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Category Archives: Education

Character Education Phase

Self Discipline

Often said the backbone of Character Education. Teachers and parents in tandem should make sure to teach students/ kids to be self disciplined.

To be compassionate

Being compassionate is always a plus point when it comes to making your kid understand the suffering or pain that a person undergoes. When it comes to helping someone in need, ask them not to back off no matter what comes.

Responsibility

Being responsible is a task itself. Teach your kids or students to accomplish a task within a timeframe and cite examples if needed.

Be Friendly

Being friendly is the one of the greatest virtues. Hence, you should make sure your kid turns out to be a good friend.

Perseverant

Being perseverant will surely reap anyone benefits to success. Character education teaches your kid not to back off even while facing a daunting task by maintaining a positive attitude and by giving their very best.

Put in your best

Success cannot be achieved overnight and this is a universal truth. Each and everyone needs to put in their best efforts to achieve the desired. Therefore, make sure that your kids are aware of this fact as well.

Basic Values

To be honest and loyal is one of the basic values in Character education, not only to his own self as well as to others.

Faith: Faith is believing in you and in almighty. Believe that he is there to take care of everyone’s need.

Ignore and Avoid

Some of the negative traits that kids should avoid are violence and profanity. Teach them to do so.

Say ‘NO’

You have to make sure that your children always maintain a safe distance from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, any illegal substances or abusive language.

The above mentioned are only a couple of values and virtues that you need to instill in your kids. But, these are basic virtues and values that need to be taught in order to move to the next phase of character education.

Academic instruction isn’t the only responsibility teachers have in today’s classrooms. More and more, teachers are being called on to teach students about values … things like making good decisions, the showing of respect, taking responsibility, choosing friends, and having a positive attitude. It’s a responsibility that could be overwhelming, considering the limited hours available in a school day, the number of kids in the classroom, and the diversity of backgrounds and personalities each child represents.

Music Effect on Early Education

From a scientific point of view a lot of the theories can be backed up. It makes sense that there are a lot of skills involved in learning to play an instrument. It requires the understanding of long sections of music, a complex symbolic notation system, and bimanual control of the instrument. It’s irrefutable that learning these requires good memory, motor functions and the ability to understand rhythm, timing and a system much like a foreign language. At a young age children’s brains are like sponges and to add learning such skills early on could only benefit a child.

Slightly more theoretically based is the belief that hearing complex musical pieces can actually improve a child’s intelligence. There have been numerous researches done into this area with interesting results. One such research project resulted in the buzz word ‘Mozart Effect’. It is a widely heard theory that listening to Mozart can make a child smarter. Mozart is regularly used as the prime example because of the complexity of his pieces.

While there is no concrete evidence to support this, there are an abundance of theories about how it may help brain development. Listening to complex, multi instrumental pieces is likely to effect the child’s understanding of rhythm and could assist in developing more attentive listening. This in turn could likely improve a child’s focus and attention span making it easier for them to absorb information in later life.

Whether there is any real merit to these techniques, it is apparent that giving children an artistic output is beneficial to them. There are a variety of educational companies who strive to provide educational tools for children such as easels for art and various musical instruments which suggest there is strong support for artistic development in early learning. However, if you do decide to get your child a particularly loud instrument, investing in room dividers might be a good idea.

As all parents want the best for their children, these methods will remain popular as they are certainly of some benefit at least.

 

Toys Role in Learning

Adulthood is not an easy thing to deal with, but it can prove to be even harder to deal with if a person is ill-prepared on the matter. However, when a child is given something to play with, this can help lessen that problem. If they are given learning toys, chances are good that they will be ready for what comes later in life. Household appliances, cars and so on, are all shadowed from actual parts of adult life. Exposing them to such things at a young age makes it feel less overwhelming; in fact, they will be too busy having fun to pay much mind to the fact that they are being taught something.

As any parent could attest, proper early development is very important for the overall mental and physical health of a young person. To help in the success of this, learning toys play a notable part. It does not matter if these educational toys come in the form of a puzzle consisting of colourful shapes, a towel puppet for bath time or something that makes sounds; each of these items force the child to pay attention and use their brain. On top of this, through exposure to said items they can also learn to tap into their imagination. That towel puppet becomes an unrivalled hero, and those puzzle pieces prove to be formidable hurtles for the hero to overcome.

Many children are shy and choose not to socialize with others their age, if not anyone they come across. To help discourage this, educational toys can demand that more than one person use them in order for them to function properly. When this happens, no matter how reluctant, the child will end up interacting with others. Through exposure, they can get used to socializing and become less afraid of the idea. Though it is not a guaranteed result, few would claim that it should not be attempted.

Toys play a role in learning, no matter what they are or when they are used. They prove to be crucial in early development, and can even help a child harness their imagination, something that few could picture their lives without. Without toys, some parts of adult life would be almost foreign or scary, and playing can prepare the child for what will inevitably have to be dealt with. The form of these toys may change as the years and generations pass, but their purpose will remain the same.

 

Tips to Teach Children in Ages 3 to 6

1. Don’t listen to other adults when they say students can only learn for ten to fifteen minutes! That’s wrong in so many ways, and yet right in one way. You should teach them a full 45-60 minutes without stop, but every 15 minutes you should change the style of your teaching and change what words, math games, or items that you want you child to learn. For example: 15 min teaching English Vocabulary, 15 minutes teaching numbers, 15 minutes teaching letters, 15 minutes teaching writing letters (harder and takes patience at age 3).

2. Be creative in your teaching! This means if you are teaching at home, then sit next to the toy box and begin teaching the child the name of each toy, but remember to repeat it, so that the child hears you say it two times. This is especially good at teaching words like (Bulldozer, Ambulance, Police car, fire engine, race car, motorcycle, animals, Colors (very fun), and much more. There is a world of learning within the toy box and those are things the child sees everyday and relates to a lot, so those words you teach will be very useful and constantly used. Keep this repetition up everyday until the child knows it in a few weeks, then move on to something more challenging, but don’t forget to review a little everyday of the old lessons!

3. Teach With Enthusiasm. Start with using your voice and then work up to cute mannerisms (acting). If you sound excited about teaching it, then the child will be excited to learn. The child is the reflection of the teacher, they reflect back what they see before them, so be cautious of what you say, you could be teaching things that you never intended or wanted too. It was Dr. Norman Peale that said “Enthusiasm sharpens a students mind and improves their problem solving abilities.”

4. Make Sure The Child Follows Along: Teaching reading without teaching sounding words out is possible and I’ve been teaching that way to students for over ten years. Age three to four will have to start leaning words written on flash cards, hand made is fine. Find an easy story book you like and take 50-100 words starting out. You don’t need a picture on the back, it wastes your time and doesn’t make them learn faster, but like earlier you have to hold the card up and repeat the word two times, but will all you repetition, the child must always repeat two times (you say “Them”, student says “Them”. You say “Them” again, students says “Them” again.). Use this repetition for all teaching starting out for first year or more. New words you may teach might be (this, that, those, to, a, an, apple, banana, run, Jack, Jane, grass, house, tree, kite, toys and so on). When teaching vocabulary, find a good picture dictionary for small kids, use it and use the repetition while you teach it, also have the child follow with one finger on the picture at all times. Don’t teach phonics for the first 6-12 months, this way they feel less scared of it and it comes much easier.

5. Make Sure They Speak: If you are teaching vocabulary words on cards, then hold one up (the word “Flowers”) and ask, “Okay, what color are the flowers?” or “Where are the flowers?” and see where the child goes with it, it reinforces the memory of the word flowers in their thoughts, but keep them focused on the task at hand, no wandering.

6. Teach numbers, addition, and subtraction: This is the easiest thing of all to teach. Go to the crayon box and take it to use in this lesson. Sit down on the floor; (all my students learn best there) face the student and take ten crayons out of any color. Then hold them in your hand, placing three on the floor. Say, “Let’s count them! Ready? One…Two…Three!” sound excited and do it slowly! Then see if the student wants to try, if not, you do a different number. Keep doing math this way using crayons, toys, balls, candy (yum-yum) or other items, until it’s too easy and they want more. You can teach them up to 100, really it’s true! But only if you believe in them as a teacher and believe in yourself. Move off to putting five crayons down and counting them, then take two away and count them again. Let the student try. Also, if your child likes drawing, instead of items, use paper and draw the number 4, then make four circles (or apples and so on). Do this for all numbers and let the child use a finger to point at them one by one as the student counts them. Great for teaching addition and subtraction.

7. Make Teaching A Routine: Kids fall into a routine much easier than adults and so you need to use the same time every day to teach them. Here is our class schedule for teaching three to six year olds.

9-10:00 AM: English speaking
10-10:30: Break and play
10:30-11:30: Math
11:30-12:30: Lunch and play
2:00-3:00: Writing/letters for 3 year olds, words for 4, but one page diaries for 6 year olds.
3:30-4:30: Reading/Vocabulary

Making a routine is detrimental to learning! Without this key element, you will not succeed in teaching the student for long. If at home, you must discipline yourself to teaching at certain hour everyday. This allows you and your child to fall into a comfortable routine, without chaos.

What have my students learned you ask? Well by the time they reach the age of 6-7 years old, they have been taking classes in my school for about 3 years. That means they have gained a vocabulary of over 3000+ English words (Remember they are Taiwanese so they start with not knowing any English at all), using a 1000 word picture dictionary series. Also they can add and subtract without using their fingers, but instead look at the board and answer quickly. They also start at six years old at learning writing and vocabulary in Chinese. By six, the students must write a one page diary everyday, with beautiful writing (about 50-70 words). Also they are capable of reading at a second graders level and use phonics to sound out words that they don’t know.

By taking the time to teach you child early on, it will create a positive study habit for the student and make future learning easier by already having experienced learning in a structured environment. We teach and we learn along the way, both student and teacher. It’s a wonderful process of personal growth for all involved!

 

Things to Look For In A Pre-school

In the not-so-recent past, it was simple and effective to put a child in preschool – all it entailed was consulting the directory and calling the school closest to home and the child was admitted!

The perceived needs of the parents were limited to:

A safe, secure and warm classroom environment for the budding child.

The focus expected being primarily academics.

Logistically, the school needed to be close to the home and convenient to attend.

The changing times have witnessed exponential increases in both the number of preschools and the expectations of the parents per se.

THE ENHANCED LEARNING CURVE

Present day parents are more discerning and aware considering that preschools play such an important role in development – the expectations are high and the perceived needs of the parents are more spatial than ever before. The new age expectations from a preschool are more than a safe and mere academic institution. The expectations from the modern day preschool need to encompass some or more of the following:

An institution which could inculcate spatial personality development.

Preschools with a reputation and a prestigious name

Aligned to the perceived needs of the parents – be it religious or values driven.

Availability in synchronicity with the work schedules of the parent(s).

The Curriculum – well-structured or play-based method depending on the preferences of parents.

Feedback – present day decisions are strongly driven by feedback – even more so for preschools considering it is important to assimilate and analyze the real time experiences of parents and children.

THE OPTIONS

The present day Preschools could well be demarcated:

The traditional half -day school program being in alignment with those not wanting to overburden the child very early in life.

A school with a full-day program – as in a state-sponsored program which would predictably be the option of choice if both parents or single parents work all day.

The religious school environs could well be need of offering a non-secular environment.

Discerning parents then would address this critical decision conscientiously, considering that it entails enormous planning and judicious decision-making which invariably begins with identification of preschools, followed by an in-depth researching of facilities and track record of the institutions – moderated by the feedback of others and finally conclude based on the personal real time visit perceptions before making the decision.

 

Teach Critical Thinking in Early K-12 Education

Critical thinking is an essential set of reasoning and communication skills required to operate effectively in society. The basic concept of “don’t believe everything you read” comes to mind. It is an essential reasoning skill. The word “skill” is key here because it is more than just common sense or something that children learn as a natural course of growing up. It is a skill that must be taught and learned. Proficiency in critical thinking is essential to lifelong learning and to dealing effectively with a world of accelerating change. To get a better feel for this, consider the following: For starters, compare how we think about the job market today to how your children may have to think in the future.

For example, today we think: here is my resume; hire me; tell me what to do and then pay me an hourly wage for doing it. This thinking evolved out of the industrial revolution. It assumes stable business content, stable business processes and established companies and corporations who capitalize on the content and processes, produce products, hire people, etc. This basic thinking still exists today.

On the other hand, in the future, companies will be faced with a rapidly changing world in which much business content becomes obsolete every few years. This means companies and corporations must continuously change, adjust and integrate new information and new content into their business processes. Otherwise, they cannot compete in the evolving global information economy.

Employees of the future must adapt as well. Employees of the future are children today. Therefore, children must have the skills necessary to advance beyond the tell-me-what-to-do type jobs. It is easy to say companies will simply re-train their employees when necessary. This may be true today; however, in the future workplace, corporate sponsored re-training may not be an option.

Think about it. By the time corporations pay for and establish formal training programs to train employees on new processes, the processes may be obsolete. So, as workers, our children must be able to train themselves. They must know how to access raw information, process it and apply it real time on the job. There will be no books, no manuals, no teachers, no corporate training programs === just a vast sea of raw information. To be functional, our children must have critical thinking skills. They must have the skills necessary to access this vast sea of raw information, critically evaluated it, weed out what is not applicable and effectively apply information in ways that add value to the business processes of their employers.

For this reason, for years, academia and education researchers have tried to incorporate critical thinking in early K-12 education. Now, as we enter and engage the 21st century, it is even more imperative that we incorporate critical thinking in early K-12 education.

 

The Basic of Learning Styles

1. Visual

Visual learners create a mental image they can recall later. To create the mental image, they must first either see the problem or situation. The visual learner is aided by demonstrations and illustrations. These learners are often good map and chart readers and may enjoy art. Visual learners often can put a toy or other item together without reading the directions because they can “see” how it goes together.

2. Auditory

Auditory learners have a good ability to mentally compartmentalize information they receive. They can organize information they hear, relate it to other information they have already gathered and retrieve it later. These learners are often good verbal communicators, have good verbal processing skills and may enjoy reading. These learners often benefit from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.

3. Tactile or kinesthetic

Tactile learners prefer to be part of the action. They learn best not by observing, but by doing. They are the hands-on learners. These learners excel in situations where they can see and participate in immediate application of the information. They may appear bored and inattentive in a traditional classroom and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration.

4. Interactive or iterative learners

Although not one of the traditional learning styles, this category deserves some attention. Interactive learners need give and take. They need reinforcement, correction and guidance. They may need to have the information repeated, or re-demonstrated. They may need to ask questions, seek elaboration or more focus on a particular element. This category includes both the concrete thinkers who seek all the details and the abstract learner who takes in information through analysis, observation, and thinking.

How can a teacher possibly teach students across the spectrum of learning styles? Most teachers are very aware that every child is different and plan their curriculum to motivate all students to learn. Teachers don’t just know subject material, they know how to teach it. And most teachers strive to accommodate the various learning styles represented in their classroom.

Teachers use graphs, charts, maps and board games to create patterns for visual learners. When printed material is used, the teacher offers discussion, emphasizes visualization and encourages illustration. Auditory learners may do well in the traditional lecture formatted classroom, but deserve additional stimuli to broaden their learning skills and to create a richer environment. Auditory learners may enjoy discussion or debate groups. They may excel in music or a foreign language course. Science experiments, art and building projects, cooking projects or math manipulatives all contribute to the successful teaching of tactile learners. Self-esteem is promoted in tactile learners by asking them to demonstrate techniques or activities for the rest of the class.

Parents must be aware of how their children learn and seek situations or classrooms that will facilitate their success. If that is not possible, then supplemental learning material and experiences have to be sought. Fortunately for parents, there are multitudes of resources for their kids, both at home and in school. Parents should start with the techniques teachers use above and they will quickly see what their child responds to.

Encourage a visual learner to read. Computer software with creative animations or graphics will provide the visual reinforcement that will make learning easier for these students. The interactive quality of educational software helps to reinforce the written word with the visual cues.

Give an auditory learner a tape recorder and audio books. Exploit that fact that this child may learn a foreign language with ease. Foreign language instruction can successfully be learned interactively on a home computer. Engage your auditory learner in conversation. Strive to encourage complex thinking and discussion, analysis of situations and problem-solving. Discuss books, movies, feelings and facts. Encourage them to watch the nightly news and discuss it with them.

Tactile learners need to get their hands into the learning experience. Budding archaeologists and scientists love to get their hands in their work and will enjoy specialty camps and discovery museums. They might enjoy any activity from cooking to creating models of working volcanoes.

It is the students that need the extra explanation or additional reinforcement of concepts and skills that present the most challenge. Time alone is the worst enemy of this learner. Individualized attention and instruction isn’t always possible within the constraints of the classroom and the school day. The interactive or iterative learner will benefit from material that supplements classroom learning, such as homework or educational software. This may take the form of a tutor or parent who can reinforce classroom concepts and provide additional instruction. Subject-specific educational software may be helpful here, due to its self-paced quality.

The most beneficial teaching technique that any parent or teacher can employ is to recognize and acknowledge that each child has a different learning style, each of which is valid. Teachers and parents who provide rich, learning environments for their students’ varied learning styles will produce confident, successful kids.

Tips about Fun English for Kids

Practice English Language day by day. Even during ordinary time with your family and friends

Nothing beats up this technique in learning your child the English language. Steady exposure to any language helps easygoing absorption for children. It acts upon in the same way that we find out our own first languages. Kids who spring up improving in French Republic typically pick up the French language well and those who are delivered in the United States of America or the United Kingdom spring up up to be proficient in English language. Of course, it totally depends upon your own acquirement in addressing the oral communication. If you converse with the kid in English language that is suitable and polished and encourage him to reply in similar mode, and so he will certainly master from the oral communication in no time.

Play Educational Games that is in English. This way one can develop his/her comprehension in English and have new English vocabulary word.

When you play with your youngster, be sure that the games that you are playing are informative and of value. Do not blow your time on senseless games that instruct the kid nothing. There are numerous games for teaching English language that assist in the kids growth specified as puzzle games, word secret plan* and English songs because children. Word games, particularly, assist in improving the kids grammar and vocabulary, particularly if you practice English dictionary for kids.

Include the Child in Your telecasting Time.

Telecasting embodies not all of the time risky for your kids. Culture medium* are really an eager source by finding out and reality for your child, particularly in the function of English grammar for children. Some kids determine to verbalise English language from barely finding out animated cartoon* and other English language films. And so, while you are keeping an eye on TV, try to ingest your kid ride on you. Not just bequeath he represent harboured and well-chosen, but he’ll likewise be catching English language words and set phrase* that you could not deliver taught him. Naturally, you will also experience to cut down upon vehement pictures which feature outrage language.

However to study English language for kids require not represent tiring, but it could be fun as well!

 

Questions to Ask when Your Child may be Better off in A Private School

# Do you feel that the school that they are currently in is not capable of providing the academics that you feel are necessary for your child?

# Have you tried to work with your teen on how to handle peer pressure, but feel that there is too much danger where they are nonetheless?

# Will your child react that this private school is a punishment or will you try to explain to them that this will help them to become a better student?

# Does the private school provide for the academics you need your child to have, the type of discipline that you believe in and the means to enforce it?

# Will you still commit to helping your child through the problems they face, one on one even if they are not at a school locally?

# What do you really want to accomplish from the private setting? Is this realistic?

Take some time to determine what a private school really can offer your child. In most cases, they will still be faced with all the temptations that other teens are. Making the right choice can happen if you to talk to your child, their teachers and your spouse

 

Kids Learning Strategy that Works

Researchers have recently discovered that whole-brain learning or brain-based learning is an efficient and effective learning strategy that helps kids (parents and teachers, too) learn anything easily without struggling.

One feature of brain-based learning involves using both the right side and the left side of the brain. Although nobody is just left brain or just right brain, most of us have a dominance.

Susan’s math aptitude means she is probably left-brain dominant, and Caleb, the artist, has a right-brain dominance.

Learning to read and write requires using both sides of the brain. So does learning math and even doing art. In fact, doing just about anything well, including thinking clearly, and even problem solving, involves using the right and left hemispheres of the front part of the brain.

How do you accomplish this? Easy. Just move across the center mid-line of your body. Every time you move your right arm to your left side or your left arm to your right side, you’re crossing the mid-line and improving learning, thinking, and problem solving. Now you’re using brain-based learning.

Works for kids. Works for you. Try these parenting tips and teacher resources today.

1. Give yourself a big hug.

2. Tell kids the only rule is to cross the mid-line of the body, right hand to left side, left hand to right side. Now let them invent ways of doing this.

3. Dance the hula. Or twirl a hula hoop.

4. Take a Brain Boosters TeleClass. Sign up at www.brainboostersforyourkids.com Or a Brain Gym class. Sign up at www.BrainGymClasses.com

5. Do the twist. (So you weren’t dancing in the 50s and 60s? Ask somebody to show you how to twist or get a dance video.) Twist with the kids while you listen to some old Chubby Checker songs.

6. Rake some leaves with your kids, making sure you’re raking off to the side instead of straight in front of you.

7. Play a board game. (Use your right hand to move your piece when it’s in the left corner and vice versa.)

8. Practice using your non-dominant hand to reach for things on the opposite side of your body. Even writing and drawing with your non-dominant hand helps. (You’ll get better with practice.)

9. Do Yoga and Tai Chi. Lots of moves cross the mid-line.

10. Cross your ankles and arms in front or in back when you’re doing jumping jacks. Kids can usually do this. If you can’t, try it in a swimming pool.

This brain-based learning strategy really isn’t all that complicated. Lots of everyday kinds of activities get the whole brain active. Sitting around watching TV, however, isn’t one of them! You and your kids have to move around and cross your mid- line. It’s fun.