Learning for the Long Run

  • Written by Carol Sexton

It’s sometimes tempting to overestimate the power of understanding material. That “ah-ha!” moment when one first grasps a concept is important, but it is only part of the journey. In order to achieve true mastery in any subject, practice is essential.

Repetition is the catalyst that allows understanding to become mastery. Have you met many athletes or accomplished musicians who have excelled without practice? It’s unlikely. Through repetition, we increase our ability to retain information and remember it quickly. Current “Common Core” standards can put too much emphasis on the “ah-ha!” moments and not enough emphasis on repeating skills until mastery (or fluency) is attained. This approach enables true and deep understanding rather than the light bulb moment of understanding.

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School bus safety

  • Written by By Katie Larson Woodinville Police Chief

School buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus. Additionally, our kids need to practice strong personal safety habits when waiting at a bus stop.

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Summer camp for kids with learning differences

  • Written by Jen Fukutaki, Hamlin Robinson staff

It’s that time of year — parents are looking at summer camp opportunities for their kids. While those purely fun, creative and exciting summer experiences are certainly on the docket, many parents will also be searching for educational options — perhaps for a child who needs extra help due to learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorders and others.  

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Your kids can learn to paddle in Kenmore

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The City of Kenmore is partnering with the Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center at Squire’s Landing Park to provide recreational paddling programs for the public. The city’s newly-acquired park property on the calm Sammamish River is an ideal location for all paddlers, especially youth and beginners.

No experience is required and scholarships are available for low-income youth.

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It’s never too early to start looking for a summer job

  • Written by Emily Hamann

It may not feel like it, but summer is right around the corner. In a few months, the school year will be over. For many teens that means days full of kicking back by the water, hanging out with friends and taking road trips. But maybe you’re the teen who decided to get a job this summer. Whether you’re saving up for concert tickets, or your parents are making you pay for your own car insurance, you find yourself in need of some money. You’ve never had a job before, so where do you start?

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