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Category Archives: Education

Fire Safety Education

1. Escape Routes

Whether in home or at school, children should know about escape routes. Older children who are mature enough to understand directions should be taught about the nearest fire exits located in the premises where they are usually at. It is also a must that they know the correct ways on how to escape. This can be done through a regular fire drill practice. Teach them to touch a door knob first before opening it so they know if there is fire on the other side. Have them practice crawling during the fire drill as poisonous smoke tends to rise above the air during fire.

2. Fire Safety Equipment

Kids should also know about the basic fire safety equipment including fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, fire ladders, fire hoses, fire blankets, and so on. They do not necessarily have to learn how to use each one of these but it is important for them to know what each one is for. For example, they need to know that smoke alarms give off a loud warning sound to indicate a fire accident. When kids hear this sound, they would know about the fire and they can respond to it the way they have been taught to do so. While children should not be taught to fight fire using fire equipment, they can be taught to use fire blankets to cover themselves while escaping the burning premises.

3. Preventive Measures

The phrase, “do not play with matches” has become a clich√© BUT this does not in any way diminish its importance. Kids should be made to realise that playing with matches or any other dangerous item that is flammable or combustible can lead to serious dangers. Tell them the possible consequences of their actions so that they will not attempt to do these things out of curiosity.

Keeping Kids Safe

There are many factors when it comes to keeping kids safe and all others can be left to the other experts. In my case I want to do everything to educate kids into never smoking. I want to teach kids what a black lung looks like. I want children to see what cancer does to the person suffering and the people around them.

Why do we even care about worrying about social studies in school but yet we do very little to educate our children when it comes to smoking. I guess for the most part all the responsibility needs to lie in our laps. As a parent it is our responsibility to fight against our kids smoking.

The tobacco companies would never admit to anything but anyone with common sense knows and realizes that tobacco companies very heavily rely on new smokers starting up to maintain billions of dollars in profits. Of course we cant win single handily against the tobacco companies but as a team and each and every one of us focus on taking care of the people around us then we can actually win this war.

We have to understand the importance of keeping kids safe in all circumstances. We do everything in our power and we would die for our kids but then we see kids on a daily basis with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths. Why do we not take smoking as seriously as the stalker on the internet trying to date your 15 year old daughter.

Bottom line is smoking kills and if you dont already know this you have been buried at the bottom of an ocean for a very long time. There are no more excuses life is about keeping kids safe.

All about Educational Kids Books

Reading aloud to your children each day will expose them to a number of stories, characters, and plots. They will soon learn how interesting children’s books can be, and are likely to want to learn how to read on their own as they get older. Reading aloud should be done for 20-30 minutes each day. Many parents choose to read one or two books to their children just before bedtime. Reading is a relaxing activity that can wind down children after a busy day.

Taking your children to the library can be a great way to get them interested in reading. This allows you to expose them to educational kids’ books without having to purchase them yourself. Getting them their own library card can teach them to love reading, as well as responsibility for property that is not their own. Ask the librarian to show you and your children around the kids’ section so that both of you can get a feel for the place. Also inquire about story time and other activities.

As you read children’s books to your kids, be sure to interact with the story. Use special voices for each character. Ask your children questions to keep them involved in the activity. This will also hold their interest, and teach them that they have to pay attention so that can give the right answers. Purchase books that have been made into a movie. Watch the movie with your children after reading the books, and discuss the similarities and differences between the two.

Create a good reading environment for your children. Have a specific space for your kids to look through children’s books that includes a book shelf and comfortable furniture such as a bean bag chair or child recliner. Make sure there are several books that the child enjoys in the book case. Avoid forcing your child to read or listen to you read aloud. This can help them grow to hate reading and books.

Educational Kids Games

1. Hot Spot: The game pieces in Hot Spot are built like robots, and the game suggests that robots move only in straight lines. The goal of the game is to make sure the red robot gets to the ‘hot spot’ located on one corner of the playing board. The child has to think of the most economical way to get to that red spot on the board.

2. Pete’s Pike is another educational kid’s game in which Pete has to find his way to the top of a mountain peak covered with snow. There are five mountain goats which help Pete along the way. If Pete makes a mistake, he will fall off the edge of the mountain. The child must use his or her thinking skills in order to help Pete reach the mountaintop.

3. In this educational kid’s game called Cover Your Tracks, different terrains are given to your child in order to test his or her thinking skills. Some of the terrains are sand, cement, mud and snow.

4. As the name suggests, Treasure Quest lets you go on a treasure hunt. When the child finds it, he or she has to escape with it through ancient Aztec ruins. There are many dangerous pathway and dead-ends which will try to confuse your child.

The game of ‘War’ can get a new mathematical twist and be turned into Math War. In this version of the game, have each person lay down two cards, and let the child with the highest sum win. This game can be easily adaptable to whatever math skill your child happens to be working on.

Some of the most familiar board games can be educational kids’ games without you even realizing it. The following games can be great for reinforcing concepts that are hard to grasp:

Battleship – this can help your child find coordinates on maps and graphs

Candyland – this game is useful for identifying colors

Scrabble – this game reinforces spelling and vocabulary skills

Monopoly – this game reinforces the concept of money(have your child be the banker)

Yahtzee – this game will help reinforce addition and counting skills

Clue – this fun game can help the child grasp the concept of story problems

You can also be on the lookout for educational kids’ games that focus on special skills that your child may be struggling with. These include:

‘WH’ Bingo – this game stresses the concepts of who, when, what, where and why

Moneywise Kids – this game reinforces the concept of saving money and making change

Smath – this educational kid’s game is the math version of Scrabble

Education Home Field Trips

Some folks involved in providing such trips down the river for special needs kids tell of how it becomes a life changing experience, so to do the parents. Occasionally, it’s almost to the point that there was “little Junior before the white water rafting trip, and little Junior after.” Some parents note the difference is that profound – to which I say; wow. When I first heard about all this, I thought to myself, no, it couldn’t be that good, but the parents swear by it and the kids after doing it, they’ll never stop talking about it.

My question is; why does it work so well? Perhaps, because special kids maybe apprehensive about the water, fearful, and yet excited at the same time, well, that is just about everything you need for strong memory imprintation isn’t it? Okay so, I’ve read research papers on how the simple task of learning how to play a musical instrument, learning how to ride a bike, or interacting with an avatar on a computer helps develop these brains, and the empirical evidence has been show to prove it so. Thus, maybe these white water river rafting trips are akin to those other activities, but even more so, perhaps that’s why only one trip down the river is enough to trigger changes.

It’s not that normal (whatever that is) kids don’t also go away with experiences and memories that they cherish for years to come, they do too when it comes to river rafting, but for the special education kids who may not get the chance to do all those other activities that regular kids do consider it the most fun they’ve ever had in their lives, and it shows on their faces and their excitement every time anyone mentions it for long into the future. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Career Tests For Kids

Taking the Test

While taking these career tests for kids, children answer many different types of questions about their likes, dislikes, preferences, aptitudes, skill sets, goals, and future aspirations. Based on the children’s unique answers to these questions, the career tests can give kids various types of information.

Results of the Test

The test usually provides students with career information suitable to them based on their specific answers to the questions. For example, the test will tell kids what jobs are most suitable for them. Usually, there is a minimum of three different types of careers in assorted career fields. The results of the test also give specific information about each of the careers listed. This information might include the following for each career listed: education required, salary specifications, job requirements, potential for job growth in future years, and any other special requirements a specific career might require such as a security clearance.

Children Can Use the Results

Children can use the results for different purposes. The career tests for kids allow students to see real possibilities for their futures, and they can plan for these futures. Children can choose classes to take in school that relate to these career paths. They can research the careers further on the Internet or by reading books related to their chosen fields. Kids can join extracurricular activities related to the careers so they can explore them further. Children can also perform volunteer services to learn about possible careers. For example, children can volunteer reading to younger children if they want to explore the field of education.

Career Tests Provide Useful Information for Kids

Career tests provide useful information for kids because they provide a foundation for kids to use as a starting off point to explore possible career choices. Children can see exactly what education they need now for the future. They can realistically see the requirements for specific jobs to see if they even want to pursue careers in certain fields. Having access to this type of information often helps kids make decisions about their current educations.

Back-To-School Survival Kit

1. A mini first aid box is a must in this instance This box should have a few bandages, cotton swabs, some string, some gauze, a pair of scissors, a few tablets, etc.

2. There should be a fire starter that is included in the kit. Along with the fire starter, it is important that the kids learn how to start a fire with a knife or a metal match.

3. The technique of purifying water through the natural means should also be taught to them. The technique is to cut a bottle into half and puncture some holes in the bottom half. A layer of grass should be placed in this bottle. Above that layer, some sand and charcoal should be placed. This should again be covered with another layer of grass. Now the water that’s poured through it will be more or less purified.

4. It is a nice idea to add a dictionary that will be able to explain all the kinds of food which is edible.

5. A compass will help the child know in which direction to head for. For the child to be able to do that, he should be taught how to read a compass as well as a map.

6. A small fishing kit will help the little child fish for some food once in a while. You will have to find a small rock first. This small rock will then work as a piece of weight. One end to this rock and the other end will have safety pins.

7. Help teach the children how to make a small cat stove with the help of a can and a burner.

Time Management For High School Kids

Time management is as essential as having a concrete plan about what you want for your own life. It is significant that young ones like you already know about the essence of time management. After all, you are already a young adult and it is only proper that you begin setting things straight in your life. Get a glimpse of the following time management tips and help yourself achieve peace of mind.

Be organized at all times. At one point in time you would like to be able to spend extra time with your loved ones, friends, or even for yourself. But how will you successfully do such thing if your schedule is crowded up? You may just end up wailing out of depression. Being organized with your things, your responsibilities and appointments will save you half of the worry. If only you know when to attend to things, you will not be lacking time, running late, and ending up in misery.

Set an everyday goal. As you turn in every night, it will be best to visualize the things that you will have to accomplish for the next day. Setting up a must-be-done list will specifically do you good as it will help you meet your deadlines in attending to all of your tasks.

Learn to prioritize things. As you make your to-do lists, note which of them is of the greatest importance. You must attend to the things which rank as the most necessary. Just be sure that what you have in your list are all achievable.

Learn to do worthwhile things in your spare time. You may not know it at all but high school kids like you really have a lot of leisure times. Instead of hanging around the campus during break times, why not attend to your homework? By this, you lessen the loads of work that you will have to attend to in the nighttime.

Always find time. Don’t reason out that you have no time for this and that. If you only know how to organize your schedule, you will realize that there is always time for all your stuffs.

Jot down notes. Important discussions must be noted. Since your mind may not be able to accommodate so many reminders, it is important that you write down ideas. With this scheme, you are able to effectively memorize things as you study.

Get enough sleep. Of course there are a definite number of hours that growing kids like you need to devote for sleep. And basically, you cannot attend to your business for the next day if you feel groggy and all. Your concentration will be devoid of enough focus if you lack adequate time to sleep.

Maintain realistic goals. If your aims are nothing but out of this world, you will always end up frustrated and depressed, so to speak.

Providing Socialization

The Home Schooling parents comments to me are interesting because I agree with their socialization comments and think between AYSO, Boy Scouts Explorers, youth groups and other activities that the socialization issues can be solved.

Once, I met a gentleman while traveling in Boise, from a Scottsdale Corp, who builds indoor soccer buildings and he said that during the day they are empty and we discussed home schooler networks in the region getting together for socialization purposes. They now offer this with coaches, games and high tech machines to score, pass and help kids learn.

It seems that given the right push these things can be very affective and a good use of facilities. The socialization is an issue, but it is solvable and must be a part of growing up of course. Probably the biggest reason that this myth of socialization persists is because at one time it was true. But not anymore with large networks of home schooling parents getting together and sharing information.

Home schooling has come a long way in the past couple of decades and the Internet is propelling it even faster than ever before. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.

Fall Activities

The autumn season is characterized by the change in weather to shorter days and cooler temperatures. This is an excellent time to teach children about the change of seasons and the earth’s movement and the solar system in general. You can purchase or create your own charts which show the movement of the earth in relation to the sun. As the earth rotates certain parts of the world receive more direct sunlight than others which explains the seasons. Homeschooling allows for flexibility so you can show your children the change in the sun’s intensity at sunset by making it a daily fall activity. Taking pictures of a particular spot and the change of the sun’s brightness is an interesting interactive way to engage your children in the fall season.

One of the best aspects of fall is the harvest season. The harvest season marks the period when the fruits of planted crops are collected from farmland. This would be the perfect time to take your homeschooled children on a field trip to a local farm. In most areas you can visit a farm during harvest time and get a complete tour. Most of the tours even offer the hayrides which your children are sure to enjoy. At a farm you will learn about the process of planting crops and then collecting them when the perfect time comes. If you are lucky you may even be able to see harvesting in action! Some farms even allow children to pick their own little pumpkins and corn to take home with them. Another great harvest time activity is taking your kids to the grocery store. The produce section is a perfect example of the fruits that the harvest can produce. Show your children the different varieties of apples, pears, squash and other foods that are specifically related to the fall harvest season.

There are a number of celebratory days throughout the fall season. Fall ushers in many religious holidays from the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to the Muslim holiday of Eid al Fitr which marks the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. This is a perfect time expand on your religious teachings if this is a focus of your home schooling. In addition, there are a number of patriotic days such as Columbus, Veterans and Election days. You can use these days as a chance to inform your children of the importance of patriotism and introduce them to government processes such as voting. If you enjoy Halloween in your household you can make it a fun event by learning about the roots of the All Hallows Eve day and creating your own costumes.