Activities to Teach Preschoolers Numbers

When they find it difficult to learn, the key to teaching kids numbers is finding different ways of repeating the lesson.

Adults don’t often think about it, because they seem so normal and natural, but numbers can be a difficult concept to help children master. The key in the end is repetition. Find new ways of teaching the same thing over and over so that they can master the order and purpose of counting. The following are 3 great activities to assist preschoolers remember.

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There are teaching techniques when numbers are difficult for your kids to learn.

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Succeeding at the Homeshooling Decision

There are stories of homeschooled students outperforming their peers, but that’s from a planned and disciplined approach. It is important to join local associations. Feedback and communication is important.

Once the decision is made to homeschool, succeeding becomes essential. There are a number of options and resources to help make the process successful. Many people are surprised to learn that the arena actually has a number of ways to fulfill academic achievement and testing requirements.

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There are many homeschooling program associations to provide you the curriculum.

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One thing great about distance learning is that you can work anywhere in the world and still do the course work and hand in your assignments in time.
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Distance Learning is Becoming More Common

Distance learning is becoming more and more common in the last two decades than it ever was before. Also known as online learning, it has become a preferred choice of learning for many people because of its advantages. Most people would never have studied online because of the disadvantages that come with it, although the advantages seem more nowadays.

One thing great about distance learning is that you can work anywhere in the world and still do the course work and hand in your assignments in time.
One thing great about distance learning is that you can work anywhere in the world and still do the course work and hand in your assignments in time.

Let us explore the pros and cons of distance learning.

The good

One of the major advantages of distance learning is that the time of learning is very flexible. In the traditional way of learning, your classes are set on specific days and at specific times. In distance learning, all you have to do is download your notes and lectures. You get to decide on a time that is best for you to study.

This means you can easily manage time and everything else in your life that is demanding on your time, as you study for your degree online. This is especially good for military online education. People in the military can be called to duty at any time. Learning online has a major benefit for people with this kind of careers because they do not have to miss a class because of duty calls.

Another advantage of distance learning is that you can work anywhere in the world and still do the course work and hand in your assignments in time. You are not limited to the location of your institution in order to get your degree. You can even send in your assignments while on holiday.

The bad

One major disadvantage of distance learning is the lack of physical contact between the lecturer and his or her students. A lot of learning is done through the picking up of visual cues and non-verbal communication. Online learning removes this from the program, as all the lectures and class notes as well as assignments are received online.

Another thing that online learning will eliminate from the learning process is the very important interaction of students with each other. The bonding between classmates helps in socialization, which is an important part of human social and emotional growth and development. Group work is another important part of learning that is eliminated in distance learning.

Group work participation helps students to learn how to work in teams. This is a lesson that will benefit them even in the work place. Group work gives rise to public speaking. This public speaking is encourages students to practice the very important skill that will assist them even in the work place, as they make their presentations.


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What Language Should You Learn, Next To English?

If you are on the business sector, it pays to learn the Chinese language, not just phrases. Spanish, French and Portuguese languages are also good to learn.

American English is the most common spoken language in the world. When it comes to the number of speakers, English ranks second next to Chinese. It is very important to learn the English language because it is a very common language that one can use whenever he finds himself in another foreign country. But after a person excels in English, one should learn new things. What language should he study next?

It is estimated that there are 6,900 distinct languages spoken in the world today.
It is estimated that there are 6,900 distinct languages spoken in the world today.

The following are some suggestions for anyone who wants to learn another language aside from English.


The reason why you should learn Chinese after English is pretty obvious. Chinese is the top spoken language in the world. Chinese speakers are not diversely located around the world as English speakers do. Most Chinese speakers come from the mainland China itself. But Chinese is also being spoken in countries near China like Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It is important for anyone to start learning Chinese especially if he is in the business sector. China has improved a lot economically in the past several years.


Spanish is also another ideal second language for any English speaker out there. In the United States, Spanish is being taught in most schools. This is really beneficial since there are a lot of Americans who are of Spanish descent. Spanish is taught to children as young as eight. In fact, in some schools, Spanish is being taught to children below eight. Most people say that Spanish is very easy to learn.


French might be difficult to learn. The way words are read and pronounced are very different from the ways words are read and pronounced in English. There are a lot of French speakers around the world because most of the countries have been colonized by the French in the past. The great country of U.S. is one of those countries. Anyone who loves to travel around Europe should really consider studying French because that language is spoken widely in the continent.


The number of Portuguese speakers might not be as plenteous as the number of Chinese or Spanish speakers. But there are a number of reasons why one should study Portuguese. One, there are a lot of people out there who are hiring tutors fluent in Portuguese and English. Second, learning Portuguese is important for any businessman who has an international business. Those who have websites and are catering to Portuguese targets might want to consider paying for a translation service.



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Making Your Physical Education Curriculum Fun

Making your physical education fun involves the teaming up of students, so they can watch each other’s results. PE class is always more challenging for some students than others, and one goal of a physical education curriculum is to inspire all types of students to value physical activity. The start of a new school year is an opportunity to get off on the right foot with some fun activities that get kids moving and liking it at the same time.

Keeping kids interested in physical education is to make it fun.
Keeping kids interested in physical education is to make it fun.

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education reminds us that children need both physical education and physical activity, and that a PE curriculum is the best way to provide children with physical activity while teaching them to develop an active lifestyle. These activities help pave a smooth road for the rest of the school year, because they help kids get to know each other better and give them more responsibility for making choices about their own physical education and physical activity.

These activities can both be modified for most age groups. You can choose to integrate physical education supplies and equipment when available and appropriate. And remember to keep physical education that promotes lifelong physical activity in mind with all your planned activities throughout the year.

  • Find a Friend. This activity is the perfect ice-breaker on the first day of PE class for the school year. You will need two sets of sturdy flashcards with matching images of actions or actions words.

    • Scatter the cards around the gym floor face down. Students move around the room to music until it stops, when they should pick up the nearest flashcard and perform the movement-based action on the card.
    • At the same time, the students should be looking for someone else in the room who’s doing the same action and team up with that person. From there they can meet, get to know each other, and prepare short presentations about each other to share with the rest of the class or in small groups.
    • Collaborative warm up. Work with your students during the first month of school to create a warm-up routine that you’ll use for the rest of the semester or school year. You can do this activity alongside the other curriculum planned for each day. This activity teaches the importance of warming up, as well as group collaboration, planning, and team work.
    • Week 1.  Begin by reviewing basic stretches, movements, and stationary aerobic activities that the students can integrate into the warm-up routine they’ll develop.
    • Week 2. Break into small groups and ask students to use the movements they’ve learned in PE class plus their own creative ideas to develop a 5-10 minute warm-up routine they’ll teach to the rest of the class.
    • Week 3. Each group takes turns leading the class through the routine they developed. Older students can also explain why they chose the movements and order of movements they arrived at.
    • Week 4. The class can vote for the best warm-up routine, or the best elements from each can be used to create a final warm-up routine to start each class with for the rest of the semester or school year. The same activity can be done with cool-down routines as well.


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How to Become an Electrician: A Formal Electrician Apprentice Program

The electrician school consists of an electrician apprenticeship program. There is a growth of electrician jobs with the growth of alternative energy.

The schooling for electricians is characterized by a formal apprenticeship program, which lasts four years. Participants of an electrician apprenticeship program must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, achieve an acceptable aptitude test score, and pass a drug test. In order to complete the program, participants must complete at least 144 hours of technical training, along with 2,000 hours of additional on-the-job training. In-class education during the apprenticeship focuses on things like mathematics, blueprint reading, electrical theory, various code requirements, and safety basics.

Electrician school is defined by an electrician apprentice program.
Electrician school is defined by an electrician apprentice program.

Required Skills for Electrician Training

Basic physical skills that electricians should posses include good balance (for negotiating tight, difficult-to-reach spots), hand-eye coordination and dexterity (for working with tiny wires, etc.), and a decent level of overall fitness (for standing, climbing, and kneeling for long periods of time). Electricians should also have a strong understanding of mathematics in order to quickly and accurately calculate things like voltage conversions and other important measurements. Quality electricians will be adept at using a wide variety of hand and power tools, including wire cutters, wire strippers, pipe benders, screwdrivers, handsaws, and power drills. An understanding of how to use specific electrical diagnostic tools such as multimeters, ammeters, and voltmeters is also necessary.

Because their work must adhere to specific building codes and regulations, which can vary from state to state and city to city, electricians must be well-versed in the exact requirements and restrictions for the area they are working in. An understanding of blue prints and technical diagrams is also a necessity in order for electricians to properly complete their work. As most electricians are self-employed or work independently, the ability to market their services and negotiate business contracts is another helpful skill to have.

The Completion of the Electrician Apprentice Program

Simply put, electricians help us keep our lights on and our home appliances working. More specifically, electricians engage in a variety of tasks and projects which can include the installation and maintenance of lighting and wiring systems, testing and diagnosing a multitude of electrical problems, and installing, inspecting, and maintaining circuit breakers, motor starters, transformers, and other electrical components.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, participants are considered journeyman electricians, and can perform both maintenance and construction electrical work. Electricians can work both indoors and out and can take on specialized roles such as residential electrician, commercial electrician, inside electrician, master electrician, and journeyman electrician.

Electrician Salary and Job Outlook

In 2013, the median annual salary for a licensed electrician was $50,510. The steady growth of alternative energy systems such as wind and solar power present electricians with a plentiful source of work. This is exemplified by a job growth outlook of 23% between 2010 and 2020 for the profession.


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