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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: Soon school is starting again and with that comes the need for some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with school children can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as a last resort, buy quality …

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Vocational School vs. University

By Kim Robson: Many of our articles here on Green Mom focus on younger children. Today, let’s talk about kids who are reaching college age. High school guidance counselors and parents place enormous pressure on kids to aim for and apply to four-year colleges or universities. And for good reason …

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Better Learning with Less Homework

By Kim Robson: How much homework is too much? There is little evidence that homework helps elementary and high school students achieve academic success, yet the never-ending nightly homework burden is becoming a serious hardship on families. It robs children of the critical sleep, play and exercise time they need …

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Unschooling: What Is It?

By Larraine Roulston: In 1977 John Holt, author and teacher, coined the word “Unschooling,” which he defined as “learning that does not look like school learning, and learning that does not have to take place at home.” He believed that “there is no difference between living and learning … it …

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Edible Classroom—Giving Kids a New Future

By Fredrica Syren: I don’t know about you, but in my experience, classrooms in general are never great looking and tend to be boring. But imagine a classroom filled with edible plants. Now that’s a classroom I would look forward to going to every day. Teacher Stephen Ritz has made …

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Hazardous Lead in Schools

By Larraine Roulston: Tamara Rubin, executive director of the nonprofit Lead Safe America Foundation in Portland, Oregon, visits preschool facilities. Earlier this May, she pointed an X-ray fluorescence heavy-metal detector at a faded red rug in Angela Molloy Murphy’s preschool. The heart shaped rug was loaded with lead. Over time, …

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The Sorry State Of US School Lunch Programs

By Kim Robson: A recent government study has found what most parents already suspect: U.S. school lunches are unhealthy and contributing to childhood obesity. Kids who eat school lunches are more likely to be obese by the time they get to the third grade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded …

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New Regulations To Rid Schools of Junk Foods

By Fredrica Syren The latest effort to combat childhood obesity is now a quest to transform what kids eat in the nation’s 100,000 schools. The kinds of snacks and drinks available to kids will now be regulated. As of next year, high-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will no longer …

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Whole Lunches in School and Home – A Revolution

By Dawn Matthews Food is something I am passionate about. My father and grandmother always instilled in me the way family comes together, the way you nurture one another through the preparation, the cooking, and the eating, and just the sharing of food and time at the table. Every day …

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