How to Use Decorative Concrete in Your Home

Decorative concrete is one of the hottest new trends for concrete floors in the home. This flooring system gives you the option to choose which shade of red you would like for a Spanish style looking deck at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. This flooring option also allows you to embed personal mementos or logos on your concrete floor.  Concrete has nowadays become a versatile, cost-effective and more durable. Thanks to the latest concrete tools, dyes and stains, patterns, and textures decorative concrete can easily enhance the aesthetic value of your home even if you are in a tight budget.  Ways to Use Decorative Concrete  Textured Concrete Adding texture to concrete can create many possibilities. Polished concrete can give concrete a high gloss or any level of gloss you desire for more click here. Concrete can also be stamped to resemble the look of brick, stone or tiles at a much lower cost.  Colored Concrete Concrete can be transformed into an attractive flooring system inside your home. Choose the right color and texture so it can complement the interiors of any room.  Concrete can be colored by adding a powdery substance to the cement before it is poured. This will result in a permanent color spread throughout the entire surface. You can also opt to stain the concrete floor. Various colors are available for both methods.  Concrete Fireplace Hearths Concrete retains heat. So even if the fire has already been doused, it will yet radiate heat for a long time. A concrete fireplace hearth need not be dull and boring.  It can be made seamless to create a monolithic structure. The stamped concrete can also be done to create the look of brick minus the cost and added maintenance. Stamped concrete can also be colored by a skilled installer to create different highlights and shadows. There are so many ways to make concrete have a decorative look. Customization is easier because of the various tools and methods available today.

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New to homeschool

Have you been wondering maybe researching home education? Do you feel it is time to start homeschooling, but you just don’t know where to start or what to do? You are doing the first thing we suggest to new homeschool families. Research, check out all the different cover (also known as church, umbrella) schools. Look at their requirements, rules, and services. You want a cover school that fits your homeschool. If you need alot of structure (by someone else) enroll with a cover school that has alot of requirements and requires you to use their curriculum. If you want to home school your way, then look at cover schools with only state requirements. like AHA. Pro at homeschooling If you are looking for a new cover school. If you are ready to homeschool your way, not your covers way. Then we are here just for you. We provide legal covering for the entire state of Alabama. We have only state requirements. We basically stay out of your way so you can run your homeschool like you want, with the freedom to teach anything, anytime, anywhere you choose. We are here if you need and want support, information, help, or guidance.

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Classical

Based on the philosophy of education used in ancient Greece and in Europe during the Middle Ages, this is a rigorous style of education that views education in three phases. These stages correspond to the development of a child’s ability to reason. Also known as the Trivium. The first stage is when the student learns how to learn and has the ability to memorize many facts. The second stage is when connections are made of the facts already learned. The third phase is when the student is able to use the connections of facts and formulate and articulate his own opinions. Grammar, logic and rhetoric are all important components of the Classical method, as is Latin, usually. The Socratic method and the Great Books of Western tradition are also key parts of this method. Tapestry of Grace is one Classical method curriculum that is geared for using with a broad range of ages of children. Veritas Press Classical Home School Curriculum also offers tutoring services for their Omnibus I and II courses. Though the following are generalizations, this home schooling method tends to work well for you (at least you’ll have less stress persevering) if you: like structure, desire to evaluate your child’s learning based on academic standards, see the value of an education that places primacy on the written word, both in reading and writing well, believe that developing good study skills fairly early on in your child’s life will benefit him greatly as time goes on, want to concentrate on classics of Western literature as a tool to develop critical thinking, don’t mind being fairly involved in the process of your child’s education – discussing books, giving dictation, encouraging the reaching of academic goals, have a child who is academically oriented.

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AHA would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving

Welcome to Alabama Hope Academy and Home school! We cover K-12. We are taking enrollment for school year 2008-2009 Make sure you read this very carefully, you fully understand and agree with AHA on our enrollment, terms, conditions, policies and guidelines before you enroll. AHA does not pro rate any enrollment fee nor does AHA give refunds, charge backs for any reason at anytime. AHA provides legal covering so you may home school the way you are led. AHA does not require certain (any) curriculum, any meetings at anytime. You may teach anyway you are led, traditional, unschooling, eclectic, or any variation. Testing is not required except for college bound, advanced High School Diploma; testing requirements are same as college requirements. Enrollment fee is due at enrollment and all re enrollment is due on or before July 1st of each year. If AHA does not have your re enrollment in or before July 1st, we will notify your public system ASAP that you are no longer enrolled with us. If you do not enroll with another cover school you will be in truancy and AHA can not help you at that point. 140 days of school are required each year, you may have as many over 140 as you wish, and you may go year round if you choose.

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Montessori Method

The Montessori method and philosophy began almost a century ago, on January 6, 1907, in a San Larenzo apartment building in Rome, Italy. Maria Montessori, a scientist, physician, anthropologist and philosopher, developed this method of education for children as the result of continuous scientific observations of the children of San Larenzo. Maria Montessori noticed that the children had sensitive periods. During these sensitive periods the child works within one area of the environment at a time. Sensitive periods bring on intense concentration, so intense that the child will be almost unaware of the rest of his surroundings. The child during sensitive periods will also continuously repeat an activity until an inner satisfaction is met. The Montessori method calls this process of repetition normalization. Montessori explained the accomplishments of the child’s highly developed cognitive skills with a description of what she called the absorbent mind. Montessori often said, “Impressions do not merely enter his mind; they form it” (Absorbent Mind, 1995). The absorbent mind first prepares the unconscious. The mind then slowly awakens to the conscious level, establishing memory, and the power to understand and reason. The knowledge that the child is internally seeking is then absorbed. The Montessori method was created so that Maria Montessori’s philosophy could be implemented. Montessori believed the environment was second to life itself. She said, “it can modify in that it can help or hinder, but it can never create” (The Montessori Method, 1912). The Montessori environment is called the prepared environment. There are six essential components to the prepared environment: freedom, structure and order, reality and nature, beauty and atmosphere, the didactic materials, and the development of community life. A child having freedom in a prepared environment will be able to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally to his or her full potential. The child uses this freedom to work with the educational materials and to socialize with others. All the materials are designed to fulfill the inner desire for self-construction and spiritual development of the child. The materials indirectly prepare the child for future learning by capturing the child’s attention and initiating concentration. The materials at first are concrete and gradually become abstract. Each set of materials progresses from simple to complex. The prepared environment and its atmosphere must be pleasant to encourage positive growth and spontaneity. The environment must be cheerful, relaxing and warm, inviting the child to participate so he can fulfill his inner will. Implementation of the Montessori method can be expensive, especially if you are planning to purchase Montessori materials. Fortunately there are many books, retailers, and Web sites that can help. A wonderful book for Montessori homeschool implementation is Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth Hainstock. Hainstock has also written books for Montessori homeschool implementation by age or grade. These books give detailed instructions on how to build or make your own materials and how to use them. The books are available in most bookstores and public libraries.

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Computer Based

As this type of home schooling method is becoming more popular, there are increasing varieties of how students use the computer for their home schooling. Some computer-based curriculums have the curriculum on CDs or DVDs, such as Switched-On Schoolhouse . Others are more like distance learning courses taken through the Internet (see Online Home Schooling Options below for more information.) Here, too, though the following are generalizations, this home schooling method tends to work well for you if you: want to have your child follow a set scope and sequence, want to have step-by-step accountability for your child, see a value in using modern technology and don’t have concerns for its over-use, need to find a way to not be involved so much in the day-to-day process of your child’s education, though you would be available to give help and general guidance, have a child who likes being able to work at his own pace and use the computer.

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