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Words Hurt: 4 Tips To Help Keep You Safe From Bullying

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Words Hurt: 4 Tips To Help Keep You Safe From Bullying

Bullying is never fun. If you’re being bullied, you need to know that it’s not your fault. You may think that there’s nothing you can do to stop it. That’s not true. If you’re being bullied, you need to get help. There are things you can do to help stop the bullying. Here are four steps you can take to get help and stop the bullying. Talk to Someone You Trust If you haven’t told someone about the bullying, you need to do that now. People can’t help you if they don’t know there’s a problem. Find someone you trust and tell them everything that’s happening to you. Talk to your parents, a trusted teacher, or even a good friend. Don’t let shame, embarrassment or fear keep you from getting the help you need. Speak Out If You Can If someone is bullying you, speak out about it. Tell the person who is bullying you that you want them to stop. Be sure to speak in a calm voice but speak loudly enough so that others nearby can hear what you’re saying. If you don’t feel safe speaking out to the person who’s bullying you, walk away as soon as you can. Be sure to go and get help. Keep an Adult Nearby Bullies are less likely to approach you if you have an adult nearby. If you’re being bullied at school, be sure to know where an adult is at all times. Whether you’re in the lunchroom, on the playgrounds, or sitting in the commons, stay near an adult whenever possible. Make sure the adults know that you’re being bullied so that they can keep an eye on your throughout the day. Get Involved If you see others getting bullied, get involved. Be an example of how to treat others. If you stand up to help someone who’s being bullied, others will see how you’re acting and may start helping too. Another way to get involved is to talk to your principal or guidance counselor about educational activities that could be used to help prevent bullying. Some kids bully because they don’t how to behave any other way. School bullying programs, such as from The Bully Corporation, can help teach kids the proper way to treat others. If you’re being bullied, get help. Don’t let others make you feel bad. Use the tips provided here to get the help you need. Be sure to let your parents know that you’re being bullied. They can help...

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4 Types Of Books That All Preschool Programs Need

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Types Of Books That All Preschool Programs Need

It’s no secret that preschool programs, such as Family Ties Child Center, are filled with books. That said, understanding what kinds of books pre-k kids need and why these books are so important to learning is key. Research on early childhood literacy shows that reading and writing development starts during the first three years, according to the early childhood organization Zero to Three. While this doesn’t mean that by 3 years old a child can read, getting an early start with books is essential for building later literacy skills. What types of books do young children in preschool programs need to develop language and reading abilities? Books with pictures. Like letters, pictures are symbols. Children learn how to decode the pictures and associate them with meanings. This sets the stage for learning letters and reading words. Picture books in preschool programs also help young children to understand the story without necessarily having to know what the words are saying. Books that focus on content areas. Children in pre-k aren’t just developing literacy skills. They’re learning about math, science, social studies, the arts and more. Preschool books should include a variety of topics that meet the curriculum’s focus. These may include books on counting, shapes, numbers, animals, colors, different countries, bodies of water or outer space. Books in this category come in both non-fiction and fiction types. Non-fictions books contain simple facts, such as the life cycle of a butterfly or photos of an underwater ocean scene. Fiction content-focused books may have simple numbers or shapes along with the words that represent them or come with a story (such as an imaginary farm tale that uses numbers to count the animals). Books that identify emotions. Preschoolers are refining their abilities to recognize and control different emotions. Books are incredibly useful tools for teaching social and emotional lessons. Young children can look at pictures of different ’emotion’ faces to identify them or listen to stories that tell feeling tales. Books that meet the child’s interests. Holding a 3-year-old’s attention isn’t always easy. Opting for a book that is of particular interest to the child helps to increase focusing. For example, if the class has been talking about outer space and the children are always asking questions about the planets, a book on the subject may make them sit up and take notice. It doesn’t matter what the educational philosophy is, all preschool programs need books. From picture books with minimal words to content-centered ones that grab the young students’ interest, reading to and with young children sets them on a path to life-long literacy...

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Slow Sales? 3 Tips To Grow Your Book Sales

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Even in today’s digital age, where anyone has access to any book, there are so many authors that it’s hard to choose the best book. If you are in an emerging author or just in an over-saturated market, here are three tips to increase your revenue when dealing with slow book sales. 1. Team Up with Book Bloggers Blogs are popular because people want to connect and learn from others. Bloggers have a large social media influence of followers you do not have. Reach out to them with a free copy of your book and ask them to review it and give their honest opinion. Be it a book review or advertisement, the blogger may have thousands of loyal followers who may purchase your book simply because the blogger asked for their support. Also, ask that in their review that they offer a giveaway. It does not have to be the book you are promoting. It could be one of your best sellers, and the blogger includes links back to your main author website of which your low sale book is highlighted. Another provision for your giveaway could include the followers tweeting about your low sale book to their family and friends as well. This gets you maximum exposure for one low investment cost to the book blogger. 2. Share Attractive Photos on Picture-Sharing Social Sites Many authors are concerned with social media sites that are geared towards professionals or the book forums. However, picture sharing social sites are powerful social media tools to use. These sites are exciting for their users because they are imaged based. Pictures are a thousand words and if your book has excellent graphics that can draw in traffic to your website. You have many options of what to share. Use beautiful or funny pictures and incorporate a small quote from your book and draw traffic back to your website. Share a best seller of yours and lead it back to a book discussion thread you have on your website. Post infographics that highlight interesting facts regarding the subject your book represents. 3. Offer a Bonus There aren’t many people that will turn down a free bonus if it’s worth their while. So put together a must-see video series beneficial for your target audience or include an exclusive book available with this purchase only.   The above three methods will drive more traffic to your site. The more exposure you get, the greater the chances your book sales will increase. For more how to grow your sales tips, contact a...

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Four Exciting Homeschool Writing Projects To Make Learning Fun

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your homeschool writing curriculum, from a place like Classical Academic Press, is a critical part of your child’s education, and assigning interesting projects will help your child learn to write fluently and articulately. The following four projects are designed to make writing interesting and fun for your child.  Draft Some Historical Fiction This project can be integrated with a unit from your child’s history class. Have your child write a fictional story in which he is a character who lives during an important time period and participates in, or witnesses, important events. To deepen your child’s understanding of what this experience would have been like, provide your child with non-fiction texts describing the time period. Use educational DVDs or other historical fiction stories set during this time period to support your child in this assignment. Design a Passing Journal Give your child a composition book to decorate using stickers, labels or other craft supplies, then have your child write about his or her day and things that he or she is thinking or wondering about. When this is done, collect the composition book and create the next entry yourself, responding to what your child has written. You can share about your day, ask questions or just share things you think your child might find interesting. Then return the journal to your child to write another entry. Develop a Cookbook of Family Favorites If your child loves to cook or just help out in the kitchen, have him or her create a cookbook of family favorite recipes. Using a small binder, have your child record the recipes for dishes your family likes to make. Be sure to have your child include reviews of each dish and a description of each recipe, as well as suggestions for appropriate side dishes. For extra fun, have your child draw or photograph each dish to include with the recipe in the book. Design a Science Story When you are studying a particular biome or specific place in science, have your child write a story that uses this place as a setting. If you are studying tide pools, for example, perhaps your child will write a story from the perspective on a sea star who lives in the tide pools. If you are studying the moon, your child may write a story about an alien or astronaut who is visiting the moon. In addition to the learning done in science class, be sure to provide your child with additional non-fiction books, atlases, DVDs and other materials when appropriate to help him or her in making the setting of the story as realistic as possible. Whenever possible, a field trip to this location is also a powerful learning tool. Using these exciting writing projects will ensure that your child practices and masters important writing skills while having fun at the same...

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