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Important Differences To Help You Decide Between Day Care And Preschool Child Care Programs

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | Comments Off on Important Differences To Help You Decide Between Day Care And Preschool Child Care Programs

Are you trying to decide if your child should be in a more structured setting than what they receive around your home? Are you confused about the differences between a daycare and preschool? Here is some information about the two choices, to help clear up any confusion that you may have: Philosophical differences: Many daycare centers mainly focus on providing a safe and comfortable playtime environment for their young clients. They may offer full-time care for children ranging in age from infancy to third graders. They also tend to forego any structured teaching sessions, although there may be storytime or crafting projects during the week. Some daycare centers focus on creating an atmosphere that’s as homelike as possible, intending for the children to receive professional care while in a casual setting. In contrast, a preschool focuses on the development of pre-academic skills, including learning the names of basic geometric shapes, numbers, and even letter recognition. A preschool may also teach basic math skills, giving your child a boost when it comes time for them to attend kindergarten. Age range: In a daycare, your child may mingle with a variety of age groups. They may find themselves sharing lunch with the older kids or taking quiet time with younger toddlers. Learning how to get along with children who are not their own age can be an important social skill for many children.  In contrast, a preschool is focused on children in a narrower age range, usually from three to five years old. Many parents find the grouping offered by a preschool to be beneficial and helpful for their children to learn to identify and interact with their peers.  Self-care requirements: Many preschools require that all children are able to use the toilet by themselves and that they can also practice basic hand-washing under adult supervision. Since children mature physically at different rates, this allows preschool teachers to focus on educational learning rather than on toilet training. Many daycare programs have no similar requirements and will allow children to wear diapers or training pants, depending on both the children’s needs and the wishes of their parents. Many day cares will also help re-enforce any toilet training activities that your child does at home. Choosing the right type of a facility for a child is a personal decision that should be made based on a variety of factors. You may choose to make your decision based on the advice of professionals, or you may decide to simply follow your instincts when deciding whether a daycare or a preschool is better for your child. For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Wooden Shoe Pre-School &...

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Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Taking The ACT Exam

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | Comments Off on Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Taking The ACT Exam

If you are getting ready to graduate high school and go to college, it is important to buckle down and begin studying for the exams that will gain you admission. There are many benefits to taking the ACT in addition to the SAT, so that colleges have a better idea of your qualifications as an admissions candidate. The ACT exam tests your knowledge of core subjects like mathematics, English, reading and science. You can also engage in a writing portion of the exam, but it is completely optional. If you are not sure about how this test can help you, consider the following benefits below. The ACT Consists Of Information You Have Already Learned Simply put, if you attended class, studied and taken tests throughout your school career, you have already prepared for the ACT on some level. The test does not delve into your IQ or critical thinking skills; it is a multiple choice test that allows you to select the correct answer in subjects that you have been learning all of your life. For that reason, you will have more of a clear cut idea of what you should study and focus on with this exam.  The ACT Shows You What Subjects You Need Work On Since the ACT deals with subject matter that you will continue to build on in college, it is critical that you gauge the test results, as opposed to just doing what you need to for admission. For instance, if your science scores are low, you may want to take some prep courses over the summer before college, or carefully select your freshman course load, so that you have time to strengthen these skills. The information about your skills and knowledge can be invaluable when it comes to choosing majors and being self aware about your education.  The ACT Is Short And Straight Forward If you have trouble staying focused during tests, you can take solace in the fact that the ACT is not as long as other exams. It contains three hours of information. By dealing with a shorter test, perhaps you’ll be more refreshed and alert as you take it, which may bode well for your success and achievement.  Consider these three advantages of diversifying your college admission chances by taking the ACT, and make sure that you arm yourself with the best chance of success by engaging in an ACT prep...

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4 Tips To Prevent Your Teen From Texting And Driving

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | Comments Off on 4 Tips To Prevent Your Teen From Texting And Driving

As a parent, you probably want to do everything that you can to keep your son or daughter safe. This can become a lot tougher as your child gets older, however, especially if he or she is now driving. One thing that you might be concerned about is texting and driving, and you should know that this is certainly a legitimate thing to be concerned about. Text messaging while driving can make your teen 23 times more likely to get into an accident, so it’s important to take steps to discourage your teen from this dangerous activity. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help prevent your teen from texting while behind the wheel. 1. Make Sure Your Teen Has Proper Driving Training Sometimes teens can be more receptive to things that they have heard from people other than their parents. Therefore, it’s important to choose a good drivers education class that will spend some time touching on the dangers of texting and driving. Compare driving schools, and ask an instructor if this is something that will be talked about during training to ensure that your teen will be getting the right training. 2. Use an App There are a few apps out there that can be installed on your teen’s smartphone to help prevent texting and driving. Different apps work differently, but they generally prevent text messages and phone calls from coming in while your teen is behind the wheel. Some send back a response to the caller to let them know that your teen is driving. 3. Talk About the Dangers It’s never a bad idea to sit down with your teen to talk about the dangers of texting and driving. Show your son or daughter the statistics and photographs and stories of the people who have been killed in these types of accidents. 4. Lead By Example When it comes to cell phone use behind the wheel, it is important to lead by example. Make sure that you refrain from texting or talking on the phone when you are behind the wheel yourself. Otherwise, it will be harder for your teen to take you seriously when you lecture about the dangers of cell phone use when you’re driving. Keeping your teen safe is probably one of the most important things to you, and this includes preventing your  teen from texting and driving. Luckily, these are a few things that you can do to help prevent this from...

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4 Things Your Child Should Know before Starting Preschool

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | Comments Off on 4 Things Your Child Should Know before Starting Preschool

Transitioning to preschool can be difficult for both parents and children. If you are going to be going through this transition soon, then it is important that your child is well prepared. You shouldn’t expect that you can just drop your child off and he or she will know what they need to do. You want to be sure that you work on preparing them in the best way possible. Not only will this make it easier on your child, but it will also make it easier on yourself when it comes time to drop them off for the first time and easier for the teachers, as well. Here are four things that you should help your child prepare for: Bathroom Routine: First off, most preschools expect children to be potty-trained before being signed up for preschool. It is important that you have your child potty trained and ensure that you reinforce a good, hygienic bathroom routine. This will be expected of them once they go into preschool. Your child should know how to wash their hands and dry them on their own and they should know when they need to go. Let them know that it’s okay if they have an accident since it happens often to children their age. Making them feel stressed about it can often make keeping up with their bathroom routine more difficult.  Being without You:  Getting your child used to being without you can be easy if they were already in daycare and spent most of the day away from you anyway. However, if your child was most often home with you, then you probably want to get them used to not having you around. You can do this by leaving them with a babysitter for an hour or two a day. Also, let your child know that you will always come back for them and that it is nothing to worry about.  Eating:  Your child should know basic table manners once they start preschool. They should also know how to open certain things on their own, such as a juice box straw and a pack of crackers. It is important that they also know how to eat with a fork, for sanitary reasons. Sanitary habits are important to develop while attending preschool.  Social Skills: Your child should understand the basics of sharing and interacting with other children. If they haven’t been around many other children in the past, then you may consider setting up playdates and getting them out to the playground to play with other kids before preschool begins.  By getting your child ready in these four ways, the entire transition can be done with a bit more ease and less fighting from your child. For more tips, talk to a professional like Miniapple International Montessori...

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What Is Your Parenting Style Teaching Your Kids? The Happy Medium Between Helicopter And Free-Range Parenting

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | 0 comments

Lately there has been a lot of debate between advocates of “free-range parenting” and “helicopter parenting“. Both groups feel that theirs is the best way to raise a child, but what is the ultimate goal of parenting? Isn’t it for your child to grow into a well-adjusted, independent adult? While both groups make some valid points, it might be said that the healthiest way to raise a child is a combination of both approaches. Here is a closer look at what can be learned from both sides of the debate. Children need safe places to be independent. One of the biggest cries from helicopter parents is that they want to make sure that their children are safe. Any good parent want to make sure that their child is not going to intentionally put him or herself in harm’s way. However, as a child grows, he or she needs moments away from mom and dad in order to make decisions and mistakes. Home and school are two great places for those moments to happen. Is your preschooler attached to your leg every moment of the day, or do you find yourself not getting anything accomplished when your children are doing their homework? It may be time to allow them to have a bit of independence inside their own home. At school, a Montessori approach allows children the freedom to become independent, while still providing a safe environment for them to explore. Learning does not have to be scheduled. It has been said that children learn best through play. Some parents and educators take that idea to the extreme by providing their children with hundreds of activities and “games” in order to teach them certain skills. However, in the midst of all this planning, is there time left for the child to have fun on her own? Are you giving your children opportunities to just be kids, and play an impromptu game of tag? Rather than a scheduled morning art lesson, does your child simply have access to an easel and some paints? Allow your child to choose fun activities that he is passionate about, even if they simply include playing in the backyard. Consider the messages that your approach sends to your kids. While both approaches are based on love for your children and a desire to do what is best for them, the extremes of each put unnecessary pressure on young children. At their worst, free-range parenting can allow children to get into situations that they are not ready to handle on their own, and helicopter parenting can cause children to grow up without being able to make decisions for themselves. You may agree with one approach more than the other, and there are merits of both, but don’t try to be perfect at it. As a parent, it is okay not to fit the mold of your chosen parenting style. In fact, your kids may thank you one day if you don’t. Learn more about early childhood education...

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Fun TESOL Games For First Time Teachers

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | 0 comments

Getting an online TESOL certificate can open up a whole new world of teaching opportunities. However, all that great training will be for naught if you struggle to come up with appropriate games and activities for your students. Thankfully, these simple and effective ESL games should be easy enough for first time teachers like you to implement. Consonants: Vowel-Free Shorthand Consonants are the backbone of the English language: in fact, studies have shown that people can read sentences made of consonants and no vowels. Try this activity out with your ESL students to help them think about words in a brand new way. Write a simple sentence on the board, such as “Let’s all go to the fair today” and read it out loud with your students. Now, erase it and rewrite it on the board without vowels: “Lt’s ll g t th fr tdy.” Your students will be shocked at how easy it is to read and understand the sentence. Vowels: Riding the Roller Coaster Understanding vowel pronunciation can drive new English speakers mad. However, you can turn this annoying process into a wild classroom activity by giving your students the chance to verbally act out their excitement when riding a roller coaster. Start by putting up a common consonant and vowel combination, such as “so” and variations on it, such as “sow, sore, solo” etc. Pronounce each, but elongate the difficult vowel, as if you’re riding up and down on a roller coaster. Encourage your students to play along and soon they’ll have mastered these pronunciation variations. Contrasts: Two Truths and a Lie Contrasts can be a tricky concept for new English speakers. There are so many different ways to compare information and items in English that your ESL students may feel lost or confused. One of the easiest ways to help them break through this barrier is to connect the concept of contrasts to their personal lives. Ask your students to think of two truths about themselves and contrast it with a lie. Start by performing the activity yourself and make the contrasts pretty severe. For example, your truths could be “I am an English teacher” and “I am a female.” Your lie could be “I am a man” or something similar. Speaking Skills: Waiting it Out Getting your students the confidence to speak English fluently can be frustrating, but you can take advantage of something called “wait-time” to help your students master their verbal English. Start by asking them a simple question in class and waiting for them to answer. Waiting is the key skill here: studies have shown that teachers wait only 0.7 to 1.4 seconds of a student to respond before explaining the answer. However, if you simply refuse to answer the question, the power of silence and waiting should forces the student to create an answer and expand their verbal skills. Let your students know about this activity before implementing it. These basic ESL games are a great head start towards a successful TESOL career. However, if you’re still uncertain if you even want to get TESOL certified, it may be worth taking to an online TESOL certification expert to decide if it’s a career choice that’s right for...

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Half-Day Or Full-Day Kindergarten: Which Is Right For Your Child?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | 0 comments

If you have a preschool-aged child, you have probably started to consider what kind of kindergarten experience you want them to have. There are many choices for kindergarten so you have the opportunity to find a kindergarten that is right for your child. The first major decision to make about kindergarten is whether you want your child to go to full-day or half-day kindergarten. Here are some things to consider when deciding what is right for your child. Away-from-home Experience: In choosing a kindergarten program, you will want to consider how practiced your child is at spending time away from home. Children who have spent their pre-kindergarten years at home with a full-time parent, for example, may have a harder time adjusting to full-time kindergarten. Children who struggle with being away from their parents may benefit from a half-day kindergarten program to ease them in to school. Children who have spent time in preschool, however, may be used to being away from home and may benefit from a full-day program. If you wish for your child to attend full-day kindergarten, it is a good idea to enroll them in preschool to give them practice being away from home. Maturity Level: Some children are more mature than others, even if they are the same age. You know your child best, so you are the best one to know whether your child is mature enough to handle a full day away from home. There are some “big kid” tasks that full-day kindergarten requires of children. For example, full-day kindergarteners have to be independent enough to eat lunch on their own. Also, if your child still needs an afternoon nap, you may want to consider a half-day program that will allow them to get enough sleep. If you are unsure of whether your child is mature enough to handle full-day kindergarten, you may want to ask his or her preschool teacher about their maturity level. Learning: Children who are in full-day kindergarten have been shown to learn more in literacy and math than half-day kindergarteners. If your child is ready to be away from home, and is mature enough to handle independence for a full day at a time, full-day kindergarten is a wonderful way for them to get more educational opportunities. Socialization: The more time children spend in school, the more opportunity they have to socialize with their peers. Regardless of the differences in academics between full-day and half-day kindergarten programs, this extra time for socialization can put full-day kids at an advantage. If your child Is not ready for full-day school, however, they may be too anxious or too exhausted to take advantage of those socialization opportunities when they come. When you are making decisions about kindergarten and preschool programs for your child, remember that you know your child best. Trust in your ability to make the right choice for your...

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2 Mistakes To Avoid If You Want To Grow The Revenue Of Your Small Business

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

If you’re in business for yourself, growing your revenue is probably the most important thing to you. There is a lot of advice out there recommending different ways to boost your profits and make more money, but the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming; it can be easy to take the wrong advice. That could lead to mistakes that cost you time and money. Here are two mistakes to avoid if you want to grow the revenue of your small business. Working All the Time Many small business owners want to grow revenue so badly that they work constantly. They imagine that they are building their business and that they need to put in a lot of hours to see big financial returns. However, constantly working can be hindering your revenue growth. When you work too much, you are likely not getting a lot of sleep, not eating properly and not taking time to relax and recharge. As a result, your mind is not thinking as clearly as it could be. Giving yourself some time away from your business can help you find new solutions to problems, help you deal better with the stress of running a business and allow new ideas to come to you. Conducting your business as a well-rested, well-fed and happy person is a better way to seek your riches. Doing Everything Alone In an effort to save costs, you may be trying to do a number of jobs yourself. You may be doing your own social media marketing, your own accounting and answering all the calls that come into your business. You may think this is working fine. However, ask yourself this question: Does Satya Nadella, the current CEO of Microsoft, answer customer support telephone calls? Of course not. Trying to do everything yourself can make you feel burned out and exhausted. Instead, hire some employees or freelance experts to do some tasks for you. Hiring a freelance social media expert or a professional accountant frees you up to do the work you want to do, and allows others to do excellent work on your behalf. When everyone is doing fantastic work in their area of expertise, for your company, revenues will rise. If you pay attention to the information in this article, you can avoid some of the pitfalls that happen to many small business owners. Avoid the mistakes above, and growing revenue will be much...

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3 Reasons To Send Your Son To An All-Boys School

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Are you looking for a way to give your son the best education possible? If so, you may want to consider sending him to an all boys academy. Segregating schools by sex may seem old-fashioned. However, there are some very good reasons to keep boys and girls separated in learning environments. Boys and girls mature differently. They also have different preferred ways of learning. A boys academy or private school can address your son’s unique needs in ways that a coed school never can. Here are three reasons why you may want to send your son to an all boys school: Teaching is catered to boys. It’s no secret that girls generally mature faster than boys. However, many parents don’t realize that girls also learn differently than boys. While girls may prefer to sit quietly and listen to a lecture, many boys require more stimulation. Boys may learn better in interactive activities centered around problem solving. Many boys struggle in school because they don’t have the maturity or mental focus to simply sit quietly and listen. In a boys academy, the teachers and faculty understand these challenges. They design learning plans that address the specific needs of boys and work hard to help boys succeed in school. There’s less social stress when girls aren’t around. Through much of early elementary school, boys and girls can coexist peacefully in social settings. However, around the middle school and junior high school years, socializing takes on a whole new dynamic. Many adolescent boys are preoccupied with girls and trying to impress them. Others may be so stressed by the presence of girls that they can’t feel free to be themselves. In a boys school, they’re relieved of this social pressure. They’re free to focus on academics and build friendships with other boys. They can socialize with girls in settings outside of the school environment. Boys are free to be themselves. There’s often a misconception that all boys schools are for jocks and other overly-masculine types. The truth is, though, that the presence of girls can sometimes create an overemphasis on masculinity among boys. Without girls present, there can be less emphasis placed on the need to play sports or be masculine in a way that may not feel natural to some boys. If a boy wants to sing in a choir, act in a play, or participate in some activity that’s not traditionally masculine, then he will likely find more support in an all-boys environment than in a coed environment. For more information, contact a boys academy near you (such as Saint Thomas Academy). They can give you a tour of the school and help you determine whether it’s a good fit for your...

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Activities That Teach The Alphabet

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

If you are a preschool teacher, you will need an abundance of fun activities that will keep your classroom occupied. You will want to make these activities educational as well. Here are some activities that you can use to teach the children in your class the fundamentals about the letters in the alphabet. Christmas Tree Alphabet Since the holidays are upon us, try this fun craft right before the Christmas break. Cut out Christmas trees that you draw on pieces of green construction paper. Write the letters from “A” to “Z” on the trees with a black marker. Write the alphabet with black marker again on circular stickers in various colors. Have the children find the matching letter to peel off of the paper and stick onto their tree to make an ornament. To make the craft even more challenging, write some of the letters in uppercase and some in lowercase and have them match the uppercase letter with the appropriate lowercase letter. Shower Curtain Ring Letters Write the letters of the alphabet on shower curtain rings, one letter per ring. Glue a paper towel holder onto a piece of cardboard so that it is sticking straight in the air. Have the children take turns picking letters from a pile until the letters have all been distributed. Call out the letter “A” and have the appropriate child run up and place it on the paper towel holder. Then call out “B” and have the next child run up. Continue with the entire alphabet. This will teach the children about letters while also allowing the children to work together as a team to complete the alphabet. They will enjoy having their own turn to be a star when placing the ring on the paper towel holder. Letter Of The Week Each week, highlight a new letter for your children to learn. Hand out a piece of paper to each child and then smaller pieces of paper that have pictures on them that will correspond with the letter. You can hand the child a bunch of printed small colored cookies to glue on the piece of paper in the shape of the letter “C”, for example. Each week give the children a new pile of small pictures and have them guess what the new letter of the week will be from looking at the theme that you have given them. This will have your children guessing and discussing it among themselves before making the craft. To learn about other activities you can do, talk to a school like Cottonwood...

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