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5 Ways to Help Your Child’s School

5 Ways to Help Your Child’s School

It’s the beginning of a new school year. You’ve got your child’s backpack, books, school supplies and everything else they’ll need. So, your child is ready to start the year, but is your child’s school? Schools all over the U.S. are suffering from a lack of proper supplies, text books, sports equipment, and even teachers.

When teachers don’t have proper supplies they aren’t able to teach their lessons or provide students with an enhanced education.

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Students who start school without necessary clothes, tools, books, etc. find difficulty participating and concentrating in class. They are less focused on what they should be learning and more focused on what they don’t have.

Whether you have the funds to donate money, or extra time that you can spend helping out, it is all needed. There are several ways you can help your child’s school and in return, help not only your child, but all the other students as well.

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If you want to help but don’t know how, here are various ways you can support your child’s school:

1. Volunteer your time and your vehicle.

Schools are often looking for help with field trips, sports events and other school activities. This depends on the schools’ traveling regulations, but if parents are allowed to drive, you should volunteer your time and your vehicle to help out.

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2. Join the PTA.

The PTA is a way for parents to make sure they are involved and in-the-know when it comes to their child’s school and the education they are receiving. Through the PTA, you can organize fundraisers, find out what teachers need, and do many other things that will help the school and the students. There are also boards and committees you can join to help with the preparation, organization and follow-through of activities and organizations.

3. Suggest a workplace tour.

If the company you work for would be a good location for a field trip, suggest it to the principal. If the principal agrees, do everything you can to help organize it. Educational field trips are fun for the kids and give them a chance to learn outside of school in the real world.

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4. Make donations.

Donations can come in all different ways, not just money. Schools are always needing new books, whiteboard markers, paper, computers and accessories, and several other things. Talk to your child’s teachers and the principal and find out what the school needs. You could also talk to the school’s librarian and find out what books they could use in the library or donate funds for any books that need to be rebound.
Many teachers have to use their own money to buy extra supplies for their classroom. Talk to them and find out what you can do to help.

5. Donate backpacks, shoes, coats, etc.

Without asking for names and particulars, you can talk to the principal about the needs of specific students. Some families might be going through a hard time and can’t afford the clothes or supplies their child may need. By helping individuals who are in need, you are not only providing them the opportunity to have a better experience in school, but you are also helping them focus on their education and not on what they don’t have or what’s going on at home.

Whether you are donating money or supplies, make sure that you follow all the regulations and guidelines set by the school board.

There are several things you can do to support your child’s school. If you want to help but don’t know where to start, the best thing to do would be to talk to the principal or your child’s teacher. They will know what the school needs and will be grateful for anything you do to help.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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