Nearly 200 people have been furloughed or have lost their jobs entirely due to COVID-19 at Wyndham resorts in Branson.

Club Wyndham says losses from the coronavirus outbreak are to blame, noting that customer travel has been down, and phased re-openings haven’t helped either.

Of the employees separated in early July and last week, 126 separations were considered permanent.

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By Pat Lamb

Studies show that we tend to raise our children the way we were raised in spite of any training in child-rearing classes we may have received along the way. Without realizing it, we tend to think that our children will learn the same way we learned without taking into account the differences in inherited traits and personalities. We can be much more effective in parenting (and grandparenting) if we can understand the differences in the way children learn.

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Some children tend to learn better by hearing information while others learn better by seeing or doing. Educators classify children as auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learners. Actually, all children learn in each of these ways, but most are dominant in one or two of the ways.

Auditory learners learn best by having a story read to them rather than reading it for themselves. They like to have music going most of the time and would rather have someone tell them what to do than read instructions for themselves. They are often musically inclined and can learn better when things are set to music. Auditory learners might learn multiplication tables more easily if they are set to music. In my opinion, many children have not developed listening skills and do not fall into this category.

Visual learners learn better with charts and graphs or demonstrations. They need to see how a word looks to decide if it is spelled right, and they will probably learn their spelling words by writing them over and over rather than just saying them over and over. They will be the individuals who take a lot of notes when they are in high school or college. They need to be shown how to do things rather than just being told. Charts for daily chores work well for these children. They probably won’t just take a person’s word for something. They will probably want to see for themselves whether something is right.

Kinesthetic learners like to use their bodies and do active things. They are usually the children involved in sports. They learn best by doing projects. They like doing play-doh projects when they are young. When they are older, they are the ones who like the social studies and science projects that involve making things. An example of using a kinesthetic method to teach in school might be to have students stand and turn a certain number of degrees right or left to learn about degrees in a circle. At home, boys will love to do fix-it projects with dad. Girls will like cooking or other projects involving action.

Observance of children will give clues as to how they best learn. When children constantly doodle and draw pictures, you can know they are the visual learners. The very active children are usually the kinesthetic learners and it is important to keep them busy with projects. Quiet children may be the auditory learners as they are listening for sounds in nature or listening to others. No two children are the same. Good parents and teachers will learn to observe the differences and capitalize on the way that children learn best.

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WASHINGTON, DC – United States Senator Roy Blunt is optimistic a compromise can be reached this week on another economic stimulus package in the battle against COVID-19 and its impact on the economy.

Blunt, a Republican involved in the negotiations, insists Senate Republicans and House Democrats are not that far off, even if the Senate approved a $1 trillion package to counter the House $3 trillion measure.

“We’re never going to outspend Democrats in the House,” Blunt told reporters during a weekend stop in St. Joseph. “They put $7 ½ billion for child care subsidies, I put $15 (billion), they say, maybe we need $40 (billion). Now, this is the number they thought should be $7 ½ billion 90 days ago. So, part of this is just politics. It’s election-year politics. We’re 90 days from a presidential election.”

After a visit to Mosaic Life Care, a medical center in St. Joseph, Blunt told reporters there are three sticking points: how much federal unemployment assistance should be allocated, whether state and local governments should be provided assistance, and whether COVID-19 liability protection should be extended for businesses and groups.

An additional $600 weekly federal payment to unemployed workers ended at the end of July. House Democrats included nearly $1 billion of aid to state and local governments; the Senate did not. Senate Republicans included liability protections to businesses and groups which reopened during this coronavirus pandemic; the House did not.

Both and Senate and House include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks.

Some deadline pressure is growing for negotiators. The Senate is scheduled to leave Washington, D.C. after Friday for its annual August recess. Blunt doesn’t see that as a problem though, saying negotiations over such proposals normally come together in a 72-hour period.

“You just need to decide when that 72 hours is, so you can do whatever’s necessary to finally bring these bills together,” Blunt said. “They’re different in money, but they’re not different in much else.”

Blunt said many of his fellow Senate Republicans question the need for the bill and he says if one is to pass, it will need bipartisan support.

“So, this will be done by some number of Republicans and enough Democrats to get to 60 in the Senate,” according to Blunt.

Though Senate Republicans backed the last $1trillion-plus package, Blunt expects some to vote against this latest round of relief.

“Well, I think Senate Republicans are probably reverting back to a normal pattern where some of my Republican colleagues never vote for anything that spends money,” Blunt said, “That’s actually a workable strategy as long as somebody else will vote for what spends money.”

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