Month: April 2016

10 Reasons Your Kid should Participate in Competitions

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Each year there are lots of competitions held for K-12 students around the globe. The competitions can focus on science, engineering, technology, writing, arts and more.

Here’s why your kid should enter:

 

  1. Millions of dollars in scholarships are awarded each year.
  2. Kids have a chance to mingle with other kids from all over the world at many of the competitions. Learning to speak up and to communicate with kids from other cultures is super beneficial in this rapidly expanding global economy.
  3. Kids will network and work with some of the brightest professionals in the field.
  4. Participating in competitions is a great activity to put on a future resume and will give you kid a better opportunity for getting into a school of their choice and future employment.
  5. Kids will begin building a list of contacts of professionals along with other like-minded kids that can help them as they progress in their careers.
  6. Kids will not only be learning skills in a particular field but they will also be learning leadership, communication, and teamwork skills, too.
  7. Kids will enrich their self-esteem and confidence by seeing a project through to completion.
  8. It’s fun!
  9. Competitions are a great way for kids to explore future career options.
  10. If your kid wins and even if they don’t doors will open for them that might not have been possible. Some kids have received seed money to start a business while other kids have gone on to sell their artworks to help fund college.

Click here for a list of some of the competitions held each year. To find others, check with your school counselor, or science teacher, and with your local universities.

 

April 28 Take Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Every parent who has the opportunity should participate in Daughters and Sons to Work Day and here’s why:

Your child will…

1. Be exposed to the work environment. They’ll get to see your work space, your computer, where you eat, conference rooms, labs, and the inner workings of a business. Seeing where you work can help your child begin to understand what it means when you say you have to go to work. They’ll be able to picture exactly where you’re going.

2. Be exposed to different departments within a business such as human resources, accounting, engineering, and other departments they might not know are possibilities for careers.

3. Have a chance to participate in programs your company has sponsored for the day.

4. Meet kids of your co-workers.

5. Be exposed to a new location and meet new kids in a new setting outside of school. The more unique situations your child becomes exposed to as they grow and the more new people they meet will help them become more confident in handling new settings as they grow.

6. Learn what your company does. Many companies provide tours.

7. Get a learning opportunity outside of school.

Gives you the chance to…

1. Brag on your kids.

2. Spend some quality bonding time with your kids.

3. Start educating your child how working is connected to receiving a paycheck.

Parents check with the human resources department at your company to see if your company participates in Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If they do, use this parents checklist for planning. If your company doesn’t participate consider discussing the benefits of doing so. Here’s a Bright Ideas Guide you can share with your company.

Kids  click here  to find out how to make the most of spending the day with your parent at work.

Teachers click here here for a teacher’s toolkit.

If you don’t have a child click here to see how you can become a mentor.

Let’s give our children a voice as they grow and become the workforce of the future.

How to Create a Career Journal

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Creating a Career Journal can be a fun project for kids to start collecting ideas on what they want to be when they grow up. It’s also a great way to for kids to learn how to RESEARCH, develop their WRITING skills, and apply their IMAGINATION by personalizing their journals.

How to get started:

Create a page on What I Like To Do

Each day write down at least one thing you had fun doing. Keep the list going as you progress through school. In time, you’ll build a list that will help you narrow down the types of jobs you might find interesting by matching job duties  to your list of likes.

(Note: For small kids, help them find a picture from a magazine or the internet of a job that might look fun and put it in their journal. Write down one word that describes why your kid thought that job looked fun.)

Create a page on each type of career you might like.  Then research to answer the following questions:

I think I might like to be a  _______.

What I think is fun about being a ________.

What type of work this career does. (Ways to find out might include interviewing a person doing the job, go to the library and check out a book on that career, or click on one of the links under WEBSITES from the home page.)

What education will I’ll need to become a ________.

What are the skills I’ll need to become a _________.

What types of tools or equipment a ________ uses.

EXAMPLE:

teacher

I think I might like to be a MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER.

What I think is fun:

  1. Working with kids and seeing them grow and learn
  2. Writing lesson plans
  3. Partnering with other teachers and parents

What do teachers do? (click here for a list of tasks)

  1. Write lesson plans to meet the needs of students
  2. Work with parents and other professional on academic needs of students
  3. Assign lessons and homework and grade papers
  4. Keep accurate records on each student

What type of education is needed to become a teacher? at minimum a Bachelor’s degree.

What type of skills are needed to be a teacher? (click here for a list of skills)

  1. Instructing – able to teach others how to do something
  2. Listening – able to listen to others and hear what they are saying
  3. Writing – being able to write clear instructions

What types of tools or equipment do teachers use? (click here for a list of tools )

  1. Computers
  2. Books
  3. Touch Screen Monitors

 

In her book,The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories Jennifer Hallissy provides more simple ideas on making a Daily Journal, An Inventor’s Log book, A Field Guide to Nature, and more.

The earlier you start researching careers, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to declare your major in college and you have to start focusing on learning about one particular career.

 

 

Summer Camps – 10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend

 

Summer Camp

1. Camps make Learning Fun!

Camps give kids the opportunity to learn outside the classroom and without the pressure of being graded. Activities are structured to be fun learning experiences.

2. Camps provide Hands On Experience!

Camps give kids the opportunity to obtain hands on experience in a career field they’ve shown interest in. There are numerous camps that are focused on engineering, science, business, robotics, arts, writing, medicine and plenty more career specific fields. If your kid doesn’t know what they want to be yet, these camps are a great way to start testing out different career fields.

3. Camps teach Teamwork!

Camps give kids the experience of working in teams. Success in any career field depends not only on skill in the field but the ability to work with people.

4. Camps provide Global Interaction!

Many camps are truly a global experience as they include participants from around the world. Let’s face it we are living in a global economy. The earlier kids are introduced to other cultures the greater their chance for success in a global world.

5. Camps teach Perseverance!

Even in camp, some projects will succeed, some will fail. Kids will learn how to deal with everyday challenges many workers face on their jobs during the creation process and how to persevere when obstacles are encountered.

6. Camps teach Confidence & Self-esteem!

Working in teams and even being a team leader will help boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem. In addition kids will gain confidence when challenging themselves in activities at levels beyond the classroom and without the pressure of being graded.

7. Camps teach Independence!

Meeting new friends and being in a new location will help your kid to start becoming comfortable with making decisions on their own while still having experienced leaders to help guide them.

8. Camps provide Mental Stimulation!

Challenging activities teach your child the process of using critical thinking skills to solve problems.

9. Camps allow for success with Change!

New routines, new friends, new locations, and new ways of learning help your child become more comfortable with working with and accepting change.

10. Camps Build Life-Long Friendships!

Camps are where many life-long friendships are formed. Kids stay in touch and as they move on in their careers they have a network of friends to call on for support.

For a list of over 2,000 summer camps click here: CAMPS

There are summer camps in your area, nationwide, and internationally. Check out your local universities for summer programs as well as park & rec departments.

Happy Camping!