Preschools – Service Factors To Be Kept In Mind

Preschools are the most important part of the development of a child as they are their introduction to the world of learning and discipline. Preschools play a fundamental role in the kid’s upbringing and they leave a huge impression in the minds of young ones.

Preschools at first may seem like an easy thing to run, but they really are not. Infact a lot more care and focus goes in to taking care of toddlers and young kids at a preschool. The children being very young need to be kept in a very safe environment and need to be taken care of all the time. Parents trust the preschool staff to take good care of their children and would not tolerate any mishap.

• Apart from care of individuals, even the premises and furniture needs to be very well maintained and cleaned regularly to avoid any troubles with the children’s health. Clean and disinfected premises are necessary for a preschool to function. Every bit of furniture has to be selected, keeping in mind the safety and psychology of the kids attending the facility.

• The food being served to the kids in school is also of high importance as it can directly affect their health and nutrition. Food that is daily made for the kids in preschools has to be thoroughly supervised so as to avoid any food poisoning and to maintain high standards of cooking. Even the nutritional value of the food being served to the children in the school is to be carefully crafted so as to keep them healthy and active.

• Playgrounds are the most important spaces to kids in preschools as we all know how much fun it is for them to play and explore different activities. It is also kind of necessary to make kids play out in the open as it promotes qualities like team building, coordination, trust and competition.

• The whole environment of the preschool needs to be welcoming and pleasant for a child to stay there for long hours. The staff is the most important aspect of the organization. The preschool staff needs to be child loving and have patience in order to deal with the kids, as managing so many young ones at once can sometimes, get real hard. The teaching staff has to be very well trained and experienced in handling kids so that they can teach them properly.

• The curriculum and activities of the preschool are also to be very carefully designed so as to promote learning and competitive behavior in children.

There are of course, many other important features that a preschool organization has to manage, in order to provide exemplary services and extraordinary care to kids attending their facility. Therefore, you as a parent should only trust the best, most experienced and most popular preschool in your area to ensure that your child is in the right hands. You can find the right preschool in your area quite easily, by making use of the internet.

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Neglected Factors When Choosing Math Tutoring Services

A lot of individuals are struggling at school most especially on subjects like math. Surely, some individuals are gifted with mathematical talents, but there are some who are having difficulties on this subject. This is why, more and more individuals are searching for math tutoring services.

When searching for such services, individuals need to consider numerous factors. For one, you need to check the credibility of the institution. Next, you need to make sure that their instructors are skillful and knowledgeable. And, you need to ensure that their teaching methods can accommodate your needs. Unfortunately, some individuals still cannot find the right service for their needs since they neglect other essential factors in choosing tutorial services. Below are some of the following.

Type of math lessons

One of the most factors that individuals neglect when opting for math tutoring services is the type of lessons they offer. Some individuals think that math subjects are all the same. However, mathematics is divided in different branches. Thus, there are cases when individuals choose the wrong tutorial service which can affect their goals and their finances as well. Because of this, it is important for individuals to know their need before opting for tutors.

Location

Another factor that is commonly neglect by individuals is the location of the service provider. Of course, there are numerous institutions that offer tutorial services. But, as mentioned above, some institutions can provide better services since they have the best instructors and teaching methods. Sadly, choosing tutorial services from distant places can be hard most especially if you have a hectic schedule at school. To avoid this, it is best to look for nearby service providers. Or perhaps, ask providers if they offer online tutorials.

Schedule

For some individuals, they also neglect the schedule of tutorials. Surely, most individuals who opt for such services go to schools. And, there are instances when they are required to do extra-curricular activities which can affect their schedule. So, it is important for individuals to make sure that they look for tutorial services that can match their schedule. Another option is to ask if tutors can provide you with flexible schedule to allow you to have sufficient time to accomplish personal obligations and chores.

Package deals

Finally, some individuals also neglect to ask about package deals. Most math tutorial providers offer different types of lessons. And, they can provide you with wonderful deals when opting for other services they provide. With this, individuals can cut down their expenses and learn more from reliable tutors.

These are only some of the neglected factors individuals need to be aware of in order to help them become better at mathematics.

Learning Disabilities – 18 Critical Factors For Successful Post-Secondary Transition

Since students with learning disabilities are at greater risk in college, they need to allow adequate time to set themselves up for post-secondary success now. Keeping the eighteen factors below in mind increases the likelihood that transition from high school to college will be as seamless as possible.

1. To start your college search, make a list of desirable qualities in a school (i.e., commuter/residential, size, location, etc.) Start your search on the internet then begin college visitations. Allow your parents to narrow down your list to their acceptable choices. Then, once you see where you are accepted, you know those schools are all “parent-approved”.

2. Perseverance is the single most important factor in college success. Tied for second are the ability to delay gratification (i.e., saying “no” when your friends are going out, but you really should study) and an organizational system that works for you. The sooner you work on these three things, the easier college will be.

3. In college, you are a legal adult and need to articulate your disability on your own. Self-advocacy goes hand-in-hand with this; it is critical in getting your needs met in college.

4. If you are serious about a school, ask to meet a successful student from Disability Services. Before making your final choice, ask about spending an overnight with that student. You will get a better sense of whether or not you would feel comfortable at that college.

5. FERPA – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a Federal law that protects the privacy of students’ educational records. However, keep this in mind: your parents’ support has helped get you to where you are today. Considering they are footing the bill, it is not unreasonable for parents to want to be kept in the loop. “LD-friendly” colleges allow you to sign a FERPA waiver.

6. The director of Disability Services sets the tone for the entire department. If you find this person off-putting, think twice about whether you would feel comfortable at the college.

7. If your documentation is older than 3 years, it should be updated. Make sure the list of recommendations at the end of the documentation includes critical items for your success. (Of course, they must be supported by the testing.)

8. Start exploring technologies you have never used but might help level the playing field for you. You can get an idea of different technologies when you visit the Disability Services offices at different colleges.

PROCEDURE FOR GETTING ACCOMMODATIONS

9. You and your parents should meet with the director of Disability Services as soon as you are admitted. Bring your documentation with you. IEPS are not of value in college.

10. The director will review your documentation and subsequently meet with you to discuss accommodations to be included in letters to your teachers. An accommodation you should strongly consider requesting is a reduced course load – at least for the first semester. Students can be considered full-time with as few as 6 credits, depending on the amount of work they can handle. Ask the director to write a letter for your parents’ insurance company explaining your full-time status with a reduced load, but do not submit the letter until it is requested.

11. Check back with the Disability Office at the start of school to pick up your accommodation letters. You need to deliver a letter to each instructor to whom you are disclosing. Find a private moment before or after class to do this, or make an office-hour appointment with your instructor, so you can maintain your privacy. This meeting is a good opportunity to introduce yourself and explain your needs to your professors.

12. The process of requesting, picking up, and delivering letters must be repeated each semester. If you need a change in accommodations, discuss this with the director of Disability Services.

CHOOSING CLASSES

13. Initial class selection is based on the result of college placement exams which all freshmen take. Remember that most colleges ban the use of calculators for the math exam. You should go in prepared to do all calculations the old-fashioned way. That means extensive practice until this comes naturally again.

14. Your schedule should be balanced between challenging courses and easier ones. Take the challenging classes three times a week, not two.

15. Classes should be hand-selected by someone in the Disability Services office who knows your learning style and the instructors who suit you best.

16. Keep your ears open to friend’s recommendations of engaging professors – but make sure they suit your learning style before enrolling.

TUTORING

17. For most incoming freshmen, tutoring three times a week is recommended to get off to a good strong start. Consider tutoring empowering; the more help you have initially, the sooner you’ll feel confident in your abilities.

18. As you become stronger and meta-cognitive (the state of learning how to learn), your Learning Specialist may suggest you gradually reduce tutoring. Some students may eventually be able to access tutoring on an as-needed basis, rather than by standing appointment.

©2007 Joan Azarva