The Importance of Education to Owner Maurice Fitzgerald

by Presenta Plaque | on Apr 30, 2012 | No Comments

Presenta Plaque takes education very seriously, as the owner, Maurice Fitzgerald, is currently a proud father to three very talented and smart kids. When asked if he sees his children planning for a successful future, he responds, “Yes I do. They have great education, a strong appreciation of music, lots of community involvement and amazing work ethic (lots of homework)!” Maurice and his wife show their children support by participating in school functions, attending conferences and concerts, and providing them overall dedication and loyalty.

However, finding a school that your children will do well at isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s important to think about your child’s and family’s needs. A few things to consider would be your child’s personality and the needs and desires of both you and your child. For example, a quiet child might advance better in a smaller school or a school with small class sizes. If you have a budding musician or scientist, you’ll want to look for a school that offers programs in these areas. Maurice and his wife found a charter school that was the perfect match for their high school-aged kids (12th and 9th) and during this time, they have become very knowledgeable and skilled musicians!

Maurice Fitzgerald also shared that he and his wife are incredibly proud of the journey they’ve taken with their kids. “Our son will be attending Princeton University in the fall. Need I say more?” Although his wife secretly wishes New Jersey was closer to Arizona, they couldn’t be more thrilled for the future of their oldest son. Education is very much a huge part of the Fitzgeralds’ lives, not only so their kids can earn a living after graduation but as Maurice jokingly says, “to take care of us when we get old!”

School is nearing the end and graduation is just around the corner for many of you; in what ways do you feel you have been a role model to your kids and/or students? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page, we love hearing from all of you!

Keep Your Kids Motivated!

by Presenta Plaque | on Apr 12, 2012 | No Comments

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

For those of us with children, bedtime stories were most likely a ritual. In fact, “Goodnight Moon” and “I Love you Forever” were a few of the popular books in our library. Early reading experiences can influence learning, so how do you keep young children interested and motivated?

An effective way to encourage children to love books and reading is to read aloud to them; the earlier you start, the better. Even a baby of a few months can see pictures, listen to your voice, and turn pages!  Child development expert Marilyn Jager Adams said, “reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” Here is a list of a few great ways to motivate your children to read:

  1. Let your child pick the book when it’s story time.
  2. When he or she gets tired of the book, let them pick another story.
  3. Integrate your child’s name into the book; make them feel “involved” with the story.
  4. Visit the library and let them check out new books.
  5. Create a fun and comfortable reading space for them.

Here is a bonus tip for teachers in early education – give your kids reading certificates! If your students reach a goal, why not reward them? Make the certificates that much more special by putting them into a plaque! Our plaque kits are easy to assemble and affordable! Stock up on plaques today!

Do you have any other tips for keeping young children motivated about books? What are your kids’ favorite books? We’d love to hear them, so find us on Facebook and share them on our wall!

Education Importance

by Presenta Plaque | on Apr 08, 2012 | No Comments

Education is very important to Presenta Plaque, and we support our children every step of the way on their journey to success. Our oldest is currently looking into colleges, and we are more than thrilled to be a part of this exhilarating process! Education is all about learning, preparing for leadership and personal achievement and opening your mind to new ideas. It’s important, as parents, to be your child’s advocate during this time, so let them know they have the potential to be amazing students!

Did you know the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation’s premier organizations established to recognizing outstanding high school and mid-level students? Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of NHS and NJHS. Are your kids a part of that “one million students” participating in NHS and NJHS activities? They can be with a little help from their teachers and parents!

In what ways can you motivate your students and/or children to become part of this outstanding organization? Here are a few tips from Presenta Plaque to get your students and children more involved in education –

  1. Participate – get students up and involved in lessons and activities!
  2. Reward – when a student does well, reward them! These rewards can range from stickers to high fives.
  3. Care – keep your students interested and motivated by showing you care about them. Share little stories about mistakes you’ve made and how you have survived them.

There are a lot of great ways to keep students motivated and you can read them on this website. In the meantime, how are you keeping your students interested? Share your ideas on our Facebook Page!