Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tips for Helping Seniors Learn the Computer

Teaching Seniors Computers - 10 Tips
Written By : Michael Gorzka

I've been teaching library computer classes since 1997. Here are my top 10 tips for teaching seniors how to use a computer.

1) State the goals of the class before you begin instructing. People will come into a class with different skill levels. Advanced students will often work ahead or surf the web if the class material is too basic for them. This can distract you and other people in the class.
After everyone in the class has been seated, I introduce myself and then say something like: "Just to make sure we're all on the same page here, this the Introduction to Email Class". In this class we cover thevery basics of sending and receiving email messages. Is that why we're all here?"
2) Use real life parallels whenever possible....

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Connecticut Events Calendar in November for the Entire Family

Thursday, 11/11/10

Our Great Education Challenge - Hartford - A panel discussion with Chancellor of NYC Public Schools, Joel Klein and Davis Guggenheim director of Waiting for Superman, which explores the ways American public education fails children. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. 8 p.m. $25-$60. 860-987-5900.Brian Regan -

Multicultural Trip Around the World - Guilford - Chris Merwin will take you on a trip around the world through music and imagination. For children ages 4 and up. Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street. 2:30-3:15 p.m. Free. 203-453-8282.

Rusted Root & Assembly of Dust - Ridgefield - Rusted Root performs roots music and world rock while Assembly of Dust is known for their rich-country accented melodies. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 8 p.m. $55. 203-438-5795.

Friday, 11/12/10

Owl Prowl - Stamford - Spend an evening searching for these creatures of the night. Have a hoot of a time! Bring a flashlight. For ages 5 and up. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd. 7-8:30 p.m. $5-$8. Pre-register

Annie - Stamford - The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a new generation the chance to experience this musical about never giving up hope. Kweskin Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave. 7:30 p.m. $14-$28. 203-329-8207. Through Dec. 18.

Winterfair Holiday Gift Market - Stamford - Vendors offer a variety of unique merchandise. Also face painting for children and more. Stamford Marriott & Spa, 243 Tresser Blvd. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free-$5. Also on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Seeds Galore - Madison - Learn about different kinds of seeds and the ways that nature makes sure they get planted to grow next year. Make a collage and go on a scavenger hunt. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Bauer Park, Copse Road. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $8. 203-245-5623.

Saturday, 11/13/10

Yale Football - West Haven - Watch the Yale Bulldogs take on Princeton. Yale Bowl, Derby Avenue. Noon. Free-$8. 203-432-1400.

Visions of Gingerbread Tea Party - Stamford - Decorate your own gingerbread boy or girl. Tea, sandwiches and sweets served. Hear stories and bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd. 2 p.m. $45-$55. RSVP. 203-322-1646, ext. 6521.

Family-Friendly Bird Count - Greenwich - Learn about watching and feeding winter birds and how your family can be Citizen Scientists. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road. 1-2:30 p.m. $1.50-$5. RSVP. 203-869-5272, ext. 230.

Harry Potter Movies - Westport - Watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road. 2 p.m. Free. 203-291-4800.

Circus For a Fragile Planet - Hartford - ARTFARM presents a circus with juggling, clowning, physical comedy, acrobatics, unicycling and more built around an environmental message. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave. 11 a.m. $5-$10. 860-280-3130.

Festival of Lighthouses - Norwalk - Handcrafted lighthouses will be placed throughout the aquarium and visitors can cast a vote for their favorite. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St. Aquarium hours and admission. 203-852-0700. Through Jan. 17.

Frosty the Snowman - Bridgeport - This children's winter story has a feel good spirit that's a holiday favorite. Downtown Cabaret Theater, 263 Golden Hill Street. Noon and 2:30 p.m. $15.50. 203-576-1636. Saturdays and Sundays through January 5.

Family & Friends Fun Day - Hartford - Learn ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and rethink to care for the environment. Kids' activities and more. The Trash Museum, 211 Murphy Rd. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 860-757-7765.

Fall Family Fun Concert - Westport - A morning full of fun, movement and original song featuring beloved children's performer Amy Rogell. Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Day School, 45 Church Lane. 10:30-11:30 a.m. $15; under 2 free. 203-226-4616.

Lantern Walk - Newtown - Parents and children age 2-6 years-old will construct a simple, colorful lantern; experience a puppet play, sing songs, and carrying their lighted lanterns outside into dusk in a magical procession. Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, 40 Dodgingtown Road. 4 p.m. Donation $5. 203.364.9881.

Sunday, 11/14/10

Berenstain Bears in Family Matters: The Musical - Fairfield - This new musical weaves together three of Stan and Jan Berenstain's most popular books. For grades preK- 3. Quick Center for the Arts, 200 Barlow Road. 1 and 3 p.m. $12-$15. 203-254-4010.

Paleo-Knowledge Bowl - New Haven - Teams of students in grades 4-6 will answer questions about paleontology - especially dinosaurs. Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue. 2:30 p.m. $5-$7. 203-432-5050.

Richard Shindell - Fairfield - This true American folk storyteller weaves stories out of cleverly invented characters. Stage One, 70 Sanford Street. 7:30 p.m. $32. 203-259-1036.

Glitzy Mirrors - New Haven - Use acrylic paint, paint pens, glitter, charms and "gems" to make unique and whimsical mirrors. Ages 6 and up. Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon Street. 2-4 p.m. $23-$26. 203-562-4927.

Monday, 11/15/10

Monday Night Movies - Guilford - Watch The Cove about the unseen hunt for dolphins in Japan. Rated PG-13. Refreshments and discussion precede and follow the film. Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street. 7-9 p.m. Free. 203-453-8282.

Tuesday, 11/16/10

Wii Games! - New Haven - Kids, ages 12-18, can play Wii games! Stetson Library, 200 Dixwell Avenue. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. 203-946-8130, ext. 234.

Harry Potter Movie Marathon - Guilford - All ages are welcome to watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Beverages provided. Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street. 6:30 p.m. Free. 203-453-8282.

The Littlest Pilgrims - Ridgefield - This musical is based on the voyage of the first Pilgrims to the new world as seen through the eyes of two young children. For grades 1-3. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10. 203-438-5795.

Wednesday, 11/17/10

Turkey Talk - Fairfield - The Afternoon Adventure drop-in program includes a story and a walk to explore the sanctuary. All ages; children must be with an adult.
Birdcraft Museum, 314 Unquowa Rd. 4-4:30 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. 203-259-0416.

Holiday Tours - Hartford - Tour the house that's decorated with gifts and garlands, a Victorian Christmas tree and more. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave. Museum hours and admission. 860-247-0998.

Preschool Art & Nature Adventures - Farmington - Children ages 4-7 will explore a piece of the museum's art collection through stories, hikes and other activities. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road. 10-11 a.m. $8-$13. Pre-register. 860-677-4787, ext. 142.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Finding a Nanny Agency

We thought we would re post this article from because we believe it offers some good advice on how to select a nanny agency. We hope this helps.

Finding A Nanny Agency

A good nanny agency can be brand new or decades old, a one-person operation or a thoroughly staffed office. But the basic mission of all agencies is to recruit nannies and families, and to match one to the other for a fee. The modern nanny placement service (in which the family, not the nanny, pays the placement fee) developed in the 1980’s when Boomer babies became working moms.

In 1985 a few nanny agency owners and experienced nannies met to create the International Nanny Association. INA set this country’s first standards for nanny placement and continues to monitor the nanny industry. Families can order INA materials, including the INA Directory of nanny agencies and nanny schools. Although agency membership in INA often indicates adherence to INA standards, it is not a guarantee.

Advantages of Using Nanny Agencies
-A good nanny agency saves time for both nanny and family. It has tested procedures for recruiting, advertising, screening, and counseling, and policies regarding both placement and refunds.

-It has an established reputation based on previous nanny placements, which in turn draws additional nannies and families into its register improving the choices for all.

-A good nanny agency treats nanny and family as equals. Both are its clients, for without one it will not have the other.

-A good nanny agency provides a solid nanny/family contract.

A good nanny agency stands behind its placements and impartially counsels both parties in case of on-the-job conflict.

-A good nanny agency monitors the success of its nanny placements and may even offer workshops and get-togethers that support both nanny and family.

-Experience with a good nanny agency is probably the best possible introduction to the placement process: when a nanny has fulfilled her commitment to a good agency placement, the experience – awareness of screening procedures and of the many hitches along the way – will help both nanny and family in the next go-around.

-A good nanny agency is known by its customer service, the caliber of the nannies and families it serves, and the frequent long-term success of its placements.

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