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School Supplies

When it comes to buying school supplies most of us have the basics in mind, such as books and binders, pens and pencils, book bags and lunch boxes. And if you have young children you have to get that certain transformers tote bag or that particular Dora the explorer pencil case. But there is one very important tool that not many parents or students consider. If your child is in grade six or above their life at school will be a whole lot easier if they have this.

A studying manual. A guide that teaches you how to get A’s in any subject you take. A guide that will teach you the proper techniques and strategies to spend less time in front of the books and get A’s on every test or exam you write. When a student gets into high school, it will be very important to reach a certain level of grades. This is especially true if the student wants to further their education and go on to university or college. Some universities and colleges require certain grades in certain subjects to be accepted into their programs.

Many students just do not know how to study. I know my daughter did not and I couln’t seem to explain it to her. What worked for me did not seem to work for her. Each student is unique in their own way and the staying after school for extra help helped some but it was not the answer when it came to exam time.

I found the answer in a guide that actually taught her how to spend less time and achieve better results. She was able to go from 63.4 average to a 91.7 from mid-terms to final exams. Needless to say she got that new bike she wanted after finishing grade 7 with marks like that. I was so proud of her.

One of the biggest problems facing our children today with regards to their marks in school is that they don’t know how tp properly study. For a few students this comes naturaly, but for most it does not. When buying school supplies this year for your child, consider the fact that your child could be getting A’s and not C’s if they just knew the proper techniques to study for that upcoming exam. There is a very successful guide http://www.stratagiesofstudy.com/ that will teach your child how to get the best grades with the least amount of work. The guide has been so successful that it has had to be reprinted different times to different languages like Chinese, Polish, French and Romanian. You can also find the guide plus some other interesting things at http://www.needfulthings4u.com You can even get a mini course on how to speed study just for visiting the site. How many books have you bought that come with a 60 day money back gaurantee? This one does.

Home School Training

We are aware of a few home school training programs around the country held mostly at junior colleges. Some are more of a study outline where you meet for a few hours initially, then go do the homework they tell you to do, then reconvene in 3-4 weeks for a few more hours to discuss what you learned.  There are also correspondence courses to be taken.  But to be frank, we feel it would be a shame not to read some of the great books out today on homeschooling.

You can first learn about all the methods of homeschooling to decide on which style of teaching you want to follow.  This is an important first step because it will determine the path you take next to source out the materials you will need and how to go about planning out your curriculum.  Some methods are fairly rigid in their structure, calling for a strict adherence to course guidelines as to which subjects to teach and when.  Classical homeschooling would be the obvious example of this.

Some people think this type of teaching is too much like a classroom schedule and call it public school without the schoolhouse.  We don’t favor any particular method, figuring it’s really up to each individual parent to decide what is best for them and their children.  But you also must know that State and local laws can dictate some of your teaching basics.  Some areas are pretty loose on what is taught, backing off on the Big Brother concept of governance.  While others have regulations in place that require you to teach certain subjects, test out your students on a regular basis or get your course outline approved each year.  With the stricter States, you may not have quite as much leeway on how you conduct your homeschooling classes, but you will still be way ahead of public schools in that you will still have one-on-one instruction, no peer pressure, no long commutes on buses, no taunting by other children, no long daily separation from your child and some control (if not all) on what they will be learning.  Homeschooling will still have the advantage over public education even in the stricter parts of the country.

Some people will think they need special home school training before attempting to teach their children at home.  We believe if you read some books on it, check out some of the Web forums on the subject of homeschooling and perhaps contact a local support group, you may gain the confidence to know you can do this.  After all, it’s your kid.  Haven’t you been teaching him everything since he was born?  You’re a natural!  Go for it!

A J Adams has had a keen interest in home schooling for a number of years. With several public school teachers in his family, he has had many discussions regarding current school problems. He’s heard many suggestions, one of which was the growing number of children being home schooled. After a thorough period of research, he decided to write an article about home school training. He will be submitting more in future articles. Mr. Adams also owns and maintains a website with his wife at http://www.elementary-home-schools.com where you can get a free 10-part mini-course on homeschooling and watch a touching video made by a young man to thank his mother for her many years of homeschooling him.

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Home School Course

One of most favorable attributes of home school is the variety of ways you can fashion a homeschooling course.  You can choose from one of the ten most popular teaching methods or design you own to fit your child and your family’s lifestyle.  There are literally dozens of ways you can put course together.

Some of the more traditional methods would require textbooks, lesson plans and maybe workbooks to complete the work.  Others are a little less stringent and eclectic and may be centered more around everyday sources of learning, like learning to sew or cook.  Others center their learning on courses either downloaded from the internet or real-time learning on websites.  Yet another way would entail the use of correspondence courses to home school.  These are usually associated with programs that also grade the work the student does and tracks it like a public school to assemble a transcript of the learning that was done.  Both the Universities of Nebraska and Oklahoma offer distance learning as well as several private correspondence schools.

Besides correspondence schools, which like for you to lock in a whole year at a time, there are subscription schools.  Some only offer daily lessons on the computer for kids aged kindergarten to eighth grade, while others take it all the way through high school and offer diplomas as a result.

But because homeschooling is so flexible, you can also design a curriculum with a little of each method of teaching.  You can have textbooks for certain subjects, use video either from a DVD or the Internet or even use tutors to teach certain advanced science or math classes.  When teaching high school subjects, these resources will come in very handy and they are numerous.

As far as costs go, correspondence schools seem to be the most expensive way to put together a homeschooling course.  The two university schools mentioned charge $ 300-$ 400 per subject per semester, which could run about $ 3,000-$ 4,000 per school year per student.  The other private correspondence school charges in the range of $ 1,000-$ 1,900 for a school year depending on whether the course is online or in writing.

Subscription schools charge month-to-month and the rates are as low as $ 20 per month per child; a huge difference from correspondence schools.  They claim their courses can be tailored for the individual child and let them take all the time they need to finish any lesson.  They also track grade scores and store them.  It would seem you would just set a standard time of day to sit your student down at the computer, turn it on and log into the school’s website and walk away until their lessons for the day are done.

This would be too techie for some parents, but it might serve as a supplemental method of teaching to break up what otherwise might become a dull day.  With the relatively low fees involved, this might be a tempting resource to use.  They even have multi-unit courses on things like the life of Thomas Jefferson or how locomotives work or the story of the California Gold Rush.  The service might serve as a source of entertainment that also teaches in a fun way.

As you can see, if you’re putting together a homeschooling course, there are numerous resources readily at hand to do it.

A J Adams has had a keen interest in home schooling for a number of years. With several public school teachers in his family, he has had many discussions regarding current school problems. He’s heard many suggestions, one of which was the growing number of children being home schooled. After a thorough period of research, he decided to write an article about homeschooling course. He will be submitting more in future articles. Mr. Adams also owns and maintains a website with his wife at http://www.elementary-home-schools.com where you can get a free 10-part mini-course on homeschooling.

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LVN Schools

If you’re planning on becoming a licensed vocational nurse, you’re probably wondering which of the LVN schools to choose. But that may not be the problem you face when it comes to nursing school. Your challenge may be getting accepted. Now, if you’re in a rural area or small town, and you don’t want to move, your choices of which LVN school to attend may be quite limited, because there may only be one that’s close enough to where you live. But in most medium or large cities in America, prospective nursing school students usually have more than one school to choose from. In some of the biggest cities they’ll have several.

When it comes to LVN schools, the more there are in your area, the better. That’s because nursing education is strictly controlled in each state, more so than other majors, because it’s a medical field. Finding qualified nursing instructors can be difficult, and can limit the size of the classes offered. Most LVN schools have always had more applicants than places for them, and the problem is just getting worse. That’s due in large part to the economy becoming more and more focused on health care, with other sectors not as prosperous as they recently were.

Which means that more and more people are applying to LVN schools these days, making it much tougher than it used to be to get accepted into a program. Will new LVN schools start opening up? Yes, you can bank on it. If they don’t, America’s already critical nursing shortage will get much worse, and the government can’t let that happen. But until more schools start opening up, it’s best not to set your heart on one particular school. In fact, you should probably apply to several just to hedge your bets and be on the safe side.

Lisa provides information about becoming an LVN Nurse through her website LVN Nursing Schools.

Quality School Teacher

There is a program that is run by the William Glasser Institute called, “The Quality School” program. It is an outstanding program that gets to the heart of school failure and disengagement. It is not based on fancy curriculum. No, instead it focuses on building need-satisfying relationships with students so that they will want to learn. Competency-based learning is the focus and the results are that students’ scores on standardized testing significantly increases and discipline problems are greatly reduced.

This program is only endorsed when an entire building is on board with Glasser’s teachings. That means everyone in the school has to be trained in Choice Theory-teachers, administrators, custodial staff, cafeteria workers and students.

It is not always possible for every teacher who wants to implement Glasser’s ideas to work in a Quality School. There are many teachers who are trying to do this alone or with one other partner. It is certainly more difficult but definitely not impossible. This is why Glasser wrote the book, The Quality School Teacher, as a follow up to The Quality School, so every teacher who wants to create a quality classroom can do so even if his or her school is not following the same principles.

What does a quality classroom look like? Well, first of all it is up to the teacher to reach out to every student in an attempt to connect in some meaningful way. Forming positive relationships is crucial in a quality classroom. How do you do that? One of the first things a teacher can do is learn everyone’s name and greet them warmly when they enter the classroom. Engage in conversation to determine some common interest. Inquire when things seem a little out of sorts. This will help with the need for love & belonging.

Teachers will also teach their students about the Deadly and the Caring Habits and encourage everyone to use the Caring Habits to facilitate positive relationships between them.

Another way to create a need-satisfying environment is to help students feel safe. This is done by establishing a minimum of non-negotiables in the classroom. I recommend having three. First, everyone is going to be safe in the room. Second, people will respect one another and their property. And finally, no one should interfere with anyone who is trying to learn. Once these have been established and agreed upon (after all, what student is going to say they don’t want to be safe, respected, or have the ability to learn if he or she chooses to do so?), then most of the students will help keep each other on track and the teacher’s job becomes relatively easy.

Quality School Teachers recognize that there are times when students are not going to be of the mindset to learn. I am an adult educator and even in my stimulating, dynamic workshops, occasionally a participant will nod off after lunch! Your students are no different. One time that is historically difficult is that moment of the first snowfall for the year if you happen to live in a colder climate. A Quality School Teacher would recognize the obstacle and provide his or her students with the opportunity to just stop, turn and look out the window. After about five minutes of this, students are ready to get back into the learning mode. This is so much more effective than trying to teach through the students’ and possibly the teacher’s awe and excitement.

A quality classroom would have a space in the room where a student could go if he or she were having difficulty managing his or her behavior in class. It would be a comfortable place where students could voluntarily go to “get themselves together.” This provides an opportunity for students to self-correct and self-discipline and well as gives the teacher another option other than to eject the student from the classroom, which would be damaging to the relationship.

There are many other elements of a quality classroom and you can learn more about it by visiting the blogs of two teachers I taught Choice Theory to this summer-Denise Leifer and Vicki Chambers at www.blogspot.com. They will be blogging about their efforts to implement Choice Theory in their classrooms this year. Check them out, provide encouragement and perhaps even attempt to implement some of your own strategies. It’s an exciting journey these two teachers are on and you can watch their journey unfold.

For more information about Quality Schools go to Reality Therapy Central.

Kim Olver is a life, relationship and executive coach. Her mission is to help people get along better with the important people in their lives. She teaches people how to live from the inside out by empowering them to focus on the things they can change. She in an internationally recognized speaker, having worked in Australia and the continent of Africa, as well as all over the United States. She has consulted with the NBA and other major league player development specialists. She is the author of Leveraging Diversity at Work and the forthcoming book, Relationship Empowerment. She co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard, Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen and Byron Katie, entitled 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life. She works with individuals, couples, parents, social service agencies, schools, corporations and the military–anyone who will benefit from gaining more effective control over their lives. She has consulted on relationships, parenting, self-development, training, leadership development, diversity, treatment programs and management styles.

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The New School Diet

I would say the education department is celebrating with the injection of 380 million smackers received from the government to help fund schools with the new healthy eating diet plan.   

Hallelujah and about time too, hallelujah my foot let us do our sums. If we break down this grand total between them all you will find secondary schools receive approx 6,000 pounds and infants around 4,000.

Feeding the five thousand on bread and fish should be left in the hands of a miracle worker, namely Christ. Schools a place of learning where children are taught to read and write and now on top of that being told what to eat

The introduction to a healthier diet plan is a move in the right direction for controlling obesity also giving the kids a chance to lead a longer healthier life.

But how on earth without a miracle can teachers get kiddies to choose between their favorite meals to the ones that are chosen for them?
More funding is needed in this department for this changeover to take place.

More varieties of meals to choose from then more chance of the new menu being a success.

But with measly pittance handouts from the government this task is going to be a long hard struggle for all involved.
We all know what kids are like if forced to do something their not happy with. They become stubborn and develop an attitude such like, no matter what you say or do, I am not eating that. Give them time; let them decide when they are ready to start eating healthy.

Listen up all schools.

When introducing the new diet, say nothing. Place a plate of greasy chips covered with a yucky Bovril tasting gravy alongside a fresh pasta salad. No contest in the eye of the young student. Take action offer the pupil some sort of reward for choosing to eat healthy like offering a
10p token with the pasta meal, indicating when so many tokens are saved they will have qualified for a special treat towards the end of the month.

If the child’s choice is the chip meal,then that’s fine. But believe me when I say there will be no Oliver Twist asking for more after they have tasted the gravy.

How is chocolate cake rated up against the banana? Schools why not try adopting a monkey in a zoo. Then let the kiddies know that by eating a piece of fruit before a fattening slice of cake they will be helping the adopted chimp/monkey lead a comfortable life.

Coaxing children into eating healthy couldn’t be simpler by beautifying the dish up with plenty of colour; this can be done by adding creative touches to the meal making it look more appetizing than that, of the dish that is not good for them.

For example, the plain scone versus the fancy cream cake sprinkled with rainbow colored hundreds and thousands with a bright red glazed cherry on top, in the child’s eye presentation and the entire extras win hands down.

Now for the minors weighing in at 13 stone and standing six feet tall, coaxing blackmail whatever you call it, is going to be hard. The only way to approach 5/6th form students is to point out the benefits of healthy eating. Should he/she choose to ignore the warning signs, then we ask ourselves did they learn nothing at school. In saying that, there could be a genuine reason behind their ignorance. Which brings us back to government funding? Not enough teachers to show them the way?

Students, pupils and kiddies eat healthy to live long enough to collect your pension

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Better School Fundraising

Known as the manner of soliciting an amount of cash needed to generate for a certain activity, fund raising is a request of donations that will come from business agencies, private individuals, charitable foundations and government agencies. At times that it is referred to as the accumulation of bits of support for non- profit organizations. Fundraising is the primary, yet formal approach in asking for money.

Fund raising can involve various types of groups. It may be an academic institution who will be creating a website so it will be easy for them to get in touch with their graduates or religious communities who will be building a new building for their headquarters where they can hold regular meetings.

Special events are another form of fundraising such as putting on luncheons to running jump-a-thons. It can be where a lot of people are engaged to develop awareness of it’s existence and mission. It is not only for the purpose to acquire funds but to also bring together those that are not immediately involved in the hope that they will also join the cause.

However, it can never be avoided that fund raisers have been utilized for less than reputable purposes. They have tainted the reputation of what the real sense means. Due to the monkey business tricks that have been reported every now and then, there are a lot who desire to help out but are already thinking twice. It is because they doubt the credibility and integrity of the organization conducting the fundraising event. They are not sure of where the money they have invested will go and it may end up just in the pockets of those who are heading up the organization. It is a sad situation but many legitimate organizations have already fallen prey to the bad reputation of others.

It is because of situations like this that school groups should spend some time and resources communicating their needs to the community… the parents!

With every fundraising project that goes home with a school student should be attached clear communication to the parents of those students. It can be attached to the sales brochure on top in plain site so that it will be the first thing seen by them when they get home.

Additionally, it is much better to have the same type of communication sent home with the students even before the fundraiser begins. Doing this will greatly increase the participation in your fund raiser and thus make it a lot more profitable.

Juan Franco

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Dog Grooming School

A challenging but very rewarding profession, dog grooming requires special training or education. The courses organized by a dog grooming school are the straight-forward chance of getting a job in this activity. The entire training process heavily relies on practical applications conducted under the supervision of a trainer. An understanding of the pet needs and the possibility to work on live pets become premises for skill development. A grooming school could also provide courses for placement assistance, vet technician training and several other specializations that can become the basis for a solid career.

Home study programs represent another option to a classic dog grooming school. Normally, programs are structured in six or eight-week curricula. The program should be accredited by an official institution, and it is a good idea to check for the accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. There are colleges, trade schools or community colleges that recognize the professional training completed in a dog grooming school or the certification following a distance learning program. For anyone who considers a career in dog grooming, an evaluation of the alternatives is essential.

Between distance learning and direct training, the latter is definitely more adequate for one’s needs, thanks to the practical side of teaching. If you don’t find satisfactory information on the Internet, you can ask the local groomers about the school that they attended. Attending the courses of a local institution has a lot of advantages because you have the chance to develop skills by working directly on animals. Then, there comes the issue of tools, because Internet courses and home programs do not supply the necessary equipment.

In a grooming school, on the other hand, you will find all the didactic material necessary to develop good professional skills. After you graduate the program of a dog grooming school you will be a certified groomer with the possibility to go for an independent business career or to get a job in a pet salon, vet or rescue center. Last but not least, if there are several schools to choose from, make comparisons between their educational standards and the costs they require for the courses.

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Indianapolis Schools

Indianapolis Schools make up the state’s largest school district. Recently Indianapolis Schools have been the focus of a reform package designed to target struggling schools in the state. Due to its immense size, the superintendent has implemented strict reforms that can control and equalize the pacing of individual Indianapolis Schools. However, this most recent motion to tack on an extra 25 days at the end of the year has been met with opposition from all sides.

The Indianapolis Public Schools Teachers Union has expressed displeasure at this development. The extra school days would apply to only four Indianapolis Schools that are believed to be in jeopardy. The progress of each Indianapolis School has been tracked in accordance to the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires annual evidence of improvement. If no evidence is produced then, according to the act, the schools must be shut down. The progress of the four Indianapolis Schools did not reach necessary standards. In a last ditch attempt to save these schools the superintendent hastily produced an unpopular extension of the school year.

Teachers were informed that they would be required to work the extra days or transfer to different Indianapolis Schools. Because of the time constraints, many teachers feel that the situation was handled poorly and that the information dispensed too late. The extra days, scheduled to begin July 23, would sabotage many summer plans for the teachers in these Indianapolis Schools. Overall there is a general consensus that the situation had been poorly and thoughtlessly handled by the school boards.

This is not the first sweeping reform to target Indianapolis Schools. In the past, the superintendent has advocated standardized tests and restricted teaching methods. These programs were completed in keeping with the standards reform that continues to invade districts across the nation. Teachers in these Indianapolis Schools complied with both constraints and reforms in action if not enthusiasm.

But this most recent dictate has many teachers complaining loudly. The Indianapolis Public School Teachers Union has appealed their case to a state board. They hope that the ruling will favor elimination of the extra school days proposal. Indianapolis Schools may be struggling, but teachers feel that something should have been done sooner to reverse the pattern of failure. Teachers feel that time is running and have asked that their case be moved to top priority. A decision must be made before the start date of extra days begins on July 23.

Aside from the reaction of the teachers, Indianapolis Schools saw the effect this decision would have on students and parents. Since the extra days would benefit struggling students, parents were able to see the positive aspects of this initiative. Many parents viewed the extended school year as a small inconvenience in exchange for the survival of their Indianapolis Schools. Yet other working parents expressed relief at having somewhere structured for children to go over the summer. All sides agree that Indianapolis Schools need to address similar issues before they occur to prevent another similar fiasco.

Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit Indianapolis Schools

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School Health Hazards

When we send our children to school we expect them to be protected fro the most basic dangers. Massive school shootings have received national attention over the last few years, but they are a vey rare occurrence, and unlikely to happen to your child.

Schools across the country are beefing up security in response to media attention and public outcry, but the most prevalent dangers that children are exposed to everyday are less noticeable and tend to be things that you never think about, such as toxic substances in the air and in their food.

Unfortunately, to appease frightened parents, funds that could be spent on making schools truly safer and healthier are being wasted on high visibility displays of security, which may not actually deter or prevent violence at all. Meanwhile, the real dangers remain in the shadows, quietly killing our children.

Contaminated air

Children from five to 18 years old spend about 60% of their time in schools. Add teachers, administrators and other school employees and nearly 20% of Americans are in schools every day.

In 1995 the US Government Accounting Office reported that over half of America’s schools have poor indoor air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a program designed to improve indoor air quality in schools. Schools are not required to participate and the EPA cannot enforce the program.

Airborne contaminants commonly found in schools include:

• Asbestos

• Carbon monoxide

• Mold

• Cleaning supplies

• Pesticides

• Lead

• Radon

• Toxins off-gassed from furnishings, carpeting, and construction materials

Poor school air quality can cause immediate health problems and academic problems, as well as permanent damage to your child’s health. The effects can include:

• Respiratory infections

• Difficulty concentrating

• Poor academic performance

• Allergies

• Asthma

• Increased absences

• Migraines

• Cancer

Poor food safety

Schools handle, prepare, serve, and store food for hundreds or thousands of kids. Like any other facility, schools are required to follow certain health codes regarding food. Unfortunately, many fail to adhere to safe practices. Improper food preparation and inadequate supervision can result in food poisoning, choking, allergic reactions, and even death.

Accidents

Accidents are part of growing up, but hazardous conditions in schools can result in life-altering or fatal accidents, most of which are preventable. Hazardous conditions which can lead to accidents in schools include:

• Dangerous or faulty playground equipment

• Faulty escape routes

• Maintenance and construction defects

• Unsafe parking lots

Sports

Injuries are a daily part of playing sports, and school athletes are going to get hurt at some point. However, coaches have a responsibility to supervise players and to recognize and respond properly to injuries. There is no excuse for coaches knowingly pushing players beyond their physical abilities and causing injury or death. Unnecessary sports injuries can occur during sporting events or during practice. They may be the result of a coach’s action or inaction, such as allowing a player to return to play after a concussion. Sports injuries can also be caused by faulty equipment.

If your child has been injured or killed by hazardous conditions at school contact an experienced personal injury attorney today.

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