — like the ones in “A Christmas Story” — all lined up in rows. That’s so 20th century. more »»

Hooked on books

January 24, 2016 DIXON, Ill. — Mike Smith describes his daughter, Brooklyn, as “self-driven and very competitive.” But when it came to reading, the motivation used to be lacking. more »»

Making lunches tastier

January 24, 2016 WASHINGTON — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee. more »»

Isolation opened local to the world

January 17, 2016 WARREN — Kimberly Clinkscale said she spent much of her childhood at the makeshift table she set up in the woods, spilling details of her day to her dolls and to her imaginary friend, Sanie. more »»

Average first-time moms at 26 years

January 17, 2016 NEW YORK — The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the U.S — over 26. The change is largely due to a big drop in teen moms. more »»

Right at Home:

January 17, 2016 Anyone who’s wrestled with tangled earbuds knows how hard it can be to keep the little devils from becoming a scrambled bunch of knots, no matter where or how you store them. more »»

Book chronicles the real ‘Winnie’

January 10, 2016 By SIOBHAN STARRS The Associated Press LONDON — Lindsay Mattick’s great-grandfather was on his way to fight in World War I when he bought a bear cub he named Winnie, inspiring author A.A. more »»

Introducing new technologies to the classroom

January 10, 2016 PUHI — Operating a drone is kind of scary, but it is fun said Kasey Nakashima, a Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School student, said. more »»

Flipped class

December 20, 2015 THOMASTON, Conn. — The 26 eighth-graders were settled in their seats when teacher Mark Olsen walked into class. “Guys, I’m open for business if you’ve got anything you want to show me,” Olsen said. more »»



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