Passing The TOEFL Test When Enrolling For College Courses

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If English is not your primary language, many universities will require that you pass an English test in order to be successfully enrolled into one of their schooling programs. Most universities requiring an English test will use the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) to screen applicants. If you plan on applying for college at a university that requires a proficient grade on the TOEFL test, you will want to practice grammar and spelling rules beforehand. Here are some ways you can enhance your knowledge of the English language in an attempt at a favorable test score. Increase Your Exposure To The English Language One of the best ways to learn the English language is through constant exposure. Instead of watching your favorite television programs in your language, opt to watch them in English. Watch movies with subtitles in your own language to help you get a feel for the language. Strike up conversations with people fluent in English so you can hear how it is spoken in everyday context. This will allow you to hear slang terminology in addition to proper English. This is important so you are able to distinguish between the two when it comes time for your testing. Hire A Tutor To Help You Learn Proper Grammar Hiring a tutor will give you the opportunity to ask questions as you are taught basic English rules. Your tutor will give you small tasks to accomplish with their help and on your own to help drill you. Reading, spelling, and writing exercises will be administered to give you the confidence you will need to pass the TOEFL exam. Try Practice Tests Online To Learn  Taking online practice English language tests online is a wonderful way to get a feel for what will be expected during the real TOEFL examination. These tests are set up in the same format as the official testing, giving you some familiarity with the process as a result. The questions asked will be similar to those you would be asked as well. Signing up for an online testing course will help you learn the English language via test questions in addition to giving you a sample of the procedures you would need to do when it comes time for the real testing. These courses are constructed with easy to understand instructions to help guide you through the test exams without confusion. You would see scoring to help you decide if you are ready for the TOEFL exam or if you need more practice....

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Four Questions To Ask A Prospective Child Care Center

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are touring child care centers for your little ones, getting the info you need is important. Sometimes even the details for child care services listed on websites or provided on guided tours won’t give you all of the information that you need as a parent. It is important that you ask a prospective child care center specific questions that relate to your child’s care and safety. Here are four questions you should always ask when picking a child care center. 1. How Long Have the Current Staff Worked Here? While the field of child care services can have a high turnover rate, this still should be a consideration. If the child care center you are touring has all new staff, this can be a red flag. If you can talk with other staff besides the manager or assistant, this can help determine if they are happy in their role and are a good fit for your child’s care. 2. Can I Visit My Child While They are in Child Care? Finding out where parents fit into a child care center’s philosophy is important. There are ways that child care services should be able to handle parental participation. If you are welcomed with ideas for volunteering or coordinating activities, this is a good sign that your child care center is an environment that enjoys input from parents. 3. What Educational Programs are in Place? Depending on the age of your children, child care services can vary when it comes to integrating childhood development into basic care. Children are learning all of the time and it is a smart move to find a center that wants to foster this. Learning opportunities with physical movement, quiet activities, and group interaction are all important and should be a priority at your chosen center. 4. What are Your Thoughts on Discipline? If this is not implicitly brought up on a child care service’s website or tour, be sure that you ask about discipline policies that are followed. There are a variety of discipline techniques that can all be acceptable, but make sure these are in line with what works for your child at home. Keeping your child safe and happy when they are in someone else’s care is always a priority, but be sure to take an active role when choosing the right daycare. Find a place with the same child care philosophy as your own will be more likely to seamlessly integrate into your child’s...

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Improve Excavator Safety With A Scouting System

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Excavators are powerful pieces of heavy equipment that can be utilized for a wide variety of tasks. However, operators can’t see everything during their digs and this may cause a series of dangerous accidents. The following process will help you set up a series of scouts that will help minimize accident risk.   Understanding Excavator Line Of Vision Excavator operators generally don’t have an incredibly wide range of vision. In fact, it is generally limited to a small area in the front left of the machine. That’s because that’s the direction the operator is facing. Other aspects, such as the positioning of various parts of the machine, limit their sight.   As a result, they aren’t going to be able to see at the base of the operator (where they are digging) or to the front right. This is where the vast majority of accidents are likely to occur, such as breaking a pipe or threatening the health and safety of someone the operator can’t see. Positioning Your Scouts When you understand the line of vision limitations of an excavator operator, you know where to position at least one of your scouts: directly in the line of sight. So try to place someone to the front left of the machine, several yards away from where he will be digging. Often, this should be the only scout you need.   However, it’s not a bad idea to position someone to the front right of the machine, at least 20 yards back from the machine. This gives the scout a good line of vision for areas the operator can’t see. He can communicate concerns to the other scout, such as collapsing soil, and help avoid serious problems. Master Hand Gesture Communication While a scout may be able to communicate verbally with the excavator operator, it’s a good idea to create a system of hand gesture communications. Gestures can be a powerful and nearly instantaneous form of communication and ones that don’t have to be shouted above the din of the excavator operation. The following hand gestures are among the most common you’ll need to use and are simple enough to be understood immediately:  Waving one hand towards the scout – free to move forward Pointing to left or right – move bucket in that direction Two hands in front of chest, palm up – stop immediately Circling one hand in the air – continue with current activity Holding hands in front of chest and moving back and forth – exposed danger under the bucket, such as pipes or wires Mastering this simple system will help create a safer and more relaxing work environment for everyone on your job site. Alter it...

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Why Play Should Be A Part Of Your Child’s Day No Matter Where He Or She Goes

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re a parent trying to choose between preschool, pre-kindergarten, or another form of educational activity for your young child, no doubt you’ve seen a lot of different educational and psychological philosophies and agendas at these schools. Some parents want their children to go through classes that prepare them for kindergarten, while others just want the child to be somewhere safe. No matter which form of pre-elementary school class you choose, just be sure the classes allow the child to play at some point. Play, as non-educational as it might look, is actually a key part of healthy development. Social Skills Being able to play, whether alone or with others, helps social skills and self-sufficiency skills develop. Playing alone gives the child practice being alone and keeping him- or herself occupied. Playing with others develops skills like compassion, cooperation, a sense of fairness, decision making, conflict resolution, and language/communication. If a child is not given a chance to spend time playing and not dealing consciously with academic concerns, especially a young child, that can result in a lot of restlessness. Young children of preschool age have energy and limited concentration skills. They need to have the opportunity to simply play and let go. Math and Number Skills Play improves math skills without any apparent math lesson. Children playing a physical game learn how to keep score and learn numbers — even very small children playing kickball or handball learn how to do this. They learn how to judge distances; even if they aren’t dealing with feet, inches, or miles, just running around a playground allows children to make the connection between the distance from one point to another with the time it takes to cross that distance. Physical Skills And speaking of running or playing games, play lets children learn physical skills, from more graceful walking to faster running to how to inevitably take a fall (as painful as those can be, falls show children that they need to be careful running lest they trip over something). Climbing skills, the connection between body movements and using a swing, fine motor skills when using building blocks, and learning the limits of their own strength are all reinforced during play time. Even if your child is ahead developmentally and is showing early signs of being able to handle regular school days, incorporating general play time is essential for healthy growth. As you check each preschool or pre-K school, like Foundations Child Development Center Inc, to see if they’re appropriate for your child, ask about how the school handles play and how much time the children have to do...

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3 Ways As A Parent You Can Help Your Struggling Reader At Home

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If your child is struggling with reading due to a learning difference or ability, you can help them with their reading by providing support at home as well. Here are a few ways you can support your struggling reader at home. #1 Set Small, Achievable Goals Do not overwhelm your child with lofty goals. Set, small, achievable goals so that your child can feel successful and like they are making progress. For example, instead of setting a goal of having your child increase their reading level by two grade levels in one school year, focus instead on micro-goals that will help your child achieve their overall goal. Instead, set a goal of having your child read a specific list of words accurately. Once they meet that goal, set another small, achievable goal for your child to work on. When your child meets a goal, celebrate your child’s success. Realize that your child is working as hard as they can at their ability level. Don’t go without praise just because your child is not the top reader in their class. Give them positive affirmation about little successes, and celebrating meeting large goals together.  #2 Let Your Child Know It Is Okay To Read Slowly Many struggling readers read slower than their peers. This is okay. Let your child know it is okay if they are reading slow; let them know that reading more quickly will come with time and practice. Instead of focusing on speed, encourage your child to focus on reading words correctly. Do not pressure your child to read faster. Praise your child for reading accurately, and help your child focus on remembering what they read. You can help them remember what they have read by having them summarize what they read to you, by writing a sentence about what they read, or by drawing a picture about what happened. This will help your child see that reading accurately and understanding what they read is more important than reading quickly.  #3  Read Aloud To Your Child Learning to read is not just about being able to read, it is about being able to comprehend what is being read. Read aloud to your child every day. Your child’s reading comprehension levels may be far above their actual reading level. This is a great way to expose your child to information that is at their comprehension level. It will also help your child increase their reading comprehension. Reading out loud to your child is also a great way to model appropriate reading behavior to your child. Your child will see you following along with the book and will be able to hear you pronounce words.  You can help your child who...

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Considering Private Education For Your Children? What To Know Before You Enroll

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are considering putting your kids in private school because you want them to get the best education possible, you want to make sure you choose a private school that’s worth the investment. There are great private schools that offer your child many opportunities they can’t get through public schools, but there are others that don’t have the same benefits. You need to tour each of the schools you’re considering, including the public schools in your areas to get the most information. Ask the following questions when you take your tours. Smaller Class Sizes You want to compare the student to teacher ratio with the public schools, to see where your child will get the most attention. Ask about teacher’s aids, and how long they are in the classroom. You want the school with the smaller class sizes and with the most help, because you are paying for your child to get all the help they can. Advancement Options Do all the children learn at the same pace? Often in public schools the teacher will follow a particular curriculum, and it can be hard for children to move ahead if needed, or to get extra help when necessary. Ask the private school if they have progressive programs for students who are ahead of the class, and if they can give extra attention to the kids that need it. Class Options Is the private school going to offer language classes, a music class, yearbook, or things like that? Some private schools are able to offer a wide range of class options outside of what the public schools can offer, while others don’t have nearly as many. You have to decide which electives are important to you for your child, and then find out what schools offer these electives. Test scores and statistics can be impressive when you’re looking at private schools, but you have to make sure that the school you pick is the right fit for you and your child. You can get a lot of information online when you look at a school’s website, but this isn’t all the information you need to get about the school. When you walk through the buildings, check out the security details and also the atmosphere on campus. Make sure you get a good feel for what the school is like. Then you’ll be able to make the right decision for your...

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