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Should You Pay For Driver’s Education For Your Teen Driving A Manual Transmission?

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Pay For Driver’s Education For Your Teen Driving A Manual Transmission?

While it may seem like just yesterday that your child was learning to walk and talk, driving and college may be just around the corner. If you’re starting to investigate driver’s education courses for your soon-to-be teen driver, you may be overwhelmed at the number of options — online or in-person, public or private, standard or accelerated. If your family’s “daily driver” has a manual transmission (or if you’re considering the purchase of a manual transmission for your teen driver), should you investigate driver’s education courses specifically geared toward drivers of manual transmissions or try your hand at performing this instruction yourself? Read on for some factors you’ll want to consider when deciding whether to invest in manual transmission-specific driving lessons for your teen driver.  Is it worthwhile for your teen to learn to drive a manual transmission? Even if your teen’s current car has an automatic transmission, learning how to drive a manual transmission is a skill that can often come in handy. In a few short years, your teen may need to be the one to safely drive a friend’s car home from a party at which other teens have been drinking. Knowing how to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission could also help your teen obtain a potentially profitable job as a valet driver or oil change technician during summer breaks from high school or college.  However, while being able to operate a manual transmission has served many very well in life, it’s not a life skill needed by all — and with the proportion of vehicles equipped with manual transmissions dropping to less than 10 percent of all vehicles left on the road, your teen may find him- or herself living in an increasingly automatic world, particularly when it comes to driving lessons. Unless you live in a large metro area with a variety of driver’s education courses available, you may find it difficult to locate a driver’s education course that focuses on manual transmission training.   Should you try to train your teen yourself or pay for private driving lessons? If you have years (or decades) of experience in operating a manual transmission, you may debate teaching your teen this skill yourself. While this may seem like the most economical option, whether it is the right choice largely depends upon the condition of your current vehicle and your teen’s demonstrated expertise with shifting and clutch operation.  Many drivers who are unfamiliar with manual transmissions will pop the clutch or grind the gears a few times during the learning process. Those learning to drive on a five-speed may even accidentally shift into reverse when aiming for the fourth gear, causing a loud clank and sudden stop. While most vehicles are ably equipped to handle the lumps and bumps that come along with an inexperienced driver, if your vehicle is already showing signs of clutch or transmission wear, your teen’s driving may hasten this process and quickly lead to expensive repairs.  Paying for private driving lessons (or a manual-specific driver’s education course where available) can help reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle while your teen is learning to drive.  On the other hand, if your teen has already had some practice at operating manual transmissions (even those on a tractor or dirtbike), or if he or she...

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Does Your Child Dislike Group Sports And Athletic Events? Other Options For Stimulating Their Minds And Motor Skills

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your Child Dislike Group Sports And Athletic Events? Other Options For Stimulating Their Minds And Motor Skills

If you’re trying to find a way to improve your child’s coordination and fine motor skills, there are a few different activities that are ideal. If your child doesn’t always feel comfortable in large groups or with lots of people watching, group sports may not be for them. Instead, there are some other activities that will help them grow and develop, while improving their coordination, motor skills and more. Here are a few activities you should consider signing your child up for. Dance Movement through dance is a great way to help your child express themselves, get in touch with music and enjoy themselves. Private dance lessons where they can learn the steps and techniques properly are a great way to get your child started, until they feel comfortable dancing in a group setting. Ballet, tap, and other dancing varieties will all help your child in different ways, and your child can try each one out until they find what they like. Ballroom dancing, which teaches teamwork and collaboration, can be taught at an earlier age than most parents realize (for more information, contact schools like Absolute Ballroom Company).  Gymnastics Gymnastics is going to improve stability, coordination, core strength, flexibility and overall conditioning. Gymnastics is great for children that are clumsy, and have a hard time participating in athletic activities with other children, or who are lacking strength. This is going to help your child become more coordinated, and they’ll learn how to use their body properly. This is a great activity to get your child moving around, and their increased stamina will benefit them in other areas of their life. Music Lessons Learning to play an instrument, sing, and how to read music are all activities that will stimulate the mind. Playing an instrument like the piano, guitar and other  options will help your child with their fine motor skills because they have to move their hands quickly and think at the same time. Reading music and getting a rhythm will also help improve your child’s mathematical skills. This is a great way for your child to express themselves, and music can be very calming. If you want to get your child into an activity to help them grow, but they don’t like the roughness or excitement that occurs with group sports, consider any of these options to help expand their mind. These are all great choices that are practical for both genders, and your child will learn what they like and don’t like as they get older. Find the teachers and options near you to get...

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3 Things To Ask When Choosing A Private High School For Your Teenager

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Ask When Choosing A Private High School For Your Teenager

If you have decided to send your teenager to a private high school, you may be doing so to challenge them academically or increase their chances of getting into a top college. However, it can be a challenge to choose among the schools available. Here are some things to ask when you are seeking out a good private school for your teen. How Big are the Classes? One of the reasons that many private high schools can offer a great education for your teenager is that they often have smaller classes than those in public schools. Smaller classes are good for your teenager because your teen is likely to receive more individualized attention. However, as some private schools become more popular and admit more students, their class sizes may grow. Make sure you ask about class sizes and try to get an idea of how many students the school plans to admit while your teenager attends.  What Kind of Fundraising Events Happens Throughout the Year? When you send your teenager to a private high school, you will be paying tuition. You may be surprised to learn that you may also be expected to contribute to various fundraisers throughout the year in addition to the tuition you pay. Find out from each school you are considering how many fundraisers you will need to participate in, so you get an idea of how much you might ultimate pay out of pocket to send your child there. Can a School Back Up Its Academic Claims? Many private high schools are proud of their track record when it comes to the grades that their students earn or that some students are accepted to highly respected colleges. However, it is important that you get a full picture of how the school performs when it comes to providing their students with a good academic background. For example, you may read that some students are accepted to Ivy League schools, but what percentage of their students are? What percentage of their total student body get high scores on college prep tests such as the SAT and ACT? How many of their students are National Merit Scholars? Looking for proof of a high school’s academic claims can help you to determine whether your student has a chance of performing well if they should attend. The questions in this article can help you get the information you need to make the right decision about which private school to send your child to. Talk to your child and consult a few schools in the area until you feel confident that you’ve found the perfect private high school for your teenager. To learn more, contact a private school like New Hope...

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Nervous About Scuba Diving? Tips For Your First Dive

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nervous About Scuba Diving? Tips For Your First Dive

It’s entirely possible to feel excited for your first scuba dive, but also extremely apprehensive. You might be running through all of the things that could go wrong, no matter how unlikely they are. You might worry that you will panic while you’re underwater. Here are some tips to keep in mind before and during your first dive so that you can minimize the chances that anything goes wrong and have a great time. 1. Every Time You Start To Panic, Focus On Breathing You might get under the water fine, but once you get to a certain depth and feel the water pressure change, you might start to feel claustrophobic and begin to panic. You also might start panicking right away. This is relatively normal for first-time divers. If you feel yourself panicking at any point during the dive, simply focus on your breath. Focus on breathing in for four and breathing out for four. You’re not going to be in any danger, especially for your first dive, so there’s no harm in taking your attention off of everything else and putting it towards thinking about your breathing. Once you start to feel calmer, you will naturally stop focusing on your breath and start focusing on everything around you. 2. Go In a Small Group When you are going scuba diving for the first time, your instructor is going to be near you at all times and is going to be supervising your group. You might feel more confident and less nervous if you are in a smaller group than if the ratio of your instructor to the rest of your classmates is 1:12. It’s difficult to psych yourself out about going underwater and actually diving if you know that your scuba diving instructor is going to be with you the entire time taking care of anything that goes wrong. Consider going on a weekday, rather than a weekend in order to get a smaller class size or even asking your instructor about paying for a private dive. 3. Ask Questions The more you know, the more you will feel in control of the situation. Feel free to ask your instructor a lot of questions so that you know what’s going to come next and so that you can mentally prepare yourself for each step. By knowing what’s going to come next and everything about the dive, you will be able to feel more confident.  For more information, talk to a company, like Scuba Schools Of America, that specializes in scuba diving...

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