Children went back to school in Richmond, Virginia the day after Labor Day. However it is not too late to help your children start off on the right foot to get good grades.
Where there’s a will, there’s an A.
According to Woman’s World weekly magazine dated September 26, 2011, page 22, top experts promise it’s never been easier to help children perform better.
Here are tips to help you children get that A.
- Serve brain boosters to supercharge your child’s focus, decision-making skills and more.
Pumpkin seeds improve memory. Snacking on just a handful of pumpkin skills provides the recommended daily amount of zinc, a nutrient vital for brain health. In a study, middle-school students given zinc daily for 10 weeks had better memories and scored higher on tests than those not given the mineral. Scientists believe zinc improves the part of the brain that’s responsible for memory.
Salads help kids think faster. Foods like lettuce, spinach, radishes and beets served in a salad will help your kids thinks faster than you can imagine. These foods flow in key areas of the brain, enhancing the brain-cell health and allowing for faster decision-making.
- Homework is made easier if kids go for a walk first before sitting down for at-home assignments. Aerobic activity like brisk walking and bike riding revs up creative abilities. Exercise boosts the brain’s arousal level, making it work harder and faster. And the effect lasts us to two hours.
Fire up focus with sage. Keep young minds from wandering by lighting a sage-scented candle near their work space. Smelling this earthly scent can tame restlessness in minutes.
Improve thinking with cocoa. A British study proves drinking cocoa has an immediate energizing effect on the brain. When students drank a flavored-rich chocolate drink before taking a math test, they scored higher and suffered less mental drain afterward than test-takers not given the pre-exam drink.
Make sure your school age children get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep helps students perform better. Memory recall and problem-solving skills all drop off when a brain is tired.
- Find free tutoring by taking advantage of school programs. More public schools are not offering fee after-school tutoring for students. Staffed by full-time teachers, students can get the one-on-one help they need just by staying an extra hour or two after the last bell. Also, teachers are now part of a local homework help line where you can call a phone number or go online to have questions answered.
Reach out to community groups to help your kids with their homework. Civic groups such as AARP (AARP.org/giving back), rotary clubs (Rotary.org) or the YMCA (YMCA.net) often volunteer as tutors in schools.
Remember, where there’s a will, there’s an A.