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If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. Albert Einstein

Problem reading? I can’t express enough how important it is for children to read every day. Read anything they like, it doesn’t matter, what it is.  When a school asks parents to get their children to read every day – they really do mean seven days a week.  And if they don’t want to,  you read to them.

Psychologist Dr David Edward Cowell has spent a lot of time researching the over-learning effect of reading.  He says the children ‘learn to read’ on the 6th and 7th day.  So, all the years I spent letting my children having a break at the weekend, was wrong.  Well, I’m perfectly happy to be wrong.

Albert Einstein had some fantastic sayings, but I think he really meant it when he said about reading them fairy stories because it excites the imagination and inspires the little ones for the future.  If they are too young to read, it doesn’t matter, they learn through you, the expressions on your face.  The nuances of your voice.  And, the fact you are together, it should be a wonderful time. (Being honest though, not that I want to spoil it for anyone, but my two children hated reading and the minute I mention getting their reading books out, they used to say, ‘oh, no, its torture time’.,  But they turned out just fine.) It did use to upset me when I love reading so much.  Just to get lost in a book and I said earlier, to absorb the words and story.  Just wonderful!

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Anything that makes it easier for people with dyslexia to read has got to be a good thing.  I have been using the Kindle for many years and did not know that it had this function on.  I am really pleased that these companies are trying their best to help people with learning disabilities.

The Kindle is designed to make it easier for individuals with dyslexia to read, and many people with dyslexia agree they do actually find it more accessible.

The font used is called, ‘OpenDyslexic’. The typeface, includes standard font styles, such as regular, bold, italic, etc.

Go to the settings page, pick out ‘font’, and you will see ‘OpenDyslexic’ on the right-hand side.

If you have older Kindle’s, you can get an update here:
Kindle Update v5.7.2 Adds Open Dyslexic Font, New Home Page (Screenshots) | The Digital Reader

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Yet another study has shown ginger extract can boost attention span and cognitive function.

So, while I am not sure our little ones will be too fond of ginger extract, maybe if we just ‘hide’ ginger in our cooking, it might have the same effect.

I found hundreds of recipes on Google and Pinterest, including;

Ginger biscuits
Cardamon Spiced Ginger Biscuits
Crystallised Ginger Jelly
Chai Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches
Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Garlic and Ginger Bok Choy
Pineapple Ginger Cleansing Juice
Carrot-Ginger Dressing
Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia

I am sure you can see that there are hundreds of recipes and if it is going to help boost attention span and cognitive function (‘our little brain cells’), it is probably worth trying.

Maria Chivers
April 2019

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I have always believed that children learn better through play.  Get out there and let them play!!

“Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain – unless it is done with play, in which case, it takes between 10 and 20 repetitions!” – Dr Karyn Purvis

Home School Magazine
21st January 2019

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Experiencing the Child with Learning Difficulties – Workshop

Saturday 9 March 2019
London – The Queen’s Gate Hotel, 31-34 Queen’s Gate, SW7 5JA, London

Put yourself in a child’s shoes for the morning!

This workshop “Experiencing a child with Learning Difficulties”, puts parents, teachers and Specialists into the shoes of a child for a morning. The intention is to bring a new level of empathy to children that we parent and teach.

Simulated exercises presented in the workshop allow the participants to experience frustration and tension by spending a morning in the shoes of the child with barriers to learning, coming away with an enriched level of understanding to children that they parent and remediate.

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
BOOKINGS CLOSE WEDNESDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2019

For details and booking form, please click here
For further information, contact Angela: +27 82 449 2188 or angela@the-workshop.co.za.

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‘Dyspraxic Me’
Saturday 2nd March 2019
London – Fairley House, 218- 220 Lambeth Road, London, SE1 7JY

This workshop is aimed at those who need help working out their finances.

An informative and helpful workshop that will explore key issues around:

• Supporting attendees with any money concerns they have.
• Understanding budgeting and prioritizing their spending.
• Tackling debt and choosing financial products wisely.
• Achieving future goals and how to get there.

Run by ‘Dyspraxic Me’ a group of young people with dyspraxia and lead by Jess Starns.

Tickets available from Eventbrite.

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Surgery students ‘losing dexterity to stitch patients’. This is a very serious state of affairs when surgeons are saying that their students have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients. ‘Screen time’ must be causing one of the problems, albeit not all.

I am quite concerned about the lack of ‘playing’ children do now. How many times, have you seen children playing hopscotch, skipping, playing marbles, playing with tiny tea-sets and pouring water into the cups etc.

I told some parents the other day how good marbles were for their children’s dexterity – you won’t believe someone came back and asked how to play them! Same with ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’? Obviously, I could go on and on.

We must start looking at the skills we are losing to digital devices and the fact that children appear to have lost the ‘art of just playing’. These skills, not only affect children with #dyslexia, #dyscalculia, #dysgraphia, #dyspraxia and other #SpLD’s, but also with family and business life as we know it.

BBC News
30/10/18

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Jonathan Mooney Is one of the foremost leaders in LD/ADHD, disabilities and alternative education and yet, he was always the slow kid in class, called ‘stupid’ and ‘lazy’. When will we start realising children are not stupid or lazy. From the moment a child is conceived, they are programmed to learn, and they do!

If you are a teacher or even a parent and you think a child is ‘backwards, stupid or lazy’, take a short period, to think about the things s/he can tell you, show you, explain to you, and I can almost guarantee you, you will be amazed!

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