Cool for School giving your children a head start and have them thrive in their first school years.
Tips from Ian Grant ( The Parenting Place) What your child needs: To feel welcome and loved To not feel lonely or wounded To know how to behave (we need to show) To know what to do (we need to tell ) From us our kids need Attentive time Coaching
Is your child thriving? Is he/she: Happy most of the time? Energetic? Thriving physically & emotionally? Gaining weight and height? Active and interested? Communicating well? Yes? Then relax, he is normal. No? Make a plan to get stuff sorted
Socially Can your child manage social situations Play nicely with other children/share Sit down and focus for long periods of time Communicate well Emotionally Reduce anxiety by letting them know what to expect at school – Rehearse Learn to dress and undress/do up shoes/toilet skills Listen to their worries and coach them Intellectually Frances will cover ….
My favourite quote: “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” Herophilus
Health issues – Allergies/intolerances Immune system (ear infections may stop them hearing well), Sleep Wetting bed, Eating habits...
1. Allergies/intolerances Allergies = immune dysfunction. Common allergies in kids: eggs, wheat, soy, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. These eight foods account for 90% of all food allergies Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, asthma, eczema, hayfever, rashes, swelling of lips/face/eyes Symptoms come on almost immediately from eating or coming in to contact with the food
Allergies/intolerances continued... More common than allergies are intolerances Intolerances = digestive dysfunction Symptoms: eczema, asthma, digestive upsets from diarrhoea to constipation, bloating, wind and stomach cramps, poor sleep habits, aggressive behaviour, nausea and indigestion, rashes aggravation of eczema or asthma, and joint pain More difficult to detect because: they can take over 24 hours to show themselves they do not show up in orthodox allergy testing methods
Allergies/intolerances continued... What can you do? Intolerances are one of the top health issues in kids that I see. They are relatively easy to treat and the results are fast Get them sorted as soon as you can as they can really play havoc with your kids schooling and lives
Behavioural issues – focus, anger, irritability, anxiety Things to explore: › Left/right brain communication More about this from Frances › Electrical stuff vs outdoor activity › Parenting Skills /coaching › Boredom, needing attention › Difficulties at school – socially, inrellectually › Diet/deficiencies › Allergies/intolerances › Seek professional help
Sleep patterns your 4/5/6 yr old child should be in bed at 7 to 7.30 pm every night and sleeping for 11 to 12 hours. Eating habits and diet Is your child › Eating a variety of food › Using utensils – knife, fork, spoon › Eating regular meals › Drinking regularly.
Brain food – using brain a lot in learning, taking in new things, environment Boosting immunity – tired or stressed more likely to pick up bugs Managing stress and anxiety – new environment Sustained energy – flat lining after school. Keeping blood sugars high Kids that do not eat a varied healthy diet will not reach their full potential
Set up rules around food /eating for your house...in our house we... Always talk about food in a positive and relevant way. Understand what a healthy diet looks like and teach your kids Provide a variety of foods. Including textures, colours, tastes Make it taste good. mild chilli, curry, spices, garlic, oregano... Give your child choice. Carrots or peas... Offer you child small portions Do not allow them to fill up on fluid/junk foods before meals - no fizzy drinks, limited lollies etc.... Get your kids involved in shopping, preparation and cooking. Get into a mealtime routine and make mealtimes pleasant occasions Mix food favourites with those not so favourite Try not to rush meals. Try to remain calm and don’t feel it is your fault.
The brain processes heaps of new info and needs protein, carbohydrate, omega-3s and a range of vitamins and minerals. Breakfast, gives the brain fuel with which to work. Toast, breakfast cereal, eggs, fruit or yoghurt. Protein foods keep you alert, stimulate the production of the 'feel good' hormone, dopamine, helping you enjoy the subjects you usually like least. Fruit and vegetables are a good brain food snack. Omega-3s the brain's wonder food – (immunity, brain function, skin health…) Sleep!!! No amount of the best food can replace a good night's sleep.
1. Neurological Function For issues with learning, memory, concentration, cognitive development, nervous system function, insomnia, stress/anxiety Omega 3 fish oils Magnesium (plus as Epsom salts in bath) Iodine Zinc Probiotics – flora care for kids B vitamins D3 vitamin (more so in winter than summer normally) Essential oils – lavender Herbs – chamomile, passionflower
2. Immunity For issues with eczema, upper respiratory complaints, allergy, hayfever, sinusitis, ear infections, coughs and colds Probiotics Zinc Vitamin C, A and D Essential oils – eucalyptus, oregano, tea tree Herbs, - Echinacea, eyebright, olive leaf, licorice. Marshmallow glycetract
Basics for kids to have at home Fish oil Probiotics Multivitamins Vitamin C and Zinc and magnesium Epsom salts Therapeutic essential oils Homeopathics – arnica, aconite belladonna, bach flower remedies... Note: always aim to buy the best supplements possible – some makes can do more harm than good! Health professional only supplements tend to be the best
My Contact Details Sheena Hendon T: 09 585 2252 Email: email@example.com www. sheenahendonhealth.co.nz Please email if you would like a Cool for School information sheet
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‘There is a strong continuity between the skills with which children enter school and their later academic performance.’ Whitehurst and Lonigan
School Entry variables account for almost 70% of the variance in Year 7 reading achievement. Tunmer, Chapman, Prochnow
‘ Much that is relevant to the development of literacy occurs before a child passes through the schoolhouse door.’ Pressley
A High Literate Cultural Capital = Higher levels of cognitive skills for reading = reading earlier = long term success at school.
A High Literacy Cultural Capital is the language skills from 0-5 a child learns at home, including: conversations, absorbing written material, songs, games, signs. It develops into ……
Phonological Awareness PA is: Rhyming words – hearing. Syllables – hearing. Phonemes – sounds in words.
It develops into …… The Alphabetic Principle Alphabet knowledge + Phonological Awareness = The Alphabetic Principle Now the language code can be broken!
Some big (ish) issues: 1. Pre-school education (NZ) is child- centered. Primary school is curriculum based. This means there are many variables when each child enters school. 2. Whole language still dominates, and has strong roots in NZ primary schools. 3. SBRT shows us that many children labelled with Dyslexia, or learning issues, would have no reading problems if explicit phonics instruction was introduced to children at 4 years old. 4. NZ has some of the highest readers in the world. It also has the lowest ( OECD) and the biggest range between those that can read and those that cannot. It is the only country in the world where this cannot be accounted for by socio-economic status. 5. 70% children OK at reading. 30% NOT! We do not find out the 30% until it is, often, too late!
What to do 1. Talk, lots of conversations. Vocabulary matters. 2. Talk, lots of conversations. Language is first and foremost about sound. 3. Read books in a fun way. Warm, fuzzy associations will make a child want more. 4. Read nursery rhymes and more nursery rhymes. 5. Play with sounds – make connections: ‘b’ for Billy and ‘b’ for Bob! They start with the same sound.
Mathematics Count real things. Organise and sort things into boxes, tins. Involve children in shopping – money. Notice patterns. Notice shapes. Use number with ease in your conversations. Match 1-1. Dinner table/settings. Never say Maths is HARD!