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  • Top of the Morning: Is a Four-day School Week Better for Kids?

    Students in Chattooga County in Georgia, USA haven't had classes on a Monday for six years now
  • 1. A four-day school week is doing good for kids

    Child at school

    Maybe it is time to retire the five-day school schedule and the three o’clock dismissal time. Chattooga Country, Georgia scrapped the five-day school week in favor of a four-day school week with Mondays off. School administrators stand by the shorter week as a way to save resources while improving test scores and student focus. Less expenses means the schools didn’t have to cut elective subjects such as music, or P.E., and schools were even able to hire more teachers. These, in turn, contributed to higher test scores in math and a boost in writing. (yahoo.com)
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    2. Climbing tress is good for parents, too!
    A new study published in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills found that climbing tress is actually good for you (yes you!) and not just for your child. Researchers at the University of North Florida studied “proprioceptively dynamic activities,” or activities that involved proprioception (one’s ability to send his body position and movement in space) and a second factor, such as locomotion or navigation, at the same time. The study linked such activities (climbing a tree, running barefoot, walking on a balance beam) to a boost in working memory, which helps a person perform better at work. (newser.com)

    3. Pinoy karatekas reaped medals in international competition
    The Philippine karatekas (karate team) hauled in medals at the Thailand Karate Open Championship held last July 26 to 30 at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. They won four gold medals, eight silver, and 12 bronze medals. This is only the second time the team, composed of young kids and teens, participated in the event and they already ranked fifth competing with over 600 athletes from 30 countries. Coach David Lay said, "Going to play abroad is always educational for these kids. They get a lot of benefits, learning experiences and at the same time, at a tender age, they are given the opportunity to play for the country, one way to teach patriotism to them." (rappler.com)

    4. Eight-year-old with cerebral palsy completes first triathlon
    U.K.’s Bailey Matthews, an eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, completed a 100-meter lake swim, 4,000-meter bike ride, and a 1,300-meter run in The Castle Triathlon Series in North Yorkshire last weekend. Bailey was born nine weeks early and diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy at 18 months, making everyday task much more difficult to accomplish. But Bailey is a natural-born competitor, thanks to his dad who is ac active triathlete. Dad Jonathan Matthews pushed Bailey around a five-kilometer course every week in a wheelchair before adapting a walking frame sop that his son could also run the course solo and compete. (babble.com)

    5. LeBron James rumored to lead “Space Jam 2”
    Rumors have been speculating that the NBA start is poised to play a pivotal role in the movie sequel “Space Jam 2.” When asked by one of his Twitter followers if he is, in fact leading the intergalactic sports flick with the Loony Toons characters, he replied coyly, “Maybe…” Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. #LooneyToonsRock.” The Cleveland Cavaliers star recently signed a deal with Warner Bros., the company behind the original “Space Jam” movie headlined by basketball legend Michael Jordan. (usmagazine.com)

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