Monthly Archives: April 2009

Rounding Numbers

Rounding numbers can be very helpful when trying to solve math problems, especially if you are trying to add, subtract, multiply, or divide a very large number. Imagine trying to manually solve this problem:

60,499,999.543216546879874652132135459875
-35,000,000.245163546873187869213215647
—————————————————–

It would be a nightmare!

But, if you were to round this number to the nearest hundred thousand your math problem becomes much less complicated:

60,500,000
-35,000,000
—————-
25,500,000

Much easier, right? However rounding numbers may not always be to your benefit. Take the example of 60,499,999.00 being in dollars which are going to be split between two people. BUT, the number is to be rounded to the nearest million. Your share was just cut by nearly $250,000. And if the original dollar amount was a dollar or two more, you would receive an additional $250,000.00!

To learn more about how rounding numbers work, check out our latest math lesson article at educationbug.org.

Getting Started With Homeschool Curriculum

If your child is just starting school you may be considering public school vs. homeschool and trying to decide which one would best suit the needs of your child. There are many things to consider when deciding to homeschool. One of the biggest things you need to educate yourself on is the homeschool laws for your state. The big thing to know is what homeschool curriculum is required by your state. We recently posted an article, “Getting Started With Homeschool Curriculum“, which can assist you with who to contact and what questions to ask.

It is important to also add social experiences for your children while homeschooling. Some great ways to do this is incorporate field trips into your curriculum. You can also plan activities or go to public events and allow them to take a friend along.

Homeschool can be a fun and exciting way for the family to learn and play together!

Disperse vs Disburse

If you are in a crowd and that crowd scatters, did the crowd disperse or disburse? Were you aware that these were two different words with two different meanings? There are many words in the English language that are very similar in spelling and very similar in meaning, disburse and disperse are two such words. We recently posted an article titled Disburse vs. Disperse in which we compare and define both of these words, as well as give you tips on how to remember which word is more appropriate to use in a given situation.
Educationbug.org has many fun and interesting grammar lessons for everyone. You can also find an amazing amount of detailed information on schools, public libraries, and colleges across our nation.

Most Common Misspellings

What words have the most common misspellings? Spelling comes easy for some, and not so easy for others. But, even those who believe they can spell really well still have difficulty with some words. Many of the words that have duplicate letters are often misspelled like vacuum-many people often think it has two cc’s instead of two u’s. Or how about occurrence? When things occur there is only one r, so many people forget to add the additional r in occurrence or sometimes think it is spelled occurrance. If you want to know more tips and tricks on how to remember some of the most common misspelled words check out our newly posted grammar lesson.
Educationbug.org strives to help keep you educated and give you information that can help students, teachers, and administration in learning and providing a fun and exciting learning environment. You are never too young or too old to learn a new trick or two. We continually post articles for everyone from preschool to higher education.

Math Lessons – Subtraction

Educationbug.org has always offered a great variety of English grammar lessons which are updated and continually added to. We have had such a great success with the grammar articles and had many requests to insure they will continue. In addition (no pun intended) to that we have also had a number of requests to do articles on math lessons, as well as a number of other things. So we are excited to announce the recently posted subtraction article which is the first in a series on mathematical lessons. This article discusses the basics of subtraction as well as regrouping (or borrowing), subtracting negative numbers, and more. We will also soon be featuring articles on multiplication, division, area , measurements, addition, and more.

Higher Education Issues

One of the higher education issues that has been focused on lately is that of adjunct teachers at many colleges across the nation. For those of you who are not familiar with adjunct teachers or professors they are typically people who have their higher education degree that are hired by the college to teach part time and fill in the gaps for full time tenure professors. These people typically have another full time job or are adjunct teachers at more than one college in order to make ends meet. They do not receive any health or retirement benefits, they also only receive about 1/4 of the salary of full time instructors. Adjuncts are often a budget relief solution for the colleges or universities. The more adjuncts they hire at 1/4 the salary and no benefits the more money they can save or pass on to other projects or salaries. This makes it not only difficult on the adjuncts because they have no job security, benefits, or ability to progress in their position but it is also difficult on the full time employees as well knowing that the more adjuncts that are highered the less amount of full time professors are needed.

Illusion vs. Allusion

At educationbug.org we strive to continuously post articles that are of interest to our readers and that will help educate them along the way. We have already posted many English grammar lesson articles you could have fun with and learn interesting similarities and differences in words.

Have you ever considered the difference between illusion vs. allusion? Or were you even aware that there was a difference? Or that one or the other word even existed? To learn the definition of these words and tips and tricks on how to use them, click on allusion vs. illusion here toread our article.