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How To Get Your Kindergartener To Love Writing

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Having your child write is a great way to foster creativity and encourage them to use their imagination. Good writing skills can also serve a child’s reading abilities quite well. The following are some ways you can help your child improve his or her writing skills in kindergarten. Always Have Writing Materials On Hand To increase your child’s love for writing, always have some writing materials available to them. This way, they can quickly grab what they need when they get the urge to write. These items do not have to be expensive. Go to the dollar store and purchase fun pencils and notepads, as well as crayons and markers so they can illustrate their stories. Write With Your Child Children always model their parent’s behavior. Allowing them to see you write is another way to get them interested. Whether you are copying down a recipe or writing a short story, your child will see you writing and want to join you. When you are writing, have them join you at the table and write with you. Ask them to make a shopping list or have them make up a recipe for their favorite food. Even if it does not make sense, it will still instill the enjoyment of writing while spending quality time with you. Practice Name Writing Kindergarten is a transitional year for many kids. One of the first things your child will do is learn how to write his or her name. Start having your child practice writing their name as much as possible. Write it once for them on a sheet of paper, and then have them write it several times each day. To make it more fun, have your child practice their name on a marker board with colorful dry erase markers. You can also customize a fun name-writing activity for them using a printer and a sheet protector. Simply print out their name in large letters and put it inside the sheet protector. Have them write over the letters until they have mastered the process. A kindergartner’s love for writing is going to serve them well as they move forward into each grade. Using some of these methods, you will be able to instill the enjoyment of writing at a young age. You will notice that your child has an easier time with reading, comprehension, and will feel confident in their capabilities. For more tips on getting your child into writing, talk to a kindergarten like Triple R Child...

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Helping A Shy Child Learn Independent Thinking Skills While In Daycare

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Independent thinking is the act of thinking for yourself and trying to decipher whether something is true and acceptable. It is a skill that must be developed in all children at a young age (within their abilities), but is often difficult in shy children, especially those who struggle in daycare. Thankfully, it is possible to use the child’s very shy nature to help them master independent thinking skills. Tapping Into The Shy Child’s Strengths The biggest mistake parents of a shy child make is to try to “correct” this shy behavior. This is true when a child is going to daycare, as it is important to develop social skills during this period. However, there’s nothing wrong with a shy child. They just see and interact with the world differently from extroverted children. Indeed, shy children have different strengths and abilities than extroverted children, strengths that you can tap into to encourage their independent thinking. For example, studies have shown that shy children are often gifted and are simply observing the situation and examining it intellectually. Don’t discourage the child from silently observing a scene, but teach them to ask why something is occurring and to understand the social interactions in the room more fully. One of the keys to independent thinking is asking the question “why” and fully exploring it. Encouraging Independent Thinking Everyday When your child is at home, you should encourage independent thinking as much as possible so that they can apply these lessons in daycare. Many shy children may be extroverted when at home and comfortable with the family. So when you have them with you, go through some simple activities to encourage their independent thinking skills, such as getting them to ask questions like: Why does mommy want me to do chores? Why is Squidward so mean to Spongebob? Where does the food on the table come from? What is the point of saying grace at the dinner table? Questions like these encourage your child to think about the world from their own unique angle and gets them to explore the truth of the reality about them. These skills, taught at the dinner table and at home, will translate into more independent thinking at daycare, helping them to feel stronger and more confident. And that is one of the most important things about this process: increasing your shy child’s confidence. By helping them think more independently in daycare, you are giving them the opportunity to understand that it’s okay to be shy and to learn other socialization skills during this crucial development...

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FAQ About Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Have you noticed that your child consistently repeats words when he or she speaks? If you have noticed any other unusual behavior from your child, you might want to make an appointment to find out if it is due to autism spectrum disorder. It is possible that your child can benefit from undergoing behavior therapy. This article will give you some helpful information about autism spectrum disorder in case your child has it. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Basically, autism spectrum disorder affects the way that a child is able to communicate with other people. The disorder is neurodevelopmental and can possibly develop from several things, such as genetics and different aspects of the environment. What Are the Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder? There are numerous signs that point to autism spectrum disorder. Your child might have problems that include delayed speech, the inability to say certain words, or not speak altogether. Autism can also cause a child to act with extreme aggression of passiveness when interacting with other people. Poor coordination and moving around a lot are other symptoms. One of the common signs of autism is when a child becomes fixated on a certain object for abnormal periods of time. How Can Autism Spectrum Disorder Be Diagnosed? There is no specific test that is used for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. The test will be based on the type of symptoms that your child has. For instance, a specialist might want to observe your child child’s overall behavior to make a diagnosis. It is possible that a specialist will obtain a second opinion before making a diagnosis for autism. Your child will have to show numerous of the typical signs before an official diagnosis is made. Can Autism Spectrum Disorder Be Cured? It is not possible for a specialist to cure autism spectrum disorder. However, there are several things that can be done to keep symptoms under control based on the severity of your child’s condition. Drugs might be prescribed for some of the symptoms, but behavior therapy is one of the common treatment methods used. A therapist will basically teach your child new skills and how to act in an appropriate way around other people, such as by speaking properly, making eye contact, and paying attention. Get in touch with a specialist, like one at Excel ABA, to find out if your child has autism spectrum disorder so he or she can undergo behavior therapy for the...

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How Can I Make Daycare A Positive Experience?

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Some parents are nervous about sending their child into daycare for the first time, but attending a child care center can be a very positive milestone for your child. Here are some tips on how to make daycare a positive experience for everyone.  Teach Your Child About Structure This may be the first time that your child is dealing with strict routine and structure, which can take some adjustment. You can prepare your child for this level of structure by incorporating more structure into your home life, as well. For instance, you might give your child some more responsibility over their bedtime or teeth-brushing routines.  Stay Alert for Behavioral or Adjustment Issues Keeping an eye on your child is a great way to make sure no problems fester. As your child goes out into the world for the first time, they may develop some unusual behaviors as they try to figure out their role outside of your home. You may want to arrange weekly or even daily chats to discuss any behavioral issues and any areas where your child is doing a great job; this way you can continue to provide support and learning opportunities at home.  Make Community Connections Another way to make preschools a strong experience is to make the connections go beyond the preschool center. For instance, if you notice that your child is having a particularly good time with one or two other children in the daycare, then you might want to arrange play dates outside of the center. This will also give you the chance to form a support network with other parents going through the same milestones with their child.  Find Leaning Opportunities Depending on what kind of daycare center you choose, your staff may be able to help your child learn particular new skills, such as a specific pre-K curriculum. Even if not, you may wish to keep your center’s staff informed of what you’re teaching the child at home so that they can take little opportunities in conversation to remind your child of things they’ve learned, helping to support an ongoing learning process.  In short, daycare can be a great learning opportunity for children, as long as you choose preschools in your area with dedicated and knowledgeable staff. And by taking advantage of opportunities to gain more support for you and your child, you can create a very positive child care experience....

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How To Choose The Best ESOL Class For Adults

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Learning English Is not only necessary for basic living in the United States. It is the key that opens the door to many of the opportunities that many immigrants have uprooted their lives to acquire for themselves and their children. While children have access to ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in the public school system, adults must attend classes in adult education centers.  There are various types ESOL classes from which to choose, and different styles of teaching that are geared toward adult students’ needs. Before signing up for ESOL classes, a prospective student should consider the following factors. What are your goals for attending ESOL classes? You must choose the ESOL class that most reflects the skills that you wish to acquire to achieve specific goals. Basic survival skills If you simply wish to be able to communicate in English in order to perform basic tasks such as shopping, working, and paying bills, you need a class that teaches with a “top-down” approach. Instead of focusing on written language skills that start with the basic components of English, this style of teaching immerses the students in the spoken variety of English, which is vastly different from written “standard” English. Common words and useful phrases are taught and dissected into their component parts. Sentences such as “Where is the post office?” can be learned and used immediately to navigate through the world outside the classroom, and can also be used in class to teach vocabulary and sentence structure. ESOL classes for higher education Some non-native speakers can communicate well in spoken English, but need to learn the grammatical structures of written “standard” English for college or graduate school.  Because much of higher education consists of writing papers and studying complex reading materials, ESOL classes that use a “bottom -up” approach, which is the way that English is first taught to children, are a better fit for students that need to learn the basic structure of the language. Of course, students must find a class that matches their current skills. Many adult education centers offer classes for beginners as well as advanced classes for those simply seeking to enhance their current knowledge of the structure of American English. Types of ESOL classes that should be viewed with caution Some community centers and other civic organizations offer free or lost cost ESOL classes that are funded by government grants. While there are many good classes, some are drastically understaffed for the needs of local immigrant communities.  Facilities that feature multi-level classes that combine ESOL students of various levels in the same class are not able to effectively teach students as those that offer separate classes for each level from beginner to advanced. Classes that offer a “revolving door” policy, allowing students to join and leave classes at any point in the curriculum year are not able to provide a stable and cohesive curriculum, but must always adapt it for new arrivals. Some of these classes are funded by the number of students that enroll, rather than the number that complete classes, so they have little incentive to change these disruptive policies. Just do your research before you decide on an ESOL class, and if it’s not a good fit, keep looking until you find the class that best suits...

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Three Important Things To Teach In Order To Be More Marketable As A Child Care Provider

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More and more mothers are finding themselves leaving the home to join the work force so the need for quality child care is at an all time high. This also means that you need to find ways to make your child care more marketable. Snacks and games are no longer enough, you need to incorporate more things into your child care business that will make parents want to choose your as their primary child care provider. Below is a list of simple things you can begin doing with your child care kids that will make their parents happy they choose you. Teach Through Textures Teaching the toddlers in your child care put you in a higher demand because you are going above and beyond your call of duty. Young children learn best when they are using their sensory skills. This means that they can absorb more information are utilizing one of their main senses. Cut out different letters in the alphabet or numbers. Decorate them with paste, beads or beans so that the children and trace them with their fingers and feel how the letters and numbers feel. Every morning when the children and dropped off to you, have them touch the paper and say the letter out loud. Parents will be very impressed on how well and fast they are catching on. Teach Them About Manners Every parent wants a respectful child, however, parents who are constantly working may not have the time to teach them about proper manners and the way to act towards other. Taking this burden off their parents will be very helpful to them. Teach your child care toddlers to remember to say “please” and “thank you”. It may take the toddlers a little while to catch on, but you can create a game out of it which will help them. Playing a game like “Mother, May I” will turn learning into fun, which will make it easier for your child care children to remember. Teach Them About Responsibility Though they are toddlers, they are still old enough to learn how to put away their toys and books. It is never too early to start teaching children these skills. Teaching your child care children how to pick up after themselves will also make it easier on their parents for the time they are at home. Start small when trying to teach your toddlers the importance of picking up after themselves. For instance, have each child pick up the blocks first. After the blocks are picked up, move on to picking up the arts and crafts. Continue to move onto different tasks until all of the mess is picked up. After each time a task is completed, reward your toddlers with a round of applause so they know they did something great. Child care providers have to find new and inventive ways of making themselves marketable with the influx of working mothers. By teaching your child care toddlers these basic skills, you will be able to make both the parents and the child happy. Contact a business, such as Kid’s Country Child Care & Learning Center for more...

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Three Amazing Tips To Get Your Preschool Aged Children To Follow Instructions

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It might not seem like it while you’re in the moment, but preschool aged child do try to defy you by not listening. While, physically they are able to tackle the age appropriate tasks that you are giving them, developmentally they may not be able to process the instructions you are giving them. Before one of the children in your daycare makes you want to pull your hair out by not listening, here are some tricks that you can use that will help the line of communication go much smoother. Lead By Example Preschool aged children in your daycare have a very limited attention span. If you ask your children to wash their hands, the chances are that at least one will get distracted by something in the room and go investigate that instead. The child isn’t necessarily ignoring you. They just found something else that took their attention away from the task at hand. Whatever you are instructing your children to do, do it with them. If you are asking them to help pick up the toys so they can sit down for story time, take the child that isn’t quite grasping what you are saying by the hand and guide them into putting away the toys. After a few times of doing this with the child, they will see it as a routine and it will form a habit to where they can easily do it by themselves. Offer Help Another reason why it may seem that a child in your daycare just isn’t listening is because they might not know how to do what you are asking them to do. For example, if you are asking them to wash their hands before snack time, a child is more likely to just not do it than communicate that they don’t know how to do it by themselves. If your daycare child isn’t listening to instructions, get down to their level and ask why. Be sure to make eye contact and be firm but caring with your tone. The child will open up and tell you why they are not doing the task you have instructed them to do. If it is help that they need, offer to help them with the task until they feel comfortable enough to do it on their own. Make It Easier If your child does not listen to what you say, you may not be explaining it well enough. A preschooler aged child does not know how to ask you to explain, they just know that they are confused by what you are saying. For example, just asking a child to pick up the toys and put them away in their proper bins isn’t clear enough for a young child to understand. What toys do you want picked up? Which bin is the proper one for which toys? These questions will confuse a child, so they just won’t do it. Use specifics when it comes to your preschool aged children. Instead of simply telling them to place the toys in the proper bins, tell them which toys go in which bins. Start small. If there are many toys scattered around the room, ask them to first pick up the blocks and then show them which bin the blocks go in. Go down...

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How You Can Become A Commercial Airline Pilot – The Steps Involved In The Process

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Your dream is to fly a large 777 or maybe the A380 from your choice airline as a commercial pilot. It certainly is a dream within your reach if you have the dedication, money and time to invest in it. There are certain requirements that must be met before you will even be considered to fly for any airline. These are the steps involved in becoming a commercial airline pilot. The Requirements In order to become a commercial airline pilot you must meet certain educational requirements. You must have completed a training course and have experience in flying from either military training and flight experience, or a 4-year college level education specializing in Aviation Science or Bachelor of Science and obtain a bachelor’s degree. You will also need to receive a First Class medical certificate from a Federal Aviation Administration medical examiner. Private Flight School Unless you are enrolled in the military and training as a fighter pilot, then you will need to take private pilot lessons first. The minimum hours you need to receive your private pilot certification is 40 hours flight time. A good school will give you both ground school lessons and in-flight training and it’s a good idea to find a school with FAA oversight. Advanced Instrument Training You will need to receive an instrument rating through at least 50 hours of actual flying or by using a simulator. This training involves at least 50 hours of cross-country Pilot-in-Command training and 40 hours of actual or simulator training. Become a Fight Instructor You can become a flight instructor before you  fly commercially. In order to qualify for a commercial license you must have flight experience and many pilots gain this by being a flight instructor at their local flying school. During this time, you can work on your multi-engine certificates. Experience Once you have your pilot’s license and multi-engine certificates and ratings, you will then need to gain experience and flight hours. Every airline has their own minimum amount of flight hours you will need to qualify for and you must pass FAA written and flight examinations. It is likely that when you get hired by a commercial airline, you will begin work as a flight engineer or first officer before becoming a captain. You can gain experience with jobs working as a charter pilot or an air taxi pilot. You can also gain experience as a corporate pilot on a private...

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Considering Your Masters Degree In Healthcare? Don’t Miss Out On The Opportunities

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If you feel like you’re missing out on potential management opportunities and you want to be taken seriously at work, it may be time to consider researching masters healthcare programs. There will be many opportunities when you get your masters degree in healthcare, and there are different programs that you can consider. It’s going to take time and hard work, but the work is going to be worth it. Here are a few reasons you want to consider enrolling in programs available to you to further your education.  More Money and More Jobs Some people who get their masters degrees can expect to earn up to 30% more than they did with their bachelors degree. This all depends on the industry that you work in. Additionally, the unemployment rate for those who have a masters degree is lower then for those that hold a bachelors degree. Having the opportunity to make more money and having a higher chance of finding a job are great reasons to get your masters in healthcare.  Online Schooling Options There are many online schooling options for those who want to get their masters in healthcare. This means that you will keep your regular job, study at home at your own convenience, and avoid having to sit in the classroom throughout the week. Online schooling is often more affordable and sometimes you can even work at your own pace.  Get the Tuition Covered Would the company that you work for now be willing to pay for you to get your masters degree? Would another company be willing to pay if you promise to work for them when you have completed your degree? These are the things that you need to consider so you don’t have to pay the tuition on your own. Financial aid may also be available. Look at the different programs to see which options will be the most flexible with your current work schedule and to see what programs are the most affordable for you at this time. Once you have your masters degree, you’re going to have more options for where you want to work, when you want to work, and what salary you can earn. Don’t waste any more time wondering what it could be like if you had your masters degree, and instead make your first move and request information from all of the schools that could be potential options for your...

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3 Benefits Of Private Schools

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One of the biggest decisions parents make regarding their children is whether to send them to public schools, which are funded and run by local and national governments, or private schools, which are funded largely by the tuition parents pay. There are many benefits that come with sending your child to private schools, three of which are listed below.  1. Parental Involvement As stated above, public schools are funded by governments, which means those governments get the final say in what is taught and how it is taught. On the other hand, when parents pay for their child’s education, as they do with private schools, they get to be involved in the decisions about what their children are taught. Concerns from parents are taken very seriously in private schools and, while you might not always get exactly what you want, as a parent, you will be able to know that your questions will be heard and your concerns taken into consideration as you are essentially a paying customer. 2. Better Student-Teacher Interaction One of the main problems with public schools is the high student-to-teacher ratio. In private schools, class sizes are much smaller, meaning your children can get more one-on-one time with their teacher and have better access to the help they need. Many private schools also have set higher achievement standards than public schools, giving your child the extra push that many children need. Your child will be able to progress faster and be more prepared for standardized tests and eventually college classes. If you want your child to have more and better opportunities, private school might be the best option for him or her.  3. Freedom When the government does not fund a school, it only mandates their educational structure on a broad level. Private schools have a lot more freedom when it comes to the type of education they offer. If you want your child’s education to have religious involvement, private schools have the freedom to include that in their curriculum. There are also a broader ranger of enrichment and extracurricular activities offered in private schools, giving your child more opportunity to find things they enjoy doing and friends with whom they can enjoy doing them. Private schools are a great option for parents who want more involvement in their child’s education, higher standards and better classroom management, and more freedom from government-mandated curriculum and education. If these things sound good to you, look into private school like Saint Thomas Academy for your child...

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