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3 Reasons To Choose A Vocational School

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many people wonder if they should go to a traditional college or if they should go to some kind of trade or vocational school. There are many benefits to doing a vocational program, which is why they are so popular. Here are some reasons to choose a vocational program rather than a traditional college. 1. Less Debt The cost of education has become greater with each year. Many people simply cannot afford to pay cash for their education. Instead, they must take out loans to help pay for their tuition, books, and living while they go to school. Sadly, this can mean that by the time they graduate they have a great deal of debt and so even if they are making a decent income, a good chunk of their money is going towards debt repayment. As a general rule, vocational schools are cheaper than a traditional college. Even if the tuition is comparable, the classes generally take less time to complete so you won’t have years of paying for housing and living without an income. Thus, it is more likely that you will come out of a vocational program with less debt than if you had done a traditional program. 2. More Specialized Training Traditional colleges focus on theoretical knowledge in many subjects. This means that you might understand the theory behind something, but you may not have the actual practical knowledge that you need to enter the workforce right away. This is not the case with a vocational school. When you enter a program you can bet that you will get specified training so that by the time you graduate you are ready to enter the workforce right away. You may need minor additional on site training, but nothing compared to what you would need if had gone to a traditional college that didn’t provide as much practical training. 3. Less Time Spent In School, More Paid Work Lastly, if you are looking to get into the work force faster you should consider vocational training. You will spend a fraction of time in vocational training as you would in a traditional college. Which means you make more money, you can start climbing the professional ladder and you can begin your career earlier. For someone who is ready and eager to start a career vocational training may be the best option. For these reasons, and many more, people are choosing vocational training over traditional...

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Three Writing Strategies That Can Help Young Writers Stand Out

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re looking to submit writing for one of the writing contests for middle school students, you want to make sure that your ideas are fresh and that your writing is something the judges are impressed with. Young writers have an advantage of having some great creative ideas, but there are some things you can do to help make your writing even more impressive in a contest. Here are some strategies to keep in mind when you are crafting a submission.  1. Avoid Cliches. Sometimes it can be hard to think of a great ending for your story, but don’t sell yourself short by relying on a predictable conclusion. For example, one way that people often end their stories is by throwing a “twist” at the reader and saying the whole plot was just a dream. This ending isn’t as satisfying because the reader of your story was invested in your ideas, and they want to see those ideas finish on their own. If you can’t think of a way to end your story without resorting to this type of cliche ending, try thinking of the ending you really want, and then work backwards to see how the beginning might have to be. 2. Master your dialogue. Talking characters can help out your writing a lot. Dialogue is a great tool for indirect characterization; it helps to show your readers what your characters are like without you, as the author, needing to tell them. For example, instead of saying that Maria is a terrible friend, why not show Maria having a conversation with one of her friends where she tells a lie or conveys an insult? This helps your readers to see Maria in action. Dialogue in a story also makes a plot seem more lifelike because people talk in real life all the time. A story with silent characters often won’t be as powerful. 3. Set the stage with poetic language. Young writers are just learning about the world of abstract comparisons, so including these in your stories shows both daring and maturity in your talent. Poetic language devices, like metaphors, similes, and personification can really help your readers to visualize the story. Instead of saying, “It was so hot on Monday that I was sweating all day,” you can say something like, “It was so hot on Monday I felt like an kernel of corn popping in the sun.” The comparisons bring the story to life and will help you stand out from other writers your...

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Practice Makes Perfect: Tips for Helping Your Student with Math

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

For some students, math is a challenging subject, and it can be even more so when a single classroom has many kids. Over-crowded classrooms means one student who is struggling cannot get the individual help he or she needs because teachers are overworked and overwhelmed. Ensuring your student gets the math-homework help he or she needs is your responsibility as a parent. However, math tutoring can be expensive. The good news is that you can help your student at home by following these tips. Maintain Healthy Communication with Your Child’s Teachers Talking to your child’s teachers is extremely important for learning exactly where your student is in his or her studies. If you only depend on your child for telling you what he or she is doing in math class, you may not get all the information you need to help. For example, if your child is in the middle of learning the basics of algebra, he or she may not tell you that the multiplication tables are too challenging for them to be starting to learn the basics of algebra. However, your child’s teacher can tell you about past test scores and other issues he or she may have noticed in your child’s work that point to difficulties with multiplication. In this case, you will need to focus on teaching your student multiplication before helping with basic algebra. Be sure to get a copy of the math syllabus so you will always know where your student is in class and so you can make sure you do not get ahead of what the teacher is teaching. You can plan your tutoring around the syllabus so your student will have the enrichment he or she needs at the present. Make a Quiet Place at Home for Math Studies Creating a study-friendly environment at home is an essential aspect of providing your student with a great foundation for learning. Set up a desk or table with plenty of room to work at in a room where there are few distractions like television, music, or other children. One of the most detrimental environmental influences when it comes to beneficial studying is distractions, especially for kids. Make sure you always have plenty of paper, sharpened pencils, and other supplies on hand. When you have to stop in the middle of a math problem to go get more paper or a pencil sharpener, another distraction is interrupting your and your student’s thought processes. Also, make sure your student has eaten and gone to the bathroom before you start working on math homework or practice sheets. Stick to a Schedule If you do not have a schedule for math studies, you have greater chances of missing times that would be best for your child to study. Sticking to a schedule and being adamant about doing so shows your child you are serious about helping and that you care about his or her learning. Set aside a time every weekday to sit down and do math. Make sure to set your time when you know your child is less likely to tired or hungry. Also, wait until an hour or so after school is out before you start studying so your child will have a break between the extra math studies and the regular school...

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How To Find Quality Childcare When You Have A Toddler On The Autism Spectrum

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Finding quality childcare is hard enough for parents with toddlers without special needs. How can you do it when you have one with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? You need to find someone willing to do things for older children that they wouldn’t usually need. Here are four tips to make the process easier. Autism Specialist Websites There are certain sites that will be dedicated to offering help for children with autism. These sites won’t just be for finding childcare, but they usually have a section where individuals can list their abilities so you can choose from the care providers available. There will be contact details, so you can call first to ask some questions. Contact and Ask Questions Every child with ASD is very different as this is a spectrum disorder. There are some children who are highly functioning while other children do not know how to speak. It’s important to contact the childcare providers, especially about elements that they wouldn’t usually need to deal with. One of the biggest questions will be about their willingness to change diapers on an older child. Most children are potty trained by the time they are three, possibly with accidents. It, however, is not uncommon for a parent of a child with autism to wait until the child is a little older. After all, potty training a toddler who does not know how to speak yet is far from an easy task. You also want to find out how they will support the learning differences of your child. Can they offer help to boost communication? Finding childcare that doubles as therapy for an autistic child is always an added bonus. Find Out About Discipline and Extra Care Children with autism will sometimes lash out. They find it difficult to communicate, but their actions make them look like naughty children to someone who doesn’t understand Find out how the day care center will deal with these actions. It’s important to find a care provider who understands how difficult autistic children find communication and how they need somewhere safe to calm down. You can also discuss your child’s particular needs to help calm and sooth. Talk to Therapists Your child’s therapists and doctors will have been asked about quality childcare time and time again. They will work with various units and businesses to create a safe space and understanding. It’s worth discussing your needs for childcare with them to find out their recommendations. You can also discuss this in parenting groups. You’ll find that some parents have already sourced childcare units that they highly recommend or ones that they think you should avoid. Just because you have a special needs child doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get fair treatment. It can be hard with a toddler but there are quality childcare options available. Every child and business will be different, so you’ll need to take the time necessary to find someone both you and your child will gel with...

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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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