Essential Oils & ReadingΒ 

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This is the trending topic on our Instagram handle. 
Yes, reading is mostly about books! But…. 

One of our main aims @thereadinggymng is to make your reading experience a seamless one. That’s why we have created our Reading Accessories Collection. It’s not only bookmarks that serves as an accessory to books. πŸ˜‰ We have many accessory ideas to share with you. 

I love EOs. I utterly, utterly love them. And my two main brands are Plant Therapy and Edens Garden. You really need to be careful where you source your EOs, there are many processes to getting pure grade authentic essential oils and there are things to look out for when choosing a brand. That’s for another day. 

Today? Let’s talk EOs for mental clarity and focus. πŸ™‡πŸ™‡πŸ™‡. I will start with 5 oils to aid focus and clarity. 

5 Favorite Essential Oils for Mental Clarity:

  1. Rosemary 
  2. Basil
  3. Juniper Berry 
  4. Peppermint 
  5. Sage or Clary Sage

Though Sage should be used with caution. With rosemary, even a whiff of the smell from the herb🌱 gives the same result. 🌹🌹🌹 

Any of the above essential oils can be used singularly to help enhance your brain power and boost your mental clarity; however, if you want to get fancy and up the effectiveness, blend three of them together in a mix that’s pleasing to your olfactory system – or add one or two to another of your favorite essential oil (lemon or lemongrass, too, help with your energy levels – so don’t forget those)!πŸ’†πŸ’†πŸ’† 

You can also buy a synergy blend, a synergy blend is just a mix of different single oils, be sure to read the combo on the label though. πŸ›€πŸ›€πŸ›€ 

You can apply EOs by diffusing (my favorite), topical (massage) and usually mixed in a carrier oil, or just add a few drops into your cream. 

Please, if you are just starting with EOs, you need to do enough research because some are too strong and could actually harm your skin when used wrongly. 🚫🚫🚫 

So which ones do you use? What are your favourite brands? 

Ramadan 2017 Read-A-Thon Family Challenge (Part 2)

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So we ended Ramadan nearly 3 weeks ago. As usual, it was a spiritually uplifting period and it’s always a bit sad to see it go because the body gets so in tune with the routine. 

Our challenge was a fun filled family activity and here are some of our highlights below:

We had 16 families and 75 participants but can only choose 3 winning positions. We promise to give the mums treats (they did all the hard work) and a home decor item. 

The big treat for the first position is a visit to Hi-Impact Planet Theme Park with 4 tickets and rides. 

The second and third positions will have a smaller but girls hangout treat. Who will it be? Are you hoping to be the one? 

Check our Instagram handles and Facebook for the announcement this Friday. 

Stay Tuned…… 

Ramadan 2017 Read-A-Thon Family ChallengeΒ 

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So we wanted to get mums busy and kids reading this Ramadan, and birthed our Ramadan Read-A-Thon 2017. We hope to get Muslims reading and learning more about Islam by borrowing books from us. Free delivery included too. 

There are 16 families and over 70 participants in this first season of the Ramadan Read-A-Thon. They are all based in Lagos, Nigeria. 

Everyone gets a package of books, mini journal, log sheets, Learning Roots Ramadan Activity Bumper pack, and other documents. And the books were efficiently sent via EMS, Nigeria (They have really revamped our postal services). 

Mums seem eager and are really being diligent with their tasks. 

But I think the most exciting part of it is our “Tree of Good Deeds” 😁

We have to put up leaves on our branches for every good deed we do each day. The deeds are written and picked at random. No good act, no leaf for the day. Let’s hope these tree trunks will be colourful at the end of Ramadan bi ithniLlaah 😁😁😁

And the ultimate prize??? πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

An increased knowledge of the Deen and improved relationship with our Lord. Then let’s not forget the improved bond between parent and child. It is a very good opportunity to get closer to our loved ones, to seal and stamp the affection we have for one another . 

Then….. We have tickets for a family of four to Hi-Impact Planet Theme Park. 

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 May the best family winπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists | Education | The Guardian

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https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/13/teachers-neuromyth-learning-styles-scientists-neuroscience-education?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

I also preach learning styles so this is something to think about. Nice arguments here. Please feel free to tell me what you think in the comments section below. 

The Steps To Reading Series

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STRS……teaching a child to read, one letter at a time.

As a teacher with a background in physiology, I flowed while some of my colleagues had difficulties in understanding children who had difficulty in learning and (unfortunately) were put in “normal” classrooms in an otherwise, hostile, Nigerian educational environment. Don’t get me wrong, I worked in a good environment but my colleagues in other schools didn’t. And despite my own good environment, we were still incapable of providing for children who were below a certain level of intellectual ability.

Nursery is a good place to start when going into the teaching profession, and soon enough, I fell in love with my job and the children (ages 2-5 on average). I am a very creative person in a lot of areas so I  easily adapted my lessons to themes (back then – as I am no more in the classroom). One area that struck a chord in me was Language, and especially getting children to read. Maybe it was because I was fresh from learning Montessori or because the transition you see a child go through from non-reader to fluent reader is just magical! And I had somehow stumbled on some neurophysiology articles that had to do with cognition – now that had my juices running!

Fast forward 5 years later, I had this urge to train teachers to teach reading properly. So I birthed the Steps To Reading Series (been on it over a year). Through endless research and self-study, I was able to come up with a material that was technical but not too technical for the average Nigerian teacher to comprehend (as long as the teacher is qualified enough to be able to read the material).

WHAT IS THE Steps To Reading Series?

It is a mini-course I developed from a compilation of different works (mostly international because we still depend more on diaspora curriculum in schools here) based on the curriculum we use here in Nigeria. It is divided into 4 phases: Preparatory, Pre-Phonics, Phonics, and Post-Phonics Phases.

Preparatory has 2 module: Neuro 101 & Teachology 101

Pre-Phonics has 4 modules: Alphabetic Principle, Literacy & its stages, Print Awareness & Concept of Word, and Phonological Awareness.

Phonics has 3 modules: Phonics, Phonics the Jolly Way & Phonics the Montessori Way.

Post Phonics has 4 modules: Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension 1 and Comprehension 2.

Each module is meant to explain the topics thoroughly so as to ease a lot of headaches for the typical Nigerian teacher.

WHAT PROBLEM DOES THE STRSeries ADDRESS?

Plenty!!!!

Neuro 101 gives a simple insight into how the brain works in learning.  Hopefully that will make it easier for teachers to easily recognize that children with learning difficulties shouldn’t be labelled as dull.

Teachology 101: address our attitudes to teaching as a profession. Basically, if God willed that you are a teacher, accept it and make the best of it. Learn to love it, it’s a noble profession! We can always talk about the salary later……

As for the remaining set of modules, it is meant to highlight aspects of teaching reading that is highly overlooked in training schools. The first four modules are usually clumped under phonics….and there is this never-ending war between Jolly Phonics & Montessori Phonics. Then of course, fluency is skipped, Vocabulary is just a normal daily act of living and comprehension?!?!? O dear! Don’t get me started.

I hope to keep developing the series each year, adding and subtracting as appropriate. I hope that sometime in the future, even a secondary school certificate holder would be able to use it to learn to teach reading (with some internships). This is Africa after all, not everyone has the “luxury” of getting into a good university. 

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Reading is a prelude to so many things, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, and all other analytical sciences. If they don’t read it properly, they would never understand it enough to solve the problems.

If we can just teach our children to read properly and to actually love the act of reading, we would have a nation of happy, literate, and empowered youths to steer the nation into a naturally positive course.

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