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Live Science: Do STEM toys actually teach kids science and math?

Live Science: Do STEM toys actually teach kids science and math?

from Live Science by Stephanie Pappas With a rocky year of pandemic-related educational disruptions ahead, many parents are looking for ways to help their kids learn at home. Toys advertised as teaching STEM might seem like one way to fill the gap. But do they really...

The New York Times: The State of Play

The New York Times: The State of Play

from The New York Times by Jessica Grose The first weekend of quarantine, my daughters took sidewalk chalk, made a hopscotch board in our building’s courtyard, and spent over an hour in blustery March weather jumping with glee, their hair whipping in the wind. Over...

ABC News: Tips for parents on remote schooling

ABC News: Tips for parents on remote schooling

from ABC News Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University, on what parents can do if their kids fall behind in the school curriculum. Watch video here...

Brookings: Avoiding the COVID-19 slump: Making up for lost school time

Brookings: Avoiding the COVID-19 slump: Making up for lost school time

from Brookings by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Helen Shwe Hadani, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek In 1996, Harris Cooper of Duke University and his colleagues first reported on the effects of what came to be known as summer slide, or summer slump. Over the summer months, when...

Love Your Park: Announcing Love Your Park @ Home: May 9-17!

Love Your Park: Announcing Love Your Park @ Home: May 9-17!

from Love Your Park This year, Love Your Park Week, the annual springtime celebration of Philly parks, encourages Philadelphians to celebrate from the comfort and safety of their homes with Love Your Park @ Home from Saturday, May 9 to Sunday, May 17.  Each day, Love...

International Arts + Mind Lab: COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide

International Arts + Mind Lab: COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide

from International Arts + Mind Lab Even before the pandemic, many of us engaged in art making or art appreciation to help us feel happier and healthier. Some of us draw, sing, dance or write. Others listen to our favorite music or story to feel a sense of calm. In...