Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fun Educational Toys For Kids


Fun Educational Toys For Kids

Author: Joyce Barron

Were you aware that The Good Toy Guide recommends Brio Trains as one out of five highly recommended educational toys for preschoolers? According to them a Brio Train is,

"a train with interactive details that encourages children to master small movements and hand eye coordination. Controlling the train and constructing the tracks creates an awareness of cause and effect, early scientific understanding and basic mathematical concepts."

Additional manufacturers as well build spectacular train sets and supplies. They meet these standards and are also looked at as fun educational toys for kids.

Before we go further, though, hold your ear close to your computer, because I am going to whisper to you a secret.... there aren't really educational toys. No sir. Toys are simply props. It is in the actual play that sets exactly how valuable a particular toy can be for the child that has been playing with it.

Toys don't nurture cognitive qualities. What they are able to do is inspire children to build them, and provide a child an outlet to be inventive and enterprising. And that is the thing that makes superbly designed toys and playthings important. A toy that is not high quality makes quite a bit of frustration if the kids cannot freely direct it.

That brings us to the following issue. Mothers and fathers, if you're looking to spend money on a train set and don't plan on having a table for the train set, the train tracks will persistently get moved on the floor and your little ones will probably get frustrated. Soon, they won't play with that train set very often.

In any event, that is exactly the sort of thing that occured to my grandsons. And so I designed and created a wooden durable table for the train (none of this phony wood that doesn't hold up for more than 1 year, and the screws and nails get stripped and damage the wood!).

At this point we ought to move forward and or talk over the train sets.

One of my favorite toy train companies would be Maplewood Landmark. They're recognized for their alphabet and name trains. Your youngster's eyes are going to light up with joyfulness as they see their name train spell their name! They make ideal presents in any season.

Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego, Maplewood Landmark and Maxim Enterprise - Tumble Tree Woods all Manufacture amazing toy trains that are wooden. Pick out the railroad train that is the right price for you.

With Maxim brand train and accessories - Tumble Tree Woods - your child is inspired to be creative...and it isn't overly expensive! Recognition of shapes and colors, puzzle skills, motor skills and inventiveness are some things kids learn.

Maxim's goal is to manufacture learning toys that help a childs manual dexterity, self assurance, and creativity. The toys are substantial and long-lasting, constructed to resist the rigors of Play by your child simply because they are produced out of imported wood.

One desired train set is the 54 Piece Christmas Set from Coca Cola. This wooden wooden toy train that comes in a reminiscent collector's tin is an essential for the accumulators of Coke memorabilia, wooden railroad trains or even just Santa.

Maxim also has inventive matching Maxim wooden destinations and buildings for trains.

Every accessory you add to a train set offers the opportunity to develop your kid's vocabulary and heighten their curiosity and creativity, In addition to a terrific variety of pretend play options to stimulate their imaginative mind.

One of the most popular is Thomas the Tank Engine. Toddlers ages two to three and older enjoy the narratives of Thomas the Tank Engine and his buddies as they are brought to life. Through these adventures, your child will observe meaningful morals about being a good friend, playing fair and working together.

Everyone aboard for the second stop for Thomas along the learning curve express... The wooden train set will bring your kid on Thomas and his Friends adventures, whether they desire the Mountain Overpass train set or Lift and Load Train Set.

Industrious Thomas the Tank Engines and all the Thomas characters indicate how important it is to work together.

You may want to learn about the history of toys. Fun Educational toys for youngsters invite little kids to use their creativity. Children also make friends easier with friends while playing with toys. A toy train table and wooden toy train set furnish a perfect place to get along in a group. These are vital social skills.

No matter what toys your children have, learning with you, their parent, is the most important in your kids' education. Thus, I entreat you to subscribe to my Completely free monthly ezine, The Reading Railroad simply because modern research evidenced that youngsters whose parents prepare them to learn to read are superior readers and more prosperous scholars through their school years!

About the Author:

Joyces train table plans are available here for you to download, it just costs around ten dollars and you can build it in just about 3-hours! There are over 1400 delighted builders. Toy Train Table Plans Store

Online Education Class


Online Education Class

Author: David Doughlas Powell

You may have heard about online classes, but you may not be aware of how popular and pervasive they have become. In the last few years, it seems as though everyone is online learning or researching something. The Internet provides unprecedented access to knowledge and education for people of all ages.

In addition to the over 3 million college students who are taking at least some of their classes online, there are online high schools, online career training schools and courses and continuing education for adults online.

A 2005 survey by the National Center for Education Statistics found that 44% of American adults, almost 93 million people, were pursuing some type of continuing education.

They also note reported that 32% of these adults had participated in some form of distance or online education. This means that almost 30 million adults were involved in learning or taking a class online. Why do people take online continuing education classes?

The NCES survey found that 27% of continuing education students were taking work-related courses or training programs, While 21% were taking courses to pursue personal interests, and 4% were part-time students working on a university degree.

Dr Kenneth Hartman, director of academic affairs for Drexel University Online says "Online learning is the fastest growing area in higher education today. As more and more adults look to higher education to expand their knowledge base for promotional or new career opportunities, they will look to online learning as a convenient and viable way to continue their education."

It is now estimated that the average person will change careers 3-5 times during their lifetime. Online classes and training can allow you to prepare for a career change without quitting your job and going back to school. You can take university or college classes online that will count towards a degree, or career training classes, which generally are not transferable to universities. What kind of personal interest classes are available online?

The second most common reason people take continuing education classes is for personal satisfaction or personal interest. In this area, the choices are tremendous. Have you always been fascinated by ancient Egypt? Would you like to learn about the history of Egypt, study hieroglyphics and archeological discoveries? For only $149, you can take an interactive online course in Egyptology.

Or have you dreamed of tracing your family tree and exploring your family history, if you only knew where to start? You can take a 4-week online genealogy class that explains records searches, tips, chats and more for less than $30.

Or maybe you've always wished you could speak Italian or Spanish. You can take an online class, complete with instant translation features and become proficient in a short time. Courses are available in 7 languages for under $30.

Are there practical or hobby classes available online?

Oh, yes. There are hundreds of choices in the continuing education or noncredit field, and some of them are very practical and helpful. For example, would you like to learn how to prepare your own taxes instead of paying someone to do it? You can take an online course in Tax Preparation for around $50 that will teach you about forms, filing status, income, credits, pensions and more.

If you are over 50 and want to save some money or just refresh your driving skills, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offers an online Driver Safety class for around $20. This could get you a discount on your auto insurance and make you feel more comfortable on the road.

Now that spring is on the way, are you thinking of gardens? Perhaps you live in an apartment or don't have much of a yard. You can still have a beautiful garden in containers. The Horticulture Gardening Institute can teach you which plants to choose and how to care for them in their online class "Art and Science of Container Gardening" for around $70.

A more expensive option is an online class in digital photography. While the beginning class is around $300, it is an 8-week class and includes critiques and instruction from professional photographers. If you would like to learn photography on this level, this could be a great opportunity.

Or, if you are mainly concerned with learning how to use the digital camera you got as a gift, you may want to check out "The Art of Digital Photography" at UniversalClass. This class covers areas such as using the camera, scanning images, printing pictures and choosing cameras, along with basic photography for around $99.

If we haven't mentioned an online class that interests you, check out universal class.com, as they have more than 500 classes available and most of them are reasonably priced. You can choose from areas such as cooking, pet care, fitness, web development and many more. (www.universalclass.com)

So, no matter what your educational level or interests, there will be an online class that will be right for you. Whether you use it to get ahead at work, obtain a college degree or simply make your life better through learning something new, online classes truly offer something for everyone.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Student aid and loan programs

The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people - Claiborne Pell

Education loan is perhaps the most noble loans of all considering that the loan is going to create and grow a student into a responsible future citizen who can contribute to the society in a big way.

American college graduates have earned $1million more than high school graduates during their entire career. This simple statistic is enough to underline the significance of education. What one must not forget, in the brouhaha of course, is that college education is quite an investment in ones future even after considering the huge expenses involved.

Where and How of Education Loan in America

The Federal Government has various student aid and loan programs, to help pay for both undergraduate and graduate education, which it helps get at low rate of interests. Here are some of them.

1.Federal Perkins Loan: This is a low interest loan (5%) and the school is the lender to which you payback. Maximum amount you can draw as an undergraduate is $4000 per year and $6000 per graduate student per year. The total amounts in each case being $20,000 and $40,000 respectively. Barring late charges there are no other charges.

2.William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program: An FSA program for after high school students where Department of Education is the lender. You have 2 programs, Stafford- for students and PLUS- parents. PLUS loans offered through FFEL have banks and private lenders to provide.

3.Consolidation loans: Direct loans can be consolidated for reduced and easy monthly repayment through this loan.

4.All private banks: Banks have countless schemes which are more or less similar to Federal schemes.

How Much Loan Should I Borrow

Here students and parents should sit and plan the amount to be borrowed. You can calculate loan amount in two ways. One: using an online calculator; the other way is compiling it yourself. Compiling the loan amount is not difficult with certain amount of homework. Some tips here.

1.Decide on the course and college. Public colleges charge about 1/4th of private colleges in tuition fees for 4 years degree and half of it for 2 years degree.

2.There is additional Out-of-District State Charges in case of 4 year public colleges which run into about $7000.

3.There are sundry expenses including board, books etc which run into $10,000 in both the cases.

Once you are through with calculation, visit the lender or its website for information on documentation and application.