If you didn’t find time to study abroad as an undergraduate and are thinking about going to graduate school, now may be the perfect time to look into opportunities overseas. Plenty of prestigious universities around the world offer graduate degrees, and when you study abroad, you’re getting more than just an education – you’re getting to experience a different culture and gaining a broader understanding of the world. [Read more…]
You want your children to have the best educational experience that is possible, but it’s your job as the parent to make sure they are on the right track. You already know that studying abroad could be an enriching experience, but that does not mean it is right for your student or your family. Have no worries. No matter what your student says, other parents do have the same concerns as you. Fortunately, it is easy to find the answers to all your questions.
Will my child be safe?
You would be worried about their safety even if they were going to school in the next city. Sending your kids out into the world alone is a difficult thing for a parent to do. Crime is everywhere, but whether they’re at home or abroad, your children can do several things to decrease their chances of being a victim. Most study abroad programs provide an option for students to live with a host family while in school. Knowing another set of parents is keeping an eye on your baby may help you feel more secure. And it can help keep your child safer. [Read more…]
Not necessarily. While a college degree does open a lot of opportunities for you, some of the fastest growing job markets (as presented by the study from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics are open for high school graduates. These include compliance officers, pharmacy technicians, dental assistants, and home health aides.
Your job stability also depends on your work attitude, your willingness to learn on the job, and the experience you accumulate. So if you can’t afford to get your college degree, try to get your “education” from joining good companies and then doing all you can to develop yourself on the job.
Just got your student loan approved? Congratulations. Now comes the hard part: making all ends meet. To help you make the most of your student personal loan, here are several tips for stretching your funds.
Tip #1: Budget your expenses
To stay on top of your expenses, prepare a monthly spending plan. This would involve recording all your outlays and keeping all your receipts so that you can account for every dollar. A spending plan would let you to make necessary adjustments and see what’s costing you more money. It would also help you prevent overspending, which is vital if you want to stretch your student loan. [Read more…]
We all teach our kids how to sing the Alphabet Song. But there are other ways to teach toddlers about letters and letter sounds–the building blocks of reading. Here are some games that you can do at home.
An important step in language development is to realize that every letter has a sound, and to differentiate among the different sounds. Alphabet books abound (excellent for visual learners), but for many children, learning using different senses may make retention and understanding much easier.
Place five different familiar objects in front of your child. These objects have to start with different sounds, such as a (stuffed) rabbit, a pencil, a (toy) car, an apple, and a (toy) monkey. Identify each object slowly: ‘R-R-R-Rab-bit.’ ‘P-P-P-P-Pen-cil.’ Repeat, and ask your child to follow after you. Once he has accomplished the task, you can say, ‘What starts with P-P-P-P-P? Please give it to me.’ If your child does not get it right the first time, hold up the object (pencil), and repeat the process.
As your child grows older and becomes more adept at this game, you can make the activity more challenging. Instead of putting five objects on a tray, ask your child to find something in his room (with many more objects to choose from). You can add clues. For example, you can say, ‘I see something on the shelf that starts with B. Please point to it and say the word.’ Or ‘What thing on the floor starts with R?’
Still another variation for older children can be giving more clues. For example, you can say, ‘This thing is slippery and it smells good. It can be found in the bathroom. It starts with S. What do you think it is?’ You get the idea.
a. Letter sounds. Start with easy single sounds, such as ‘P’ or ‘S.’ At this stage, do not yet expose the child combination sounds like ‘Sh’ or ‘Ch.’
b. Words. Your child starts to associate a concrete object with an abstract word. He is beginning to learn language.
c. Attention and focus. To be able to play this game well, your child has to pay attention to you. When playing the game for the first few times, let your child choose from his favorite objects. This instantly gets his attention.
d. Listening skills. Communication involves not just talking, but also listening as well. Learning to discriminate, for instance, between ‘B’ and ‘P’, gives your child an advantage in understanding and learning language.
e. Motor skills. You can vary the game by asking your child to point out the object, to touch the object, or to bring it to you. All these involve coordination of the eye, the hand, and other body parts.