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An Online Chemistry Degree will give you a vast range of career options. You can get a degree in this fascinating field of study online conveniently. The field of chemistry is vast and has numerous areas of specialization like materials, physical, organic, inorganic, nano-science, environmental, and biological chemistry.

It takes four years to complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. The undergraduate degrees feature fundamental chemistry courses including physics, mathematics, and biology. An online chemistry degree will help you get jobs in the chemical industry in entry-level positions. You can also teach high school level chemistry classes too. If you want to research at a pharmaceutical, university or biotechnology firm, you need a master’s or Ph.D. degree in chemistry.

The 4-year college degree can help you get admission to advanced degree programs (e.g., graduate school, law school, medical school). You need at least 18 graduate credit hours to teach in college. Some of the career options in chemistry include environmental law, space exploration, plastics industry, military systems, agro-chemistry, technical writing, oceanography, metallurgy, ceramics industry, medicine

The online degrees help you to save a lot of time and costs. After completing a degree, you have career options in the private and public sectors. The Chemistry degrees are available from associate to doctoral levels. The associate degree will prepare you in basic lab assistance work, including handling and cleaning equipments. The bachelor’s degree will help you in developing skills in chemical analysis which will also give you job opportunities in the lab. The graduate and doctoral level can help you in running a lab and participate in research and (Read more ...)

I absolutely love The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I am not sure why. It first aired in 1970 which is the year I was born. I have vague memories of my parents watching it while I was a child but I did not discover it until Nick at Nite began airing the episodes sometime in the early 1990s. I immediately fell in love with this show. I knew Mary Tyler Moore from her role as Laura Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show (another of my favorite shows) but this was a totally different type of role. This Mary had a career outside of the home. She was 30 and still single. She struggled with boyfriends, friends, work, and life in general. You just had to love Mary and the crazy bunch of people she worked with in the newsroom and her quirky best friends, Phyllis and Rhoda.
Most sitcoms up to this time centered on families. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of the first sitcoms to take place in the workplace the majority of the time.
Some of my favorite episodes include:
# 15 “Howard’s Girl”
Mary dates Paul Arnell who happens to be the brother of her former boyfriend, Howard Arnell. His parents keep insisting that Mary and Howard are engaged despite the protestations of Mary. Therefore, Paul and Mary have to stop seeing each other.
#40 “Feeb”
Mary hires an incompetent ex-waitress as her assistant because she feels guilty for having gotten the girl fired from her waitressing job. The girl is beyond horrible and Mary covers up her mistakes so she won’t get fired again. Finally, Mary loses it when the incompetent girl is given a raise due to the great job “she” has been doing. In reality, Mary has been doing all of the work.
#47 “Some of My Best Friends Are Rhoda”
Mary strikes up a (Read more ...)

Many reading experts point to four methods proven effective in teaching reading: phonics, look and say, the language experience approach, and the context support method. However, a newer method, syllabics, might be gaining ground as a viable, even preferred, method for teaching children to learn to read. Each method warrants a closer look.

Teaching Reading with Phonics

The use of phonics to teach reading is perhaps the most widely used and most easily recognized method in play today. Teaching children to read using the phonics method begins with teaching the alphabet and the sound associated with each letter. Reading begins with short, two-letter, words and blends which are easy for the child to “sound out”. After mastering two-letter words, children move on to three-letter words, then four-letter words, and more.

The main criticism of teaching reading using phonics is that the method gives children the introduction they need to letter sounds so that they can manage words that can be read phonetically, but does little to prepare them for words that are not phonetically regular (such as vowels). This method also requires that children be provided with sufficient phonetic reading material. Creative teaching formats also have to be used to keep children from getting bored with the method.

Look and Say Reading

The look and say reading method is also known as look-see or the whole-language approach. With look and say reading, a child learns the whole word at once rather than as a series of letters or sounds. To teach whole words, the instructor may use flashcards and/or pictures to represent the word. The teacher might sound out the word for the child and ask the child to repeat the word rather than sound it out for (Read more ...)

Choosing Financial Literacy Curriculum

Today’s high school and college age youth face many financial challenges and find the ‘old-school’ financial literacy curriculum boring. It is important to provide today’s youth an exciting way to pick up critical money and entrepreneurship lessons.

Teens and young adults tend to learn more from example than anything else. Practicing financially responsible spending habits and then explaining how and why you spend money on the things you do is a great way to reinforce strong financial behavior. Having a practical financial literacy curriculum as support will help you teach important guidelines to your child. This allows them to be more financially responsible in the way they deal with everyday finances as well as long-term expenses. Making sure you instill your responsible spending habits into your child is a very important part of preparing them for financial independence.

Many schools have started offering a financial literacy curriculum for students, either in the form of economics classes or classes geared specifically towards preparing students to be financially responsible in college or independent living. Economics classes can teach students about the banking system, loans, long term investments, and the credit/debit systems but most concentrate on theory.

Financial education classes generally teach students about how to manage expenses in college, how much they can expect to pay for certain things, and how to be financially responsible with how they invest their money. There are also programs both on local and nationwide scales that can help parents learn better ways of teaching their kids to be financially responsible with their money.

The best thing you can do to prepare students for financial (Read more ...)

It is important to develop an appreciation for art and creativity in your child. Encouraging artistic talents helps a child expand their motor skills, enhances their retention and learning ability, and can build excellent hand-eye coordination. As children grow, it promotes a maturity and appreciation not seen in those who haven’t been exposed to children’s art programs.

If you homeschool your child, it may be difficult to find the time to teach the elements of artistic expression. Since much of your schooling must focus around academic subjects, it’s easy to pass over artistic endeavors. This article shows how you can make time in your schedule to include children’s art programs into your homeschooling day and illustrates the benefits of a children’s art school.

Art Always Has A Place

Never dismiss art, sculptures, drawings, or paintings as a nonessential hobby or extravagance. Along with artistic creativity, your child can learn a lot about history through art. Since sculptors, painters, and other types of artists often communicate the history of the times when they lived through their art, these pieces help children appreciate different periods in history. For instance, a painting created during the Renaissance will open up a discussion about the culture and people of that era.

Incorporating Children’s Art Programs

The easiest way to incorporate art into your child’s education is by attending children’s art school. Many children’s art programs and schools even hold classes especially for homeschoolers with a curriculum designed to foster a homeschooled child’s creativity, imagination, and curiosity. Even if an educational facility isn’t an option, it (Read more ...)

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