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2008-08-21 21:00:30

By Phyllis Coulter NORMAL - Second-grader Samantha Hill, wearing a pretty dress, waited with her mom for the school bus on Wednesday. What made her story a little different from almost 13,000 other Unit 5 students attending their first day of school? Her mom, Lashaw Brown, got on the bus, too, and together they went to Glenn Elementary School as part of a new program for parents. As soon as the bus arrived - driven by physical education teacher Colleen Moore and escorted by speech...

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2008-08-19 09:50:00

New research challenges a growing trend toward holding kids out of kindergarten until they're older, arguing that academic advantages are short-lived and come at the expense of delaying entry into the workforce and other costs. The findings show older kindergartners fare better academically largely because they learn more before starting school, not because age improves aptitude, said Darren Lubotsky, a University of Illinois economics professor who co-wrote the study. Older students post...

2008-08-18 18:00:38

Nearly 21 percent of U.S. 5-year-olds were not yet enrolled in kindergarten in 2002 but a researcher says the academic edge for those who were was doesn't last. Study co-author Darren Lubotsky, a University of Illinois economics professor, said the findings show older kindergartners post higher test scores than younger peers during the first few months of kindergarten, but their edge soon fades and nearly vanishes by eighth grade. The study, scheduled to appear in the Journal of Human...

2008-08-17 18:00:42

By Cathy Benson cathy.benson@botetourtview.com Buchanan Elementary will host the second Virginia Preschool Initiative in the county beginning this fall -- Helping Hands Preschool. The VPI preschool program is a matching set of state and school division funds to start preschools in needed areas of the state and the first Helping Hands preschool in Botetourt at Eagle Rock Elementary is entering its third year of operation. Principal Debbie Garrett remarked, "We do not have a preschool...

2008-08-17 18:00:42

By Phyllis Coulter BLOOMINGTON - Angelica Aceves, a soon-to-be official Irving Elementary School kindergarten student, already knows how to spell her new teacher's name. The Bloomington girl knows classroom routine, has participated in calendar time, even made new friends. All this - and it's still one week before the school year officially starts on Aug. 21. She is among 54 K-2 students at Irving and 105 K-5 students at Sheridan Elementary School participating in the Early Start...

2008-08-17 18:00:42

By Bryan Corbin Courier & Press Statehouse bureau (317) 631-7405 or corbinb@courierpress.com INDIANAPOLIS - In his fourth education-related campaign proposal, Gov. Mitch Daniels said he wants the state to expand state funding for full-day kindergarten. He also proposed the state help fund a private program that trains math and science professionals to teach in Indiana classrooms - a program he compared to a Rhodes Scholarship for teachers. Daniels, a Republican, said that if...

2008-08-14 21:00:24

Vancouver Public Schools has reached a landmark, with half its elementary schools offering all-day kindergarten. Three programs require that parents pay; seven others offer the program for free. The state pays every district to educate its youngest students for half a day. But the lowest income schools get extra money for students to attend all day, in large part because of the achievement gap between low-income students and their wealthier classmates. All- day means 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m....

2008-08-13 15:00:00

By Barbara Holden Starting kindergarten can be an emotional time for the entire family. Parents' eyes filled with tears, beaming at how big and exciting this kindergarten milestone is; meanwhile, that little kindergartner of yours is a nervous wreck. The Academy of Pediatrics says that anxiety about school is a normal reaction for young children. Since it's the parent's job to lessen the stress and taking away as much of "the unknown" as possible, the AAP offers these tips for making the...

2008-08-11 21:00:44

Registration for children attending kindergarten through fifth grades in the Williamsville School District for the 2008-09 school year will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Sherman Elementary School gym, 312 South St. in Sherman. Students new to the district should go to the school office to register. Parents of new students and kindergartners should bring proof of residency, copy of county-certified birth certificate, physical, vision and dental exams. Fees are $150...

2008-08-11 21:00:44

By DAN RAFTER The key to getting off to a good start in elementary, middle and high school lies at home. Parents during the hot summer days can take several steps to prepare their children for back-to-school time. The two keys are to teach your children exactly what their instructors will expect of them in the coming school year, and to help them develop proper study habits even when the sun is burning brightly. Elementary school In some ways, the move to elementary school is the most...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.