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Homemade Gifts for Teachers

Many children want to give their teacher a gift for the holidays. While this is a great idea and one that should be encouraged, a “World’s Best Teacher” mug or glass is not always the best choice. Just about every teacher will tell you that they already have several of these. So, what should you give them to show your appreciation for all their hard work? The options may be a little closer to the heart for most.

Gift cards

Starbucks Gift Card

It's hard to go wrong with a gift card. These can be purchased at local grocery stores for just about dollar amount imaginable. And getting one from their favorite stores, coffee shops, or teacher supply outlets will go a long way to show that you care.

Homemade gifts and cards

We have found that many teachers love to receive anything homemade or crafted by their students. Your child’s artwork, a handwritten card, or a crafted Christmas ornament with your child’s name and the year on it are items that teachers can keep year after year to remember their students and all the lives they have touched along the way.

School supplies for all

Another great idea is to get them much-needed school supplies. Many teachers pay for classroom materials like lined paper, pencils, sticky notes, pens, erasers, and much more themselves. So, gifts of this nature are often much needed and will always be appreciated. If you don’t know what to get exactly a gift card to bookstores and teacher supply stores is a great place to start.

Donations in their name

For schools or teachers who aren’t in need of such items for their classrooms, they often suggest giving donations in their name instead. Find out what causes your teacher supports or cares about and donate either time, money, or specific items to that cause using your teacher’s name. This will show your teacher that you care and are willing to help others who may be less fortunate and also gives that teacher an opportunity to be a part of that giving.

Thank you letters or notes

Sometimes the simplest of gifts can be the most precious. The job of a teacher can often be a thankless one that is taken for granted. Writing a letter or short note can be just the thing to brighten their day and make all their hard work this year worth it. A heartfelt “thank you” can say much more even the most expensive gift.

Ask just about any experienced teacher what their favorite gifts over the years have been and they will tell you about ones that came from the heart. The ones that really mean something are ones that were well thought out, painstakingly constructed by little hands, and given out of honor and a heart of appreciation, not from obligation. This year, instead of another coffee mug, give your teacher something that matters a little more.

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Christmas card day

Sending festive Christmas cards of season’s greeting is an age-old tradition amongst millions of families worldwide. We make a list and check it twice, ensuring that no one is forgotten or left out. Whether it’s the classic jingles of Christmas past or modern electronically sent messages, we want to make sure they receive it before Christmas Day.

History of Christmas Card Day

However, this unofficial holiday is not celebrated on this day just make sure you get your cards out to the mailbox on time. On December 9, 1843, Sir Henry Cole of England designed the first commercial Christmas Card. It showed a family raising a toast together. It was produced by J. C. Horsley, who went on to produce many more of Cole and other’s holiday cards. From there, a lithograph firm, Prang and Mayer, started creating and selling Christmas cards by the masses. By 1880, they were producing over five million cards a year.

Many of those first cards are now collector’s items and are sold for thousands of dollars at auctions. The British Museum houses Queen Mary’s early 1900s collection of them. Today, Christmas cards are made in millions of designs and themes. Some are more traditional and include the popular “Merry Christmas” messages with an image of jolly old Saint Nicolas. While others may steer in a more religious direction, quoting bible verses or blessings with wise men standing around a holy child in a manger. Still others, for those who may not celebrate Christmas, are sent wishing season’s greetings and best wishes for a new year.

How to Celebrate Christmas Card Day

Happy Holiday Card

Whatever your preference, today is the day to remember your Christmas card list and work on getting them out to your loved ones. It's always nice to be able to make handmade cards if you have the time. Grab your glue stick, markers, and glitter and get to creating. This can be an amazingly fun activity for your children as well. Maybe start a family tradition of making cards.

If you aren’t that crafty or don’t feel you have the time, there are always pre-made cards to send and even e-cards. These are sent electronically and take hardly any time at all. Plus, you don’t have to worry about missing the mailman or not making it to its recipient on time. However, nothing beats the real thing and this day is the perfect time to get those cards ready and in the mail before the last day of mail service arrives.

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How To Teach Persistence

At some point, every student finds a subject, an activity, or a situation that they no longer want to continue. It could be the new book they have been assigned in class or maybe the algebra problems they were sent home with. Maybe it’s a sport or musical activity. But we can’t let them simply quit. This is their education and it's too important. A little persistence can go a long way, but how you can get your middle or high school student to understand that and put it to good use?

Don’t Rush to the Rescue

As parents, it is difficult to see our children struggling, no matter what it is. And often times we find it tempting to come to their rescue and make it all better. However, that doesn’t teach them persistence. We all learn by trial and error. That means we have to give them a chance to fail and succeed on their own.

So instead of doing it for them, work through it together and ask them to do the thinking. If they never learn to do it on their own, they will never be able to solve their own problems. Life, in general, isn’t always fair or easy. Letting them work through these situations will teach them to persevere even if life isn’t being gentle.

Don’t Rush to the Rescue

Talk About it

Sometimes the best way to help them understand is to just talk about it with them. Hearing about the importance of persistence often can greatly benefit your child. If they are constantly hearing phrases such as, “I can do it,” “I won’t quit,” or “It’s always hardest the first time,” it’s much easier for them face problems with your positive voice in their heads. You might think of a family persistence mantra to say often, such as “Mistakes won’t get us down.”

Give them a Gentle Nudge

Pushing your child can be difficult for both parents and children, but it can make a world of difference. As creatures of habit, many of us, including our students, tend to stay in our comfort zone without straying too far. However, you can help your child by pushing them to try just a little harder, practice a little longer, and make it a little more challenging.

The key is to not push too hard or make expectations too great. A child will easily get discouraged and the lesson will be lost to them if are never able to reach your goals. A simple kitchen timer can work wonders here. For example, instead of only practicing their band instrument for 10 minutes, add another five minutes. And when they complain or grumble about it, remind them of their past achievements and give them encouragement.

When your child is feeling defeated and begins to say he can’t, make sure to remind him of all the times that he has. Use your family persistence mantra and give her a little nudge in the right direction. Your child needs to hear this from you and will benefit greatly from these persistence lessons that will last a lifetime.

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I Love to Write Day

Writing is a huge part of education. During your child’s academic career, they will have written tens of thousands of words. These may be simple answers to everyday questions. They may be poems, short stories, letters, essays, and/or and thesis papers. And for school purposes, most do not like the task of completing them.

However, if you can instill in your child a love of writing or even a mild tolerance, you will be amazed at what they can create. I Love to Write Day is to use this and expand it. While it's not every child’s dream to write for a living, everyone does have dreams they want to see unfold. Many times, writing them down helps to solidify those aspirations and make them come to life.

History of I Love to Write Day

This day was started in 2002 by John Riddle, a non-fiction and self-help, Delaware-based author. John has been writing for over thirty years, with a total of 34 published books in his name. As many authors do, he has a great love of writing and the creativity it creates. Also, like many authors and writing-lovers, John would like others to take part in and learn to enjoy his passion as well.

That is why he created this day. It is a call to action; however, it is not meant to be overwhelming or too audacious. John stated that his goal for this day is to simply get all peoples from all ages and walks of life writing. It can be any length, any genre, and anywhere. Just something that puts your thoughts onto paper or in a computer and gets you writing. Who knows, this could be the start of your New York Times bestseller.

How to Celebrate the Day?

History of I Love to Write Day

Many different organizations including community centers, churches, schools, and even stores celebrate this day and use it to strengthen a child’s skills in writing and putting their thoughts into words.

Celebrating this day for yourself and your children is just as simple as it sounds. Write something. Don’t put limitations on it, such as length, style, or genre. Don’t think too hard about it, just write. Start a journal, write a poem, a letter, or a simple greeting or thank you card for your child’s teacher.

And don’t worry if it doesn’t sound amazing. Everyone has to start somewhere. J.K. Rowling didn’t imagine everything in her Harry Potter series in one writing session. She didn’t submit her work and get immediate approval. And she didn’t become a world-renown writer overnight.

If you or your child has big dreams, they will take time and effort before they may come to light. But the time to start is now, with just a line or two. Get those creative juices flowing. Before you know it, you may just have a masterpiece in your hands.

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Note Book with Pen

Effective note-taking is one of the most important skills a student can develop. Taking great notes in class doesn’t just help a student to remember material later. Well-organized notes are the foundation for every part of the learning process. By mastering some basic note-taking skills, students can ensure that they’re getting the most out of their time in class and at home.

An effective note-taking practice can be broken down into three phases: before class, in class, and after class. When students read material before it is covered in class, it is important that they have a sense of what is most critical in the reading, and record their reactions to that material. What topics seem the most important? Often, the headings and subheadings in a reading are a good indicator of the main ideas in a text. Students should start their notes by recording any key points they encounter in the material. They can also use this time to write down any questions they have about what they’ve read. Maybe they were surprised by something in the reading. Or perhaps there was a story that didn’t make sense to them. These are all things that students can address with their teachers in class, using their own notes.

The second part of the note-taking process is listening and participating in class discussions. When the teacher talks about the material, what are the things he emphasizes? What are the questions he asks? In this part of the process, students should try to draw connections between the things they noticed and the things the teacher highlights. Are they the same? What are the things the teacher points out that the student didn’t notice? What kinds of questions are the other students asking? These are all keys that can help a student get a more well-rounded sense of the material.

The final step in the note-taking process is managing the notes after class. Once a student has recorded their own thoughts and the thoughts of their teacher and classmates, it’s time to review and make connections. Students will likely have lots of references to a few key ideas throughout their notes. This is the time to organize and re-write notes that reflect the most important parts of the material. What are the things the teacher said to focus on? Is there anything the students found confusing that the teacher explained in class? By reviewing and reorganizing notes after class, students have a chance to focus their notes on what’s really important in the class.

The goal of reviewing and revising notes is to make sure that students have a clear and efficient study guide to help them master material. If there is something they wrote that is less important, they can leave it out of their revised notes. If something they hadn’t noticed turns out to be more significant, they can give it more room in their revised notes. By approaching note-taking thoughtfully in these three areas, students give themselves a head start on performing well at homework and exam time.

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A Boy with Book

Reading doesn’t just take place in a library, a bookstore, or at bedtime. To help your child read better and more comfortably, follow some of these early learner reading tips.

Mapping A Trip

Reading is a critical part of learning, not just when it comes to books but also to other activities. An exciting way teach this is to map out a common trip your family makes, like to the grocery store or church. Get out a local map and show your child the way to these areas. Have them write out the directions. Then on your next trip there, have your child read these out loud to you as go along.

Pictures Galore

While on your next vacation or outing, take some action-packed pictures. Once you are home, have your child create a photo album or collage with captions and speech or thought bubbles for each photo. While this will build memories and a fun family activity, it will also help your child practice their reading and writing skills.

Greeting Cards

There are quality reading opportunities everywhere. For example, the next time you need to pick out a card for someone (birthday, get-well, or otherwise), have your child pick out and read several of them. Then decide which one sends the best message you are going for.

Find What Is Just Right

When choosing books for your young reader, it is crucial to find ones that fit into their reading level. A good rule of thumb is to have your child read the front, back and first page of the book. If they have difficulty pronouncing or understanding five or more words, the book might be too hard for them at this point. Helping your reader to choose a book that is just right for them will help them feel successful in their reading endeavors.

Building Vocabulary

One the biggest tools to helping your child to read well and love to do it is to build their vocabulary up. This can easily be done by labeling everything in your home. Get some paper, drawing utensils, and tape and create labels for furniture pieces, toiletries, and knick-knacks. Reading these labels often and learning to sound out these items will help your child to amass a larger and more extensive word bank. If your family is bilingual, label items in both languages.

Encourage Appreciation

As your child reads more and more, they will start to appreciate some authors and illustrators more than others, becoming a fan of their work. Help your reader develop and write a letter to her favorite author. You will be surprised by how many authors will write a letter back to your child in joyous response.

By trying out a few of these easy and fun reading tips at home and on the go, you will teach your child that reading can be exciting and used anywhere you go. You can also try out some of our fun and kid friendly activities. Besides, you might just find some new family favorite traditions along the way.

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Best Brians Public Speaking Program

Public speaking has many benefits for professional success. But did you know that it has been proven to have many positive influences on a child’s academic success as well? For more information keep reading.Public speaking has many benefits for professional success. But did you know that it has been proven to have many positive influences on a child’s academic success as well? For more information keep reading.

Increased Listening Skills

As children enroll in speech classes or leagues like the one we offer, they get accustomed to hearing other students present topics of a wide variety and with many different opinions and viewpoints. These opinions may differ drastically from their own.

As a result, these children learn to listen not only to other viewpoints but also learn to understand why they may have differing opinions. This teaches them to compromise and find solutions to relational issues between family, friends, and coworkers in the future.

Increases Courage And Influence

Engaging in public speaking of any kind requires that a student voices their own opinion in the hope that they can positively influence others. By learning to do this successfully, a child becomes comfortable with this task, whether its speaking in front of a large group or just a few peers who may need some sound advice.

Childhood, in general, is a time of great change and personal growth. By giving your child the tool of public speaking, you give them the opportunity to voice their own opinion on things that matter, instead of simply following the crowd.

Improved Academics Overall

A crucial part of every good public speaking or speech class is to help children learn to research and write their own speeches. This trains them to dive into wells of information about certain topics and choose what is the most important or the most influential.

As a result, students learn better research skills and analytical thought processes that help them relate topics to each other and to be well-reasoned. When these skills are applied to other subjects and classes, students’ grades are shown to improve and papers are more thought out.

Overcoming Fear

The number one fear in the world over is public speaking. Therefore, it is likely that your child will be uncomfortable with this class. However, that fear can be overcome. A great public speaking class can take this child’s fear and turn it into an amazing tool for them to use for the rest of their life.

While the butterflies may still exist a little, your child will build confidence in their abilities to deliver presentations and be able to do so with conviction. Soon they will be using their skills to influence others for good, no matter how nervous they are.

Preparation For The Future

One of the most sought-after qualities of an employee is effective communication skills. So, it stands to reason, that learning to do well at this would enrich a student’s life, especially when it comes time to move towards a career.

These are also qualities of a great leader as well. Giving your child the opportunity to improve their leadership skills is an unmatched gift that will serve them and their community for years to come.

Those with a high degree of confidence, a listening ear, the ability to work well with others, and to also understand and relate to others can accomplish just about anything. These skills are needed in all areas of life. This is why we think it is so important for children to begin learning about speech at a young age. Our Speech League is designed to teach students to write and present various types of speeches all while cultivating their leadership skills, communication, and social skills.

For more information on our Public Speaking Classes and to enroll your child, click here.

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National Limerick Day

Limerick Day is a fun holiday celebrated on May 12th, each year. It is an unofficial holiday in many places and is celebrated on the birthday of Writer Edward Lear. Lear is a famous English artist, author, poet and an illustrator. He is also famous for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and especially his limerick poems, a form he popularized.

Edward was very familiar with his writings and his principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; he is famous in making colored drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, at times as plates for his travel books; as a -minor; an illustrator of Alfred Tennyson’s poems. When he became an author, he is well known for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, alphabets,  botanical drawings and recipes. Lear also composed and published twelvemusical settings of Tennyson’s poetry.

History

Edward Lear was born on May 12th or 13th, 1812. It is believed that the term limerick refers to a specific genre of poetry that comes from the city of Limerick, Ireland.  The national Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem, which is very by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” published in 1846. Since then Lear was very popular for his poetry.

National Limerick Day

A limerick is a very short genre poetry which traditionally has five or six lines; and has an AABBA rhyme style. Which means it is the pattern of rhymes in a poem. To identify the rhyme pattern style, each line is designated with a letter. The lines that share a letter rhyme and have words at the end that rhyme with each other. That means in a limerick, an AABBA rhyme scheme, the words at the end of the first second, and fifth sentences rhyme, while the words at the end of the third and fourth sentence rhyme with each other.  However, the Limerick also has a particular rhythm which is formally described as anapestic trimeter.

Traditionally, the first line of a limerick introduced a person or a place; and the rest of the poem described a funny and often times obscene situations involving the subject or the place.

How to celebrate

  • Read some of Lear's limericks on this day and also check out other poets' limericks as well.
  • Write your own limericks and share with your family and pals,
  • Gather in a place and read some nice limericks and enjoy with your friends.

National Limerick Day

Did You Know…

...that the oldest surviving poem — The Epic of Gilgamesh, is from about 2100 BCE?

 

 

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Many people in this world have changed the way we think and live, with their inventions and effort. They are our scientists; the list is huge as there are many famous scientists in history. If the roster of all such scientists were to be compiled, the list would never be ending. Hence, a limited number has been taken into thought here. These great personalities were masters in their respective fields, and their astonishing work has changed the course of history and the way things were done. We'll have a look at some of the top scientists in history the world has ever seen.

Famous Scientists' List

We may know most of these names while we may not have heard of many of them either. There is no doubt that these are some of the best scientists the world has ever produced, and the contribution they gave to mankind is nothing less than amazing. We will have a look at a list of some of the famous in the business, along with a little information about their respective achievements.

The world will always be grateful to these great individuals, who with their outstanding contribution contributed to mankind in a way that will never be forgotten. The list goes on, as there are so many other great scientists that are worth a mention and their works and contribution to this world are simply unique.

 

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