Tips for Improving Your Writing

Whether you’re writing for a blog, school essay, technical manual, or academic report, there are things that you can practice to improve your writing.

The importance of writing is to communicate. It may be instructions, emotions, ideas, knowledge, or even relating events, whether it’s fictional or non-fictional.

Before you start writing, it’s best to know who your audience is. It’s easier to write if you know who you are communicating with. You won’t expect a child to understand statistical information that you have written even if it is about their favorite toys or TV program. Knowing who you are going to communicate to takes away the pain of trying to figure out how you are going to write about something.

 

Here are a few tips on how you can improve your writing:

Know your audience

Find out the demographics. You need to know your target audience. Writing without knowing is like going out of your house and simply talking about any topic hoping that someone will listen. If you know your target reader then you can find out things that are important to your readers based on your topic. You can even decide on what topic you are going to write about based on what is important to your reader. Knowing who you are writing for helping you communicate by adjusting your content towards a certain audience. Don’t expect your reader to Google unfamiliar terminologies that are in line with a different audience.

Talk

If you have a kind ear that is willing to help, then talking to them about what you want to write will really help. This is also great if that person belongs in your target audience. This will help you find ways to relate your writing in speech. There’s a chance of exchanging ideas, topic discussions, and even feedback about your chosen topic.

Gather your facts and information

If you are writing a manual that doesn’t really care much for your points of view, then you need to gather all your facts, details, information, and whatever things that you need to include in your writing. Don’t write and gather. Gather first, and then write. If you are going to write about a business then you need to study the business.

Basic English

It’s never a pleasure to read unintentional mistakes. You don’t need to be an expert in written English, but you need to make sure you don’t make any mistakes that the grammar Nazis will be all over your writing. There are plenty of online grammar tools available – most of them free.

Plan

You might not be one of those people who can start writing 1000 words of art from thin air without planning. You know those writers who base their drive from inspiration? What you need to do is go with a basic plan: plan by gathering ideas, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing. Let inspirations be your multivitamins to your writing. You need to be able to write without them, but they help you patch up your mental blocks.

You can be writing as an art, hobby, or a job. Remember the importance of writing is to communicate.

 

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies. 

The Right Blend of Teacher and Technology

Teachers fill the most important role in education but advances in technology have many people wondering if the teaching profession will ever become obsolete. In short, no. Technology can do amazing things and can fulfill an assistive and increasingly important role in education but can never truly take the place of a teacher. Effective teachers will find a balance between traditional classroom models and utilizing technology to instruct students. What is the right blend of teacher and technology?

Teachers design and plan curriculum, initiate and moderate discussions, and create a loving and safe environment where students can make mistakes, ask questions, and gain new skills. Technology provides avenues for further investigation, allows students to virtually visit places they could never otherwise go, and offers alternate learning modes to keep students interested. How do you blend the two in the most effective way possible? There is no easy answer to this question because it depends on the subject, students, and culture of the classroom; the balance may shift based on the topic being covered, as the school year progresses, and as students become more independent.

The beginning of the school year will be more teacher-centric as students become familiar with classroom routines and rules and the teacher learns the habits, learning styles, and behavioral tendencies of the class. As the year progresses, a teacher can introduce technology as an additional tool for learning or for individual skill practice. By the end of the school year, teachers can gauge how much students can be trusted to use technology independently for learning and skill practice with minimal supervision.

Teachers who utilize technology effectively will find they are better able to interact with individual students to solve problems, research interesting topics, and create presentations, movies or books. Apps that provide fun games to practice math facts, a website offering an in-depth analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, or movie editing apps all help students get engaged and stay focused on a specific project but they need a teacher’s guidance and motivation along the way. A student may never find the right app or website, may not understand how to play the game or what to do with fascinating facts they are reading, and would not know how to sequentially produce a movie in the absence of a teacher.

Even tutoring apps and websites cannot replace a real live teacher with whom a student can build a relationship. Students can find the answer to virtually any question online but only a teacher can show that student how to solve the problem, build her confidence that she can do it, and create a follow-up problem to prove that she has conquered the skill.

In today’s educational culture, technology plays a vital role but it is the teacher’s job to either limit or encourage the use of technology as the situation warrants. It is the teacher’s job to select appropriate and helpful technology to further a student’s knowledge and teach them how to use it. It is a teacher’s job to build a rapport with a student and sometime technology is the bridge that allows that relationship to happen. Blending technology and teacher expertise in effective and creative ways can create classrooms in which both students and teachers thrive.

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.

Top 3 Apps for Teaching Beginning Greek

Children have the ability to learn a second language much faster than adults, perhaps because they have recently learned their first language. Simply exposing a child to a second language in an unstructured but regular way can imprint vocabulary and conversational phrases on their brains. To become fluent, immersion is recommended but creating a full immersion environment will not work for most families; parent/teachers will need to rely on tools to expose their children to the chosen second language. Technology has made it much easier to teach a second language in a fun and immersive way so that students may not even realize how much they are learning. Homeschooling families who choose to include foreign languages in their curriculum should research websites, videos and apps to add to their tool belts.

These top 3 apps for teaching beginning Greek can be integrated into any lesson plan and will help children get started in the Greek language education.

1. My First Greek Book Volume I features 12 lessons including interactive games and quizzes. Students will have an opportunity to write the Greek alphabet, match images to words to increase vocabulary, and practice their skills with flashcards and quizzes. There are even 5 original karaoke music videos that provide kids a chance to practice reading and pronouncing their newly acquired Greek vocabulary. Music is one of the best ways to memorize anything, especially a new language, as evidenced by the popularity of songs such as Frere Jacque which includes French lyrics and So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music which features German.

2. First Greek Words with Phonics is designed to help children learn letters names, letter sounds and eventually Greek words and spelling through interactive and exciting games and activities. The sound effects and animations will keep even very young children engaged as will the initial subject matter: animals, colors and shapes, and vehicles. Children love to learn different names for animals and vehicles and will be entertained by the accompanying animation. Parent/teachers can adjust the difficulty settings as children learn, making this an app that will grow with your child through 6 stages of learning.

3. Flying First Greek Words for Kids and Toddlers will keep kids engaged and entertained for hours as they navigate their own personal hovering drone over a range of animated figures to learn the Greek words associated with the image. Children can choose which objects to learn about, keeping them focused and interested. An audio feature teaches students proper pronunciation of each word or letter; settings can be adjusted to reveal upper or lowercase letters, letter sounds or letter names. Each family member can create their own avatar and drone through unlimited user accounts; parent/teachers can track the progress of each child and adjust the difficulty settings when necessary.

Teaching a second language in a homeschool setting can be an intimidating idea but starting the process when children are young will be beneficial for both parents and children, especially if parent/teachers are learning alongside their children. These apps are not only great tools for children but can also jumpstart a parent/teacher’s Greek language education.

For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.

 

Overview of Communicate School of English in Manchester

Located in Manchester, one of the UK’s most affordable cities with an interesting industrial history, Communicate School is a family-run institution that provides students from nearly 70 countries the opportunity to learn, practice, and perfect the English language. This prepares them for study at one of Manchester’s universities, university study in other cities or countries, or working in an international environment.

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No matter your level of English, you will be able to find the perfect course to meet your needs. Beginner to advanced students can join the general courses that focus on everyday English to help develop speaking, listening, grammar, pronunciation, and conversational skills. The modern teaching methods ensure that you get the most effective opportunities to practice the language you’re learning.

If you’re preparing to enter university, their IELTS preparation course is a good choice. They cover academic writing, academic reading, listening, and speaking to help you get ready for this pivotal exam. Their academic year programme is also great for future university students. You will get regular assessment, academic guidance, and the opportunity to develop independent study skills.

Additionally, they offer courses for people who are going to take the Cambridge First Certificate in English ESOL exam. You will learn speaking, writing, reading, listening, and grammar. The instructors are experienced in preparing students for the exam, so you can rest assured that you will gain the skills you need to not only pass the test, but to communicate effectively and confidently in English.

Communicate School also offers preparation for the Cambridge Advanced exam. This course gets you ready for the writing, reading, listening, speaking, and grammar parts of the test. This is like the FCE exam preparation course, and it may include some general English classes. You’ll learn exam techniques, and take practice exams to help you prepare. The feedback you receive from their instructors will help you get the score you need to pass the exam.

For more specialized practice, you can take their conversation classes to improve your pronunciation, vocabulary, fluency, and confidence whilst speaking English. You can also take classes with a personal tutor if you need help in a specific area. They also provide accent reduction and English pronunciation training.

They are proud of the personalised service they provide to their students in their studies and life outside of class as they integrate into life in the UK. Contact them today if you have any questions. You can find their contact email, phone number and mpore information about the courses and living in Manchester at http://www.communicateschool.co.uk/

Homeschooling and Science: A Winning Combination

Science…..The mere word conjures up images of lab coats, beakers, and safety glasses. In the homeschool realm, however, labs, chemicals, and equipment are not so readily available. Beyond that, many in the faith based homeschool community take issue with certain aspects of science that are taught in public schools. As a result, they can be leery of the subject. This, unfortunately, can lead to an avoidance of science altogether. In this day and age, science and math careers are valued more than ever, and it is increasingly important to raise children who have fa firm grasp of scientific topics and thinking. So, how can that be accomplished in a homeschool environment? It’s easier than you think.

Familiarity with scientific knowledge is part of producing a well rounded individual. The scientific method encourages objectivity, experimentation, and analytical skills, as well as developing higher level thinking skills that students will carry with them throughout life. In addition, conducting scientific experiments, whether they succeed or fail, teaches students that even failures are opportunities to learn. The ability to approach problems with logic and objectivity will carry over into whatever career path they choose. Working these concepts into a homeschool day can be as simple as letting your child conduct an experiment to answer one of their own questions. If the child is young, in the height of “question asking” years, conduct the experiment with them. Laugh and have fun if it fails, and talk about what the failure teaches you both, so that they see that failures can always be made into learning opportunities. Kitchen experiments are among the easiest and most fun for kids to do. Creating their own food combinations and predicting whether the results will taste good or not is simple and the results will certainly make an impression as they taste their own creations.

Outdoors, studying things such as nature and weather open the door to incorporating many subjects into one lesson, as well as teaching the value of observing the world around us. Collecting and identifying leaves, rocks, or insects on a nature hike allow your child to explore and exercise, while learning a new way to look at the world around them. Nature is beautiful, and being outside is fun, but it can also be scientific. Nature journals let them keep records of their observations, while honing writing skills. Teaching them to look up information on the what they find encourages independent investigation, and they can write reports about their discoveries. Does your child love computers and iPads? Teach them that those wouldn’t exist without science, and perhaps delve in to the world of basic programming concepts and how circuits work. They can build their own circuits from kits designed for kids, or learn to code with fun, creative apps.

Science is all around us, yet I hear so many students (and parents!) talk about how “hard” it is. If you want to raise scientifically smart kids, all it takes is some creativity to take the “hard” out of your science curriculum and replace it with “fun.”

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies. 

How Predators Find Your Child

Kids are learning to use technology at younger and younger ages and are sometimes more tech savvy than their parents. Often this is a great tool for education, especially in a homeschool setting where there may not be as many hands-on resources but it can also be a dangerous avenue for predators to seek out victims.

Predators use a variety of methods to find and lure kids and teenagers into providing details of their lives, schedules, and locations. Children are generally unaware of the dangers of telling an online “friend” about their soccer practice or school name but predators can use that information to narrow down your child’s location to either simply watch them or something more nefarious. Parents need to spend time talking to their children about information that should never be revealed online, without exception. For instance, children should not use their full name as a screen name on any online game or website, even those aimed at children and seemingly innocent such as the Webkins website. Obviously kids shouldn’t send their address but predators can use information such as school or practice locations to gain access to a child as well so parents have to be monitoring and communicating to make sure all potential location information is protected. This is easier said than done, however.

Social media provides predators easy access to that location information even though parents are often unaware that they are providing it. While children can be taught to use social media carefully without revealing locations or posting information about vacations, schedules, etc, parent must take extra care that they are not unintentionally revealing information that can lead a predator to their child.

For instance, allowing Facebook to determine location information on photos tells a potential predator exactly where you and your child are as well as the interests of your child. That information is invaluable to an adult who wants to make a connection with a child and gain their trust. If parents feel strongly about posting photos of their children on Facebook, they need to be sure to check their Privacy settings to ensure that only “Friends” can view their profile AND photographs. If both settings are not set correctly, predators may not be able to view your profile but they will have access to photographs and can gather location information from Facebook or from the photographs themselves. Instagram has similar privacy settings so parents need to be sure to check out their options on all of their social media accounts before posting any photographs or location information.

A child or teenager’s social media access should be monitored closely to ensure that children are not unintentionally providing information a predator can use to lure the child into agreeing to meet a “friend” that they have not met in person before. Kids should not accept requests or messages from anyone they have not met or do not already know and should alert parents if they continue to receive unsolicited messages from a person they do not know. Children and teenagers don’t often realize that predators exist and therefore don’t see the risk incurred by posting sexualized photos, location information, or personal and relationship issues that a predator can use to target the child.

Frequent communication about internet safety, a nightly check of all social media accounts, and regularly visiting Privacy settings on all computers, tablets, phones, and all online accounts will go a long way towards keeping a child safe. Internet use is almost unavoidable but the right precautions can help keep your children safe from online predators.

Explainer Video Company: The Advantages of Hiring a Professional Video Maker

In promoting your products, you can use a variety of media such as text, images, sound, and video. However, the most effective way to promote your product is using a video. To create a promotional video, you need to use the services of an explainer video company. Why explainer video is so effective to promote a product? The reason is because explainer video is more interesting because it contains images and sounds. In addition, explainer video can be modified so that the video display becomes more attractive and colorful.

When you hire an explainer video company to create a video of your product, you can get more advantages. What are those advantages?

  1. Professional Video Creator

Creating a video explainer is not easy anyway. You should have some abilities. In this case, you have to know the concept and design of the video. If you are not a professional video maker, so you will never make it. Therefore, you should hire an explainer video company to create such a video for your product to get the best result. Since they must be skillful in the designing and making a concept of the video.

  1. Combine 2D Effect and 3D effect

A professional and experienced explainer video company will give you’re the best video that combines 2D effect and 3D effect in the video. You can even ask the video creator to add some other effects so that the video will look more attractive. If you create a video for your product, you can ask the video creator to make a 3D video for instance. 3D video can be more expensive and needs a longer time rather than making a 2D video because they have to draw everything.

True Social Impact: 3D Animation Series Teaches Kids How To Save The Earth

True Social Impact: 3D Animation Series Teaches Kids How To Save The Earth

We recently celebrated Earth Day with many obligatory nods to how the world can recycle, upcycle, compost, and repurpose all kinds of materials, plants, and objects. We heard collective voices around the planet heed warnings such as, “Live more sustainably to save the Earth.” Calls for a more eco-conscious world are necessary and Earth Day is a key time to reaffirm these actions and beliefs.

However, how do we keep these messages alive and at the forefront the other 364 days of the year, especially with our most impressionable and precious audience – our children?

A new 3D animation series called Planet Blue is taking on this bold challenge by using fun-loving characters and exciting educational adventures to inspire children and future generations to save the planet. But this is no ordinary cartoon. Take a look at Planet Blue’s gorgeous animation in the series trailer below:

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The production team behind Planet Blue, Arrow Sky Media & Magnetic Dreams, has an impressive number of 31 Emmy Awards combined. And with the 3D animation market estimated to be worth $40.78 Billion by 2019, this is truly a win-win project for everyone involved. Currently, the talented team is developing 12-episodes featuring characters such as the loveable, button-nosed Planet Blue, a beautiful and inquisitive Sunny Sun, and a team of Earth-loving kids from around the world. In the first season of Planet Blue, everyone works together to understand different environmental problems, such as deforestation, and come up with actual solutions.

Special Education and Online Learning

Online learning has been found very effective in meeting the academic needs of children with physical and/or learning disabilities. It offers the flexibility, privacy, quietness, and one-on-one attention that many special education children need to reach their full potential. However, most online educational programs don’t offer training in some of the additional skills that special education students often needs, such as social skills and emotional maturity. In this article, we are going to look at three inexpensive (if not outright free) online tools that can help your child with skills that just aren’t taught in a textbook.

Watch Me Learn

For special education students, social skills can present a challenge. Watch Me Learn is one such program, with online videos for visual learners that help them with skills that others take for granted. They use children in the videos to model appropriate behavior to make the scenarios relatable, and encourage your child to practice these behaviors. The goal of Watch Me Learn is to make learning social skills both exciting, practical, and fun. The videos are available on DVDs or streaming online, and you only need to purchase the videos that you want.

The Social Express

The Social Express is an online software package that helps teach your child social and emotional skills in a fun and interactive way. It helps them with things like eye contact, figurative language, inferring what it going to happen next, using appropriate social behavior, figuring out what to talk about, and more. It can be purchased via a monthly or yearly subscription, providing access to 81 interactive webisodes, assessments, teaching plans, a game room, and many other special features. These interactive videos use animated (yet realistic) characters with excellent voice-acting to engage your child and teach them critical skills at the same time.

Every Day Life

Children with disabilities can be challenged by things that others take for granted. That’s where a program like Every Day Life comes in. Every Day Life offers online tutorials for things like shopping with a grocery list, making sure you get the correct items by going to the correct sections and carefully reading labels. It’s interactive, much like a game, and includes appropriate background noise to help simulate a real situation. Other topics include counting change, paying bills, using an ATM machine, and using a vending machine, just to name a few. These lessons are free, easy to use, available online, and no registration or sign up is required.

Conclusion

These three tools – Watch Me Learn, The Social Express, and Every Day Life – are just three of many additional resources and supplements available to the parents of special education students. Even on a limited budget you can get expert teaching material to help your child succeed not just academically, but social and emotionally as well. From learning how to participate in a conversation with friends to using an ATM or asking a question, your child can not only learn necessary skills but build up their self-esteem.

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies. 

 

Direct mail in a nutshell

Direct mail (also known as advertising mail) is often used in direct marketing and its main recipients are usually existing customers of the company. In order for direct mail to be successful, some basic conditions need to be met.  An important element in this form of advertising is the current database of company customers as well as certain issues related to the very act of direct mail delivery. These factors include: offer’s appeal, aesthetics and attractiveness of the materials delivered to the recipient by postal mail.

Direct mail is used primarily for selling specific products. It is often used also to stay in touch with the customer and keep them aware of new products introduced on the market by the advertiser.

The appeal of direct mail depends on many factors, starting from the envelope itself. It is the envelope that will determine whether or not the recipient chooses to read the materials addressed to them. Unfortunately, disregarding the envelope is a common mistake that leads to both envelope and its content landing in the trash unopened. A chic and intriguing envelope significantly increases the chance of the recipient looking inside of it and reading the materials.

When it comes to direct mail, advertising letter also plays a crucial role and its content must be carefully planned out. To a certain extent, this letter replaces the seller. Its personal nature, skillful use of colloquial language and aesthetics are the key to success. The letter may be long, although it is recommended it doesn’t exceed four pages. It is worth taking care of the letter’s legibility and proper choice of the font.

Apart from the letter, the envelope should contain a brochure with the product or service you are advertising, as well as an order form that the customer should fill out and send back to the company in case they are interested. To make the order more plausible to take place, a return envelope becomes an essential element in direct mail marketing.

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