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Practice Before You Take The Test

Before you get into a business of building houses, you will likely need to take a test to prove that you know what you’re doing with the equipment and the design. You can take classes at most community colleges, and before you get any kind of certificate, you can take practice exams online or from a book to make sure you remember the information that you have learned.

When you take a practice exam, you need to make notes on the material that you don’t know so that you can go back and study it before the final test. You can usually take as many practice tests as you need to take so that you are comfortable with the format and know of the way that the tests are set up before taking the final exam. The practice tests will often have different questions on each test. This is why you can take as many as you want in order to make sure you have the information in your mind before getting your certificate or degree. After you know the material, you can take the test that you need to complete so that you can begin your career in building homes.

Things You Need When You Teach Your Kids How To Read

Mother-child background credit: Bill Frymire

Mother-child background credit: Bill Frymire

Learning how to read is one of the biggest achievement every young kid can achieve and much to every parent’s happiness. Reading is one of the main skills a child can learn to make studying easy like a breeze.

However, teaching a first timer to read is not an easy feat. Parents must know the basics of reading and phonetics and they should have handy tools and resources to use to make reading a great learning experience for the young ones.

As you begin the process of teaching your child to read on an early start, you must establish the method you will use. Once you have done that, it is important to have these tools and resources ready to aid your child in the fun ways of learning how to read and making the experience a fulfilling one.

Study Table

Study Table

Invest on a study desk for your child to have access too. Make the environment inviting rather than intimidating. Your study area is bigger and taller and not as colorful as a kid’s. Make the study desk colorful and spacious enough for your child to put on more learning tools. 


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Alphabet Blocks

Alphabet Blocks

When starting to teach your kids at an early age, you can begin with showing alphabet blocks to them. Show each letter and say out loud how they are pronounced. 


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High Quality Educational Alphabet Foam Puzzle Floor Mat for Kids

High Quality Educational Alphabet Foam Puzzle Floor Mat for Kids

Another great items to have for your kids’ reading is the installation of alphabet foam floors. These floors are colorful and has big letters on them. You can make reading a great play time too. Ask your kid to step on certain foam floor pattern and teach him the sound of the alphabet it corresponds to and make him say it loud. Make it a game for him or her later on so that your kid will be engaged in the learning process.


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Children’s books with pictures and big printed letters

Children's books with pictures and big printed letters

A learning experience is not complete without using children’s books. Buy books that have big, bold printed letters and funny and colorful pictures on them to hold on the interest of your child longer.


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Invest on book collections like Dr. Seuss’s books for kids. This is one the book collections I bought my daughter when I started teaching her how to read. The drawings and pictures in the book held my daughter’s interest longer and at the same time, the book has great lessons to be learned. This books from Dr. Seuss also taught my daughter to appreciate different ways of writing artistically. 


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Magnetic Drawing Board

Magnetic Drawing Board

Another tool that will be useful for your kid’s reading progress is to associate it with writing. Children tend to remember easily the words they have learned how to read when they write it too. This will also help your child to learn writing at the same time. 

The process of learning alphabets, their sounds and the words they can create while hearing them and seeing them in written form will reinforce new learning.


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Once you have seen your kid’s progress as he or she learns how to be a progressive reader, allow your child to read out loud to you and ask interactive questions. Do not ask difficult questions as your child is just learning how to read. Ask questions such as “who is the character in the story?” Make him or her also understand the meaning of the new words he or she is learning to read and you will be amazed by your child’s progress as you go along.

Make reading a fun learning experience and a great moment to bond with your young ones.

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Exams And Certifications To Take When You Want To Upgrade In Your Career

A lot of people thought that once they leave the academic life and pursue their careers, their learning will end on that very moment. The truth of the matter is that learning never ends. You continue to pick up information like a sponge and you get full of them as the years go by. However, for many career-minded people, they take learning a step further by enrolling in graduate school, enlisting in on-job-training and mentoring, others even pursue another course as a part time student. All these undertaking will give them a better chance in climbing the corporate ladder as what most corporations these days need.

If you are one of the millions of career men and women who are striving hard to achieve that next promotion through learning and developing further, it is best to note some of these exams. Here are some examples of certification and exams which will add weight under your belt and give you the edge in the competition.

For the Health field:

  • Certification for Professional in Healthcare Management (CPHM)

This certification is for healthcare professionals who aim to further understand the history, legal aspects, challenges, and trends in the field of healthcare management.

  • Certification for Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)

This certification is open to individuals who have completed a program in Health Information Management.

  • Medical Certifications and Exams in Medical Billing, Medical Coding, Medical Auditing and Medical Compliance

These various certifications and exams given for health care professionals who wish to validate their knowledge and expertise in certain areas in the health industry.

  • National Certification Examinations for School Nurses (CSN)

This is given to school nurses and offered twice a year across the USA. It is a computer-based examination held in testing centers around the US.

For the IT-Related field:

All these exams and certifications given below are good career boosters for those in the IT industry. Any certifications and exams taken will further validate your potential, skill and knowledge set in your line of expertise. Thus, making you more bankable for career advancement.

  • Oracle Exams
  • Cisco Exams
  • Microsoft Certification and Exams
  • Adobe Certifications
  • CompTIA Certification
  • Network Appliance Certification
  • IBM Certification and Exams

For Education/Legal field:

Teachers, teacher’s aides and paralegal personnel are also required to go through series of examinations and certifications to ensure that they meet the requirements provided by the government to fulfill the nature of their jobs. Once certified, the chances of moving vertically in their chosen field will be a good possibility as they are certified by virtue of completing the exams and other training programs.

  • Teacher Certification
  • Paralegal Certification

Preparing My Daughter For College Admission

My daughter will soon be a bona fide college student. We are already preparing her for it as early as now and now is the right time to start reviewing her for the college entrance exams.

Time is a very important factor in making sure that my daughter will ace the entrance exams and that she will get to the university of her choice. My husband and I have our own preference but we will leave the decision for her to make.

So far, we have already bought a reviewer for her to study at least every weekend.  I have designated a time for her to focus on the reviewer at least 2 hours on Thursdays (our weekend here) and another 2 on Fridays. Her schedule right now is very hectic because she is catching up on Filipino and Social Studies which of course, she didn’t have when she was in a British school. My time now is pressed to meet all the demands of my daughter’s future and success in acing the exams.

I hope she will do well and that she will get in the school she really likes. Well, whenever she is asked, she always say she wanted to be in my alma mater – De La Salle University. Good choice, I’d say. 

Westminster School In Dubai Is Closing In 2014

I received a text in the morning before I went to work. I didn’t even have time to read my mails last night as I was so tired. So, on a rainy Monday morning, my whole day was ruined after I read the email sent by my daughter’s school’s company. Here’s why – The Westminster School (TWS)  in Dubai is closing its doors in 2014. Come again?

I’m still reeling about the news. It’s so unfair that the school my daughter has loved for many years and has become her second home is shutting down because of the inability to provide “quality education” and allow improvement in amenities and infrastructure  because of low tuition fees and lack of funding. This move has been approved by the Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Agency. The owner of GEMS, the company behind my daughter’s school and other institutions in the UAE decided to close TWS without consulting the parents.

Is everything all about money in this country? Educators’ role is to provide quality education because it is their passion and it is what they have sworn to do. I know it is imperative to be equally paid for the services you offer as an educator; however, I do not agree on the fact that the quality of education will suffer because there’s no money to go around. That’s very commercial. Where is the passion and the dedication to serve and teach?

My hubby and I sat down with our daughter to discuss all these issues now. We need to sort this out before March as we all have a deadline. No one is happy. I just feel so sorry for my daughter and the other students who will bear the grunt of this unfair decision.

If they needed money (all for business’ sake and capitalism!), at least have the decency to gather the parents around for a consensus. If a hike is necessary then so be it. Closing a school means closing the student’s right to a decent education. There’s no other TWS. There’s only one and the evil hands of commercialism have to close it down! The Dubai authorities should also consider their ruling in tuition hikes. I’m very disappointed. Everything just leads to money, money, money!

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