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5 Tips For Overcoming New Driver Nervousness

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Overcoming New Driver Nervousness

You just received your driving permit and have begun learning how to drive. You know that getting your driver’s license will enhance your life and independence in many ways, but there’s one problem: you’re terrified! Feeling nervous when you learn to drive is absolutely natural. The key is to work through it, gradually become a more skilled and confident driver, and avoid letting your fear get the best of you and deter your efforts to become a licensed driver. Here are five tips for overcoming new driver nervousness: Take as Many Lessons as Possible The more practice you get as a new driver, the easier driving will become for you. Instead of just taking the minimum hours of driving lessons required in your state, opt-in for as many hours as you are able (or your parents are willing to pay for). Professional driving lessons through a school are especially important for nervous new drivers because driving instructors are calm and know how to adapt their teaching style to your level of nervousness and lack of experience. Their job is to ensure you become a confident, skilled driver, even if that feels impossible right now. Check out sites like for more information.  Be Cautious About Who You Drive With As a permit holder, you are allowed to drive with any licensed adult over the age of either 19 or 21 (depending on the state) in your car. Driving with the right adult is a great way to get additional practice under your belt in addition to your professional lessons. Since you are experiencing a lot of nervousness about driving, however, it’s important to be careful about who you choose to drive with. Ideally, you will only drive with adults who have calm temperaments and who don’t overreact or make you more nervous if you make a mistake. For example, if your mom tends to yell at you when you forget to use your turn signal, driving with her may make your nervousness worse instead of helping you. Find a way to tell her you’d rather not drive with her in the car until you become more experienced. Focus on Gradual Steps Another strategy for making driving less scary is to focus on gradual baby steps. Start with driving in an empty parking lot, practicing accelerating, braking, parking, turning, etc., until you perfect these kills. Then you can graduate to driving in quiet neighborhoods with lower speed limits, then slightly busier roads, then city streets, and finally, driving at night and driving on the highway. By only moving onto the next nerve-inducing step once you have mastered new skills, your confidence will grow. Have a Calming Pre-Driving Ritual Calming rituals can soothe your anxiety and get you into a more level head space before you take the wheel. Spend ten or twenty minutes alone before a driving lesson, listening to soothing music, practicing deep breathing, or doing some gentle stretches. You can continue listening to soothing music at a low volume and taking slow, deep breaths while you drive if you find this helpful. Don’t Avoid Driving It’s natural to avoid things that feel uncomfortable, but this is a bad idea when it comes to driving. If you avoid driving out of fear, the skills gained in your lessons and practice...

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3 Things Parents Need To Know About Biting In Daycare

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things Parents Need To Know About Biting In Daycare

When you pick your toddler up from a daycare like Basics Primary School & Day Care and the teacher hands you an incident report or sits you down to talk about an “unfortunate occurrence” that happened during the day, it’s easy to feel a little bit of dread. And learning that biting is the issue in question doesn’t do much to alleviate that feeling. If you’re the parent of the bitten child, it’s easy to feel furious. After all, someone hurt your baby! And if you’re the parent of the biter, it’s not uncommon to feel embarrassed, as if you’ve done something wrong yourself, or failed as a parent. Biting is serious, but at the same time, this is a normal childhood issue. No matter which side you find yourself on, it’s important to keep your cool. Take a look at some important things that you should know about toddler biting in daycare. Why Toddlers Bite Even for an experienced parent, it can be really tough to understand why toddlers do the things that they do. However, it’s important to remember that whatever the reason for the bite, it is unlikely that the biter was actually attempting to hurt anyone or acting maliciously. You know that babies explore their world with all of their senses, including their sense of taste. That’s why it’s so important to put dangerous chemicals out of reach – because babies put everything in their mouths. Toddler-aged children have often not quite grown out of this type of oral exploration yet. They’re still discovering their world – including the children they’re interacting with – and sometimes they do that discovering with their mouths. There are other reasons why a toddler might bite as well. They could simply be trying to express something that they don’t have the words for yet. Biting could be a way of saying anything from “happy to see you!” to “you’re taking too long with that toy”. They could also simply be bored. Biting almost always provokes a reaction, so it can definitely be a way to make something interesting happen. What Parents of Bitten Children Should Do While being angry that your child got hurt – especially if the bite was severe enough to leave a mark – is an understandable parental instinct, it’s important not to let your feelings get the best of you. Remember, the biter in this case is another child around the same age as yours. Don’t demand to know the name of the child or their parent – the daycare provider probably can’t give it to you, and you don’t need it. Don’t direct your anger at the daycare provider either. While it’s important for the staff to intervene and protect their children in their care, it’s nearly impossible to prevent every biting incident. A bite is often a sudden and unexpected move that no one could reasonably foresee. Unless your child is being bitten excessively and repeatedly, this is probably not a failure on the part of the daycare provider. Ask what the plan is going forward. Does the child bite often? Does the daycare provider have an action plan to help modify the behavior? Is the biter’s parent on board with the plan? These are reasonable questions that a good daycare provider will have...

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5 Reasons To Ignore The Hype And Find The Best Preschool For Your Child

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Ignore The Hype And Find The Best Preschool For Your Child

It is natural as a parent to want to provide the best experiences for your child and give them as many advantages as possible as they grow and develop. Unfortunately, in modern America, it can be difficult to figure out what the best choices are. Each parenting guide book contains information about why the other parenting styles are harmful to your child. Studies and articles present conflicting information about every aspect of your child’s life, including diet, hygiene, and preschool.  At some point, you may have to ignore the well-meaning (and often unsolicited) advice of others and the conflicting, guilt-inducing parenting articles and make a decision for your child. Here are five reasons to concentrate on your relationship with your child and their personality rather than the latest statistics when you are deciding which type of pre-kindergarten program to send them to.  It Is Nearly Impossible to Isolate Individual Factors When Conducting Studies About the Effects of Preschool As a parent, you may be concerned when you hear that preschool promotes aggressive behavior in children as opposed to developing healthy social skills. While recent studies may find that there is a higher rate of aggression in preschool children, it is nearly impossible to isolate preschool from other aspects in a child’s life and state that preschool is causing aggression. Unfortunately, while peer-reviewed studies generally acknowledge their shortcomings, and propose ideas for consideration, by the time the information in these studies reaches the public, it is generally over-simplified, with people making claims that are not necessarily supported by the research they are quoting. You should keep this in mind any time you read generalized statements that claim preschool is only good or only bad for all children.  Online Articles Play to Your Insecurities to Gain Readership  If you use social media, and have friends with children, then you will probably see a large amount of what is known as ‘click bait’  that focuses on raising your children the best way. These articles tend to play on your curiosity and insecurities as a parent to get you to click on the page, which increases the page’s advertisement revenue.  Parenting is an easy topic to create click bait articles about because it is an area that most people feel passionately about and many people are insecure in their parenting abilities. For this reason, you should try to maintain a critical mindset when reading articles online or in a popular magazine.  Preschool Programs Vary Greatly  No two preschools offer the exact same environment. Some offer small class sizes while others follow methods that require large class sizes. Some focus on academic skills while others offer more social education. It is important to realize that not every type of preschool is a good match for every child, and because of that there will be both positive and negative reviews of every type of preschool.  You Know Your Child’s Current Needs Best While researchers might be able to tell you the probability of certain future outcomes based on your current choices, you are the one who lives with your child and knows their current abilities, skills, and needs. You should be able to tell if your child is ready for a full-day program or if you should look into half-day programs with one-on-one care for the...

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Preschool Vs PreK: Is There Really Any Difference?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preschool Vs PreK: Is There Really Any Difference?

As a parent, your child’s social, emotional and cognitive development probably rate high on your list of concerns. While there is much you can do to promote healthy development, many parents are faced with choosing a program for their child during the day while both parents work. For the very young, daycare may be the answer. As your child enters the preschool years (generally age 2 to 5), you may be faced with more choices. Both Preschools and PreK programs are designed to meet the needs of preschoolers. You may be surprised to learn that these similar programs are not the same thing and don’t always have the same goals. What is Preschool? Preschool programs serve children who are not yet old enough to attend school. The age limit ranges from 2.5 or 3 to 5 years old. State regulations set the requirements for preschool programs, such as health and safety, staff-to-student ratio and the educational requirements of the head teacher and assistants.  Curriculum: The curriculum of the preschool varies greatly. While most preschools include activities designed to promote cognitive development, some do not. Many preschools focus on social interaction and play activities to promote learning. Attendance: Children may attend preschool five days a week or may have the option to attend an alternate number of days. For example, some children in a preschool may attend full time while others may attend only on certain days. Setting: Preschools such as Miniapple International Montessori School might operate out of privately owned buildings. While they must pass regular inspections and adhere to state safety, fire and capacity regulations, the preschool center is free to set up the center as it chooses. Most preschool centers have an outside play area that may contain age-appropriate playground equipment. Fees: Most preschools, unless they are operated by a community agency, are fee-based. You are expected to pay for your child to attend the program. Some states may subsidize the cost, but you generally need to apply for assistance. Teacher Training: There are no universal educational requirements for preschool teachers. While some states require preschool teachers to hold valid certification in early childhood, some only require a high school diploma. Check with your state to determine the educational requirements for preschool teachers. What is PreK? PreK programs have the specific goal of getting kids ready for school success. They typically serve children who are school age, but are not developmentally ready for kindergarten. Some states include  3- and 4-year-olds in PreK programs while others limit attendance to those old enough to attend school. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), nearly 70 percent of PreK programs are operated by public school systems. In some cases, they are part of federally funded programs like Headstart. Curriculum: The curriculum in a PreK program is designed to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of children to prepare them for school. While many learning activities may include play activities, each activity is carefully chosen for its educational value. Play centers are designed to promote specific skills. The curriculum is the first step in the continuum of educational goals and objectives of the school system. Attendance: PreK typically operates five days a week. Students are expected to attend full time. Although your child may not be legally...

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Why You Need A Translator For Your International Love Letter

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you’re traveling abroad for school, work, or pleasure, it isn’t uncommon for travelers to fall head over heels in love with their new surroundings. Maybe you have a thing for European architecture, or maybe there’s something particularly charming about the Chinese countryside. Whatever it is you love about another country, you might also be falling for a native of the area. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, you might be tempted to pen a love letter and rely on an online translation device to get it through to them. There are some serious risks to such a course of action. Here’s why you really need translation services if you’re trying to express your feelings to that special someone. Different Kinds of Love In English, the word “love” is used to express a wide variety of emotions. Everything from “I love cupcakes!” to the deep sense of devotion a parent feels for a child is expressed in that single word. English speakers rely on the context of the sentence to convey the meaning, but in other languages, different kinds of love have different words. For example, in Spanish, to say “I love you” to a family member, a friend, or someone you foster a fondness for, one would use the phrase “Te quiero.” Quiero usually means “I want,” but when in context of respect and fondness, it expresses the love one has for a parent, sibling, or less serious romantic partner.  On the other hand, if you’re trying to express romantic love, “Te amo” is the appropriate phrase. It is often seen as a single step below proposing marriage, and has very serious implications. If you proclaim your undying love for your Spanish sweetheart, you would want to avoid the phrase te quiero. If you don’t, you’ll basically be telling him or her “I love you like a sibling.” That is definitely the wrong definition, and could get you into a heap of trouble! The Problem with Idioms Idiom refers to the tendency for native speakers of a language to use phrases that don’t necessarily mean what they seem to mean. For example, English speakers sometimes use the phrase “sick as a dog” to describe serious illness. Other native English speakers understand perfectly well what the speaker means, but literally translated into another language, this phrase could be very confusing. What dog? Why is the animal sick? Likewise, other cultures have their own idioms. In Japan, a person who is “like a split bamboo pole” is someone who is always honest and forthright, but without the explanation, you probably wouldn’t have known that. In France, if you experience a coup de foudre you are falling in love at first sight, but those words literally mean “a strike of lightening.” If you didn’t know about the idiom, you wouldn’t use that phrase correctly, and could get yourself into quite an uncomfortable situation! Idioms are what separates casual speakers of a language from those who are truly fluent, and without an understanding of both your own native idioms and the idioms of your intended recipient, you risk muddling your meaning. The online translators available to you are so simple and easy, and they’re free, so it might seem like a great alternative to going to the trouble of painstakingly translating your words. But, if you really want...

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Six Reasons To Choose A Catholic Education

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes time to choose where you are going to college, you will be faced with many difficult decisions. You must decide whether you want to go to a small person centered university, or try your hand at a college with a large sprawling campus. Will you go somewhere with a strong debate team, or a top performing athletic team? You can have all of this and more, when you choose to further your education at a Catholic college or university. 1. Something For Everyone In 2014, there are 197 Catholic colleges and universities who are members of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). If you are interested in a university with a lot of history, you may want to try the oldest Catholic university, which is Georgetown University, which was formed in 1789. If you want to attend a large campus, you may want to try  the largest, Catholic university which is DePaul University in Chicago, IL. If large does not work for you, how about  a choice of 21 schools that have less than 100 students. If you are a huge sports fan, you have a wide variety of schools who also have very strong athletic programs. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it at a Catholic university. 2. Develop Your Entire Person You do not have to be Catholic to benefit from the advantages of a Catholic education, but if you do attend a Catholic college or university, you will benefit from some of the things that are central to the Catholic faith. Dignity, and growth of the whole person is one of the principals that you will experience. While attending you will benefit from the individuality which is shown to their students. You will not just be a number. The value of individuality is ingrained into many of their programs, which are designed to help you to grow into your highest level of humanity, as well as assist you in finding truth, and meaning in your life.  3. Be Immersed In Tradition Catholic colleges and universities have a strong sense of tradition. They attempt to provide you with a value based education. Most have educational models that are based on values that have been practiced for more than 2000 years. Here you will learn skills and knowledge that are still relevant to be applied to today’s situations. These will lay your groundwork which will help you to develop your personal, as well as your professional goals. 4. Get Credit For Giving To Others One of the things that you will find on many Catholic college campuses is the desire to make a difference in the lives of others. When you choose to attend a Catholic college, you will find programs that have service components already deeply ingrained within. You do not have to join service clubs, although they are available, you will usually find opportunities within your major. Many programs will even give you college credit for some of the opportunities that you will find to use your skills outside of the classroom. 5. Strengthen Your Faith Not only will you find a strong Catholic ministry, you will find that other faiths are also welcome and supported. You will easily find opportunities which are designed to promote your...

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Teach Teamwork The First Day Of School: Make A Class Millipede

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The first day of school is a critical moment for your preschool students and the classroom dynamic. The sooner your students recognize they are all part of a new team and that the team is only effective when everyone plays their part, the quicker they will become truly connected and emotionally invested in one another. You can demonstrate this in a concrete manner by using the example of a millipede. It’s a simple, fun, and meaningful activity for your students, and it teaches a great lesson in teamwork and the value of the individual. Here is how to do it: What you will need Poster board in an assortment of colors Scissors Fine-point black marker Crayons or non-staining magic markers Stapler Bulletin board letters Bulletin board Prepare the activity This activity offers you an opportunity to be creative, so feel free to use your own ideas and embellishments as you prepare and present it to your students. 1. Decide how large you want your millipede based upon available space to display it, and also keeping in mind how many students you have in your class. 2. Draw the outline body of a millipede on either one or two pieces of poster board. “Real” millipedes are various earth-tone colors, including red, black and brown, but you may want to use a brighter color. A millipede has a long, narrow and round body that resembles a worm with legs. If you use two pieces of poster board, draw the front half of the millipede on one piece and the back half on the other. Be sure to leave off the legs of the millipede, as your students are going to attach them later. 3. Once you have drawn your millipede’s body, cut it out along the edges; if you have a two-part body, staple the two pieces together. Attach the millipede body to a bulletin board. 4. Using a fine-point black marker, draw several slightly-curved, thin lines across the body of the millipede so it appears segmented. 5. Make an appropriate title above the millipede using your bulletin board letters. Here are some possible ideas: “In it together” “Step by step” “Moving as one” 6. Your next step is to prepare the millipede legs. Draw thin rectangles on various colors of poster board (or use just one color if you wish). Just be sure to use a lighter color shade so the student names will be visible. Draw at least one rectangle per student, and if you have a small class, draw a few extras to fill in the gaps. Cut out the rectangles along the lines when you are finished. Present the activity Once you have the millipede attached to the bulletin board and the legs cut out, you are ready to present the activity to your students: 1. Begin by assembling your students in a circle or semi-circle. 2. Ask them to look at the millipede on the bulletin board, and explain what they think it is. You will probably hear a variety of answers, but tell them it is a millipede after getting a few responses from the students. 3. Ask the students to explain what is missing from the millipede; hopefully, you will have at least one student mention legs, but you may have to prompt them...

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4 Unique Schools For Students Who Hate Classrooms

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For many students sitting in a classroom can become tedious and actually negatively effect their learning. This doesn’t mean the person isn’t smart, it’s just that they cannot apply the same learning functions in the classroom setting. As these students move beyond high school and into college, the opportunity to learn and get an education expands way beyond the classroom. If you’re a student looking for a unique college experience then there are four different types of schools you can attend. The majority of learning is hands-on and will ultimately lead to real jobs and careers down the line. See if any of the following schools pique your interest or help you brainstorm about other educational ideas. Outdoor Survival School Breaking down to the bare basics, students at an outdoor survival school can learn how to handle rugged conditions, hunt for food, and live without modern technology. The school may sound like a novelty, but there are actually a lot of in-depth courses to help train and turn the skills into real jobs. Skills Courses: These are basic courses that allow you to learn basic survival skills with as little supplies as possible. These skills can teach you how to build fires, find food, and manage your body in different conditions. Building skills like this is ideal for any outdoor jobs at places like National Parks or campgrounds. Survival Rescue Courses: If you’re interested in becoming a firefighter, EMT, or park ranger, an outdoor survival rescue course can teach you all types of situations. This includes forest fires or rescues in bodies of water like lakes or rivers. Not only will you learn rescue techniques, but they will be done with as little gear as possible. Certification Courses: Learn survival skills and get certified for medical first aid during a survival course. Not only will you learn modern techniques, but you will learn about natural plants and fruits that can help heal cuts, allergic reactions, and more. Flight School When attending a flight school, not only will you not be in a classroom, but you will be up in the air for a lot of the classes. Attending a flying program is one of the most hands-on schools you can attend. There are multiple paths to follow when you choose an aviation school. Pilot Programs: Learn how to fly personal planes. It starts off with simulators and then increases to real flights with a co-pilot. Once you get past specific hurdles of training, you will take your first solo flight and eventually become licensed. Commercial Pilot Training: In a commercial training school, you will learn the basics of flying and then continue on to learn how to operate large jets and airplanes that are used by major airlines. Once you finish school, you will be eligible to become a commercial pilot and fly all over the world. Pilot Technician: Learn the mechanics of a plane as you train to become a pilot technician. The training will cover maintenance, repairs, and troubleshooting of airplane engines, parts, and control boards. Film Production Schools A film set is lively, constantly on the move, and features a lot of action for restless students. At a film production school, you can learn all about film. This includes production on a film set, on location,...

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It’s All Greek To Me: The Foundations Of Modern Classical Education

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Classical education is moving into the spotlight as an alternative learning method for children. Characterized by the study of logic, art, music, languages, and mathematics, classical education perfectly blends the studies of humanities with the world of science, as children are taught to analyze and discuss instead of memorize and repeat. There, obviously, is an intense focus on classical literature and philosophy in classical education, for a number of beneficial reasons.  Philosophy Greek philosophers brought some of the most astute questions and theories to the forefront, enabling young minds both ancient and modern to refute and ponder the logic behind them. The goal of classical education is to bring that intelligent conversation back into the teaching of children so that they may begin to ask questions, postulate answers, and understand arguments and their foundations.  Those who study classical philosophies cherish the root of philosophy itself: to understand why. In some ways, ancient philosophy was ancient science, especially in the case of the Presocratics, like Zeno and Thales. It is the continuous production of new ideas that helps to foster new discoveries, both in science and in thought, and new methods of government, teaching, thinking about humanity, and solving real problems that face the modern world, such a pollution and violent crime.  Students who study and understand classical philosophy will begin to see what makes and sound and logical argument, and they will also be able to practice Socratic-style dialectic– the process of examining and debating in order to find the truth or make a point. Philosophy develops public speaking, the ability to see all sides of an argument, and the ability to draw conclusions based on evidence. Plato’s ancient philosophy also delved into the virtues and motivations of humanity– the earliest studies of psychology. A deeper appreciation of what makes a person human is often another result of classical education, as is a love of learning new ideas.  Literature The classical era produced many works of literature which are studied in the modern classroom. Most commonly, students read popular texts like the Odyssey. Other popular works include the Iliad, common Greek comedies, and works like the Aeneid and Oedipus Rex. While these works of literature were, in and of themselves, full of drama, they provide an interesting medium to study the following things: poetry and verse. Modern translations show that these stories are written poetically, which requires elevated thinking in order to correctly interpret the plot. Careful reading and the understanding of poetic language are the result of this study. These skills provide the foundation for reading and comprehending other written texts as well.  Western literature. Most of the patterns and themes found in almost literature produced in the Western world have their foundation in classical literature. After all, Shakespeare and his counterparts studied, repeated, memorized, and reproduced hundreds of Classical themes and stories. Many post-Shakespearean writers take their influence from him, and so on. The study of literature in general becomes more informed and relevant once a student has mastered the true Classics. human endurance and suffering. Many epic poems take the reader on the hero’s journey. Often, the characters face extraordinary hardships. The themes from Classical works often reflect an admiration for human endurance, and the dangers of certain vices, like pride and revenge.  Lifestyle Education was...

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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