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Learn To Earn A Living A school plays a very important role in a manaE�s life. Education is included in the top most basic necessities. As soon as kids turn 5, parents can enroll their children in some institutions where they can learn the basics. It is really very important to choose good schools as a starter because this is where they first learn and develop. At school, children are allowed to mingle, choose friends, and have fun. Activities will also help children experience and develop their abilities. The second stage is the grade school level wherein kids are engaged into a more serious stuff. Here, they are engaged in some activities, clubs and organizations that will help them nurture and develop their own skills. They are exposed to competitions where they either fail or succeed. The experience will make them strong and understand things their own way. In high school, they already have the will to be independent and they can decide on their own.

The experience in this stage is tougher. This is where they decide where theyaE�re heading for their future. When they already know where to focus, they will decide where to go to in their tertiary level. Although parentsaE� presence in choosing their career path is important, children should have the freedom to choose their courses. Academies have education experts that help students build training plans and courses that are custom made to fit their specific education requirements. Some academies require an entrance assessment to test skills. As soon as assessment is done, students are distributed to specific classrooms. All institutions are required to provide evaluation every semester to test the level of capabilities of the students. Parents are advised to be supportive in their childaE�s career as it is a positive reinforcement that your children know that you are behind them in every step of the way.

Thinking Outside The Books – Homeschool Math Lab Days

At a recent homeschool convention, I had the opportunity to speak to many moms about ways to think “Outside the Books”, when it comes to our homeschooling. I wasn’t advocating never using textbooks or changing programs, but rather, helping them see that there are many ways to “show what you know”. It is also important for us to help our children see that real learning happens all the time, not just when they are filling out worksheets or sitting at our school table.

One way we have added a bit of spice to our homeschooling over the years is with a weekly Math Lab day. On one day a week I plan for us to leave the math curriculum on the shelf and do some hands-on learning with games, crafts, etc. Math Lab days are also great for using math software you have sitting around, but may never get around to using. Or how about those math games you have purchased, but usually remain on the shelf collecting dust?

Just what kinds of things can you do on Math Lab Day? I’m glad you asked!
Young children
* Counting games with candy, Legos, or anything else you might have lying around. * “War” with a regular deck of cards or make your own deck with numbers to 100 and maybe a “wild card” or two to make things more exciting. * If you have them, Snap Cubes (a popular manipulative) are great to play with, making “trains” of different color patterns. You start the pattern, and your child adds on to the train following the pattern. Then let them start a pattern and you finish it. * Any board game that requires dice and counting. * Use standard and non-standard items to measure things around the house. “Hey, Mom, did you know the cat is 50 paper clips long?” * Kitchen – baking involves using lots of real life fractions – while you’re at it,how about sharing the “fruits” of your math lesson with a neighbor! * Play store

Elementary thru Middle School
* Math with Literature! We love Sir Cumference, A Place for Zero, Equal Schmequal, and other titles in the math adventure series. * Our favorite math games are S’math and Knock Out! from Muggin’s Math – we just purchased their new fraction games, too. * Board games, including Monopoly, PayDay!, Sequence and more. * Card games like UNO and War. A favorite is to use flashcards with math facts as our “war” deck. * Videos: Multiplication Rock, Money Rock * Play store and many of the other activities from the above list * If you have any of the handheld, electronic math toys, Lab Day is a good time to make sure they are put to use * Computer games – Money Town, Math Blaster, etc. * Use activities from “Family Math”, “Math for Smarty Pants” or “Games for Learning Math.” * Plan an imaginary trip and use a map to figure how many miles you will travel. * For kids interested in the Stock Market, you can use Lab Day each week to track and check on a couple of stocks, plotting their progress on a graph. * Visit one of the fun, free math game sites online like the Math Arcade at . There are lots more free websites for online learning in my book, Using the Internet In Your Homeschool.

One other idea that we’ve implemented, not just for Lab Day, but as a way to add some more real life application to our math lessons is the “Mommy Bank”. I gave each of my kids a blank check or savings registry book. Their allowance is “direct deposited” into their Mommy Bank account. They must add the amount each week. They also deposit money received for their birthday, odd jobs, etc. When they purchase something, I pay for it and we deduct it from their account in the Mommy Bank. Of course, older children often prefer to keep their money with them, but this works well when they are younger or for those kids who are not yet ready to carry around cash.

The above lists are just a few of the things we have done on Math Lab Day over the years. Writing this article has reminded me that my own homeschooling has fallen into a bit of a rut. Sounds like tomorrow needs to be an “Outside the Book” kind of day!

Addressing The Needs Of Home-schooled Kids

There is a wide variation when it comes to the public opinion on homeschooling. Some are avid supports, while some do not find it in the best interest of children. And to weight out the pros and cons of homeschooling, a list of advantages and disadvantages of this alternative means of education is set up.

Either way, if it is really the best of the learners that is at their supporters and detractors hearts; why not consider what the learner really needs in order to achieve learning success whether in the public and private educational system or through homeschooling.

Taking the side of homeschooling, it is important to evaluate and identify the needs of the children, their interest, the learning methods that best stimulates their curiosity and inquisitiveness. This is the only key to a quality homeschool education – addressing what the homeschooled kid needs.

In homeschooling children, the instructors may be in the form of the parents or a tutor should be able to commit a time for learning. And homeschooling, with all the preparations, will really take up much time. A child will have to be given a strict time schedule for learning, and time for playing as well.

Homeschooled children are criticized to be less sociable individuals. Indeed, socialization is a major factor in developing the personality of a child. Having this in mind, instructors should give attention to the child getting together with other children apart from the home.

All children grow at their own pace. Let kids be kids. Understand that they are experiencing the world for the first time. Get involved and be interested in what interests the child. If it is in the arts and crafts field, then focus on that. Not only will it help the instructor foster rapport with the child, but this will also stimulate and motivate the child to learn new things. Give the child some room to grow and develop on his own with proper guidance.

The effort of homeschooling children will never be too much. It is constant striving to address the children’s needs and this will greatly vary as you go along. Children grow and develop, and sooner or later will be interested in new things. And when this time comes, the instructor should always be ready to cater to the children’s requirement for learning.

Why Home And School Aba Curriculums Should Be Equal

For parents with one or more children with an autism spectrum disorder, the idea of Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is likely quite familiar. ABA is a form of therapy that uses repetitive instructions and reinforcements to teach new concepts and to help facilitate mental, social, and emotional development, eventually rewiring the brain and effectively teaching it to learn. While a number of children who undergo intensive ABA therapy at an early and formative age are able to function well in normal classrooms, sometimes virtually indistinguishable in function from other children, a number of children need continued therapy after starting school. For many of these children, a combination of home and school based ABA therapy is recommended or required. For these students, it is crucial that the two programs communicate frequently and strive for the same goals.

One problem many schools have is that instructors are not trained in ABA. Other schools have instructors that are not familiar with current treatment methods or may work in a different manner than parents. For this reason it is recommended that a training mechanism be used that applies to both parents and school districts so that the two may work together to achieve the same goals and to make the therapy more comfortable and effective for the children involved.

Parents and schools who share a common goal in teaching a child with an autism spectrum disorder must work together closely to compare data and identify trends in behavior and learning. Only when all data is examined can goals be clearly and properly established and a proper course of treatment planned. By working together to teach the same methods and achieve the same goals, both parties give a child the best chance of success and of truly reaching their maximum potential.

Applied Behavior Analysis therapy can be successful for any child, but it must be uniformly applied by all who are teaching them. If one party uses positive reinforcement and repetition while another uses only voice prompts and negative reinforcement, progress may be hindered or stopped. Parents and schools are urged to share a training regimen and class and work to foster an environment that makes learning easy for the child or children involved. By doing this the child is truly given all of the tools he or she needs to function to the best of their ability, and only then does the child have a chance at recovering from an autism spectrum disorder.