Monthly Archives: October 2015

Teaching Your Child How to Read The Right Way

how to teach a child to readEveryone wants to be success. No one wants to fail in life. Every person has dreams and they want to reach their dream in their life. Unluckily, grabbing the success is not easy. There should be effort and skills. Effort will be useless without if you have no skills. Although you have tried very hard to achieve your dream, you will not get closer to your dream because you do not know what you have to do. A skill is still more important. In fact, people with skills may work less difficult but they can get better achievement than people who only work hard without any skills. In this case, actually there are many skills. Some are basic skills, and reading is one of the those skills. Reading may be a simple skill, but it has great advantage. Somehow, reading can be much more important than speaking skill because no one will be able to speak well. They may speak, but their content is not good enough.

Reading is a basic skill. It is important to have a reading skill. By the skill, you can get all kinds of information easily since the information and other sources are mostly written. There are only few sources of knowledge that are delivered through sounds. There are millions books that you can read and it can only possible if you have reading skills. When you already get information, then it is possible for you to get closer to your dream, even reach it. Your knowledge will be broad and you will never get lack of information because you always maintain information by reading sources. Based on the research, it is shown that most of the successful people can get great achievement because they love reading sources. They love maintaining information and knowledge, so they can make innovation. They can also get job easily. Even, people with good reading skills can get better achievement than the one with good mathematic skills.

If you have a child, it is better for you to teach your child reading in the early age. It will be helpful for your child in the future. They will be able to study better. They will also be better and smarter child, even they can be more mature than other children. This will be very useful and helpful for you and your child. You do not need to worry about his or her future, and your child will have no problems in the process of learning. If you are interested to teach your child about how to read, then you have to know how to teach a child to read. In this case, there are great tips to help you teaching your kid how to read. There are complete guidelines to make your child a great reader. Some children already prove it. In their early age, they have been able to read novel while the older children still cannot read a magazine. You do not need to worry because you will get easy to help your child in maintaining reading skills. This will be great investment for you and your child.

Paraphrasing for Dummies & How to do it Properly

paraphraseexample.orgSo you’ve heard the words paraphrase and paraphrasing. Big, fancy words. I admit that once I had no idea what either of them meant. But today, I can put it to you in a form that’s supposed to be easily understandable. Afterwards you should be able to use paraphrasing properly.

Let’s say that you read a great book (like Jules Verne’s classic Around the World in 80 Days) and wanted to introduce it to your friends. You could either quote the text directly from the pages or from the back cover, using the exact words OR you could just use your own words; describe the setting, the characters, the scenes…

The latter is what we call Paraphrasing. Sounds super simple, doesn’t it? Well, it is quite easy, despite the fancy word.

You’re paraphrasing when you don’t use the exact same words you just read in the book, (or its back cover) but instead you tell it in your own words without changing the meaning (i.e. the story) of it. Simply put; you are writing something in your own words, expressing the original idea.

I used this particular example so you will understand the meaning of paraphrasing better. You should though keep in mind that the term paraphrasing is used only when writing.

Here’s a direct quote from plagiarism.org; definition of paraphrasing: “To paraphrase is to include the ideas or information from an original source in your paper by rephrasing those ideas or information in your own words. The key to successful paraphrasing is to use as few words as possible from the original text–be mindful not to change the meaning that you are trying to convey as you rephrase–and to cite your paraphrase. Without proper citation, your paraphrase could be construed as plagiarism.” (http://www.plagiarism.org/citing-sources/how-to-paraphrase/)

For these paraphrasing examples I will be using the previously mentioned book by Jules Verne; Around the World in 80 Days.

Original paragraph: “Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world. (Jules Verne: Around the World in 80 Days)

Paraphrased: Mr. Phileas Fogg’s house in 1872 was the one where Sheridan had passed away in the 1800s. In the Reform Club he was a big thing, even though he didn’t want to draw attention to himself. Nobody knew him well, but the fact that he was polished man of the world.

Original paragraph: “People said that he resembled Byron—at least that his head was Byronic; but he was a bearded, tranquil Byron, who might live on a thousand years without growing old.” (Jules Verne: Around the World in 80 Days)

Paraphrased: Mr. Fogg’s head was said to be like Byron’s. But unlike Byron he had a beard and was quite serene and could maybe live for centuries without aging a day.

You can paraphrase either an individual sentence, or a whole paragraph like I showed you above. Here is an paraphrase example for an individual sentence, borrowed from Your Dictionary:

Original: Any trip to Italy should include a visit to Tuscany to sample their exquisite wines.

Paraphrase: Be sure to include a Tuscan wine-tasting experience when visiting Italy.

Quite often when paraphrasing, you actually reduce the words and simplify the text.

Again, let’s say, that you’re in class and have an article full of technical jargon to sort out. You have no clue of what all those weird medical terms mean, so you ask the teacher to explain them to you. The teacher will then explain the text, using his or her own words, making it easier to comprehend. As in, he or she will paraphrase the text into more apprehensible form orally.

Again, keep in mind that the term paraphrasing is for writing.

The Writing Center of University of Wisconsin – Madison states clearly when you should paraphrase a source or text (note this is a direct quotation from their website):

  1. what you want from the source is the idea expressed, and not the specific language used to express it.
  2. you can express in fewer words what the key point of a source is.

This last paraphrase sample is again from the book Around the World in 80 Days, written by Jules Verne.

Original: Chapter 7: Which Once More Demonstrates the Uselessness of Passports as Aids to Detectives

Paraphrase: The 7th chapter displays again, how unhelpful passports are for police detectives.

So don’t dread the big words, they’re just that; words. Paraphrasing and their usage is quite simple; rephrase, use your own words and do not change the original meaning. And remember to include your source to avoid being blamed for plagiarism.

Give your child an edge by joining a Primary School Science Workshop

Group of five diversity kids boys and girls blond and brunet with microscope and test tubes and flasks in chemistry class, isolated on white

Group of five diversity kids boys and girls blond and brunet with microscope and test tubes and flasks in chemistry class, isolated on white

Tender minds are quick learners and grasp everything around them quickly. The high level of interest and passion primary school children have needs to be honed and their thirst for knowledge should be quenched. Primary School Science Workshops are a great learning place for children and they get to know several new things when they attend one. In primary school science workshops, children usually get to choose the activities they are interested in and they get o explore more on their area of interest. With unparalleled advantages, a child gets to learn several new things while they attend a workshop. Listed below are few of the aspects where your kid would get the upper hand while in a workshop.

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  1. First-hand knowledge

With their minds filled with questions, they get are curious and always wonder about the things that happen around them. When primary school children attend workshops, it keeps them busy for a while and gets them thinking about the areas covered in the workshop. Due to this, they tend to ask the right questions and experiment further on the topic, due to which they learn things on their own and set their learning path right.

  1. Right approach towards learning

Usually confined to their study materials at school, children confine their horizon and do not know about how to think beyond it. But by attending science workshops at an early age when they are still in primary school, they will know the right approach towards learning and will start exploring on the various learning options available rather than waiting for their teacher to teach them the same during classes.

  1. Competitiveness

With so many young brains thinking over the same topic, they tend to get competitive and strive to be faster than the others. This inculcates a competitive habit in them and they will always try to finish their task much before than others do, thereby giving them the competitive spirit.

  1. Extra Knowledge

Children learn a lot of things when they attend a science workshop, which might otherwise not be taught to them as it would not be a part of the curriculum. Due to this, they will know a lot more of things when compared to other children of their age, which would give them the upper edge when it comes to knowledge.

  1. Better Visualization

When children see and do things practically, they will learn to visualize things better. The next time they learn about something, they will visualize it and think about its scientific aspect rather than blindly accepting whatever they are being told. This would make your child more practical and they would question each time when they want answers.

This said, there are several other aspects in a primary school science workshop that help in the all-round development of your child. They will acquire skills that they otherwise might not, when they attend a primary school science workshop!