Sep 17th 2017
What you need to know about the Autumnal Equinox:
The autumnal equinox 2017 is finally here! But, what exactly is an equinox?
The autumnal equinox definition is one that baffles many. To fully understand the autumnal equinox definition, it is essential to first understand that the earth experiences two equinoxes each year. During the two equinoxes, the earth’s surface is bathed with light evenly throughout, which means that the equinoxes happen at the same time and the same moment everywhere in the world. This transpires when the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line that correlates to the earth’s equator.
The two equinoxes, which take place each year are known as vernal and autumnal equinoxes. The term equinox is derived from a Latin word that means equal night and is the reason why the northern and southern hemispheres experience different seasons at different times.
A few interesting facts about the Autumnal Equinox:
It usually occurs on the same day
The autumnal equinox takes place every year on September 22nd, 23rd or 24th. In 1931, the autumnal equinox fell on September 24 because of a rare occurrence in the Gregorian calendar that pushed the Equinox back a day. This year, the fall equinox 2017 will take place on September 22.
Autumnal equinox celebration
Cultures all over the world have been taking part in Autumnal equinox celebrations for years. One noteworthy Autumnal equinox celebration takes place at the ancient Mayan step pyramid in El Castillo, Mexico. When the Autumn and spring equinoxes occur, the sunlight produces a mysterious snake-like shape that appears to slither along the length of the steep staircase. Thousands gather each year at the step to witness this amazing event.
Equinox and solstice are different
The Equinox is derived from Latin words “aequus” and “nox”, which means equal night while the term solstice is derived from two Latin words sol and sistere, which means that the sun reached a stand. As such, the summer and winter solstice refers to the day of the year that experiences the longest period of daylight (around June 21) while the winter solstice experiences the shortest period of sunlight.
You may have noticed by now that the nights are much longer now that the month of September has begun, and that the sun has been sinking earlier than usual. In the northern hemisphere, the changes point to the end of summer and the beginning of fall. This year the fall equinox is scheduled to arrive on September 22, 2017 to signal the start of autumn for countries located in the northern half of the world.
Happy Autumnal Equinox!
Sep 5th 2017
Written by Malki Ehrlich on September 5th, 2017
The issue of helping your kids or a classmate with their homework is a topic that has raised a lot of questions within educational institutions. With lots of parents of the opinion that helping children do assignment is not a problem, educators sometimes feel it is wrong because this kind of help could interfere with the children’s natural and essential learning process.
So, what is the purpose of homework assignments?
Homework is usually given to students at every level to test their comprehension of the material that has been taught in class. Helping students do assignments can be one way of understanding their level of performance in the classroom.
How to help younger students?
Introduction and careful monitoring of the homework routine should be a top priority among parents. Children whose assignments are mostly handled by their parents, tend to be overly dependent and non-responsive during classes.
The best way to help a child or student is to assist them with ideas while they are doing their assignments. Take, for example, a child in kindergarten or preschool who is learning about fruits and vegetables. As an adult, instead of giving them the answers, you can assist him/her with diagrams of the fruits and vegetables to aid his/her learning ability.
Another way to assist your kids without literally going out of your way to do the assignment for them is by creating a study plan for your younger ones. The study plan may be structured to have a specific time for reading or going over the study material, revision, and perhaps a practice quiz.
How to help a fellow classmate?
The key for a student helping a fellow student is to complement each other’s strengths. You can organize a study group to discuss in advance the next assignment with a couple of fellow classmates. By doing this, it can help you all study or prepare ahead of the class as well as practice several examples relating to that specific coursework.
You can strengthen your own comprehension of the material by assisting your classmates improve their understanding of the homework assignments by explaining certain concepts rather than doing it for them. Start by asking “Was there a particular part of the task you struggled with?” This tactic will also reduce the number of classmates who will come to you for simple answers if they know that your help entails that they work on this task by themselves!
No matter how you do it, helping each other is a great way to learn and enrich each other’s learning experience as long as the help is really that – just help – and not doing someone’s work for them. Statistics have shown that too much external assistance in solving a student’s homework is likely to bring down test scores because it diminishes the student’s ability to solve problems independently.
So while there may be no concrete answer to this long-standing debate, it is of great importance that we understand that helping with homework should be more of a guidance on how to rather than wholly handling the assignment.
Aug 23rd 2017
The good and trusty Simon Game is now on Ginger Keyboard for Android.
What is this Simon game all about?!
Simon is an electronic game of memory skill. The game creates a succession of tones and lights and requires a user to repeat the series.
How to play Simon on your Ginger keyboard?
1. Go to the game area within Ginger’s keyboard:
2. Press on the Simon Game
3. Follow the patterns of lights and sounds for as long as you can.
4. See how far you can stretch your memory.
5. Have Fun!
The Ginger Software Team
Aug 9th 2017
Written by Malki Ehrlich on August 09, 2017
Summer vacation is usually a time of relaxation; a time to explore and enjoy happy moments with your friends, family, and loved ones. While a lot of people consider summer vacation a time of relaxation, it also might be a time to put on record all of the wonderful experiences and reflections you have accumulated during these liberated moments.
Nowadays, in schools, kids are often requested to write an essay about their summer vacation experiences which are usually submitted upon returning to school in the fall. Writing an essay during summer vacation is usually a great experience since it gives you ample time to work without the pressure of your regular academic duties; it allows you to carry out quality research and enough time to revise your essay to perfection.
Here are three winning tips on how to get the essay done in an enjoyable way:
While writing an essay during summer vacation may be good, it may have an adverse effect on certain writers who are overwhelmed by the vacation mode syndrome. This syndrome sometimes affects productivity as well as causing the mind of the essayist to become overly relaxed. Ironically, due to the ample of time available, essay writers tend to lose focus, which usually has an adverse effect on the quality of their essays grammar and structure.
Try to give a first-hand experience:
Whether you are writing an essay concerning places you visited, or about how your family reunion party went, writing an essay during summer vacation makes it easy for you to share first-hand experiences as they are happening. For example, if you plan to write an essay about the Niagara Falls, it will be highly preferred to write it during your summer vacation because you can take a trip down to the site and gain personal experience which you can write about.
Don’t take a vacation from grammar:
It is of great importance to always make use of proper grammar when writing an essay even when you are in vacation mode. Even though, there might be the strong urge to relax and reduce your productivity levels, maintaining the use of proper grammar is of great importance, as it enhances accuracy and fosters reaching a more elevated readership.
Summer vacations may either impact essay writing activities positively or negatively. It is advisable that you make out concrete plans and a schedule of what you want to achieve during summer vacation and while also working towards the goals you have set. Study grammar related books and review essays online so that you can get an idea about what to write and how to structure your own essay. Remember, it’s Summer Vacation, not Grammar Vacation!
Jul 31st 2017
Guest post written by Anja Skrba on July 31, 2017
You were probably at the edge of your seat throughout the entire month, counting down the days until your holiday will finally come, so that you can have your well-deserved rest and not think about anything for a change….It’s getting very difficult not to daydream about a sandy beach, that summer sun, and a drink in your hand, isn’t it?
Well, if you want to get even more excited about the upcoming summer holiday and get yourself in a great mood, you should check out the ten phrases you will most likely use during your vacation. These will help you stay sane when you’re on the verge of your strengths and trying your best not to have a breakdown from all the stress that’s been building up the previous year. Going over the following phrases will undoubtedly help you daydream in fine details and project yourself exactly where you want to be.
Cool Morning Breeze
One of those perfect moments of any holiday is the second you open your eyes and realize that you’re actually on your vacation. The next thing you should do is open up a window or go to your balcony so that you can admire the view and feel that wonderful morning breeze in your hair and on your skin.
Lazy Sunday Afternoons
The greatest thing about summer is actually the lack of things – no responsibilities, no deadlines, and no problems. One of the phrases you will love repeating is that you’re enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon and doing nothing else but unwinding.
It wouldn’t be a full summer experience if you didn’t spend your lazy afternoon sunbathing with a drink in your hand. And it wouldn’t be a summer drink if it wasn’t a refreshing cocktail, would it?
Well if all was perfect it wouldn’t be real; the thing that everyone hates about summer, and which is practically inevitable, are insects. So, a random moment where you’ll curse the fact that you’re surrounded by pesky bugs just has to happen.
Even though lazy afternoons have their charms, you should make yourself get up from that impossibly comfortable chair and set off to an adventure. Meeting new people or doing something that will make your adrenaline levels rise is what you need to make this summer memorable.
Roaming the World
If you’ve planned a free-spirited summer for yourself – and by that I mean travelling the world – chances are that you’ll have the best time of your life. Roaming the world is something most people dream about, so enjoy using this phrase when you find yourself on two different continents in two days.
Taking a long relaxing walk while your feet are in the sand and while restless waves keep hitting you softly is definitely a moment that will help you charge your batteries.
Summertime is definitely a wonderful opportunity for family reunions. I’m sure you will organize at least one backyard barbeque and plan a family get-together to catch up with everyone and have a great time.
Long Starlit Nights
I’m sure you know that feeling when you don’t have to look at the time and think about tomorrow even for a second, and you can just let your mind wander upwards and dwell among the stars.
Speaking of starlit nights – that picture wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t have a pinch of passion. The air on summer holidays is filled with wild hormones running around, so much so that you can practically cut through them with a knife, so you should simply let yourself enjoy that atmosphere. A little summer fling might be exactly what you need.
Each of these moments will make your summer unforgettable. However, in order to actually enjoy it and not just let these couple of months fly by, you need to be able to recognize them and pay attention to all the little details around you.
Anja Skrba is a Content Creation Manager for First Site Guide, an educational website which provides tutorials and guides that help people create, grow and maintain their online presence.