Why Art is Important

Every homeschool parent schedules time for reading, math, science, and social studies but are music and art included in your curriculum? If not, you need to reevaluate your lesson plans and find ways to incorporate the fine arts into your child’s schedule. Music and art not only help children become well-rounded adults who can speak on a variety of topics but also help them understand the common core subjects better. A student who studies music will better understand math concepts and may even be able to learn a second language faster than a student who has never been exposed to music education. But why is art important?

Art is a creative outlet that literally anyone can utilize, even those with “no artistic ability.” Simply coloring in a coloring book qualifies as art and can be a stress reliever for parents and children alike. Art doesn’t have to be complicated or perfect, it just needs to be creative. A piece of construction paper, a cup of glue with a Q-tip paint brush, and a few pieces of cut yarn can yield a masterpiece when studying the letter /Y/. Follow up the craft project by asking kids to explain what they have created or, for older kids, write a description of their art, and you have successfully transitioned from fine motor skills into language and reading territory.

When art is part of a homeschool curriculum, it gives students an opportunity to express their feelings, practice fine motor skills, use their imagination, and showcase projects they are proud of. Incorporating art into common core subjects can help students understand the concepts, timelines, or ideas in a deeper way. Ask a child to illustrate a favorite book and he will start to think about the characters and settings in a new way. Encourage a student to create a visual display to explain a challenging math concept such as dividing fractions and she will grasp the concept much sooner. Help your child design and put together a costume or diorama of a period in history and it will be forever cemented in his mind.

Parent/teachers can teach art history with trips to local museums or virtual visits to galleries around the world. Students can mimic great works of art or recreate famous styles such as Picasso’s abstract pieces or Andy Warhol’s iconic soup can imagery. When kids are exposed to a wide range of artistic styles and mediums, it allows their own imagination to soar.

But art education doesn’t have to be limited to learning about great artists or as a teaching tool but can simply be about having fun and being creative. A trip to a craft store with a budget and an idea can transform a rainy afternoon into an art bonanza. A bucket of craft sticks can become a house, a picture frame, or a marble run. Googly eyes can transform an odd sock into a new friend. Glitter glue can turn an ordinary piece of paper into a frame-able piece of art. Continue reading “Why Art is Important”

Bisexual Women: Treat them as Queen

Try and find out if she has had relationships with women- this is usually hard but it is the best way to determine if she is bisexual or not. Try and read how she talks about the relationships. If it appears like she liked it or had several female relationships then it is an indicator that she is actually bisexual. You can do this by teasing her or making the conversation fun. This is the best way to find out more about her sexual preference. If you make them feel special, then things are going to be much better and they will feel very wanted and they make get more impresses by you and make you happy and hence you need you keep this in mind. Once you satisfy all her needs then things are much easier, please can have a good time on bisexual dating website.

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These are some of the simple signs to determine whether a person is bisexual or not. Always ensure that you approach her in a method that does not seem insulting. Apart from that, it is necessary to get to understand the different of a person who is curious about bisexuality and one who is actually bisexual. Once you study the person well, then you come to know whether a person is a bisexual or not and it is not tough to do that. There are lots of people who really want to do well. But there sexual preferences are a major important key. There are lots of people who are not sure about how to react to bisexual people and hence for them this is something they should read well.

Once you are able to learn that there is nothing wrong with being bisexual, you will be able to have a happy life. Most people tend to know about their sexual preference when they are already in a relationship. If this happens, it is important to inform your partner. Once your partner knows about this he or she will be able to support you effectively and help you build your self-confidence. Continue reading “Bisexual Women: Treat them as Queen”

New 100% Mold Free Bath Toy Organizer

If you have kids you know they like to have all the toys in the bath. And afterwards they are all over the bath tub soaking wet and you have to leave them there to dry.

But by having The Bath-Buddy (a bath toy organizer) it means your kids toys won’t be left all over the bathtub or the floor. It will also encourage your kids to clean up after themselves and you don’t have to worry about dirty mold growing on the bath toys.

That’s because the Bath-Buddy is free draining, and easy to keep clean, which means you bath toys can dry naturally, and this helps eliminate the possibility that mold can grow on the toys.

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The bath-buddy has two suction cups which hold the bath net securely on the bathroom tiles or shower, making it simple and easy to install. The bath net can also easily be removed when needed. It also comes with two extra hooked suction cups which can be used to hold other bathroom accessories such as scrubbing brushes meaning that the Bath-Buddy caters for both kids and adults bathroom needs.

Here is what one happy customer said:

The Bath Toy Organizer helps keep the toys out of the bottom of the tub. I like it because it helps dry out the toys and they don’t get moldy. After getting this one home and putting it in our only bath tub it makes it a lot nicer for the person that gets in right after my granddaughter. Before we had this the next person would have to shake out all the toys as best they could and put them next to the tub until the next time my granddaughter comes over. Now I just have her put them in the bag which is nicely hanging on the wall with the strong suction cups and nothing is in anyone’s way. After seeing her toys in it I kept thinking of a bunch of other uses for the suction cupped bag. I kept thinking how nice would it be if all my products were hanging on the wall in the tub instead of trying to find where my son has moved my stuff. It would be nice if all I all my stuff at my finger-tips. I think I am going to have to buy at least one more if not 2 more.”

So if you want to create a tidier bath time, then the bath toy organizer could be the answer to creating a tidier and more organized environment for you and your kid.

To discover more about the Bath-Buddy’s bath toy organizer go to Amazon.com

 

Top 3 Teen Mission Organizations

A mission trip is an amazing journey that exposes first-world luxury and opens the heart to people living in abject poverty or unsafe environments. For a teenager, a mission trip can be the beginning of a lifelong passion to serve and an opportunity for new adventures. For parents, a mission trip might sound scary and overwhelming so detailed research is vital in choosing the mission organization that best serves the population while keeping its volunteers safe. Domestic and international missions vary drastically in scope and regulation; this article offers the best domestic mission organization for teens, the best international mission organization for teens, and the best organization that offers mission trips both within the United States and worldwide.

Domestic

The Christian Appalachian Project (CAP), founded in 1964 and based in Kentucky, serves the residents of the Appalachia Region. Much of their work is focused in Kentucky but they also send teams to help residents in 13 neighboring states. Appalachia is home to some of the nation’s poorest families, in fact 41% are considered living in poverty. The CAP works with families, the elderly, and adults living with disabilities; their goal is to lift people out of poverty by encouraging self-help and teaching life skills. Each summer, the CAP hosts YouthFest mission trips as an alternative to traditional Spring Break trips for high school students. Groups of any size can spend 1-2 weeks building and repairing houses for families in the region who desperately need help. They also offer Short Term mission opportunities for individuals or groups who can commit to a full summer of home building and repair. Teens can also apply for Summer Camp positions to offer encouragement and hope to children living in poverty and gain a more personal insight into the reality of life in Appalachia.

International

Teen Missions sent its first team out in 1971 and hasn’t looked back since. They currently serve more than 110 countries and offer several teen mission trips each year. Teen missionaries can choose which country or region they would like to serve and apply for a position on the team. Tasks vary depending on the location but often include building wells or schools, repairing homes, or helping to cultivate farm land. Obviously an international mission will require more documentation, medical evaluations, vaccinations, and personal volunteer costs but the investment may well be worth the returns. The opportunity to travel the world, meet new people, experience an entirely different culture, and make a positive impact on the world is priceless.

Domestic and International

Adventures In Missions offers prospective missionaries the choice between serving in the United States or internationally. Domestic missions may be urban or rural, an alternative that is appealing to many teens who wish to experience life and make a difference in a setting apart from their own without traveling overseas. Adventures in Missions focuses on relationships and weaving missionaries into the ministries already in place in their destination. Service projects may be a need in some areas but other mission trips may include prayer walks, evangelism, or sports ministry.

Choosing to serve on a missions trip is a commitment that should not be made lightly; teens should be aware of the responsibilities, code of conduct, and time frame they are committing to. Serving with an open heart can be a life-changing experience that will hopefully continue throughout a lifetime.

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Homeschooling a Large Family

Homeschooling a large family certainly poses challenges but teaching a larger group also holds some inherent advantages. Parents should not be intimidated by the idea of homeschool if they have a large family, rather they should embrace the idea of utilizing their children’s strengths to enhance all of their educational experiences.

To set up a classroom that can accommodate a large number of children, parents should start by determining if each child will need desk space or if a communal work table will suffice. There are benefits to each so the decision should be based upon children’s learning style, curriculum, and space available. It is important, however, to ensure that children have a space in which they can comfortably write, draw, or test without too many distractions.

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Limiting distractions is another challenge in homeschooling large families. Some families choose to focus on teaching 1-2 children at a time while the others are engaged in play or other tasks. Other families choose to focus on classroom time with everyone at once so that play and family responsibilities can occur all together. If the age range amongst siblings is large, parents will need to ensure that the younger children are not bothering older children as they are trying to process information, think creatively, or take tests.

However, one of the benefits of homeschooling a large family is allowing older children to assist in the teaching of younger children. Not only can this practice help with organization and time management, but teaching a lesson can help cement the information into a child’s brain or even give them new insights into a concept. A child who idolizes an older sibling may be more receptive to a lesson from that sibling, especially if they have been struggling with the concept or rebelling against the parent.

Younger siblings can also take on the responsibility of helping older siblings by being research assistants, art project models, or listening to presentations or creative writing assignments. Allowing children to work collaboratively, despite age differences, can be a great tool in teaching kids about learning differences and how to operate in the workforce as adults. The age differences can make lesson planning challenging but as parents gain experience, it will become easier. Stacked learning about a single subject can assist in the planning, allowing older children to delve deeper into a topic while younger children are taught the basic concepts.

Time management is of vital importance when homeschooling a large family. Parent teachers need to make the best use of time to make sure everyone gets enough attention. Using regular household responsibilities to enhance learning is not only smart time management for school but also for housework. Alongside learning practical life skills, cooking time can teach numbers and math concept, laundry folding can be time to color sort and compare sizes, and outside playtime can teach biology, chemistry, botany, and earth science.

Time is not the only valuable resource, however. Homeschooling a large family can be expensive but a little bit of practicality and some recycling can go a long way. Paper should never be garbage but can always be used as scrap paper, painting paper, papier mache` material, or turned into origami animals. Milk cartons can be cut into pieces and used to make ornaments, wall decorations, or simply to practice cutting and tracing. Ripped or torn clothing can become puppets, monsters, or materials for mixed media artwork.

Choosing to homeschool a large family is a big commitment but one that can have a huge payoff for children and parents alike.

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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.

 

 

Educational Toys

One of the most important things in life is literacy. In fact, one of the most important things your children will learn to do during their lives is learn to read. Learning to read well at an early age is truly the key for a bright future. Studies show that children who learn to read at an early age are more likely to become successful students throughout their educational careers.

How can you, as a parent, help your children learn to read at an early age? One way is to start reading to your children as early as possible. Another way is to give them learning tools that aid their development and understanding of language. One of these vital tools is educational toys. http://www.toydepotbargains.com/ carry many great educational toys.

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In example would be LeapFrog. They have really established a collection of learning toys and tools that help children at any age learn to speak, read and learn. LeapFrog engages all of the child’s senses to capture their attention and get them interested in the words. LeapFrog even has toys that is a type of pen device that children touch on the pages of a book. When this Tag reader touches the pages, it recites the words on the page, helping children learn the sound of the word while correlating that word to its written form.

This Reading System from LeapFrog works with special Tag reader-enabled book. The Tag reader has a tiny camera on the tip that looks at the images of the words and recites them back to the child. The best part? The amazing technology behind the this, the Pink Tag™ Reading System from LeapFrog allows it to adjust to a child’s level, allowing the child to easily understand what is being read back to them. You won’t have to worry about frustrating your child with Pink Tag™ Reading System from LeapFrog!

The Pink Tag™ Reading System from LeapFrog is interactive for you as a parent as well. You can connect the Pink Tag™ Reading System from LeapFrog to your computer and track your child’s progress through the books and reward their growth by developing a learning path made specifically for them!

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How to Opt Out of Vaccinations in Your State

Parents, physicians, and lawmakers debate on the safety and effectiveness of today’s vaccines. Some vaccination guidelines vary based on the type of vaccine that is required by the state that does not reflect the recommendations of pediatricians and public health entities. Each state has their own laws regarding vaccination requirements and exemptions. Exemptions can be based on three reasons: medical, religious, and philosophical.

All states allow a child exemption from one or more vaccines if they have written medical exemption. A licensed medical or osteopathic doctor can determine if the child is at risk by taking the vaccine, but they must often follow contraindication guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control.

All states except for Mississippi and West Virginia allow a child exemption to vaccination based on sincere religious belief. This exemption is based on the constitutional right to exercise religious beliefs. The state definition of religious belief varies as some states require specific membership and written proof from bonefide religions that prohibit invasive medical procedures.

Many states allow philosophical or conscientious exemptions, however legislation continues to change for this exemption. The efforts of lobbyists for pharmaceuticals, medical trades and public health industries want to eliminate or restrict this type of exemption.

One resource that has complied the state laws and vaccine requirements is the National Vaccine Information Center (http://www.nvic.org). They also keep advocates informed of changes in vaccine policies and legislation. All information on this site is for educational purposes and is not intended to be used for medical or legal advice.

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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 to be an Intentional Parent

The parent is a child’s first teacher. Teachers work with lesson plans to ensure that the child learns what they need to move on to the next level toward a goal, which is graduation. Parents, however, do not have lesson plans. Sure, they have health guidelines, milestones, and millions of parenting how-to books, but is there a goal in mind?

The Intentional Parent Method was developed to help parents teach and train their children with thoughtfulness. It follows the Hebrew definition of “teach” which meant that relationships are built and time is spent on the person. Through observation and interaction, parents are able to pass on “gifts” to their children with a goal in mind. That goal is to raise children with gifts that will benefit them spiritually, physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, and practically.

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Before starting a lifestyle as an intentional parent, it is important to know yourself as a parent. Is God’s purpose in your mind? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Do you have the maturity that will help you improve your relationship with your children and demonstrate the values that you teach as a role model? As a parent, you will seek patience, consistency, and balance, especially when dealing with teens or children with special needs. Asking God for guidance can help the intentional parent give the child what is best and most helpful to them.

What are those gifts?

  • The Bible

  • Enjoyable pastimes

  • Academics

  • Character

  • Home skills

These gifts, which are organized to make the word TEACH, build relationships which encourage the growth of the child as a Christian and a productive adult later in life. They will be creative, strong, and faithful based on the relationships that started with their first teacher: their parent.

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.

Adorable custom t-shirts for the little guys!

In the sea of kids clothing companies comes The Custom Kids made for me, a really cool brand that lets you customize their fun t-shirt designs online.

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At thecustomkids.com you can create super cute custom T-shirts for babies, toddlers and youth. The little guys absolutely love wearing their own personalized t-shirts. The Custom Kids company partners with talented artists across the world to create some really awesome and kid-centric t-shirt designs that are easily customizable on their online site! Some fun customizable designs include skate shop, rock bands, flower shop, cute animals, monsters, badges and much more. The designs are digitally printed on really soft, super comfortable 100% cotton T-shirts at The Custom Kids made for me headquarters in Newport Beach California.

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Their custom t-shirts are great as gifts for birthdays or baby showers, and just because! Be sure to check out & follow the Custom Kid’s twitter page for their latest news and snaps of their t-shirt prints : https://twitter.com/thecustomkids

Create good profile to meet the most beautiful Asian women

Sometimes it is rather difficult for people to meet his or her second half. We are all so different indeed! For some are open-hearted, sociable people, others are more shy, modest and not quite sure in himself or herself. They are uncertain to start speaking, to say nothing about dating.

Dating online is a real way out of this situation!

Perhaps you have already heard something of Asiandate, or even have gained a certain experience of having a pleasant chat with a guy or a sweet girl on the internet.
Many people are convinced that it is a bad idea to meet a decent girl on the web. They think, it is just a stupid thing, that is too far from reality.

But girls are all human beings and sometimes they are eager to chat or to date with a smart guy. There is a great deal of international, as well as local dating websites. You shouldn’t waste your time, but surf the net. I’m sure, you’ll find a dating website to your liking!
To be a real success, you need a smart profile, that is only making the first step to date the most beautiful Asian women.

A good profile gives you more chances to attract attention of a greater number of women. You should be aware of the fact that you won’t necessarily succeed at the first go-off. Just calm down and take your time.
It is no doubt, a marvelous Asian lady, you have been dreaming of so long, will write to you one day!

At first you’ll have much fun hanging on in chats for hours. And some time later you will see her in the flesh. Well, for it comes true, think over each detail of your own profile!

4 Best Dating Sites You Should Try

With theose best dating sites and apps that are being created faster than you can download them. It made it seem like finding the ‘one’ is much easier than before. People who are single and are looking for companions are taking dating advice to join dating sites. For twenty years, Match.com has reigned the online dating world and is still one of the most popular dating sites of today. However, with the huge rise in websites and apps that are designed to help people to meet up online, a lot has changed in the world of online dating.

Nowadays, no matter what your lifestyle and age, one of the best ways you can do to start dating are to simply create a profile in one of the best dating sites online. But, with thousands of new websites and apps available today, it made it difficult for single people to know where to start. Fortunately, I have compiled some of the best dating sites and apps that are available right now.

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1. Tinder

With 50 million active users, this app that has been dubbed as a ‘shagging app’ before quickly changed its profile into one of the most popular and most visited online dating sites. This app is known for its simplicity – users can only swipe left or right to decide whether to decline or accept a date. You will never run out of potential matches with its huge amount of users. It is also free of charge.

2. Inner Circle

If you are a bit picky with your date, this site can be the right one for you. This site describes itself as your way to meet those that are the most attractive and successful singles. It requires you to fill out their job title and education and Facebook links to allow another user of the site to view your inner circle. Bear in mind that before you become a member in this site, the app must approve you first or you have been invited to join.

3. DoingSomething

The dating site allows you to pick a match that is based on your date suggestion. This is to lessen the awkwardness of dating the first time. This is especially good for people who are not into being forced to have an online date. The only drawback of this site is that it is only London focused. Remember that to be able to get to know someone, you will need to have interaction.

4. OKCupid

OKCupid is one of the biggest and best dating sites in the online dating world. There are a lot of people who have had a successful relationship with using this site. In addition to that, those who are new in OKCupid will find that a lot of information about themselves is required to be filled out which makes it easier for people to tell which are after for casual sex and who wants more. The only downside of using this site is that you can receive messages from anyone – even without matching first. This means that your inbox can quickly clog with sleaze messages.

Managing Teens

As kids become teenagers, their personalities tend to change. More often than not, they become rebellious. They’ll speak to you less, offering one word answers whenever possible. It may be annoying but it’s natural so don’t let it bother you. They are simply adjusting to adulthood.

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That doesn’t make things any easier on the parents though. So how does a parent break through the barricades? Here are a few tips for parenting teens:

Give Them A Break
Teens need to be able to figure out their identity and to do so, they need more independence. Take a step back and let them find their way to becoming the adults they wish to become.

Let Them Experiment
Of course if your teen is self-harming or getting into major legal troubles, step in and help them out. But if they’re dying their hair, painting their room dark or leaving clothes all over the floor, it’s not a major deal.

Get To Know Their Friends
You don’t need to be buddy-buddy with them, but knowing who your teens are hanging out with is important. Invite them for dinner and ask them questions. See the vibe they give you and try to find out if they’re good apples or bad seeds.

Plan The Rules And Consequences Early
Typically speaking, you and your spouse need to decide rules and the consequences of breaking them in advance. Be fair but be strong when carrying out discipline. And make sure your significant other backs your decisions, and vice versa.

Talk About Check-ins
Let your teens have later curfews as they show more responsibility, but make sure they remember to call in once in a while to let you know what they’re up to, and where. As they become more responsible, you can scale back how important check-ins are.

Have “The Talk”
Don’t leave it up to school teachers. Sit your teens down and warn them of the risks involved with premarital sex. And while you’re at it, warn them about drugs, alcohol, and any other dangers they may be growing up to face. Don’t lie to them; there’s a fair chance they’ll experiment in some way and find you may have lied to them.

Set Plans For Their Safety
Let them know you are prepared to pick them up at any time if the only other option is riding with a drunk driver. Or send them off with extra money for a taxi, or tell them to call a cab and inform the driver that you will pay when the teen arrives. This helps your teen figure out ways to deal with possibly unsafe situations.

Teenage parenting isn’t exactly easy, to say the least. But being a responsible parent doesn’t need to be difficult.