Homeschooling has become a trending option for stay-at-home moms nowadays. The Home Education Study Institute (NHERI) found that since 2003, the number of homeschooled students has more than doubled and is steadily increasing at a rate of 15% annually. School usually begins at age 3, but because children develop so rapidly between 12 and 36 months, it is important not to overlook the need for a learning environment for this age group. While published curriculum options are available for ... Continue Reading
A home-based toddler classroom should be literacy-rich and foster opportunities for structured, rule-governed play and unstructured imaginative play.
Steps to take to find the perfect preschool for your toddler.
When I decided to put my three-year-old daughter in preschool this fall, I was at a loss at where to begin. Even though I'm a retired teacher, I had to start with the basics. Most Expensive Isn't Necessarily Best Every parent wants their child in the best possibly school regardless of it being preschool or college. Unfortunately, many of these schools are very expensive. Immediately, we took those off our list. My husband works hard for me to stay at home with our children, which doesn't ... Continue Reading
Going back to school can be a scary consideration, but there are several reasons to think about enrolling in college now.
Have you ever thought about going back to school? Many parents have, for various reasons. Maybe you weren’t ready for college when you were younger or maybe you tried and got burnt out. Whatever the reason is, a number of adults decide that this time in their life is right for going back to school. There many reasons to consider enrolling in college now. 1. Repayment Terms are More Lenient Now President Obama recently used his executive power to take steps to make college loan repayment ... Continue Reading
Knowing your young scholar’s “time of learning” style will help you to motivate and promote academics.
Every child has a style of learning, but in this article we're going to talk about their use of time. Does he rush through his work at the last second, plan a project from start to finish before actually beginning it, or perhaps she plods meticulously through her homework at a steady pace? Here we'll discuss why it matters and how can you work within this time-style of learning to both motivate the child and her on task. The Rusher Is your student the kind who puts everything off until the ... Continue Reading
Parents can make the difference in responsible or irresponsible behavior in their kids. Read 5 common causes for your child acting out.
Winston Churchill once said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” The benefits of responsible behavior will help your child throughout her life. From good grades to successful romantic relationships, responsibility can positively impact virtually every area of your child’s life. So what’s a parent to do with an irresponsible child? There are several common causes of irresponsible behavior among children. If your child frequently exhibits behavior that is more irresponsible than ... Continue Reading
Cleaning house doesn’t have to be a chore, and with these great tips you can make cleaning a fun activity for you and your little ones.
Every parent can attest that having young children means more messes, and more clutter. The increase in housework can cause parents to stress about the chores, and they start to miss out on personal time or playtime with the kids. However, once your kids reach the age of mobility and following simple commands you really don’t have to forgo your hobbies or miss out on time with your little ones in the name of a neat house. Instead, a simple solution to having a clean house is getting them ... Continue Reading
Tablets have captivated many family members – both at work and at play, kids and adults alike.
Did you get a tablet for the holidays? Are all the family members clamoring to use it? A few years ago who could have imagined that tablets would find their way into the hands of just about every member of the family, young and old? But, since the first iPad was launched by Apple in 2010, followed by the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab and a host of other options since, tablets have indeed captivated many of us both at work and at play, kids and adults alike. Lifestyle and age ... Continue Reading
Holiday food safety for pets is something not to be taken lightly. Here’s a list of guidelines to follow.
The holidays are right around the corner. This means it’s crunch time for many of us. Cleaning, cooking, preparing, travelling, etc. Most people don’t realize the dangers posed to pets by many of the yummy treats that will be circulating around for the next month or so. As hard as it may be to resist that sweet face, whines, and whimpers … it’s really best to ignore the pleas and not give in. Holiday food safety for pets is something not to be taken lightly. I am going to make ... Continue Reading
Introduce the classics to your children with age-appropriate and fun choices.
Why do I like the classics? My favorite era for authors is the mid 1800's to mid 1900's. To me it seems as though the writing is stronger and more detailed. When you read an author such as J.R.R. Tolkien, CS Lewis or Louisa May Alcott and compare the writings against a modern day author you will sit up and notice that the words and the story suck you in so that you feel like you are a part of the story. Why Read the Classics to Your Children? Reading the classics to your kids will give them ... Continue Reading