Why is Coding so important to teach children?

Why to Teach Children how to Code

In today’s day and age, almost everything is digital.

Things you might not think are digital are starting to become more advanced.

A few years ago, if you told someone you wanted a fridge with an LCD display, they’d probably look at you like you’re crazy.

But nowadays, it’s the norm.

So since it’s become the norm, shouldn’t parents be teaching their children the fundamentals of the future — coding?

There’s a lot of reasons to teach your child how to code. There are, of course, the obvious reasons — learning to code can, in a sense, guarantee a stable career in the long run.

There’ll always need to be someone to design software updates for phones — so there’ll always be a demand for coding in the future.

Additionally, coding can help your child to focus, and may help them develop or further advance their problem-solving skills. Additionally, if your child is struggling with math, coding can be a fun way to help them advance their math skills.

Coding will also teach your children to be creative. If you allow your children full independence with their coding creations, once they have the skills to be able to create something, the sky is the limit as to what they can create.

All in all, encouraging your child to learn programming is easily one of the best things you can do for them — and their future.

Without school sports, everyone loses

Don’t Cut Them, Because Without School Sports, Everyone Loses

There’s no doubt, times can be hard for schools across the country. Many school administrators say they just don’t enough money for every student who wants to play on the football team, basketball team, baseball team, soccer, participate in track. Some want to cut less popular programs, like Lacrosse. Others want to cut all freshmen sports.

It isn’t just a problem in the United States either. The Toronto Star reports children there are often deprived of the chance to participate in school sports.

So when times are so tough, some may wonder what is the problem with cutting something they believe isn’t vital, like school sports? The Star reported that one problem with doing so is obesity rates are soaring for children in Canada, and school sports can help fight the problem. That is a problem American children suffer from too. According to heart.org, about one in three teens or kids are obese or overweight. The article reported it is the number one health concern in the United States for parents and that the obesity rate among children tripled from 1971 to 2011.

Online articles also report that many Americans believe schools are there not just to provide students with the necessary academic facts to survive in life, but also to develop the “whole” student. Some students find sports participation is as important in this as their academics. Students don’t only become involved for entertainment and socialization, but to learn teamwork, fair play, self esteem, goal setting, and develop skills–all good life skills to have. In fact, researchers report almost any student involvement affects development and learning.

So, when administrators, consider cutting sports programs, maybe they should consider the damage they might be doing.

How to stop online bullying

How to stop online bullying

Online bullying of school aged children has been in the news a lot lately. This form of bullying is especially dangerous as individuals often feel less contained when conversing with someone online. This lack of face to face contact, as well as the anonymous nature of online contact, has created a secretive environment where children often engage in threatening and mean forms of communication. Since children are more adept with technology and computers, parents are often unaware that this is going on right under their noses. When children feel unsafe in the security of their own homes, it can be an especially terrifying ordeal if not handled swiftly and appropriately.

There have even been cases where other children have urged kids online to harm themselves even to commit suicide. Educators can help stem this trend by providing safe means for their students to report this type of behavior. Also, discussing this issue can go a long way in preventing harm and stopping these atrocious behaviors. Parents should have an open online policy and especially younger children need parent locks that can prevent access. Both parents and teachers should discuss this topic with their children and students, and provide information on how to handle the situation if it does occur.

Many teens become secretive of their online conversations. Attention to new troubling behaviors promptly by parents can deter long term and sometimes permanent emotional and mental abuse effects. Seek appropriate counseling if a child appears traumatized or afraid by online bullying.

Meditation for Kids. Life Changing

Mediation for Kids- A Life-changing Practice

Parents today compete for their children’s attention between glowing screens and a never-ending busy schedule. The window of opportunity to raise your child has become minuscule as they grow rapidly and have more outside influences effecting their development. Teaching your child morals and values, let alone trying to discipline them, has become a challenge. That is why mediation practice is becoming more popular to teach your child rather than add more stress to their life and yours.

Meditation is now being used as an alternative to detention and even has become a class all its own. But, mediation can also be used at home to cultivate calmness and self-reflection, which in turn helps with many behavioral issues and learning roadblocks. Here are ways that mediation with your children can have life changing effects.

  • Mediation teaches children to remove their distractions, worries, and problems.
  • By sitting quietly and focusing on breathing, your child becomes more self-aware.
  • Mediation increases clarity helping your child express themselves; instead of becoming a follower, they become their unique selves.
  • For children with hyper activity, mediation calms the mind and body; it teaches them how to control both.
  • It increases your child’s attention span, as sitting relieves them of racing thoughts and teaches them to focus inward and outward.
  • Once your child learns to respect their own mind and body, they place this value on others. They respect the individuality of others and are open-minded and empathetic.

Getting Kids under 10 to read

Getting Kids under 10 to read

There are a few ways that you can get a child under the age of 10 to read. The first way is to let them to read whatever they want. Your kids are not going to want to read books that they don’t like. By reading books that they like, they are going to be a lot more likely to want to read books when they get older.

The second way is to experiment with different books by going to the library. There are a variety of different books that your child is going to enjoy reading even for a beginner. The library is going to be the best place to start. It is going to be even better if the library has a reading time.

The third way is to help your child to find the books that they are going to be the most interested in. This is one of the best ways that you are going to get your child to read on a regular basis. Make sure that you take a list to the library with you so that the librarian can help you.

The fourth way is to read the books that you think your children are going to like yourself. When the child sees that you are reading the book, they are going to be interested in the book too. It can also help if you read the book to them so they know what the book is about and will want to read it.

Best Educational Apps – Top 3

Parental Guide To Educational Apps.

Being a parent is stressful enough without having to worry about what apps your children are using on their device. If they’re going to be on a phone or tablet they should at least be exercising their mind so we have detailed out the top 3 apps for your child’s growing mind.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel.

The first one will be great for any children aged 3+ or perhaps are really right 2 year old. This app allows your child to play with one of their favorite characters as he guides them through social interaction in varying scenarios. It also has a fun sticker book to play with if they want to switch gears.

Kid’s ABC Phonics

This app will help your child learn and pronounce a variety of words. They will learn to speak, sound out, and read in an app that will constantly challenge them and reinforce what they’ve been taught. Catered for ages 3 and up, this is an amazing app if you’re looking to prepare your child for preschool.

Drawing Pad

If your goal is to spark your child’s creativity this is a fantastic app to do just that. Many apps allow you draw and play with a multitude of colors and backgrounds but the thing that sets this one apart is the fact your child will be able to post their art on parent approved social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. The one-touch connectivity

Applying to Private Scholarships

Private Scholarships:

*All about Private Scholarships:

Applying to private scholarships can be a way for an ambitious and bright student to fund their college education. Therefore, it is important to do some research to find as many sources as possible and obtain all required. Essentially a money scholarship is a “gift”. Therefore, a “gift” does not have to be repaid unlike a student funded loan.

There are a host of Scholarships available to deserving students which include:

*Academic.
*Athletic.
*Performance.
*Creative
*Private.
*Community Service.

It is important to find out exactly what kind of scholarships are currently available. Therefore, if you are a high school student more than likely your high school adviser/counselor can assist you with finding this important information.

Once you obtain information about what kind of scholarships are available, the next step is to find out exactly how to apply for the scholarship. There are normally a host of long forms to complete along with documentation you will be asked to submit information concerning:

*Your family financial position.
*Head of household income.
*Size of your family.

Most importantly, you must obtain information which explains how your scholarship (if granted) may affect any other student aid or financial grants. In some situations, a scholarship my exclude you from receiving financial aid and student grants. However, this is decided on a case by case basis.

Scholarship Awards are based upon a student’s ability, overall skills as well as future plans and ambitions. If granted a scholarship, the student must maintain a certain GPA or you could lose part or all of your scholarship monies.

Scolarships can also be based strictly on “Merit”. Therefore, the student must meet or exceed certain guidelines or standards set forth by the institution granting the scolarship. There are normally few exceptions to that rule.

Finally, a student can be granted a partial scholarship or full tuition scholarship. again, this depends upon need as well as scholastic standing. It is true that straight “A” students with a financial need can very well end up receiving a full scholarship to college.

*Deadlines:

It is critical that you be aware of the deadline for submitting required scholarship forms. They are very strict about meeting certain deadlines when applying for a partial or full scholarship. Failure to meet required guidelines can exclude a deserving student from receiving their “gift” of scholarship.

How Colleges Hide their cash

How Colleges Hide Their Cash

The latest proposed tax bill by republicans includes a tax on wealthy private college endowments. The tax would bring in in excess of $3 billion over the next 10 years. This move sent shock waves across most private institutions. A report by the New York Times revealed that many private institutions hide their endowments in offshore Caribbean accounts to avoid taxes on earnings that are not related to education. Endowments are tax exempt if the earnings are linked to education.

Some institutions are starting to use private equity and hedge funds to invest and increase their profits. Through increased fund raising and tax avoidance, schools have dramatically increased their endowments. Stanford University increased its endowment by over 800% between 1977 and 2012 which equated to over $16 billion. The vast majority of this money is not being used to help students or to improve the college education system. Although the wealthiest schools have increased help to students in recent years, it is only a minimal percentage of their endowments. This is because the wealthiest schools tend to only enroll privileged students who don’t need financial help.

Despite a continuous drop in state funding, the top public universities have steadily increased their enrollment over the last 40 years across all economic classes. They also typically enroll more low income students than wealthy schools. Some have proposed that if wealthy schools want to continue to enjoy endowment tax breaks, they need to invest more of the money into helping students and the public.

3 Myths About Choosing a College Major

3 Myths About Choosing a College Major

There are three main myths about choosing a college major. The first myth is that you have to declare a major in order to get into a college. Choosing a major can be very stressful along with being tough so you need to know that you don’t have to know it as soon as you get into college. But it is going to be easier for you to figure out what classes that you need to take. This means that you will be able to graduate on time. Sometimes it just might be a good idea to major in general studies.

The second myth is that the only way that you are going to be pick a major is through a variety of different elective courses. There is one big difference between the classes and electives at college. The classes are going to be the core things that you are going to be required to learn in order to be an undergraduate. The electives are the classes that you will take to fulfill all of the requirements related to the certain major. Basically, you will be able to use the classes to explore the different majors instead of the electives.

The third myth is that if you are really good at something, then that should be what you should major in. This is one of the main reasons that you need to take different classes so that you are exposed to new things. This is going to help you to figure out that you might be good in a particular subject but you are not passionate about the work that you are doing. Therefore, you should not major in this subject. Sometimes it is going to take a person awhile to figure out what you are truly going to be passionate about.

 

Girls better than boys at problem solving

Are Girls Better At Problem Solving Than Boys Are?

Do girls have better problem-solving skills than boys do? According to a new comprehensive OECD educational study, girls are better at solving problems than boys. Here is more info from the latest study.

First, here is some background on the nature of the study. Over 125,000 students from across the globe in 52 different countries were surveyed. The age of the students studied was 15 years old, which would mean that they would be in high school. Countries were selected from both developed and developing nations.

The OECD study looked at factors such as how well a student would work with others in a group setting for the first time in the study. It also looked at their attitude towards teamwork. The study also recorded the participant gender, background and extra-curricular activities at school.

One of the major finds of the study was that girls consistently perform better at problem solving and collaboration than boys do. The study found that this was true across all the countries studied. It did not matter whether the nations were developed or developing. The girls were 1.6 times more likely to be at the top of collaboration assignments. Girls also scored higher on the tests in the study by about 29 points or what the OECD considers to be roughly equivalent to a half a year’s worth of school.

What is even more interesting is that a 2012 study done on students found that boys were much better at solving problems individually than girls. This latest study finds that girls seem to be better at solving problems when they work in groups or in a collaborative environment. When you think of it for a moment, it makes sense. Boys are more likely to be independent and try to solve things on their own. Girls find working in groups and following along easier and more natural than boys than do.