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When Should Your Child’s Speech Patterns Be a Cause for Concern?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Should Your Child’s Speech Patterns Be a Cause for Concern?

All children develop at different schedules, which is why a parent shouldn’t necessarily be alarmed if their child isn’t yet pronouncing words as properly as others in their age group, or according to a parent’s expectations. Some children will also simply outgrow a lisp or learn to enunciate as they get older; remember that a child’s mouth, tongue, and muscles in the jaw are still developing when they’re very young, so they may learn to pronounce difficult words and sounds as they become more physically capable. However, note when it may be good to take your child to a doctor or speech therapist at least for an evaluation of their speech patterns, to see if they might need speech therapy to help them learn to speak correctly. 1. Stuttering Most people, even adults, stutter at one time or another. When trying to gather your thoughts while speaking, you might stutter and pronounce a sound repeatedly without realizing it. While this can be a bit common and not cause for alarm, if a child consistently stutters when speaking, he or she may benefit from speech therapy. Stuttering may a sign of uncertainty for how to pronounce words and it may be a habit that needs help to be broken. 2. Frustration at communicating If the child seems frustrated at their attempts to communicate, this may be a sign that they know something is wrong with their speaking; they may be struggling to pronounce words or to find the right words to use. Rather than speaking for them or chastising them, it’s good to have a speech therapist evaluate the issue. A child may need extra time in class to learn particular words or extra time with a speech therapist to rehearse the pronunciation of those words properly. 3. Leaving off sounds of words A certain accent may include leaving off sounds of words, for example, a person might say “packin'” instead of “packing.” However, if a child does this repeatedly and it’s not consistent with the accent of the persons around them, this can be a sign of a hearing disorder or speech disorder. This is most commonly done with constants; “father” becomes “fath-uh,” or “dog” is pronounced “daw.” If you notice this pattern in your child, where they consistently leave off any sound of words, it’s good to first have their hearing tested. Have them visit a speech therapist like communiKIDS if the problem is not that they aren’t hearing words pronounced...

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day at preschool

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Celebrating Valentine’s Day at preschool

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love. Preschools can introduce the topic of love and Valentine’s celebrations in an inclusive way that talks about all the kinds of love we have in our life, including parents, carers from the child care centre and peers.  Cards for class mates and carers Rather than placing pressure on busy working parents to buy or create Valentine’s cards for the whole class, you can do some inclusive activities in class where everyone gets to make a card for a secret (and randomly selected) Valentine. Potato print of hearts, Xs and Os can make a cute and simple card that any age group could manage and can be enhanced with glitter for the children who like extra sparkle. The kids can write or get the carer to help write one thing they like about the card recipient.  By ensuring that all children make a Valentine, everyone gets at least one Valentine and no one gets left out of the celebrations.  Flowers for parents and carers As the kids have a range of different care situations you can keep things simple by asking them to make a bunch of flowers for everyone in their family. They can thread paper petals made from scraps of craft paper, old gift wrap or even catalogues onto pipe cleaners. This lets the kids use some creativity as well as letting you discuss reusing and recycling items to create new gifts.  Heart cookies Another fun activity is to make some heart cookies to share with each other at morning tea. You can make a simple cookie recipe with 2 cup of flour, 1 cup of butter, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of white sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Cookie cutters can be used to stamp out love heart cookies which you can decorate with cake decorations or dried fruit for extra flavour. The cookies cook for 15 minutes at 180 degrees C, giving you just enough time to clean up before they make it out of the oven. You can also make some extras to send home as additional gifts.  By focusing on the important aspects of Valentine’s Day, such as letting the special people in your life know how much you love them, can be a great opportunity to talk about relationships with small children. By focusing on the true meaning of the day you can incorporate fun and educational activities into Valentine’s Day at...

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Some Questions You Might Ask About Driving Lessons in Australia

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Questions You Might Ask About Driving Lessons in Australia

After a child gets a learner’s permit, you may want to consider sending them for professional driving lessons. There are many advantages to doing this rather than allowing them to simply learn by experience or giving them instruction yourself. If you have a child who is getting close to having their learner’s permit or already has their permit, note some advantages of professional driving lessons and some questions you might have about how the process works. 1. Why is it safer to send a child to professional training?   It’s good to note that a child’s safety when behind the wheel is about more than protecting your car from damage. According to some statistics, a 17-year-old with a permit is more than four times as likely to be in a fatal accident than a 26-year-old with a driving license. This is typically due to their inexperience and especially when in dangerous driving conditions, such as when on icy and slick roads, when on crowded or busy streets, when distracted, and so on. The right professional training can give children the tools needed to make up for their lack of experience; a professional will be able to safely walk them through such dangerous conditions and will know how to train them to handle such conditions properly. Parents may not think of all the dangerous conditions a child with a permit should be instructed about and may not even know the safest procedures for handling such conditions. 2. How long does it take for a child to learn to drive safely? Each person is different when it comes to their abilities behind the wheel and how quickly they pick up on their instruction, which is another advantage to professional lessons. A professional can note when a student is struggling to understand certain aspects of safe driving and can go over that lesson again and again. This might include having them drive while mimicking a car going into a skid, or having them merge into traffic as many times as needed until they can do so safely. Some children with learner’s permits pick up on these things very quickly, but some get intimidated behind the wheel or just need extra time to remember their instructions. Parents may not realise that their child needs more time to practice or what aspects of safe driving they’re not easily learning. Professional lessons can test and monitor students and then concentrate on those areas where a child struggles and ensure they know everything they need to know to be safe when driving. For more information and tips, contact a local driving school, such as Roadwise Driver...

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Helping your au pair to settle into childcare in your home

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helping your au pair to settle into childcare in your home

If you have organised an au pair to come and stay with you in order to manage your childcare obligations, it’s important that they feel comfortable in your home and looking after your children. Many au pairs do not have previous childcare experience, so giving them some childcare pointers can be a great idea. Here are some ways to help your au pair adjust to childcare as soon as possible. Treat your au pair as a valued member of the family Au pairs occupy a special role in the family, acting as a pseudo ‘big sibling’. While suddenly getting a new carer can be an adjustment for the kids, they will take their lead from how you treat your au pair to see how they should behave. Treating your au pair with respect and letting them have some space and down time will give your children a good model of how to treat the au pair. Remember that the cultural exchange goes both ways, so encourage your au pair to share the food and culture of their homeland as well. That can help to make it educational for both your family and the au pair. Write a list of child friendly outings in your town for them While you might have a few favourite parks and beaches, if your au pair is new to town, they might like some help in finding some other places to take your children so that they also get to experience some of the sites of the city. Include some natural landmarks, as well as cultural experiences that are unique to your home town. Local museums and art galleries often also have activities for children and might be equally interesting for your au pair. Clearly explain and write down your discipline strategy While your discipline for your strategy is no doubt always adapting to your children, it can be useful for your au pair to know if they should be putting your child into time outs, confiscating toys or using other techniques to encourage good behaviour and discouraging bad behaviour. This helps your au pair to feel more comfortable looking after your children, and your children will feel more comfortable with a consistent approach between you and the au pair, and you’ll see more consistent behaviour from your children. Everyone wins! Having an au pair living in with your family can be a great way to manage your childcare requirements while teaching your children about other cultures. If having an au pair sounds like something you’re not quite ready for, you may want to contact a local childcare facility and try that for a...

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Dyslexia and Dangerous Goods Licensing: Four Tips to Help You Pass the Dangerous Goods Licensing Course

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dyslexia and Dangerous Goods Licensing: Four Tips to Help You Pass the Dangerous Goods Licensing Course

If you have dyslexia, a hands-on job such as being a dangerous goods driver may be ideal for you. However, taking the course you need to earn a dangerous goods license can be intimidating for some people. Luckily, it is possible to succeed. Take a look at these tips: 1. Review your literacy and numeracy skills. If you are worried about your literacy or numeracy skills, you are not alone, and there are resources to help you. Before enrolling in a dangerous goods licensing course, take a moment to review your literacy and numeracy skills with a sample test. If you have adequate skills, sign up for a course and move forward confidently. If you don’t have the skills you need, don’t waste money signing up for a course yet. Instead, contact your local adult literacy centre or library for help boosting your skills. 2. Look for classes with video or audio learning materials. When you take a course to learn the skills you need for your dangerous goods license, you will learn about loading the truck correctly, operating fire fighting equipment and even managing your fatigue. In action, none of those skills rely on reading or writing, and learning about these areas doesn’t have to rely on reading or writing either. When comparing different courses, look at the format of any lessons you do at home, and try to find courses that can provide you with videos or audio files of lectures rather than articles. 3. Use study aids in class. Regardless of which dangerous goods licensing course you sign up for, you usually have to spend two days training in person. During these in-person courses, you learn about stowing and segregating dangerous goods, transporting them, dealing with emergencies, wearing the right personal protective gear and a range of other topics. If you want to take notes but your dyslexia prevents you from keeping up with the lecturer, bring some study aids. For example, you can download simple apps to your smartphone that allow you to record the lecture. 4. Explore alternatives for documentation. Another thing you will learn during the dangerous goods driver licensing course is about documentation. In the dangerous goods transport industry, you need to clearly document which goods you are carrying, where they are going, any difficulties that occur on the way and a few other points. While taking your course, talk with your instructor about alternatives to handwritten documentation. For example, you may be able to download documentation forms onto a tablet and then use the voice command feature to fill them out. Learning how to handle these elements while you are still preparing for your career as a dangerous goods driver, can be invaluable, and it helps to set you up for long-term...

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Types of Truck Driving Licences

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Types of Truck Driving Licences

There are diverse types of driver’s licence categories designed to cater for different personal and commercial requirements. If you are thinking about acquiring a truck driving licence, it is crucial for you to understand the available classes. This will help you identify and choose the right training for a career in the transport and logistics industry. You should note that driver’s licence groupings and condition codes are unvarying regardless of your home state or territory in Australia. Here are the main types of truck driving classes to evaluate before signing up for training. Light Rigid As implied, this category is reserved for light rigid motor vehicles which include vans, small buses, trucks and special-use vehicles. The pertinent vehicle should have a gross vehicle mass which exceeds four and a half tonnes, but this weight should not surpass eight tonnes. You must have a standard Car C class to qualify for this training. This licence will allow you to drive all motor vehicles covered by the C class category and to tow trailers with your light rigid truck. Medium Rigid The medium rigid licence category encompasses motor vehicles which have a gross vehicle mass of more than eight tonnes. These can be trucks, tippers or even buses with two axles and you can tow light trailers with the vehicle. However, the trailer should not be a semi-trailer or have mass that exceeds nine tonnes. You must have a C class or light rigid licence to qualify for the training. Heavy Rigid Heavy rigid motor vehicles include standard buses, trucks, articulated buses and other heavy commercial vehicle. These must have gross vehicle mass which exceeds eight tonnes and they should have at least three axles. You can tow a trailer with this vehicle class after obtaining the licence. However, there are combination mass limits and restrictions which are imposed according to the Road Traffic Act 1961. You must hold a valid light rigid or medium rigid licence to qualify for the heavy rigid driver’s training. Heavy Combination A heavy combination automotive refers to all articulated vehicles as well as rigid vehicles with an attached trailer. Ideally, these must have at least three axles and the total weight should exceed nine tonnes. You must hold a heavy or medium rigid category licence to qualify for a heavy combination driver’s training. There is also a multi-combination driver’s licence required when driving a combination vehicle with two or more trailers. You can drive any vehicle with this licence, but you must hold a heavy rigid or combination licence before training. For more information on different truck licences and courses, talk with someone from a specialised driving school like Makene’s Driving...

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Why It Is Important to Cure Concrete Properly

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Concrete refers to a mixture of cement, aggregate and water. This mixture is used for flooring or making structures like pillars anchoring bridges. Concrete can only perform as expected if it is cured (controlling moisture loss as you allow the concrete to set) effectively. This article discusses why it is important to cure concrete properly. Use this information to be more careful regarding who you award a concreting job on your commercial or residential property. The Concrete Reaches Its Full Strength Concrete gains strength when cement is allowed to absorb moisture (hydrate) so that it bonds with the aggregate in the concrete mix. One of the conditions that facilitate this bonding is the presence of water. That is why contractors add water to the concrete mix. Contractors ensure that concrete cures fully by intervening to limit surface moisture loss in case the weather is too hot. For instance, they pour water on the surface of the newly poured concrete so that excessive moisture loss is averted. This allows the concrete to cure fully (to full strength). The resulting structure (like a floor) will be very strong (able to take heavy traffic) once the curing process is complete. Proper Curing Improves Concrete Durability Concrete that has fully cured is very durable. This is because the concrete has low porosity due to the limited air pockets within its structure. The moisture content in a concrete mix prevents air from increasing the porosity of the concrete. If curing takes place effectively, air will be kept out of the concrete. Consequently, the concrete will be more water resistant. If water does not get into the concrete, that concrete will last very long since it will not suffer from water damage (freeze-thaw cycles). That is why you should pick an experienced concrete contractor to pour your concrete so that it lasts for a very long time without cracking. Properly Cured Concrete Is Esthetically Appealing Fully cured concrete, especially polished concrete, has a shiny surface that is very attractive to look at. This is because the elements within the concrete (cement, aggregate and water) bind so effectively that the finished product has a glossy surface. This is in stark contrast to poorly cured concrete that has a dusty surface that is a visual turn off. If you would like your concrete surfaces to look attractive, ensure that the contractor you hire has the skills to cure the concrete fully. Concrete only gains its full attributes after curing. It is for this reason that you should be very meticulous when choosing a concrete contractor so that you enjoy the benefits of fully cured concrete. For more information, contact a professional such as Armstrong Creek Concreting & Outdoor...

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DIno-tastic Themed Childcare Learning Plans

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your kids are feeling enthusiastic about dinosaurs, this can be a fun starting point for a dino-themed learning plan. Here are some ideas about incorporating dinosaur themed activities into the learning plans for your child care centre. Babies In the baby’s room, dinosaur themed music can be a great way to encourage your kids to move around and imitate dinosaurs, which stimulates gross motor development. Try reading some dinosaur storybooks, and encourage the children to act out roles and pretend to be the dinosaurs. Kids like to stomp and roar, and pretend to be dinosaurs as part of their creative play. Toddlers For the toddlers, use dinosaur themed figurines to act out dinosaur themed activities. There are several popular kids TV shows that have animated dinosaurs, with strongly science-based story lines. Watch one of the shows and get the children to act out the story line with their figurines. Set up some dinosaur themed and get them children to create play scenes in the sand pit, which you can photograph and turn into a picture book for the class. You can also incorporate drawings and paintings that the children have done of the dinosaurs; to create a resource you can refer back to throughout the year.  Kindergarten Show the children that the dinosaurs existed in different eras, and discuss animals that still have a lot in common with their dinosaur ancestors such as the crocodile. Explore the idea that dinosaurs all had different strengths (such as flying, swimming, fast running etc.) and link this back to the fact that all of the children in the class have different personality traits and are good at different tasks. Encourage the children to create their own dinosaur with aspects of existing dinosaurs, and create names and stories for their own creations. Kindergarten aged children are enthusiastic diggers, so plant some toy ‘fossils’ in the sand pit to explore the process of discovering and uncovering fossils. You can explain how paleontologists find the dinosaur bones, too. All ages A dinosaur themed lesson plans can also feature an excursion to the local museum. Children love to explore the museum displays and are often equally excited by the journey to and from the museum. Bring a storybook along and read some stories while you are in the dinosaur rooms to cement and link the learning experiences. Dinosaur-themed learning experiences are highly engaging for young children and a great opportunity to let your children explore early science topics at their own...

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Increasing The Relevance Of Your History Lessons For Primary School Children

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As the Australian curriculum debates rage on, the role of history in the primary school curriculum is changing. Teachers are being asked to focus on history again from a younger age, and many primary school teachers find this challenging. To increase the engagement of your class in history lessons, inject more personal relevancy into the facts and figures of history. Here are some ways to teach history at all levels that will get your students interested. Early primary school students In the earliest years of primary school, you can teach history lessons where children look into their personal history. They can ask their parents or guardians about when they were born and the houses they have lived in. With digital photographs they can often create multi media presentations and incorporate images from significant life events into a timeline. As children progress through this topic, they can start to research the history of their family. For many children of immigrants’ families, this gives a good opportunity for parents to discuss the differences in their childhoods, and why they made the decision to move to Australia. Middle primary school students As children get a little older, they can understand more abstract ideas and broader ideas of history. Getting them to research the history on the school and interview some of the ex-alumni is a great way to connect students to the wider community, as well as forming ties with the older generation. For students without local grandparents, this can be a good way to connect the children with some local seniors. Senior primary school students As students reach the final years of primary school, they are usually expected to learn some more traditional history of the state and country. Increase the relevancy of this work by finding stories of the roles children played in these events. With many of the Anzac diggers lying about their ages to join up, for example, you can often find examples of 14 and 15 year olds fighting in wars at similar age to the children’s siblings. Equally convicts often arrived in Australia as orphaned children, and some went on to have very interesting lives that demonstrate broader historical trends. By increasing the relevancy of the history lessons to your children, you will find they are eager participants in history lessons. By maintaining a personal enthusiasm and interest in history, your passion will help the children enjoy the lessons. For more information, contact Catholic Education...

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Amazing ways to use interactive whiteboards

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) have become popular and are proliferating schools all around the globe. They are continually gaining popularity due to the fact that you can manipulate the presentation from both the board and the computer. These boards are an interesting way to capture the attention of students but unfortunately, teachers don’t maximize their potential. If you are an online teacher and wish to get more out of your interactive whiteboards then here are some great ways to do that. Capture clips of your lessons These boards have embedded software that can capture both the audio and video of the screen. You can use this feature to record interesting topics or the hard-to-get concepts and send them to your students to ease the understanding of the content. There are also other screen recording features like jing or Quicktime X that you can use to record clips that you may integrate into your presentation. Use the vendor resources IWB vendors have sites that can provide additional resources to assist in your teaching experience. Tutorials and interactive assessments from the vendors can prove to be useful in learning how to explore the board. You can also get flipcharts, smart notebooks or even download lessons and save them directly to your computer to better your class presentations. Some sites also have additional blogs and forums that enable you to communicate with other educators. This comes in handy when you want troubleshoot or get a better understanding of your board. Online interactives There are also a wide plethora of online activities you can perform with these IWBs to further enhance the understanding of your students. You can take virtual tours to locations such as the White House that you wish to teach them about. These tours can also be a good method to keep your students prepared when you are about to visit a certain location.  Encourage competition Fun is an integral part of the learning process and one way to do this is to create competition between the students. Divide the students into groups and introduce competition between them. Sites like Wii and Kinet will enable you to efficiently use IWBs enable fun interaction using physical response techniques while still keeping the lesson educative. However, remember to give guidelines to maintain healthy fun and not overdo it. An example of a good instruction to give would be to ensure the activity covers all the vocabulary taught in a...

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