publication date: Oct 5, 2012
author/source: Julia Bairstow
, as we know, is an essential life skill, which enables children to
access education fully and to enter the adult world as confident and competent
Some factors involved in children learning
including a healthy diet
and access to books
, obviously start in the home
well before they reach school age
continue throughout their formal education
in partnership with the school.
significant factors for parents/carers
to be aware of in terms of providing a
healthy life style:
three regular meals a day are provided
- Know what
constitutes a well balanced diet so as to maintain a healthy weight and
maximise concentration and subsequently learning. Children's food intake
should include low energy-dense foods such as lean meat, fish (especially oily fish), vegetables, fruit
and whole grains so as to provide necessary vitamins, minerals and omega 3
- Ensure children get sufficient physical activity, which
should supplement what they receive at school.
- As an
adult become a role model – parents/carers who eat healthily and exercise regularly
will pass this on to their children.
How to support a child to read
, with particular reference to the
there are sufficient books around the house from an early age.
- Select a
time for reading when the child is not overtired, as the level of
concentration will be poor and may lead to frustration.
make reading times too long, especially for the reluctant reader. Short sharp bursts will be more
beneficial in the long run.
suitable material: books, magazines, websites, recipes which
interest the child. This is very important for children who have fallen
behind with their reading, as they may have been completely "turned off"
by traditional books, the content of which they may consider "boring".
children plenty of praise and encouragement whatever their reading ability.
- Be aware that each child works at a different pace and therefore
don't exert too much pressure.
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(ADHD), a condition which affects children's ability to learn.