Sunday, April 29, 2012

Understanding Different Aspects of Early Childhood Education

A child can start learning almost immediately after they are born. They learn that crying will get them held, changed, or fed; they learn that they sleep better when they are in mommy's or daddy's arms. These behaviors are learned and they are a part of early childhood education. It is important to teach your child different things at different stages in their life.
When a child is under the age of one, he or she will go through many changes quickly. These changes include turning over from side to side, reaching for things, holding things, recognizing different shapes, colors, and sizes. They also learn how to crawl, pull up, and eventually stand up and walk.
When a child is placed in day care it is important that this time is spent learning for your child. He or she does not need to learn 24/7 but the activities offered at day care should be positive activities that increase the ability to learn and comprehend. education is just by reading but any experience that helps the child learn is one of the building block in his or her education. Travel, play, learning from parents behavior patterns is also education which impacts the personality and emotional development of the children.
When a child comes home in the evenings and over the weekends, the learning activities need to be enforced so they can be learned more quickly and efficiently. If an activity is not taught to the child all the time they may not be able to hold on to the concepts as easily and this can affect the way that the child develops mentally.
Early childhood education doesn't require that the child sit behind a desk all day in a classroom setting. A child can learn anywhere and at any time. For example, riding in the car, a child can learn to count. You and your child can spot animals in the field or cars going by. You can carry a DVD player with some of the most popular education shows for him or her to watch. When you stop, teach your child the many colors that are around you and no matter where you are the trees are always green, yellow, orange, red, or brown and the sky is always blue or gray.
Once a child is old enough to go to school, you will feel good in the fact that you helped your child to prepare for this time. You created a positive way for your child to learn and he or she has absorbed every bit of it. At night, you and your child can keep a diary of all the things you learned along the way and decide which activity was the most helpful and which was the least. Document the amount of time it took your child to learn something and how has it impacted them in life.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Popular Educational Tours - Five Must-See Cities For Students

There is a picture in a maroon binder somewhere in the world of me standing with a friend in Colombia, South America. I am barely standing in my own strength, being so consumed by my own dramatic feelings of teenage homesickness. I had rarely endured 500-mile youth group trips until then, and here I stood across the ocean and several degrees closer to the equator from everything I had ever known. By the end of that photo album, I'm a new person. I have learned to love a culture so different from my own. I care about another language. I have friends here, I've learned to cross the street bravely and audaciously in the city of Ibague, and I never slam the door of a cab - the drivers really hate that. I have learned more than I could have known I wanted to. Travel is loaded with discovery, and students - in school and of life - should do it as often as possible. The experience I describe above was out of the country, but there are so many treasures for learning right here in the United States. These are five of the most popular destinations for educational tours in the United States.
This is an obvious one. Our nation's first capital and the site for the Second Continental Congress who famously signed the Declaration of Independence during the American Revolution is also the resting place for Benjamin Franklin and the memorial home of Betsy Ross. Benjamin Franklin was crucial in the industrialization and improvement of Philadelphia. His biographer, Carl Van Doren, said of Franklin's burial, "No other town burying its great man, ever buried more of itself than Philadelphia with Franklin."
Other historical attractions in Philadelphia include the famous Liberty Bell, Valley Forge National Park, and Old City Hall. But don't only visit Philadelphia for the history. This city, which is currently the sixth most populated in the United States, is every bit the modern metropolis. It is home to Adventure Aquarium as well as of course the birth place for the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. Don't forget to watch National Treasure before you go to both inspire you for some of the historical attractions you will see and to remind you how engaging history can be. And don't miss the Philadelphia Museum of Art where art, history and pop culture converge as your students will no doubt want to attempt the famous run up the steps first immortalized by the fiction hero, Rocky.
Very similar to Philadelphia in historical significance, Boston, Massachusetts, is also rich with American foundations. Here you can visit Paul Revere's house, the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, or the Children's Museum. You can walk the Freedom Trail, a tour of Colonial and Revolutionary Boston and the famous sites related to America's fight for freedom. In the Faneuil Hall Marketplace you'll find eateries, boutiques, and street vendors crowded with Boston culture. And if you need a quieter tour, consider the traditional swan boats in the public garden lagoon. Boston is nestled in the heart of America's first colonies and serves as an excellent destination for student groups.
Washington D.C.
Don't forget our country's current capital, not that anyone would. Washington D.C. is arguably one of the most visited destinations in the country. Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, and all kinds of museums of art and science make up this classic American focal point. Arlington National Cemetery is one of the greatest places to visit in Washington D.C., and student groups will never forget the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and its traditional changing of the guard, which occurs every half hour in warm months and every hour in winter.
Most visitors will not feel their D.C. tour is complete of course without visiting the White House itself. In an election year, student tours can be planned for the following year's grand inauguration. What a memory for any student to be there for the swearing in of their new president! But a trip to our capital city in any year will certainly awaken in anyone an appreciation for our government and the branches that work together to uphold it.
New York City
New York City holds ready-made thrills for almost any young person in America. Art, history, culture, science, and commerce all make New York City a prominent hub of activity. The Metropolitan Museum of Art can take two days to fully appreciate. The Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building are famous symbols of American culture, although Top of the Rock - at the top of Rockefeller Center offers a more interactive journey and beautiful view of the city. Time Square has become a more modern symbol of the various aspects of New York City culture, and Broadway is of course famous for live shows and theater certain to dazzle any New York visitor.
Like the other cities, New York City of course offers various tours already designed for you in order to help navigate this overwhelming metropolis. Circle Line Tours does it in a boat ride, Central Park offers one based on popular movies, and the city offers several other walking tours as well.
Walt Disney was passionate about "general mass education" and he loved to accomplish the goal through his fantasy worlds designed as showcases for technical innovation, cultural diversity, and sheer arts and entertainment. The parks in this city are more than tributes to popular cartoon characters. They are rich with sights and sounds and service that will thrill students and adults alike. Don't expect to only learn in Epcot Center, famous for its tribute to science and innovation. There is something to discover in all of Disney's theme parks. In this generation, the mere inspiration behind an entertainment giant of such magnitude can shape the hearts and minds of tomorrow's leaders in arts and science.
I will never think of Disney World again without thinking of Randy Pausch, the professor and scientist whose dreams as a child came true when he was offered the chance to be a Disney imagineer. Today, Pausch's lessons from that reality have been included in one of the most inspirational lectures and books of our time about the value of our dreams and the effort it takes to achieve them. Orlando is rich with this kind of inspiration - the kind people discover on their own when you just give them the chance to imagine what could be.
The choices for amazing student tours are really endless, but these are five of the most popular cities for any student group. There is a world for them to see and discover and so many things for them to invent and create. These cities can open the door at least for their inspiration.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Most Popular Educational Product Types By Jo Lim

An educational product a device or object that can help a student learn something or help a teacher become an effective educator on a particular subject matter. It spans a wide area of academic fields, subjects, pedagogy, student academic levels, attitudes and behavior. There are products made specifically for the teacher, products made specifically for the student and products designed for both of them.
The most common example of a product that is educational can be seen in teaching aids. Teaching aids in essence are things that help the teacher convey a certain subject matter as efficiently as they can. Teaching aids range from pictures regarding certain botanical plants, maps that showcase the geography of a particular continent, videos that graphically represent mathematical concepts via interesting animations and even actual demo devices that present an example of natural physical laws. These products are developed by manufacturers with the help of experienced teachers. This ensures that the resulting products are educational as well as relevant in the modern educational environment.
Students nowadays are luckier compared to their counterparts in the generation preceding theirs. Modern students have the ultimate educational aid, a computer with an internet connection. With a computer and an internet connection, you can access a large library of content online to help you understand a subject, a concept, a principle efficiently and in the shortest amount of time possible. There is also specially developed software that can showcase efficiently a particular subject matter. For example, a projectile application can help students understand the physics of a freely falling body by using a graphical representation of how a projectile flies depending on the set launching force. Graphical representations teach better than compared to just numbers on the board and the teacher's narrative powers and skill of description.
Calculators are also educational products. If a student understands the concept of basic arithmetic, they can use calculators to save a significant amount of time performing summations in a statistic subject. Instead of doing the additions by hand, you can do it in the calculator effectively helping you understand and learn a statistic principle instead of dwelling on doing arithmetic. Aside from calculators, there are also models, charts, experiments and even special books and albums that can help students learn various subjects.
One of the most popular educational product for both teachers and students is the educational video. A well crafted video can grab the viewer's attention and keep it all throughout the course of the video and teach a particular subject matter to the viewer. A video is an aural and visual experience and modern students respond very well to this. A video that shows the hydrologic cycle by showing how water evaporates from seas and rivers, condenses into clouds and effectively falling down as rain is more effective than a teacher drawing figures on the board and trying to describe it.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

4 Types Of Popular Educational Toys

Educational toys are becoming a staple in most homes across the world. As parents realise the important of early education, they try to find ways to make it as fun and simple for their children as possible. This is where educational toys come into handy. They are affordable, fun for your children and provide them with the best educational material you can find. We take a look at a few of the most popular educational toys on the market.
Memory Games: One of the most popular toddler games on the market are memory games. These memory games help develop your child's motor skill development and their memory banks. Playing these sort of games with your children are also perfect for strengthening the bond between parent and child. You can use these memory games while you're on the road or at home for fun evening in. You can find memory games with numbers or pictures or a combination of both numbers and pictures.
Puzzles: The preschool puzzles help your children recognize objects and shapes. Most younger puzzles include about nine double-sided picture and word puzzle pieces. The most common puzzles have two distinct ways to play the game. You can either let your child connect the words on one side or connect the pictures on the other sides. You can also let them build each puzzle individually.
Building Blocks:Most educational building blocks have letters, numbers and pictures attached to them. Your child will be able to spell out words or create different situations with the building blocks. It is a lot of fun for toddlers.
Snap Cards: Snap cards are great fun. You need to match the word with the specific picture. When each piece finally connects together, on the other hand side, the word will be in bright, bold colours. This is perfect for children who need to practice their shapes and sounds.
These four games are the most popular educational toys on the market currently. Children absolutely love memory games, snap cards, building blocks and puzzles. If you can find bright, colour, fun, educational toys for your children then make sure you snap them up. You will be able to see an amazing difference when it comes to how far your child actually improves.
Educational toys are a fantastic addition to your arsenal of educational tools for your child and the betterment of their learning and academic skills.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Preschooler's Educational Toys

The demand for educational toys is fast growing, as more and more parents see the value behind these products and children start to appreciate the kind of learning they obtain from them. In fact, the demand for them has surpassed that of traditional toys. In 2005, for instance, educational toy maker LeapFrog's sales surged 120%.
Most of the educational toys toy companies create target preschoolers and elementary school children. This is because the preschool years are the best years to instill learning in kids. Their minds are still fresh and remain relatively unmuddled by the events around them. And because today's modern parent is always out working, and give the benefits educational toys give to their preschoolers, they tend to not mind the price tag.
Here are some of the more popular educational toys that have been designed for preschoolers.
LeapFrog's Leapster L-Max Learning Game System
The Leapster L-Max
Preschoolers and even elementary age kids will enjoy this product because it carries several preprogramed games that are both fun and educational. The device can be plugged into the picture tube of the television so the games can be played on the big screen. Kids can also play games while on the road because of its portability.
Publications International Ltd's Story Reader
Story Reader is an electronic book that may be loaded with all sorts of stories for preschoolers to enjoy. Parents only need to buy story cartridges to be uploaded into the device, so its capacity is virtually limitless. Some of the popular stories that have been featured in Story Reader are The Lion King, Chicken Little, and The Incredibles. It has become so popular that, in 2003, it has sold over 1.5 million units and more than 7.5 million books. Imagine how many it has sold at present!
Fisher-Price and Nickelodeon's Dora The Explorer
These two top children's companies have teamed up to create a new cooking-based educational game that features the popularly cute and bilingual Dora preparing all kinds of dishes kids can emulate.
Disney Consumer Product and V-Tech's Call 'n Learn Phone/Leapfor's Tic Talk
Both of these educational toy teaches preschoolers proper phone etiquette. The only difference is that the Tic Talk deals with the right use of the cellular phone.
Hasbro's Baby Einstein
Nearly all toys under the Baby Einstein line encourage kids to appreciate art, music, language and poetry. The line carries several interactive game devices that preschool kids would definitely enjoy. Its most sought after products include the Baby Bach Touch 'N Play Pipes and the Baby Shakespeare Find-And-Rhyme.