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11 Movies to Watch Out for in 2015

The non-blockbuster must-see features of the year.<p><b>Hey, did you know that a brand-new Star Wars film</b> is coming out in December? And an <i>Avengers</i> sequel is on the way in May? And yet another <i>Jurassic Park</i> adventure arrives in June? Oh, wait—of course you did, because even at this early stage of 2015, …

Bill Murray

Learning through play ideas: top 10 activities

From building a memorial garden for a selfish giant to deciding whether to release the big bad wolf, here are some exciting activities for engaging pupils with play<p>The use of play for developing children's learning is a well established feature of most early years settings. Visit a nursery, …

Playing video games may improve reading speed of children with dyslexia, study finds

Playing video games may be more effective at helping dyslexic children read faster then reading development, according to the results of a study from the University of Padua, Italy.<p>In the study, children ages 7 to 13 played 12 hours of fast-paced mini-games from the Nintendo Wii's <i>Rayman Raving</i> …

Exercise vs. Play

A sound I know well: A furry head thumping against wood. My 11-and-change-year-old yellow lab, Willow, crashes through the seemingly closed office door. She's learned over time by driving her head into the wood the pesky barrier between hallway and human is no big deal. I don't have to ask to know …

When Kids Start Playing To Win

<i>This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.</i><p>It's a playful word that's developed something of a bad reputation: "competition." The fear among some parents is that, once children start playing to win, at around 5 years old, losing isn't just …

My Son Doesn't Act Out on Play Dates and I'm Not Necessarily Happy About it

I have no interest in rule breaking. I've lived my life trying to abide by a set of unwritten rules. Constantly spinning my wheels in an attempt to identify The Rule, always fearful of being outed as the one who didn't know that we're not supposed to do That -- whatever <i>That</i> may be -- in a new …

Child Discipline - Styles, Strategies, and More

Let the Children Play! Especially During Recess

Effective classroom behavior management has been a hot topic in education for years. Classrooms are full of personalities with one teacher at the head of the class to both manage all of those unique personalities and help them thrive. Have <i>you</i> thanked your child's teacher lately?<p>In a survey of …

Children need to play outdoors, but we're not letting them

Earlier this year, an American mother was arrested for allowing her nine year old daughter to play unsupervised in a park while she finished her …

Self Control

3 Cool Apps for Play Therapy

Last week I was able to attend the national Association for Play Therapy (APT) in Houston. It was awesome- so many cool people, topics, techniques, …

Portrait Series Captures the Charming Personality of Very, Very Old Dogs

Canadian photographer Pete Thorne celebrates the beauty of aging in this portrait series featuring what he describes as “very, very old dogs.” So far, the ongoing project, entitled <i>Old Faithful</i>, has more than 50 gray-haired dogs in the collection. Thorne works closely with his subject and owner to …

Pets

The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s

<b>In the 1970s, idealistic young activists created a wave of experimental schools - no compulsory lessons, no timetables, no rules. So what happened to the kids who attended these free-for-alls?</b><p>You wait an age for the green man to let you cross Liverpool's Scotland Road.<p>It goes back to 1971. The …

George Michael

Tony Bennett: What I've Learned

Singer, painter, legend, 88, New York City<p><i>Interviewed by Cal Fussman, August 21, 2014</i><p><i>Published in the the November 2014 issue</i><p><b>I've been very fortunate.</b> I'm doing what I love and I'm getting away with it, you know?<p><b>Fame comes and goes.</b> Longevity is the thing to aim for.<p><b>If music sounds dated,</b> it means …

San Francisco

How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.<p>Studies …

Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play – Peter Gray

When I was a child in the 1950s, my friends and I had two educations. We had school (which was not the big deal it is today), and we also had what I …

Education

WISE Initiative

How to Build a Happier Brain

A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias<p>There is a motif, in fiction and in life, of people having wonderful things happen to them, but still ending up unhappy. We can adapt to …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Education

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Style<p>Sporty pants worn the least sporty way.<p>By Megan Gustashaw1 day agoView More<p>Style<p>Ronnie Fieg talks about his label's new multi-brand, …

Men's Fashion

The Fastest Supergrain Recipes for Busy Cooks

We never knew quinoa or farro—plus three more healthy grains—could taste so good (or cook in 30 minutes or less!).<p>An Italian Main Course That Isn't …

Some of the 25 Beautiful Rainbow Pictures assembled by Ants Magazine

Some of the <i>25 Beautiful Rainbow Pictures</i> assembled by Ants Magazine. Click on the images for captions and visit the gallery for more rainbows.

Jump the queue! Get straight to Europe's classic sights.

Summer can spell trouble for the traveller in Europe. The weather may be gorgeous, but queues for popular attractions start to stretch.<p>That's where a bit of savvy reaps tremendous rewards. A few tricks will let you stroll past the sweating hordes on your way to your highlight of choice. Here are …

Italy

10 essential stops for Europe first-timers

We've come a long way since the emergence of the 17th-century 'Grand Tour,' when the wealthy (mostly Brits) finished their education with a real year in the world, learning to fence in Paris, studying art in Florence, climbing the Swiss Alps, and complaining about the service in Athens.<p>Over time, …

European Travel

Can't-Miss Egg Custard Tarts at Newark's Teixeiras Bakery

<b>Editor's note:</b> For the next few weeks, we'll be chiming in with snapshots of our recent road trip to the Portuguese and Brazilian Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, thanks to a loaner ride in a Buick Verano. Our destinations, and these articles, come purely from Serious Eats …

The United States of Burgers

Alabama<p>Fried green tomatoes are a Southern staple, and their crisp texture and sweet-tart flavor make them an excellent burger topping, not to mention a classy side dish to take the place of your normal french fries (ok, you can have them in <i>addition</i> to your normal fries).<p>Photo: Erin …

STUDY: People With A Lot Of Self-Control Are Happier Than The Rest Of Us

They define it as "the ability to override or change one's inner responses" and to refrain from acting on impulses.<p>As an immediate consequence of leading lives of constant self-denial, it would seem that people with a lot of self-control aren't likely to derive a lot of pleasure from life, although …

Psychology

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

Joy Secret Number 9: Laughter

According to Hafiz, laughter is the "glorious sound of a soul waking up!" And I agree!<p>When was the last time you laughed so hard you had tears running down your cheeks? If you can remember it, wasn't it fabulous?<p>If you can't, its time to do it again!<p>People light up and connect with laughter. Last …

The Alphabet of Happiness: 'H'

Even throughout the busy pace of everyday life, happiness is always close at hand. Rather than pursuing it, consider focusing in one place... inside. The good news is that by placing our attention on inner happiness, we train our brain to experience more of it. Randy Taran, Founder and CEO of …

Why It's So Easy to Be Negative (and What to Do About It)

Negative events are sticky.<p>In seventh grade, a classmate with whom I'd had very little interaction, Scott, walked up to my locker and offered me some unsolicited counsel.<p>"If you ever want to get married," he spewed, "I would get rid of those Coke-bottle glasses and seriously consider some braces. …