Archive | July, 2013

5 Things Not to Do in College This Year

31 Jul

5 Things Not to Do in College This Year.

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Good piece about importance of imaginative play children

29 Jul

Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=76838288

Art lesson – How to draw, paint and design

28 Jul

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Artyfactory offers free art and design lessons where you can teach yourself how to draw, paint and design by following our illustrated step by step instructions. We are building a growing resource of art lessons, art history notes, ideas and techniques designed to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks.

Lesson plan: http://artyfactory.com/sitebody/art_lessons.html
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About brain – A Child’s brain as they learn new skill

27 Jul

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A Child’s brain as they learn new skill

• Learning new skills is the best way to improve memory, better verbal intelligence and increased language skills.

• Practice makes perfect. The more adept you become at a skill, the less work your brain has to do. Over time, a skill becomes automatic and you don’t need to think about what you’re doing. This is because your brain is actually strengthening itself over time as you learn that skill.

• Learning new skills causes the brain grow larger.

• The learning process makes difference :

1. Let the child learn / discover new skills by himself without guidance or help to grow as better problem solver.

2. In order to learn new skills she/he need to learn to fail. Introduce “F” word in early stage. Let him/she face failure, to master his new skill.

3. Take time to learn new skills. Spend only 15 -30 minutes a day on a project. Instead of sitting down for hours on end to learn a skill, distributed practice is all about shorter, smaller sessions where you’re stimulating the link between the neurons more often throughout time.

4. Learn new skills before sleep. The study found that subjects who went to sleep right after learning something did significantly better in a series of memory tests.

How to spot your child hidden talents

24 Jul

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Your child loves to sort objects
Your child talks nonstop
Your child fiddles with everything
Your child is a daydreamer
Your child loves to solve puzzles
Your kid is a take-charge type
Your child can’t keep still
Your child’s talents are still a mystery to you

If you don’t see any of these signs in your child, stay open to teasing out her hidden talents. Give her exposure to plenty of different activities that may interest her, but don’t overschedule her. Give her enough free time to read, think, and let ideas simmer. Chances are you’ll spot her special gifts over time.

Asking for feedback from other adults in your child’s life can give you fresh insights. Her teacher may point out her fascination with the piano. Or maybe Grandpa comments on her ability to remember all types of plants and flowers.

By noticing the areas where she has natural talent, you can help her be seen, heard, and understood. But your ultimate goal is to love her for who she is while you help her reach her full potential.

Source : http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-spot-your-grade-schoolers-hidden-talents_10315532.bc

FREE Homeschool online planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one

17 Jul

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Homeschool Skedtrack is a FREE online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.

The whole system is a personal virtual school that features: •easy record keeping from PK-12 for each student
•worry free data back-up
•access of your virtual school from anywhere around the world
•flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
•automated display of daily home school activities/lessons per course
•automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
•scheduling and tracking of field trips
•scheduling vacations and declaring holidays
•a school calendar for each student
•a resource list per course
•tests recording
•automated grade calculation
•report card generation in pdf format
•transcript generation in pdf format ( two columns or by subject )

Educational apps helping young kids learn

16 Jul

If you want your kids studying or learning to do chores without being asked, you might think twice before telling them to put the games down.
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