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Math tips

Want your child to be more interested in math?
Add a little math to whatever interests your child.

Note: Before focusing on addition and subtraction, make sure your child recognizes basic numbers and has a solid command of counting.

Tips to improve Math skill and enhance numbers operations

—Spark your child’s interest and enthusiasm by using something of interest to him or her.

  • Count how many dolls (or bottle caps or baseball cards, etc.) your child has in his/her collection.
  • Count the number of jellybeans in a bowl – then subtract the number your child eats!
  • Practice basic math skills using games such as Dominos, dice and playing cards – games your child associates with fun, rather than study.

—Rhyme numbers with words: 2+2=(four-door), 3+7=(ten-pen) etc.

—While doing chores at home – count! How many toys did he or she leave on the floor? How many things did you forget to clean up? Be creative. Let your child make up the game. It’s fun!

—At snack time, have your child evenly divide the crackers, orange slices, or other snack among siblings, parents, etc.

—Open a joint savings account to calculate the money added to the account each month.

—Use measuring cups in your kitchen to teach your child fractions while cooking or baking.

—Take your child on a $1 shopping spree at the candy section of the grocery store! Have them count the number of pieces and how much money they have left to spend. Have them count the change, too.

—Junk mail? Don’t throw it away! Have your child make a fictitious order and add up the prices of items in the catalog. Even credit card offers can be compared to verify, which has the most lucrative offer. Do it together!

Bottom line: Math is fun – especially when you make it a creative part of your child’s day! Anything you have around the house can help your child enhance his or her counting, addition, and subtraction skills.

Reading tips

Read. Read More. Repeat.

—It can’t be said enough: Reading to your child during these formative years is perhaps the most important learning activity you’ll ever share with them. So do it often!

  • Reading expands your child’s vocabulary… ignites your child’s imagination… teaches proper grammar and syntax… and helps your child excel in every subject.

Tips to improve reading and enhance comprehension 

—Teach your child the letters of the alphabet from pre-school.
—Read out loud to your child ? or have your child read out loud to you – for 15 minutes every night.
—As your child reaches kindergarten, continue reading aloud and play rhyming games to enhance his or her awareness of phonics.

  • You can also help your toddler and pre-K child develop motor skills – which will make learning to write later on much easier – by having them play with clay, paint and scissors, etc.

—For Kindergarteners and up, be sure to check their comprehension after they’ve finished reading.

  • Some children are able to “read” the words very well, but don’t truly understand what they’re reading.
  • Asking “Why” questions is a good starting point, i.e., ‘Why was the girl happy? Why was the boy embarrassed?’

—Don’t be afraid to let your child “guess” about what’s going on in the story.

  • While your child should sound out, and not simply guess at, any unknown words, don’t discourage him or her from guessing where the story’s going. Let them look at the pictures and think about what’s happening. That’s a natural part of reading and comprehension – and shows a healthy and active imagination.

Bottom line: Everybody loves a good story. If your child is refusing or struggling to read, visit the library, bookstore, or Internet to find a book or story about a topic of interest to him or her. And if you can’t find one, why not make one up together? You can even print it out and have your child draw pictures to make their first published work!

Over all, the parent should teach these skills:
1. Increase child’s vocabulary
2. Teach him/her using pictures
3. Do it through repetitions
4. Use phonemics: develop their reading skill through rhymes
5. Utilize imagination and intrigue their curiosity
All this will better your child’s reading performance in school.

7 Reasons to Study in the UK

As the world’s 2nd largest destination for international student enrolment (1st is the USA), the UK has a lot to offer. The British pride themselves on their multiculturalism, and the cities are melting pots of different cultures and nationalities, who all contribute to the unique flavour of each district. Aside from the weather (which isn’t really that bad), there are some excellent colleges and universities in the UK and you will never be at a loss for new things to do.

1. Cost effective

It may not be the most obvious point (indeed, on paper the costs may look quite high), but the courses in the UK are shorter and more intense than in a lot of other countries, which means you can save money by studying for a shorter period of time for the same level of qualification. Most bachelor’s degrees in the UK take 3 years, and many master’s programs are only 1-2 years long.

2. Health care

Many international students can be treated on the NHS while in the UK. While it shouldn’t be the basis for a decision about where to study, it is a definite perk to living in the UK.

3. Working part-time

While studying on your (cost-effective) course, you should be able to work part-time to further help with your finances. Many visas allow students to work up to 20 hours per week while studying, and some even allow full-time work during holidays. This can both help with the costs of studying in the UK, and help you build up valuable experience and contacts in the UK to help you get a job once you have finished studying.

4. Standard of education

The UK is home to some of the finest universities in the world, with Oxford and Cambridge always in the international top 10, and other institutions such as Imperial College London and University College London appearing high up on the listings as well. Even if you do not study in these universities, the standard of education across the board is extremely high, and is valued by employers in the UK and across the world.

5. Improve your English

If you want to improve your English, where better to do it than the home of the language? While you need a degree of fluency to be admitted to many of the courses, your English will improve considerably once you are immersed in the language and have to speak it every day. Courses are excellent ways to help you to get a foundation in the language, but to achieve true fluency and understand jokes and accents it is best to speak English every day. Employers will also look very favourably at the fact that you can speak English well enough to live and study in the country.

6. Contacts and further opportunities

While you are studying and possibly working part-time, you will have the opportunity to make contacts and impress employers. This can be an important step in securing sponsorships for work visas, and helping you to settle in the UK on a permanent basis. If you would like to live in the UK, studying in the UK is an excellent place to start.

7. Gateway to Europe

While there is a lot of discover in the UK alone, it is very well positioned to explore Europe. Studying in London, for example, means you are just a few hours from Paris on the train, or Amsterdam, or Berlin, or many other beautiful cities throughout Europe. Living in the UK is truly an international experience, and even if you do not choose to go and explore the rest of Europe yourself.