Archive for January, 2009

write-your-goals1Writing is never easy, especially when you encounter the so-called “writer\’s block”. Add to that process, the idea of synchronizing melody to the words you write – now that is even more difficult. With the many hit songs

in mass media today, it\’s hard to find your own voice as a songwriter. If you\’re thinking on how to write a song, we have come up with seven easy steps to get you started:

1. Be Inspired. Oftentimes, a songwriter can come up with a hundred hindrances for writing. Yet one of the biggest challenges of being a songwriter is motivating oneself. The first step on learning how to write a song is to get that mental and emotional stimulation. You have to set your mind on a goal, and that is to come up with a great song at the end of the day.

2. Stay With It. Once you have captured that subject of inspiration, stay with it. You have to set your frame of mind to work on that idea. Make sure you are in a place where you\’re comfortable to write and express your ideas. Most songwriters prefer to sit in a quiet place with good scenery. Others favor an ambiance with relaxing music to soothe their thought flow.

3. Have Fun. You might be thinking, “How will this help me concentrate on my subject?” Having fun is an essential part in learning how to write a song. You have to find joy and fulfillment in what you are doing. Once you start writing, you can now play with words and work on your lyrics. Explore the possibilities of working with an instrument on hand. At the moment you get part of your desired melody, continually play it to stir up more tunes to add to your music.

4. Expand Your Horizons. Keep your ideas flowing. In this way, you can begin to develop your initial material. Reread the lyrics you\’ve written and expound on them. Construct a story about your subject or create another voice in your melody. Try to form progression in the chords of the song\’s tune.

5. Make Music Out of Lyrics. Use metaphorical descriptions and rhythmic patterns to titivate your song. It helps to know a little of poetry and literature to help influence your work. Bear in mind that in knowing how to write a song, it also helps to have knowledge on your genre of music.

6. Listen to Your Song. Once you\’ve come up with the lyrics and the melody to beat, make sure you listen to the entire song. While doing so, ask yourself if you are satisfied with your work and what you can do to make it better. The process of self-critique helps polish your song. Make sure you edit the necessary words that don\’t have nuance to the theme of your music. At the same time, make sure that the melody is plausible to your chosen subject.

7. Let Someone Listen. Your song is finished. The best way to know if you\’ve done well is to have someone listen to the product of your hard work. Feedback is vital in improving your next creation. Learning how to write a song from another person\’s point of view will make you grow as a songwriter.


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Furniture in the preschool classroom should support children’s independence in meeting their routine care needs and in conducting their play and learning activities. Basic preschool furniture from Kaplan for routine care includes tables and chairs for meals and snacks, including infant seats and high chairs as well as child-size tables and chairs; cribs, cots, mats for rest or nap; diapering table and storage for diapering supplies; and cubbies for storage of children’s personal items and creative work. Additional preschool furniture available from Kaplan to facilitate specific types of play includes easels for art activities, sand and water tables, workbenches, and dramatic play furniture.


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Step to GMAT Success

1. Set a Dated Goal for when you’d like to write the GMAT.

  • Learn how to register
  • Mark it on your calendar
  • This serves as a visual indicator for your preparation
  • You may want to count down the days to help you time manage your studying
  • Get familiar with the format 

2. Create a Study Schedule

  • Integrate practice exercises that help you master all three sections.
  • Utilize the GMAT Question Bank as it is a great resource to practice all forms of questions other than the essay
  • Write Sample Essays with exercises
  • Brush up on the Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument then write practice essays to prepare yourself

3. Create the Study Zone

  • Set up a place or zone that will be your GMAT haven
  • Set a time each day or each week that you will sit down and prepare
  • Keep track of break times, make sure to take them, you need this time to let the information sink in
  • Keep track of what you’re covering, keep a calendar on hand

3. Know the Concepts

  • LearnHub has excellent resources that you can use to brush up on
  • Check out the list of Lessons to read up on Reading Comprehension , or GMATQualitative Sample Problems
  • Tests available to include Probability and Verbal Practice

5. Practice Makes Perfect

  • Whether you’re actively participating in the GMAT Question Bank or doing Testskeep an eye on your time (the timer feature works wonders for this!!)
  • Pacing and budgeting your time for each question is crucial
  • 2 minutes per question should be sufficient
  • Write a Practice Essay
  • Get a friend to read over your essay, do it in the required amount of time (30 minutes). Do you have spelling mistakes? Does your argument flow?

5. Relax, sleep and absorb

  • Never overexert your brain
  • Taking breaks and sleeping the full amount lets your body absorb what you’ve practiced and learned
  • Don’t cram your studying, the longer you pace yourself, the more you’ll retain
  • Don’t skip your breaks, use them to let you unwind

6. Consult Others

  • Use the GMAT Discussions to connect with others just like you
  • You have the ability to form study sessions and question forums right on LearnHub in these forums, so make use of the tools given
  • Students just like you are creating amazing resources which both improves and enhances their own skills and learning ability as well as gives you more resources to review
  • Teach one another!! To teach someone a concept, means you must know it 10 times better in order to explain such things to someone else. Feel free to post lessons, tests, questions, debates and discussions.

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January Preschool Program Ages 2 years to 5 years  

Series I

Series II

Series III

Weekly Themes:
Snowmen &
Snowflakes, Winter Welcome, Opposites,

Warm Winter,

Artic Animals,
So…Snowy, Our Bodies

Twelve Months a Year,

All Snowed In, Rhyme Time, & Wheels in Motion

Mm, Nn, Oo
Mm, Ww, Zz

Tt, Vv, Yy








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Winter Waltz


1. Music CD player with music. Any type of Waltzing music, 2. Two pieces of wax paper per child ( pieces must be big enough so that the child can stand on the wax paper) 3. Lots of room for skating.

Description: Transform your room into an imaginary frozen pond or skating rink. Give the children two pieces of wax paper that they are to stand on. Have the wax paper pre-cut ahead of time. Remind the children that the paper is slippery and the magical skates will work better if they glide, keeping their feet firmly planted on the wax paper. Play some waltzing music and have the children ‘feel’ the music and skate around. 

Comments: The wax paper works well on carpet and tile flooring. Remind the children to skate slowly. 

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Why is Music Important for Kids?

childrenThis question has been debated for as long as time has existed. Even the great Greek and Roman philosophers approached the question: is music something that should be taught and does it help the development of children? Plato answered “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all arts are the keys to learning.” And again “what then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.”

In all cultures of the world music plays an important role. While these roles may change depending on the culture it is impossible to separate music from the life of an individual. While some may argue the role of music in our lives it is impossible to escape it. Even in the popular culture of Australia it is impossible to go shopping without hearing music. Music provides a means of communication and expression of culture and individual identity.

Children are immersed in music from birth and will be for their entire life. If this is the case why teach it? Is not the constant immersion in music enough? To this I say; is the fact that we witness the results of scientific principals on a day to day basis result in the understanding of those scientific principles? No it does not and likewise for music it does not either. The day to day encounters we have with music can move us but the understanding of this music can help us grow as individuals.

In many cultures the family plays the main role in music education. Families are most commonly the ones that teach children the music of their culture. As young children, we are commonly sung nursery rhymes. These provide entertainmentfor the child and often information in small repeated fashion. Children learn through the repetition and structure that the information was delivered in. many nursery rhymes teach fundamental life lesson and therefore sets music up as a means of educating. Children learn from music from a young age and will continue to for the rest of their lives. In a world where globalization and consumerism are dominating cultural identities are drifting into the background and children are more likely to be sung pop songs as lullaby’s than nursery rhymes. The benefit of nursery rhymes and progressive learning has become an issue. Children are missing out on fundamental learning opportunities.

The Mozart effect which gained a large following in the 1990’s claimed that listening to Mozart as a baby will make a child smarter. While this movement was short lived and there is little proof that it works there has been no denying that children who learn music will achieve higher in other aspects of their academic life. In earning music children learn to express their identities, gain confidence and develop sense of time and space. A research team at the university of Munster in Germany discovered that students who study music have more developed abstract reasoning skills which are closely linked to learning in the areas of science and maths.

I do not believe that there is any argument to this question…music is a vital part of a child’s education and should be taken seriously. Listening to music is not enough! A child must learn to think musically and that is what will help assist the development of the child and their academic development.

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