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2 Reasons To Send Your Child To Daycare

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Reasons To Send Your Child To Daycare

One of the hardest decisions that many parents have to make is whether or not they will send their child to daycare, leave the child with family, or hire a nanny while they are at work. Listed below are two reasons to send your child to daycare and the benefits that it can provide. Expose Your Child To Music A major way that a daycare service can help you with your child is by exposing him or her to music as early as possible. Music is a fantastic teaching and development tool, mostly because it can help your child develop motor and language skills. For example, many young children will often attempt to dance or move around when listening to music, which can help them develop better balance and control over their bodies.  As far as language goes, when your child is exposed to songs with lyrics, he or she will often attempt to reproduce the sounds as he or she sings along. This not only helps with pronunciation, but it can also help him or her develop a better memory. In addition, utilizing songs as a teaching tool can often result in a better grasp of the subject matter as many children and adults tend to retain information better when it is associated with music. Expose Your Child To Groups One of the most important reasons to send your child to a daycare service is that it can help expose your child to large groups of other children. While your child may have spent time with friends or other children at a playground, it is usually not enough to help him or her get used to being around groups of children. As a result, your child could end up feeling especially anxious and shy when he or she begins school, which can lead to him or her having a hard time making friends or interacting with other people. However, a daycare service can help your child deal with those issues early by forcing him or her to spend time with larger groups of children and learn how to interact properly with them. For example, the daycare staff will teach your child how to share with other children, control his or her temper to avoid tantrums and fights, and to wait for his or her turn with a book, toy, or piece of playground equipment. Contact your local daycare service today in order to discuss what they can do to assist you and your child. Sending your child is a great way to expose him or her to music and larger groups of other children and people. Contact a school like Performance Montessori for more...

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What To Expect From A Forklift Training Class

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Expect From A Forklift Training Class

If you work in an industrial setting and you’re required to use a forklift, you must be certified before you can drive one. Training is provided for people who need to learn the basics of forklift operation, and so that they will be able to use one in a safe manner. If you’re planning to become forklift certified, here’s what you can expect from your training class. Covering The Basics Your forklift class instructor will first go over the different types of forklifts such as propane tank models, electric forklifts, and gas powered versions. They will also explain how a forklift works so you can better understand the mechanisms involved in carrying heavy materials. You’ll also go over important safety basics like making sure the forklift’s forks are down while driving, looking behind you when backing out, and proper ways to drive the forklift in a crowded area. This portion of the training will be in a classroom setting where you can ask any questions you have about using a forklift. Taking A Written Test Before you can take the driving portion of your forklift certification class, there will be a written test to show that you fully understand the things you have learned. Here are a few examples of the questions you might encounter: How should you drive a forklift in a warehouse environment? What position should the forks be in when you’re driving? What procedures should you follow if you notice a problem with the forklift, or if you see leaking? When do you need to use the back tilt function on the forklift? How do you handle operation of the forklift with an unstable load? What does the load center of a forklift mean? While these are just a few examples, it can help you prepare for the questions as you understand how to properly operate the equipment. Driving Test After your classroom instruction and written test, the instructor will have each class member drive the forklift. You will be asked to show the proper way to drive and back up the forklift as well as how to lift palettes or other loads of material. You may have to exhibit a working knowledge of how to lift, move, and remove loads so that the instructor sees you are confident in operating the forklift not just while driving, but while carrying actual loads across a variety of distances. Once you’ve demonstrated that you are confident and capable of driving a forklift safely, you will receive your certification so you can begin using this important piece of equipment at work. For more information, contact Liftruck Training Institute Of Canada forklift training or a similar...

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How To Pick Up French More Quickly

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Pick Up French More Quickly

While some French learners prefer to take their time and get comfortable with the language slowly, there are many situations where you’d want to rapidly immerse yourself in the language. Here are some ways to succeed in French more quickly.  Focus on Conversation, not Grammar When many students first start to learn French, they get tied up in the details of the grammar. French has many new grammar rules to learn compared to English. However, focusing on conversational skills can help you to be understood in French much more quickly than studying grammar for hours on end. If you can say a comprehensible sentence, even if it’s not perfect, then you’re meeting the goal of successfully speaking the language. After all, isn’t the goal of learning a new language to communicate? Use a Lot of Source Material Another tip for quick success in French is to immerse yourself in as much authentic material as possible. The textbook examples of the French language can often be contrived, ignoring some of the idioms and popular vocabulary that you’ll hear in a French-speaking country. If you’re listening to audio or video, you’ll also be forced to get used to the pace of the language as soon as possible.  There are a lot of free options for French audio online. Free French podcasts include storytelling, French culture talks, and even podcasts geared towards language learners. If you are looking for reading materials, you have to look no further than the major French newspapers, since they publish many stories online.  Try an Immersion Program If you are really looking to boost your skills in a new language, the best thing you can do is spend time living and breathing the language. A French immersion program offers a great way to experience the culture and take yourself out of your comfort zone so that you’re forced to improvise and learn quickly. One great way to test out whether you can get around a word you don’t know yet is to have no other choice.  Of course, if you can’t afford to jet off to France for an immersion program, there are many great programs close to home. Try looking for a French immersion program in French-speaking Canada. Language schools in many areas offer French immersion programs that meet on a daily basis to help your language skills develop rapidly. No matter how you choose to learn, one of the keys is to practice as much as possible.  Contact a school like Leroux Froebel French Immersion School for more...

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The Many Benefits Of Dance Classes For Children

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Many Benefits Of Dance Classes For Children

When you sign your kids up for dance class, you know they’ll learn to develop coordination and physical abilities. Dancing is more than that. It can have long lasting benefits and even small children can begin to profit from dance classes. Below are some of the benefits of dance classes that you may not have thought of: Physical Development. Children are able to develop physically through dance classes. Flexibility, balance, energy, strength, coordination and overall health will all be increased. Your child can also learn healthy habits when it comes to taking care of their bodies. As part of many dance studios, a healthy diet can and should be implemented to obtain peak performance. By learning these valuable skills, your child will live a healthier and happier life. Mental Development. Anyone who has ever tried dancing knows just how hard it can be mentally. There are steps and routines to remember that will increase your child’s brain function and memory. Some kinds of dancing require split second decision making which can increase cognitive function. Increasing mental acuity and abilities is a great byproduct of dance classes that you may not have thought of. Emotional Strength. Learning any skill can have great emotional benefits. By becoming a better dancer, performing in recitals and becoming stronger, a child can overcome depression, stress, and grow in self-confidence and self-esteem. This is especially beneficial for children who may have emotional problems that stem from broken homes, abuse, or other childhood trauma. Becoming emotionally strong will help your child throughout their whole life in many different situations that they will face. Social Skills. Another one of the main benefits of dance classes is the social interaction that your child will have with instructors and other children. By putting them in these social situations, they are required to interact and make friends. Many dances will require your child to look someone directly in the eye or speak with instructors to better learn the moves. Dance can truly make a shy child come out of their shell. At home or at school they might not have these same opportunities to make friends and learn valuable social skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. Chances are you did not take all of these benefits into consideration when deciding if you should put your child into a dance class. There are a lot more benefits to dance classes for children besides the physical...

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3 Common Misconceptions About Tutoring That All Parents Need To Know

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Misconceptions About Tutoring That All Parents Need To Know

These days, tutoring is available both in the form of face-to-face consultations (synchronous tutoring) and in electronic form online (asynchronous tutoring). If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, then of course you want your child to succeed and perform to the best of his or her abilities in school. Whether you’re considering hiring a tutor or are against the idea altogether, there are some common misconceptions about tutoring that all parents should be aware of. Tutoring is Only for Struggling Students First of all, recognize that tutoring isn’t just for students who are struggling in a particular subject matter. In reality, tutoring can also be useful for children who aren’t being challenged enough in a particular subject at school. Specifically, a tutor can develop a personalized lesson plan for an advanced student that will better challenge him or her and prepare the child for more advanced classes in the future. Of course, tutoring is also designed to help students who are struggling better grasp a concept or subject, but that’s far from being tutoring’s only use. Tutors Give Students All the Answers Another common misconception that some parents have about tutoring is that tutors simply give children the answers to their homework questions; in this sense, parents are essentially paying for their students to get better grades in a class. This couldn’t be further from the truth, however. Tutors go through rigorous training that’s designed to ensure they are actually helping students better understand the subject matter by problem-solving on their own, rather than just “giving them the answers.” A tutor will help students learn how to come to the correct solutions or conclusions on their own. Group Tutoring is as Good as One-on-One Finally, there’s a good chance that your child’s school may already offer group tutoring sessions after or even during school. You might think that these are just as effective as hiring your own private tutor for your child. Unfortunately, group sessions aren’t often as effective as one-on-one sessions because they don’t give your child that individual attention that he or she needs to truly grasp a concept. Instead, group sessions often turn into miniature versions of the classroom, where one or two students do all the talking and other students are left feeling shy and afraid to ask questions. For the best results, your child needs a one-on-one tutor (such as those offered by First Education Ltd) who specializes in the subject in which your child needs...

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Math Activities For Your Prospective Preschooler

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your child will be starting preschool in the fall, you can start getting them ready for the transition this spring. Preschool focuses on a lot of basic math skills, such as color identification, matching, identifying items by size, and counting. Here are a few activities you can do at home to prepare them for the type of math skills and activities they will be exposed to in preschool. Beanbag Number Toss Materials: Bean bags Construction Paper Number Stencils Markers or Crayons Involve your child in making this game with you. Help your child trace each number onto its own sheet of paper. Practice identifying each number with your child. Allow your child to color and decorate each number. Then, if the weather is nice, take the numbers outside and lay them on the lawn. If the weather is not nice, tape them down on the floor in the family room or play space. Give your child a beanbag and have them throw it onto a number. Have them identify the number that their beanbag landed on. You can do a lot of variations with this game, such as: Ask your child to throw the beanbag on the largest number. Ask your child to try to throw the beanbag on a specific number. After your child throws a beanbag onto a number, have your child identify that number, then hop in place that many times (i.e. hop in place 5 times for the number 5). Have your child say each number as they pick up each beanbag. This activity will help your child increase their number identify skills, counting skills, and gross motor skills all at the same time. Fill The Basket Egg Counting Little Plastic Eggs Dice Small Plastic Basket You can pick up all of the supplies listed above at your local dollar or discount store. Sit down with your child. Your child will roll the dice, and then figure out what number they rolled. You may need to model for your child at first how to count each dot on the dice. After your child identifies the number, they then get to count out the same number of plastic eggs into their basket. Continue the game until they have won by filling up their basket with eggs. This activity will help your child with developing their counting and one-on-one correspondence skills. Preschool will be here before you know it. The more fun, learning based activities you do at home, the more your child will be prepared for the activates they will encounter in preschool. If you’re looking for a preschool to sign your child up in, contact Brant Children’s Centre Child...

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2015: The Year Of Additional Child Care Support

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Raising a family is a huge responsibility, and it is often necessary for both parents to work, in order to make ends meet. Finding child care that is both safe and affordable can be a challenge, and sometimes it can feel like you are working simply in order to afford to have your child in daycare rather than the other way around. Fortunately, there are programs available that can help, and this year, they have gotten even better. Universal Child Care Benefit One way that the government is working to offset some of the cost of childcare is the Universal Child Care Benefit. This benefit is available to all families who reside in Canada with children under the age of 18 and is not tied to income or employment status of the parents. Starting this year, families will be eligible for $160 per month for each child under the age of six, and $60 monthly for older children.  Child Care Expense Deduction The Child Care Expense Deduction is an income tax deduction that is based on the income of the parent who makes the least amount of money in the family, and is used to help offset the cost of securing child care while the parent works or is in school. Starting this year, the benefits for this deduction are also supposed to increase. Parents of children under the age of seven can now receive up to $8000 annually, and older children, up to sixteen years old can receive up to $5000. This benefit is also increased if your child has a disability. Additional Funding for Child Care Programs Starting this year as well, the Canada Revenue Agency is also offering a tax cut for businesses who invest in creating child care spaces for their employees. Because they are usually on the premises or close to the business location, these types of child care spaces are beneficial to families as well as the companies who work for them because they allow for working parents to feel closer to their children, as well as save commute time, and can encourage employees to be more punctual. This credit is also quite lucrative for employers, because it is worth up to $10,000 or 25% of the cost of the project. While it is always stressful to be a working parent, hopefully the recent tax cuts and increased benefits will help to lighten the cost of child care quite a bit this year. This should make it easier for you to spend your time away from work enjoying being with your kids. Contact a company like Cedarbrae Childcare for more...

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Bad Or Bored? Challenging Your Child To Be Well-Behaved

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When a child is acting out, as a parent you’re likely wondering what the catalyst is. You’ve provided a happy and stable home, but your child is throwing tantrums, hitting, or making other bad choices.  If you want to maintain a peaceful demeanor while still getting better behavior out of your child, consider the Montessori method of classroom management that challenges kids to make good decisions rather than punishes them for acting out from boredom.  Challenge #1: Let the Children Lead One Another Leadership is one of the key ways that Montessori teachers maintain students’ behavior throughout the school day, and it can easily be utilized at home as well.  If you’ve got more than one child, give each child an opportunity to lead or teach the others.  While this seems most obvious for oldest children, younger children can greatly benefit from the opportunity to teach their older siblings.  Let your youngest or middle child help with grocery shopping, then have that child teach the other children how to create the budget and make the list together.  Does one child do a different sport or activity than the others? Let him or her teach a special move or idea from swimming, gymnastics, football, or even robotics competitions.  If one child is especially neater than the others, let him or her be in charge of checking weekly chores, ensuring that he or she teaches how to do the chores better if they’re not done well. Challenge #2: Be in Charge of Dinner If you’ve got any children at all, you’re likely very used to the nightly fight over dinner.  Who has to take how many bites of which type of food is likely a conversation you’re sick of having. Children in Montessori classrooms are typically in charge of their own snack time, and this is a concept that you can bring into your meal planning techniques.  Each child can be in charge of dinner one night a week, including younger children with a little help from you.  The child will need to make all the decisions associated with the meal:  Meeting a Budget: Your child might want to order pizza and wings, but that’s too expensive.  Have the child plan a week ahead of time to find a meal that fits within a certain dollar amount.  Meeting Nutritional Needs: Again, pizza’s great but how healthy is it?  Allow your child to explore the food groups while still maintaining creative control over the meal. Preparing the Meal: Your child will appreciate the effort you put into cooking the remaining meals during the week if he or she has to prepare the meal for the family (with your supervision and/or help). Challenge #3: Engage Thoroughly in One Extracurricular Activity Sometimes it’s not just about boredom, it’s about being spread too thin.  A child who is in too many extracurricular activities could feel a loss of control over his or her own schedule, downtime, and play time.   Pay attention to how anxiety is playing into your child’s behavior.  If you think he or she is enrolled in too many activities, cut it down to one favorite.  Challenge the child to delve into a passion instead of remaining distracted by obligations, which is another tried and true Montessori approach.   Getting positive behavior out of children starts long before negative behavior comes...

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This Land Is My Land: Things You Should Know About A Remote Property Before Staking A Claim

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Over the hill and around the bend, there lies a piece of property that the seller tells you will be the perfect investment. That little piece of heaven you have found tucked away in the woods may seem like an ideal site for you to build your future, but you have to make sure that you do not let your emotions overwhelm your good sense of judgement. You never know what could lie hidden just out of sight that will cause you a lot of problems down the road. There are a couple of things you should check into before you stake a claim on that remote piece of property. Obtain a Proper Registry Search of the Property Anytime that someone makes a change to property, obtains a lien, or takes out a mortgage,  the change has to be registered with the corporate registry in the province where it is located. In a remote area, where property lines can be less than definitive, and previous ownership records can be a bit sketchy, this is a crucial part of the buying process. The last thing you want is to get settled in and have someone else come along and claim that this land is their land and not yours, with paperwork to back up their statement. Investigate Water Sources in the Area One of the most important aspects of any remote property is the availability of a natural water supply in the area. Make sure before you shell out any money you make sure you know just where that water is coming from. If the well on the property is tapped into groundwater supplies in the area, you should be okay in general. However, it was not uncommon for old wells to have their water supplied from other waterways on a neighboring property, such as a natural spring. New neighbors might not be so warm and inviting if you move in and start draining their water supply for your own use. Make sure the water on your land is actually a part of your land before you make the investment. Investing in land for whatever purpose is a major financial decision. The wrong move means you could get stuck with a claim to property that you have no right to own or water resources that should be routed to another person in the area. Be sure to take some time and do some investigating before you claim a property as your...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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