Child Development
Fun Facts

  1. Children start forming friend
    relationships around age 3.
  2. Children are not developmentally ready to share until age 5-6.
  3. 43% of parents believe children should have mastered sharing by age 2.
  4. Research shows that forced sharing
    actually delays the development of
    sharing skills and generosity.
  5. Children who feel secure in their
    ownership of something, and who choose to share, develop lasting generosity.

Registration now open for Hunter Education Classes

Several in-person hunter educations classes have been scheduled around the state over the next several months.

While online classes are also available, there are several advantages to in-person classes, including: hands-on experience, mentoring and the opportunity for students to ask questions and hear advice from experienced hunters.

“We value our hands-on classroom courses and field days, all done with the dedication of our excellent volunteer instructors,” said Wayde Cooperider, outdoor skills and safety supervisor for FWP. “We feel that becoming a safe and ethical hunter requires not only knowledge, but also safe and ethical handling of firearms and archery equipment.”

Hunter education courses are free and cover basic information and skills related to the safe handling of firearms as well as basic instruction in wildlife management, game identification, landowner/hunter relations, hunter ethics and Montana hunting laws and regulations.

In-person courses are led by volunteer instructors who are passionate about preserving Montana’s hunting tradition, teaching firearm safety, ethics and other outdoor skills.

“These in-person classes are a great way for new hunters to build connections within the hunting community,” Cooperider said.

For more information and to register for hunter education courses, visit the hunter education page on the FWP website. The webpage will be updated as more classes are schedule. Questions can also be directed to your local FWP office or 406-444-9947.

Submitted by Montana Fish and Game

Logger Speech, Drama & Debate Season Re-Cap

Submitted by Laurie Mari


Logger Speech, Drama, and Debate began in October and ended in January with the Divisional and State tournaments. This year’s team, which started with 16 students, was coached by Kim Lee and Assistant Coach David Fejeran. Success at Divisional in Frenchtown came through Senior Taryn Thompson placing 1st in Informative Speaking, Junior Aurora Smith placing 4th in both Dramatic and Humorous Solo Acting, and Jenna Hammond placing 6th in both Informative Speaking and Original Oratory. Additionally, Freshmen Cash Vaughn and Nevaeh Neff finished high enough to qualify for the State tournament.

These five students all did very well against extremely tough competition at the Class A State tournament in Corvallis January 28 & 29. Coach Lee called it  “a challenging yet successful weekend” and said, “They worked extremely hard and I am very proud of them.” Representing Libby High School were: Senior Taryn Thompson in Original Oratory and Informative Speaking, Junior Jenna Hammond in Original Oratory and Informative Speaking, Junior Aurora Smith in Dramatic Solo Acting and  Humorous Solo Acting, Freshman Cash Vaughn in Informative Speaking, and Freshman Nevaeh Neff in Lincoln Douglas Debate. In final placings were Junior Jenna Hammond, 6th in Informative Speaking and Junior Aurora Smith, 7th in Dramatic Solo Acting.


Back row, l-r Cash Vaughn, Nevaeh Neff, Aurora Smith; Front row, l-r Taryn Thompson,

Jenna Hammond

Aurora Smith and Jenna Hammond with their State Tournament medals . Photos courtesy of

Laurie Mari