Processed foods harm your body and seriously impact learning.

Educate yourself on process foods!

Let’s eat better so we can help our children become better educated, make healthy choices and live a better life. This will improve their brain function and mean that they can get on with learning those all-important multiplication facts quickly and easily!

Food that has been produced without pesticides or chemical fertilizers is known as organic food. Do you often feel unwell and do your children lack energy and vitality? It could be what you are eating and what you are feeding them. If we want our children to be alert and able to learn, not just multiplication and times tables but a whole range of skills, then it is important we get their nutrient right.
Why else would you choose to eat organic food? We pay a lot in terms of flavour and nutrition to eat perfect-looking food. Organic food might have an occasional bruise on its flesh – but so does food that’s been sprayed with harmful chemicals. Organic food, though, are generally fresher and more flavourful.
Your body has to process everything you put into it and eliminate what it cannot digest. If your food contains toxins in the form of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, your body has to figure out a way to get rid of the toxins. When the body cannot get rid of toxins fast enough, it stores them until it has time to eliminate them. This can lead to many health problems.
Most farmers use harmful pesticides to produce food. Many of these have been found to be carcinogenic. It figures, then, that by reducing our exposure to these harmful toxins that we can improve our overall health. The body works hard to eliminate toxins. The body should not have to work so hard to do this as it has other important jobs to do such as fight off bacteria, viruses and cancerous cells. Toxins are bad for us and we and our children would feel a lot better if we did not have to fight off excessive toxins every day. Some people are more sensitive to toxins than other and so it would be a much better choice to eliminate them from your diet whenever possible. Start with fruit and veg and then move on to organic meat. I have noticed the difference in vitality, health and my skin is a lot calmer than it used to be. Give your child a fighting chance, go organic wherever possible.

Help with Multiplication Skills with Superfoods for your Brain

In order to help your child, you need to be fit and healthy both mentally and physically. There are many super foods for the brain that can help you achieve this. Multiplication skills need you to have a good memory. Your kid/s also need a good memory.  It figures that if you eat well, then your kid/s  will eat well. You cannot control what kids eat at school, but you can control eating habits at home. Here are some super foods that will help you keep your brain and those multiplication skills in top shape!


Salmon and deep-water fish are an excellent choice, as is freshwater fish.  They all have high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are essential for healthy brain function.

Blueberries are said to help with stress, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.   Research has also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills.  

Avocados, which have good ‘fatty fruit,’ are beneficial to healthy blood flow and decreased blood pressure, reducing the chances of developing hypertension, which can lead to a stroke.

Nuts and seeds are fantastic sources of vitamin E, an important vitamin needed by your brain to stave off declining cognitive functions. Drop in a few bags of nuts into your supermarket trolley! Cashews, walnuts, sunflower, peanuts and sesame seeds and almonds are all beneficial for a fit and healthy brain! Again this will help with your maths skills.

Whole-grain breads, brown rice, and oatmeal are a valuable asset to a healthy brain by reducing the risk for cardiac disease.  By maintaining a healthy heart and improved blood flow, the brain will perform at its optimum level because of the increased oxygen and nutrient delivered via the bloodstream.  Complex carbohydrates are also found to deliver the brain with a continuous flow of glucose that enhances your brain function. However, simple carbohydrates, such as those in junk food, give the brain a quick and very short sugar high. This makes you feel tired, hungry and irritable. When you are less irritable you are more likely to be able to help your child with homework and learning multiplication.

Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties, contains several natural stimulants, which enhance focus and concentration, and encourages the production of endorphins, which helps improve mood. Again, moderation is the key.

Tea is a powerful antioxidant – freshly made tea as it promotes healthy blood flow. Be careful with black teas as they contain caffeine.


Improve Your Memory

For Parents!

Your Memory Matters you will learn valuable information on how you can successfully improve your memory and train your brain to store and retrieve information quickly.  But how can you improve your memory, You can use these methods to help your children to learn.You will also learn some great tips, techniques and exercises that you can use to improve your memory skills and put an end to the embarrassment of forgetfulness once and for all. In this very first issue we are going to talk a little bit about how your brain works and go over some simple things that you can do to help it process, store and retrieve information. Read why children  forget here. 

There are actually two types of memory, short-term and long-term. In your brain, there are various kinds of memory that are stored. Since the brain is so enormous, it requires a system where the
memory can be encoded and retrieved.
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Your brain is required to get information very quickly, regardless of what it is. It doesn’t matter whether the information is old or new.As you may well know, there are sometimes where the brain

cannot retrieve the memory that is needed. Depending on the situation, it could be something that is not a big deal. On the other hand, it could be something that is massive.For instance, there may have been times where you have gone to the store and you don’t remember where you parked your car. Or you may have gone to the grocery store and didn’t remember what you were supposed to purchase. What about those times when you encounter someone that you know and forget their
name. That can be so embarrassing! Did you know that with a little practice you can actually exercise
and train your brain?

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 Let\’s touch on a few:
1:Stay Organization – You can write things down in journals, notebooks, or telephone books. Taking down notes on complicated information and organizing it to comprehensive
categories can help a lot. You can use words, pictures and words in memorising information.
2: Involve Your Senses – Though most of us tend to memorise using our visual sense, you can also associate information through using your sense of smell, touch, taste, feelings and emotions. The
physical factor of using your senses helps in imprinting data into your brain.
3:Use Association – Associate data to what you have learned. You can relate information what have you learned long ago, whether it is an update or entirely new data.
4:  Practice Focusing – Learning is encoding data into your brain and to do this, you need focus. If you are distracted easily, try to find a place that you will not be interrupted, so that you can
thoroughly understand the information.
5:  Be Positive – If you really want to memorise and learn, you need a positive attitude. If you keep on telling yourself that you are a person with a bad memory, it will significantly affect your mental
6:  Use mnemonics –  Mnemonics are clues that can help us to remember anything through association of the data we want to recall with a symbol, a word or a picture.

Here are some common mnemonic devices:
1. Pictures – you can use microphone to recall your colleague mike or wind for Wendy. Always use positive images because the brain tends to block unpleasant images
2. Words – You can use words that start with the first letter of each word that can represent the initial of what you want to recall. Musicians usually recall the lines of a staff E, G, B, D, and F by
memorizing the words “Every good boy does fine.”
3. Acronyms – These are initials that can create words. Musicians recall the spaces in a treble staff by memorizing the word FACE.
4. Rhymes -Most of us have learned that 30 days hath September, April, June and November.
5. Humour – By giving exaggerated symbols to associate facts and figures can be pleasing to brain coding because it is funny and it will be easier to remember.

These are some of the simple ways that you can train your brain and improve your memory. Practice using these methods and you can be sure that you will on your way to having a sharper and much better memory.  Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We are going to talk about how healthy habits will improve your memory.

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The Ultimate Reading List – Best 100 Children\’s Books

Reading is a wonderful self-fulfilling activity for all age groups. Reading with a parent/ carer will ensure that your child knows that reading is valued and enjoyed in your home. What ever effort your child makes read they should be praised and supported, no matter how small the effort is.

Click here for  for books for all ages 0  to 14 years old.

Let your child know, through example, that hard work will be rewarded. If your child believes that achievement is a natural by-product of effort, he is more likely to put in hard work. Such children are also less likely to drop out of programs and college at a later stage.

Reward success:
When a child achieves something, it is necessary to praise there hard work. Positive reinforcements enhance confidence and increases self-esteem. Conversely, beware of criticism. It can ruin the frail ego of children/ teenagers and play havoc with their minds.


Birthday Cards Can Be Fun and Educational

This is a fun educational birthday card that I designed. Birthday cards can be fun and educational. Why not try and make one yourself.




How Can I help my my child with maths ks2. Read These 9 Tips

Sometimes adults feel that they are unable to help their child with maths because they believe they themselves are not good at the subject. I don\’t believe this is the case. Often it is the negative experience of learning maths that is to blame and not the mathematical ability. Maths is based on concepts and rules that have to be learned  and applied, this is a continual learning process. A rule learned previously will generally determine how to solve a different problem in another area. Thus, because maths is sequential, if some areas are misunderstood or not taught, then it is at least difficult, if not impossible, to progress.

 That said, I cannot see any reason why a parent should be unable to help and guide their child with maths ks2. There is basic numeracy until they are at least 9 or 10 years old – KS1/2 and  to teach times tables in an easy way. At this age they are learning the basics, such as addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, which are the foundations of numeracy. Frequently the work done at home is far more valuable than that which is done in a classroom with over 25 students – even if the parent is not a qualified teacher.
1: Give lots of praise to your child. Praise them for their efforts. It\’s not about how clever they are. It\’s  about what they did and how they approached the problem. Praise them for trying hard and perseverance. We are all clever in our own way. Maths does not define how clever we are.


2:Use the methods on my site, other websites and books to help your child with numeracy. Take your time, breaking each area down into smaller parts. Make sure your child has plenty of opportunity to practise so that he/she completely understand before tackling another area. Ensure that addition and subtraction are sound and that your child knows lots of maths facts by heart. You could find out what your child should know by the end of each school year by asking the teacher, or looking online. Resources to help with reaching these targets can be found online and even within your home. It helps to make maths interactive and fun – you can do this with games, board games and manipulation of numbers. You can also include maths in your everyday life, for example when doing the shopping, to show that it is relevant and indeed essential.
3: Be positive about maths. Don\’t keep telling your child that you were no good at maths at school. Maybe you just had a bad teachers! Have a positive attitude and this will rub off on your child. Say aloud that we will do this  or at least try our best. Do not give up immediately.

4: I once read that maths cannot be taught – it has to be learned and I agree with this. You need to give a child the environment and conditions to be able to make mistakes and play with numbers and number problems. In addition, if you teach children maths tricks, they start to find maths more of a interesting challenge than a chore. We often teach and test, which I think is wrong, as children need a chance to explore and understand maths in their own time and way.

 Help My Child With Maths by…

5:Remember that maths is all around us. Give your child the opportunity to:
Cook – measure. 
Purchase items – budget and money 
Help arrange a budget for holiday or book trips with you.  

6: Don\’t despair with the new methods at school. At school children are sometimes taught new methods of working out, for instance \’chunking\’, which many adults find difficult to understand. It does not matter if you are unable to get your head around this – what does matter is that your child knows basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, which will enable them to learn the methods being taught at school. Children also need time and support to learn key maths facts, and if you can help them to do this, then the other methods they learn at school will follow more easily.


7: Teach your child basic maths facts (KS1 and KS2),for instance, odd and even numbers and the difference between them. Patterns can also be created using different numbers of dots or shapes, of which some are symmetrical, which can help a child recognise the properties of numbers. Make certain they know their multiplication tables  times tables this is an easy one for you to teach , and number bonds to 10, 20, 100 and 1,000. Knowledge of addition, times tables  and subtraction facts are also important, for example knowing that 4 + 4 is 8, without having to count it, or that 7 + 3 is 10 and so on.  Your child should come to know this automatically in the same way they know their own name.

 Help My Child With Maths ….
8: Listen to what your child is saying. Sometimes children  do not understand a problem because they misunderstand the rules or are applying a rule from another maths topic. Be patient and see if you can figure our what the problem is. If they find it difficult to remember multiplication facts, for example, find ways to help them.
9: Don\’t just teach children to memorise facts. Get them to count backwards and forwards, for example. Teach them the times table, there are easy ways to do this, The exercise helps children see that multiplication is  repeated addition, and it also helps them see patterns in numbers, making multiplication something to memorize and to understand.

10: The Maths Professor can also be helpful for parents. He offers podcasts which help parents teach maths.


Lastly, always have fun helping your child with maths!

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My Daughter / Son Is Overweight What Can I Do Doesn\’t Have To Be Hard.

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My Daughter / Son  Is Overweight What Can I Do Doesn\’t Have To Be Hard.


Most research has shown that children are growing fatter because of inactively and not necessary because of the amount of junk food they are eating, although the junk food does play a part. Most parents find it difficult to give to refuse their child treats but treats become a regular occurrence.
Children tend to spend hours watching TV or playing computer games. However, studies have shown that if a child is given an alternative and TV and games are restricted, children tend to become more active and regain their vitality. When a child is active and happy they tend to spend less time thinking and eating surplus food.

 After school recreational actives are a great way for children to become active and lose excess fat. If your child is gaining weight, it is important to quickly get them active as the more weight they put on the more difficult it is for them to lose weight. Schools tend to have a range of fun activities such as football, basketball, gymnastics and Karate. These activates are also available privately; the local sports centre is a good place to find out what is available in your local area. Participation in such activities is a great way for your child to socialise and become fitter and, if part of a controlled healthy diet, will lead to weight loss.




Babies Can Read!

At What age do kids start reading? This is a good question and one that has many answers. Teaching your child to read should be an enjoyable activity for children – not a chore. Some parents treat every reading session as a test. If their child does not know a word they see this as a sign that their child is failing and get even more stressed. One of the keys to successful reading is to start reading with your child from an early age and consequently you will find they soon become a competent reader.

So given the above ‘what age do kids start reading?’

Start from when they are a baby. Research had shown that reading to a child as young as 6 months has many benefits. Talk about the pictures and read the text to them. Choose rhyming books, picture books, story books and sing along with nursery rhyme books.

As your child gets older, if you struggle to find a book that they are interested in, try a catalogue / magazine, children love to look at toys in catalogues magazine. Look at the catalogues together and discuss and read about the products listed and look at the pictures. Additionally, take your child to the library, there are an array of fiction and non-fiction books for them to select from the library.

How to read with your child

Make children learning to read  an interactive activity between both adult and child. Kids will love to start reading interactive books with others.

Talk about the pictures in books with them and encourage and promote a discussion about the book. Point to the words as you read, Encourage them to join in whenever possible, repeating the words that you say. Before you read, look at the title, the blurb – if it has one-, talk about what they predict the book will be about. Then discuss the pictures on the front or back cover. Let your child open the book and again look at any pictures within the book. If your child is ready to read, first read the book to your child. Next, let them read it back to you so they can hear what the book and words should sound like.

Read phrases together and encourage your child to read them with you, or back to you.

If they are not in the mood to read, do not force them. Instead read to them and ask them to join in when they are ready. Often you will find that their enthusiasm grows as the story progresses and they will want to participate. A great way to encourage this is to find a sentence that you know they can read and suggest that they join in to help you read it. If you find that your child lacks confidence, then try to read the same book several times as this is a fantastic way to boost their self-confidence and will help your child to enjoy reading.

When reading Explain to young children that we read from left to right.

Encourage your child to look at the first letter of each word, emphasizing to them that they must pay attention to the first letters. Ask your child questions about the story like what they predict will happen next, to find a particular word that is the same, to count the number of people in a picture and to give the names of the characters in a picture.

Developing your child’s reading Skills – What age do kids start reading skill development.

Children can do spot the difference, this will help them to learn to concentrate and pay attention to detail; use a list of high frequency words, this will them to recognise familiar words and speed up their reading of these words. You can improve your child’s concentration by playing concentration games such as Snap, Pairs or Spot the Difference games. Audio books are also excellent for listening skills and developing concentration skills. Lastly, practise reading everyday, even fifteen minutes a day is sufficient to develop good reading skills. What to read?

To conclude:

Even babies can learn to read. So the questions at what age do kids start reading – as soon as possible – from six months old.