Early Learning http://nhpr.org en N.H. Drops From First To Fourth In Kids Count Ranking http://nhpr.org/post/nh-drops-first-fourth-kids-count-ranking <p>New Hampshire has slid to fourth place on a national ranking of places to raise children.</p><p>After decades in first place, the Granite State slid to fourth in the Kids Count Index, compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa now holding the top spots.</p><p>The drop was attributed to an increase in child poverty, up from 9 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2012.</p><p>Increases in homes with single parents and where the parents lack secure employment also factored into the decline.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:06:40 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 52353 at http://nhpr.org When Field Trips Get Cut, What Are Kids Losing? http://nhpr.org/post/when-field-trips-get-cut-what-are-kids-losing <p>Those of us who went to public school in New Hampshire will likely recall hopping on the school bus for a visit to the Museum of Science in Boston or Sturbridge Village. For decades, schools have embraced field trips as positive and popular learning experiences.&nbsp; Today, museums, cultural institutions and the American Association of School Administrators report a steep drop in the number of field trips, and more than half of American schools did away with learning excursions altogether in 2010.<a href="http://educationnext.org/the-educational-value-of-field-trips/" target="_blank"> </a></p><p>But what are kids losing with the cutting of field trips?&nbsp;<strong>Jay Phillip Greene </strong>is endowed chair and head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:03:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35545 at http://nhpr.org When Field Trips Get Cut, What Are Kids Losing? Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay http://nhpr.org/post/children-learn-be-good-stewards-great-bay <p><a href="http://www.greatbaystewards.org/" target="_blank">The Great Bay Stewards</a> work to preserve and protect the Great Bay estuary through education, land protection and research. Sharon Musselman, one of the educators, is recently a retired teacher who often brought her own classes here to explore this ecosystem.</p><p></p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 32148 at http://nhpr.org Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay Nature Schools http://nhpr.org/post/nature-schools <p>President Obama’s newly unveiled budget is making political waves…he’s pushing for publicly funded “preschool for all,” paid for with a new tax on cigarettes. Here in New Hampshire, there’s been a different kind of preschool push…toward teaching kids outside. So-called nature preschools and forest kindergartens may sound like more fun than foundational, but this approach to early learning is gaining popularity for teaching the basics, while getting kids away from screens into the wilderness.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:11:58 +0000 Melanie Plenda 25370 at http://nhpr.org Nature Schools Nature Schools Gaining Popularity In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/nature-schools-gaining-popularity-nh <p></p><p>Nature preschools and forest kindergartens may sound more fun than foundational. But this nontraditional approach to early learning is gaining popularity for teaching the basics while getting kids away from screens and out into nature.&nbsp; And now Antioch University in Keene has begun offering a teacher education program for nature-based curricula and programs schools. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:00:25 +0000 Melanie Plenda 25360 at http://nhpr.org Nature Schools Gaining Popularity In N.H.