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What Are the Different Types of Educational Programs For Children?

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There are so many different educational programs for children, and these are taught in a variety of formats to kids of many ages. They begin with early learning opportunities such as those offered in preschool programs, or even earlier with early reading taped programs for infants and toddlers. Opportunities progress as children grow so that kids may explore a number of extracurricular interests or enhance skills needed in the school environment.

In early years, and though educational value may be debated, there are many television shows that are viewed as educational programs for children. Some of these integrate early reading and math skills, and others may focus more on storytelling or teaching of ethics and manners. Certain televised or taped programs are set up to promote early learning specifically, or to accomplish certain goals like teaching very young children to read. These are often purchased in sets and can be quite expensive.

Parents may want a less televised approach when they choose educational programs for children and there are many preschools and nursery schools that focus on early childhood education. These are viewed as separate from daycare situations, though some daycares do have strong early learning programs. The principal difference between the two tends to be that preschool is more likely to have a focus on learning skills students might need for kindergarten readiness, and they usually feature shorter days or attendance only a few days a week.

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When children are in formal school settings, such as the primary grades, educational programs for children don’t stop. In fact, with many schools now so focused on meeting state standards, they may be needed more than ever to create a well-rounded education. Certain hallmarks of early primary school, such as experimentation with art and music, have often been dropped or reduced in favor of focus on reading and math.

Parents may need to find programs that can augment skills that aren’t receiving much attention. Some schools have enrichment classes, offered at low prices, where kids can explore artistic or musical gifts, and these programs could have other potential classes such as those in drama, foreign languages, interpretation of literature, chess, or even sports. Parents can decide when and if these classes or ones offered through private education institutions are appropriate to their kids.

Educational programs for children may take the form of acquiring better study skills too. Many private learning companies offer tutoring or specific work on learning some aspect of school curriculum. Sometimes schools, recreation centers, or groups like the YMCA® offer these too. Cost frequently depends on the business running it, and can be expected to be very high in formal tutoring or learning schools and much lower if offered by community agencies.

Parents should also weigh timing of enrolling students in these kinds of educational programs for children, especially if a child is already struggling at school. Even the best intended tutoring/teaching could end up creating a greater workload than a child can handle. Summer enrollment might be a better alternative.

When learning the basics is not the issue, parents can look to more enrichment classes for their children. Many kids want to take a specific martial art, play soccer, interpret literature, really want to play a specific instrument, or just want to learn something new. Private and community organizations have lots of these learning opportunities available for the older child. These will vary in price, length, skill of teachers and many other factors, but they can considerably augment school curriculum.

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SauteePan-Teaching special needs kids often involves some occupational therapy. Since these children often have poor control over their hands which results in poor fine motor skills offering occupational therapy that teaches them proper letter formation and additional hand exercises that they can do in order to strengthen their hand muscles is helpful in teaching special needs children.

A program called “Handwriting without Tears” is an excellent program for children struggling with handwriting. It is also available for the home school market as well and can be used with children in pre school.

Speech therapy is also another type of special education resource that is necessary because special needs children often having poor muscles in the mouth and have trouble forming the correct pronunciation of the words.

The exercises are easy to teach, but the hardest sound to master is the letter S which is why so many children speak with a lisp. They tend to pronounce the S as a TH sound and have their tongue slightly protruding from their mouth, when the proper formation involves keeping the teeth clenched and the tongue inside the mouth.

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Comfyshoes-Special education interventions are critical especially the younger a child is. Making modifications for special needs students is important in order to give them the best chance of success.

Each child really needs to be treated uniquely because although they may be classified with a learning disability or some form of cognitive disability there are various degrees of these conditions.

For autism there is a spectrum in which children can be highly functioning and even gifted in many areas but have problems with social skills and interacting in a traditional way as is the case with Aspergers.

There are other children that have a more profound case of autism that may even result in limited speech.

Also, a child with ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder might also vary in degrees. You may have a child that is mildly afflicted and can succeed with a more structured predictable environment, or you may have a child that has such a severe case that a combination of cognitive therapy, medication, and a altering of their diet is necessary.

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Latte31-My kids loved all of those shows. I also have a lot of educational computer programs for children. My absolute favorite is Rainbow Rock.

Rainbow Rock is a CD that you just put into your computer as there is no downloading with the program. Rainbow Rock is part of the Singapore Math collection which is part of the actual curriculum children in Singapore use with respect to math.

This is important because Singapore ranks number one in the world in math education. The CD offers a colorful and engaging format of teaching number bonds, multiplication, multi digit addition, and concepts of geometry.

If you have a special needs child, I know that finding special education resources for teaching children with autism can be difficult. I know that there is a firm called Achievement Centers for Children that offer educational training for children with autism.

You can have your child attend the center or you can subscribe to their educational consulting in which they devise a program for you to do at home for any number of children with disabilities.

They also train teachers and offer special education resources in order for them to be able to be successful teaching children with autism.

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There are many educational TV programs for children. PBS offers most of the best in children’s educational programming.

For example, there is Sesame Street that teaching children about colors, numbers,and letters in an engaging format.

Another program that is very valuable is “Between the Lions”. This program offers phonics lessons with the use of puppets Leona and Lionel. They introduce the phonetic sounds of words by syllable so that children can slowly learn to read the word.

Each program consists of a digraph that is explored throughout various units within the program. The PBS site also offers handouts and you can buy some of the courses on DVD.

There is also curriculum planning information for teachers seeking to use this program in the classroom.

I also like that “Reading Rainbow” helps to introduce the children to rich literature. They also offer information regarding the contents of each episode and what the featured book is.

This way you can check out the book ahead of time and the program can reinforce what the child read. These are great programs for children in preschool and beyond. They also work as a source for educational programs for children with autism.

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