Education: The Main Issues School Psychologists Face

Long gone are the days when school psychologists at most had to do IQ and reading level tests and offer the occasional counseling session.

The breakdown of the family across society multiplies the odds children will experience emotional, learning, and social problems. That alone would increase the demand for school psychologist’s services. Yet school districts are cutting funding for services, resulting in more kids assigned to each psychologist. Technology hasn’t automated much of their jobs, and school psychologists rarely have access to them.

Unfortunately, bureaucracy has proliferated. This loads psychologists down with IEP tests and paperwork instead of dealing with at-risk students, though psychologists are expected to serve on the front lines of violence, bullying, and suicide preventing. They’re expected to do more with less, all while teaching cyber etiquette and dealing with the aftermath of cyber-bullying. A larger proportion of students suffer from learning disabilities and take medications, while a diverse society brings more conflict and confusion in and of itself.

WPS Publishing has released an infographic that outlines these and other challenges school psychologists face. For more information, click here.

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The Benefits Of Music On Child Development

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Music has always been incorporated in children education and for all the good reasons. Parents and child expert have deemed music to play an essential role in children’s development. Exposing a child to music early on in life as much as possible is also recommended as music is proven to soothe babies with colic or sleep issues, as well as aid in child early learning and development.

Here are a few reasons why you should expose your children to music:

  1. It helps the baby relax and get better sleep
  2. Nursery rhymes and action songs aid in a child’s coordination and motor skills
  3. It facilitates words and vocabulary learning
  4. It improves a child’s social skills
  5. Tests show that having a child learn to play an instrument will also result to improve performance in Math
  6. Learning to play a music instrument or leaning to sing using a sennheiser md421 will contribute to a child’s feeling of accomplishment and self-worth
  7. It also allows for special bonding time with parents and other family members
  8. Learning new action songs is always a fun idea!
  9. It is an awesome hobby
  10. Learning to play an instrument will also open doors of opportunities for a child later in life

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If you do not have thought of any fun ideas for your little one to enjoy this summer, you might as well consider enrolling them to a music class or getting them a musical instrument they can learn to play at home. I am sure they will find it a very interesting thing to do to pass the time.

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4 Tips for Learning Chinese

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Do you dream of speaking fluent Chinese? Your fantasies can become reality a lot easier than you’d think. Here are just four tips for learning the Chinese language.

Use Mnemonic Devices

Instead of trying to remember lines and stroke orders for Chinese characters, take each one as its own separate picture. Create a story about it that connects it to its definition. For example, the character for “love” might be interpreted as a beating heart with multiple veins.

Enroll in Full Immersion Classes

Both you and your children can learn a lot from full immersion classes. Without the distractions of other languages, you’ll be free to both understand and appreciate the full complexities of Chinese. Click here to learn more about total immersion schools.

Group Vocabulary by Subject

Don’t try to learn words at random. Find something that interests you, like tea, nature or photography, and learn all the language that accompanies it. If you like sports, for example, you might learn the Chinese words for “ball,” “athlete” and “endurance.”

Practice, Practice, Practice

You’ll never become fluent if you only study once a week. Make it a point of reviewing your Chinese every single day, and don’t let a morning pass without adding at least one new word to your vocabulary. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to language absorption.

Whether you’re traveling to Shanghai or just looking to understand wuxia without subtitles, these are four simple tips for learning and retaining the Chinese language. Good luck!

Jared Quips

Learn a new language and get a new soul. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

It must be really cool to learn another language. Chinese will prove to be a very practical one to learn as a lot of people speak this language, but I bet mum would really be thrilled if ever I decide to learn Frech or any of the Romance languages in the future.

What language would you like to learn soon?

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kids in doodles: learning numbers is fun

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hello again playmates, how’s your weekend so far? am sure most of you are cooped up at home like me because of typhoon santi. but there is no need to feel sad or down just because we cannot play outside on a weekend, right? am sure you + your mum can think of several dozens of ways to enjoy indoors, just like joining this week’s kids in doodles, perhaps! 😉

today am sharing all about the number doodles i made in playschool last thursday. counting is fun, but coloring with numbers is even more enjoyable. i colored numbers 2 to 5 + counted the objects that come with each activity page. kindly excuse my coloring skills, i was too excited to go out + play, instead, so i colored as fast as i can to finish my work! 😀

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for numbers 4 + 5, apart from coloring + counting, i also got to paste these cute moons + people cut outs onto the page. of course, ate ricca had to help me put the glue onto the cut outs 😉

i know i need more practice with my coloring skills, good thing mum has stashed a bunch of coloring books + activity pages at home so that i practice even on days when we have no classes, just like today! 🙂

got any artworks or doodles lately that you want to share with us? don’t be shy + link them all up here! visit our other playmates + do not forget to add one of our badges to your post!  now i wait for your doodles 🙂

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How to complement what your child learns at school

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) marks the beginning of a child’s education. Typically it starts at the nursery stage and lasts till the age of five. Its philosophy is to develop language and communication skills through play while at the same time fostering physical, social, emotional and personal development.

This is the focus in the classroom but research has shown that the biggest influence on the development of a young child from birth to the age of four is its parents. So, any way a parent can complement the programme of those in education jobs at school will benefit the child beyond measure.

Parents can organize a number of activities at home that will serve this purpose well.

Water-related activities

Simple games with water can help children develop concepts of capacity. By using cups, jugs and bowl, they have fun with measuring. It is also helpful in developing language related to water and capacity. This type of activity can be expanded to introduce colors and size and so on.

Arts and crafts

Art and craft activities help to develop motor skills and coordination. It helps children to improve muscle control and the resulting products – pictures, collages etc – give children a great sense of achievement. These activities are great fun and only require the use of simple household objects like paper, glue, clips and in fact almost anything that can be found around the home.


Children love to imitate adult behavior. It is a simple matter to set up a “small world” environment like a shop or doctor’s surgery. Acting out adult roles in these environments, helps children gain a greater understanding of the adult environment and the world around them.

Games for the table

Games like puzzles and building blocks help children to develop motor skills and concentration. Exploring different shapes, sizes and colors helps children to develop spatial awareness and color differentiation. As with arts and crafts, tabletop games can contribute to creativity and can be used to increase vocabulary.


Phonics is used at EYFS level to help children understand and vocalize sounds. It can form the basis for the development of reading and writing skills. Parents do not need to fully understand phonics to help their children. Early childhood teachers will be happy to help demonstrate games and activities that can be played at home to reinforce what has been learnt in the classroom.

Schools can only do so much for a child. By encouraging your children to join in games and activities like these at home, you will be helping to form a greater bond with them, while giving them every advantage as they take their first steps on the educational ladder. And when learning is fun, children are more inclined to learn.

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