Great Teachers- Making a Difference In The Lives Of Their Students

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Great Teachers- Making a Difference In The Lives Of Their Students The demand for good teachers in the classroom is growing. It’s estimated that the need for teachers will continue to grow, and more schools are needing teachers to fill their classrooms. Students need great teachers, and great teachers can impact the lives of their students as they go on to become great scientists, entrepreneurs and much more.

The teaching profession isn’t easy. Many teachers spend countless hours after school and at home working on lesson plans, grading papers and doing the things they need to do to help their students achieve their maximum potential. Teachers are also spending their own money buying the supplies they need for student learning. [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Busy Husbands

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Dear Busy Husbands:

This is an attempt to help you be the hero and make your wife a very happy woman on Mother’s Day. Remember to buy her a gift – Mother’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday, May 13th. Not only do you need to remember a gift, keep in mind that you may have children that are too young to buy something on their own. You will need to fit some time and thought into their gifts too. So remember, mark your calendars! Take out your daily planner and pick a date a few weeks before the main event. That’s right, set a reminder to remind yourself to buy a gift! This way you’ll have plenty of time for your present to find its way in the mail or enough time to go shopping. Here are a few tips to receive a gold star this Mother’s Day.

Tip #1: Listen! Your wife is probably telling you what she wants. Pay attention when you spend time together, such as breakfast or maybe when getting ready for bed. Remember a few days ago she mentioned a garment steamer would make her mornings less rushed. That is the clue. She might just be nice enough to steam your shirt while you take your shower.

Tip #2: Make sure you know what type of gifts she likes to receive. Does she like personal or self-indulgence gifts? Maybe she is more practical and like items that make her life easier. The steamer is practical but a massage or a day of spa can be purchased even as a last minute thought from exhale mind body spa. Exhale has multiple locations and provides a day of beauty or a wide variety of exercise classes. Just be sure and get an appropriate card beforehand.

Tip #3: Consult with the children, family members or her girlfriends to get a better idea of what she wants. She might just want to take a cooking class with her favorite chef. Or perhaps she wants to practice her culinary talents and a cookbook would make her happy. Don’t pass up the opportunity to ask your children what their mom would like. Their innocent and sweet minds are sure to surprise you and come up with the best heart-warming gift a mother could ask for.

Tip #4: Make sure you know her style, sizes and favorite colors. You don’t want to spend the night on the couch because the dress was the wrong color. Consider this Max & Cleo Belted Pleated Dress from ISL which can be purchased and combined with a night out with dinner for two. This combination is sure to make her very happy and will show that you have been listening to what she wants.

Tip #5: Make sure you also buy her a gift from you, not just from the children. A massage gift certificate from you is great and dinner with the family is the other gift. Show you appreciate her as a mother by ordering flowers. Make arrangements for the children to take their mother for an afternoon of fun by playing miniature golf. Honoring Mom on her day is a family affair, so don’t stay behind to work.

Tip#6: Don’t let her know you left the gift buying till the last minute because you were too busy. Hire someone to go shopping for you or go stand in line for those theater tickets. You will find some here to help you with your task

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Cool Study Zones for Kids

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Back to school time is upon us, and you want to do all you can to help your kids succeed academically. One of the best things parents can do for their children is to set up an adequate study zone for them. Just like adults, having the right space, furniture, and supplies will increase productivity; let them help furnish it, and they will view it as their own private space.

Carve out space: Find a spot in the house where your child will have peace and quiet, but is also close enough to ask you for help if he needs it. This can be a space in the kitchen or family room, or in his bedroom; but make sure it’s roomy enough to spread out all of the books and other things needed. It is probably best that there is no television playing or cell phones ringing during designated study time. [Read more...]

Can Kids Teach Themselves? Video from the TED Conference

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Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own — and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?

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The Top Ten Things to Consider when Talking to your Child’s Teachers

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A teacher can be very good to your child and also mistreat your child. They are the person who is really in control when you are not present, so you want to speak to them tactfully and with respect. Remember if you alienate them, they might alienate your child. Here are a few helpful tips:

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How To Teach Your Pre Schooler To Tell The Truth

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So your beautiful toddler goes off to the day care center and at pick up time the teacher tells you that your child has been caught lying. Embarrassment, anger, and frustration may start to creep in your mind, but my advice is relax! Chances are your child has lied at home, and even if he or she hasn’t you should not worry because this is an age appropriate reaction. Children at the mere age of 3 begin to understand how the world works around them. Part of understanding what that means is, figuring out that there are certain ways to get out of trouble! Of course they are going to try to lie to avoid being disciplined! It is how you react that will make all of the difference. [Read more...]

What Should My Child Be Learning At Day Care?

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So your toddler is at pre school and you are wondering what exactly are they teaching. Also, is my child keeping up with the with the other children? Here are a few all important tips on what your child should be learning:

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How to Teach Reading and Writing to Your Preschooler at Home

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So you swear that you have a little genius and you want him to stay ahead of the class. You begin to wonder, what can I do to teach him at home.

The most important thing I must emphasize is to never NEVER force a child to learn academically. Learning needs to be fun and interesting. Forcing a child who is not ready or willing, will create resentment and cause many problems in life. Remember learning comes in many ways, and children are using learning skills when they are trying to socialize and assimilating to the school experience. These are all valid skills and should not be ignored. If your little genius is ready, then how will you know?

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Relying on Schools to Teach Our Young Children…

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This topic can be very touchy for most parents. I have been on both sides of the coin as a teacher and as a parent. At every back to school night that I have been to I often here parents asking, ? What is the curriculum for my two or three year old.? Parents await and answer that tells them exactly what their child will learn and expect that their children will be reading and writing by the end of the year.

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How to Tell if I am Leaving My Child in Good Hands….

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A nursery school teacher is easy to find… A great nursery school teacher is not. When thinking about leaving your ?precious cargo? in the hands of someone else I have the following suggestions. When meeting the teacher for the first time bring your child with you. Take notice of who she greets first. Also take notice of how she interacts with your child. Does she get down to his level? Does she engage the child in conversation? What is her body language saying?

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Is My Child Ready for School?

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So you are at home and your child, who just turned two, is running around your house and you are ready to pull your hair out! So far for the morning you have painted, colored, read stories, and are now reduced to sitting him in front of the television so you can get a minutes rest. 10 minutes later he is up throwing his crayons all over the floor ready to color again…

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Potty Training Pit Falls….

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So your child is three and still does not go on the potty…. Trust me when I say this is no cause for concern! Children go when they are ready and not a minute beforehand. When a child is around 15-18mos a parent should introduce the notion of the potty (if a child expresses interest before 15 mos than introduce them to the potty then). Parents should begin to read books about the potty and introduce potty seats and bowels.

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