Friday, October 30, 2015

Why Tutoring at Home is Important (part 2 of 2)

• Manifests persistent frustration. This is the major sign of kids who are losing interest in school due to lack of academic help from people around him or her. At first, this may be vague and can be mistaken to tantrums—especially to younger kids—but eventually, this behavior will become more and more noticeable because it will manifest in other things as well as places not only at school but inside the home as well.

• Is too much overwhelmed. This sign can be easy to distinguish in a child especially to those who usually don't get overwhelmed in other things. You will know that there is decrease in academic interest when a child starts to complain about assignments and other school work even if these has not been explained by the teacher fully.

• Fails repeatedly in completing any assignment or a school project. This is a very alarming symptom for the child because this shows that the problem affects his or her everyday function in school. If nothing is done the soonest possible time, it may manifest to his or her other behaviors later on in life.

• Intends to ignore distractions. This leads to the child to juggling two or more tasks in one time without having to finish anything. If ever there one would be finished, it will be haphazard or dissatisfactory.

• Experiences head on struggle to staying in one task. There is no available tutoring help for the child if or her she manifests this symptom. This is because the confidence of the child is greatly affected, thus, disabling him or her to complete anything thinking that he or she will not be able to do it the right way.

Why Tutoring at Home is Important (part 1 of 2)

Through the years, the academic setting has become less and less friendlier for students, especially for children. Although today, there are far better classrooms, more skilled teachers, and even tools like such printed materials, these—oftentimes—are not enough to change the fact that there is more pressure on the kid's shoulder. This is why it is very important to supplement this setting with tutoring as early as toddler hood years in school.

Today, many parents as well as teachers—probably because of very busy schedule and lots of work that need to be done—tend to become less observant to the child's behavior when it comes to their academic life in school. In fact, up to now, many of them still do not know the reason behind the steady loss of children's interest in their studies—too much assignments and less tutoring.

Many experts believe that assignment is one of the things that the students—especially the younger ones—hate the most because they feel that they no longer have time to enjoy and have fun inside the house. For parents, this is the time to take a good look at your child's behavior when it comes to school or to doing assignments because this will enable you to help the child the soonest possible time.

Seeing the signs

For you to know if your child or your sibling needs tutoring at home, the best is you confirm that the child is somehow suffering from what is commonly called, "school fatigue" due to tons of assignments. Any student who show three or more of these signs need immediate tutoring sessions especially when they are at home so they could easily catch up with the lessons that they might have been missing. Experts say that the child needs constant tutoring if he or she:

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Value of Antique Tapestries (part 2 of 2)

Among the more well known manufacturers back then include Arras, Beauvais, Aubusson, Feletin, Bruges, Ghent, Gobelins, and Audenarde. These were the favorites of the nobles, kings and queens of old. These manufacturers have their own trademarks and collectors must learn to discern which is which.

But an important piece of information is knowing the fact that the tapestries that came out from these manufacturers have borders which oftentimes are unique to each maker. These borders are usually the first parts destroyed in a tapestry. Therefore, finding an old tapestry with borders still in tact is a great find and can actually be worth quite a lot.

During the course of history, the designs depicted in these tapestries changed from Roman battlefields to aristocrat hunting scenes. And probably one of the precursors of change is when the church actually commissioned the great Raphael to come up with the “Acts of the Apostles” series. This began the age where tapestries were used to imitate famous paintings and painters were included in the process of making one.

It was in the 16th century that tapestry making saw a new light in the guise of the Jacquard loom. The loom was developed in Flanders and brought tapestry making to a wider market. Suddenly kings and queens were not the only ones who can commission the work. But still, the looms were still not as “skillful” as master artisans of the trade who have been hand weaving tapestries for years.

After reading through, you should have seen the importance and value of tapestries. The older ones are more expensive, yes, that thing is for certain. And they are also the most wealthy in terms of historical content.

The Value of Antique Tapestries (part 1 of 2)

When we talk about tapestries we can’t help but feel nostalgic or more precisely, feel historic. Tapestries have been around as far back as ancient Greece. The actual value of antique tapestries, therefore, is quite high and we’re not talking about the monetary value alone for that piece of textile hanging in the living room is an important witness to our history.

People used to hang huge textiles on their walls to protect them from the cold. But soon these huge pieces of cloth became more than just that. They became a medium of artistic expressions and the weaving process itself became a precise science in itself. As demand began to increase, centers of tapestry making began to emerge in various places, creating specialties and trademarks. Countries like England, Holland, Italy, and France were identified as places where unique and quality tapestries were produced. The high and the wealthy in society went to these places to commission skillful artisans for huge pieces of art. However, it was in Paris, France where tapestry making was developed into an art form.

French made tapestries were said to incorporate the use of gold threads obviously to showcase the social status of the person who commissioned the piece. It is therefore unfortunate to know that most of these French made tapestries were destroyed during the French revolution precisely because of the gold threads. The poor and the hungry harvested what ever value they can get.

Today, among the oldest surviving tapestries were those made in England during the 14th and 15th centuries. Based on what experts could gather from the tapestries themselves, the oldest ones that we know of came from Barcheston in Warwickshire. Others were from the looms of a Mortlake factory which was supposed to be been operational in the early 1600s.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Basics Of Professional Boxing (part 2 of 2)

Professional boxing fights can last for as long as 12 rounds of 3 minutes each and as short as 4 rounds for less experienced fighters. However, prior to 1982, professional boxing can last for as long as 15 pounds. The accidental death of the boxer Duk Koo Kim during a 15-round fight with Ray Mancini forced professional boxing organizations to trim down the rounds to only 12 rounds.

Weights in professional boxing can sometimes get confusing and for each weight, there could be further subdivisions that add more categories of fighters and champions alike. Below are the more common weight divisions in professional boxing:

Light Flyweight
Super Flyweight
Super Bantamweight
Super Featherweight
Light Welterweight
Light Middleweight
Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Super-cruiserweight, and

Other weight divisions include Strawweight, Jr. Flyweight, Jr. Bantamweight, Jr. Featherweight, Jr. Lightweight, Jr. Welterweight, and Jr. Middleweight.

Champions and Belt Holders
Due to the variety of professional boxing organizations like IBF, WBA and WBC and WBO, it is hard to determine which among the top ranking fighter and belt-holders are the champions. Currently though, there is no one governing body that could really produce champions.

There are, however, title holders, titlists and belt-holders and each sanctioning body, as they are often called, have different parameters for determining who the title holders are and who the mandatory challengers are.

Basics Of Professional Boxing (part 1 of 2)

More than anything else, professional boxing was inspired by sheer love for manly fights and the price. Thus, the term "prizefighting".

The popularity of professional boxing begun in 18th century England where the working classes were the first avid fans and participants. It grew on until boxing caught the attention of top-hatted gentlemen and royalty. Today, professional boxing bouts are held around the globe where champions are drafted from various countries.

Scoring system
In professional boxing, unlike in amateur boxing, score is awarded based on the 10-point must system. This means that the three ringside judges should award the maximum number of points to the boxer who displayed better exchanges during a round while the loser for each round only gets 9 points. The scores are tallied on score cards which are totaled at the end of the fight. However, this may be skipped in case of a knockout (where one boxer receives a hard blow and is not able to stand up before the count of 10) or when there is a technical knockout (where the game is stopped by the referee due to various reasons).

Scores are awarded based on the cleanliness of the punches, the defensive tactics the boxer uses and the display of effective aggressiveness. As it is, the scoring system is subject to lack of objectivity which often gives rise to questionable results.

Each knockdown deducts one point from the boxer who fell and penalties are awarded if the rules are infringed. On very serious violations, the game can be stopped and the violator can be disqualified.

As was earlier mentioned, scores are tallied at the end of the fight. If all the scorecards agree, the winner gets a "unanimous decision". It is a "split decision" when the winner only wins two scorecards. If the scores are tied, the decision is draw and it is still a draw if one judge picks a victor and the other two gave tied scores. However this time, it is called a "majority draw".

Friday, October 16, 2015

Embroidery Supplies for Hand and Machine Embroidering (part 2 of 2)

Machine Embroidering Supplies

As expected, a switch from hand embroidery to machine embroidery means additional supplies. To mention some are the machine itself, the computer software, and various digital patterns.

• Embroidering Machine

The machine you’ll get, particularly the new ones, contains basic patterns you can use. If you wish for a creative and more unique design, the net has lots of patterns to choose from. Some can be customized so you can put your personal touch. Just don’t forget though to bring with you the model name and number of your machine so would be able to choose the patterns that work on it.

• Editing Software

So you now have your design file. The next thing you can do is to edit or alter it to make your own design. Among the software editing programs to choose from are:

Digitilizing: This software includes stitch, and line types as well as border frame, and texture styles.

Lettering: Such software comes with choices of fonts and lettering styles as well as underlay types.

Other important features of software editing programs include display hoop, design locator, on-screen rulers, and lock stitches and trims.

• Needles and Thread

These supplies are less expensive but are really important to achieve the embroidery project you have in mind. The thread used for machine embroidery is a special thread that’s different from the ones used for hand embroidery. Though available in various sizes, the 40-weight needle is the commonly-used thread.

Such thread is also offered in various fiber choices ranging from natural to synthetic. Rayon, polyester, silk and cotton are among thread choices available in the market.

Before you went off to shop, be sure to bring with you a list of these necessary embroidery supplies because these are the stuff that will help you create quality embroidery result. Remember: with the right supplies, you will be able to do away with the usual embroidery problems.