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Choosing The Right School For Your Child Interested In The Ivy Leagues

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Choosing The Right School For Your Child Interested In The Ivy Leagues

When your child expresses an interest in one day attending an Ivy League university, you could not be more proud of them or excited for them. However, no matter how young they are when they tell you about their dreams, you know that it is never too early to start them of the path towards successful entry into those schools. Because of the elite and competitive nature of those universities, you are aware that choosing the right schools leading up to their college applications will be one of the most important keys to getting admitted. Get to know some of the factors to keep in mind as you choose your child’s schools so that you ensure they have the best possible chance of getting into the Ivy League. Pay Attention to Test Scores and Class Offerings One of the most important factors when choosing a school for your child who wishes to be Ivy League-bound is to pay attention to the average test scores of students attending that school as compared to the rest of the state and the rest of the nation as a whole. While it is true that test scores are not always the best indicator of whether a child is receiving a quality education, for students with Ivy League ambitions, they matter more than for some others. This is because, even in elementary schools and middle schools, high standardized test scores can indicate that the students will also get higher than average scores on college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT. These test scores will not get your child into an Ivy League school without other important factors, but they are what can get an application moved on in the process or rejected outright. Additionally, in middle school and high school, you will want to carefully look over the class offerings available to students at the school. Make sure that advanced placement courses are available to students. These advanced classes will be important on an Ivy League application. However, what can really make the difference between schools is the electives that they offer. Look for schools with a wide variety of elective courses that can help your child really hone their skills in an academic area of interest, whether this means Latin and the classics, or organic chemistry and astrophysics. The more advanced in academic areas of interest your child is, the better. Extracurriculars Do Matter (A Lot) Many parents and students alike, place their focus primarily on academics when they are striving for the Ivy Leagues. However, the issue with this strategy is that virtually all of the students applying to those prestigious schools will have high test scores and good grades in advanced courses throughout their school years. What sets some students apart from others is their extracurricular activities and achievements. As such, choosing the right schools for your child means choosing schools with high-quality extracurricular activities for your child to choose from. If your child is artistic or musical, you will want to be sure that performing arts, music, and visual arts are embraced by the school and that students have the chance to join groups and showcase their talents in these areas. Athletic children will need schools with strong sports programs that will attract the attention of college recruiters. Also...

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Private Pilot Certification And Flying For Money: What You Can And Can’t Do

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | Comments Off on Private Pilot Certification And Flying For Money: What You Can And Can’t Do

People have dreamed of flying for a long time – perhaps ever since they first saw birds soaring freely through the skies. But for most of human history, it was just that: a dream. Today, of course, people fly constantly; it has become so commonplace that travelers often prefer to sleep through their flights. But there’s still a big difference between flying as a passenger and being in control of a plane. If you’re interested in learning to fly, you should know that there are a lot of different types of pilot certifications out there. These certifications fall into two broad categories: private and public licenses. The difference between these two categories is whether you’ll be allowed to take money in exchange for flying; however, as is often true with regulations, the reality is a little more complicated than that. If you have a private pilot certificate, here is what you are allowed to do financially. You May Not Work As A Pilot In order to work for a major airline, you need an airline transport pilot license – this is the most difficult type to get. But there are other ways to make money as a pilot: crop dusting, towing banners, or even conducting aerial photography. It’s important to note that it’s not just being paid by passengers that is disallowed with a private license; you can’t be paid for any of these kinds of work. Receiving financial compensation for any type of work you do while flying is not allowed with a private pilot certificate. You May Be Reimbursed For Some Expenses If you’re carrying passengers in your plane, you can’t charge them money. However, you can accept money from them to cover the costs of very specific things. The cost of fuel and oil, rental fees, and landing and ramp fees at airports are the only things you are allowed to take money for. In addition, you have to pay an equal share of these expenses; if you are flying another person, they can pay for half of the fuel costs, but no more than that. You May Work As An Aircraft Salesman It’s a very specific exception, but there is one job that involves flying that you can do: sell aircrafts. Working as an aircraft salesman, you may take potential buyers up in planes to demonstrate them as part of your job. However, this is considered incidental to your actual job – selling airplanes – and so you are not barred from receiving either a salary or commissions as an aircraft salesman. To learn more, contact an aviation college like Parkland...

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Career Change Alternatives To Grad School

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development | Comments Off on Career Change Alternatives To Grad School

Many adults find themselves in the position of wanting a career change. But with the costs and time commitment of a graduate degree, it can be challenging to get the education you need to make a vocational switch. Here are some options on how to educate yourself for a new career, without having to get an entirely new university degree. Vocational Schools Vocational schools are one of the best options for students who want to switch careers, because the programs at vocational schools are geared towards preparing their students for a particular career. While many students choose to enter a vocational school directly after high school, this can also be a great degree alternative for older adults who want to focus on a specific trade. And the programs are often shorter (and thus, less costly) than the traditional degree program. Whether you would rather do something more hands-on or more technical, there are many online and regional options for choosing a vocational or trade school. To find the most viable vocational school, look for a program that includes career guidance and help with job placement after the program. For more information, contact a vocational school in your area, such as the New Mexico Institute of Dental Assisting. University Extension Programs Another option is to try an extension program for adults who work full-time. You can complete a certificate program by taking night classes every week. Some extension programs are designed to let you explore courses at your leisure, while the certificate programs are often more structured. Each university has its own requirements for students to enter their continuing education programs, but usually these are less stringent than their 2- and 4-year degree programs. Online Schools Finally, you should consider attending an online school that caters to one specific need in the workforce. For instance, there are many programs cropping up related to web development, user interaction design, and graphic design. The benefit of these programs is that you can work from anywhere and study at your own pace, but you’ll need to be careful about verifying the school’s reputation. Be sure to compare the curriculum and the skills learned with other similar programs. Each of the ideas mentioned above can be great alternatives to graduate school if you’re looking for a quick and affordable way to change your career. Consider that there are both in-person and online options for many of these educational programs, so your horizons are wide open for choosing a professional development program that suits your...

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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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