Monthly Archives: March 2009

School Testing

There are very few people that I am aware of that get totally excited about school testing. But school testing is a necessary thing if we are going to be able to know what kind of progress is being made.
One of the definitions given for education is, “the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process.” But how do we now what knowledge or development has taken place? That’s right, school testing! Testing may come even before you start kindergarten. Some schools require children to take an entrance exam (if you will) so they are aware of what kind of preschool education this child has had.
And from then on it is a constant line up of test after test. There is school testing in the classrooms, on local, district, national, and college levels. On a national level there are some standardized testing that lets us know how the nation is doing overall in education. Then there are tests that can help you get into college or help colleges determine eligibility, such as the SAT or ACT tests. There may be even some after college for some professions.
If school testing makes you nervous or anxious just remember it is just a way of measuring progress and as you continue to grow you will continue to progress. Relax and just do the best you can.

Learning Styles

Have you ever noticed that people learn or comprehend things in different ways, methods, or styles? What learning style do you feel you are better able to understand? Do you learn better from reading information in a text book, hands-on experience, or having someone explain it to you? Or have you ever even thought about it? Have you ever considered the learning style of your child, how his/her teacher chooses to teach, does your child’s school curriculum allow them to be educated in the same style?

Perhaps these are questions you have never stopped to consider. But when it comes to your education or your child’s education, learning styles are something to consider. Whether your education comes from a private school or public school, if you are able to identify your best learning style and understand that it is easier for you, or your child, to learn by a specific method these things you can help you work with your teachers to make sure you get the most out of what is being taught.

We are starting a new series on learning styles and methods that are interesting and have a lot of useful information.

Charter Schools

When thinking about your childs education have you ever considered a charter school? Or are you even aware of what a charter school is? What is the difference between public schools, magnet schools, and charter schools? In our recent post we talked about magnet schools. Now I would just like to point out a few benefits of charter schools.

  • All students have opportunities for quality education
  • Parents and students are offered another choice for public education
  • Teachers and administrators are given room to be creative in helping students learn
  • Charter schools have to be accountable for their performance
  • Teachers are allowed to try innovative teaching methods
  • Involvement by parents and the community in education are encouraged
  • Smaller school and class size, providing lower student/teacher ratios
  • Teachers choose to work at charter schools so they are committed to the school’s mission

Click here to learn more about charter schools.

Magnet Schools

You read about magnet schools in the news all the time. But, do you know what a magnet school is? How they work? And the debate on both sides of why we should or should not have magnet schools? Until recently I didn’t think it affected me one way or the other. My children have attended both public schools and magnet schools yet I never considered how one may effect the other.
If you have never considered what a magnet school is, how they are funded, how the students are chosen, or how it may or may not concern you, perhaps you should read our recently posted article on

Vocational Rehabilitation

With unemployment rates reaching near record numbers it is becoming more difficult for people with an education, training, and skills to find employment. Now imagine how difficult it would be if these people did not have these advantages. What about those who also have physical disabilities or learning disabilities? Even when our country is not suffering financial difficulties it can be very difficult for people with disabilities to find a way to support their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation services are available all across our country to help assist people with disabilities in getting the education, skills, and training they need to be able to support themselves and their families. There are many great vocational schools available. If you are disabled or unemployed I would encourage you to find out if you are eligible to get assistance from your local vocational rehabilitation offices.

Read our most recent article to learn more about vocational rehabilitation.

Reading Programs

Teaching a child to read is one of the greatest you can give a child. By reading to them when they are young and then teaching them how to read before they start school, or in their early years of school, will help them succeed not only in education but in life. Without literacy they will have a continuous uphill battle as an adult to be successful, possibly even functional.
There has been many years of debate over whether it is better to teach with “phonics“(sounding out words) or “sight reading” (visualizing words). Sight reading is often referred to as “whole language”. No matter which you believe to be the “right method”, the important thing is that children are learning to read. Another option is to combine the two reading programs.
In our recent article, Reading Programs, we provide information and pros and cons of both reading programs.

Immigration vs. Emigration

Do you know the difference between immigration versus emigration? It is easy to get away with not knowing the difference in a conversation by just not enunciating the word very clearly, then the people you are speaking with may or may not know which one you said. However, what happens when you have to write these words down for something?
We recently posted another grammar lesson that will help define both immigration and emigration, when it is appropriate to use which one, and a quick easy tip to help you remember the difference between immigration vs. emigration.
There are many other grammar lessons to learn from at as well such as; to vs. too, who’s vs. whose, a vs. an, lose vs. loose, and much more.
We will soon be starting a series of math lessons so continue to check back often.

Online Safety

Parents often think of their child’s safety when they are playing sports, learning to walk, or drive a car but sometimes online safety is overlooked. In many cases our children have more exposure to computers and know more about how the internet works than some of their parents or school teachers. Many schools even offer online education options. We obviously can’t be with our children every minute of every day nor can we watch over their shoulder every time they get on the computer. But we can talk to our children about online safety and we can do a number of things to help lessen any safety issues that may come about while they are online.
We recently posted an article offering tips on how parents and educators can keep help keep our children/students safe while online.

Homeschool Activities

Public schools often have more resources for teachers to plan and carry out activities. Sometimes coming up with new fresh ideas for homeschool activities, that integrate learning a specific subject and having fun while doing it, can be challenging. In our most recent article we have fun exciting ways to include activities while learning about reading, math, and science.

Homeschoolers may also find articles about extra curricular activities, homeschool laws, setting up a homeschool schedule, and much more. We have an entire series of homeschool articles that we will be posting on a regular basis so bookmark to keep up on fresh information.

Online Education

It is incredible how much education the internet provides for us. Not only can we search for answers to most any question but we can also find out about what is happening around the world. The internet has also become a great gateway for education. Many high schools offer college courses that are broadcast live via the internet from universities. Many colleges and universities are offering more and more options to take online courses vs. attend traditional classrooms. Which is opening up a college education to many people with busy schedules that do not fit in regular day time classes. Businesses worldwide are able to save a lot of money by offering webinars instead of flying their employees to a conference and supplying them with transportation, hotels, and meals. Home schools nationwide are flourishing and have so many wonderful options right at their fingertips.

The opportunities for higher education online are nearly endless. If you are not currently taking advantage of these options or would like to know more read our recent article about online education.