Get Your Child Ready For The Science Fair – Do Regular Science Projects

Every parent is anxious to make sure that their child is able to get ahead in life. Parents want what is best for their children and most parents believe that a good education is what will prepare their child for the future. A good education starts at a very young age. Children are able to retain a great deal of information and can ask some of the most inquisitive types of questions. You can foster and encourage your child to continue learning outside of school and really seek to find answers to questions inside school. Doing regular science projects is a proven way to acclimate your child to the learning process. If you can get your child used to thinking analytically and scientifically, when the science fair rounds around just imagine how much more prepared and excited your little one will be. After all, science should be fun and even magical. Keep in mind science involves more than just chemistry and physics, it also includes reading, math, English, history, and more! Make sure that you are doing all that you can to prepare your kids not only for the next science fair, but also for the next chapters in their life.

Encourage the answering and asking of questions.

Doing regular science projects encourages children to get into the habit of looking inquisitively at the world around them. Children learn through asking questions. As parents you have a great responsibility not only to pay close attention to the questions that your children ask, but also to strive to help them find the answers that they are looking for.

The benefits of doing science projects at home with your kids.

Doing science projects at home with your kids has many benefits, some of which are more obvious than others. Of course, by doing science projects at home with your kids, your kids will develop a greater understanding of the scientific process and what is involved in creating an experiment. But doing projects at home can strengthen family relations and provide a child with a safe environment away from the potential dangers outside of the home.

Finding science in everything you do.

Children have an easier time understanding principals if they can find a personal application. By doing regular science projects as a result of questions that children ask about the world around them is an excellent way to teach that science actually applies to how we all live our lives. From discovering how the toaster words to wondering how all the stars stay in the sky, there are limitless possibilities of how you can use the ordinary to teach something extraordinary.

Many parents are excited about teaching their children scientific concepts at home but feel like they lack the creativity and know how. Do not be discouraged. Many organizations have online offers for dozens of science project ideas as well as step-by-step instructions. The science projects that you will find have been developed by educators. You can choose the age and difficulty …

The Missing Ink – Phillip Hensher (How Reading Has Made Us Who We Are)

Phillip Hensher’s highly readable book, The Missing Ink, contrives to inspire a revival of handwriting. His is an eloquent account and a journey through a vanishing world which with technology may be poised to disappear forever.

What spurred Hensher to write his book was a realisation that he had no idea what the handwriting of a friend, he had known for over a decade, looked like. Though the friend had emailed Hensher and sent him text messages, he had never sent a letter written by hand. Life continues like this and relationships can go forever with people hardly noticing that there was no need for handwriting anymore. He points out that handwriting has stopped being an

essential intermediary between people.

Will some part of our humanity, Hensher asks, be lost apart from the habit of writing with a pen on paper? With shimmering prose, Hensher delves into the history of handwriting-the pioneers who were handwriting teachers. He looks at the different styles. He looks at what handwriting has meant to humanity. He cites eccentric conclusions about personality, illness, psychosis, and even suitability for employment which students of the pseudo-science of graphology have drawn from the close scrutiny of handwriting.

He muses about his early life at school learning handwriting, the graduation to the adult joined-up style, the callus on his right hand where the pen used to rest, and the school boy penchant to use the pen as a missile. He remembers the spilling of ink onto the shirt, and his constant crunching of the pen until there were indelible tooth marks.

Hensher repeatedly asks if we should care that handwriting is vanishing since the internet and its keyboard has replaced everything. After all bad handwriting has cost businesses and governments a fortune. Millions of letters could not be delivered because of bad handwriting. In the 1994 Kodak said that ‘400 000 rolls of film could not be returned because names and addresses were unreadable’

So in the age of computer terminals, who cares if handwriting disappears? Hensher wittily lists a few reasons that drive the decline in handwriting skills. With the dawn of the digital age the curriculum in many western countries increasingly gives little time to the teaching of handwriting. Fewer than half British primary schools set aside time to teach handwriting.

Some teachers are beginning to see teaching writing as a chore rather than developing a skill. Some education departments encourage ‘only proficiency with the keyboard.’ Some authorities have even recommended that children only be taught how to sign their names, and that the time previously given to teaching handwriting be dedicated to learning keyboarding and typing.

Hensher cogently argues for the preservation of handwriting. Far from it being an expression of education or class or involving us in some way with the written word, he conveys superbly the role it still has to play in our lives. He cites research that shows that improvement in writing skills not only forms the building

blocks for written language …

The Sky Is the Limit – The Top 5 Career Paths for a Business Analyst

#1 Business Analysis practice is my passion; let me be a Career Business Analyst

The nature of this profession allows for a career path in simply becoming a professional BA. This is because the profession consists of a set of skills which are highly specialised in itself and can be applied to any industry and to any knowledge area successfully. This transition between industries becomes more seamless as you gain more and more experience as an analyst. The sky really is the limit with the endless possibilities of being challenged. This is what often attracts BA’s to becoming highly skilled in delivering a skill set within more challenging knowledge areas or industries. The other key dimension of the job is that it allows for activities at various levels of the organization to be practiced – from the enterprise level analysis right through to defining detailed system requirements. This career path suits Business Analysts who love the rush of the project environment and the need for solving more and more complex business problems.

#2 I love managing people, let me be a Business Analysis Manager

The BA Practice Manager is a great option for an analyst who loves managing people and who would like to provide leadership to teams. This is the ultimate team based role and has further potential to climb up top the traditional corporate ladder. If corporate hierarchical levels are what you are after, then focus on achieving this role! The Business Analyst who really enjoys a varied role with resource planning, managing people with line management activities will flourish as a Business Analysis Practice Manager.

#3 I love talking to people, let me be a Relationship Manager

In its simplest form this role is all about talking to, understanding, persuading and negotiating with people. One of the foundation behavioral competencies of a Business Analyst is the ability to build strong stakeholder relationships throughout their roles within the System Development Life Cycle. This makes Relationship Manager the perfect career path for a Business Analyst who wants to branch out into another specialism within the corporate world and progress and develop their careers to the next level. If communication and relationship building is your passion, then focus your career path in this direction.

#4 A popular career path, I want to be a Project Manager

Now this path is a popular one for Business Analysts to aim for because it is familiar to them and they often have a working example in the form of a Project Manager to learn from on a daily basis. It is however worth noting that the Project Manager’s role requires a whole different set of skills and the focus is completely different from that of Business Analysis. However, it certainly is a good career to aim for if you would like to change direction and skills completely then start managing budgets, timeframes and stakeholder expectations instead. This can be a very fulfilling and highly rewarding career path to follow and is certainly a …