Advantages of Education Games Used in a Home School Environment

The operations manual for the most important piece of equipment imaginable – the brain. There are resources and materials which can assist a child to access and apply their brains’ immense powers. Parents can learn with their to assemble and paint their own planetarium model, highlight it to create the glow effect and charge it with any light source. Can you navigate a ball through a mind-bending obstacle course as quickly as you can? LET A CHILD SHOW YOU HOW!

*Teachers and Parents can easily access the Sentence Building and Farmyard Dominoes that teach spelling and counting. Cubes printed with numbers are an interactive and visual way to get to grips with mathematics. This hands-on manipulative kit can be used to teach a range of maths concepts to all ages. The Pizza Fraction Action Snap is a fantastic learning tool where teachers and parents can guide youngsters to experience learning with little formal teaching. These resources are invaluable as they are designed to encourage natural interaction, which gives the child a feeling of great satisfaction.

*Learning Physics with children can be quite exciting: The Sphere is an expanding and contracting ball. It cleverly combines mathematics and geometry to create a surprising motion that fascinates children and adults alike. Can you imagine how a toy such as this could lead to an interest in physics at University level?

*The British Isles jigsaw will test the memory of parents and teachers and enhance the visual and physical skills of young learners. Geography has never been easier. This jigsaw is multifaceted. Youngsters in a short time learn to connect shapes which are linked to counties, towns, rivers and other physical aspects of the United Kingdom. This style of learning lays down strong cognitive schemas which enlarges children’s memory processes.

All the resources are easily accessible, very inexpensive and dispatched to reach the recipient within 24 hours. All the material is accessible for all children at all levels of learning from toddlers pre-school, through kindergarten, 3, 5 and 6 year olds, up to high school. Even parents will enjoy the vast array of educational toys and games that are available for their children.

Colleges Offering Online Degrees

With an online education, you don’t have to have any major commitment. That’s the best thing about it. You will be able to learn new languages, sharpen your business skills, continue to take classes of the degree that might be required for the promotion in your position and you can also build new skills such as photography and Web designs. You can have these things from the comfort of your own home. There are many colleges offering online degrees, like Devry University and American Intercontinental University.

Colleges offering online degrees also offer an associate degree course. Associate degrees that may take 2 years is the fastest track you can take for you to work in any company. Associate Degree courses will prepare you for any entry-level positions that is available in design, business, healthcare and many more. If you want to advance your career, you can take a bachelor’s degree and transfer the credits you have accumulated in your Associate degree course. Devry University, Kaplan University, and American Intercontinental University also offer associate degree courses in Business, Nursing, Design, and Arts.

The standard requirement for a professional career is to earn a Bachelor’s degree. They normally last for four years and provide you with better communication skills and critical thinking that is needed in career trainings. You can study online where time is flexible if you can’t afford to get off work for four years. There are colleges offering bachelor degree such as Ashford University and University of Maryland. These colleges offer online degree courses in business, healthcare, Engineering, education and many more.

Upgrade your career by taking and online degree option. You should earn a Bachelor’s degree before you can take a master’s degree. They generally last for two years. During the two years, they will give you general knowledge for you to develop your specialized skill in education, medicine technology or business. You can earn more income if you have your masters. The colleges offering online master’s degree are Jones International University, Devry University, and Colorado Tech.

Some schools offering online degrees also offer online doctorate degrees to the college students that have earned their masters. If you are indeed very dedicated to the field you chose and want to prepare to take leadership roles, set policy and perform intensive research for the industry to improve, you should take an online doctorate degree. Colleges offering online doctorates are Walden University, Phoenix and Capella University.

Essential Tips for Teaching Toddlers

One of the most fascinating things about being in the life of a child is experiencing how they change and grow through the years. Babies can learn things much faster than adults and nothing is more rewarding than being apart of their educational world. Teaching toddlers does not need to be limited to teaching them how to talk, walk and eat with a spoon. You can start teaching them things like names of animals, colors, numbers and shapes. With the following essential tips, you can teach the toddler in your life almost anything.

The most important thing when it comes to teaching toddlers is repetition, repetition, repetition! I have found that using flash cards daily allows me to teach toddlers simple words. Even if the toddler in your life is not able to form words themselves, they can still recognize pictures and associate the names of the objects with those pictures in addition to the real objects. But, remember, toddlers have a limited attention span. Don’t try to do too much at one time. Look for the clues that the child is done and don’t push to continue. Their attention span will grow with their age.

In addition to using flash cards, you can use props as well. I love to use puppets to teach children the names of animals and the sounds that they make. Try to purchase puppets that have a complete body rather than just a sleeve at the bottom. When you use puppets of animals that look very similar to the actual animal, you can talk to your toddler about the different body parts of the animal as well. Remember to use your props to entertain the child as well. Let your puppets hug the kids, etc.

Another tip for teaching toddlers is to make everything a game. There are tons of activities and games that are created and devoted to teaching young children concepts like shapes and colors. Think about what your toddler is interested in and use this to drive their education. Maybe your toddler is very active. A simple activity is to place a hula hoop on the floor and have them jump in the circle. The key here is to repeat over and over again it is a circle and that they are jumping. Say things like “Let’s jump in the circle” and “Jump, jump, jump”. Plus, give them lots of praise! Tell your toddler what a good job they are doing by jumping in the circle and ask them if they can jump more when they stop.

Remember that toddlers often act without thinking and have strong emotions and mood swings. As fast as they can get upset, they can forget their frustration by focusing on something else that will grab their attention. When you use repetition and games to teach your toddler simple concepts, they will develop a love for learning which will stay with them well into their school days.

How to Organize Your Home School

So you homeschool – that is great! Homeschooling is wonderful, we have been enjoying it ourselves for a number of years and we love it. The big question – I have all this great stuff – where do I put it? How do I organize the papers, and pencils and pens and those little tiny bears and don’t even get me started on the books, oh my the books. I have the stuff, now I need to know how to organize it all.

First – take a deep breathe and know that you are not alone, either in your homeschooling journey or in your quest to manage the madness and learn how to organize.

The Steps to Organization (a.k.a. How to Organize) are fairly straight forward. Imagine you are putting together a puzzle. What do you do first? (Well, first you open the box, but I am figuring we got past that part.) So what do you second? Depending on the kind of person you are, you start by sorting the pieces. The pieces with the straight edges go into one pile and the pieces without the straight edges go back into the bottom of the box. So our first step in learning how to organize is:

HOW TO ORGANIZE STEP 1 — SORTING (woo hoo, yeah, think trumpets and fanfare — this is exciting, we know where to start learning how to organize)

After you are done sorting your pieces, we move on to step two. (I know, I know – I didn’t tell you how to sort or what to sort or how to organize anything yet – that comes later in the article. Just hang in there.)
So what is the next thing that you do when building a puzzle? Do we sort it out and then just walk away? Do we put all the middle pieces (i.e. pieces without the straight edge) together first? No, first we build a border for our pieces. So step two is:

HOW TO ORGANIZE STEP 2 — BUILDING A BORDER (more fanfare, sounds of cheering)

The border is now built, but we are not done yet. If you left the puzzle with just a border you never get to enjoy the beauty of it. The same goes for learning how to organize. Building a border is great, but now you have to use it. How do you use a border? I am glad that you asked (OK, I am glad that I asked, but if you were here I am sure you would have asked.) We use a puzzle border to give us information about the puzzle. The border tells us how big the final product will be. It helps us to determine where the interior pieces should go and it also lets us see a light at the end of the tunnel. (I went from puzzles to trains, and soon I will go back again. It’s a mixed metaphor, but I digress.) So step three of how to organize is:


This makes sense when you are thinking about a puzzle, after all you have this pile of non-straight-edge pieces just sitting there and waiting. How does this work with organizing? Do you recall way back in how to organize – step one where we were sorting? Those are our missing pieces, so filling in the pieces means that you are now putting stuff away. (Yes, another light at the end of the tunnel) So that’s it we are done, right? After all, we sorted the pieces, we built the border, we filled in the pieces, our puzzle is done. Right? Wrong! Sorry, but there is one more step before you are organized. (Actually, I am not sorry, but it sounds nicer to say it that way rather than – tough luck bucko, quit being a whiner.) So then what is the last step? Take a minute and think about it – when you are done with a puzzle what do you do? Do you leave it where you built it? Do you take it all apart so you can do it again another time? Do you smear goo on it so that is will become a work of art for you to hang on the wall? For the purposes of our analogy (i.e. comparing building a puzzle with learning how to organize) We are going to so no, no, yes. No, we don’t just leave it where it is – that just adds to the clutter. No, we don’t take it apart (What? Are you crazy? We just did all this work getting organized, for goodness sake, don’t take it apart.) Yes, we smear goo on it so it is a work of art. Now, before you go get actual goo and really make a mess of things remember – this is an analogy. The goo is basically the stuff that holds the puzzle together and keeps it looking nice. That is what we need – we want our newly organized area to look nice. So the final step is:

HOW TO ORGANIZE STEP 4 — THE FINAL STEP – KEEP IT ORGANIZED (I forgot the fanfare for step three so let’s just add it in here – fanfare, fireworks and a laser light show, and a skywriter writing out “you just learned the basic steps of how to organize”.)

Now that we have climbed the “Steps of Organization” (aka how to organize) together, let’s look at an example.

Note: if you have only short periods of time to work on your organizing project then still work your way through the steps, however organize in small sections. For example, organize the floor first, then organize shelves (one at a time), etc.)

Step 1: Sorting

This is the hard part, but if you want to learn how to organize and stay organized, it really is necessary. Let’s head off to your homeschool room / area / closet and bring some boxes with you. Begin by labeling your boxes in the following way – trash, donate / sell, doesn’t belong in this area – depending on the amount of stuff that you have you may need multiple boxes. Once you have gone through your initial sort, take the trash away, and move the donate / sell boxes to another place (preferably out of your house). Now we get down to the nitty gritty of learning how to organize – in the next step we will start building our border so that we are able to put things back in an organized way. Keep a box or two around so that any items you decide you no longer need can be placed in the box. If you have a lot of items you no longer need, consider selling them at a local convention or online homeschool books site.

If you are limited on space in your school area, take a look around your home to see if you have storage spaces anywhere. To keep the number of school items to a minimum you can choose to keep out only what you will be using immediately (within the week, month, semester or year). For the items you are storing organize them on a shelf (if possible) or in labeled boxes. Label your boxes with the contents so when you need to retrieve items they will be easier to find. An idea for how to organize the storage boxes are to label them with the approximate year (i.e. first grade, middle school, etc), the subject (math, science) and the date of when you put the box into storage. If you find that you have one or more boxes that you do not use for a while, consider if you need to keep the items in the box, or if you can sell or donate the items.

Step 2: Building a Border

Since I have yet to see two homeschool rooms that look alike I am going to go over some of the basics of how to organize your homeschool items, from there, you should have a pretty good handle on things and can continue on. If not, send me an email through our contact us page and let me know your question on how to organize your homeschool (or any other area) and I will try to be of some assistance.


Living books, textbooks, workbooks, lab books, notebooks, chapter books, first reader books, picture books, puzzle books, teacher books, student books, books about homeschooling, books, books, books – if you homeschool, you have books. The question is how to organize all of those books?

One option, depending on space, is a bookshelf. We have used kit built shelves as well as have custom bookshelves built into a closet by using shelf brackets and wood from our local hardware store. Homemade shelves are fairly simple to make and if you don’t have the equipment to cut the wood at home, most hardware stores will cut pieces for you (for a small fee), just make sure you measure before you go. (Measure twice, cut once – otherwise it is measure once, cut once, buy some more…)

If you want other shelf organizer options, you can look at the cubbyhole shelf options, or a wall mounted book shelf. There are a number of options available so take your time and look around to determine the best idea on how to organize your books. (after all, you have to live with it, I don’t)


Supplies tend to multiply, you start with a few pens, then they somehow grow into dozens of pens. Deciding how to organize these supplies will vary from homeschool to homeschool. Below you will find a variety of drawer suggestions and other ways to organize various supplies. Use these items as a spring board to style your own border. Be sure to read through step 3 for information on using a label maker to help you learn how to organize your bins, boxes, and drawers in an easy to use way.

Wide drawers will organize paper, pens, even workbooks. I discovered these drawers when I was trying to decide how to organize lab supplies. One of my drawers is for live experiments, this doesn’t mean that I keep frogs or bugs in there, instead I use it for organizing food for fish and frogs, seeds for plants and other supplies. Another drawer is our Explorer Gear drawer, that one contains binoculars, small nets, a small bug habitat as well as other supplies. Wide drawers are can be found in the plastic storage section or the craft section. These are generally 12 x 12 so they are great for books and papers.

Mini drawers are great for organizing pens, pencils, paper clips, rubber bands and all of those little office supplies. When looking at drawers be sure to check the information on the drawer sizes before buying online. For example, on some websites the mini drawers look larger than the wide drawers, this is however, not the case in real life. Check your space allotment by measuring, then find drawers that will fit. (Great homeschool project – make the kids measure then figure out the area of the space and which drawers will fit best)

Shoe boxes may not seem to have a space in your homeschool space, but they are wonderful for organizing. When you want to discover how to organize math manipulatives, various games and science equipment think shoe boxes. Items can be easily organized and as the boxes have lids they can also be stacked. When looking for storage boxes, be sure to look for clear boxes for ease of identification of the items within, if you constantly have to take the tops off of boxes to find out what is in the box you will soon give up on your organizational system. You also want boxes that have lids. While having baskets may look prettier, they do not stack and if something is taken off of the shelf incorrectly it make a big mess. Another reason to have boxes with lids is that you are learning how to organize, and it is very easy in the beginning of the learn how to organize process to fall back into old habits. A box without a lid becomes a dumping ground for little things.

A decorative way to organize includes the use of baskets (I know I just said don’t use baskets, but after you have learned how to organize, you can begin to look at other options, like baskets. Just be sure they are used for very specific things. We have three baskets under a long table by the front door, these are our library baskets. Only library books and the check out slips are placed in the baskets. You can also utilize door space, by using something like a 15-Pocket Over Door Organizer or a file folder holder. We have also used the Kids’ Toy Organizer and Storage Bin, but not in the schoolroom. It started in the schoolroom, but then I have found this doesn’t work as well since there are no lids. In the kids rooms, toy organizers work fairly well to keep toys organized, but it all depends on the ages of your kids and the variety of your supplies. Teaching your kids how to organize their own things now will save you time later.

Step 3: Filling in the Pieces

Now is when you start putting things back. An item that I have found to be a great organizing tool is a label maker. Some examples of label makers are the DYMO Personal Label Maker or the Brother P-touch Electronic Labeling System. You can even use printable Avery Mailing Labels. The whole point is you need a way to label. What are you going to label? The short answer is: everything. All of the boxes, drawers, and pockets should get a label. This way if you find an empty box, you know what was supposed to be in it. Also, when you look into your storage area you can see at a glance what you have. Where else can you use these labels? 3 Ring Binders! If you want to know how to organize multiple binders in the same space (I usually buy them as a multi-pack so they all look alike) without getting having to open each binder to determine its content, put a label on the spine and eliminate this issue.

Step 4: The Final Step – How to Organize to that You Can Stay Organized

Once you have learned how to organize you need to learn how to keep it organized. A simple organizational system will make it easier for you to keep organized. One of the ways I do this is by labeling my boxes on both ends, that way when the kids put them back onto the shelf (see – teaching kids how to organize) backwards it doesn’t matter, because the boxes are labeled on both ends. Another way I keep organized is by having a Mommy section and a kids section. In the kids section there are the items that the kids can use and learn with on their own, in the mommy section are the things that I think they need help with. This will vary based on the age of your kids. Remember unless you live alone (and if you homeschool then you don’t live alone) you are not the only one who needs to know how to organize. If everyone knows how to organize then your life will be a lot easier.

The bottom line – have fun turning your school area into an organized place to be, that way you will all enjoy spending time there. Organizing doesn’t have to be hard – take time to look through your things. Keep what you want, get rid of what you don’t and organize what is left so that you can find everything when you need to.

New Generation Deserves Free Education to Save Planet

If one considers all of the problems facing the environment and society in general, he or she knows that qualified, educated individuals are likely to be the ones who will find effective solutions. It is highly unlikely that the Baby Boomer Generation or Generation X will have resolved the issues of climate change, the economy, and international relations within the next twenty years. It is more likely that it will take humankind several generations to repair the damage done by the greediness of some big corporations and by the production of goods that are unfriendly to the environment. Furthermore, prevention will be necessary to ensure that disasters do not occur and that larger nations get along. For all of these reasons, young people deserve to receive free, quality education that meets both their personal needs and those of society. Their education would not only meet the needs of business, but it might meet a greater need to save the planet. Without such quality education at schools (both online and brick-and-mortar schools), future generations will have to suffer due to the unintentional–albeit careless–mistakes of their forefathers.

Young people need education in order to ensure that the infrastructure of their country is in excellent condition. Without it, they will be unprepared to maintain bridges, highways, and public property. For example, on the 14th of August 2018, the Morandi Bridge abruptly fell in Genova, Italy, just one day before the Italian summer vacation known as “Ferragosto”. One cannot help but suspect that such a disaster could have been prevented if there had been knowledgeable experts to control the quality of the bridge. Therefore, well-educated individuals are needed to pick up the pieces of the bridge and to ensure that future structures will be safe and secure.

In the second place, many world citizens have forgotten that a few generations ago people died from contagious diseases. All one has to do is to look at genealogy records to discover that it was common to lose parents, children, and family members to diseases like the Spanish Flu in 1918 and Smallpox, which was eradicated by 1980. People have neglected to study the history of immunization. Educated scientists need to be cultivated so as to investigate the effectiveness of the various vaccines while developing superior cures that can be used in the future. More importantly, young experts will be armed to fight any diseases that might appear in the future.

In the meantime, most people have given some thought to global warming. Those who believe in its existence fear for the future of their children and grandchildren. Without having received a satisfactory science education, people of all ages feel like their hands are tied. Many do not know how little changes can improve the climate. Moreover, they would like to convince people who are in powerful positions to change production techniques to protect the earth. In the event change does not come about, young people desire to enhance their communication skills in order to bring about a radical shift. Unfortunately, many potential defenders of nature cannot even afford to pay for university degrees that would enable them to argue a convincing case in a court of law.

Notably, many occupations have disappeared as they have been taken over by robots, artificial intelligence, and other digital tools. This means that great minds are in demand to determine how the future economy will be structured in order to provide food, shelter, and comfort to those people who work fewer hours or who cannot find a position. Experts will be needed to help organize schedules that involve individuals in pleasurable, humanitarian causes as well as artistic and leisure activities. Perhaps lifelong learning will take on greater importance and people will become more altruistic.

Last but not least, there remains much to be done in space and in the ocean. Naturally, young people need opportunities to study fields such as oceanology, astronomy, and biology without having to become overburdened with debt. Sea life remains to be saved and protected from water pollution while space junk needs to be overseen carefully. Natural resources need to be protected while various species of animals must be cared for, even reintroduced into the environment.

Many people argue that students will not appreciate education if they do not have to pay a lot of money for it. Such individuals insist that students will waste precious resources. Fortunately, some universities and even nations like Germany have demonstrated that free education or very inexpensive education can and does produce effective results. Germany (2018) offers to educate anyone who is accepted in their universities, but it should not be necessary for everyone to move to Germany to receive this benefit when many need and want to continue working in their home countries while studying. Nonetheless, people tend to earn considerably less money today than they did back in the 1960s if one takes inflation in to account; therefore, families with two working parents cannot typically afford to pay for their children’s college degrees, even when they would like to do so.

The unexplored, unread future remains a mystery to be revealed. Thus, it is possible that hard-working young people, well-equipped with quality education, will be the problem-solvers and geniuses of the future. Such great minds need not be wasted when young adults do sincerely wish to contribute to the greater good. They will turn the keys to the not-so-distant future once provided with the education they deserve, regardless of their religion, social status, creed, color, gender, or nationality. Students might communicate internationally in English given that they receive the necessary tools and ability to communicate their ideas. Moreover, students could enhance the universe with the creation of sleek electric cars that are eco-friendly, with the invention of useful tools, with the understanding that universal compassion defeats war, and with the possession of new scholarly insight. So much remains to be discovered by a well-educated society of young people who communicate freely and openly–optimistically desirous of learning. Making learning free for all benefits everyone no matter how young or old since it will generate new solutions to problems that haven’t been solved in the past.

Online Education and Online Degrees – Many Options Available for Distance Education

Online education is the latest trend in alternative education choices. Also known as distance learning, options in online education are being pursued by people from all over the world who are looking to further their education. And it’s never been easier to join the growing class of Internet U.

Whether you’re interested in simply getting your GED or receiving your MBA from an accredited university, your options in adult education have doubled in the past five years with the advent of online education and will likely continue to grow as more colleges, universities, graduate schools, and trade schools begin offering distance learning classes online.

How Does Online Education Work?

In most cases, it is not the specific college or university that runs the online education portion of their program. Most schools outsource their internet education duties to companies that specialize in hosting distance learning classes. These companies (who have names like eCollege, SkillSoft and such) perform the actual tasks of running the online classes, assigning work, and conducting exams, all according to the curriculum provided by the specific school. Students that enroll in online education courses are typically required to provide their own computer and any necessary software needed to participate in the online classes and take the exams. In the world of online education your books, binders, and number two pencils are replaced by a PC (or MAC – but compatibility may vary), a word processor, and some form of multimedia player. Broadband internet access is advisable as well. It may be hard to get your masters with low baud.

Things to Look Out For

Online education is a very worthwhile trend in the evolution of education in our world and it is conceivable that sometime in the future nearly all official education will take place online. The internet, however, is the real-world equivalent of George Lucas’ Mos Eisley Spaceport; a wretched hive of scum and villainy. As online education becomes more prominent, there will be more companies looking to take advantage of the trend by offering sub par classes and fly-by-night degrees from non-accredited schools. Before you commit to any online education program, do your homework and make sure that the school is accredited. The last thing you want to do is spend your time and money earning a degree online that isn’t worth a byte in the job market or to other educational institutions.

5 Easy Steps To Starting Your Own Business Teaching Guitar

Starting your own successful business teaching guitar is easier than you think. You can actually get started for very little money and see great results if you follow these five simple steps.

1) Design Your Business Around the Lifestyle You Want To Live

Do you want to work from home? Do you want to have certain days off? Do you want to live in a certain area? Write down all the lifestyle factors that are important to you, and design your teaching business around them. Creating your own business teaching guitar will let you live almost any way you want to. Decide these things first, and then organize your business around them so you’ll be the most happy and effective.

2) Decide Who You Want Your Customers To Be

Do you want to teach younger kids, teens, adults, or a mixture of them all? Do you want to teach beginners, intermediate or advanced players…or all of the above? What styles of music do you want to teach? Write up a short paragraph that describes your ideal customer so you can focus your marketing efforts on that specific group. You will use this information when you get to step 4. You don’t want just anyone paying you for lessons; some students are more trouble than they’re worth. Choose who you want to work with, and go after those people.

3) Get Organized

In this step, you will do the basic items required to actually create your business. Come up with a name for your teaching business. Decide on a business entity (LLC, S-Corporation or Sole Proprietorship) and file the papers to create it with the Secretary of State’s office in the state of your choice (ask an attorney to help, if need be). Apply for an Employer ID Number from the IRS (unless you choose a Sole Proprietorship, in which case you can use your own Social Security number). Open a checking account dedicated to your business. Set up some way of keeping your accounting books (I recommend using QuickBooks…an accountant can help you with this). Set up a free phone number for your business using Google Voice, and finally, print some free business cards using

4) Start Marketing

Now the fun begins! It’s time to find some students. Open a cheap web hosting account, and build a basic website for your business using WordPress. Hire someone on eLance to do this for you, if need be. Put up some ads on Craigslist with a link back to your website. Email all your friends and family, letting them know about your new business and ask them for referrals. Start an opt-in email list on your website to start collecting potential students that you can market to later. You could also put up some flyers in your local music stores. Where ever your “ideal customers” from step 2 are, have some kind of presence there and you will start to get inquiries.

5) Keep Your New Students Happy

Once you get some students, you need to keep them from dropping out. Make sure you set goals with your students and make your lessons about reaching those goals. Make sure your students keep making progress, don’t get overwhelmed with too much information and don’t get too frustrated. Find creative ways to help them understand things and succeed. Set up some easy “wins” for them so they feel good about what they’re learning. And most of all, do whatever you can to keep things fun! They will be much less likely to quit, and you will be more successful in your business.

E Learning: Why Choose Online Education?

The Internet boom is far from over, although it has been taking a slightly different slant in the past few years; hardly surprising as technologies advance and trends change. The World Wide Web is the largest resource of information in the whole world and whatever your needs the Internet can provide. What started as a bubble has soon become a massive tidal wave and online education is one of the areas that is still increasing, probably more than ever before.

You can shop online, you can watch TV online, and you can even book your holidays online or work online and now you can complete perfectly legitimate and recognised educational courses online. Far from being the alternative form of education used solely by working parents it is becoming just as popular with teenagers and professionals all around the world. There are no boundaries to learning when using the Internet. You can study a course that local colleges and educational institutions in your area don’t offer and you can do so without having to quite your job and leave home.

You don’t need to take three years to complete a course; you can often work at your own pace, fitting in around your commitments and according to your spare time.

What courses are on offer?

As well as courses designed primarily for completion on the Internet, many educational institutions are now leaning towards offering the major courses to be completed in the comfort of your own home. College degrees and graduate degrees are available in almost any subject you could imagine with many benefits over the traditional ‘classroom’ approach.

E-learning offers a vast array of topics too, from American History to Zoology and everything in between. Perhaps you are in full time employment and want a change in career. Not many of us can afford to just give up work and go back to college so online education could be the perfect answer.

Maybe you are unemployed and can’t find work suitable for you or the qualifications and experience you have. Online education can offer you the opportunity to gain more qualifications without the expenses of travelling or accommodation.

Why should I choose an online education course?

There are many advantages to online education. The courses are usually tailored to meet the different demands that are entailed within an online learning community. You are usually free to study at your own time and pace, so you have the opportunity to complete your chosen course quickly or as slowly as you want.

There are no travel costs involved with online education and no travel time whatsoever. The only time you will need to dedicate to your learning will be the time you spend studying and any trips to the library or other institution you may need.

Many jobs and careers demand a good working knowledge of the Internet, and by completing your course online you are already many steps closer to that end. You will have excellent knowledge on Internet research; always being able to find the information that is useful to you.

There are some factors you should consider when deciding whether to opt for online education or a more traditional classroom education. You will need a reasonably up to date PC, together with an Internet Connection. Fortunately, computer prices have dropped in recent years, so you can get a capable PC for little more than $300. If you consider using eBay or buying a refurbished PC then you can reduce this price even more. Don’t forget, you will need a printer, operating software, word processing software and an Internet connection but again the price of these has dropped dramatically.

If you don’t have much working knowledge of a computer or the Internet you will need to find your way around at first and this can seem a daunting task for the beginner. Don’t panic, just stick with it and buy yourself (or borrow from friends or the library) books on how to use the software you are going to need. Once online the Internet has all of this information at hand, and the world becomes your playground.

A summary of online education.

Online education can help all people from all walks of like gain the education they want to better themselves or to advance in the career they already have. Whether you are a working parent or an unemployed bachelor, there are courses available for you to complete through online education.

Online education offers many benefits and few pitfalls when compared to the more traditional ‘classroom’ approach but you should carefully consider your options before jumping in.

There are costs associated with virtually all online education courses but these are usually little more than the costs to study at a college and when you consider that there are no travelling expenses and no extra living costs, you may find online education to be a much more financially viable option

Using Music Lessons As the Perfect Base for Teaching Jobs and a Career in Education

Music lessons are just one strand of a vibrant and lively teaching jobs industry. If you have a passion to teach and love music it could well be the right line of work to choose as a career. It also gives you a real chance to make good progress with your resume and to train whilst studying for your teaching degree through private lessons. It can be a good way to make contacts and hone your teaching, and musical, skills over a period of time.

There are many people who have a passion for education. Knowledge is power and if we can create a solid educational structure within society then the next generation of children and generations to come, will be given a good footing with which to lead their lives. Obviously, the perfect system is not apparent within the current climate but with supplementary teaching jobs available, many people who share this ideal have found a way to get their voices heard and their points across to those people who matter, the pupils. No matter the subject, whether it be music, maths tutoring or history studies, there are ways to make a difference with your talents.

You might be planning on a career within education and to do so there is a lot of hard work in front of you. As well as training, college courses and placements at schools and universities there is also a lot of outside work to undertake. This is in the form of hours upon hours of studying and reading books within the library and at home. If you do not like the sound of that you will not be cut out for a career in teaching. There are only so many full time teaching jobs available each year and to be the person who gains a place within the industry you have to be fully prepared.

Keep up to date with the latest teaching methods and research, study hard at all times and look to gain some extra cash and practice in your spare time. If you have a talent for a musical instrument and want to eventually teach music for a living there are ways to spruce up your resume. Many children are actively seeking music lessons to help them learn basic, up to expert levels, with their chosen instrument. For you, as a trainee teacher, this can be a dream. Not only do you get to earn a bit of extra cash on the side of what can be a hard study period of your life, but also you practice interaction with students and your craft at the same time.

The teaching jobs are out there to be found. With a lot of hard work and outside practice, you can indeed use a love, such as music, and use it in such a way to add to your resume and make you a more attractive option for any potential employers. If this is your desired career path you would be a fool not to look into it as an option.

Sports Scholarships – One Way to Reduce the College Tuition Bill For the Future College Athlete!

How Much Spare Change Will You Need?

The average cost of college tuition today with room and board is about $25,000 annually at an in-state public university and around $40,000 annually at a private school not including the purchases of books, fees, and spending money, let alone airfare if your student athlete is out of state.The price tag for a college education increased 53% for public schools and 47% for private above inflation between 1994 and 2004. This college tuition cost is not going to get less! Are college sports scholarships something to think about for your future college athlete? Might these scholarships provide a little spare education change?

That is what we were facing five years ago with a high school senior who decided to play college basketball very late. But our daughter was not the elite athlete; in fact, her high school coach considered her a D-III athlete at best, possibly D-II if she stretched. We had not even thought about college sports scholarships because no coach was knocking on her door! And, in fact, today, universities and colleges have reduced the recruiting budgets for college coaches; they cannot personally recruit as many potential college athletes as before. If you are the parent of a student athlete who is not the top superstar, then it is likely you and your student athlete will have to search for sports scholarships yourselves. Your prospective college athlete will have to do his or her own recruiting to help reduce the high price of college tuition today.

Who Gets to Play?

In our research to figure out how we would find her a college sports scholarship and reduce that tuition bill, we found out that about 5% of high school athletes go on to play college sports. We also discovered there are sports scholarships beyond the “usual suspects” of football, basketball, baseball and volleyball, and not just in the NCAA! And, we learned that high school student athletes can find academic scholarships at great D-III schools that have highly competitive sports programs.

We did not want our daughter to be one of the student athletes in the 95% category that do not get to be a college athlete! She had the desire, the work ethic, and the talent. We developed a process to help her and she received a walk-on offer at a Big East D-I University in Chicago, two D-III academic scholarships, and, eventually, a D-I scholarship at a West Coast Conference school.

What we found in our research, online and personal ~ talking with college coaches, high school counselors, athletic directors and other parents ~ was that most of the emphasis is on the elite future college athlete, the one coaches actively recruit. There seems to be less effort put into those athletes who are talented, but are not maybe the superstars. These may be young athletes who are not the starters on their high school teams, suffered injuries or are late bloomers. We also saw other high school athletes whom we came across that either did not know how to begin their search for an athletic scholarship (D-I and D-II) or the academic scholarship at D-III. Or, their parents were really not knowledgeable about the world of college athletics.

College Athletics — Play to Earn an Education!

And, what we found is that there was a lot of information about the athletic scholarships, but not much about how to find a solid academic program along with that athletic scholarship. Most college athletes do not go on to play in the pros, so the object of the athletic scholarship is to help the student athlete continue to play his or her sport while also earning a college education. And, we happen to think that is still very valuable. Universities and colleges are beginning to recognize the end game — getting a good education to prepare for the “game” of life. Even the NCAA is increasingly looking at the student in the word student athlete.

I came across a recent article in a national magazine that basically was saying athletic scholarships are not all that they are cracked up to be. The author stated that the average college scholarship is about $10,000 and, if you extract the men’s sports, that scholarship reduces to $8,000; the only full scholarships are for football, basketball and volleyball. The author also stated that there is no such thing as a four-year athletic scholarship and coaches can pull scholarships for a variety of factors. True enough; scholarships are given for only one year and most sports scholarships are partial, with colleges and parents piecing together the puzzle with loans and other financial aid packages. It was a rather doom and gloom article. We have a little different view. When our daughter received offers of two approximately $12,000 academic scholarships to two D-III schools where she would have played basketball, that was $12,000 off of a $33,000 tuition bill. I don’t know about you, but I will take that any day!

Caveat Emptor! Like Anything Else — Do Your Homework and Use Common Sense!

Although the world of college athletics is not for the faint of heart and there are certainly unscrupulous programs and coaches, if one uses common sense and goes into this college search process with eyes open and a realistic picture of the level of talent, the search for a college sports scholarship, given an effective plan and process, should produce some good results. We were neophytes when we started this effort on behalf of our daughter, but we have to say the coaches with whom we talked and met were straight shooters and gave us honest answers to all of our inquiries. And, yes, we know of student athletes who have not been treated very well, with scholarships yanked because coaches were changed or the school wanted to go in a different direction. But, we also know of student athletes who were able to stay all four years at a college and play for most of those years and gain a good solid education, something they might not have had if that athletic scholarship had not at least reduced some of the college bill.

We would encourage the student athletes out there or the parents of student athletes to take a look at college sports scholarships (or academic scholarships at D-III schools) as a way to pay part of that ever increasing college tuition bill. And, the college athletic search will take you beyond the NCAA, to the NAIA, NCCAA, NJCAA, or other community college associations and will provide a much greater choice of academic programs available. There are great colleges and universities out there of all shapes and sizes to fit the interests of the potential college athlete. The key is just to start and do not listen to all the naysayers. You just might be pleasantly surprised.

Keep Playing! Athletics Scholarship Search System grew out of our efforts to help our daughter, a high school basketball varsity player become a college athlete getting offers as a Walk-on at a D-I Big East School, 2 D-III Academic Scholarships, and finally a D-I Scholarship at a West Coast Conference School. While I knew the game of basketball, my wife and I knew little about the world of college athletic recruiting.

And, what we could see was that most of the effort on the Internet was focused on the elite, D-I athlete. There wasn’t a great deal of information for students at the D-II level, or looking at D-III schools. We were also given a lot of poor information, such as don’t ever call the coaches! Glad we didn’t listen to that advice! And, we saw nothing that helped our daughter match her athletic interests with her academic interests. After all, the education is the point! Most college athletes don’t go on to the pros. The goal with an athletic scholarship should be a solid educational foundation.

We have developed a clear, easy to use system to help the student athlete and the parents navigate the college athletic scholarship world. We also provide helpful resources, forms for collecting and tracking information, as well as a way for parents to help their student athletes get an objective assessment of their talent, and know how to support their strengths and work on their weaknesses. Keep Playing! Athletics Scholarship System is a six-step, effective turn-key process to find a solid college athletic program, a sports scholarship and a good academic program. This system will help you do your own college recruiting and find a college sports scholarship!