Proof Positivity: TV Good For A Child?

  The original article was written by Steve Johnson from The Chicago Tribune. A me5new study just came out.  TV isn’t so bad for your kids after all.  Television helps develop visual and language skills.  It has potential for boosting test scores in children who are disadvantaged. Proffesor of child development Aletha Huston states, “It’s the content that matters.  If used correctly, television can be a wonderful medium for kids.  It can be a way of exposing them to the world.  It can be  a resource for kids to get to places and times they wouldn’t get to.”

Studies show that 350,000 of  sixth, ninth, and twelvth grade showed that the ones who watched more TV did better on tests than those who watched less.

Though TV is no replacement for positive parenting I think this is good news for parents who want that stay at home job and can’t afford an in home babysitter.  Then, there are the parents who just don’t pay attention at all.  Maybe their children aren’t left behind maybe they are beyond everyone else.


Have A Dinotastic Time

Dinosaurs Unearthed is now making its U.S. debut at Cincinnati Museum Center,  highlighting some of the most thought-provoking paleontological discoveries of the past decade.


Dinosaurs Unearthed features a display of roaring, moving dinosaurs reaching up to 55 feet long and 22 feet high.  Something that will have a lot of people talking is the never-before-seen set of full-size, feather-covered dinosaurs.


In recent years, paleontologists across the globe have discovered and studied fossilized evidence that many famous dinosaur species, including Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor, may have been covered in feathers to help camouflage, travel or even keep themselves warm.


To compile the exhibit’s contents, Dinosaurs Unearthed producers worked closely with Dr. Xu Xing of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. Dr. Xu is widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert on feathered dinosaurs.


“A selection of feathered dinosaur models illustrates the diversity of new forms discovered in recent years,” says Glenn Storrs, PhD, Cincinnati Museum Center’s Withrow Farny curator of vertebrate paleontology. “The feathered dinosaurs of China confirm the long-suspected evolution of modern birds from extinct dinosaurian ancestors. With each discovery, another evolutionary “missing link” is added to our understanding of the fossil record.”


Accompanying the exhibit is the OMNIMAX film, Dinosaurs Alive. Which takes visitors on a  journey back to the early Triassic period all the way through the late Cretaceous, following the tiniest of dinosaurs to the largest creatures that walked the earth.


Produced by the Maryland Science Center and in association with the American Museum of Natural History, the film explores the early roots of paleontology in the Gobi desert, and sweeps the audience through the beautiful landscapes of Mongolia, New Mexico, and into the famous halls of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.


Dates, hours and admission


  • Feb. 13 through Sept. 7
  • Dinosaurs Unearthed
    • Non-members: $15 adult, $10 child
    • Members: $10 adult, $7 child
    • Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; final entry into the exhibit occurs at 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday
  • Dinosaurs Alive
    • Non-members: $7.50 adult, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 children (ages 3-12)
    • Members: $5.50 adult, $4.50 child
    • Standard show times are Monday: 1, 2, 3 and 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday: 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.; Friday: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m.; Saturday: hourly, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 9 p.m.; and Sunday: hourly, 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

Get Out And Take A Breath Of Fresh Air From Mother Nature

Connecting with nature calms and soothes both children and adults, and it is something that both children and adults can do for a wealth of benefits, for free. REAL School Gardens, a nonprofit organization that brings gardens to elementary schools, sees the evidence everyday among thousands of children who spend time outdoors not just for recess, but also for learning.


“Our students absolutely love to go into the garden, whether it is to plant something, work on a science lesson, sit and read, or have lunch and observe their surroundings,” says librarian Melissa Forsythe at Dickinson Elementary School in Grand Prairie, the newest school to join REAL School Gardens. “I remember a second-grade student heading back to class after spending time in the garden saying, ‘This is just like going on a field trip without leaving the building.'”


REAL School Gardens’ mission is to deepen children’s connection to nature, and ultimately, cultivate future generations of environmentally responsible citizens. Research has found that daily exposure to nature enhances children’s cognitive abilities and stimulates their imaginations. Other research has found that children whose school grounds include diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of nutrition, and more civil to one another.


“At our core, we love and need nature,” said Clare Walker Leslie, author of Keeping a Nature Journal, who recently led a workshop for the REAL School Gardens community. “It’s a part of our ancient structure, and when it’s taken away, we feel weird.”


Fort Worth may be best known for its cowboy culture and iconic art museums, but thanks to REAL School Gardens it now boasts more school gardens, 54, than any other city in the Southwest.


Leslie’s visit to Fort Worth was part of REAL School Gardens’ effort to cultivate new support so it can expand to new area school communities. It was some of the famous wealth of Fort Worth that prepared the ground for REAL School Gardens several years ago. The Rainwater Charitable Foundation, started by financier Richard Rainwater, provided funding to establish REAL School Gardens in 2003. Now, in its sixth year of operations with its first executive director, Jeanne McCarty, the organization is thriving and wanting to share its model with other school communities around the country.


Currently the organization works with more than 28,000 children in 54 public elementary schools in North Texas.


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