Monthly Archives: February 2010

Teacher’s Day

Teacher’s Day is celebrated in many countries throughout the world. Some consider it a national holiday. In the United States, where it is often referred to as Teacher Appreciation Day, it is a non-official holiday, celebrated on the 1st Tuesday in May. This year, in 2010, Teacher’s day will be held on May 4th. It is a day intended for honoring those who contribute to the education of our youth and recognizing the lasting effects of their hard work and dedication.

The exact origination of Teacher’s Day is unknown. However, it has been traditionally recognized since the early 1950s. In America it is customary to honor teachers with the gesture of a small gift or token of appreciation. These gifts are thought of as a way to reward them for their contribution. However, the gift is less important than the gesture, as it mostly serves as an acknowledgment of their hard work and implies thankfulness. In fact many teachers report that over the years of their career, they have accumulated a number of tangible thank yous. For some reason or another, one traditional gift has become the coffee mug, which serves as a frequently collected item by teachers everywhere.

Teacher’s serve as examples, demonstrate patients, and shape the future. It is quite possibly the most fundamental profession in the existence of man kind. Whether it is a card, an email, a gift certificate, or a potted plant, be sure to send a gesture of thanks to yours or your child’s teacher this May. Teachers everywhere need to encouragement of knowing that their whole year of dedication has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

Compound Words

When two words are joined together to make a new word, the result is a compound word. For example, the words “lady” and “bug” can be combined to form the word “ladybug.” Compound words are typically taught to children in the third grade, along with the notions of prefixes and suffixes. Teaching young students about compound words is a great way to help them learn word building skills. One common exercise for helping children understand compound words is to create a list consisting of 2 columns. Children should be able to draw lines from the words in one column to the next, putting them together to make compound words.

Examples of compound words:

Butterfly
Cupcake
Oversleep
Handwriting
Downpour
Handbook
Seafood
Saucepan
Airline
Armpit
School Teacher
Hazelnut
Hangout
Eyelash
Username
Birthplace
Bellhop
Lipstick
Heartbeat
Everyday
Snowman
Shipmate
Pineapple
Flashlight
Someone
Underwater
Yearbook
Doorman
Hairbrush

Additionally, hyphens are sometimes used to unify certain compound words. This often occurs when there are more than 2 words being combined, like in the case of “merry-go-round” or “mother-in-law.” However, it is also commonly seen when the words being combined are short words, such as “x-ray,” “as-is,” or “take-off.

Bookmobile

Bookmobiles are a traveling branch library service. They consist of a large vehicle, designed to hold books on shelves and function as a mobile source of literature. Many bookmobiles even have room for people to sit and stay awhile, to catch up on their reading. In addition, they usually allow the public to check out books that can either be returned to the closest library branch or to the book mobile at a later time. As an integral part of American culture, bookmobiles stand as a symbol of the importance of reading.

The idea for the first U.S. bookmobile came from Washington County, Maryland in 1905. At that time, it was merely a book wagon that was used to take books directly to the homes in remote parts of the country. Through the years, they have functioned to provide services to school students and acted as the primary method of outreach to rural areas. Today, bookmobiles still run routes through small towns, frequenting retirement homes and schools. They operate in almost every state in the U.S. The state of Kentucky operates the most bookmobiles, with 98 active vehicles.

It takes a lot of effort to pack up a mobile library and transport it over a large area. A strong message that the bookmobile sends to both adults and children is that reading is important enough to merit that effort. Reading develops the mind, which is a muscle that needs exercise. Literature provides both education and culture to the people who are able to utilize it. Without the bookmobiles, many people in rural areas, or those who do not have access to a library might not receive the benefits that come from reading. Bookmobiles have helped to educate these groups of people, which in turn has aided in developing our society as a whole.

Higher Education Act

The Higher Education Act was originally passed in 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s attempt to “strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and provide financial assistance for students in post secondary and higher education.” The original reform made it easier for many to pursue secondary education by generating low-interest student loans, increasing the funding that is provided to universities, and creating scholarships. This legislation was designed to be open for review and change approximately every five years from its origination, in order to accommodate growth and improvement in the reformation of education.

The Higher Education Act has been reauthorized in the years 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2008, and 2009. In 1998, the amendment prevented individuals with drug charges from receiving federal financial aid for school. Next, in 2003, the changes made to the Higher Education Act were intended to assist minority groups accomplish their educational goals. Then, the 2008 Higher Education Act made an amendment that would offer loan repayment forgiveness for disabled people. In other years of reconsideration, little changes were made and the existing legislature was reauthorized.

More recently, in 2009, Obama signed for some technical changes to occur in the Higher Education Act, which updated some language and political issues. Authorization of the program that is currently in effect is set to expire in 2013. However, with the current state of our economy, many people expect to see changes occur with the Higher Education Act before then. In 2010, the government plans to put a large focus on items pertaining to post secondary education loans and loan repayment.