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COLOURED FOODS AND HOW THEY AFFECT MOODS

Tuesday, Feb. 7th 2017

There are 7 colours in the rainbow and 7 main food colours. If you want to feel a certain way, then you can eat the foods of those colours or wear clothing of the colour.

Red:
Light Red represents joy, passion, sensitivity and love
Pink for romance, love and friendship
Dark red for vigour, willpower, anger, leadership, courage

Orange:
Orange stimulates mental activity, passion, pleasure, aggression and a thirst for action
Gold gives the feeling of prestige

Yellow:
Yellow for intellect, freshness and joy
Dull yellow sickness and jealousy

Green:
Yellow green can indicate sickness or jealousy
Green blue for emotional healing
Olive green for peace
Dark green for ambition and jealousy

Blue:
Light blue for health and healing
Dark blue for knowledge and power

Purple:
Light purple for romance and nostalgic feelings
Dark purple can cause frustration and sad feelings

White/Black:
White for innocence, purity and goodness
Black for power, evil or mystery

Identifying children with learning difficulties

Monday, Feb. 6th 2017

Children are clever and those who have learning difficulties are quite adept at hiding them. They are usually quite aware of their inability to perform certain tasks, tackle particular subjects and even understand curriculum content and their biggest skill is avoiding them. The easiest way to identify a student with learning difficulties is to watch their avoidance techniques.

  • Going to the bathroom frequently
  • Talking out of turn
  • Purposefully getting into trouble around exams or heavy periods of study
  • Forgetting glasses, books, pens, textbooks, homework etc
  • Copying others work
  • Being the class clown or making light of the reason why they have not completed the work

Handy hints for back-to-school

Monday, Jan. 30th 2017

Our current summer seems to be endless. Long, hot days and equally warm nights. Few of us are sleeping well and many of us are getting a little short-tempered and frayed, primarily due to under-hydration and lack of restful, rejuvenating sleep.

As our children re-entre the school world for another year, it’s important to realise that they too, are often a little under done in the sleep stakes. They too are often under-hydrated.

As a 35 plus year veteran of ‘week ones’, I’ve always held the view that the first week of back-to-school in the hot Australian summer, isn’t so much about the learning and the content, rather it’s often simply survival.

Surviving wearing school shoes and not thongs. Surviving being away from a fridge and cold drinks. Surviving the early morning wake-up and the often crazy-making kitchen dance of lunches, drink bottles, books, uniforms and lost socks.

As working adults, we ALL struggle to find a work-rhythm after a long holiday. School students aren’t any different. They need time, patience and understanding as they adjust and settle into their new year. So, at the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, here are a few reminders that can make that holiday-school transition a little smoother;

  1. HYDRATE. Water, water, water. Our brains are often the first part of us to feel foggy and jaded when we’re under-hydrated. We actually set one hour water- reminders on our devices. When the reminder sounds, we stop, stand and drink water.
  2. Move! I know this sounds counter-intuitive but moving slowly and consciously through our physical world allows us to be present and spend less time focussing on the heat!
  3. Eat small and often. Fruit and veggies are king here.
  4. Wet hankies. These are often overlooked but can be the perfect antidote for the heat when used to wipe our faces, necks and wrists.
  5. Breathe. S-L-O-W-L-Y. This is perhaps one of our best ‘go to’ tools in our toolbox. Watch what happens when you stop, sit ( or stand) and enjoy 3 or 4 very slow inhales and exhales.

Kindness and self-compassion. Being kind to ourselves and those around is one of the greatest gifts we can offer ourselves and those in our orbit.

Stay cooooool in schoooool. 🙂

Simple advice for parents.

Wednesday, Nov. 30th 2016

If you suspect that your child may have learning difficulties or you have been told by their classroom teacher, it is important not to panic.

Many children will have some difficulties over time and it is important that you don’t make a big deal out of it. Chances are they will already feel left out or different and it is your job to make them feel at ease with these differences. Talk to them and ask how they feel about their learning experiences. Identify where they need help and be proactive to find a solution.

These days there are so many options and so many different ways of finding learning solutions. Often, children with learning difficulties require an ‘out-of-the-square’ approach to finding solutions that work for them.

Schools, though well-meaning, often don’t have the resources that are relevant to the specific needs of your child.

Effective coaching or tutoring must be tailored to the individual. This not only increases the chances of a successful learning outcome but can be the catalyst for increased self-belief and authentic confidence.

If you would like to know more about our Individualised Learning Programs and how they can benefit your child, give us a call to obtain your child’s Personal Learning Program.

Techniques to assist students with Learning Difficulties

Thursday, Nov. 24th 2016

Short of engaging the services of professional child development psychologists or having the resources to pair a child with a teacher aide one-to-one there are a number of ways to assist their identified learning difficulty. It is important to match supporting techniques to the child’s issue.

  • Create colour categorised timetables for older students to keep them organised
  • Visit an optometrist and purchase multiple pairs of glasses
  • Have their hearing tested to ensure they have no physical impairments
  • Talk to them and ask them to identify areas where they have trouble
  • Give them checklists for classes or subjects to keep them organised
  • If they have trouble with English read to them, with them, listen to them read and encourage them to do it on their own
  • If they have trouble with mathematics spend time with the basics, counting, grouping, times tables, adding, subtracting and counting in 2’s, 4’s, 6’s etc

Five funny Christmas books for kids.

Monday, Nov. 21st 2016

When our children were in Primary School, they all loved a book with a good serve of humour, and there is no time like Christmas to fill the house with laughter and joy. Here are our pick of the funny books for Christmas – laughing out loud guaranteed!

Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey: If you haven’t met Pig the Pug, you are missing out. This is the funniest series of picture books ever – at least according to my four and eight year olds! The latest installment tells the story of what happens when Pig stays up all night to get his presents??!

The Naughtiest Reindeer by Nicki Greenberg: Rudolf is too ill to lead the sleigh and so his mischievous sister, Ruby, Will Ruby be on her best behaviour so the presents are delivered safely or will she bring chaos to Christmas?!!

The Naughtiest Reindeer Goes South by Nicki Greenberg: In a new Christmas misadventure, Ruby ends up far from home, in the company of some rather grumpy penguins and with the presents scattered all around the South Pole.

Christmas Wombat by Jackie French: We are big fans of the very funny Diary of a Wombat series and the Christmas edition has to be our absolute favourite. With wry humour the Wombat hitches a ride on Santa’s sleigh and thinks all of his Christmases have come at once.

The Knights Before Christmas by Joan Holub: A fun parody of the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas poem.

It’s a good start! 🙂

Dyslexia is not a disease, it’s about brain organisation

Thursday, Nov. 17th 2016

There are many misconceptions and distortions about dyslexia and what it means.

Dr. Martha Burns is an international expert on dyslexia and the neuroscience of learning. Dr Burns says “People with dyslexia have many strengths, they have many intellectual capabilities, it’s just that reading is not their strong suit, and some of the capacities that underlie reading, like phonological awareness is hard for them.

I had a wonderful professor who said we all have learning disabilities. We all have something we can’t do very well, whether it’s carry a tune or draw a picture or play sports. So rather than call it a disorder or a disability, if we think about it as a brain that’s organised differently, it gives a more positive approach to what we want to do about it and we stop using words like ‘cure’ or ‘fix’ and we use words like ‘intervene’.”

Dr. Burns’ theories can provide great relief for parents and children alike, as she reminds each of us, that our ‘weaknesses’, often hide our hidden talents and strengths.

It’s a timely reminder that we are ALL different. We are ALL capable of contributing to our world in equal measure. A label of ‘any’ kind, can often be a handbrake for success.

Assuming that we’re all talented and express our talents in a myriad of ways, can represent genuine freedom for many. Viva la difference!