The 10 Most Unique Places to Study and Live Abroad

Learning is not just academic; it is also experiential. Although parents experience separation anxiety from their children (no matter what age they are!), we all know that travel gives a different kind of education valuable to their growth and development. As parents, we cannot deny that studying abroad presents our children with the opportunity to embark on international adventures and experience other cultures, while enhancing their academic abilities.

As hard as it is to say goodbye, whether for a semester or an entire degree, leading property portal Lamudi Philippines provides insight on universities located in unique cities that might be of interest to our sons and daughters eager to discover a student’s life abroad.

Institute of Business Management (Karachi, Pakistan)

Institute of Business Management (Karachi, Pakistan)

IoBM is a leading international institute in areas, such as Innovation, Leadership, Management, and Entrepreneurship. Extensively connected to other international educational institutions, high quality education is complemented by access to top facilities and learning resources. Located in Karachi, the university also has easy access to stunning beaches, national parks, and historical architecture.

Al-Ahliyya Amman University (Amman, Jordan)

Al-Ahliyya Amman University (Amman, Jordan)

As the first private university in Jordan, the Al-Ahliyya Amman University welcomes students from all around the world.Courses offered range from Information Technology to Architecture and Design to Law to Arts & Sciences giving many options and opportunities to hone diverse interests. It is an alternative to studying in Abu Dhabi or Dubai for students interested in learning Arabic and about the fascinating Middle Eastern culture.

UniversidadPopularAutónoma del Estado de Puebla (Puebla, Mexico)

UniversidadPopularAutónoma del Estado de Puebla (Puebla, Mexico)

It is not only Mexican food that makes studying in Mexico attractive. Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with breathtaking architecture, including some of Mexico’s treasured Spanish Colonial buildings and the Cathedral of Puebla, dominating the city’s colonial center. If this is not encouraging enough, studying in UPAEP offers courses taught in English in the following departments: medicine, humanities, science, business, and engineering.

University of Mauritius (Moka, Mauritius)

The University of Mauritius is the oldest and largest university in the country. Students get to participate in workshops like Computational Metagenomics and Research Week to break the monotony of regular classes. Students can also take advantage of free transportation and free healthcare services. The cost of living is low, which is perfect for the paying parents on a budget.

Al Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco)

Al Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco)

Imagine extracurricular activities, such as skiing, a day trip to nearby Fes, and exploring the local springs and lakes. This is what the student life in Al Akhawayn University is like, as Ifrane is located in a ski resort. Academics-wise, the university focuses on a liberal arts curriculum, including courses in humanities and social sciences, business, and science and engineering.

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How to Teach Children Fire Safety

Most adults are familiar with the dangers of fire and they know what to do in the event of one. However when it comes to teaching children about fire safety, they tend to struggle. It is a difficult conversation and one that many no one enjoys. You don’t want to scare your kids but you want them to know exactly what to do in a worst case scenario. It is a tricky subject but here is a little guide on how you can help your children.

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1.Before throwing them in at the deep end, introduce them to the topic. This may sound silly but watching the children’s tv programme, Fireman Sam is a great introduction. The programme shows the main character fighting fires and explains how they were caused. It is good to introduce the topic from an early age and a visual can help explain the dangers of fire. If this doesn’t seem age appropriate there are also online games and colouring in activities to aid you in your explanation.

2.Secondly after you have introduced the topic and they know the dangers, teach them about prevention equipment. Most houses should contain a smoke alarm and a fire blanket or extinguisher. Prevention is cheaper than the cure and while an extinguisher might seem unnecessary, it is useful to have one on hand. Show the child the smoke alarm, explain its position and let them heard the sound. Making them aware of the sound helps them to understand what is happening in the event of a fire.

3.Explain to children that fire fighters are heroes and that they shouldn’t be scared of them. This will help feel more comfortable and in the event of the fire they need to know not to run away from them.

4.Make a plan. Show your children what to do in the event of a fire, teach them an escape route and practise following the route. Teach them more than one option so talk them through opening windows as a back up and explain to them that they may have to feel their way out of the building. Explain the safe way to open door handles in case they are hot and tell them that when they get out, they need to stay out. Don’t leave any area unturned. Fire safety is necessary and although it might not be our favourite topic especially when talking to our kids, in the case of a fire you will be glad you prepared them.

5.After going through everything they need to know, reward your child with a certificate. Make a fire safety certificate for them to show they’ve learnt important skills and to highlight just how important the information you’ve given them actually was.

Author bio:

Jason Kidd works for www.firesafetystore.co.uk, Online fire safety and protection retailer based in the UK. Jason has many years experience working within the fire safety industry.

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Spark Your Kid’s Passion for Reading with eReaders

e readerPoor RJ. She needs to carry two bags everyday in school…one for her 10 notebooks and other school supplies while the other one is for her 12 big books not to mention the packed lunch, water and milk that she has to bring.  Can you imagine how heavy are those for a 12 year old? I just hope their school would allow e readers next school year.

There are schools now that use e readers instead of the ordinary books because of its many benefits and advantages. The kids can compile the contents of all their books in just one handy e reader that can be carried and read everywhere with ease.  Kids can also easily search for information instead of turning page after page which will save them time to do other projects and assignments.  You can also upload alternative learning tools that are useful to your kids. These are just few of the many advantages of e reader.

I know most of you still want to smell and feel the paper and hear the turning of each page. But let’s face it, many children nowadays spend most of their time infront of the computer.  For them, it is more exciting to use electronic gadgets than read books so why not spark or develop their passion for reading again by integrating it with technology?

Would I allow my daughter to have an e reader? Obviously my answer is yes. RJ loves reading so much and she is excited to have an e reader.

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Developing the Right Study Habits in Children

All parents want their children to study hard. This is actually one of the things that make studying difficult for some children. A better phrasing would be to study well. This is a more positive perspective. At a young age, you have to instill the love for learning and the continuous yearning for knowledge in your children. You cannot achieve this by forcing a pencil in his tiny hands and making him write his name over and over for a stretch of time. You have to make studying and learning fun for your kids. It’s not supposed to be a burdensome task.

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At a young age, you have to instill the love for learning and
the continuous yearning for knowledge in your children.

To develop the right study habits in children, you have to start with a few key ideas:

1. You need to have the right tools in the right place. Put his books, crayons, and activity sheets in a designated space. Invest in a study table for your child. You can start with the miniature colored tables and stools for your toddlers. As he grows, you might have to buy new furniture. If you have a home office, you can even have space for him so that you can “work” together.

2. You need to make studying a constant part of his routine. Consistency and regularity is an important part of developing study habits for children. Just like playtime and TV time, you have to set aside a regular study time every day. When you do this, he gets used to having a chunk of time sitting on his study table. As he starts schooling, he simply has to follow the same routine and review his lessons. You don’t even have to remind him anymore about what he’s supposed to do.

3. You need to make sure that he is having fun. Study time becomes such a chore when your child is not enjoying himself, when he feels stressed out, or when he feels pressured. Resist the urge to nag him about what he needs to do. Even more importantly, do not punish him for not getting perfect marks in his quizzes and schoolwork. Ask him about what interesting new things he learned at school. Be observant and you’ll pick cues on what he enjoys the most and what he needs help with. The best study habits for children are developed by making use of these observations rather than forcing your child to bury his nose into his textbooks.

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Roughing Out Kids’ Homework Worries

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If your child do their homework at the same time for a month or so, they are less likely to change the schedule and worry about it.

One of the most trying moments of parenting school children is getting their homework done. There are instances when a child worries too much about their homework and parents sometimes get too frustrated. These moments ensues fights, cries and storming off on both sides. While some parents don’t get mad, they become anxious about their kids’ anxiety. These approaches won’t help your kids deal with their homework worries, as parents, you should be calm about it and help your children cope. Homework will always be a part of school work and while some kids worry about it, they can survive it. Here are some ideas to help you support your kids deal with their homework worries slowly and steadily.

Be Compassionate with your Child

Homework can sometimes be tough and it can be thoroughly nerve-wracking to do. Let them know that you understand with simple statements such as “I’m sorry you are stressed and scared about this,” or “It’s hard to work on tough homework isn’t it?” With calm, reassuring statements of understanding and care can help your children can calm down their homework worries.

Calm your Child’s Body

When your child becomes really anxious about their homework, ask them to take deep, show breathes to expel “anxiety chemicals” in the brain. Do it with them to encourage them, once they have calmed down, they can learn and remember things better.

Use “Calm Sentences/Phrases”

Think of “calm sentences with your child when it comes to tough homework. Some good examples are, “I’ll try my best to do this, and it’s okay if I can’t do it all” or “My teacher hardly gets mad for unfinished homework, and even if they do, it’s okay.” Write your calm sentences on cards which they can read aloud when they get worried about homework. This way they also learn to deal with their fears and reassure themselves even without your interference.

Pep Talk with Teacher

Help your child discuss their homework worries with their teacher. Warn the teacher in advance so that they can prepare. Most teachers will be happy to help reassure children about school-related work. You can remind your child about your and their teacher’s support each time they get stressed out with tough homework.

Set a Time for Doing Homework

Ask your child to choose a set, short time for homework and stick to this routine for a month. Some children prefer to do it right after school to get it out of their way while others do it after eating and resting. If your child do their homework at the same time for a month or so, they are less likely to change the schedule and worry about it.

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