LearningMap, 2008

LearningMap Cover 2008


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Dear Reader,

We cover a breathtaking array of parenting issues at ParentMap. Our amazing staff — with help from experts all over the Puget Sound region — offer us invaluable facts and resources on topics ranging from how to handle tantrums to carpool etiquette to dealing with the stressed-out teen, and much, much more.

But education — helping children maximize their learning potential — is always at the forefront of our publication. We’re passionate about learning and we make sure we’re immersed in the latest cutting-edge research in education and neuroscience.

We now know our children begin learning and processing information the moment they greet the world. And we understand, more than ever before, that we as parents can impact and augment those brain-expanding opportunities (“Time to Learn a New Language”). That’s why, in addition to our regular education features, our regular education updates from Olympia (“Postings”), and our monthly Getting School Ready columns, we’re proud to bring you our second annual edition of LearningMap.

In this publication, you’ll discover that many Washington state schools are becoming environmentally aware (“The greening of our schools”); you’ll learn new ways the Seattle School District’s new strategic plan will accommodate students with special needs (“Seattle schools: New plans for special-ed kids”); and you’ll find out why doing school research papers will never again be quite the same (“Teaching research skills in a Google world”).

As a parent who raised both a daughter and a son, I was particularly interested in the article detailing the way boys seem to (still!) struggle in the classroom (“Can boys be boys in schools?”). Writer Karen Dawson asks why boys often seem penalized for developmental gender differences.

Hopefully many of these articles will “speak” to you and get you thinking about the multifaceted ways to enhance and enrich your child’s path to learning. And who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new yourself.

— Linda Morgan
LearningMap editor


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