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Importance of Learning Art for Children in Modern Society
Gone are the days when Fine Art was considered to be a mandatory part of curriculum in schools; it was just about teachers teaching their students drawing, painting, theatre, music or sculpture. There are many public schools where arts as a subject is not considered important; then a few budget cuts across the country a few years back forced many public schools to either limit or completely stop their arts programs. These schools pay more attention on core subjects such as reading and math; however this practice can have serious consequences on those children who have innate talent and are inclined towards arts.
Not giving due attention to arts in this modern society could easily deprive students of building up their creativity and imagination. And in today’s world where competition is so tough and children have exposure to so many things, it is highly important to allow young children to express themselves however they feel comfortable. There is a need to understand that some children are just not about grammar and grades; they have other talents that make them artists. Read more →
Early childhood educators always recommend that parents engage their children to do some artwork. Dabbling in arts and crafts is essential for children since the art helps in developing the creativity of children.
There are many places where parents can bring their kids to do some arts and crafts. And if you live in Seattle, Washington, and then, here is a list of the best art studios where parents can take their kids.
Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio
Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio is located in 7526 20th Avenue NE and has been in existence since 1989. It also has the Ravena studio which has been operating since 2004.
There are two preschool art programs available in this art studio. Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio also offers evening art classes for teens, tweens and even adults. It also has art classes for early childhood as well as art classes after school for elementary pupils. The art classes offer different kinds of mediums such as collage, painting, sculpture and even drawing. Read more →
One of the advantages enjoyed by virtual games like Avakin Life over the real world is the ease of performing any tasks without the physical constraints. Deemed a virtual world slash social networking platform, Avakin Life is all about emulating life and even doing something that may not be possible in real world. One of the key features that I enjoy when playing Avakin Life is being a famous artist and a socialite.
You see, in the world of Avakin Life, it is important to acquire as many Avacoins as possible. This highly coveted in-game currency is the focus of many people and I found the best way to accumulate them as quickly as possible was by selling my virtual artwork in the game. In the game, you can become anybody short of your imagination. I always gravitated towards becoming an artist and for good reasons: it let me practice digital painting and also get Avacoins that I can use to buy more materials in game.
Despite what many may think, Avakin Life has a fairly robust art creation in-game software. Not super intuitive but good enough to create some awesome pieces in a short amount of time. One of my favorite things to do in Avakin Life is to work on a set of thematic artworks then host an Art Gallery Event at my vitual house.
Clip arts have already been a part of our lives especially when we are editing documents or preparing presentations either for work or school. Have you gotten so used to the ones available in your Office suite that you want other sources where you could get clip arts? Then this list could surely help. Read more →
Animal Jam is a unique and exciting online playground specially designed for kids. All those kids who love playing outdoor games and are interesting in animals find Animal Jam not only entertaining but also very informative. The game allows children to create and customize their own animal characters. The game also offers free online chatting between friends who can team up to set out on different adventures.
According to the website’s help center of Animal Jam the manufacturers have taken your kids’ safety into account and have taken important measure to ensure it.
Here are a few safety measures you should know about;
Online Chatting Safety
The cyber world is huge and you can simply not know if the person on the other side of your chat is a sexual predator or a friendly 80 year old elderly person – the truth is you can never be too careful. According to the manufacturers Animal Jam has been equipped with highly developed chat filters that prevent and block any inappropriate chat messages of language.
However the help center also says that even though the game makers have done their best to keep the chat clean but a few unwanted message may get through. The best way to monitor chat is to sit with your child and make sure nothing inappropriate comes from the other side of your kid’s chat.
Here are a few ways using which you can apply chat filters:
You can limit the dictionary from which your child can type words in his or her chat session. Animal Jam’s default chat filter is restricted chat which can be changed later on.
It prevents the players from typing at will; your children can only select words from an already-approved list of words.
This option allows the players to chat whatever they want; however the typed messages get filtered by the game makers through their own filters. However the risk of a few unwanted words getting through is relatively higher with Safe Chat.
It goes without saying that all online or video games designed for children must have proper parental controls. Animal Jam, to keep the parents involved, offers parents their own Dashboard from where they can monitor their children’s chats, in-game online activities and accounts.
All the in-game reports and activities are moderated by trained Animal Jam moderators who take quick actions to address any inappropriate activity or chat by any player. This service is available round-the-clock.
Player Blocking and Reporting
The game allows players to report or block other players. These actions prevent the child to continue on with the game without having to interact with the offender. Another great feature is that the players have the option to lock their den, which prevents any strangers to enter your play area; this way your children can play with only with those players who are on their buddy list. Players can also block and then remove players from their buddy list as well.
Animal Jam ensures complete privacy by blocking advertisements outside of the game, which prevents the children from seeing any inappropriate pop ups or ad pages.
All the above mentioned features and the fact that National Geographic Kids sponsors the game make Animal Jam, on paper, quite safe for your children; however you must always monitor your child’s online activities no matter how secure your parental filters are or what the game claims.
The main reason for your involvement is that according to many reviews, adults also play the game and participate in chatting. Many incidents involving sexual harassment have been reported by parents, which in many cases have not been taken care of by the gamer makers.
Parents who believe in full research before allowing their children to get involved in any online game have found disturbing forums and websites where adults ask inappropriate questions about the game, indicating their wrong intentions and purpose for playing Animal Jam.
Amazon School Rewards Program used to be a part of Amazon.com Associates Program. However, they are no longer offering such service. But just to give a background, it has pretty much been a very helpful tool for fundraising especially for schools that need extra money for their endeavors. Read more →