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Can’t afford preschool?

Most parents recognize the value of a good preschool education. Preschool offers a chance for young children to learn social skills and develop building...

Can you spell "winners"…?

The top spellers from each grade were seated at the front of the room, a giant map of the world behind them. They glanced...

In praise of chores

Kristy Clason was appalled when she saw the homework assignment her son brought home one day. The gym teacher at his California school sent...

Puberty and the special needs child

Pu•ber•ty, n.A physical and emotional rollercoaster that kids begin riding anytime between ages 9 and 14, lasting about five years. Pro•cras•tin•ate, v. The parental tendency...

GOV. JANET NAPOLITANO AND STEVE NASHTeaming up for early childhood education in Arizona

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article went to press the week President-elect Barack Obama appointed Gov. Janet Napolitano to join his cabinet as Director of Homeland...

Puppet play: setting the stage for social skills

The crowd cheers. The actors take a bow. The curtain closes with a dramatic swish. But this isn’t the latest production at ASU Gammage—it’s...

A bridge to dialogue: Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program

Chi-Wei and Robert at the Grand Canyon. One evening in late March, 27 newly appointed Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassadors and their parents waited in...

Recess Before Lunch concept gains momentum

After a morning of academic work and quiet cooperation, most elementary school students are ready to blow off some steam. When the lunch bell...

Get focused

Last July, Steven Russell was reading below grade level, couldn’t shoot a basketball anywhere near the hoop and was often frustrated and angry—especially when...

Should your teen consider AP classes?

When 19-year-old Walker Donaldson graduated from Sunnyslope High School last spring, he had more than the usual stuff to pack for college. Donaldson took...

Writing a college essay

"Every shoe has a story to tell and to know my shoes is to know me." So begins Chrissie Clemency's college essay. Now, if you...

Preparing for college entrance exams

If you remember showing up at a high school classroom at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning, two number two pencils in hand, hoping...

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