Look To the Western Sky

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Category: education

Wonderful Graduation Gifts for the Graduates

What gifts can you give to graduates now that they have completed the course and reached their goals? Looking for something to add to that check you are writing for them? Flowers provide the best option for your special gift to the person you want to congratulate for making it to graduation. There are plenty of choices online, but a florist can give you something special to give as a gift on Graduation Day.

Flower Bouquets

One way to gift your dear brother, sister, or friends is through a florist delivery of a beautiful hand bouquet. Graduation flowers can be the prettiest gift you can give them to let them know how happy and proud you are for completing the course. With a lovely flower arrangement or plants in pots, you can make the Graduation Day celebration more special.

Greeting Cards

Whether you personally make the card or you buy one from a store, giving a card full of meaningful and thoughtful messages will make them feel special. This is just one day of celebration for all the days they dedicated their time and effort to study and reach their goals.

Special Gift Items

There are hundreds of gift items available at a flower shop. With the help of the florist, you can find the right items to give them. Whether you want to give a special bag or book, or a memorable picture of his or her hard work in school, you can always ask for help from a florist.

Personalized Gifts

You can also choose to give them personalized gifts, like paper flowers, handmade bags, hand-printed wall decorations, and many more. Get ideas online or from the florists, in case you want to know more unique ideas for Graduation Day gifting.

Basket or Hamper of Gifts

You can always give special baskets or hampers of gifts on this special day. When you give or send them any gifts, you can expect them to cherish the items for the rest of their lives.

Completing the studies whether on the elementary, secondary, or university level is a challenging journey. Your brother, sister, friend or loved ones deserve the best and most wonderful graduation gifts on their day of graduation. Let them know that you are proud and happy for their achievements. On this special day, send them thoughtful gifts with a surprise gift of flowers to appreciate what they accomplished.

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Does Your School Put Too Much Pressure On Your Children? Should You Consider Home School?

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The one place in a child’s life that is going to have a huge impact on them is their school. This is where they will learn to interact with people on their own level, gain the basics of an education to get them through exams and subsequent college entry, and where they will learn how to handle themselves in a variety of situations. Of course, choosing to home educate doesn’t mean that they won’t get that same treatment, but the school environment has a huge influence on our children and their future. The question that you must always ask yourself as a parent is whether that influence is a positive one or not.

Schools tend to err on the side of exams and statistics. They outline the curriculum based on what children need to know, with parental support for the practical side of education and the more “common sense” items that we all learn as we go through life. At school, children will be taught to sit at desks or tables and focus, to sit still and to be quiet while the teacher is talking. It’s the way most schools have always been run, and it’s what can often put too much pressure on some children.

Children do not all absorb the information in the same way; and while many schools praise children who have a good memory for things like multiplication facts and historical dates, there is more to learning than this memorization approach. Yes, children will need to know their basic arithmetic facts, and yes, there’s a lot of positives for learning good phrases & creative writing words in English class. The lessons themselves are not usually the problem; often, it’s the expectations put upon the children that is the main issue. Many schools may not take into account that three out of four children could be great at “desk learning”, but that one in four may need some visual aids or movement to retain the information. It really depends on children’s learning style. Schools are often not equipped to handle too many different learning styles because budgets are stretched enough as it is.

As a parent, having a  close relationship with your child’s school is helpful, so that you can ascertain whether your child is struggling under pressure or not. If they are, then you could start to assess whether the school environment is the right one for your child. Some children do far better when home educated; it’s more relaxed, more concentrated on what the child is interested in and offers your child the chance to meet different people from all walks of life.

School determines so many factors in life – from the college that they attend to the job they have eventually – but it’s not the only way to learn. Sometimes, the school environment puts pressure on our children unnecessarily, and it’s going to be your job to make the world of learning exciting for your kids when this happens. Understanding the signs of undue stress can help you to decide whether your child is managing okay at school or not.