Why learn to sing?Written by Michael Oliphant
When you think about it, most of cultures on this planet have some form of singing that is fundamental to their way of life. You may only sing when it’s absolutely impossible to avoid it, like at birthdays or when you are amongst a group of people singing your national anthem or at a family sing along. Whatever occasion, there are many people who are terrified to be heard singing in public. They would rather chew on road kill than sing in front of other people!
The desire to sing is really quite natural and it happens to everybody at various times. How many times have you been driving along when a favourite song comes onto radio and, before you know it, you are tapping steering wheel in time with beat and singing along almost oblivious to world around you? Why is it that so many people who sing boisterously in shower cannot be convinced to do same thing in front of an audience? In western societies we tend to think of singing as something that only professionals do. Somehow, if you are not a pop star or at least in a band then you can’t possibly be any good at it. You would simply embarrass yourself if you were to sing out loud in a public place!
The truth is; most people can sing quite well if given right encouragement and a few basic tools to help them progress. The fundamentals of good singing technique are quite easy to understand and can be learned by almost anyone with simply desire to improve themselves. There is no reason to be one of those people who have rotten fruit thrown at them when they sing!
Detecting Children's Learning DisabilitiesWritten by David Fitzgerald
The most common learning disability is reading and language skills. Learning disabilities are not something that child will outgrow or is cured. But once recognized and focused on, child can succeed in learning.
Well-meaning relatives and pediatricians sometimes offer assurances that an infant or toddler or pre-schooler with a delay is a “late-bloomer” that will catch up and advise parents to “just wait.” Yes, all children develop at varying rates, but a parent often knows when their child is truly not developing in a typical way. Trust your instincts as a parent: Waiting is not a good idea! Most children struggle during some part of their school years. This is common and some help over hard spots will remedy this problem. But if you detect your child has continues problems with reading, writing and math, he or she may have a learning disability. Often children with learning disabilities have symptoms. These symptoms do not disappear, as child grows older. Detecting them is key to a successful approach to helping your child.
Early intervention with a child who is behind in language, social, cognitive, fine motor or gross motor development can make a world of difference! There are many strategies you can use to help a child make most of their learning abilities in early childhood. Almost all children with learning disabilities, which result in reading difficulties, can learn to read when intervention strategies start at age four or five. Here are some of most frequent symptoms that are observed: ·Difficulty following directions ·Short attention span ·Poor memory ·Poor reading and/or writing ·Can’t discriminate between letters, numbers or sounds ·Difficulty with sequencing ·Problems with coordination What can you do as a parent? You can research on Internet. You can start with our site: Go to your local library for research. Your local school can also help. Have your child take free screening test (hearing & vision) that their school offers. Many school have created special teams to solve these kinds of problems. Check with your school and see what they offer in area of learning disables.