Preschool: Educational and Fun Websites for your Child

The internet is full of resources to learn nearly anything you can think of. But despite the resources being out there, it is not always easy to find them. That is particularly true for fun, educational websites for preschoolers that also keep their attention. Here are a few ideas for engaging websites for your child to explore that could complement the learning they receive at school.

Funbrain Jr.

This website, part of the Family Education Network, was created to allow parents and children to explore together or even for children to navigate on their own. The games, stories, and printable resources are designed to help younger children practice math, reading, and problem-solving skills. Funbrain Jr. is a great site for children to discover.


The Starfall website, run by a non-profit organization for over a decade, is a fantastic reading resource.  Their phonics based program layers together audiovisual interactivity ideal for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and students learning English.

BBC History for Kids

The BBC is a highly trusted news organization which has put together a collection of World and British history designed for children. It’s a great resource that includes games, stories, and fun facts for kids to learn.

Teachers Try Science – STEM experiments

This website has a great array of STEM-focused, hands-on activities for children of all ages.  From building a “Balloon Car” to “Comet Craters,” Teachers Try Science is a great resource for interactive, exploratory activities.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic has been helping students learn about nature for decades, and they continue that tradition with National Geographic Kids.  Full of videos, quizzes, and games, this website is great for finding engaging animal-related educational content.

Boowa and Kwala

Absolutely full of games and activities for preschool and kindergarten students, Boowa and Kwala (who are also cartoon characters) is a great resource. With over 500 games, children can travel around the world, play one of the many games, or sing songs with Boowa and Kwala. There is also a great selection of printable coloring pages for hands-on activities.


This is an exciting time for space travel, and NASA Kids brings children into the exploration. Students can learn about the current crew on the International Space Station, get in the driver’s seat with games like “Roving on Mars” or play puzzles like “Jumbled Jets.” Whatever they choose, children will enjoy learning from NASA Kids.

Montessori education embraces each child and their unique and creative spirits. The teachers at Montessori School in Newark allow students to work at their own pace and a promote a positive and collaborative learning environment.  To schedule a tour of our school, give us a  call today!

Benefits to Working at a Higher Education Institution

When you work in private industry and talk with friends who work in higher education, it can seem like an entirely different world.  To some degree it is, and there are real benefits to working at a higher education institution.  Here are 4 benefits to working at a higher education institution.

Employer benefits

Many higher education institutions offer competitive benefits packages that can diverge from standard private sector packages. Packages generally include healthcare, retirement savings, and insurance options as in the private sector. Higher education institutions can also include unique components such as access to an institution’s professional quality gym or on-site child care.

Lifelong learning and professional development

Many institutions also offer reduced cost or free classes to employees and their families. This is an exceptional benefit and can allow you or your family to attain new degrees or make lifelong learning accessible. Additionally, higher education institutions are committed to incorporating new trends and sponsor attendance at conferences and trainings. This allows faculty and staff to participate in their industry while also learning evolving best practices in their area of expertise. For faculty, this can even extend to sabbaticals, which allow one to pursue a leave of absence from the regular duties for research, studies, or other endeavors which will improve their scholarly agenda.


The most obvious difference from the private sector is the schedule. The standard two weeks of vacation in the private sector is significantly different from the schedule of higher education. Most faculty and staff will have breaks that follow semester breaks and have a different schedule over the summer. The varying schedule and additional vacation time can provide built-in variations to a position that helps keep your work diverse and exciting.


One of the greatest benefits to working at a higher education institution is being part of the educational mission. Higher education institutions exist to foster a new generation of leaders and as an employee, you are a part of realizing that. It can be a thrilling process to experience and is a unique benefit of working for an institution that gives back to the community.

There are many benefits to working at a higher education institution. While considering a switch to higher education, research the institutions that interest you to learn more about the benefits that matter most to you. Just as in the private sector, the benefits, mission and schedule of each institution will vary. Identifying a higher education institution that offers the advantages you are looking for can be the first step to your higher education career. Start by looking at the HERC jobs board to find open positions in higher education near you.

Higher Education Careers: Resume Tips

Applying to higher education positions can be intimidating, particularly if you recently graduated or are transitioning from the private sector. However, higher education Institutions are like any other employer in that they are looking to find the best candidate available for the job. The application process is meant to facilitate finding that candidate and it’s important to keep this in mind while developing your resume.

CV or Resume?

First, higher education applications to faculty positions often require a curriculum vitae (CV). A CV is a long format, detailed review of your professional experience. A resume is a brief 1-page summary of your professional experience. It’s simple to remember the difference with meanings of both terms: curriculum vitae means “course of life” while resume means “summary.”  This article focuses on resume preparation for higher education though many of the tips also apply to CVs.  You can read more about the differences between CV’s and resumes in HERC jobs’ “Curriculum Vitae or Resume: What are the Differences?” article.


Remember that a resume is first a tool to help hiring managers identify strong candidates. Hiring managers will often have very little time to review any individual resume on first pass. They will be looking at minimum qualifications and experience to create an initial long list of candidates. This means that first and foremost your resume must be readable, specifically skimmable. It should be only 1 page, using easily readable fonts, 9pt or above. Your education and previous roles should be easily found and understood. Descriptions of your experience need to be short and action oriented to be understandable during a quick review.

Abilities, not responsibilities

We often think of our jobs in the terms like that of a job post – responsibilities. We create monthly reports, manage accounts, teach classes, etc.  A prospective employer already has a list of responsibilities that they are looking for a candidate to fulfill. While it is useful to know that your previous roles included similar responsibilities, they are more interested in your ability to fulfill their set of duties. What skills did you have to use to create those monthly reports? What was different about that account you managed? Did you create the syllabus for the class? Use quantifiable terms to demonstrate that you have used your abilities to perform in a variety of situations. Abilities that can be used to fulfill the needs of a potential employer are transferable skills, which is exactly what you want your resume to convey.

Adapt a resume for each position

Each higher education institution is different, and every prospective role is different, even if the job title is the same. Understanding these differences is important. It allows you to communicate that you know the overall mission of the higher education institution and have anticipated the nuances of the position at that institution and how you will succeed in that specific role. This initiative not only displays that you are excited about the role but makes it easier for hiring managers to imagine how you will fit in the role at their institution. Make sure that your resume highlights experience and abilities important for each role you apply to. This may mean switching out description statements in some roles or even removing and adding different experiences.

In some cases, for example if your career trajectory is not linear, it may mean restructuring your resume to showcase what abilities you have developed in previous roles instead of chronological order. Another option is to keep your experience chronological and create a professional summary that highlights your abilities and summarizes your accomplishments.

Completing your resume

Be sure to review your resume for any typos or confusing statements. Have a friend read your resume to see if it is easily readable and if any statements may be confusing. When finalizing your resume. be sure to use simple formatting for your resume – ease of use is more important than design. Now that your resume is complete, you can start applying for jobs in higher education through the HERC jobs board.

Online College Courses to fit your Busy Schedule at ENMU

ENMU’s online programs bring a new career within reach

A career in communication disorders (CDIS) and speech-language pathology is an exciting profession in assisting others to address a range of communication difficulties. This may include working with clients from infants to senior citizens, who have language, articulation, fluency, voice, swallowing, and hearing disorders. In addition, speech pathologists work in a variety of settings such as schools, private clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, state-agencies and private practice.

For students seeking to prepare themselves for a graduate program or earning a second Bachelor’s degree, ENMU offers undergraduate speech pathology courses online to satisfy the leveling requirements necessary to gain admittance to the ENMU Master of Science in Communicative Disorders degree program or master’s programs at other universities.


ENMU’s courses are designed to fit your life

ENMU has designed its CDIS online course schedule to complete the program at your own pace….courses can easily be completed in 1 or 2 years. We offer every required course, every semester and most are offered in 16 week, 1st 8 week, and second 8 week options.  Electives are offered 1-2 times per year, depending on student needs.  ENMU’s 8 week courses are recommended for full-time students, while 16 week courses are designed for part-time students who may be working while pursuing their degree.  With over 20 online courses available throughout the year, ENMU’s CDIS and speech pathology classes are at your fingertips.

A look at online courses to fit your busy schedule

There are several exciting classes for you regardless of your CDIS pathway. The following courses are offered every semester:

  CDIS 243 Survey of Communication Disorders

  CDIS 300 Speech-Language-Hearing Anatomy and Physiology

  CDIS 303 Language Science

  CDIS 310 Phonetics/Phonology

  CDIS 311 Articulation/Phonological Disorders

  CDIS 330 Speech and Language Development

  CDIS 332 Language Disorders

  CDIS 342 Basic Audiology

  CDIS 400 Speech and Hearing Science

  CDIS 421 Neuroscience of Communication

  CDIS 434 Aural Rehabilitation

  CDIS 441 Speech-Language Preclinical

  CDIS 441L Preclinical Observation Laboratory

  CDIS 454 Speech and Language Assessment

Start your journey toward a new career today

ENMU’s Master’s in Communicative Disorders is a top choice due to its competitive Praxis examination pass rate, high employment for our graduates, and incredibly low tuition.

Our CDIS Graduate Program offers a hybrid of traditional on-campus and distance education classes. We are “traditional” in the sense that we do require some on campus presence:  All students are required to be on campus the first 16-week fall or spring semester following admission to complete Practicum I (beginning practicum) and CDIS 504.  If students meet all first semester practicum and evaluation competencies, they may complete the remainder of their courses and practicums off campus as long as they continue to attain competencies during future practicums.

Our distance education component requires synchronous enrollment, meaning that students may attend remotely, but must be present in front of their computers watching live via Mediasite and interacting using Skype during the time that the course is being taught to in-seat students on campus. Group activities are completed via Skype, Zoom, Blackboard collaborate, Google docs/chats, iChats, and various other technologies that our faculty and students bring to the classroom.   Our hybrid model has allowed us to accept students from all across the United States and has enhanced the diversity of the graduate educational experience for all of our students.

Eastern New Mexico University offers dedicated faculty who are committed to academic excellence and emphasize liberal learning, freedom of inquiry, and cultural diversity. With affordable tuition and flexible course schedules, ENMU offers an education that fits your lifestyle and puts your career goals within reach. Visit the ENMU website to learn more about how Eastern New Mexico University can help you be successful.


Incorporating Professional Development into your College Degree

When you have a BFA Design Degree from Eastern New Mexico University, your career options will include fields such as computer graphics, industrial design, and more. According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, these fields are growing. The field of Industrial Design alone is expected to add more than 10K jobs over the next 10 years. And that is only one of several fields with median hourly incomes of $22 (USD), and more available when you have completed ENMU’s BFA Design Degree Program.

Incorporating Professional Development into your College Degree - ENMU

About the BFA Design Degree

Perfect for individuals interested in careers in commercial advertising or illustration, computer graphic design, or video marketing, a BFA in Design includes a number of subjects, including art history, design theory, photography, photography, and practical applications such as web design and portfolio development. ENMU is proud of the diverse selection of degree programs available, and ENMU is certain that it has a program which is right for you. When you are ready, applying is easy.

About ENMU

As a physical presence, Eastern New Mexico University serves the southwestern region of the United States, but ENMU’s online study programs mean that students may attend from all over the country and abroad. ENMU’s bachelor degree and certificate programs are excellent ways to fast-start your career, and focusing on professional design and development helps you prepare for a field that is currently in high demand, and growing. ENMU is accredited by and accept previous credit and degree certifications from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or CHEA.

Designed for Success

Eastern New Mexico University has a state of the art computer lab featuring 50 iMacs and Power Macs loaded with the optimum software bundles for the course curriculums. ENMU provides friendly, well lit studios and up to 50 hours a week of open studio time. Facilities include a darkroom, large green screen, and all the tools necessary to put your creativity to work.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

ENMU accepts Pell Grants, federal loans, military scholarships, and other types of grants and scholarships. If you qualify, an ENMU BFA Design program is financially available to you. If you are active military, military veteran, or the spouse of a veteran or active duty members, ENMU also have special military programs available to honor those who serve our country.

ENMU’s fully accredited facility is also among the 10 lowest cost tuition universities in the southwestern United States, with degree programs designed so that anyone can find time in their schedule. The next step is for you to get your ENMU admission underway.