Help Your Child Manage Homework

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The “looming threat” of another year of homework assignments—and potential battles—may overshadow the anticipation of a new school year. But homework routines don’t have to be a painful process, if you and your kids discuss and set the ground rules and expectations early on. Involving your children encourages them to take ownership of their success, too.

With the plethora of distractions to pull a kid’s attention in a million directions once she’s home from school, is it any wonder that — especially after a long day of learning — the last thing she wants to do when she walks in the door is homework? Instead of letting your temper get the better of you, try these suggestions for helping your child tackle homework.

Set the stage

Your children’s ages may determine the best place for them to work. You can easily supervise younger kids when they’re in the kitchen or dining room as you’re prepping dinner. Older kids might prefer to work in their rooms or the den. Decide what works for everyone.

Fill a well-stocked station with typical school supplies. When your kids need a computer, keep it in a central location where you can oversee their work.

Some kids work well listening to music. Others prefer silence. Either works, but keep the homework zone free from other distractions including the television, video games and smartphones or tablets.

Create a routine

You and the kids should decide whether homework’s top priority immediately after school or dinner. Some children need 30 minutes to decompress with a snack. Others want to jump in and finish everything immediately. Your kids’ homework schedules might change depending on the day, if they’re involved in afterschool or evening activities. Just continue to reinforce that homework is a priority.

Strategize

It’s never too soon to teach kids how to plan and strategize. Some kids tackle the hard stuff first. Others prefer to save it for last. Use a calendar to track long-term assignments and decide, with your kiddo, how to chunk projects so they’re not spending six hours working on it the night before it’s due.

Motivating reluctant students

Don’t nag! Creating a negative environment from the outset often backfires. Instead, cultivate a “We’re in this together” approach where you’re available to assist. Be positive. Buy into the assigned work and explain the value of each task.

Teach them to prioritize. Encourage older students with a heavier workload to take regular breaks. Set a timer for 15 – 20 minutes. It’s also never too early to teach your kids how to organize.

Link success to effort. It’s easy to cheer someone on with an “I know you can do it!” attitude, but if you remind her about that ‘A’ she earned after a week of practice, you’ll reinforce a very healthy message that effort and perseverance lead to success.

Know when to call the cavalry. If your child spends what you think is an exorbitant amount of time on homework, or is confused by an assignment, contact her teacher. You also might consider hiring a tutor. Both professionals are trained to handle multiple questions and explain the classwork.

Reaching the finish line

Sometimes, the best way to motivate a child to complete his or her homework is to offer a fun incentive. While some people may worry that offering rewards conditions children to do what’s required or requested only when there’s something in it for them, research disagrees. Using a reward system is not a bribe — and there are a variety of systems to try until you find one that works for your family.

When the weather’s nice, why not incorporate the outdoors into that reward, especially since your kiddo’s probably been sitting inside for most of the day, and studies show that outdoor time is critical to a young person’s development.

Take the whole family on a nature scavenger hunt or go bird watching. Pile onto the bikes and ride to the park to play. Or, if your kids love to learn, check out these fun outdoor learning activities.

Homework is meant to provide reinforcement and extra practice. Set a good example, too, by curling up to read or do your own paperwork during homework time.

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About the Author:

Emily Graham is the creator of mightymoms.net. She believes being a mom is one of the hardest jobs around and wanted to create a support system for moms from all walks of life. On her site, she offers a wide range of info tailored for busy moms — from how to reduce stress to creative ways to spend time together as a family.

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Going Over Homework

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

Over the past few years, we have been asked by potential clients and clients for our tutors to go over homework. Our response to that is that we don’t go over homework, but we provide homework assistance/help. Let’s explain.

-Going over homework does not instill skills for autonomy.

-To promote autonomy, we promote and use effective research-based modeling.

-Once a client displays independence with that skill, he/she will be comfortable with doing his/her own homework assignment.

All of our tutors are trained in research-based techniques. We are in the business of not only improving content/skill level and grades, but character too.

How Do I Learn Best?

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, Founder

Have you or your child(ren) said, “I study, but I just can’t get it” or “I just can’t get what the teacher/professor is saying in the class?”

Perhaps your study habits or class attentiveness is not align with how you absorb certain information. Yes, learning styles can be good. However, a number of techniques maybe better, such as the use of mnemonics. This is can be very complex to teachers. Yes you want to be inclusive of every student. However, every student absorbs information differently. This is the main reason All 4 One Tutoring customizes each clients’ one-on-one tutoring plan, and our tutors are trained on research-based techniques. Feel free to leave a comment.

How EdTech Is Transforming the Remotest Districts

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by Anish Passi, Contributing Author

Education technology, commonly known as Edtech, is a revolutionary progression in the realm of learning and pedagogy. The undeniable skills of teachers and educators in various sectors can now be visited by a student sitting from anywhere in a world! So long as they have accessibility to the internet, nothing can stop these children from growing into their creative and intellectual potential.

Forget about learning through correspondence or swimming rivers across to reach a school, education technology helps you access school and learning in the palm of your hand. With methods like apps and video-calling, companies are using the most appropriate technology to create and promote ethically good learning material. With the help of the best teaching pedagogy from around the globe, its redefining learning using the same classroom approach except in a much more resourceful way. The best bargain through which students gain from the most is that now the remotest of districts can have access to the gem of education that otherwise wouldn’t reach it. Now even resources for competitive exams like IAS are also available online. Transformative practice, indeed!

  • Teachers from all around the world

Giving their audience an exhaustive list of teachers and mentors from different countries and coming from different spheres of education, education technology helps its audience and students to be with the one they connect the most to. Imagine the pure delight that it brings to a district that lacks public schools!

The demands of the society are hard to meet without a technical training or the right subjective knowledge one needs to make a place for themselves. It is indeed a pity that children either have to leave homes or travel a long way if they’re residing in a remote district.

So here’s solace for us all! Now one can easily manage not just work, but their daily dose of lessons to make up for years lost and to come. You wanted one centre with a teacher? Here, the genie lets you pick as many as you want.

  • Everybody is a student

Everyone from any walk of life or financial background can afford an education, it is mostly free of any changes or comes at a very nominal fee as opposed to private institutions. Who knew that the lack of infrastructure or tuition fee could be so beneficial? And you’re not losing the expertise that comes from certified teachers or professors.

This will come a long way in enhancing the life chances and transforming the literacy situation even in the remotest locations across the world.

  • Interactive classrooms

New age education is incomplete without seamless education through interactive classrooms. EdTech has pioneered distance education by providing a borderless system that integrates educators with any interested student.

There is no dearth of resources- all you need is an uninterrupted internet connection. Students are free to take up courses in line with their interests and find relevant courses; sharing a classroom that transcends nationalities. This form of hands-on teaching is also ideal for students looking for additional studying and tutoring to aid their college/school courses.

  • New hope for educators

The biggest benefit has been derived by the various educators and teachers who now have a relevant source of income, especially those with no means to access better jobs due to their location or other restraints. Many students have turned into proficient teachers through EdTech to support their own education as well. It is also a great way to bridge the ever widening gender as well as economic gap.

An interesting thing to note about Edtech is the difference in the business models in Asian and European Markets, keeping in view the various linguistic barriers in the East that are seemingly absent in the West. Education Technology has proved to be a burgeoning market, with start ups sprouting all over the world by the minute owing to the expanding middle class. Digitisation of education has reformed new age learning for all.

However, for it to sustain and grow at the same time, digital literacy should first reach all before digital education. If this perfect integration is attained, the quality of human life will improve exponentially with every passing year.

Fun, Technology-Based Activities for Your Kids to Do This Winter

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by Laura Pearson, Guess Contributor

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Most kids love spending as much time outdoors as they can, but when winter rolls in, it can be difficult to fit in outside time. The coldest months can also be the most boring for young people, but fortunately there are plenty of online activities for kids that are also educational. Whether your children are interested in art, science, music, math, or reading, there are tons of fun things they can do when the snow begins to fall and they’re stuck inside for awhile.

It’s also important to look for ways your children can stay active when outside time isn’t a possibility, and there are options for that online as well. There are several dance videos, tutorials, and games on the Web that will help your children get up and get moving even when they can’t get active outdoors.

Here are a few of the best sites and apps to try when your child is tired of being stuck inside.

Check out some science projects

There are several ways your child can learn about science online, and many projects that can be completed with simple ingredients you already have at home. Try EarthScienceJr.com, where your kids can learn about how to make “lava” with items from the kitchen.

Learn a new language

Learning a new language can open many doors for your children, and it can help with comprehension in school subjects, as well. Talk to them about which languages they might be interested in learning, and look up some information on the best techniques. Duolingo and Stories by Gus on the Go are widely acknowledged as two of the best language apps for young people; go here for a longer list.

Have a dance party

Get your kids up off the couch by having a dance party that they can move to! There are several dance tutorials on YouTube, or you can look for video games that incorporate movement, such as “Just Dance.” All the music and videos may require a new television or sound system, which can really make a huge difference when it comes to getting your kids motivated to exercise. It’s important not to make any rash decisions, however, so do your research before buying. Click here for more information about home theater systems.

Make it age appropriate

It’s important to make sure your children have age-appropriate content when they use the computer or tablet, and there are some great sites that have a variety of games, videos, and music for all ages. For younger kids, PBSkids.org is a wonderful start because it has tons of fun activities that teach little ones about numbers, words, and colors. Click here to see more learning sites.

Boost confidence

If your children are having trouble with a particular subject in school, you may be able to find a site or an app that will help boost their confidence with it. There are even some that are used in classrooms, so your children can keep up with schoolwork at home and boost their confidence in the subjects that give them trouble.

Many kids these days are plugged in much of the time, whether it’s on a tablet or on the computer, so why not make use of it and help them move ahead? Try a few different sites and apps and help your children find the right ones for their needs this winter.

5 Simple Tips to Generate Traffic to Your Blog for Free

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You write to let the world know your story or to let them benefit from your insights. So, it is quite important that the world gets to read what you write. Hence, generating traffic to your blog is quite important.

No matter how beautifully you have written, your article is insignificant unless it is read by the audience it is meant for.

Now the question is, how do you generate traffic for your blog. Sure, there are many paid ways of traffic generation like social media advertising, Google Adwords, etc. But it is not affordable for everyone.

So, let me share with you some amazingly simple tips to generate traffic to your website without spending a penny.

  1. Know your audience: Never try to please everyone or you might end up pleasing none. Everything is not meant for everyone. So, always keep in mind who are you writing for? Who is your primary target audience? What are they interested in? Remember, the blog isn’t just about you, it’s about them as well.
  2. Writefrequently: If you really want people to read your blog, you have to write frequently. You can’t just write one article and then return to your blog after ages. You need to keep writing as frequently as you can.
  3. Unique, valuable and useful content: I know I told you to write frequently. But that doesn’t mean you will just dole out anything on your blog. Always ask yourself, why do you read a particular article or post? What do you look for? Try to embibe the same into your blog posts. People are looking for something that is of value and use to them. They want something that is original and unique. If your post fits the bill, it will organically generate traffic.
  4. Catchy titles: Let’s be honest. We know we live in a world where a book is judged by its cover. The title of your post is what will attract a reader to click on it. So, work hard on your title. Make sure the title of your post is attractive and catchy. Having said that, always refrain from giving misleading titles. If the title of your post is, “how to become rich in a month”, you can’t talk about loans and credit cards. Always deliver what your title promises.
  5. Share on social media: Make sure you share your blog post on every social media network possible. This will help you to enhance the reach of your blog. Also engage with your target audience on the social media. When someone comments on your post, reply to them. Make your post shareable so that if people like your post, they can share it with their friends and family on social media.

These tips are very simple. But in this world full of complexities, we often forget to do the most basic and simple tips. So, let’s begin with the basics.


The State of Charter Schools

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO All 4 One Tutoring

About a month ago, I read a report about how NAACP delegates and the National Board called for a decision to delay the expansion of charter schools. A task force was assembled called the Task Force for Quality Education. The Task Force gathered nationwide data on the state of charter schools and traditional public schools. Here is what the Task Force found:

  • From a Stanford University report, 37% of charter schools performed worse than traditional public schools.
  • Predominate white schools in predominate black communities discipline black students out of the schools.
  • Funds are drained from public schools. The money does not follow the student.
  • A lot of charter schools follow the franchise business model. A board operates the schools under contract, and the teachers are considered at-will employees.

As an organization, All 4 One Tutoring LLC we have tapped into providing services to charter schools. We run a very successful after-school program at the Empowerment Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. We help fill in educational gaps and do activities and projects that help prepare students for college along with helping them have a smooth transition into high school. My take on the report is that I agree that the charter school sector needs to align financial transparency with consistent accountability.