Interesting story from Good Morning America about a preschool in an elder center in Seattle. This is a great idea and one that Seattle Schools used to do in several schools. They used art/music rooms for elders to come and visit with younger students. The elders would read to the kids and show them how to knit or tell them stories. But the space was needed for other things so it went away.
From the HuffPost Parents section, "10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12."
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012).
Community Meetings tomorrow: Director Carr in the chapel at The Hearthstone at Green Lake from 8:30-10:00 am (enter on the east side) and Director Martin-Morris at Montlake Branch Library from 11 am-12:30 pm.
We had several heart-breaking and thought-provoking incidents happen this week in our country. One is the story from Spokane about a white woman who identifies more as a black woman (and all that can mean). Seattle teacher, Jon Greenberg, wrote this article for Everyday Feminism about race and schools.
Earlier this week, I was helping make plans for my high school reunion next year in Arizona. I told my friends that I wanted to make sure that we included on the invitation - "no guns allowed" - because Arizona is a state where some people carry guns.
And now, another shadow has fallen over our country over a mass killing. It takes people - one by one - to say, "No more." "We are better than this." "What kind of country allows this kind of killing on a regular basis?" (That last one is an echo from President Obama's remarks yesterday.)
What will it take? Remembering and believing that all lives matter and the next time
- unless we do something - it could be you or a loved one.
Remembering the latest victims: Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59.