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How Writing Helps Children

According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, beginning to write at an early age can help improve a child’s overall academic progress in school.  Similar studies have shown that writing helps children learn and retain information by actively engaging with and thinking critically about different topics.  Writing should be encouraged at school and at home.  Constant practice will help build a child’s confidence in his or her writing skills and communication abilities.  This works to improve children’s levels of independence and self-expression.

The sooner a child is introduced to writing the sooner he or she can begin to develop his or her own identity.  This can help a child look more inquisitively at the world as he or she tries to figure out personal opinions and share them with others.  Sharing experiences and opinions can bring children closer together, making them feel more accepted by friends, classmates and teachers as they realize that others have felt emotions similar to their own.

Children love stories and will, most likely, eagerly begin to tell their own once they can express themselves through writing.  From a young age, children can begin to understand the power of stories and narration.  In many ways, children are already living a writer’s life, as writers and children alike are constantly observing the world, pondering its inner-workings, recalling memories and creating entire worlds with their imaginations.  Once they have developed writing skills, children can create their own stories, stories they feel must be told.

Beginning to hone writing skills from an early age is something that will help a child immensely academically and personally as he or she matures.  Writing not only gives children confidence in their communication abilities, allowing them to communicate more frequently and effectively with peers, it also helps them realize how much power is present in being able to articulate one’s feelings.  Increasing communication abilities helps children to better understand each other and the world around them, ultimately allowing them to feel more engaged with the world and comfortable knowing that others can relate to and understand the message they wish to convey.

For more information on why writing is an important skill for children develop visit http://www.educationnation.com/index.cfm?objectid=77F232A0-AF0A-11E0-9ADA000C296BA163.

Android Applications with Educational Benefit

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Technology is everywhere.  With so much convenient technology floating around us at all times, it’s easy to forget that not too long ago television was the country’s number one news source and people actually read print versions of newspapers and books.  Today, things have changed drastically.  Many people have switched from print versions to digital copies.  Regular trips to the library for research are becoming less and less frequent now that the Internet can bring a wealth of knowledge into our homes—knowledge that can be accessed with just a few keystrokes—and more and more people rely on social media for news and information.

Perhaps the most (and least) striking part of this digital revolution is that a huge amount of this readily available information is being accessed on smartphones.  We’ve all done it.  You’re riding the bus, standing on line in a coffee shop, waiting for a friend outside of a movie theatre, and before you know it, you’re pulling that smartphone out of your pocket, composing a tweet, updating your Facebook status, skimming your favorite pop culture website, or reading the headline of the daily newspaper.  Why?  Because you can.  Because this information is conveniently located in the palm of your hand.  Accessible and easy—that’s why technology today is so appealing.

But have you ever thought about using your smartphone for something other than scrolling through your newsfeed or catching up on the latest trends?  Instead, prepare for a trip. Learn a new language.  Learn some new skills or fine-tune the old.  It’s all possible with today’s smartphone technology.  Here are a few Android apps to get you started:

CueBrain

“I’m too busy to learn a second language” will never be an acceptable excuse again.  With a new app called CueBrain you can work on your language skills anywhere, anytime.  You’re commute home just became your new French class!

Celeste

You don’t need to be an astronomer to enjoy the novelty of this next app.  Open Celeste, point your smartphone towards the sky, and the entire solar system becomes visible to you.  See, in 3D, where all the planets are in relation to your point on Earth.  The fun astronomy facts are just an added bonus.

Algebra Tutor

Whether you’re helping your child, younger sibling, friend, or family member out with their homework or just looking to brush up on some of those algebra skills may have forgotten since high school, Algebra Tutor can easily be considered one of the best educational apps on the market.

Patrick Capriola’s Blog – Education Facts in 2013

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According to a Forbes article, there are five prominent education facts from 2013. Here is a glimpse at this five. Rounding out the type five is a fact about the United States dropout rate. Although the rate of decline is slow, it is occurring—regarding the U.S. high school drop out rate of course. The article notes that dropping out of high school can sometimes lead to crime, poverty, and drug abuse. The state with the best graduation rate of high school students was Vermont. Nevada had the worst ranking on the list of U.S. States.

According to the article another important education fact is about financial aid. While financial aid appears to be increasing, there is a caveat: the cost of attending college is still rising as well. A third fact is related to the SAT- the most popular standardized test for students to take in the United States. The state with the most high school students to take the SAT is Delaware. There is a 100% rate of high school graduates in Delaware who took the SAT. A fourth fact is about home school and public school options compared to private school options. Homeschooling and Public School have increased in popularity, whereas there as been a decrease in students enrolling in private schools. Over 52 million students are anticipated to attend public schools by the year, 2021. A final fact about education from the year is regarding No Child Left Behind. There are a number of states who don’t have to follow the requirements of No Child Left Behind. For more information about these education facts please visit the original article at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmarshallcrotty/2014/01/06/the-5-top-education-facts-from-2013/2/

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