Category Archive:educational

Guest Reader Today ( Momimhar posted on February 28th, 2017 )

I was a guest reader in K’s class yesterday.

In participation with the Read Across America Campaign week, K’s school PTO asked parents if we’re able to come to the school and read to the students or listen to them read.  I came to her school yesterday and read a book to two First Grader students and to K’s class.

It was a great feeling to be able to share a little time reading to the children and see them interact and share their reactions about the story I read to them.

Learning How To Use Technology At The Library ( Momimhar posted on January 28th, 2017 )

Checking for books.

If I remember it right, this is the second time K and I visited our local library since the school started in August.  We couldn’t attend the Story Time for All Ages on Tuesday evenings because our bedtime is around 7:00 P.M.  and the story time is scheduled at 6:30 P.M.  The story time on Wednesdays and Fridays are for toddlers and are scheduled during school hours. So obviously we’re not able to go as well.

This afternoon we got the chance to go to the library because K wanted to borrow DVDs. We have a collection of kids’ movies on DVDs at home but it gets boring, you know.  She enjoys being at the library.  She reads a few books. Sometimes  I read to her. What fascinated her most was searching for books and DVDs at the computer kiosk.  When K started to try using the computer kiosk, she used a step stool to reach the keyboard.  Now, she doesn’t have to use one anymore.  She can reach the computer keyboard and she’s very happy about that. This way K will know if her favorite books like Pete the Cat and Hippoposites and DVDs like Kubo and My Neighbor Totoro are IN or OUT.  The library is one of the places to take your children for learning and reading.  There are activities and special events for kids’ according to age and interest that local libraries organize all the time.

I need to allot more library time on the weekends.  As for the story time, we will catch up on that in the summer.  We always participate in the Summer Reading Club.

Give Thanks All Year Long ( Momimhar posted on November 19th, 2016 )

Thanksgiving arts and crafts.

Thanksgiving arts and crafts.

Give thanks — all year long.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

The 3 Essentials of Powerpoint Presentations ( Momimhar posted on March 1st, 2016 )

PowerPoint presentations are essential to many businesses. They’re used to deliver information, make proposals, and train employees. The success of a new business deal can depend on it, and the competency of a new hire can suffer from it. With how important it is, every presenter should be aware of three essential parts of a PowerPoint presentation.

Message

The message is the point of the presentation. Why is it there? What is the viewer going to get from seeing it? A presentation without a well-defined message is just a pretty dumping ground for information. Everything in a presentation works together to clarify the message, but all those other things have no form without a unifying message.

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Content

Your content is all the little facts and figures used to deliver your message. With the message, you’re making a claim. With the content, you’re backing it up. The content includes facts, numbers, statistics, charts and graphs. You need to separate that information, group it into the appropriate slide, and arrange it in a logical way. It sounds simple, but this can be a complicated, stressful and time-consuming task. If content is your second step, you’ll end up with well-organized information on boring slides. That’s where design comes in.

Design

The design is how you present your content and message. This incorporates things like text, size, images, and layouts. Things with different messages can have different styles. For example, a presentation on company figures might have blue tones and clear lines while family services training might include brighter colors and personable photographs. You have to create a design that fits the tone and audience of your message. You also have to figure out how best to make your content work with the design when considering the essential images and the available space. For non-designers, this can be the hardest step. There are companies out there that offer custom PowerPoint design so that the client only needs to supply the message and content.

Message, content, and design are three different points to remember, but they work together. Give each area equal attention. If you’re working with a partner or design company, make sure your ideas are in sync. If you manage that, you can get the interested and receptive audience you want.

How to Keep Math Struggles at Bay in Young Children ( Momimhar posted on November 6th, 2015 )

Mathematics can be a very difficult subject for children in school. Preventing mathematical struggles early helps children to enjoy math, greatly increasing their chances of being successful in the subject throughout their high school years. If a child begins to struggle in math and the issue is ignored, the child could continue to have problems with math for years, potentially requiring an army of tutors and years of summer school. Every parent is capable of setting their children up for success.

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Study Math with the Child Every Day
Every single day should involve a one-on-one math lesson at home. If the child finds math to be relatively easy and he or she needs minimal assistance, the child can “teach” the parent the same math lesson learned in school that day. The child can do a set of problems, explaining why he or she worked them out with a particular formula. If the child has a wonderful grasp, this process could take less than 10 minutes. For children who are having some minor issues, the parent needs to solve problems with the child until he or she has a firm grasp. The lesson should be fun and stress free for the child, perhaps involving candy or fun projects.

Using Math Tools Frequently
There are dozens of fun math tools available for parents. Videos are one great instructional tool, as they sometimes use cartoons and fun stories to help children to relate to math. Other tools, such as centimeter cubes, help the child to visualize the problem. These cubes could be used for nearly any type of math including: measurements, fractions, division, multiplication, addition, and subtraction. Learning can always be made fun with extra tools.

Finding and Targeting Mathematical Weaknesses
When the child brings home his or her graded tests and homework, the parent should look through the papers to see where his or her child stands in math. Even near perfect grades can hint at a particular weakness, such as a child who missed every single word problem but excelled with every other problem. Once these weaknesses are identified, the parent should work diligently with the child to solve the problems. These small issues can manifest in later years, when mathematics become much more complicated.

Math might be a universal language, but it can be difficult for some children. If parents work hard to keep their children up to speed, it becomes less likely that the child will have significant problems in the future. Being proficient in the foundations of math will be important for the rest of his or her life.

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