4 Reasons Why You Should Choose Private Preschool Over Public Preschool

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Preschool is recognized as an important first step in a child’s education that lays the foundation for future success. While most parents recognize the benefits of preschool, many find choosing the right school a challenge. While economics may play a role in your school selection, you should consider private preschools because they often provide more benefits than public preschools. Widely Available Availability is the primary reason you should choose a private preschool. Your state or school district may not offer public preschools and if they do, they may be at capacity or have income restrictions. Private preschools are widely available and the cost of the school is typically no more than the cost of regular daycare. Lower Student to Teacher Ratio Public preschools are often underfunded, therefore class sizes are larger and the number of teachers is lower. As a result, your child may feel overwhelmed by the number of students in the classroom and receive less attention from the teacher.   Private preschools, like private primary schools, have lower student to teacher ratios. Therefore, your child’s teacher can spend more time with individual students. Children that receive more individualized attention are less likely to misbehave and more likely to seek positive attention. A smaller class size also means your child will develop a sense of community that would otherwise be difficult to cultivate in an overcrowded classroom. Specialized Education Programs Private preschools offer various teaching methods, from Montessori to Waldorf and from play-based to parent-participation. Not all teaching styles are beneficial to all children though. Your child may thrive in a Montessori classroom where children are allowed to choose their focus or you may want to be more involved in your child’s education and decide on a parent-participation preschool. Either way, you’ll have more options available than with a public preschool. Teacher Has More Flexibility Because public schools must abide by the state’s curriculum requirements, there are fewer opportunities for teachers to go off script, even in preschool classrooms. Private preschools provide teachers with more creative control and flexibility. This doesn’t mean they don’t emphasize important lessons, such as cooperation, social skills, an interest in math and science, and early reading skills. What it does mean is that your child’s teacher can adapt their projects and lessons to their students’ development. They’ll also have more opportunities and funding to schedule field trips and bring guest speakers to class, such as a beekeeper to show and tell about a bee’s life cycle. Private preschools provide many more benefits, including extended care and more opportunities for parent involvement. If cost is your primary concern, inquire about payment plans or scholarships. Don’t write off a program that will provide your child...

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It’s Not Just About Texting: Dealing With Driving Distractions

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The term “distracted driving” is one that seems to appear more and more often pertaining to cell phones. And it’s true — they can be very distracting, even contributing to a phenomenon now known as “distracted walking” that seems to be killing an increasing number of pedestrians. But a close look at the facts reveals that our vigilance behind the wheel needs to extend further than just resisting the pull of our smartphones. Here are three other main causes of distracted driving and recommendations for dealing with them. 1. Passengers A recent study shows that for teens, friends can be even more dangerous than cell phones. The highest percentage of crashes by teenage drivers, fifteen percent, was caused by talking to passengers. The use of cell phones accounted for twelve percent. It’s still dangerous, but not as dangerous as talking to friends. For parents, the great danger is trying to take care of children while driving. In one survey of moms with small children, over half admitted to turning around while driving to help their child with something. Stay safer while driving with passengers with these tips: Parents should always pull off the road before turning around, and (unless it’s an emergency, i.e. the child is choking on something) should always find a suitable parking area in which to do so. Teenagers need to be careful how many friends ride with them at once, keep their eyes on the road while conversing, and ask all passengers to be considerate and keep an eye out for traffic dangers. 2. Navigation Inputting addresses into a GPS is the most severe navigational distraction, but it’s also difficult to watch the road while reading a map or even while following written directions. So how can you get to a new place safely? If you don’t have time to memorize the directions beforehand (and who does?) you can try one of these options: Bring a passenger who agrees to serve as the map-reader. Pre-program your GPS before heading out, and remind yourself not to make any changes in the route without pulling off the road into a parking lot first. If you don’t have a working GPS, make an audio recording of your written directions and play it back while driving so you can keep your eyes on the road. 3. Drowsiness Although about half of drivers realize that drowsy driving is very dangerous and nearly all admitted in a study that it is unacceptable behavior, over forty-five percent claimed to have done it at least once. But just how dangerous is it? Drowsy driving crashes have nearly as high a fatality rate as drunk driving crashes. In addition, about one-fifth of all fatal crashes (plus...

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Furniture Options For A Great Nap Time At Infant Day Care Centers

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Running an infant day care is both a rewarding and demanding activity. On the one hand, you get to be involved in the development of little ones. And on the other, you’re aware of the various rules you must observe at all times, such as quietness during periods of rest. In addition to quietness, your infant day care center must also meet safety standards to ensure that your clients’ children don’t incur any risk while interacting with others. This article presents different furniture options that you should consider, and that are designed to help kids have a great nap time: Furniture options for toddlers and other younger children If you’re a registered infant day care provider, then you probably know that your center is expected to feature childcare cribs of a certain quality. Many of these materials are designed for safety: Cribs whose sides were made out of Plexiglas Cribs that feature a compartment to keep bedding materials Cribs that were built with solid materials Having day care cribs that were fabricated with solid materials is important because it means that the furniture items will not only last, but also have the ability to absorb different kinds of impacts. However, you must also consider the space available in your center. Indeed, if you want to maximize the number of cribs that you’re buying based on available space, then you might want to buy two-level cribs. Another option would be to purchase crib dividers, which basically allow to place two cribs side by side without letting any sound or noise go through.  Furniture options for older infants Unless your day care center is only specialized in newborns, you’re most likely also providing day care services to older children. To accommodate them, you’ll need an entirely new set of furniture items since these young individuals have simply grown too much to use a crib. Instances of furniture options in which you need to invest include cots and mats. Cots are very popular because they: Have a long durability Are easy to clean Don’t take up much space Besides sharing the same attributes as cots, mats can also be folded and stored quite easily. As you might know, nap is critical in the growth of children. Indeed, unless they rest enough, they won’t be able to perform well at school. And if their parents find out that being at your center was a factor, you’ll most likely lose business. So make sure you’re equipping your childcare center with high quality cribs...

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The ABCs Of VPK

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

February has arrived, and it is time to start thinking about your child’s schooling for next year. If you have a child who turns 4 before September 1, and live in the state of Florida, you have a unique opportunity. Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten or VPK program is available for free to all children in this age group. Here are some of the great benefits of this program. Developmentally Appropriate With so much of education today being focused on Common Core Standards, and the constant push for better test scores, VPK is a great opportunity for children to have a year of educational programming geared toward fostering a love of learning. Developmentally appropriate programs such as VPK understand that a child learns about his or her world through play. Concepts are taught in a fun and engaging manner, and children are given the chance to just be little for a bit longer. Freedom of Choice Another really great feature of the VPK program is that you have several options when it comes to enrolling your child in this free program. The program is not strictly based in the public school system. There are many private schools and daycare centers that are VPK providers as well. You are also able to choose from a school-year VPK program or a summer one, depending on the needs of your family. Kindergarten Readiness In today’s classrooms, it is more important than ever that every child enters Kindergarten ready to learn. Basic skills such as learning the alphabet, counting, and self-regulation are becoming more of a prerequisite rather than things that are taught in the Kindergarten classroom. VPK programs increase your child’s chances for success in the classroom by providing a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for him or her to learn these skills before entering Kindergarten.  VPK for Everyone As a parent in Florida, you have a chance to provide your child with a quality pre-kindergarten education no matter what your family’s financial situation looks like. In many other states, free Pre-K is only provided to low income families or children with special needs, making it difficult for middle-income families to afford these services. In contrast, the VPK program is available to all families, no matter what their financial or educational situation is. VPK is a great opportunity for the young children in your family, and now is the time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. Contact the Florida Office of Early Learning for application deadlines and available programs in your county today. You may also want to get in contact with a All Superstars Preschool or a similar institution in your...

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3 Ways To Introduce Basic Piano Concepts To New Students

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you begin teaching young students how to play the piano, sometimes one of the most difficult things is getting them to master the basics. Here are 3 things you can do as a teacher at a piano school to introduce basic piano concepts so that your new students have a good foundation for learning. Hand Position One of the most challenging things for little hands is keeping the right piano position because their hands are not used to being curved. The hands should make a cupping shape or a “C” shape when they are in the correct position. To get your students to do this, start by placing a small ball in their hands, and then wrap tape or a string around the ball so that it stays attached to their hands. Make sure that the ball is not too big because your students need to be able to get their fingers on the piano without the ball hitting the keys. When your students put their hands in the playing position, their fingers should curve around the front of the balls so that their fingers are lifted and are not flat. They may feel uncomfortable trying to play with the balls at first, but they will eventually get the concept of keeping their hands in the right position. Lifted Wrists Next, you need to work on keeping the wrists lifted so that they do not rest on the piano. Lifted wrists can be achieved by constant diligence and reminding your students to keep the wrists up. Also, you can tie a string around each wrist, and then lift the strings up so that their wrists are not touching the piano. If you want to make this easier, tie the strings loosely to a bar above the students, and this will keep their wrists suspended at all times. Just make sure that the strings are not tight on the wrists so that your students do not get uncomfortable. Key Recognition Lastly, helping your students to find the right notes and keys on the piano can sometimes be difficult. That is why you should start by teaching a simple song about each letter on the piano. For example, let your students play all of the “C’s” on the piano with a little song that you have come up with. Continue this with all of the other letters, and make sure that the song includes hints about where the keys are. For example, instead of just telling your students to play “A” throughout the song, you should say that “A” is in the middle of the 3 black keys repeatedly so that he or she will understand where to find the...

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Two Flight School Questions And Answers

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Flying a plane can be one of the most liberating ways of traveling. In addition to avoiding the hassle of flying on a commercial plane, a pilot’s license can also open career opportunities for you. Unfortunately, it is not easy to become a pilot, and you will have to attend pilot school at a place like Parkland College before you are legally allowed to operate an aircraft. After considering these two questions and answers about learning to fly, you will have a better understanding of what this process will be like.  Do You Have To Be Rich For Flight School? It is no secret that obtaining a pilot’s license can be an extremely expensive process to go through. In addition paying the fees for the license, you will also need to undergo rigorous training before you will be allowed to test for your license. While these courses will provide you with the skills needed to safely fly a plane, you may need help paying for them.  Luckily, there are many flight schools that offer students a range of financial aid programs. Grants and scholarships are widely available at these facilities, and if these programs are not available, there are government loans that can be used to pay for these courses. These loans will break up the cost of the training into more manageable payments.  What Type Of Plane Is Used During Flight Training? A common assumption is that your flight school will require all students to use the same plane during the training. While it is true that these facilities have planes that students can use, it is possible to use your own plane for this training. In fact, it is often preferred for you to use your own plane because this will help ensure that you are able to more easily apply lessons from training to when you are flying alone.  If you are going to use your own plane, you may be required to purchase a policy with specific coverage requirements. This is done to protect the training school in the event you are involved in an accident during in-flight training sessions. These policies may be more costly than your normal policy, but the benefits of using your own plane during these training sessions will likely be more than worth this cost.  Learning to fly can be both a personally and professionally rewarding skill to acquire, but this will entail months of formal training before you are in a position to safely fly a plane. After considering these two questions and answers about this process, you will be in a better position to understand what to expect during flight...

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