2 Kids Getting back to basics for physical fitness Dec. 5, 2013, 5 a.m. Kids can dribble or throw well, but they can't do a pushup or leg lunge properly, says one athletic trainer who wants to change that. Kids A turkey tale: Ben Franklin saw it, not the eagle, as the nation's symbol Nov. 27, 2013, 5 a.m. The sage of our Founding Fathers considered the turkey a respectable, if not noble, bird. The eagle, to paraphrase this signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a mere thief. Kids A principal takes a hands-on approach to turn things around Nov. 26, 2013, 5 a.m. Spurgeon Intermediate School in California had a lot of problems with its students. A new principal has come in to get things under control so the students can learn. Kids A new boredom study is anything but boring Nov. 22, 2013, 5 a.m. Researchers in Germany found five distinct levels of boredom, one more than they had expected. And the new one they discovered is troubling indeed. 2 Kids Some states don't want cursive classes to go by the (key)boards Nov. 21, 2013, 5 a.m. With more and more people tapping away at keyboards, many believe there's little, if any, need for cursive handwriting. Not so fast, say proponents of a back to basics movement. 2 Kids Foreign students bring in money to U.S. public high schools Nov. 20, 2013, 5 a.m. "Having students who pay tuition helps keep some of our programs more full," said one school official of the foreign students. 1 Kids Sacre bleu! French kids have to go back to school on Wednesdays Nov. 15, 2013, 5 a.m. Their parents are not amused. Primary school students have had a four-day school week with Wednesdays off since Sarkozy's presidency. Sacre bleu is an expression of surprise in French. Kids A fun hunt: Looking for an interesting book in Little Free Libraries Nov. 14, 2013, 5 a.m. The Little Free Libraries movement is introducing children to books and neighbors to each other. 3 Kids An arts-and-crafts craze has hooked almost as many boys as girls Nov. 12, 2013, 5 a.m. It's called the Rainbow Loom and it's become a hot toy. With it, kids can weave colorful bracelets and necklaces out of rubber bands. Kids have a lot of fun trading them. Kids Parents can check up on their teen drivers with digital tracking tools Nov. 7, 2013, 5 a.m. Parents worry about their teens' driving, but they are concerned tracking them will cause a lack of trust. Kids Red Sox victory puts an exclamation point on a season started in sorrow Nov. 4, 2013, 5 a.m. Early in the baseball season, a deadly bombing struck the Boston Marathon. The Red Sox World Series win gave the city a reason to cheer after the tragedy. Kids A-mazing way for family farms to make more money Oct. 31, 2013, 4 a.m. That's agritainment - turning agriculture into entertainment for city and suburban people. Corn mazes, some haunted at Halloween, and pumpkin festivals pull in extra cash. Kids Kids are spending way too much time online, doctors group warns Oct. 31, 2013, 4 a.m. On average, teenagers are online more than seven hours a day. The doctors group recommended no more than two hours, which might prompt some LOLs from teens. Kids L.A. charter school reboots into a military institute Oct. 25, 2013, 4 a.m. Its mission is educational excellence, democratic leadership and personal growth; self-reliance and self-discipline too. 2 Kids More cyberbullying victims seeking help from their parents, poll shows Oct. 25, 2013, 4 a.m. Teens and young adults are becoming more aware about the harm done by cyberbullying. And more victims of "digital abuse" are telling their parents and siblings about it. Kids More students are getting into Advanced Placement courses Oct. 16, 2013, 4 a.m. Schools are opening their AP classes to all students. Critics say some students aren't prepared for the heavy workload. Others complain that talented students are getting closed out. Kids A menurkey for Thanksgivukkah, but don't carve it Oct. 15, 2013, 4 a.m. A 9-year-old New Yorker made a menorah in the shape of a turkey and called it a "menurkey." And on the Thanksgivukkah table you'll see pumpkin latkes. 2 Kids Intellectually curious youth in Latin America gobbling up online courses Oct. 10, 2013, 4 a.m. Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, may be creating controversy at some U.S. universities, but they're creating intellectual excitement in the developing world. Kids Truly disabled lose out as Disney ends line jumping to stop fakers Oct. 3, 2013, 4 a.m. Visitors with disabilities were allowed to go to the head of the line at attractions. But so many people were faking handicaps to jump the line, Disney's decided to issue return times instead. Kids A Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts bans gays Sept. 25, 2013, 4 a.m. Trail Life USA was formed by conservatives who were unhappy with Boy Scouts of America's gay policy change. Unlike BSA, Trail Life will accept only Christians as adult leaders. Kids Transgender student seeks acceptance as she runs for homecoming queen Sept. 23, 2013, 9:56 a.m. Cassidy Lynn Campbell was seeking acceptance - not popularity - when she ran for homecoming queen at her California high school. Kids Fighting school bullying by teaching respect and showing kindness Sept. 20, 2013, 4 a.m. An anti-bullying program rewards good behavior. Students get tokens for trying to stop bullying and for showing kindness to their classmates. The tokens can be redeemed for small prizes. 3 Kids Fourth-graders use a video game to stay in touch with their deported friend Sept. 19, 2013, 10 a.m. Rodrigo Guzman was deported with his family to Mexico earlier this year. His former classmates mounted a "Bring Rodrigo Home" campaign. They're keeping in touch via a video game. Kids Guest instructors from China teach their language to U.S. students Sept. 12, 2013, 4 a.m. U.S. students in middle and elementary schools are learning the Chinese language, culture and even tai chi from teachers who've come over from China for the school year. 3 Kids Small, rural schools going to a four-day week of classes Sept. 6, 2013, 4 a.m. With their students off on Mondays, the schools have teachers come in for staff development sessions and technology training. Advocates say this means better-prepared teachers. Kids "On line" entertainment aims to make wait times less boring at theme parks Sept. 2, 2013, 11 a.m. Amusement park goers usually have to wait on long lines to go on the rides. It gets boring, especially for children. So parks are adding videos and interactive games to liven up the wait. 2 Kids Hiking the Appalachian Trail, and breaking poverty's grip Aug. 28, 2013, 4 a.m. Teenagers from Philadelphia went on a long and tough hike along the mountainous Appalachian Trail, and learned something important about themselves.