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Reporter's Notebook

September 7, 2013

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“Look for your kids to bring home more fact-based books about the world. Know what non-fiction books are grade level appropriate and make sure your children have access to such books,” the site says. Another shift is children will have an increased academic vocabulary: “Look for assignments that stretch your child’s vocabulary. Read often to babies, toddlers, preschoolers and children.”

In math, “your child will work more deeply in fewer topics, which will ensure full understanding.” Look for assignments that require students to show their work and explain how they arrived at an answer. Parents should know what concepts are important for you child based on their grade level and spend time working on those concepts.

Another shift calls for students to understand why the math works and be asked to talk about and prove their understanding They might have assignments that focus on memorizing and mastering basic math facts, which are important for success in more advanced math problems. One way to help children know and memorize basic math facts is to ask your child to “do the math” that pops up in daily life.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County is offering help in identifying and eradicating invasive species in the area. According to its website: “Recent increases in global trade, including trade in ornamental plants, have created new opportunities for the spread of non-native species.”

The agency is working with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership to develop an early detection and rapid response system in the region. Research has shown that is the best strategy is dealing with the problem calls for eradicating species before they become established.

Information and free identification services toward this goal are available from the agency. Anyone who thinks they’ve found an invasive species is asked to contact the agency at 865-6531 or email JLA14@cornell.edu. If e-mailing photos, close-ups are helpful with white or neutral background.

Mark Boshnack is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at mboshnack@thedailystar.com.

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