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Your First Driving Lesson With A Professional: What To Expect

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The day you have been waiting years for has finally arrived: your first driving lesson with a professional instructor. Even if you’ve logged several hours on the road with your parents or another licensed driver, don’t expect to skip the basics during your first professional lesson. If you’re excited, nervous or just curious about what will happen during your first driving lesson with a professional instructor, here are a few things you can expect: Meeting Your Instructor One of the first experiences you will have during your lesson can also be the most nerve-racking: meeting your instructor. However, don’t be afraid because your instructor has dealt with first-day jitters several times in the past. During this initial meeting, your instructor will ask you for your driving permit. You will need to have your driving permit on hand and show it to your instructor before you are allowed to begin your lesson. Unless your parent or a family member drops you off at the lesson, your instructor will pick you up. Chances are you will be placed in the passenger’s seat at first, especially if you’re in a high-traffic area. Sitting in the passenger’s seat first is a good idea because it will allow you to get familiar with the vehicle and the instructor before you get behind the wheel. The Cockpit Drill Once again, chances are you won’t get behind the wheel right away. Instead, the driver will find an area that is less-congested where you can begin this lesson. You might also head back to the driving academy, where you will be provided with the rules and expectations of your instructor. One of the first and most-critical aspects of driving safety you will be taught by your instructor during that first lesson is known as the cockpit drill. First, the instructor will hop out of the driver’s seat and allow you to sit behind the wheel. Next, the instructor will go through a series of steps that you will be expected to take during your subsequent lessons. During the cockpit drill, the instructor will ask you to ensure the doors are all secure and that everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelt. The instructor will then ask you to get into a comfortable and safe driving position and adjust your mirrors as needed. According to Car and Driver, the Society of Automotive Engineering, or SAE, released a paper that detailed the proper way to adjust a vehicle’s side mirrors. Basically, it’s best to adjust the mirror until you can see the car behind you clearly, rather than the side of the car you’re driving. Don’t worry if you’re not exactly sure how to adjust your mirror. The instructor will help you with this critical step. Hitting the Road After going through the steps of the cockpit drill, the instructor will run through the car’s controls and a few other basic procedures, including how to use the signal lights and how to correctly check your mirrors and blind spot. Don’t be surprised if you are next allowed to start the car and get out on the road. If you don’t feel comfortable quite yet, don’t worry. Your instructor will be with you the entire time. Additionally, your instructor will ask you to remain on side streets, in parking...

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5 Ways To Help Your Child Be Successful At A Private School

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Transitioning from a public school to a private school can be intimidating for some students. However, there are many benefits to private school, including higher academic expectations, greater exposure to the arts, a sense of community, and higher discipline and safety standards. To make sure that your child accesses all of the benefits their private school offers and ease the transition into a new school there are several ways you can support your child.  Hire a Tutor If Necessary  If your child is transitioning to a private school with high academic standards, you may need to hire a tutor to help them catch up. Not only may they need help getting up to the same curriculum level as the other students, but they also may need help organizing their time and developing the study habits that are critical to a rigorous academic atmosphere. If you cannot hire a tutor, you should check with your child’s school to see if they offer peer tutoring. This can not only help your child academically but also help them make their first friend at their new school.  Set Up a Schedule  Most private school students are quite busy. Besides academics, there are also extra curricular activities such as sports, arts, and volunteering. Additionally, if your child’s new school is further away from your home than the public school that they attended, your child may lose valuable time commuting to and from school. To help your child transition to a busier schedule, you may want to make a family schedule. This will help remind your child of what they need to do and will also give you reminders of opportunities that you have to support your child, such as attending games or performances.  Give Your Child the Opportunity to Continue Their Favorite Activities  While most private schools offer many extra curricular activities, there is a chance that they will not offer your child’s favorite extra curricular activity on the level that your child is used to. If this is the case, you should find a way to keep your child enrolled in their favorite activity. For example, you may sign your child up for private dance lessons if their new school does not have a dance team. This helps prevent your child from feeling like private school is a punishment and resenting their transition. However, you should still make sure that their enrollment in extracurricular activities does not detract from their academic experience.  Encourage Them To Get Involved In Their New Community  One of the major benefits of most private schools is a sense of community, and the pride that students take in their school. However, it can be difficult for new students to feel like they are part of the school community if they do not get involved in school events. You should encourage your student to participate in activities outside of school. Joining a club, volunteering with other students, or going on an optional field trip are all ways for your child to get involved in their new community.  Don’t Cut Ties With Old Friends  Although it is important to encourage your child to make friends at their new school, you should not force your child to cut ties with their friends from their public school. You should provide plenty of opportunities...

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Getting The Work Experience You Need: 3 Features To Consider When Applying For An Electrician Apprenticeship

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If you’re looking for a steady career with a decent-paying income, you should highly consider becoming an electrician, as the employment of electricians is expected to grow 14% from 2014 to 2024. This is much more than the expected growth for other industries. The pay is not bad. The median hourly pay for electricians in 2014 was approximately $24.57, and this doesn’t include additional benefit packages that come with the position. To become an electrician, you will first need to get an electrician certification at a trade school and to work alongside a licensed electrician as an apprentice. There are quite a lot of apprenticeships available. When applying to a position, here’s 3 things you should consider. What You’ll Learn Don’t overlook the time that you’re going to work as an apprentice because this is probably when you’re going to get the most hands-on training. You need to look for an apprenticeship program that will offer a minimum of 144 hours of class time and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training each and every year. Generally speaking, most apprenticeships will take 4 years to complete. During your apprenticeship, you will learn how to install outlets, conduits and wiring. You’ll also learn electrical theory, electrical code compliances, safety regulations and also blueprint reading. Depending on whether you are interested in specializing in anything, you’ll want to take a detailed look at what you’ll be learning and how you’ll be working alongside. If you plan on specializing in a certain task or field, you’ll definitely benefit from focusing more time and effort in learning about that area. For example, if you would like to specialize as an outside lineman, you should spend more time installing power lines. On the other hand, if you prefer working indoors, you might want to specialize as a residential wireman, and spend the majority of your apprenticeship installing electrical wiring in homes. How Much You’ll Be Paid Apprentices get paid significantly less than licensed electricians; however, if you are going to be spending the next couple of years as an apprentice, you definitely want to make sure you’re going to be getting paid a decent amount to get by. There is no set pay for apprentice electricians, and different programs and positions offer different wages. As a result, you definitely want to shop around when applying for an apprenticeship in order to make sure you are getting paid a fair wage. The average apprentice earns approximately $13.81 per hour; however, the hourly pay can be as low as $10.05, and as high as $18.59. Do not hesitate to negotiate how much you’re going to get paid, especially since you might not be getting pay raises anytime soon.  Whether You’ll Have a Future at the Company Most companies offering apprenticeship programs are generally willing to offer you a job once you complete the apprenticeship and obtain your electrician certification. If this is the case, you should consider whether you’ll have a future at the company that you are applying for, and whether you’d be interested in working there after you receive your certification. Keep in mind that it’s generally much easier to get a position in the company if you completed your apprenticeship there. This may be partly be due to the fact that you will have ample...

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Save Time And $: Earn Your Medical Office Administration (MOA) Degree

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more healthcare related type jobs will be created in the next decade than any other type. Someone needs to manage all these new positions, right?  If you’re considering switching careers or deciding what skills you need to succeed in the future, you may want to consider earning a degree in medical office administration (MOA). MOA degrees give you the training and certification you need to secure a managerial position in the economy’s fastest growing labor sector.  Here’s a quick guide to help you earn your MOA degree and certification for less time and money:  What do need before you start? To pursue an MOA you need to have a high school diploma or a GED. Additionally, most programs require college-level English and Mathematics credits or a test score that demonstrates your reading, writing, and math proficiency. It is important to note that a career in MOA requires you to apply reading, writing, and mathematics skills on a daily basis. In addition to these skills, students must have proficient typing and computer literacy skills to succeed as a MOA. What do you need to earn your degree? No two schools have the same MOA degree program. Before enrolling in a college it is critical that you understand exactly the courses, tests, and internship programs you will need to pass to earn your degree.To lure students to their MOA programs, some institutions offer alarmingly speedy programs. Although some students might finish an MOA degree in the fastest advertised time, you might take much longer to finish. Because ALL MOA positions require a degree and certification, here’s a rundown of the types of classes, tests, and internships you’ll need to become an MOA. Coursework – Biology, medical terminology, record-keeping, accounting, and insurance policy.  Tests – Certified Medical Administration Assistant Test (CMMA). Never enroll in a school that is not Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) approved. Internship (externship) – to earn your degree and certification, you will need to intern at an off campus medical facility, which is why it’s often referred to as an externship. What do you can you do to save time and money earning your MOA degree? First, make sure MOA is right for you. Few things cost more time or money than a partially completed degree. Before enrolling in an MOA program, you should talk to an MOA. Most credible educational institutions will put you in touch with one of their graduates or discuss the pros and cons of an MOA degree with a faculty member.  Second, look for programs that offer paid externship opportunities. Some degree programs offer unpaid or “tuition-sponsored” externship programs. These latter options mean that you will either be unpaid for the work you do during your internship or you will be forced to pay for the work you do. Third, look for a program that offers CMNA test preparation course and support. Although passing the CMNA test isn’t necessary. Passing the test will earn you a stamp on your degree that will give a competitive and financial advantage over other MOA graduates.  Fourth, look for programs that offer job placement opportunities. Earning your degree, passing your test, and completing your externship programs won’t be very valuable unless you’re able to land an...

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Factors To Consider When Selecting A College For Becoming A Medical Assistant

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There are many colleges out there that offer certification programs to become a medical assistant. However, the programs offered by different colleges are not all the same. While price is an important factor to consider, it isn’t the only factor to focus on when selecting a college. Here are a few of the factors you want to focus on when selecting a college for a medical assistant certification program. If the Credits are Transferable One of the factors you should consider when selecting a college offering a medical assistant certification program is whether your credits or classes are transferable to other colleges or programs. While you may think that you have your life mapped out, unexpected things may occur. You may be forced to move or you may decide you want to pursue a different medical degree. If your credits are not transferable, you can be left in a tough predicament. As such, it is always advised that you figure out what courses are transferable and to what sorts of programs and colleges. The more options you have, the better off you are, just in case something comes up that you were not planning on. Who The Medical Program is Accredited By When you are looking to select a college, it is important that you pay close attention to who the school is accredited by. There are many different organizations that accredit colleges that offer medical certification programs. However, only students that complete certification programs through schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, CAAHEP, and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education School, or ABHES, are eligible to take the certification of medical assistants test, or CMA,  It is important to note that you do not have to take or pass the CMA test in order to work as a medical assistant. However, those who do take and pass the test are able to show their employer that they possess the skills needed to work in the field. As such, many employers look for this certification when hiring medical assistants. Because of this, you may wish to look for colleges that are accredited by the CAAHEP or ABHES if you are serious about working in this field. If the School Offers Placement Programs and What Percentage of Students Are Working in their Desired Field The last factor that you should consider when searching for a school or college that offers a medical assistant program is whether the school offers a placement program and what percentage of students who graduate are working in their desired field. With medical assisting becoming popular, trying to find a job can be competitive at times. If the school offers placement services, they work with employers in the area to get you placed into a job. This can give you a leg up over students who go to a school that does not offer placement services. Additionally, finding out what percentage of students who graduated are working in their desired field will help you determine whether the school is teaching you what you need to know to get a job in the field. Not everyone who graduates will begin to work in the field immediately for a number of reasons. However, if a school’s percentage is low, it may indicate a school...

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How To Teach Your Preschooler About Bullying

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At the tender preschool ages, most children don’t recognize when they are being bullied or when they are bullying others. However, this is a good time for parents to discuss bullying with their children and hopefully prevent lasting, harmful effects. There are 3 easy ways to teach your preschooler about bullying. 1. Discuss Hurtful Behavior Preschoolers are old enough to know that hitting, biting, and name-calling is “bad” and “mean.” And while these behaviors are part of learning and developing (fighting over a toy when learning to share, for example), there is a point where it shifts into bullying. Bullying is repetitive and intentional. A child who has an outburst and steals their neighbor’s fruit snacks because they didn’t get as many isn’t a bully. A child who takes their neighbor’s fruit snacks every day without remorse is demonstrating bullying. Other behaviors of a preschool bully include causing Physical Pain: Pushing, biting, hitting, pinching and tripping are some examples of physical pain caused by a preschooler. And size doesn’t always matter – even small children can win a physical fight against a larger, more docile child. Emotional Pain: Name calling, teasing, spreading rumors, excluding certain children, and taunting cause emotional pain. Verbal abuse and ostracism both make a child feel dejected and lonely. They struggle to develop socially and lose their self-confidence. 2. Read Books Together Your child might understand that this behavior is wrong, but may still indulge in it at preschool or may still be a victim of it. A positive way to introduce bullying is to read books about it together. Go to the library and look for children’s books about bullying. Many authors have written fun stories with familiar characters to demonstrate situations of bullying. Book characters your child might recognize include Llama Llama, Franklin, Berenstain Bears, and Horrible Harry. These stories can help both the bully and the bullied by helping them: Find Positive Solutions: A bully this young needs to realize that they don’t have friends if they hurt others. Most of these books focus on helping the bully become a friend, and this can help your child find positive ways to interact with children their age and stop bullying before it gets out of control. Verbalize How They Feel: A 3- or 4-year old who is being bullied might not be able to verbalize how they feel. Your child may have told you someone is mean, or that they don’t like a certain child, but now they have the words to better express what’s going on. You might learn that your child is being called names that make them uncomfortable or they are scared to go to preschool because they get hurt. If you know specifics on what is happening, you can be more productive in your approach to change it. 3. Explain Ways to Cope Despite the often short attention span of preschoolers, they are learning and observing so much in the world around them. You can explain ways to cope with being bullied or the desire to bully. If you take an optimistic approach about it, your child will feel more confident about it, as well. Some coping mechanisms to consider include: For the Bully: Ask your child to help you identify when you are being negative. This will help...

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5 Ways To Make Your Preschooler’s Daycare Experience A Success

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As a concerned parent, you want your child to reap the benefits of daycare and make the most from this monumental time in his or her life. Assuming you have already enrolled your child in daycare, what can you do to ensure the experience is a positive one? There are several ways to help your child – and his or her daycare provider – in the process. Here’s what you should do: 1. Provide a Practical, “Feel Good” Wardrobe While you may be inclined to overlook this important detail, what your child wears to daycare may make a significant impact on his or her adjustment and success. Because your child will be spending several hours a day at daycare, comfort is imperative. Your child’s clothes need to be provide durability for playtime, yet be flexible and made with materials that “breathe.” You’ll want to check with the daycare to learn if there is a particular dress code to adhere to. After this detail is out of the way, consider clothing that will allow your child the mobility he or she needs. Also, jackets, sweaters and coats should be easily removed, without complicated closures. Don’t choose overalls, as these may be difficult to manipulate for your little one when using the bathroom. Comfy, pull on pants are a good idea for toddlers, and older children should wear clothes that fasten easily. Of course, you’ll want to dress your child according to the weather. If it’s a hot day, cotton shorts and a T-shirt should be ideal, and don’t forget the sunscreen if your child will be playing outdoors. Conversely, if it’s a cool day, a sweatshirt and sweatpants should keep your child warm. Another rule to remember is to avoid unnecessary accessories such as ribbons, hairpins and headbands. Any of these may become easily lost as your child becomes active and involved in activities. In addition, pack and extra outfit, including extra socks and shoes. This way, if your toddler’s clothes become wet or soiled, he or she will have clean clothes to change into. 2. Prepare Your Child for the Experience If this is a new experience for your child, talk to him or her about what to expect. Rather than explaining in detail, you might want to read a book to him. Check your local library for a story-time reading book designed for your child’s age. Read the book aloud and answer any questions your child might have. 3. Establish a Pre-Daycare Routine What does this actually mean? Simply put, before you drop your child off at the daycare center, stick to a daily routine that helps your child adjust to the transition. This might be reciting your child’s favorite poem, saying so-long to a pet, or a routine hug and kiss from Mom and Dad. Structure and routine is important for a child. Whatever it is that provides comfort, be sure to do the same thing each day. 4. Arrange a Play Date With a Daycare Classmate (or Two) Once your child begins to settle into the daycare routine, consider arranging a play date for your child with one or two others in the class. It might be a day in the park, a fun trip to the zoo or even a simple play date at your...

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Tips For Surviving Your First Semester In Nursing School

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Whether you’ve dreamed about being a caregiver since you were a small child or are ready to take on a new challenge later in life, the decision to enroll in nursing school is a huge commitment. For many new nursing students, the first semester can be very stressful, and if you’re not careful, you could wind up getting in over your head. Here are a few simple tips that will help you get through that challenging and rewarding first semester of nursing school: Keep Your Expectations in Check You were a rock star all throughout high school and even aced your first few non-nursing general requirements. However, now that you’re concentrating on the nursing curriculum, it is time to keep your expectations in check. During the first few days and weeks of your nursing school career, your instructors will bombard you with a massive amount of information. You will be expected to read from several textbooks, sit through endless lectures and actually retain all of this information. Don’t worry if you are a solid B student – even if you’re accustomed to getting straight A’s. Instead, strive to be a great learner rather than a perfect student. It’s Never Too Early To Start Studying for the NCLEX Even though it is your first semester, it is not too early to begin preparing for the National Council Licensure Exam, or NCLEX. This is the exam you will take at the end of your nursing school career, and it will be one of the most difficult tests of your life. Although the NCLEX is months away, it is important to begin preparing for it during your first semester. Not only will reading study guides and taking practice tests help you prepare for the NCLEX, they will also help you master the critical thinking skills you will need to excel in your classes. Additionally, preparing early for the NCLEX will also help you remember there is an end in sight. According to Nurse Together, remembering that there is a rewarding job waiting for you is one of the best strategies any nursing student can employ. Don’t Shy Away From Clinical Tasks Many novice nursing students struggle with one of the biggest aspects of their education: clinicals. “Clinicals” refer to the hands-on tasks that you will need to perform once you are a full-fledged nurse. In addition to drawing blood, taking vitals and starting Foley catheters, you will also need to learn how to admit patients, communicate with your fellow health professionals and do endless amounts of paperwork. The clinicals are often the most challenging parts of your nursing school career, which is why, instead of avoiding them, you need to jump in head first. Begin by getting to know your instructor. Let them know you’re eager to learn and are seeking extra opportunities. When you’re not in school, practice the non-invasive skills you will need to perfect. For example, ask one of your family members to be a patient. Go through the admitting process, take their vitals and discharge them. While you’re in class, don’t be afraid to step up and show your instructor what you have learned. Conversely, don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially with the more invasive aspects of nursing. It can take months to learn how to take blood...

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Two Specialties To Consider At Your Local Aviation College

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If you have a fascination with planes, helicopters, or jets, then it may be in your best interest to study at an aviation school and receive your pilot’s license. If you do not want to pilot a plane specifically, then you can still work in the aviation industry under a different specialty. Keep reading to learn a little bit about a few of these specialties.  Aviation Computer Science The aviation industry needs a great deal of support from individuals outside of the cockpit to ensure that flights are as safe as possible. Many of the support jobs fall under the aviation science category. Studies in aviation science will involve the learning about the communication systems, navigation controls, FAA regulations, and the general operations of airplanes and airports. If you have a special ability to comprehend physics, electronics, and computer programs, then a support position as a computer scientist may be right for you. Programming is required to assist with the creation and support of computer programs that help to run the radar, on-board avionics, and auto-pilot systems. While you may not directly be involved with the creation of these programs, you will be able to assist with the flight plan creation as well as the setting of safety procedures or alerts. Also, you may be asked to create add-on programs to assist pilots and flight attendants with the tasks they complete during flights.  During your schooling, you are likely to learn a wide variety of programming languages that include Java, C, C++, and Ada. There is currently no set programming language that all airlines use, so understanding a wide variety is a must to excel in avionics. This is not only essential to programming, but to offer quick assistance with in-flight support if there is a need.  Aviation Meteorology If traditional science is more of an interest to you, then you may want to think about studying aviation meteorology. Meteorology is an atmospheric science that deals with the observation and understanding of the weather. While most meteorologists study weather as a whole and things like climate change, weather forecasting, air quality, and modeling, aviation meteorology will deal with wind and weather and how it affects aviation. This means that your studies will not only include meteorology, but how things like wind, snow, rain, and ice affect an airplane at different speeds and altitudes. Recognizing dangerous situations and how to quickly change speeds, altitudes, and flight plans will all be things that you may need to do as an aviation meteorologist. In many cases, you will likely be part of air traffic management or air traffic control within an airport if you study aviation meteorology. If you do not want to work directly for an airport, you can also look for a career with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This organization, along with the World Meteorological Association, helps to set the standards and regulations for air travel. These standards are constantly changing as technology advances and the climates across the world change. While aviation meteorology is considered a very specialized science, it is extremely important in making sure that airplanes, pilots, airplane support staff, and passengers remain safe when in the air and when they also land and take off.  If you are interested in airports, airplanes, or even the weather that may affect airplane travel, then you should think about a career in avionics....

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Experiencing The Four Seasons At A Montessori School

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Instead of working with a set curriculum, Montessori schools often implement real elements and activities that children are experiencing.These educational elements are often rooted in nature. As each season passes, you can expect math, geography, and critical thinking projects to involve the corresponding seasons. Browse through each of the four seasons below and see how they can apply to your child if they attend a Montessori school. Autumn Montessori Learning The fall season is a great time to experience colors, changes, and wildlife. The actual activities at your local Montessori school depends on how autumn changes occur. Leaf Activities: Leaf printing, color observations, and counting are all implemented as the trees change and leaves fall to the ground. Seasonal Fruits: Children learn about the educational value of fruits like apples. This includes apple recipes like applesauce. Apple slices can also be used for math activities. Seeds can be planted for a lesson in gardening. Vegetables like pumpkin and squash may also be involved with this learning. Halloween Activities: A Halloween celebration brings the opportunity for a number of learning experiences. This includes proper Halloween manners while trick or treating, storytelling and creative brainstorming, or healthy Halloween candy alternatives. Thanksgiving Activities: Thanksgiving gives students a chance to open up, develop their feelings, and learn proper ways to express them. This specifically includes gratitude and appreciation. Additional activities for the holiday includes table setting and eating etiquette. Winter Montessori Learning The winter months are good times to learn geography, weather, and a number of writing and math activities. A lot of holidays are often included in these learning experiences too. Indoor Snow: Wooden trays with salt placed in them can turn into a small tray of “snow”. Children can draw letters in the snow, perform math, or get creative with a variety of images they create. Snowman Activities: Art learning often involves snowmen, expanding creative boundaries, and using the different sections of a snowman to develop math skills. Winter Sensory: Children experience the different textures and scents of winters. A sensory bin often includes winter accessories like gloves, cinnamon sticks, mints, and other materials associated with the season. Winter Holiday Activities: All types of winter holidays are explored as children experience traditions from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and other holidays from around the world. Spring Montessori Learning The spring is a great time to expand learning to the outdoors. Many activities revolve around the growth and reemergence of plants and animals. Gardening: Focus is placed on gardening. This includes flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The specific plants will depend on the best for growing in your local area. While gardening, children will learn planting basics, along with math and critical thinking. Animal Exploration: Students can learn about the care of farm animals, observe wild animals, and get educated on proper animal safety. Classroom pets are often a large part of this learning. Children learn proper feeding, watering, and handling of the creatures. Earth Day: The education of Earth Day expands to a lot more than just a single day. The children learn about recycling, reusing, and ways to implement these steps everyday at home and school. Proper cleaning and trash pickup is also explored through Earth Day activities. Birds: Bird watching, learning, and exploration is a big focus for many Montessori schools. Children...

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