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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
Occasionally my nearly-4-year-old son catches me flat-footed with unintentionally loaded questions. Especially right now, when his brain is going a mile a minute, and he wants explanations for just about everything he can think of. Yesterday morning was just another example. I told him we could go downstairs as soon as I got my makeup on. He wandered into the bathroom, looked up at me and said, “Mommy, what's makeup for?” My brain clogged with too many possible answers.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Toni L. Killefer, a former preschool teacher who mentored cancer patients and participated in breast cancer research, died Monday of metastatic breast cancer at her Stevenson home. She was 49. "I took care of Toni for a number of years, and she had her eyes wide open on this. She always knew what she was up against and she was very straightforward," said Dr. John H. Fetting III, a Johns Hopkins Hospital oncologist. "All she wanted to be was a mom and look out for her children with as little fuss about her illness, and just be able to manage.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
My husband and I had a parent-teacher conference at his preschool the other day, during which we realized Isaac is showing a great interest in numbers and how they work. We'd noticed some of that at home (counting things, making patterns, asking -- and figuring out -- some sums on his own). But his teacher had some scraps of paper she'd saved, including a couple where he'd done his own math problems. I'm a Word Person, not so much a numbers person. Not that I dislike math, but I just don't think about it that much.
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Leonard Pitts Jr and Leonard Pitts Jr | March 27, 2014
What excuses will they make this time? Meaning that cadre of letters-to-the-editor writers and conservative pundits who so reliably say such stupid things whenever the subject is race. Indeed, race is the third rail of American conscience; to touch it is to be zapped by rationalizations, justifications and lies that defy reason, but that some must embrace to preserve for themselves the fiction of liberty and justice for all. Otherwise, they'd have to face the fact that advantage and disadvantage, health and sickness, wealth and poverty, life and death, are still parceled out according to melanin content of skin.
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November 15, 2013
I agree with letter writer Carol Beck that preschool suspensions merit deeper investigation ( "Preschool suspensions merit deeper investigation," Nov. 14). Perhaps The Sun needs to do that deeper investigation. No one with any sense thinks that a preschooler should be denied an education. So what is really going on? Class size? Prior efforts by the teacher? Prior efforts by the parents? Parent involvement? Adequate medical care? Alternative resources? Poor teacher training? What are the real reasons preschoolers are being suspended and what can be done about them?
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 25, 1999
GRADUATION TIME IS fast approaching for many students throughout the county.Friday morning, pupils took their first walk across the graduation stage as Liberty High School held its 1999 Playschool Graduation.Sixteen preschoolers participated in the 1998-1999 play school program at the school and delighted family and friends as they received their laminated "diplomas." Liberty High students in the early childhood development courses conducted the graduation ceremony."The students planned the program for the graduation," said Karen Linthicum, early childhood development teacher.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | August 9, 1992
About 500 people packed the main room of the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center Friday to say goodbye to "Miss Julie," who cared for Columbia preschoolers for a decade and started the county school system's first day-care center for employees' children.Julie B. Ibson, 46, died suddenly Wednesday in Bethany Beach, Del., while vacationing with her family. The cause of her death has not been determined.Mrs. Ibson, a resident of Columbia's Hawthorn neighborhood for six years, was remembered for the time she took for both parents and children.
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By Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine | May 23, 1999
As your preschooler gets ready to read, keep these guidelines in mind:1. Trust your child's natural interest in and desire to learn about letters. Children are curious about printed symbols and will proudly identify letters in their names or on signs. They also love to create new letters from ones they already know and play games associated with their letter discoveries.2. Actively reinforce your child's learning. Kids need lots of exposure to the same words before they really "own" them.
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By Lisa Breslin and Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 13, 1999
LITTLE VOICES AND little gifts were plentiful at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center and the Deerfield Senior Day Center on Friday, thanks to preschoolers with the YMCA Chipmunks program.After months of rehearsals, the youngsters belted out some of the season's best songs. They gave plenty of hugs and "Merry Christmas" wishes, too.Then they distributed handmade gift bags filled with potpourri and toiletries to all the residents and enjoyed milk and cookies and warm conversations until it was time to go. This was the fourth year the preschool program has shared holiday cheer.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | April 2, 1993
On Wednesday morning, more than 50 Hammond Middle School students, all between the ages of 12 and 14, cavorted in Hammond Elementary School's playground, sliding down the slide and climbing on the monkey bars.These adolescents weren't reverting to a childlike state but were doing their best to keep up with the 54 preschoolers who had come to visit them for the morning.The 3- and 4-year-olds were from the Tubman Head Start center in Columbia and have made two other trips to Hammond Middle School during the school year.
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January 27, 2014
New member Melvin Kelly Jr., accompanied by his sponsor, Brian Calary, is inducted into the Jarrettsville Lions Club by District Governor Dan Scott while blindfolded. The blindfold is to simulate blindness, which is the focus of Lions Clubs everywhere. In the interest of improved vision, Lions clubs support of the Wilmer Eye clinic, Maryland School for the Blind, vision screening of preschoolers and other things.
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By Randy Edsall | December 30, 2013
As the football coach at the University of Maryland, College Park, I consider myself fortunate to have players who have the academic foundation to be successful in college. I am not alone. College coaches nationwide have a vested interest in expanding the pipeline of young adults who are prepared for the rigors of college work. In NCAA Division I schools in particular, athletes are allowed no more than five years to graduate while receiving athletically related financial aid. And Division I schools are monitored by their Academic Progress Rate, which is calculated based on the academic eligibility and retention of each student athlete.
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November 16, 2013
I am flabbergasted and dismayed but mostly depressed by the editorial regarding 3- and 4-year-olds being removed from school because of disruptive behavior ("Pre-K suspensions make no sense," Nov. 12). I am distressed not by the actions of the school but that these children are assaulting not just other kids but their teachers! Imagine, these preschool children are assaulting their teachers! The editorial writer has the temerity to say that the behavior will not improve if they are sent home because they are the ones that need to be in school the most.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With her wheelchair pushed aside, Erika Brannock gripped her walker and moved slowly toward the Thunder Road 5K finish line. Inside, her brother-in-law, Michael Gross, was bursting with pride to see Brannock walking with a prosthesis just seven months after the Boston Marathon bombing left the Towson preschool teacher gravely injured and her left leg amputated above the knee. But rather than focus on the seriousness of the moment, Gross asked Brannock, "Can you pick up the pace?"
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November 15, 2013
I agree with letter writer Carol Beck that preschool suspensions merit deeper investigation ( "Preschool suspensions merit deeper investigation," Nov. 14). Perhaps The Sun needs to do that deeper investigation. No one with any sense thinks that a preschooler should be denied an education. So what is really going on? Class size? Prior efforts by the teacher? Prior efforts by the parents? Parent involvement? Adequate medical care? Alternative resources? Poor teacher training? What are the real reasons preschoolers are being suspended and what can be done about them?
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November 14, 2013
Thanks to Erica Green for highlighting the issue of preschool suspensions ("Pre-K suspensions common in Maryland schools," Nov. 11). A child this young acting out enough to elicit such a harsh response from an adult tells us much more about the adults than the child. But we should be asking a lot more about the children. Are these children crying out for help, for attention, in frustration? Are there learning issues going undetected and unmet? Are teachers seeking help for these students to see if they need additional services to succeed?
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | November 30, 1992
He's purple and green, soft and round, 6-feet-4-inches tall -- and he's the hottest thing in children's TV.After only seven months on the air, Barney the dinosaur, star of PBS' "Barney & Friends," is already bigger than Big Bird.In July, just three months after it debuted, the national audience for the show was measured by Nielsen at 1.84 million homes. By comparison, the audience for "Sesame Street," the long-running signature series for children's programming on PBS, was 1.29 million homes.
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By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2001
To stem the spread of hepatitis A in two Baltimore neighborhoods, city health department nurses will soon be offering free immunizations to hundreds of toddlers and preschoolers. Hepatitis A, a viral illness passed easily by close contact, has persistently cropped up in two ZIP codes: 21224, in the Highlandtown area, and 21230, in the South Baltimore area near Fort and Hanover streets. According to the city health department, these neighborhoods account for 40 percent of the city's cases of hepatitis A. In 1999, the last year for which numbers are available, there were 46 cases in these two areas, compared with 62 for the rest of the city.
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November 13, 2013
Preschoolers who are 3 and 4 years old are at a developmental point where they are learning about social boundaries ("Tough penalties for young students," Nov. 12). It is a time to learn right and wrong, happy and sad, and time to play or work. Kids who have trouble with these concepts should raise the concern of parents, educators and health professionals. Excluding troubled children from preschool programs denies them the structure and role-modeling they desperately need. Taking a hard look at kids in distress is an opportunity to save a life.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
Erika Brannock slides to the edge of her wheelchair. She looks down at a pair of carefully selected gray New Balance athletic shoes. And stands. Her thigh slides deeper into a flexible plastic socket as she shifts her weight from her right leg to a new prosthetic limb. The bone where her left leg was amputated above the knee sends a sharp, shooting pain, and she starts to cry. Not because it hurts. Because she is about to walk again. "It's been a long time," she says to her mother, Carol Downing, among those watching at an orthotics and prosthetics supplier in Linthicum.
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