Monthly Archives: July 2014

Book Review-The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity by Donna Gates with Linda Schatz

The Body Ecology Diet uses the concept of a bio-optimal diet to help cleanse toxins, correct digestion, boost energy and the build immune system. In this book Donna Gates shows us how to eat our way to better health while learning how to use seven basic universal principles as tools to gain mastery over the health challenges we may encounter. The book also offers recipes, an array of menus and detailed shopping lists. The Body Ecology is an informative read that allows us to think about food in a different light.

Developing a Healthy Sleep Habit

One of our colleagues at Hils Learning decided to share her journey to obtain a healthy sleep habit. Here are some of her suggestions.

 

What you need to do

  • Choose a fixed bedtime and wake up time.
  • Ensure the bedroom is void of artificial light (a night light is fine provided the person needs it to sleep, ie. afraid of the dark)
  • Avoid eating and drinking (water included) the hour before bed time.
  • No screens or blue light emitting equipment 4 hours before bedtime.
  • Go to the bathroom just before bed even if you don’t feel like you need to.
  • You cannot sleep outside of the chosen time interval.
  • Once you are sleeping well (Falling asleep within 15 minutes of lying down and sleeping straight till wake up time) during this time interval, increase it by 30 minutes.
  • Continue this till you have acquired a fixed sleeping schedule in which you sleep straight for about 7-9 hours.

 

What you need to remove from you diet

  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Coffee or coffee based/flavoured food
  • Tea
  • Chocolate

 

What you should have in your diet

  • A healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.
  • Drink lots of water at least 2 litres a day.
  •  Avoid flavored drinks like juices, cordials and energy drinks.
  • Avoid eating meals too close to bed time. Try to have dinner at least 3 hours before bed.

 

What you need to stop at least 4 hours before bed time;

  • Electronics such as computers, tablets, gaming consoles (Xbox, Play Station, Nintendo, wii, etc.) and mobile phones.
  • Television
  • Foods and drinks high in sugar such as ice-cream, cookies, processed snacks, sweets, candies and lollies. 

 

What you can do about an hour before bed

  • Read
  • Meditation/deep breathing
  • Just relaxing and spending some quiet time with family
  • Listen to music that you find calming, not stimulating
  • Short slow walks
  • Walking the dog
  • Calming activities such as knitting, drawing  and painting

A letter sent to pupils at a Lancashire primary school

Barrowford school’s KS2 ‘proud’ letter to pupils goes viral

 

A letter sent to pupils at a Lancashire primary school along with their key stage two test results has gone viral on social media sites.

 

The letter to pupils at Barrowford Primary School in Nelson told them the tests do not always assess what makes them “special and unique”.

It has been posted on Facebook, Twitter and featured in national newspapers.

Head teacher Rachel Tomlinson said she had been “absolutely astounded” by the reaction in social media and elsewhere.

Mrs Tomlinson said she found the letter on a blog from the US posted on the internet.

It tells pupils the school is “proud” of them as they have demonstrated a “huge amount of commitment and tried your best during a tricky week”.

But it adds that “these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique”.

The people who drew up the tests, it says, “do not know each of you… the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do”.

These people do not know “you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best”, it continues.

The letter finishes by telling pupils to “enjoy your results” but to remember that “there are many ways of being smart”.

Barrowford Primary School’s letter in full

Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.

However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you… the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture.

They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.

They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.

They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.

So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.

The head denied the letter was telling pupils that test scores did not matter.

“We never give pupils the message that academic attainment isn’t important – what we do is celebrate that we send really independent, confident, articulate learners on to the next stage of their school career.”

Games with a Deck of Cards

The Jester 

 

Number of players:

2-4

 

Equipment needed:

1 deck of playing cards.

 

Object of the game:

To win the most cards. Cards are won by the first player to perform all the actions and sounds when cards are played.

 

Setting up the game:

Learn and practice actions for each of the following “action cards:”

Ace – bark

2- meow

Jack – salute

Queen – wave

King – bow down

Joker – make a silly face

Other cards – no action or sound is given

 

How to play:

1. Shuffle the cards and deal out all the cards to the players.

2. Players hold their cards face down.

3. On the count of three, everyone reveals their top card and places it in the middle.  If an action card appears then all the players must act out the action. For example, if there are three players playing the game and these three cards are placed in the middle:

     

all players must bark and wave and meow.

4.The first player to correctly perform all the actions and sounds win the
   cards in the middle. Cards remain in the middle if all players forget one or more of the actions or sounds, or players cannot decide who did the action or sound first. 

5. If players can’t decide who did the action or sound first cards remain in the
    middle. Winner of the next round takes those cards as well.

6. The game continues until all the cards have been played.

7. The person with the most cards wins the game.

 

Alternatives:

  • Add more action cards to make the game harder.
  • Use fewer action cards to make the game easier.
  • Make up your own actions for the action cards.
  • For young children, have the ‘actions’ written out for reference