Posts Tagged ‘education’

5 Things You’re Paying For That You Could Get For Free

Saving money doesn’t always mean you need to have to give up the things you enjoy. There are plenty of things we pay for everyday that you can find some savings on (making coffee instead of going to Starbucks) or even get for FREE with a few extra steps.

We’ve rounded up a few of the creature comforts you might not know you could snag for free with just a couple of easy steps.

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Exploring the World With Science: Water Cycle

Water is all around us. It affects every facet of our lives. We need water for survival; 80% of our bodies are made of water. But where does water come from? The warming of spring and summer provides the perfect time to get out and explore the water around us. While we are enjoying the lazy days on the lake or the rushing waves of the ocean, stop to take a few minutes to educate your little one on the importance of water and where it comes from.

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Momtrepreneur 101: Understanding Google Analytics

Having a website is a necessity for launching a new business. Whether you are a photographer, blogger, or a consultant, creating a place for potential customers to find you online is the most important step towards becoming an entrepreneur.

Launching a website is nothing like the Field of Dreams [If you build it, they will come]. Through hard work, a good foundation for SEO, and a solid hustler attitude your website can become a destination for identifying new customers and communicating with existing ones.

Need to install Google Analytics? This tutorial can get you started.

Once you’ve established a website, Google Analytics is how you know for certain if people are finding you, or if you are just shouting out in the void. At first Google Analytics can look like a foreign language, and while there are many things you can dive into in analytics, we’ve outlined the basics below.

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Greek Life For Non-Greek Parents

If you haven’t personally experienced fraternity and sorority life, chances are everything you know about “being Greek” comes from a combination of Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, and SNL.

These tongue in cheek depictions are far from the reality that young men and women experience throughout the country. We’ve put together some of the common questions that families want to ask before their son or daughter signs up for fraternity life.

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Rules for sending your crew to college

When you pack up the car and head off to the hallowed halls of college, it’s a far different world from when you kissed your baby goodbye outside the kindergarten classroom. As a parent, sending a child off to college is a huge accomplishment that should be recognized as its own important stage of life. With the “dangers” of co-ed dormitories, late night parties, and professors with high standards, you’ll cross your fingers and hope your son or daughter has everything they need to be successful during their four (or 5-6 years) of undergraduate education.

We’ve put together a list of rules you should be aware of when your baby packs up their bags and heads to campus for the first time.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Magnet Schools

When you have kids, you don’t realize exactly how many decisions you have to make just by the time they’re 5 or 6 years old (let’s not even talk about how many decisions you have to make by the time they’re adults and start making decisions for themselves!). It starts with the brand of diapers to use and breastfeeding versus bottle feeding and doesn’t stop. Before you realize it, you have to decide on where to enroll them in school. For most families, the days where there’s only one elementary school in town are over. Most of us have a slew of choices when it comes to schools – from traditional public schools to magnet schools, charter schools, and private schools. And there’s also the option of home schooling.

One great option in the public school system is a magnet school. You may not have considered a magnet school. You may not know what they are or whether they even exist in your area. They’re not offered in every school district, but if you’re lucky enough to have magnet schools in the mix, they’re definitely not an option to overlook.

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7 Different Learning Styles: How to Engage Your Learner

If your child is school age or approaching it, you may notice that they prefer learning one way over another. Don’t stress trying to put your child into a “learning style” box. No learning style is better than another. Most emerging learners are like people, better when they are a collaboration of many different styles and ideas. You may find some children have a more dominant style, while others have a dominant style that varies depending on the activity. Observe your child in play by themselves and with others; you may start to notice a natural preference.

There are seven main styles of learning: Visual, Aural, Verbal, Logical, Social, and Solitary. It is important to understand learning styles and how to better engage your child. You can work with your child in their preferred method for some learning, then try combining others ways to help learn from another approach. Below we’ve broken down what each one means and different ways to engage and challenge your emergent learner.

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Early Literacy and the Importance of Reading to Young Children

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

A child’s education begins at birth with external stimuli from the outside world. The impact of early childhood education on our children’s ever developing minds, especially between the ages of 0 to 5, is a huge factor in their continued successes throughout life. One area of significant development during these critical years is that of a child’s language and literary skills. Children who learn to love to read not only have a beautiful, imaginary world opened up to them, but also have measurably different successes in school, work, and life than others who do not possess proficient reading abilities.

As parents, teachers of our own children, and contributing members of the society in which we live, we need to become advocates for early and continuing literacy among our neighborhood children and adults.

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Momtrepreneur 101: How to Build an Easy Website

A website is one of the most powerful tools you can have for your business. From launching a new company to enriching an existing one, a good website will help you attract more customers, maintain business relations, and develop your brand.

Building a website can be a complicated process, but for most small business owners, less is more. Just like the last term paper you wrote, your website should focus on the five W’s of your company.

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“Cut it Out!” Cereal Box Tops With Dave Coulier

Remember those red dotted lines on the top of your favorite cereal box? The Box Tops; and now Box Tops is celebrating a major milestone by reinforcing its commitment to schools and offering new ways for people to get involved. Imagine if critical items like musical instruments and library books went missing from elementary schools around the country. Actor and comedian, Dave Coulier joins General Mills and Box Tops 4 Education to celebrate the program’s 20th birthday and show what the world might be like without Box Tops in the “Don’t Be Absent from School” campaign. As part of the initiative, he will be featured on specially marked packages of Cheerios cereal to help launch a sweepstakes that will give away $1 million in Box Tops for schools and remind people that every clip counts. Are you ready to cut-it-out?

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Daily Mom Book Club: A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for 8 Societies

From the moment you announce your pregnancy no matter where in the world you are living, as a new mother you will be offered tons of unsolicited and oftentimes unwanted advice. Every person seems to have an opinion on what to eat, how to birth your child, and of course, how to raise them once born. In many societies, in addition to the advice of others, you will also have a myriad of books to choose from, books on attachment parenting, books on raising independent children, books that tell you to breastfeed or to bottle feed. You will literally be inundated with information all of which you must filter through your own belief system and decide what is best for your child and your family.

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Momtrepreneur 101: Using Search Engines For Your Mommy Blog

Launching a new blog is hard enough, understanding all the nuances of how to be successful on the internet doesn’t have to be another part of the puzzle. Whether you are starting fresh or working on an existing site, improving how your website appears in Google will increase the number of visitors to your posts and grow the number of followers you have.

Google (and Bing, Yahoo, and all the other search engines) use algorithms to determine what their users are most likely looking for and serve relevant content. With strong content and an eye for search engine optimization (SEO), you can help increase where your site appears.

Today, we’ll share some best practices for how Mommy Bloggers can create a strong foundation for search engines and bring more readers to your posts.

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Momtrepreneur 101: SEO For Photographers

Photography is one of the most competitive businesses to be in. Years of study, high quality equipment, and a passion for capturing memories help photographers get started in the industry, but ultimately finding new customers is what will keep your company in the black.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is key to building a website that drives new customers to your business. If you can’t be found online, it’s challenging to launch and grow a business long term. We’ve put together a list of SEO basics that will help improve your photography website and give you the skills to start making small changes that can grow the numbers of visitors to your website.

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How to Use Hashtags Momtrepreneur 101

Added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2010, you are most likely familiar with hashtags throughout social media, but do you know where the term originated from and what the best practices are for how to use them?

Before social media took over the symbol, the lonely # [number or pound] sign was resigned to mailing addresses and pencil types. With limited use in everyday conversation, the pound sign was ideal for helping users of fast paced Twitter to group discussions in an easy to search platform. Since then, other social sites have adopted hashtag usage but few users understand how hashtags can be more than an aside at the end of your most recent post.

We’ve put together some tips and tricks for how to properly use hashtags on a variety of social sites and how Momtrepreneurs can capitalize on this social tool for growing your businesses.

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Women’s Suffrage 101

Being less than a week from the 2016 Presidential Election, it’s difficult to imagine a time when voting was not an option for a large portion of the population. Even so, women’s right to vote has only been around for 96 years.

No matter what side of politics you stand on, this year’s election is historical, demonstrating exactly how far the suffragist movement has come since Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott began the charge in 1848. We’ve compiled a quick overview of the highlights you need to know about women’s suffrage and how it has shaped the community we live in today.

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