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    Less homework in public schools?

    Thu Jan 31

    Public school kids might be able to leave some of those back pain-inducing textbooks in the classroom if City Councilman Peter Vallone’s bill to limit homework is passed.  Based on the idea that “kids deserve to be kids,” the bill Vallone, who represents Queens, is introducing to the council today limits homework to ten minutes per grade, according to The New York Sun.  So, second-graders would receive 20 minutes of homework a night, fourth-graders 40 minutes and so on, until students reached high school.   Vallone argued that his own kids (who attend public school) are so entrenched in work they can’t even go outside and play.  Would less homework really mean more exercise for kids and more outside time? It seems obvious that second-graders shouldn’t be getting two hours of homework a night, but the older children get, the more important and time consuming outside-of-the-classroom education becomes. If there is only an hour of homework a night for sixth-graders, are they going to be...

    Watch tonight: Disney's Minutemen

    Fri Jan 25

    Move over High School Musical! There's a new Disney Channel original movie on TV. Minutemen premieres tonight at 8pm on Disney. The show follows the lives of three high school seniors who use a time machine to go back to the past and save their fellow students from their most embarrassing high school moments. On the eve of Minutemen's premiere, we asked star, and teen idol, Jason Dolley, 16, a few questions: Tell us about your character, Virgil, in Minutemen: How is he like/not like you? Virgil is probably the closest character I have ever played to myself--the way he behaves and his mannerisms, as well as his sense of humor.  He has a similar clothing style, but it's a little more tame than mine.The movie is all about going back in time. What's something you wish you could do over when you were a kid/tween? I think instead of changing things, I would go back and relive childhood memories.  I haven't been camping since I was a little kid, so I would love to go back to like my...

    OMG! How cute is this?

    Fri Jan 25

    Williams-Sonoma recently launched a new part of their Website--just for kids! I'm obsessed with pretty much everything on it. From this rocket spatula (only $9!) to the PB&J spreader, everything comes in cool colors and is the right size for tiny hands. Oooh, and don't miss the Learning Tower. The device totally solves that where-to-put-your-helper when you're cooking problem. Sitting on the counter? Not so safe. Standing on a chair? Too much worrying about falling off. This thing? Genius. Plus, the site has fun cooking projects, yummy-sounding meal plans, cool Valentine's Day cupcake ideas and more. Check out the site at wskids.com and let me know what you think about it!

    Review: The Little Mermaid

    Tue Jan 22

    Parents, nannies, aunties and uncles, lend me your ears! (er, I mean, eyes). Whatever bashing and trashing you may have read about The Little Mermaid, Disney's latest foray on the Great White Way, I ask of you one thing: Don't believe ALL of the hating hype. Yes, The Little Mermaid opened two weeks ago and while there have been some rather loud Queen Bs who are quick to spread the buzz about the show's less-than-desirable aspects, we here at TONY Kids are only looking out for your kid's best interests.   On that note, here's the scoop. The show is a garish, glitter-encrusted two-hour event that has supersceded dramatic theater  to become more of a Disney Spectacular than a Broadway show. That said, your kids will love it. All of the music from the feature animated film on which the show is based, is present, accounted for and beautifully sung by a delightful cast, and the new songs are fun, catchy and toe-tapping ditties that younger ears will be quick to...

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