Oct 19

ABC’s Lesson Using Snacks and Crafts

Everyone knows that it is important to teach children the letters of the alphabet. After all, it is clearly an important building block for learning to read and other early education milestones. Even children who know their alphabet need to be regularly reminded and challenged with the letters in various order.

The challenge is finding a way to teach preschoolers that is both effective and fun. Most early childhood educators do not recommend buying flashcards or expensive educational tools. Effective preschool education makes learning fun and friendly.

There are three simple methods you need to employ for effective preschool learning and these can be done with things you already have in your own home. Young children learn best if you use these three simple methods: see it, say it, experience it.

This means that in order to teach your preschooler the alphabet you need to let them see the letters — both in order and out of order. Then you must say the letter and the child must also say it. Finally, in order for the child to really understand the letters of the alphabet he must also experience it. This means employing the senses.

You can use food and crafts to help your child experience the letters of the alphabet by seeing the shape and creating the shape in three-dimensions as well as eating food that either starts with the chosen “letter” or is in the shape of the letter.

For example, why not have your child munch on carrots and candy corn while gluing cotton balls into the shape of the letter “C”? Or perhaps blow bubbles, glue beans in the shape of a “B”, and then eat banana splits?

Some other ideas include:

W snacks like waffles, whipped cream, and watermelon; Y snacks like yogurt, yellow cake, and yeast rolls; and Z snacks like zucchini bread, Zesta crackers, and zwieback toast.

Making three dimensional art projects using kite strings and kidney beans for “K”; leaves, lace, lima beans, lids, letter stamps, and shoe laces for “L”; and play money, material, macaroni, and moon shapes for “M”.

Be creative and let your child’s imagination roam free in your kitchen and with your craft supplies. Once you start looking around your home (and grocery store) for alphabet teaching “tools” you might be surprised at how many ways you can teach your child the alphabet.

While teaching your child the alphabet is an important part of teaching your child to read and preparing for their education, it does not need to be difficult, boring, or expensive for you or your child. It can be fun and easy if you use the world around you and foods and crafts you have in your home.

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Oct 12

The Advantages of Online Degree Education

Online Degree EducationDistance education has been getting a lot of attention lately, but it isn’t new. Correspondence courses have been around for over a century, allowing students to complete assignments and mail them to an instructor for feedback.

Advances in technology have presented more opportunities in distance education. Classes can be taken through telecourses and the internet.

Family and job related responsibilities make it difficult for many people to attend traditional college classes. Distance education makes it possible to complete degree requirements, while attending to other responsibilities.

Online programs eliminate the need for long commutes and allow work to be completed according to your schedule. You will still have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other classmates.

Distance education is available in a variety of forms. Telecourses come with videotaped lessons and lectures, which you watch on you home television. Assignments are then completed and mailed to the instructor. Online courses allow you to complete coursework on the computer and email assignments to your instructor.

Message boards and chats with other students add to the experience. Video conference classes are held at one site with the instructor at another location. Students and the instructor interact through two way television.

Some colleges offer programs that don’t require you to travel to the campus at all. Other programs require you to attend an orientation at the beginning of the semester and may meet once or twice throughout the semester. Brief residency programs require students to attend a weekend long session at the start of every semester.

After this initial meeting, you complete the coursework on your own. In some programs, all courses are offered online. In other programs, you may have to take some of the courses on campus.

Programs are structured to give students the same information and quality education they would receive in a traditional college program. In some cases, the textbook and assignments are the same. Opportunities for community involvement and exposure to a diverse student body are found in many programs.

Several years ago, few schools offered degrees through distance education. More schools are now offering this choice in response to student needs. The availability of online degree programs continues to increase.

Older students often return to school to fulfill job requirements or to secure a promotion. These students like the flexibility distance education offers. You can work independently and gain skills valuable on the job market.

You have the flexibility to study during your lunch hour, in the early morning or at night, according to your schedule. If your job involves travel, you won’t have to worry about missing classes.

Distance education offers flexibility in the amount of time you spend on each class or assignment. You can spend more time on difficult concepts and less time on those you find easy. If you are taking more than one course, you can schedule your study time according to assignment due dates.

You may have a paper due in one class this week and another project due next week in another class. You can tailor your schedule to meet the changing course requirements.

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Oct 05

Online Homeschool

Online HomeschoolIt’s not easy homeschooling your kids. Matching up what you think you should teach your child at any particular age is by no means a simple task that only require a few minutes of thought.

Once you settle in on that, then you begin designing your homeschool lesson plan for the school year, determining the reading list, coming up with and getting field trips on the calendar and gathering all your homeschool supplies and supplemental materials.

Today the internet does offer some relief and assistance for many of these homeschooling tasks. With access to the web you then also have access to countless numbers of like minded parents, forums, and discussion groups.

Even the internet itself has matured over the years making the research and searching process much easier, and the materials that you will find are also much more sophisticated these days. You can download everything from slide shows to actual movies on about any subject matter. Homeschooling statistics today indicate that as many as 1 out 10 children will receive some type of homeschooling before that reach a high school graduation age.

Homeschoolers are some of the most online internet connected people there are. Yet, even with all the online homeschooling technology advancements and availability, you will still find that your day of homeschooling is quite full.

And if you find yourself homeschooling more than one of your children you can count on the fact that when it comes to homeschooling one size does not fit all, which only adds more demands to your preparation time.

In short, there is much to do. But, with the resources available to you today, much of your preparation time can be cut down by using the internet. Online homeschooling today is has grown immensely and continues to grow at a good pace.

If you are not internet active, it is definitely worth your time to jump in. There is an abundance of homeschool help no matter what your experience level.

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Sep 28

Parent and Teacher Meeting

Parent and Teacher MeetingAccording to National Guidelines, after a student receives a report card, a meeting should follow between a parent and teacher. The purpose of these meetings is to let the parent(s) know how their child is progressing and how the teacher feels the child is fitting into the classroom environment.

If there are areas of weakness in the child’s performance, the meeting is designed to give parent information on how the school intends to deal with this weakness, and how the parent can help with the problem when the child is at home.

As a parent, before a parent/teacher meeting, you should write down any questions or concerns that you may have. Take this list out when you are talking to the teacher to make sure you cover all the concerns and questions that you have.

Take notes as the teacher is talking, so that you’ll remember all the points that were brought up. If the teacher does mention a behavioral problem, make sure to ask what is being done about it in class, and how you can deal with the problem at home.

If there are problems at home, you don’t have to go into full details, but these problems may be affecting your child’s performance, so they are worth mentioning to some extent. In most cases, the teacher will keep any information you give in confidence, and it may help resolve the conflict the child is feeling.

The mail goal of these meetings is to make your child the priority and do whatever it takes to assure that everything is being done to make his or her educational experience a pleasant one. Whether you like or dislike the child’s teacher is not the issue. How your child is treated, how well they perform in a class setting and how they feel about their teacher is the main concern and objective.

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