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3 Tips To Make Child Care Easier If You Are Practicing Attachment Parenting

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Often, parents who practice attachment parenting techniques find that both primary caregivers have to work or there is a family emergency that takes one of the caregivers away, making the parents search for an outside caregiver. Although attachment parenting stresses the importance of the bond between a child and their parents, you can still practice successful attachment parenting even if you send your child to day care either part time or full time. Here are three tips that will help you make the child care transition easier if you are currently practicing attachment parenting.  Find a Child Care Provider With a Low Turnover Rate  It is natural for a child to begin to form bonds with caregivers other than their parents as they grow. However, your child will be unable to form a healthy bond with a caregiver at their child care center if there is a high employer turnover rate. Your child may get used to one caregiver, only to have them leave after a few months. This can increase your child’s anxiety about day care and being separated from you. To prevent this, make sure to choose a child care provider that has a long work history with their current employees.  Make Sure a Primary Child Care Provider Is Assigned to Your Child  Your child may not receive one-on-one care at a child care center. However, they can form positive attachments with their caregiver if the same caregiver attends to their needs throughout the day. Ask how the caregivers at the center divide their responsibilities and find a center that allows caregivers to focus on specific children as opposed to tasks throughout the day.  Additionally, if you are sending your child to child care part time, you may want to make sure that their schedule aligns with one of the caregiver’s schedules so your child will always have a familiar face at the child care facility.  Be Prepared to Spend Quality Time Together at Home  It is common for children to take longer naps when they are away from their parents and want to spend more time playing and cuddling when they are home with you. You may want to adjust your child’s bedtime to accommodate this. Additionally, if your child is currently sleeping in your room or sharing a bed with you, you may want to keep this arrangement until they feel secure at their child care facility.  It can be difficult to send your child to child care if you practice attachment parenting. However, these tips will help you prepare for the transition and make it into a positive experience. For more information, contact a child care center, such as Rainbow School, Inc, near...

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4 Tips For Helping Your Child Adjust To Preschool

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

For children who have never attended daycare, preschool is typically their first experience being away from their primary caregiver for an extended period of time. A quality preschool can provide an excellent learning experience for young kids, but it is not uncommon for some kids to have an adjustment period as they get used to being in school and having a new routine. If your child is going to be starting preschool soon, use the following tips to help him or her adjust: Make sure to Meet the Teacher in Advance Many preschools allow new students and parents to visit the campus so they can meet the teacher and see the classroom. This is a great opportunity for your child to become comfortable being at school while still having you nearby. If possible, allow your child as much time as he or she needs to explore the classroom and interact with the teacher on a one-on-one basis. Get Your Child Excited Your child may understand that he or she will be going to preschool soon, but they may not understand exactly what that means. Spend some time talking about the fun activities that he or she will do in school, and emphasize that there will be plenty of time to play with new friends. You may also want to talk about any good memories you have of attending preschool. In addition to talking about preschool, allow your child to choose a new backpack and new clothes that will be worn to school. Establish a Routine Prior to preschool starting, it is a good idea to establish a set morning and bedtime routine to help your child adjust. Begin waking up your child earlier so he or she can get used to what their new school schedule will be. If your child will need to start waking up a few hours earlier than they are right now, begin slowly pushing back bedtime so your child gets plenty of rest.  Don’t Linger at Drop-Off It is not uncommon for some kids to be scared or unhappy when dropped off at preschool, like Apple Montessori Schools, for the first couple weeks. As a parent, it is natural to want to comfort your child, but it is a good idea to keep drop-off short. Give your child a hug and a kiss, and tell him or her that you will be back soon to get him or her. While your child may be upset, he or she will likely calm down faster and become interested in activities or playing with kids if you are not...

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Mistakes To Avoid With Your Pre-Kindergartner

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Parenting a pre-kindergarten age child can sometimes be challenging. You can often spend your time wondering if what you are doing with him or her is the right or wrong thing. To help ensure you and your child are on the right track, here are some parenting mistakes you can avoid. Avoid Going Overboard With Getting Ready for School As a parent, you want your child to be prepared to take on the challenges of starting pre-kindergarten. If your idea of getting him or her ready is forcing your child to spend hours each day drilling over the alphabet and numbers, you are off-base. Although academics are important, your child’s social and emotional development are most important right now. He or she also needs to work on skills and traits that will come in handy later, such as creativity.  At this stage, you can still teach your child about the ABCs and numbers, but do it in a fun way that fosters the development of other traits and skills. You can also teach your child various concepts through play.  For instance, you can use play-dough to not only teach colors, but also letters and numbers. You can have your child imitate creating numbers and letters out of the play-dough. Another activity is that you can take your child to the playground and let him or her enjoy unstructured play with other children. Your child can learn how to interact with others and also how to use his or her imagination. Do Not Solve All of Your Child’s Problems When your child comes to you with a problem, it can sometimes be easier to just solve it for him or her. Unfortunately, this can interfere with your child’s ability to develop problem-solving skills.  Instead of automatically offering a solution to your child’s problem, talk through it with him or her. For instance, if your child is expressing frustration about his or her relationship with a playmate, ask your child to detail the problem and then walk through the possible solutions. Encourage your child to offer input.  You can even rely on examples from other sources that your child might be familiar with to help find solutions. For instance, you can refer to a problem a character faced on your child’s favorite television show and relate it back to your child’s issue.  Helping your child to grow into an independent and well-balanced person can be challenging, but it is entirely possible. Talk to professionals, such as your child’s pre-kindergarten program teacher, to find other mistakes to avoid with your...

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3 Big Beginner Guitar Mistakes

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you want to learn guitar this year, make sure that you avoid the following three big mistakes that many beginners fall into. Mistake #1 Not Practicing On A Regular Basis The first mistake you need to avoid is practicing only once a week for a couple of hours instead of practicing every day, even if for only a short period of time.  The key to retaining the skills that you are learning and to building up your muscle memory is to engage in regular practice. Practicing the skills that you are trying to retain every day, even if you only have fifteen minutes, will help you retain your skills in the long run more than a single jam session once a week.  Additionally, before you start playing every day, set a goal. Know exactly what you want to practice and work on during your session. This will help you progress more quickly and will help keep you focused while practicing.  Mistake #2: Not Doing Both Theoretical & Practical Practice Sessions Learning the guitar should involve a mix of both practical and theoretical practice. Make sure that you make time for both types of practice and learning. Theoretical-based sessions should focus on learning things such as how the fretboard works and how all the strings and notes relate to one another. You will spend a lot of time both reading and analyzing note diagrams and your guitar’s fretboard. Mastering the theoretical will help you apply these techniques when actually playing the guitar. Practical based practice should focus on actually exercising your fingers and playing the guitar. Practical-based practice sessions should cover such things as learning the positions of certain cords, fingering chords, changing between cords and learning strum patterns.  Oftentimes, it helps to first do a theoretical-based practice session and follow up with a practical-based session that builds on what you learned in your previous session.  Mistake #3: Not Playing Around On Your Guitar You should do formal practice sessions, on your own or with an instructor, every day in order to really learn how to play a guitar. But if you really want to be able to express yourself with your guitar, you should also build in non-practice time to play with your guitar. These sessions should be outside of your daily practice sessions. During this time, instead of focusing on learning a particular chord or string, just play around on your guitar. Freestyle time on your guitar will allow you to experiment with creating your own unique sound and will allow you to have a little more fun in a more unstructured setting.  Just playing around with the skills you have learned can also help you discover areas you need to practice more and help you figure out what you want to learn more about.  As you start learning how to play guitar this year, make sure you avoid the three mistakes many rookie guitar players fall into that are listed above. The key to successfully learning how to play the guitar is to have focused practice sessions every day, and to remember to occasionally just play around and have some fun as...

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Is Catholic High School The Right Choice For My Kid?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re a parent, there’s no doubt that you’ve considered whether to send your children to public school or private school. You’ve probably also considered the different types of private schools, including whether or not a Catholic high school is the right fit for your circumstances. Even if you are not a member of the Catholic faith, choosing to send your child to a Catholic high school can still have its benefits. These benefits can include both the child’s current educational needs as well as future prospects for college or the workforce. But how do you know if a Catholic high school is the right choice for your kid? Catholic High School Benefits There are a number of benefits to attending a Catholic high school. Examples of these benefits can include: Inclusion of the arts in curriculum Engagement in community service and community activities High academic standards and emphasis on homework and studies Smaller class sizes Relationships with faith based universities The Faith and Its Role While Catholic high schools generally accept students from all faiths, the Catholic faith does play a role in the day to day life of a student. For example, most Catholic high schools focus on the role that God plays in a person’s daily life, and how students can see God through the works of others including teachers, other staff at the school and other students. Students can also spend time attending mass and studying the scripture as a part of their daily activities. In addition, students are exposed to peers of varying faiths, and can be encouraged to share their experiences with one another. This is a significant change from public schools, as religion is not part of the curriculum and day to day experience.  Costs and Aid Catholic high school can be expensive, as it is not a cost free option as public schools are. However, there are schools that have tuition assistance programs, and some schools that are funded directly by the Catholic church. Parents may be required to pay monthly or annual tuition costs, as well as costs for uniforms, textbooks and extracurricular activities. There may also be a higher tuition rate for non-Catholic students. Students may also qualify for scholarships based on either merit or need.  If you still are not sure whether a Catholic high school is the right choice for your kid, consider talking to a few in your area. You have nothing to lose except time, but your child could have everything to gain.  Contact a school like Queen of Peace High School to learn...

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Looking For A New School For Your Middle School Child? 2 Things You Should Look For

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

In many cases, the school chosen for children are the schools they are zoned for. If you, on the other hand, are looking further at out of the area schools or private schools, choosing one can be a difficult decision. Below are two things you should look for to make the decision a little easier for you. Classroom Observation Classroom observation is a method of evaluation and recording information about how a teacher is teaching the kids in their classroom.  In some cases, one of the administrators of the school observes the classroom, or other teachers may observe each other. This observation can help the teacher improve the way they teach the children in their classroom. This is because they will be given feedback, as well as suggestions on how they can improve their teaching. For example, the observer will look at the teaching methods of the teacher to ensure they cater to all students in the classroom. For example, if they do nothing but lecture all the time, this is not helpful for those children that are not auditory learners. These kids would learn better if they could interact more with the teacher, as well as the other children. The teacher offering lecture, as well as this interaction, provides the children a more well-rounded education.  This is something the teacher may not realize they are doing, and how it is affecting the children. Algebra Learning basic algebra at the middle school level is important, as it gets them ready for the high level math classes they will have in high school. If your child does not understand what is taught in the first year of algebra, they will have a very hard time with classes like algebra II, geometry, calculus, and trigonometry, when they reach the higher grades. One part of algebra is learning how to solve equations. The kids may understand it just enough to get the problems right, but the teacher should go around and ask the kids how they came up with that answer to ensure they understand what they are doing. Another thing the kids learn with algebra is how to factor polynomials. The teacher should describe the purpose of them. Instead of going through the boring problems in a textbook, they may use visuals, such as graphs, to make it easier. Take time to do your homework, and then meet with the administrators of each school and ask them all the questions you have. They should be glad to take time to speak with you and give you this...

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Want Results On Your Essay Contest Entry?: Three Approaches To Making Your Essay Sound Great

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Teens and pre-teens as well as adults are frequently offered opportunities to win unbelievable prizes or scholarships when they write essays on a given topic. Sometimes you are given detailed guidelines to follow, while at other times you are only given a topic and expected to fill “x” number of words or pages. Regardless of the essay contest’s requirements, you want your essay to sound professional and read well. Here are three approaches to making your essay sound great. Choose to Write about Topics You Know or Have Researched The most important aspect to essay writing is that you know a lot about the topic given or you have done a lot of research about the topic and therefore can write about it with ease. You have to have some very valid points to argue and evidence to support them, so choose to write essays for essay contests that make sense to you and allow you to write well on something you know. Attempting to write about something that is vague or unfamiliar to you will show in your entry, so try to avoid it and wait for essay contests for which you know you can write well. Hire a Writer with Professional Essay Writing Experience Your essay is your own and it should be in your own words. However, grammar, spelling and punctuation are not everyone’s strong suit, and you can hire someone with professional essay writing experience to clean your essay up a bit for you. The essay writer can look over your essay, catch issues with logical flow and thought problems, help you fix sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and grammar issues, and even help you reorganize your essay’s content so that it stays on track and answers the essay’s primary question. Ask Your Teacher or Professor to Look at Your Essay An English or language arts teacher or professor does this kind of thing for a living. He or she spends several days a year reading over the assignments and papers that their students turn in and has a good command of writing styles and differences in punctuation styles (e.g., using an Oxford comma before the word and in a sentence when connecting clauses or listed items versus using no comma at all). Even if your essay contest does not stipulate what types of punctuation are acceptable or what formats are expected, your English teacher or professor will know exactly what you should use, and his or her advice is...

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Helping Your Child Develop The Skills To Go From Day Care To Kindergarten

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a parent, it’s important to understand that kids aren’t always ready to transition from a day care setting, such as, to kindergarten at the same age. If your child is nearing your state’s kindergarten readiness age but isn’t developmentally ready for the kindergarten classroom, don’t panic. Not only do some states allow you to delay kindergarten by a year, but there are some steps that you can take to help him or her develop the key skills necessary to start kindergarten on time. Here’s a look at some ideas that may help your child be ready for the new environment. Strengthening Language Skills If your child struggles with language development, the most important thing you can do is read together. Spend time reading to your child every day to enhance his or her exposure to written words, new vocabulary and speech. The exposure can help to reinforce letter recognition and teaches early letter sounds. While you’re reading, take time to talk to your child about the story and ask questions. This keeps your little one engaged and encourages critical thinking, which is a key skill for early kindergarten students. Make an effort to help your child experience new things, introducing new words as you go. Visit the park and show your child flowers, insects and other new things. Ask him or her to describe the things that you’re looking at. Suggest new words that may describe the creature or the environment. Growing your child’s vocabulary while introducing new experiences will provide multi-sensory learning. Developing Motor Skills If your child’s fine motor skill struggles are holding him or her back, you can help. Spend time every day working on tracing projects and construction paper cutting. This will strengthen the fingers and encourage fine motor control. The craft projects will help your child be ready for working with paste, scissors and other craft materials in school, too. Building a Sense of Independence Some kids aren’t ready for kindergarten because of a struggle with their own sense of independence. Day care is easier for these kids, because there aren’t as many demands. When they’re faced with kindergarten, it means having to learn and perform – away from Mom and Dad. If your child isn’t really ready for that kind of independence, it means that you’ll have to work on self-care skills. Teach your child how to get dressed independently, because that helps to build confidence. Encourage him or her to wash hands, work snaps and deal with buttons on their own. The more your child learns to do on their own, the more confidence and independence he or she will feel. Talk to your child’s day care about the things that you should focus on to help develop kindergarten-readiness...

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3 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Degree In Accounting

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you like working with numbers and enjoy mathematics, then a job in accounting may be right for you. In order to see if you like accounting, you can start off by taking an elective level accounting class to see what you think. If you decide you like it, then you can declare accounting as your major. From there you can either get your Bachelor’s or your Master’s Degree in accounting. In order to help you make your decision, this article will discuss 3 great reasons why you should get an accounting degree. You Will Likely Always Have A Job Because businesses and individuals will always need someone to help them with their finances, there will always be a need for accountants. Many businesses have accountants that work for them year round, providing a great job for an accountant. Tax season is also a great time for accountants to get a great deal of work, because people come to them for help to file their taxes. Knowing that you are getting a degree in something that will provide you with a future job is very comforting and makes all of the schooling so much more worth it. Some Universities Offer Accelerated Accounting Programs If you would like to get your Master’s Degree in Accounting, but aren’t sure if you are up for 6 years of school, then you can look into attending a university that offers an accelerated accounting program. Generally these universities will combine your senior year of undergrad with your first you of your masters in accounting. This takes an entire year off of your schooling, which can help to get you into the work force that much sooner, helping you to start making money sooner.  You Will Learn Skills That Can Help You Run Your Own Future Business ​If you know that somewhere down the road you would like to start your own business, then accounting is a degree that can help you out a great deal. If you work for an accountant for a few years after graduation, you will be able to learn so much about the financial aspect of how a business runs. This will prepare you for opening your own business because you will know exactly where all of your money is going, how much you need to factor in for tax purposes, and also how to handle the money better within your business to make...

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Time For A Move? 3 Tips To Help Your Kids Acclimate To Their New School

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Going to a new school can be difficult for children, especially if they’ve lived in one place for a long time. They may be apprehensive about starting their new school, be it a public school or a private school. Or, they may be homesick for the friends they left behind. It’s important to know that there are ways to help your children through the issues they’re facing. Help Them Keep In Contact With Old Friends Your child may do better in their new school if they know they still have a connection to the friends they left behind. If your child is old enough for an email account, help them set one up so that they can keep in contact with all their friends back home. This will help alleviate some of the anxiety your child may be feeling about the upcoming move and their new school. Find Friends Before School Starts A new school usually means no friends until they make new ones. That can make a few lonely days at school. If you’re moving during the summer or during another scheduled break from school–such as spring break or Christmas vacation–there are ways your child can make friends before school starts. Take your kids to places where kids usually gather during time off from school. Some good places for your kids to make friends would include local parks, libraries or community swimming pools. The more time your kids spend at these locations, the better chance they have of making new friends before school starts. Walk the Route a Few Times Before classes start at their new school, walk the route with them several times. If you have their class schedule, have them do a practice run of what will be their normal school day. Make sure they find the bathrooms, cafeteria and office during their practice run. This will alleviate stress and embarrassment on the first day because they’ll already know where they’re supposed to be throughout the day. It’s also important that you practice their transportation, as well. If your child will be walking to and from school, walk the route with them a few times before school starts. If they’ll be taking the bus, have them practice walking to and from the bus stop. A new school doesn’t have to be stressful. These simple tips will help your child acclimate to their new surroundings, so they can flourish at their new...

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Lifelong Learning Important For Success In A Demanding World

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

This is a highly competitive world. Even those with prestigious college degrees face challenges getting jobs. Most people can use some help becoming or remaining competitive on the job scene. One way to do so is to take some classes at an adult education center. Here are four ways that these centers can benefit students. English, Citizenship and History Courses Immigrant workers often need to learn English to become more marketable. Though the country has no official language, English remains the dominant one. To become a manager or supervisor requires some proficiency in English to interact with employees, customers and clients. Unfortunately, working class immigrants probably do not have time to attend college full time. So, adult education centers are likely places for them to take classes in English. Likewise, those preparing for the citizenship exam can receive instruction in American History, government and politics, when available. Professional Development Young people just leaving university usually have the contemporary skills desired by employers. It is the older generations, who have been out of school for a while, who need brush ups. Adult education can help with its usual curriculum of professional development classes. They teach the latest methods to help students stay abreast of changes. Computer literacy An astounding number of older Americans have little knowledge of computers. According to research, slightly over half of  those over 65 use the internet. The ones who don’t face challenges in everyday life as a result. They miss out on modern communication forms, such as email and videoconferencing. They also do not enjoy such conveniences as online banking and bill pay. Fortunately for them, computer literacy courses are a mainstay of adult education. Students can learn anything from simple everyday operations to programming. Foreign Languages Just as learning English is important to the career prospects of non-native immigrants, those born in the country often need to learn a foreign language. Being able to communicate with those across the globe is important in this hi-tech age. The Internet has made the world relatively smaller than before. Economies are intertwined. Successful business people must deal with consumers and clients in many nations. Taking a structured foreign language course at a learning center  is a good way to develop this ability. Find a Local Adult Education Center Learning need not be something only for the young. Today, people can be lifelong learners. The first step is to locate an adult education center near them, such as Pioneer Career & Technology...

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