Yes, You Can Homeschool High School

When it comes to high school, most homeschooling parents approach these years with fear and trepidation. I will admit that I did, as well. But I am so pleased that we decided to take the plunge and continue home schooling our oldest daughter rather than pursuing private or public school for these final four years. We are now homeschooling our son who has reached the high school years as well.

Are the high school years approaching in your home? I encourage you to stop, take a deep breath, and consider the possibility that homeschooling your high schooler might be a tremendous boon for you, your student and your whole family. Here are some reasons why…

1. This is when homeschooling really begins to pay off. Your student has become an independent learner and can schedule and manage his own work load. High school level work should not require a great amount of your time (although more of his than he might be used to!).

2. Ideally, your student, who is approaching high school, has become a real helper to you and her younger siblings. This is a wonderful time to have your teenage children at home by your side, learning to cook, garden, manage a home, build a deck, balance a checkbook, etc. Often high schoolers enrolled in public or private school do not have time to learn practical life skills because of the excessive class time and increased home work that their teachers demand.

3. High Schoolers are fun to be around. This is when your children become your friends. Now, don’t get me wrong, you still need to be their parent, BUT you are beginning to let go, little by little, letting them make their own mistakes, letting them learn from their own successes and failures. This is a time when kids can really begin to open up and talk – talk about real life issues, debatable topics, philosophical or theological differences, social pressures… Wouldn’t you like to be the one that he or she turns to? Wouldn’t you like to be the one that he asks advice from? Wouldn’t you like to continue developing that life-long heart-to-heart friendship? Homeschooling through the high school years can foster and grow this relationship because you have time to just “hang out” together.

So these are just a few reasons for you to consider as you decide whether or not you will press on. But how can it practically be done? This is a good question because we all know that high schoolers are learning material that is often above our heads. We often do not remember our Algebra 2 courses or advanced grammar exercises.

Here are some ideas that you can think about that might make homeschooling high school a more do-able scenario for you and your student:

RESEARCH

One of the intimating factors about homeschooling your high schooler is that it is most likely a 4 year decision. It is much easier to pull your student out of public high school than it is to stick him back in. Do your research before you make this big decision. These are the types

of things that you will want to find out in advance:

1. Find out what type of subjects and the number of credits that your state requires. Do a Google search to find this information. Type “(your state) high school requirements” into your search engine of choice.

2. Find out what needs to be recorded on a transcript and begin keeping this information from year 1 – when your student is finishing her freshman year. (We’ll talk about transcripts in just a minute).

3. Find out what tests you need and/or want your teen to be prepared for. Every high school junior should take the SAT (or ACT). Will you have your son or daughter also take the PSAT? How about CLEP or AP exams? Is your teen college bound and what type of college or university does he want to attend? The answers to these questions will help you decide which tests to pursue. Write down when tests are held in your area and help your teen prepare adequately for them.

4. Find out what kind of programs are offered in your area for high school teens. Will these classes satisfy high school credit requirements? That brings me to my next point.

OUTSOURCE

I don’t know about you, but there are just some subjects I would rather not teach. I have found out that there are many, many classes out there that my teens can take for high school credit, such as science, math, writing, speech/debate, Spanish, etc. Most of these classes are taught by private instructors in a traditional style classroom setting (although

smaller than a public school classroom – usually 8-10 students).

Here are some avenues for finding high school level classes in your area:

1. Ask your local homeschool support group leader.

2. Ask your state homeschool support group organizers.

3. Call your local homeschool bookstore.

4. Find out if your student can take classes at the junior college for dual credit. (This option is sometimes reserved for just juniors and seniors)

5. Check the bulletin board at your local community college for tutors who are available to teach individual subjects.

6. Find out what classes can be taken online through virtual conference rooms and correspondence.

Think outside the box and find out what types of programs are available for your students.

MAKE A PLAN

You do not have to plan everything out in advance, but jot out a rough plan for your high school student’s education, knowing that it will change as he specializes in certain subjects as high school progresses. Make sure that you know your state’s requirements for high school graduation and then make a loose plan from there.

If you know that your son dislikes foreign language, then just plan for 2 years of Spanish, instead of 3 or 4 (as long as that will satisfy your state’s requirements). If your daughter wants to work for NASA, then four years of higher math needs to be planned into the schedule. If you have a student that wants to work in Bible translation, then continue with grammar and even beginning linguistics all the way through the four years. So, make a plan, but stay flexible for changes down the road ahead. Your teen doesn’t need to know right now what his career is going to be, but he should start to think about it and pursue his possible interests.

ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE

Help your students to understand that their classes are their responsibility and that you are not going to hand them an “A” or a 4.0 on a silver platter. Good grades must be earned. This is the time to get your teen a planner where she can break down her assignments and write them into her day’s schedule. Let her make some decisions about how and when she will study her subjects, as long as she completes her assignments on time (she still reports to you as teacher). You will no longer need to hover over every assignment, but do insist that she turn in her work on time (whether that be once a week or something else that you decide). Tell your student up front what is required to gain an “A” in a particular subject. Then place

the responsibility for earning that “A” in her lap.

Note: For example, perhaps you have decided that to earn an A in medieval literature would mean that your student must read 8-10 books on a reading list that is provided for her and to write at least 3 papers during the course of the year. Anything less would result in a B grade or below. Communicating your requirements and expectations up front leads to much less pressure at the end of the year as your student is finishing up her assignments.

(This is just provided as an example – you are the teacher and can decide what constitutes an A grade for a particular subject. However, writing a couple of papers in any given subject matter is always a good idea. You can substitute with a science project for science and certainly no papers are necessary for math or P.E.!)

Now, that said, you can decide that a 1 credit course is not quite complete in May and give your teen a month or two more to finish the requirements during the summer months. Again, you are the teacher and can make these critical decisions along the way. Or you might choose to give half a credit now and the other half during the following year if those requirements are finished up later. This flexibility is one of the beautiful aspects of home education.

COLLEGE BOUND

It is so hard to know when your student is entering his freshman year, whether he will attend college or not at the end of four years’ time. However, it is important to choose a route at the beginning so that all requirements are finished during the high school years.

In other words, unless you are certain that your child will not attend college, it is best to choose a college bound course of action. In this way, all the requirements that he will need to apply for and be accepted into the college or university of his choice will be completed. You may even want to look into the requirements of specific colleges and universities that your son or daughter might be interested in attending so that you can plan to meet them in the next four years.

Often your student can take courses at your local community college and earn dual credit during his junior and senior year. This may be an added benefit for acceptance into his college of choice or may hurt his chances. It is best to find out before he takes dual credit.

Your child may also want to take some CLEP (College Level Entrance Placement) tests along the way in order to test out of some college classes that are general in nature and cover material already learned during the high school years (i.e. general biology).

You may be certain that your son or daughter will not pursue a college degree, but rather apprentice or start his or her own business, or take another path altogether. That is fine and then you can plan for more freedom or focus during the high school years.

If carpentry is the career of choice, then by all means, put some of the school books aside and let him get out there and build things. But remember, carpenters use math every single day! If in doubt about whether your child needs a class, have him take it to be on the safe side!

How to Keep a Transcript

Starting in your student’s freshman year, keep track of his progress with a transcript. On this transcript, you will record the classes that he has finished, the grade that he earned, the credits he received and any pertinent test scores (such as SAT and ACT). If you wait until his senior year to record this information, you might forget and then he is really in a pickle. So, start this process in grade 9!

Here are two links to transcript templates that you can use:

1. http://www.homeschool-curriculum-savings.com/homeschool-transcript-template.html (this one requires MS Excel, but it’s free).

2. http://e-library.net/HIGH-SCHOOL-TRANSCRIPT-Template__visit3582.html (this one is not free, but he will provide a free software to use with it).

In Conclusion

Do not fear the high school years. They are delightful, focused and rewarding. Consider homeschooling your high schooler. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I was!

Globalization and Its Impact on Accounting Education

Globalization, defined by dictionary.com as ‘worldwide integration and development,’ is a movement that has affected many industries worldwide. One of the main industries affected by globalization is the accounting industry, including college accounting education. College accounting education has been affected by the 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA, and the issue of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) vs. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The accounting industry has been affected by the changes in accounting education and the consequent learning gaps between students from different countries.

The United States has recently implemented a 150 credit hour requirement in order for students to be able to sit for the CPA exam. This requirement was put in place to improve the preparation of students for the profession and increase their chances of success on the CPA exam. Before this rule, students were only required to have 120 credits before they could take the exam. The additional 30 credits is beneficial to students because it allows them to become more well-rounded students by taking more accounting courses, learning more about the accounting profession, and pursuing an MBA.

While the 150 credit hour rule is beneficial to the students that it applies to, the rule does not apply to all accounting students worldwide, therefore creating a learning gap in accounting education. In some countries outside of the United States, an accounting degree is the only prerequisite required to sit for the CPA exam. This learning gap is magnified as a result of accounting firms following the trend of globalization and expanding their practice into multiple countries. The result will be accounting students from different countries having the same qualifications, but varying technical skills and knowledge.

Another way that accounting education has been affected by globalization is the conflict between GAAP and IFRS. GAAP is the set of accounting principles used in United States, and American companies are required to follow GAAP standards when reporting and analyzing financial information. Students in the United States will have to learn the GAAP principles, but these principles will not be enforced internationally.

The result of this would be American students learning two sets of accounting principles: GAAP and IFRS. IFRS is used internationally by over one hundred countries to report their financial statements. The use of IFRS is supported by the International Accounting Education Standards Board, which was established to “serve the public interest by the world-wide advancement of education and development for professional accountants leading to harmonized standards (Needles, S70).”

The goal of IFRS is to create a uniform set of standards for all countries so they can compare financial statements internationally. The immediate way to make this happen would be to withdrawal GAAP from use in the United States and switch to IFRS. Though this method would solve the issue of the conflicting sets of standards, it would cause a multitude of other problems within college accounting education. Professors would need to learn the new IFRS rules, and then re-work their class structures and learning objectives accordingly. Also, new textbooks would have to be produced with information on the updated IFRS rules, and less emphasis on the GAAP principles. While an immediate change to IFRS from GAAP in the United States would be problematic, a change over time is the goal that should be pursued. “The Securities Exchange Commission has announced that it will attempt to abandon the use of GAAP and move towards IFRS (Scanlan).” The production of new textbooks would have to begin almost immediately so the textbooks could be circulated to schools around the United States within the next few years. New courses addressing the change from the use of GAAP to the use of IFRS would then have to be implemented into school curriculums within the same time period of the textbooks being circulated.

The switch from the use of GAAP to IFRS should also be a goal that is being worked towards in the professional accounting industry. Several benefits would come from achieving this goal, such as providing a common framework that supports the globalization of capital markets, allowing financial performance to be better understood globally, and strengthening accounting practice internationally. “It is encouraging that the majority of the Fortune Global 500 companies are likely to use IFRS (or word-for-word IFRS equivalents) by 2015 (Needles 603).”

Overall, globalization’s impact on accounting education and the accounting industry has been substantial, and cannot be ignored. The 150 credit hour rule, which is not currently enforced in all countries, has created a knowledge gap between professionals who have been educated in different countries. The trend of accounting firms expanding their business internationally has forced the United States to acknowledge the idea of adopting a set of accounting principles that is recognized internationally. As a result, the accounting education practice in the United States will have to adjust to match the trends of the accounting industry. In the end, the changes caused by globalization will help the accounting industry in the United States become more internationally friendly, as well as help accounting students become more prepared to take on the challenges they will face when they get into the industry.

Works Cited

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Needles, Belverd E. “International Education Standards (IES): Issues of Implementation A Report on the Third IAAER Globalization Roundtable.” Accounting Education 17.(2008):69-79. Business Source Premier. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Scanlan, Bill. “Globalization’s Impact on Accounting Education.”Articlesbase. Articlesbase Ltd., 09 Nov. 2011. Web. 08 Nov. 2015.

Malaysia: Home to World Class International Education

Are you confused about the overseas education options? Are you a student of hospitality? Then Malaysia is the perfect career option for you. It would ensure that you can get the best of education for all the Ringgits expended by you. Since Malaysia also has a lot of picturesque locations, it’s an idyllic destination for someone to pursue education along with having fun. The bill for students is quite low in this country and only 150 USD i.e. just the food costs. However, the costs for rent are also the same i.e. 150 USD due to which Malaysia is quite affordable for students.

Malaysia also has extraordinary universities like Victoria International University. The Victoria International University is a well-reputed university of Malaysia and offers courses like BBA in three years. The cost of this BBA is $4900 in 1st year and $4000 each for consecutive two years. Malaysia also has extraordinary tourist attractions for students like the PETRONAS Tower. This country also has campuses of foreign universities like Victoria International university located here. So, students have no dearth of choosing between different colleges for pursuing a desirable course. They can either shift to the branch campus of such international universities in Malaysia like Monash University of Australia or they can also pursue courses in the top ranking university of Malaysia including Universities Teknologi Malaysia(among the top 500 universities of the world).

Under an, Inter Campus Exchange program, the students can shift to Monash University campus in Australia by opting to pursue a course in the same university in Malaysia. As per this program, the students can have many advantages

  • Admission of a student continues in Monash Malaysia despite his transfer to Monash in Australia
  • All a student’s credits gained during the educational course in Monash Malaysia will be transferred to the university campus in Monash Australia.
  • The student despite transfer to Monash Australia will pay fees in the local Malaysian currency of Ringgits

A visa consultancy can help you with the apt visa assistance in this regard and in getting admission in a recognized Malaysian university. These consultancies have experience in getting the right kind of documentation for such visas and know the intricacies that students can face in a foreign country. So, students are offered complete help like airport pickup through such consultancies and help in settlement also which is why one can opt to take professional help while going for a visa.

Motivating Young Children To Learn English: Keeping Their Attention Without Giving Them Gifts

Young children are often eager, almost too eager. The problem arises when they are eager to do things other than what you’re trying to teach them. Here are five tips to keep them interested in class and motivated to do what you want them to do:

Tip #1: Keep Yourself Motivated.
Think back to when you were a child. If your teacher was not enthusiastic about what he or she had scheduled for class that day, how did you feel about it? It’s the same with young children today. If you, the teacher and often a role model for younger children, think this is a neat activity, then they will too!

Tip #2: Encourage.
Young kids thrive on praise and positive attention from the adults in their lives. If you want them to like you and be motivated in your class, you often just need to give them a lot of positive attention.

Tip #3: Play Games
Children learn through play. Oftentimes they don’t even realize they are learning if they are enjoying the game. Just think, children could sit there and fill out worksheet after worksheet or they could play an English game and learn the same concepts. Which would you rather do?

When I say English games I’m talking about games that are specifically designed to teach language and vocabulary. For example, you could turn using vehicle vocabulary into a relay game where children need to pick a card with a word and then run to a box of vehicles (or a stack of pictures of vehicles) and bring the correct one his or her classmates.

Here is another example: If you might normally give them a worksheet to write the correct verb next to the picture illustrating the action, have them instead practice their verbs by doing the action for the word you say or the word on a card that you hold up. Likewise, you could do the action and have them write down the word. You may access free samples of fun classroom games in the resource box below.

When you play games, you can use points and competition as a motivator, but not for kids under six who may find the competition too stressful. For them, just playing the game is motivating enough. You can also sometimes award extra credit, but use it sparingly so that it remains “extra” and a special reward. Also if you use it too much, children can have so much extra credit that it sways the actual grades too much.

Tip #4: Get Their Hands Dirty
Literally and figuratively. Children like to work with their hands and whatever you can do to get the items they are learning about in their hands is useful and fun for them. This can be anything from having a sensory table filled with sand and beach items when you want to teach them summer words to having them each bring in a piece of fruit when you are teaching fruit words. Anytime you can get young children up and doing instead of listening (often passively) you are getting their hands dirty in the learning process.

Tip #5: Get Them Moving.
Movement is a vital component to motivating children. The best way to prevent children from zoning out is to get them up out of their seats at least once each class period. Even if you just require them to come up to you instead of you going to them for help, the movement can help get them out of the trance that they sometimes get from sitting in one spot too long. Grouping the children for study projects and activities helps as well. If you can, let them move the desks around or sit on the floor to change things up as well. Many games involve movement without the children needing to leave their seats, such as miming, moving certain body parts and passing things around as part of a game or race. Therefore even teachers with large classes and no space to move can use this technique, albeit to a more limited degree.

Tip #6: Vary the Pace
Alternate calm games with lively ones to keep the children alert and motivated, but without letting the class get out of hand. Good discipline is essential to effective learning.

To read the full article on how to motivate children to want to learn English, please see the articles and tips section on the teachingenglishgames.com website in the resource box below.

Homeschooling – Pros, Cons and Useful Resources

Homeschooling is a controversial topic which occasionally causes heated arguments. Irrespective of whether you are for or against this type of education, homeschooling is increasing across all states. In 2003, 2.2% of children were taught at home. Over the next four years the numbers grew steadily until by 2007 there were 1.5 million kids (2.9%) being homeschooled.

There are a number of reasons why parents consider homeschooling to be the best option for their children. The type of environment in which a child is taught is the most important factor for the majority of parents. A survey conducted in 2007 about parent and family involvement in education, (part of the National Household Survey), established that 88% of respondents whose kids were taught at home had concerns about the way education is provided in public schools. An equally high percentage (83%) preferred homeschooling because it meant they could provide religious or moral instruction in such a way that their own beliefs were addressed and satisfied.

Many kids with physical or learning disabilities are being taught at home as well. Indeed, the number has increased by 36% since 2003. The reasons for this increase are not clear. Could it be that some parents feel their kids are able to learn at their own pace without undue pressure when taught at home? Many feel it’s easier to make mistakes, and learn from them without embarrassment, in one’s own surroundings.

Others who advocate homeschooling point out that because there is no contact with potential bullying, kids develop greater confidence when they are working within their home environment. This may be one reason why more girls than boys receive homeschooling. Homeschooling is also used by parents of very bright kids who suspect that their offspring would be held back if they were taught in a mixed ability class. It is interesting to note that parents involved in homeschooling are more likely to be college educated.

Those who oppose homeschooling frequently comment on the fact that kids do not have as many opportunities to socialize with their peers, which could impact their long-term development. There is also a risk surrounding a lack of recognized safeguards that protect against potential abuse. The cost of providing sufficient teaching equipment is also very expensive and therefore some think that homeschooled children are having to make-do with fewer resources, or work with material of a lower quality than those found in public schools. In addition, in some states, there isn’t any oversight of student progression due to lack of compulsory or regular testing.

Legislation concerning homeschooling overcomes the latter argument to some extent, although the level at which there is oversight varies from state to state. Some states, such as Pennsylvania, expect parents to obtain achievement tests so their child’s progress may be regularly monitored. In this case, someone other than the parent must administer the test in grades 3, 5 and 8. Other states, such as Alabama, insist that each child be linked with an ‘umbrella’ school. The umbrella school oversees the homeschooling programs and answers to the state. A third type of involvement includes the state making specifications regarding part of the curriculum. For example, Nebraska expects all homeschooled students from K-5 to devote at least one hour per week to stories and/or music about American history and heroes. Nebraska also insists on implementing a monthly fire drill.

Parents who have opted for homeschooling will explain they did not make their decision lightly. After all, they are investing their own time and resources to teach their kids over a number of years. If you’re interested in homeschooling, there is a wealth of information available that includes advice and support from a growing number of organizations. The Internet has made a tremendous difference. Parents new to homeschooling are now able to join online self-help groups and benefit from others’ experiences. There is also a considerable amount of downloadable free material in addition to commercial websites which offer an ever-changing program of tasks and progression tests across all subjects.

Homeschooling requires superb time management, sensible routines and time set aside for non-educational activities. Most parents will plan a year’s tuition with appropriate goals. A typical week could be four days of academics with one day set aside for field trips. Many parents join forces with other homeschooling families for field trips, thus enabling their kids to meet and interact with their peers, and overcome the criticisms that homeschooled kids do not have opportunities to socialize.

Here is an example of one day’s work for a ten-year old, taken from a self-help website:

Before 11.30am routine household chores and family meal
11.30am Religion, vocabulary
12pm Reading
12.30pm Math
1.30pm Language
2pm History
2.30pm Spelling
3pm Science or Health
3.30pm Social studies and Civics
4pm Writing
4.30pm Homework

Homeschooling is here to stay and the steady growth of online advice and resources will assist in this development.

How to Get Your Driving Licence Online

Driving schools have created professional preparation procedures encompassed by online drivers education with the purpose to fulfill the latest demands for future drivers. The internet based approach is addressed to several categories of age, but the most enthusiastic customers are teens who adore interactive software applications.

Parents prefer this online applications as students can attend these courses during and after school program from home. Drives who accumulated a certain quantity of driving fines but are too busy to join a common course, direct their interest to this approach. Moreover, any driver who wishes only to meliorate his driving skills might take into account professional online drivers education.

Taking into consideration the opposition market in this field, there ‘s a great battle between driving schools to amplify and upgrade their offer and online drivers education appears to be a important asset for them. So, they attempt to individualize as much as they can every preparation classes and to extend their alternatives. The goal of every certified online drivers education application is to be as more mobile as possible. This is considered to be the fundamental aspect of online drivers education. Follow the list below and see why you should decide on the online approach:

* interactivity

The online drivers education effectively achieves the demands the law requires. Web-based study and preparation is approved as any other traditional method. Moreover, it has a high degree of interactivity and in reality stand for a complete simulator. The preparation program is structured to efficiently attain all the fundamental requirements needed to get a driving license.

* fee and period reduction

People are inclined to apply more to online drivers education as a result of low expenses and time requirements. This subject is directly connected to candidates time management. Teens testify the benefit of online preparation systems. They can plan their programs on account of their free time. Each unit ends with a questionnaire intended to acquaint students with the final examination. Parents have welcomed the most the online drivers education, as they ‘re already too busy with their personal schedule.

* adapted approach

Taking into consideration the various type of candidates, online drivers education applications have been constantly enhanced to match everyone requirements. These web based applications were created to help teenagers obtain their license but also to help aged people improve their driving abilities and for drivers who are concerned in dismissing recently accumulated traffic ticket.

Online preparation and examination would seem to obtain more and more interest on behalf of the clients who appear to have an improved image of these programs as time goes by. Moreover, driving school managers are eager to face any challenges to be able to encourage their offer. Meanwhile, the newest technologies provide complete support for students to obtain the adequate information.

There are courses were applicants will learn all there is to understand about the protection regulations they have to abide by and their importance. Managers have created special applications on this topic. The examination process has the purpose of detecting any possible weaknesses or bad behavior in traffic with the intention to eliminate them. The treatment is effectively provided by qualified online preparation programs.

Heritage Park Homes For Sale and Real Estate in Cedar Park, Texas

Heritage Park Homes

The community is in between West New Hope Road, North Lakeline Blvd, and South Bagdad Road. The average sizes of homes in this community start at a little over 1,200 square feet and can reach over 3,000 square feet depending on your preferred floor plan. Heritage Park houses can date their original builds back to 1999 with houses built as recently as 2004. Many home owners have decided to upgrade and remodel their places to equip them with many of the modern amenities buyers look for ensuring that although your house may be dated, it will not lack the luxuries found in more recently built places. Prices in this community start just below $150,000 and can go as high as $200,000 depending on your desired size and customization preferences.

Heritage Park Real Estate

The location of the community puts residents within the Leander Independent School District. This allows children of owners to be able to receive a public education at Knowles Elementary School, Running Brush Middle School, and Leander High School should they so choose. Many places in the community are within walking distance to Leander High School.

Heritage Park Homes for Sale

Heritage Park real estate is surrounded by amenities available to all residents in the community. At McGregor Lane owners can enjoy a play grounds, community pool (accessible solely to residents), and a covered pavilion sitting area on over seven acres of beautiful space. It is only a short drive to a number of city parks not far from your house. A mere two miles away is the Veteran’s Memorial Park which has a tennis court, a pool, beach area, waterslides, water play scape, water sprays, and plenty of other non-water based amenities as well. An even shorter distance away from your place is the over eight and a half acre Gann Ranch Park. This park has a bike trail, playground, play scape, hiking trail for nature enthusiasts, picnic area, and covered pavilion for lots of family fun!

Cedar Park Homes

Cedar Park houses for sale in Heritage Park are also located within two miles of six churches for residents who enjoy visiting religious ceremonies giving owners a number of options for worship opportunities. After a two mile drive down West New Hope Drive it is only a short trip down the easily accessible 183A Toll Road to reach Austin for those who work there.

Online Mature Driver Improvement Programs for Adults

It is paradoxical that though teen drivers account for only 7% of drivers in the US, they have made driving a nightmare for others on the road. They often resort to reckless and rash driving, drunken driving, jumping red lights and flouting traffic rules, making others on the road really vulnerable. Records show that around 90% of US drivers are over the age of 55 and this is where the mature driver improvement programs for adults come to the picture!

Traffic rules, vehicle designs and safety features have changed drastically in the last many decades. Most of the adults, who took license many years ago, obviously would benefit by undergoing a refresher course, which will make them familiar with the traffic rules, lane changes and the correct driving practices to be employed.

Mature Driver Education
As they say, habits die hard; and often mature drivers find it difficult to change their style of driving. These courses will make sure that there is a quality change in the way they take the roads. In addition, online mature driver programs also offer a 10% discount on auto insurance for 3 years.

Some of the benefits of taking up an online driving program for adults: Short and simple: The adult refresher courses are of 4-6 hour durations. They can take it in different sessions or in one go and the course is designed to suit the busy and responsible life styles of the mature drivers. Online driving programs for adults offer you the convenience of taking these courses from the comforts of your home at your leisure time. You can log in and log out as per your schedule. You can attempt the test as many times as you may need to pass.

Refresher courses are the need of the hour – The online driving program for adults will help you to pick up the latest safety driving techniques, traffic laws, penalties of traffic violations and the various physical and mental factors that could influence mature drivers. These courses will help you to evaluate and assess your driving skills and tell you when exactly you should quit the driving for.

Get Discount on Auto Insurance – Adult driving programs carry 10% discount on auto insurance fees for 3 years. Several states offer these benefits to attract more adult drivers to undergo these refresher courses. Designed specifically to address the age related issues and their effects on the quality of driving; the mature drivers’ courses equip the drivers with the latest skills and information to make them more competent behind the wheels.

Mature driver courses are beneficial for every driver on the road. These will not only teach the drivers the latest traffic rules and the safety features of the vehicles but will also help them manage their physical and mental impairments.

Every year many fatal accidents occur on roads. The mature driver’s courses are deigned specifically to make sure that all the drivers are well aware of the traffic rules and regulations and safety aspects while driving.

Learn English Online – What Great Online English Courses Are Made Of

So you have decided to learn English online. You have realized the many opportunities an English language skill can bring to you. Along with this, you have also understood what benefits can be derived from learning English over the Internet, and you want to get these benefits.

You may have been doing your research and discovered that there are so many online English courses. Probably, you may have signed up for a free online course or two. There is really no problem about free online English learning courses. You may use the free English lessons you receive to understand a few basics or refresh your memory if you already have some background about the language. What you have to keep in mind is that all these free courses are somehow limited.

Equipped with this information, you have to open your mind and prepare your pocket in order to avail an English course which will address your learning needs in an integral way. This is something which you must accept: the good online English courses will cost you money, and you will spend more with more specialized or advanced training programs.

The keyword here is “integral”. Great English online courses cover all the aspects about learning English – reading, writing, speaking and listening. With a great online course, a student or learner will experience a certain kind of harmony among these aspects which all contribute to total understanding of the English language.

And so, oftentimes, the cost is not the biggest issue when taking English online courses. One can gain so much more if she grasps a good command of the English language. Features of an online training program are the first stuff which must be observed before checking if the price is right.

How will you know if an online training program is for you or not?

Every great English online course has its own inclination or focus. This focus is about how the online course effectively solves a particular issue or set of issues expected to be experienced by students while learning English via the Internet. If you feel that a program has features addressing your personal weaknesses and fears the most, you may have found the online course you are looking for.

Driver Education Schools

Besides preparing young and new drivers for their driver’s license, a driver education school also teaches students how to become reliable and safe drivers. Driver’s education teaches the correct driving techniques and rules of the road. In order to provide a driver education program, schools have to be recognized by their state, and instructors have to be licensed by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DVM). There are a number of driver education schools throughout the country.

Driving schools provide students with a variety of driver education courses that are flexible and designed to meet the specific requirements of each individual. There are traditional schools with regular classroom and practical courses; there are some schools that provide online driver education programs, and other schools that provide home study courses.

In the traditional school, students attend normal classes and are lectured by qualified and licensed instructors in the classroom. As part of their practical lesson, students are trained behind the wheel under the supervision of a trained instructor. Classes are usually held two to three times a week. Students are given a minimum of 30 hours of in-class lessons and around 6-10 hours of in-car training.

Online Internet schools provide driver education to anyone who has access to the Internet and prefers to study at their own pace. Students learn via online lessons, quizzes and exams. However, behind-the-wheel training will have to be done in the presence of a qualified instructor. Home school study programs allow students to study from home using textbooks and workbooks. The school conducts regular tests to judge the student’s comprehension of the program. A trained instructor conducts behind-the-wheel trainings.

Schools need to ensure that all students are above the legal driving age when enrolling for the course and if under the age of 14, have to get written consent from their guardian or parent to take behind-the-wheel trainings. On completion of the course, all schools award a certificate of completion to the students that confirm that they have successfully completed the driver education program. This certificate will then allow the student to get a driver’s license from the DMV.