Friday, June 27, 2014

Making Storytime Available to Children of Working Parents/Alternative Methods of Belivering Literacy Programs

Public Libraries and the Scheduling of Children's Literacy Programs

making storytime available to children of working parents public libraries and the scheduling of children's literacy programs

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Denise E. Agosto, aand Xiaoning Su
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Denise E. Agosto, and Xiaoning Sun

Alternative Methods of Belivering Literacy Programs
The learners in any program or storytime experience are both

the children and the adults who accompany them. Children

learn a variety of prereading skills, such as print awareness,

letter knowledge, and how to retell a story.

Dial-a-Story is offered by four of the libraries. This service allows
children to hear a story, read by library staff or volunteers, over

the phone twenty-four hours a day. Picture books, folk tales,

fairy tales, fables, or poems several minutes long are the most

common selections. Selections usually change about once a

week. Funding for Dial-a-Story is often provided by community

organizations and Friends groups.

Web Site

Allen County Public Library

American Academy of Pediatrics


Baltimore County Public Library

Born to Read


Cuyahoga County Public Library


Enoch Pratt Free Library

International Children's Digital Library

Medina County District Library

Monroe County Public Library

Multnomah County Library

National Center for Family Literacy

Sesame Street Workshop


Zero to Three



Several of the libraries have developed special kits for parents

and caregivers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to borrow.

The Baltimore County Public Library, for example, provides

Baby Booster Kits-collections of books for use by parents

and child care providers. Through Project LEAP (Library's

Educational Alternative for Preschoolers), parents and caregivers

at the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library can borrow

thematic storytime kits, each of which contains eight books; a

music cassette or CD; an object such as a toy, puppet, or puzzle;

and an activity sheet.

The Allen Counýty (Ind.)

Public Library offers PACS

(Parent and Child Sets)-

number, letter, and imagination

kits to check out

Arthu ir and take home.


Friday, June 13, 2014

"14 years of age" & Getting College Ready ... & "How I got my MA at age 16 yrs of age"

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Can't get an AP course you want? Or fit an AP course into your schedule? Here's how to find AP courses you can take online.

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About the Program
  • Recommends that applicants be at least 14 years old
  • Is more academically rigorous than the Standard Program
  • Prepares students to enter competitive colleges or universities
  • Requires two years of a world language, writing and literature, and upper-level math and science courses
  • Requires students to complete 24.0 credit hours; most required courses are worth 0.5 credit hour
  • Requires completion of at least three courses every six months (an extension may be granted if extenuating circumstances arise)
  • Prepares students to take the ACT or SAT
  • Requires that students complete a minimum of 3.0 BYU Independent Study credit hours, regardless of the number of credits earned at other schools
  • Students receive an official high school transcript upon completion


No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at age 16

The engaging story of Swann's experience growing up as a Southern Baptist homeschooled child from New Mexico earning her education at a highly accelerated pace. At the age of fifteen, she became the youngest student ever to graduate from Brigham Young University in its 111 year history

Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Alexandra Swann (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962361100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962361104

Earn Up to 30 College Credits by Taking the GRE Exam

Save Thousands by Earning College Credit from the GRE Subject Exams

Excelsior College
Have college credit but don't want to spend the rest of your college career in a traditional learning setting? Excelsior College awards up to 30 college credits to individuals who score an 80% or higher on a given GRE subject. The school allows you to earn 18 credits of upper level course credit and around 12 credits of lower division course credit for your success in this exam.
Many students often use this opportunity to complete a major in the GRE subject exam of their choice, without having to take any classes in the field. Excelsior takes a non-traditional approach to demonstrating mastery in the given subject in order to earn a significant amount of credit.
This is an optimal choice for entry level college students that may choose to transfer into Excelsior College with a majority of lower level course work. Students can use their GRE exam credit along with their previously earned course credit to finish their degrees. Students just entering college with no college credit can also take advantage of this option by earning 30 credits that count toward an undergraduate degree simply by taking the GRE subject exam.
Charter Oak State College
Charter Oak also incorporates the GRE subject exams into its degree completion curriculum options. It allows its students, who have scored in the 40th percentile, to earn around 18-24 credits in theGRE subject areas. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Math test takers can earn 24 college credits. Literature and Psychology test takers can only earn 18 credits. The college credits earn generally consist of a combination of upper and lower division course credit, which may depend on the student's transcript to determine how they are exactly awarded.
This may be an optimal choice for students who have the majority of their college work completed but are lacking a few credits required to graduate. Charter Oak generally applies these GRE exam-based credits to lower division course credit. However, students are only required to complete around 15 upper division course credits.
Cost Savings
So what's the advantage of taking the GRE exam instead of traditional courses? The difference might surprise you. The cost of taking the GRE exam comes at around $140 for U.S. test takers. Let's compare that to the cost of taking traditional "per credit hour" courses with both of the school's in question.
Excelsior College's undergraduate tuition fee for courses cost $315 per credit hour. So, for 30 credit hours this would cost you around $9,450. Compare this to the $140 cost of scoring the required score on the GRE subject exam to earn 30 credit hours.
Charter Oak State College's online course tuition for non-residents is about $265 per credit hour, not including registration fees. You could save around $6,230 for scoring in the 40th percentile on the sciences and math GRE exams, by earning 24 credits and around $4,640 on the literature and psychology exams, by earning 18 credits.
Choose Wisely
A very important thing to consider when choosing which GRE exams to take is what you have previously taken. Neither Charter Oak nor Excelsior College will award duplicate course credits for courses that have already been completed. For example, if you decide to take the GRE Literature in English Subject ExamCharter Oak will award 15 lower division courses and 3 upper division courses. This means that, if you already have 15 credits of introductory literature courses, this may not be the exam for you.
In order to earn the maximum amount of credits for a given GRE subject exam, you will need to have the least amount of previous coursework in that area, to ensure that they don't duplicate one's that you might receive by taking the GRE exam.
The GRE can be a very economical resource for those looking to complete their college degree in a non-traditional way. An ample amount of course credits is awarded both by Charter Oak State Collegeand Excelsior College for demonstration of competency when taking the GRE subject tests.