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Rainy Day Activities for Preschool Aged Children

For those who are an Early Childhood Educator or perhaps a stay at dwelling mom, or when you personal your personal property day care, I’m certain you can agree on one thing, rainy days might be boring.

You will discover some easy, effortless strategies to make a rainy day enjoyable, fascinating, and still get those preschool children up, active, and burning energy.

Right here are a number of tips you can use:

Painting~

Although the young children are at play, cover a table with some newspaper, tape it down, and get out 1-3 unique colors of paint and place a compact amount of every single colour in diverse bowls or containers. Also have a paintbrush for every single kid. Have three spots offered in the table with substantial white pieces of paper. Have three young children at a time come over for the table and paint their very own photos sharing the 3 colors of paint.

The purpose I emphasize the quantity 3 for this activity is that possessing three youngsters paint at as soon as will make certain each of the children will get a opportunity to paint relatively promptly without the need of waiting as well long to get a turn, plus the second and most significant purpose is, you will not get overwhelmed with obtaining as well a lot of papers to write names on, hang to dry, and get the children’s hands washed if needed.

Games~

Painting won’t take all morning, so what are you able to do you do when each of the kids have had a chance to create their masterpieces? Why not play some enjoyable games.: )

Preschool oriented games will get the kids moving and give them a opportunity to engage in gross motor activities and burn off some power.

A couple of game tips are:

Pass the Hot Potato~

Have the preschool young children kind a circle. It is possible to use any object or use a real potato and pretend that it’s hot. Have the children pass the “hot potato” immediately about the circle singing the song (for the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down): Hot potato pass it on, pass it on, pass it on. Hot potato pass it on, you, are out.

The child who’s holding the potato in the end on the song then gets a sticker and sits outdoors the circle though the game continues. I do not like to make a significant deal at who wins the game for the reason that I try and emphasize how entertaining it is to play games and in some cases we will make it for the end along with other instances we won’t.

All of the kids get a reward for playing the game and producing an effort by getting a sticker. The kid who wins gets a sticker just like all of the rest and I then give them all a high five for playing.

Red Light, Green Light~

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Financial Education – A Global Perspective

Continuing social, economic and political change over the last five years has meant that the need for financial capability in young people is even more pressing. In many western counties issues surrounding increasing levels of personal debt, crashing markets and their effect on pensions mean that there is a greater need for individuals to take a more active and informed interest in their own financial future.

This article looks at various initiatives for teaching children about money around the world.

In South Africa, Teach Children to Save (TCTS) is a one-day initiative designed to spotlight the importance of teaching the country’s youth about saving money. The objectives of the project include:

To raise awareness about the benefits of savings, financial planning and foster a culture of saving. To demonstrate the important role that the financial services sector can play in creating a financially literate nation. To initiate a national program that encourages a collaborative, industry-wide effort to increase financial literacy.

Teach Children to Save South Africa (TCTS SA) was launched during July Savings Month on the 25th July 2008. On this day, volunteer bankers and financial professionals became teachers for a day and delivered a one hour savings lesson to learners in grades 4 to 7. This pilot initiative laid the groundwork for an annual event that spotlights the important role that financial service providers can play in educating the nation’s youth about saving. While modelled on the U.S. program, TCTS SA was customized to align with South African culture, financial education needs and the school curriculum especially Economic Management Science.

Scotland was the first part of the UK to publish guidance for schools in this area, back in 1999 Learning and Teaching Scotland, published Financial Education in Scottish Schools – A Statement of Position. This document describes managing money is “one of the most important and challenging features of everyday living” while outlining a minimum entitlement within the school curriculum.

Their aims are for young people to understand key financial and economic ideas; be skilled in managing their financial affairs; recognise the importance of using financial resources responsibly and be able to operate in a confident and enterprising manner.

The Scottish programme as part of the 3-18 Curriculum for Excellence is under-pinned by the expectation that every teacher is a teacher of Numeracy, Literacy and Health and Well-being. A thematic / topic framework is suggested which schools may adapt to their particular needs.The four main elements of Financial Education in Scotland include: Financial Understanding, Financial Competence, Financial Responsibility and Financial Enterprise

An Australian report, ‘Financial Literacy – Australians Understanding Money’, found that young people are particularly interested in learning more about issues such as budgeting, saving, managing debt and avoiding financial scams.

Australian schools have introduced a nationally agreed Framework that provides an integrated cross- curriculum approach for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10.

Consumer and financial literacy will be integrated in programs across English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities – (Business, Commerce, Economics, Technology and Enterprise) Civics … Read More

Attract More Leads Being an INFOpreneur

Attract More Leads Being an INFOpreneur

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We’ve all heard of  then  of course  newest iteration is  though the word was originally registered as a trademark (USPTO) on February 1 1984 by Harold F. Weitzen. In 1988, H. Skip Weitzen published “Infopreneurs: Turning Data Into Dollars” (John Wiley & Sons).”

As defined by Wikipedia, an” Infopreneur is a person whose primary business is gathering and selling electronic information. This term is a neologism portmanteau derived from the words “information” and “entrepreneur”.

An infopreneur is generally considered an “entrepreneur who makes money selling information on the Internet. They use existing data and target an audience.”

For the purposes of attraction marketing, I prefer the original definition: “turning data into dollars.” I further recommend that the data or content should be yours, not existing data. Too many people simply post articles they have read rather than creating their own content. Content rules!! You should create your own.

So the question is, how to turn data into dollars? The answer is crystal clear. Using an education based marketing approach, you will attract more prospects more quickly. More prospects turns quickly into more customers. More customers turns quickly into more money in your pocket

There are many ways to educate your marketplace and attract the best possible prospects. You can create free reports, newspapers/newsletters, white papers, fliers, books or even blog content.

You should create market driven data which will appeal to your target population and draw them to you in great numbers by fascinating them enough to entice them to WANT to speak with you.

The irrefutable fact is that if you are tired of cold calling and doing things the same way you’ve been doing for years, then you need to do things differently. After all, we all know the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Although any of the education based devices I discussed above are far and away better than the more common approaches most of you are utilizing, one attraction marketing device in particular outshines the others.

That device being a  BOOK . Becoming a published author enhances your credibility and differentiates you from your competition like no other vehicle. You will destroy your competition once you become THE authority in your marketplace. Plus, you will create a legion of raving fans who are happy to pay you a premium price; rather than just having some customers who are likely to jump to the competition to save a couple dollars.

The choice is yours. Stay in your comfort zone, continue banging your head against the wall and believing the traditional wisdom that sales is a numbers game. You know that “wisdom”. “See more people, you’ll make more money” or “that NO just means I’m a little closer to that next YES”. I played that game for years. It’s no fun. There are much better ways to attract new clients.

You may be asking yourself “Who am I to write a book?”

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Avoid Truancy to Claim Education Tax Credits

Avoid Truancy to Claim Education Tax Credits

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The U.S. government is happy to help students pay for their continuing education so long as they attend class. Truancy has resulted in a billion-dollar tax headache for the U.S. Federal Government, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the office that is mandated with keeping an eye on the operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Administration’s investigators found that approximately 2.1 million taxpayers may have received $3.2 billion in American Opportunity Tax Credit claims erroneously between January 1, 2010, and May 28, 2010.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit was created in 2009 to assist students in meeting the cost of college. It gives out $2,500 toward college costs, much more than the $1,800 Hope Credit, which it replaced. Even better, $1,000 of the student tax relief is refundable, meaning that one is eligible for a refund if they don’t owe any taxes when they file. This tax break is available through 2012.

In their analysis of these figures, the TIGTA found that the IRS paid about $2.6 billion to 1.7 million persons who weren’t even attending college. Another $550 million went to students who didn’t attend school at least half-time or who were graduate students, contrary to the tax credit’s rules.

Students who were registered as dependents on other people’s tax returns got another erroneous $88 million in credit. Additionally, $256,000 in American Opportunity credit money was paid to 250 prisoners.

The main tax benefit of claiming an education credit is that the money comes directly off any monies one owes the government in taxes. This enables students to use the money that they have saved to pay for their college tuition and other qualified education expenses.

Alarmed by the stark results of the review, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, J. Russell George, admitted that the IRS lacked an effective process to identify taxpayers who claimed erroneous education credits. He further stated that if the problem was not addressed, it could lead to $12.8 billion in erroneous refunds over a period of four years.

At the beginning, the IRS was unwilling to accept the level of erroneous claims exposed by the TIGTA, but it later admitted that it had discovered a “high percentage of the claims with no supporting documentation to indeed be erroneous.”

As of July 2011, IRS audit results indicated that 72% of the education claims it reviewed were not correct. The IRS has issued assessments against about 1,500 of those returns, adding up to over $2.2 million. Its officials noted that they expect to find even more improper American Opportunity Tax Credit claims and, as a result, they plan on reviewing more returns claiming education credits.

Additionally, the TIGTA offered a number of suggestions for the IRS, including revising the current tax form to claim education credits, liaising with the Department of Education to assess files in tax return processing using its data, and revising compliance programs to nab taxpayers who erroneously claim the credit.… Read More

All About University Foundation Courses

All About University Foundation Courses

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If your first language is not English but you wish to student at a UK university, a University Foundation course is an excellent step towards getting you where you want to be.

Even if your English skills are good, a University Foundation course will also improve the academic and research skills which are essential for higher education in the UK. The aim of university access courses is to ensure that students are prepared in all ways for UK higher education – that includes both linguistically and psychologically. Preparing in this way means that students are then able to make the absolute most of their degree course or MA in the UK.

Courses are available which are tailored for an undergraduate degree or an MA and the programmes are split into language skills and academic skills.

Undergraduate university foundation courses are aimed at those wishing to enter undergraduate arts, science or humanities courses. MA access courses are aimed at students wishing to study at postgraduate level in the UK. Both programmes include a focus on research and academic writing but these skills feature even more heavily on the MA prep course.

Foundation course features

These are the types of things you can expect on a university foundation course:

  • IELTS preparation. You will be able to sit the exam up to three times.
  • Seminars including academic and cultural topics
  • Guest speakers
  • One-to-one tutorials with regular chances to discuss your progress
  • Facilities to study independently as often as you like
  • Placement services

University foundation courses FAQs

How many people will be in my class?

There should be a maximum of 12 students in your class. Often there will only be 8 or 10.

How long do the courses last?

Courses can last between one term and three terms. One term lasts 12 weeks. You’ll normally be expected to study for around 25 hours per week.

What are the entry requirements?

For an undergraduate university foundation course you will need evidence that you have completed high school education in your home country.

For a Masters entry course you’ll need to be able to prove that you have completed a degree in your home country. It is often likely that this degree will need to be in the same subject or a related subject to the one you hope to study at postgraduate level.… Read More