Importance of Tangrams in a Child’s Life

Tangrams are simple pieces of paper provided to children that they can use to prepare different things such as a house, a boat and so on. Children have a lot to learn and explore in this world, and hence they would love to experiment with bits of paper dipped in vibrant shades.

Generally, a Tangram consists of 2 small right triangles, 2 large right triangles, 1 medium right triangle, 1 square and 1 parallelogram. These multi-colored pieces are given to children in their craft class for them to use their imagination and build things. Tangrams are often taught in nurseries where preschool children can happily put their mind to work.

You have to teach the children prepositions such as under, over and more so that they are able to use the shapes and build things accordingly. You also have to teach them various verbs like move, pick, fix, turn and more so that they understand better. Moreover, Preschool children can get a fair idea of all the primary colors as they play and craft things using Tangrams. Now, let’s consider a few things that can be created using the Tangram.

  1. House – Simply conduct a small square piece and put a triangle above it, and you’re done with your house. If you have many more Tangrams with you, your child can create an entire city with it.
  2. Fish – Rotate a square that would function as the face of the fish and attach two small triangles behind it that would function as its tails.
  3. A large square – This is the easiest of all but kids may find it really interesting in the beginning stages. Keep two large triangles side by side to form a large square.
  4. A ship – Place two large triangles side by side and place all the remaining parts in the correct order under the triangles. You will be surprised to see that you have built an amazing ship in the process.

Thus, in that way, you are educating your children on a variety of things right from shapes and geometry to colors and vocabulary. For more excitement and fun, let children tickle their thoughts on their own and generate new things and come up with fresh ideas. Give them a chance to alter the shapes as well so that they get a great chance to play around with their innate creativity. Some kids start up slowly and move ahead faster, while some are true masters from the beginning itself. You can also set up a birthday party and ask the kids to come up with interesting things using the bits of paper. Let them make their own shapes and sizes and come up with unique and exciting things.


Finding a New Life is Easy with Online Correspondence and Vocational Schools

Many of us can get stuck in rut; so sometimes moving on means starting fresh, starting a new life with a new career or job. Sounds exciting? Well, it can be, and is for millions of young and old around the world.

There are plenty of careers out there and just as many online and offline vocational schools. Some of the more common programs you’ll find are Dental Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Medical Billing, Real Estate Assistant, Accounting Payroll, Business Law and many other careers. These classes are offered to the individual wishing to complete a credited or a non credited class online. After completing the required class, you will receive a certificate of completion. Upon receiving your certificate, you will be able to apply for jobs in that field.

Some people, who choose to take a couple classes at a time, find this way of learning more practical. You can transfer your credits obtained toward an Associate degree later on. Because of the type of classes offered, many of them are geared towards a continued education.

Finding a correspondence class online is as easy as finding an accredited college to obtain an Associate degree. There are many colleges that offer you an opportunity to learn online in many different vocational fields. These types of classes usually take about six months to complete. Your online class is structured for learning one particular class. There are discussion boards for classmates to converse about what they are studying and to ask questions that you may have. You also will have access to talk with instructors with online chat.

Once you have decided what field you would like to go into, you can contact a college or fill out an online registration form and email it to them with the appropriate funds. Because this is a correspondence course, you can just register and pay for it. Like many colleges, you can buy your required books and materials that are needed right from them. You will receive a notice in the mail or an email informing you of acceptance or denying admission.

Once you have been accepted, you can begin learning online. You will have weekly assignments and quizzes. Testing will be determined by the instructor before a class starts. You will be informed of the necessary information before starting the class. Because of type of class you are taking it may be necessary to participate in some interactive online classes. This will also be communicated to you before start of class.

Another great reason for these types of classes is, for students living outside of the United States can take these courses and earn the same certificate. This is a plus for foreign students or American families living in a foreign country, but wanting to take American accredited classes. There are so many different classes to choose from, that may not be offered other countries. Because of this opportunity you may also have a chance to interact with other students from other countries, giving you a wider perspective on other cultures.

Fresh Engineering Degree Graduates – Most Will Be Condemned to a Life of Misery!

Engineering degree holders are everywhere, but very few are capable and employable! Imagine being marooned on a boat at sea without fresh water, there is ‘water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.’ Similarly, the mushrooming of ‘education industry’ is turning out lot of degree holders but very few are employable.

Imagine being marooned on a boat at sea without fresh water, there is ‘water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink’. Similarly, the mushrooming of ‘education industry’ is turning out lot of degree holders but very few are employable.

Colleges offering professional degrees have grown like weeds. The weeds grow quickly and add to the greenery. They look good. However, just like weeds hinder the growth of crops, many of these private professional colleges have prevented a solid educational foundation for the youth of Andhra Pradesh.

Last year, about 1.8 lakh engineering and MCA students completed their education. Not even a small fraction of them have got jobs. The job market is so disappointing that many students just stopped looking for jobs. Fresh graduates no longer enroll for computer courses to enable them to get jobs. Computer training institutes are not seeing enough people enroll.

When someone does an engineering or MCA it is a one-way route. You cannot really get out of that field into another field. Honestly, how many pharmaceutical companies will hire a BTech Civil Engineer as pharma salesperson. Or how many retail companies will hire BE (Computers) as Customer Service officer. However, if the same person had done a BA or BCom they would not have an issue with either a pharma sales job or the retail customer service job. A couple of years later, they can always do an MBA or MCA and change their careers and be a productive and responsible members of the society.

Over the past decade, with the increase of engineering seats from 4,000 to about 2 lakhs – every Yelliah, Mallama and Ramulu can get a seat in Engineering. The student and family feels great – like they did for those who graduated last year. I am doing Engineering or my son will be an Engineer. A parent might have thought – my son’s life will be ‘settled’. Well that was till last year!

The quality of education and the talent levels of those admitted are so low for 98% of all these engineering students that they may be condemned to a life of misery. Their career prospects or chance of a well paying professional job no better than someone who does an Unani or Ayurveda Medicine degree from some unrecognized institute.

The Satyam saga may ultimately affect a few thousands familites- that too only temporarily! However, the epedemic growth of higher education colleges has destroyed or will destroy the future of lakhs of lower and middle-income families. There are so many of them who have taken loans, sold possessions and made many sacrifices in the hope that their kids will be well settled.

Today, their kids employability is a question mark. However, in order to get those degrees they borrowed lakhs of rupees. The chance of the kids repaying the loans with a well paying job are not very promising. Not for this year, but for a long time into the future.

With lakhs of low quality students being admitted into professional courses – there is a possibility that the current education policy has destroyed the future of an entire generation who may have been better of doing ITI / Polytechnic diplomas or a regular BA, BSc, BCom degree. Such degrees might have helped them find a honest and stable technician or service jobs that would have been better matched to their abilities.

The only good thing about the current recession is that it may compell many parents to really think hard before admitting their ‘not so smart kid’ into a low quality college offering professional degree. A degree from such a college has little value in the job market. Even NASSCOM publicly admits that only 25% of the engineering graduates are employable! That was a few years ago, before the vast increase in new professional engineering colleges.