Monday, October 4, 2010

Childhood Education Programs

Nowadays, people with young children are increasingly finding themselves with quite a big number of early childhood programs they can choose to put the youngsters through. In this context, we are using the term 'early child education program' to refer to those programs that children go through prior to their joining the formal school system at grade one. The different early childhood education programs are usually based on quite different educational philosophies. They are also usually structured differently, and tailored  to offer the kids different types of information in readiness for their enrollment into the higher education systems.
Many people, now awake to the important role of child education in shaping up a person's feature, are expressing a strong desire in seeing that their kids go through decent ECD programs. Therefore many are known to proceed to the early childhood education centers, and pose questions on how the different childhood education systems work. But the answers given to those questions don't help them much, because a description of each early childhood program makes it seem alluring. That is especially the case, given the fact that the developers are always keen on putting very reasonable explanations for pretty much each and every aspect of their program.
At the end of the day, we know that some early child education programs are better than others. ECD programs whose graduates go on to become educational achievers can be termed as being amongst the best. ECD programs whose graduates, in addition to becoming educational achievers, also tend to become socially competent and physically active adults would also definitely qualify for a spot amongst the very best childhood education programs. There are therefore two main criteria through which we can judge the quality of an early child education program; criteria via which we can identify the best ECD programs over the rest.
As it turns out, the best ECD programs are those that are structured in a way that creates a genuine love for learning in their students. Kids are by nature curious, and the best ECD programs are created to arouse, rather than dull, that curiosity. Curiosity awakened, the best childhood education programs tend to go on to make the learning process  fun. This is as opposed to the archaic ECD programs that are known to make learning a chore for the kids. Now human nature inclines us to do things that are 'fun' to us, while disinclining us from doing things that are 'chore-some' to us. And attitudes we acquire early in our lives tend to be attitudes we hold and act on all our lives.
The best early child education programs are also those that are structured in such a way that the students who go through them develop a sense of balance throughout their lives. This is as opposed to some archaic childhood education that tended to insist on utmost concentration on academic matters, whilst discouraging social contact and physical activity. That could turn out to be counterproductive, and could breed truancy in the learners . It could also give, in the learners who chose to follow the dictates of the system keenly, a problem of lack of balance. That is where we end up with 'nerds' who are so focused on their work, intellectual or otherwise, to the detriment of the other aspects of their lives. But the best early child education programs, whilst encouraging keenness in educational pursuit, also strongly encourage balance.
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By:-Heckman Thelma

School Fundraising Ideas

I thought this is the most obvious answer but I do not understand why it often gets overlooked. Parents will enjoy seeing their kid's artwork on display. There are many benefits to this activity. Firstly, it could raise the school's profile. Next, it encourages the children's parents to visit and interact with the school and mingle with other parents.
The most obvious and simple answer seems to be the school hall. But you could make it into something more prestigious by booking an exhibition hall, community centre or a town centre to add some aura of importance and significance to the event.
Be sure to include at least one artwork from each student in the school. Think about it, if the artwork of my kid is not on display, why should I attend right? This is marketing tactic. Getting the kid to contribute something to the exhibition will get them thrilled and excited. The idea is to attract as many parents as possible and if possible their relatives or grandparents. The more people that attend means greater income for the school funds.
Use all the channels you have access to. The most direct would be flyers to parents and to the public. You could also reserve a column in the newspaper. If you are more meticulous and want to attract the attention of the parents, you could come up with a nice custom printed card to distribute to the parents. But please bear in mind the costs involved and be sure to strike a balance as this is a fundraising event after all.
Mount it nicely onto the boards and be sure to include a nice little paper or card at the bottom of each artwork with the name and age of the artist. You could also group the drawings by age, class or category. Then you could place a title above each artwork to make it even more professional. Research a bit into professional art exhibitions for additional details to make your exhibition more professional.
Fundraising at the Exhibition
You could either get the attendees to pay a small sum as the entrance fee or you could ask for donations at the entry. A better idea could be to sell voting cards where people can vote for the best artwork and the most voted artwork will win a prize.

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By:- Clarence Chua

Chore Charts For Children in Elementary School

Developing responsibility in children is important in most families. As I work with parents, grandparents, teachers and other caring adults who work with kids who are in school, I hear the following questions about responsibility;

How do I get my child to do homework
How do I get my child to clean his room
How do I get my child to do his chores
How do I get my child to feed the pet
How do I get my child to practice the piano
How do I get my child to speak to the family with respect
The problem is that responsible and acceptable behavior is different for every person and every child. When children are in school there are lots of new and exciting adventures that take their thoughts and energy away from the task at hand.
Difference between obedience and responsibility
One of the hardest lessons I ever had to learn is that you can't make anyone do anything long term. You can force your child to do their homework tonight by yelling, screaming and threatening, but I promise you he will dislike school and you. The difference between obedience and responsibility often comes down to this simple distinction, Who owns the problem. If you realize that the dog is hungry and you fix it by filling the food dish, but punish or yell at the child, you still own the problem. You will be telling the child to feed the pet every day and he will expect you to tell him and then lecture or else feed the dog.Obedience needs no agreement or buy-in from the child. The motivation comes from an outside force, in this case, you making the child feel guilty.
Responsibility, however, involves the acceptance and understanding of the natural (the dog has no way to feed himself) and logical (the child feeds the dog before he eats breakfast and dinner) consequences.Chore Charts Tell Child What Is Expected .When the parent is in the telling position and the child is in the doing position, which means the child won't do if the parent doesn't tell. The chore chart is a wonderful tool for pulling adults away from always telling the child what to do and when to do it. Chore charts shift the responsibility to the child and makes the chart the regulator and judge, not the adult.
Chore Charts or job lists or behavior calendars get the emotion out of the situation and strengthens both independence and responsibility. The best advantage of a chore chart that has been agreed on at a family council is the "buy-in" from all parties. Everyone knows what is expected to be done and the time frame for accomplishing said task and have decided and agreed on the consequences if it is not done.Schools are not the teachers of responsibility. Their job is to enhance what has already been learned and modeled in the home and care giving situations. Those of us who love the child need to find methods and techniques to help the child to assume personal responsibility for their decisions and actions. We increase the odds of teaching the child to work independently by being consistent and realistic in our expectations.

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By:-Judy H.Wright