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Earth Day History and Facts from Around the World

In case you might be asking yourself, Earth Day is a very real event and now a global celebration. First incepted back in 1970, this special occasion is dedicated to raising awareness of the environment and the relationship between the human race and every other species on earth. In other words, Earth Day is a reminder that for everything we do on this planet, we must also realize that our actions have an impact on every other inhabitant on earth which has just as much right to life as we do.
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Decreasing Stress in Home Education

Decreasing stress in home education, whether this is homework or home schooling, allows you to identify the many and varied responsibilities that may be challenging.  One parent likened it to needing the knowledge of Homer; the patience of Job; and the courage of a lion. Within a family we hope for love; understanding; cooperation; recognition of our strengths and weaknesses; forgiveness for our blunders; and praise when we do well.
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18 Fun Facts about St Patrick’s Day for Kids

When it comes to worldwide celebrations, few festivities reach as far and wide as St. Patrick’s Day. Famous for colorful parades, shamrocks, Guinness, and leprechauns; St Patrick’s Day marks a historical date in Irish history yet retains a certain status as a new world phenomenon. That is to say, there is truth in the historical importance of this popular holiday, but there are also many surprising facts which illustrate the intriguing nature of what is now a global event.

With the above in mind, here are some of the most bizarre, unusual, interesting and fun facts about St. Patrick's Day:

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Why Do We Write On White?

It is a misconception that black type on white paper is the best combination for readers and writers. It is the most commonly used and probably the least expensive and is easy to read by a fair percentage of the population.
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Building Self Worth in Children

As parents we want our children to be confident and independent as learners. Self-worth plays an important role in a child’s ability to develop the skills necessary to become aware of how language works and how they can use language to develop social skills and build self-worth. Building self-worth in your children is a parenting skill you use every day. Children with high self-worth will achieve at their level of capability. Children with developing levels of self-worth will need more time and understanding to allow them to gain a healthy self-worth.
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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder is a neurological disorder of the nervous system where your child does not process sensory information in the usual way. When a child has sensory processing disorder their brain has difficulty organising and integrating sensory input involving touch, taste, smell, hearing and vision. This may cause challenges in learning and behaviours.
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Learning Styles – Understanding How We Learn.

It is well recognised that each of us has a dominant learning style. Learning styles are grouped in common ways people learn. We can also have a mix from other learning styles which will be part of our unique learning make up. Understanding your child’s learning style will allow you as a parent, or if you are a home educator, to recognise where and why challenges in learning occur.
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Safety In Cyberspace.

Safety in cyberspace is an essential issue for all parents to address in this age where many resources for improving children's literacy and numeracy skills are accessed online. Children now spend a lot of time on the internet using various devices. As a parent it is important for you to ensure that their time on the web is used constructively and not in areas that will put your child at risk.
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How to Help Children Understand Critical Literacy When Reading

Critical literacy involves readers in actively analysing texts in such a way as to discover underlying, as well as obvious, messages. This requires a critical and questioning approach when reading. It is much more than simply decoding the words and having a basic understanding of what they mean. Being critically literate enables a person to discuss with other people the different meanings a text might have and encourages readers to be flexible in their thinking about what a text is actually saying to them as well as other readers.
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What is Phonics - Helping Your Child Master Phonics

What is Phonics (the Sounds of Language)

Learning to master phonics is part of your child's development. Phonics is the connection between letters and sounds in our language. Phonemes are the small units of sound that make up a word and graphemes are the way we write the sounds.

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How to Choose Books for, and with, Your Children

From a very early age, children love books: receiving books as gifts, or enjoying selecting a range of books from the local school or town libraries. They are never too young to join a library and to begin choosing books that catch their eye. By being members of a library they will have access to thousands of books to read without the financial burden of your having to purchase them. However, how to choose books to enhance their reading is sometimes a challenge.
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