Started out on the College Tour

We had to work hard to get the band in shape for the tour. Our drummer sort of flamed out on us, but that was not an entirely bad thing. He was a very difficult guy to get along with and he was not the world’s greatest drummer either. The guy we replaced him with is a lot more fun and a better drummer. He used to be with this high school band, but the other guys were terrible. It was the sort of band that would have to buy soundcloud followers. In fact he has to have his Mom’s permission to go play in bars with us. He is barely 18 years old and we are wondering if he is going to go to college in the Fall. » Read more: Started out on the College Tour

Selecting Educational Games for Kids

With a myriad of educational games on the market to do, it can be difficult to select appropriate ones for kids. This article will help you navigate the maze of options and find educational games that will be played with and enjoyed, rather than gathering dust on a game room shelf. The best educational games actively engage kids to think or do something, are fun and meet one or more of the following criteria:

· Foster learning through the development of new skills or the reinforcement of existing ones.

· Encourage creativity.

· Spark the imagination.

· Develop fine motor skills.

While games should be challenging, it is important that they not be too difficult or complex as to lead to frustration. Look at the rules for the game. If they are more than a few pages, consider if your child will be willing to learn them (or if they can be simplified). Games that are too complex to learn in a few minutes are much more likely to sit on a shelf. However, games that are quick to learn but difficult to master; such as classics like checkers, Othello and chess; are likely to be played repeatedly.

Think outside the box, especially for toddler educational games. Stacking cups, building blocks and chunky puzzles are perfect for toddlers learning grasping and other fine motor skills. The associated actions, such as knocking down the stack, will help keep toddlers entertained for longer and continue to build valuable skills.

Look for educational games in unusual places. Art stores often have complex Scratch Art, stained glass coloring pages, math pattern books and other types of media that are fun, educational and different. Work on color mixing by experimenting with homemade play dough and food coloring or learn common kitchen science with experiments using common household ingredients.

Look for fun games and activities that focus on skill development areas. For instance, you can build problem solving skills with brain-teasers that range from easy to complex. Beginning with ones that are easy builds confidence so that kids are willing to tackle the complex tasks in the harder levels.

Do not overlook the classic games in the search for something new and different. Classic games stand the test of time for a reason and are often offer the best in simple strategy games. A game does not need a 20 page instruction booklet to be educational.

Finally, look for games that you, as the purchaser, would like to play. Someone is going to be playing with the kids so it should be fun and interesting for you as well.

The Best Education Can Provide Dental Health For Life

Helping a patient to take control of his or her own oral health remains one of the most satisfying and rewarding activities of my dental career. Educating patients and providing information empowers them to take control of their own health. Information about all the advanced procedure available in dentistry today is essential but the most important information is often the very basics in oral care and this knowledge fosters a desire to know more.

An informed patient will take control of his/her own oral health developing good habits and disciplines not only for him/herself but for the entire family.

Few people realize the dangers associated with poor oral health. Many are oblivious of the fact that more people lose their teeth due to gum related diseases than any other disease affecting the dentition. The important general health risks and hazards associated with gum disease are underestimated. Tooth loss is just the beginning of what could become serious general health concerns.

The best care your dentist can give you is by starting with a thorough examination of your gums. If you happened to have the following signs please consult your dentist ASAP:

* Red gums, swollen, tender or bleeding during flossing/brushing
* Loose teeth
* Bad breath
* Exposed root surfaces

Periodontal disease can affect your overall health seriously and remember, this is also called the “silent disease” for one reason; you are not aware of it since you do not necessarily experience any pain! Once your gums are healthy you can safely proceed with any further important treatment. Your dentist should be able to provide you with all the options of treatment varying from preventative, restorative or cosmetic care. The patient should always be in the fortunate position to make informed choices about the dental treatment required.

In the real world you and your partner, the dentist, can achieve Dental Health for Life with a perfect smile and receive the “razzle dazzle” as an extra bonus.

If a patient maintains good oral hygiene after completion of a treatment course, the 6 or 9-monthly visits to the dentist should only be to confirm that all is OK with an “all clear” stamp of approval, thus becoming proof that Dental Health for Life is indeed achievable and a fact not fiction.

How to Deliver the Best Education for Your Kids

There are many factors that add up to our child’s education and how it is delivered. School is not the only place for learning and ensuring that the home environment is a comfortable and stimulating area of learning is vital. As parents there are many things that we can do with our children from a very young age to ensure they have the best education and that it is delivered the way it should be. We have put together just a few ideas that will help make sure that your child receives the education that they deserve. Whether they are a budding Little Harvard student, interested in the creative arts or of a mathematical nature there are plenty of things that you can do to help, take a look!

Be Interested

Show interest in your child’s schoolwork and it will pay off. Do not limit the amount of time that you are able to dedicate to your child’s work and extend your support to his/ her teacher too. Keep in contact with their teacher by phone or email so that there is an open relationship to discuss any issues that may arise. This will ensure that both parent and teacher feel comfortable to discuss anything to do with the child’s education.

Study/ Homework Space

School environments are purposely built to ensure that each child has a suitable work space that is ideal for learning. They are made up of plenty of light, a comfortable desk and chair, lots of supplies and space. A similar environment should exist at home where your child can sit down in the evenings to do their homework. This makes things a lot easier for the child to complete assignments and it is the perfect place that you can help out with their work too. Make sure their desk is well equipped with necessary school supplies and a desk lamp for the ideal study space.

Healthy Habits

Healthy eating habits are vital for children of a young age. Childhood obesity is at an epidemic level and it’s time we do something to prevent it. Eating a healthy breakfast each morning is vital, encourage daily exercise and limit the amount of time spent watching television and playing with games consoles. It is very important that your child has a regular sleeping pattern also, choose a bedtime that suits your child making sure that they get plenty of sleep and stick to it on a daily basis.

Encourage and Succeed

One of the best and most effective ways to prepare our children for success in school in by showing optimism in their work and encouraging them to do well. Success starts at home and by giving your children a sense of ability, they are more likely to achieve goals and progress well in school. By making the expectation clear at home and promoting learning your child will be the best student that they can be.

Do not forget that those first years are one of the most important where your child grows and develops itself. For that investing time and effort for their education is essential. Home is where it all begins, so make sure you provide the right environment, love and support to spur and deliver the best education for your kids.