families http://wkar.org en Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-msus-international-friendship-program <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <em>Neighbors in Action</em> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the <a href="http://cvip.isp.msu.edu/friendship/" target="_blank">International Friendship Program</a> at Michigan State University, an organization that aims to ease the transition for international students and connect Lansing residents with the world by sponsoring cross-cultural friendships. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:31:15 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56791 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-my-lansing-cap <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or <a href="http://www.neonlansing.org/my-lansing-cap/" target="_blank">MY Lansing CAP</a>. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:43:58 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56102 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP ESSAY: Former local TV personality reflects on motherhood http://wkar.org/post/essay-former-local-tv-personality-reflects-motherhood <p></p><p></p><p>Mother’s Day is Sunday, and when we heard about a program called <a href="https://www.datekeeper.org/event/mommologues-musings-on-motherhood/18605" target="_blank">"The Mommologues: Musings on Motherhood"</a> being performed in Howell last night, we decided to invite one of the participating writers to share her work with us. Former WLNS-TV 6 reporter <a href="http://monashand.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Mona Shand</a> is a mother of three young children. Fri, 09 May 2014 14:55:17 +0000 Scott Pohl 53432 at http://wkar.org ESSAY: Former local TV personality reflects on motherhood Rough Play, Joyful Chaos http://wkar.org/post/rough-play-joyful-chaos <p><em>This is another in a series of articles for families from Michigan State University Extension.</em></p><p>Would you like to engage your child in a type of play that supports a broad range of physical development skills, language skills and social skills?&nbsp; Try giving her a chance for rough play.&nbsp;</p><p>Sometimes called rough-and-tumble play or horseplay, rough play used to be looked down on as the “bad boy” of play for young children.&nbsp; But, researchers are finding that this type of very physical interaction between children can be very beneficial as well as enjoyable.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher 39926 at http://wkar.org Rough Play, Joyful Chaos Kitchen Chemistry, Part 2 http://wkar.org/post/kitchen-chemistry-part-2 <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>This is the second in a series of Kitchen Chemistry articles with activities you can do with your child at home.</em></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Plant a Seed</strong></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Supplies Required: Beans, paper towel, zippered plastic bag, water</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Directions: Place damp paper towel in zippered plastic bag, add beans along the side. Zip shut and tape to a window in a sunny spot. Observe!</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Carrie Shrier 39921 at http://wkar.org Kitchen Chemistry, Part 2 Kitchen Chemistry, Part 1 http://wkar.org/post/kitchen-chemistry-part-1 <p><em>This is the first in a series of articles on kitchen activities for kids.</em></p><p>The easiest way to introduce science concepts to children is to answer their questions with “let’s find out” instead of giving them the information they are seeking. Children are naturally curious, with lots of questions about what is happening in the world around them.</p><p>Most home kitchens hold the tools to dozens of fun experiments to expand the imagination of the children in your life. Here are three fun experiments to try at home!</p><p><strong>Vinegar Volcanoes</strong></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Carrie Shrier 39920 at http://wkar.org Kitchen Chemistry, Part 1 The Purpose of Play http://wkar.org/post/purpose-play <p>Childhood educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is a child’s work,” basing her entire philosophy about preschool education and caring for children around this concept.</p><p>In today’s world of full-day Kindergarten, and increased academic expectations for children, parents may wonder, is play still as relevant and important as it once was?</p><p><strong>The Case for Play</strong></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:13:32 +0000 Carrie Shrier 37921 at http://wkar.org The Purpose of Play "I Don't Have Anything to Do!" http://wkar.org/post/i-dont-have-anything-do <p>I don’t have anything to do!&nbsp;</p><p>It’s summer – and the children are home from school. After even a few days of “freedom,” moms and dads everywhere start hearing the familiar, high-pitched whine of summer. No, it’s not the 17-year cicadas. It’s our children declaiming loudly “I don’t have anything to do!”</p><p>But doesn’t it seem like your child has every toy under the sun?&nbsp; Why not play with those?</p><p>There are reasons that may explain why children don’t play with the toys that are available.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher 39883 at http://wkar.org "I Don't Have Anything to Do!" Helping Children through Grief and Loss http://wkar.org/post/helping-children-through-grief-and-loss <p>During times of grief and loss it is hard to understand what feelings and thoughts children may experience.&nbsp; If the loss is significant it may be hard for adults to focus specifically on children because they are trying to cope with their own emotions.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:35:59 +0000 Kendra Moyses 39880 at http://wkar.org Helping Children through Grief and Loss Matching and Sorting! http://wkar.org/post/matching-and-sorting-0 <p>Adults “match and sort” every time we do laundry. Children start learning this process during infancy, when they begin to notice which sounds they make bring an adult running to them (sounds that aren’t so effective).</p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:51:19 +0000 Angela Harris 37924 at http://wkar.org Matching and Sorting! The Purpose of Play http://wkar.org/post/purpose-play-0 <p>Childhood educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is a child’s work,” basing her entire philosophy about preschool education and caring for children around this concept.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:24:59 +0000 Carrie Shrier 37922 at http://wkar.org The Purpose of Play