Do you Diffuse?

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We already talked about essential oils, now let’s talk about my favourite way of using it. Diffusion

Aromatherapy is a scientific process where natural oils are gotten from plants ie leaves, bark, flowers, roots, stems, etc to enhance the psychological and physical well-being of human beings.

The aroma from the oils helps to stimulate brain functions which in turn acts as a form of healing therapy. This promotes relaxation and other health benefits.

Essential oils can also be used topically (be very careful with dilution ratios) and though not yet a fad in Nigeria, aromatherapy has already gained momentum as a form of alternative medicine used for various purposes including mood enhancement, pain relief and improved cognitive functions.

We all learnt about diffusion, at some point, in school, and in this particular case, what the diffusers do is to disperse the oils round a room or the whole house.

The whole place is filled with natural aromas. There are several techniques and devices which can be used as aromatherapy diffusers, examples are:

β€’ Steam diffusers

β€’ Candle diffusers

β€’ Ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers

β€’ Lamp ring diffusers

β€’ Fan diffusers

β€’ Terracotta and sandstone diffusers

β€’ Electronic heat diffusers

β€’ Essential oil nebulizers

There are numerous benefits to diffusing:

1. Purifies and humidifies the air.

2. Make the room smell pleasant.

3. Relieves stress, fatigue and pain

4. Helps with respiratory issues and breathing easier.

5. Better relaxation and improved sleep.

6. Improves cognitive functions.πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

7. Mood enhancer.

8. Keeps you and environment cool.

9. Best choice for therapeutic effects of aromatherapy.

10. Help with insect repelling.

So…. , are you interested enough to get one for yourself? If so, then make sure to:

  • Ask for recommendations from people already using.
  • Buy from reputable stores with reputable brands, Amazon is a good place to start with all the reviews you’ll get
  • Always buy as new

Pssst…. We plan to stock up some, stay tunedπŸ˜‰

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DYSLEXIA – A DEFINED AND LEARNING DIFFICULTY

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This is a lovely article I read on Kathy Kiefer’s blog on dyslexia. Worth the read. For those that have been asking…….

How hard is it to learn with Dyslexia?Can it be overcome?With dyslexia can you be successful?What are they symptoms and causes (if any) ofΒ Β  dyslexia?

Source: DYSLEXIA – A DEFINED AND LEARNING DIFFICULTY

Why do some people have reading challenges?

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I’m doing a self study on children with slow learning abilities, actually, delayed reading ability. The more I read, the more captivating it is. One good thing, though, is that I now know that

if a child can’t read at age 7, it doesn’t mean the child is lazy, dumb or has no hope of ever making it in life.

It just means that both parents and school will need to intensify all efforts in intervention toΒ  assistΒ  the child or teen to read. Now if there is a biological issue involved, that’s another story, otherwise everything is OK. Even children with down syndrome read well if not better than their peers.
A point I must bring to your attention is that

there is a difference between reading and comprehending.

The child with down syndrome, for example, might be very good at reading but will not be able to comprehend what he or she is reading. So if we decide to intervene, we need to focus on both and take it from a simple to complex level.
A study done in the United States, years back, showed that there is a part of the brain that makes no contribution to intellect and is not measured in intelligence test. This area, allows children to distinguish between the tiniest sounds in words. If this area is not properly developed, then the child is likely to have difficulty in reading. Research is still going on in this area.

How can we help this area to develop?
We start very early at home. Children who enter school with a large vocabulary base have a very high probability of excelling in both reading and comprehension. Between birth and the age of 12mths, babies are able to replicate any sound they hear. After 12mths, they loose this ability and will only replicate, perfectly, sounds they have already heard. An example of this is the ‘r’ issue in Japanese language, there is no ‘r’ in the language so a typical Japanese adult won’t hear it in a word. So ‘rice’ becomes ‘lice’.
When mothers use baby talk with their babies, it helps unconsciously to accentuate sounds and rhythm in d native language. Please note, television can never be a substitute for this.

Dyslexia is a common term used to describe difficulty in reading. There are arguments about it being a myth or not.Β  Some argue that there is really no such thing as Dyslexia, and that you can’t tell between a dyslexic or normal child – see what I mean – it’s placing the child in a ‘special’ group,Β  and that is quite unnecessary. Others say, No, they need to be in a special group.
I kinda agree with the first group, if there were circumstances that affected a child in the foundational stages of growth, then it is only right to plan out some form of remedial and intervention strategy to assist that child to close the gap between him and his peers.Β  He is only a poor reader, not a special child. Labelling him might lead to unnecessary stigmatization amongst his peers. It has worked, still works, and will keep working as long as there is a determined and dedicated team, and of course no underlying medical issue.

Next article, we will talk more about dyslexia, God willing. See you!

READ ALOUD BASICS: Making children book lovers and not haters (Part 2)

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A book contains the same content be it new or used and regardless of the reader or listener, so far as it is the same title.

Civilizations have survived on reading with few writers because reading is an integral part of the human existence, just think about the enormous effects scriptural books have played in the history of mankind even at times when most of mankind could neither read nor write but had few of them reading these scriptures to them.

This tells us that reading is not just very important but reading aloud is very essential for the survival of the human race as this has always been the means by which those that know are able to inform those that do not know. This lead one to say that: in the process of building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading, reading aloud to children is the key.

Β Β Β Β Β  When we read aloud to children we are helping the children’s brain to get accustomed to words, proper sentences, and grammar rules and above all we are helping them to develop the love for reading. Continue reading

The Learning Process

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What does β€œLEARN” mean?

To learn is to gain knowledge or skill from experience or from being taught, a complex process that involves steps or stages on which further learning is based.

  • The organ of Learning is the BRAIN

The brain is the command center of the developing organism. It contains neurons and provides the basis for physical, cognitive, and personal and socialΒ  development.

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The brain needs to be prepared to accept information, retain that information, and build upon it to allow it the ability to do increasingly difficult work. Continue reading