5 Easy Tips to Help Your Child Have a Successful School…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSBack to School 2016 Previous articleKicks 4 Guns ‘has a very good day’Next articleApopka Voice crosses the 3,000 mark Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR As summer winds down, the excitement of back-to-school shopping, new classes and making new friends are top of mind for children across the country. Parents face the familiar challenge of getting their children prepared for a successful year. The demands of a new school year however, can be nerve-wracking. Between new teachers, an increased workload and a new schedule, excitement can quickly turn into worry.The good news is when parents are involved in their children’s education, children tend to do better and have more positive feelings about going to school. And students who actively engage in educational opportunities learn more and better than students who take a more passive approach to learning. In fact, research shows students reading above grade level in the third grade are more likely to graduate from high school at higher rates, and students who take advanced math courses by high school are more likely to attend and graduate from college.“One skill essential to children’s academic success is the ability to learn on their own,” says Dominique Ciccarelli, education spokesperson for Kumon North America. “It’s important for parents to help cultivate confident and independent children who become lifelong learners both inside and outside the classroom.”Fortunately, there are many ways parents can encourage learning opportunities. Here are five easy ways parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year:*Encourage your child to read.  Turn reading sessions into a fun and engaging activity. Reading to kids exposes them to richer vocabulary than adults normally use in day-to-day life, and can positively impact their language, intelligence and later literacy achievement. As they get older, continue to make reading a daily activity whether you read to them, they read to you or you read together. Reading is not just an important milestone in a child’s education, it also opens doors to a lifetime of entertainment and enrichment.*Promote active learning at home. Turn daily routines into practical learning opportunities. Children learn problem-solving, math, science and vocabulary as they help with groceries, cooking and even laundry. Cooking with your children is an excellent way to further develop math skills by having your children help with measurements. Incorporate learning and fun by hosting a weekly family game night. Educational board games like Monopoly encourage children to read, interact and count with currency.*Enroll in a supplemental education program. Learning doesn’t have to stop when the bell rings. Enrolling in an academic enrichment program is a great opportunity to provide your children with an advantage in the new school year. Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading program, has more than four million students studying at 26,000 learning centers in 49 countries. Kumon uses an individualized approach to help unlock the potential of children in preschool through high school. Through daily practice, children develop a solid command of math and reading skills by progressing at their own pace. Kumon is offering a $30 Amazon gift card for all new enrollments at participating centers during the month of September.*Partner with educators. Parents can support their child’s educational development by working with educators to support learning. Play an active role in your child’s education by knowing what they are studying at school and routinely communicating with their teachers. You don’t have to wait for parent teacher conferences. Set expectations and academic goals at the beginning of the school year and routinely check in on your child’s progress.*Capitalize on your child’s interest. Children learn best when they actively learn about topics that have already captivated their interest. If your children are fascinated in how things are made, let them help put together household items that require assembly. Name the tools you are using and talk about what you are doing and why. If they are interested in sports, use that as a fun opportunity to discuss math. Talk about common statistics like batting averages and earned-run averages, or even have your children keep the score. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly | In Search of Wild Trout

first_imgAs spring time arrives here in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, many people are dusting off their fly rods and waders for a day on the river. With fish being stocked monthly, some of my favorite winter time fishing spots are greeted with crowds of enthusiastic anglers looking to hook into that stocked fish of a lifetime. Not me. I turn to the smallest trickles and streams deep in the mountains in search of untouched beauty, tranquility, and feisty wild fish.Those of you in Western North Carolina who don’t want to fight the crowds along the river should consider seeking out the state’s native and wild populations of Brook, Rainbow, and Brown trout. You won’t need much to catch these mountain gems, but you will need a map and a sense of adventure to get to your destination.Screen-shot-2015-05-08-at-2.02.02-PM-e1431108455445Be sure to brush up on your “bow and arrow” casting before heading off into the thick jungles of rhododendron. Pack plenty of dry flies and light tippet. I prefer using as small as 6 or 7x, though it is not necessarily needed.A short, light weight rod, such as a 7’6″ 2 weight is best suited for these treks in my opinion. Sometimes a short rod can make the difference between hooking up and going home with a tale of the one that got away.One final thing to remember: always tell someone where you’re going. In my experience, most of these streams are found far beyond the reaches of cell phone reception.The next time you head out to chase trout, don’t rule out wild fish. You might just find a new love and appreciation for the tight line.Screen shot 2015-05-08 at 1.08.21 PMEvan Norris is an avid fly fisherman, a guide at Brookings’ Anglers, and our first contributor for “Fridays on the Fly”. When he’s not out discovering new wild trout waters all over the mountains of Western North Carolina, he can often be found on his Chattooga River home waters near the town of Cashiers, NC.[divider]Read More Fridays on the Fly[/divider]last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen blows big lead in loss to Chicago Cubs

first_img“It’s one of those fluke games.”Howell wasn’t as quick to dismiss the loss, which temporarily reduced the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West to three games. The San Francisco Giants played the San Diego Padres later Saturday.Howell pointed out that the Dodgers’ bullpen ranks among the bottom half of major-league teams in earned-run average (3.67).“When you’re 19th (actually 18th) that’s down in the pack,” he said. “For the most part we’ve been OK. Nothing special, that’s for sure, but we’ve been OK. You don’t want that number.”However you want to spin it — isolated incident, sign of a bigger problem — the bullpen meltdown undid what had become a reliable formula for victory: Pile on runs until the lead looks safe. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run homer in the third. That gave the Dodgers a fairly comfortable 5-1 lead, and gave Gonzalez a major-league leading 111 RBIs to go with 25 home runs.“It’s tough because you have Adrian Gonzalez who did a remarkable job today,” Wilson said. “This whole series, the offense has come alive.”Scott Van Slyke drove in Matt Kemp with a double in the third inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh, pushing the Dodgers’ lead to 7-2. Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Dee Gordon and Van Slyke each had two hits. Puig also made a spectacular diving catch in the fifth inning, running down a Jorge Soler line drive in the left-center field gap. He then threw to second base to complete a double play — his National League-leading 12th outfield assist this season.In 18 September games, the Dodgers are averaging 11 hits and more than six runs a game. Gordon has at least one hit in his last 13 games, and at least two hits in each of his last seven.Paco Rodriguez and Pedro Baez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief of starter Roberto Hernandez (four innings, two earned runs) before the Cubs began their comeback.Howell allowed three hits and four runs — three on a home run by Arismendy Alcantara — in two-thirds of an inning. The veteran left-hander also allowed two runs the day before and is likely unavailable for the series finale today.Saturday’s appearance was his 66th of the season, three shy of his career high.“I feel great,” Howell said. “I didn’t get ahead (in the count) and they took advantage. I was bad and they were good.”Brandon League retired the only batter he faced to end the seventh inning.Wilson allowed a single, a sacrifice bunt and the home run to Coghlan to begin the eighth inning. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly allowed the right-hander to face three more batters. Javier Baez popped out, Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch and Junior Lake singled before Mattingly pulled Wilson. Carlos Frias struck out Luis Valbuena to end the inning.Wilson said he has more speed in his right arm than the 84- to 88-mph sliders and cutters he showed Saturday, but he’s chosen to dial it back since the beginning of the season.“You can write what you want,” Wilson said in a response to a question about his velocity, “but as far as me being hurt, that’s not the case.”Mattingly better hope not.Frias (.224 opponents’ batting average) and Baez (.183) have generally excelled out of the bullpen as rookies. Rodriguez hasn’t allowed a run since April and appears to be healthy again. But beyond closer Kenley Jansen, those might be the only set-up men who will not enter October with some kind of question mark on their record.“We got the ball to the guys we wanted to have the ball today,” Mattingly said. “It didn’t work out. They’ve gotten us to here, so that’s where we’re at.” CHICAGO — The only thing more unpredictable at Wrigley Field than the rain Saturday was the Dodgers’ bullpen.J.P. Howell allowed four runs in the seventh inning, and Brian Wilson allowed two in the eighth, as the Chicago Cubs came from five runs behind to beat the Dodgers 8-7.Chris Coghlan’s two-run home run off Wilson was the final dagger, erasing a 7-6 Dodgers lead. The unheralded outfielder went 4 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances.“It’s all my fault,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t able to locate the pitch I wanted. The guy put a good swing on it.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL attendance issues not just for also-rans

first_imgEMPTY SEATS AT HEINZ FIELD – In this Nov. 10, 2013, file photo, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, left, is flushed out of the pocket by Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) and Jarvis Jones (95) during an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – Mike Tomlin isn’t much on public gratitude. Still, the perpetually focused Pittsburgh Steelers coach went out of his way to thank the fans who showed up at Heinz Field to watch his team drum the Buffalo Bills 23-10 on Sunday for its third win of the season.“It’s not something we take for granted,” Tomlin said.Good idea.A crowd of 60,406 turned out to watch two teams with a combined 5-12 record play on a cold, blustery day more suited for late-December than three weeks before Thanksgiving. The 5,000 or so who bought their tickets but chose to not make it through the turnstiles were conspicuous, their absence marked by pockets of open gold seats in certain portions of the stadium tucked tight against the Allegheny River.Welcome to life in the new NFL, where “sellouts” are the norm but full houses are becoming the exception, and not just in places like woeful Jacksonville.Blame it on mediocre teams. Blame it on rising ticket prices. Blame in on the comfort of your couch, where it doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars to sit, and the cold beer in your fridge, the one that doesn’t cost $8 a bottle.The Steelers (3-6), who have six Vince Lombardi Trophies in the lobby at team headquarters, are in danger of posting their lowest average attendance since 2003, when they limped to a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs.The franchise is on a similar trajectory this fall in a place that can be tough – by NFL standards – to completely fill even when times are good. Pittsburgh is averaging 61,465 through four home dates, the lowest over the same span since Heinz Field opened in 2001.It’s a trend hitting the league regardless of market size or on-field success. In 2008, only five teams played to stadiums less than 95 percent full. That number has doubled this season at a time when TV ratings are at their best since 2006.The Washington Redskins have one of the NFL’s rising stars in quarterback Robert Griffin III and are playing to just 88.9 percent capacity this season. The surprising New York Jets have the nation’s largest metropolitan area to pull from and only 93.3 of those with tickets are showing up.Then again, New York can be a tough market.Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was on the 2007 Jets that limped to a 4-12 record. As the season wore on and the losses mounted, things got weird.“Pittsburgh came to town but it felt like an away game,” Cotchery said. “It was so loud in there. I remember us doing silent count and all of that stuff at home. But we were a bad team. I probably wouldn’t want to take my kid out in the cold and watch a bad team play football.”It can lead, in some instances, to the unnerving realization that players can’t simply rely on the juice – or the vitriol – from the crowd to get amped up.“When we play on the road, certain places are just known for being quiet,” Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “It’s almost like in the huddle, you have to keep reminding yourself to keep your energy up and realize that some of these places are really quiet and you have to create your own energy a little bit.”The NFL amended its TV blackout rule last year, allowing teams to sell only 85 percent of its prime tickets to meet the threshold necessary to have home games broadcast locally. While the decision has done nothing but goose TV ratings even further, getting folks into the stadium on a regular basis in some cities remains a tough task.Oakland and Jacksonville swath their stadiums in massive drapes that cover entire sections. It reduces capacity but hasn’t exactly increased demand. While the atmosphere has improved with the Raiders, only 81.4 percent of ticket holders make it to their seats. More than 10 percent of those with tickets in Jacksonville don’t bother to get an eyeful of one of the league’s worst teams.Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer is prepping the Cardinals for an “interesting atmosphere” when they visit the Jaguars (1-8) on Sunday, where tickets are going for as low as $8 on StubHub. To be honest, he’s going to miss the opportunity to quiet a hostile environment, mostly because there likely won’t be one.“You can’t worry about any of those outside distractions,” Palmer said. “You’ve just got to focus on doing your job each and every play, and do what it takes to win the game, regardless of how many people are watching or who is in the stands.”Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to stress the in-game fan experience remains important to the league. It also remains important to the bottom lines of owners, if only to fatten their wallets.When Personal Seat Licensing came into vogue, it created a new revenue stream by making fans plunk down thousands just for the right to buy tickets. It priced some longtime season ticket holders out of the market and as the U.S. economy sputtered, so did interest in making a significant financial commitment to get in the door when the living room can be just as inviting and significantly cheaper.And owners continue to press for new stadiums even as evidence mounts that less might be more. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has turned AT&T Stadium into a virtual ATM since it opened in 2009. Dallas averages more than 86,000 fans a game, well over 100 percent capacity, even as the team continues to hover around .500.The Falcons have barely been in the Georgia Dome two decades and already they’ve struck a deal on a new $1 billion building that will be ready by 2017.The Steelers aren’t greedy enough to ask for new digs, but they are planning to add an additional 3,000 seats at Heinz Field, even though they’ve never averaged more than 63,458 per game since its debut in 2001. All that’s left is deciding who picks up most of the tab. The issue remains in the Pittsburgh courts, though whenever the expansion is complete, the same factors that fans face every Sunday will remain in place.“It’s just how it works,” Cotchery said. “When you’re losing like (we did in New York), those decisions have to be made. Do I go to the game or do I not go to the game? I know it’s tough. “___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___AP Sports Writers Joe Kay in Cincinnati and Doug Ferguson in Jacksonville, Fla., contributed to this report.last_img read more

Despite breaking ground on D/N tests for India, Sourav Ganguly non-committal on 4 day…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/PTIAdvertisement 9zfq1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs91svp9nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En6bn3l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) a4diWould you ever consider trying this?😱fnhcCan your students do this? 🌚obydcRoller skating! Powered by Firework As the World Test Championship will kick off from 2023, the International Cricket Council(ICC) is already discussing on a reduction of the duration of tests from the current five days to four days. While The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has spoken in favour of the four day tests, there have been a rise of counter arguments, with many preferring the legacy duration of five days. Now, Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the matter.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/PTIStarting from the 2023 World Test Championship, ICC is likely to trim down all further test series duration in the next decade, in an attempt to reduce the strain on cricketers they they usually face in a five day cycle.However, Ganguly believes at present, it is still very early to comment anything about the possible shortening of tests.Advertisement “First we will have to see the proposal, let it come and then we will see. It’s too early to say. Can’t comment just like this.” Dada spoke to reporters in an interview at Eden Gardens.Reminding the success of the Day Night test cricket, it too was subjected to criticism at an early stage. However, in the long run, day night tests have increased the inclination towards the game format, which turned out more spectators in test matches. The issue of bad lighting in matches is also gone, with the usage of floodlights during night time.Advertisement Although sounding new, the idea of a four day test has been tried and tested in the past. South Africa and Zimbabwe tried the concept for the first time in the history of the game in 2017.The most recent one took place between England and Ireland last summer. The test ended on day three, but an extension of 30 minutes was allotted on each day, that increased the total overs to be bowled to 98 from the usual 90.The England and Wales Cricket Board has come forward with a support for the idea of four day tests. “We’re definite proponents of the four-day Test concept but cautiously so,” an ECB spokesperson said in a recent interview.“We understand it’s an emotive topic for players, fans and others who have concerns about challenging the heritage of Test cricket,” the spokesperson added.While reducing the complexity of year around schedule of teams and also the workloads on players, the idea of four day tests will also free up around an estimated 40 days in a calendar year.Also read-An early look into the World Test Championship tableSA captain Faf du Plessis against idea of Super Series between Big 3 teams Advertisementlast_img read more