Best Boosts for Education that Work for Everyone

Best Boosts For Education That Work For Everyone

Every parent wants to know how they can help their child get the most out of their education. Your role is more than just helping out with homework, though. If you want to find ways that will help you and your child with their learning, then you’re in the right place. Here’s how you can assist in your child’s education.

Read every day

Read with your child every day. Set aside the time to really explore a story with them, and give them the chance to ask questions. This helps set them up for regular reading in school and helps them see it as a pleasurable activity.

Look for learning opportunities every day

Your child’s education doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Look for opportunities to learn and reinforce their skills every day. For example, let them count out the money for a purchase, or read the signs in the supermarket.

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Mummy on a Saturday Morning

Mummy on a Saturday Morning

It is 7.30 am on a Saturday morning. She is still in her pyjamas, sipping hot coffee in silence, a cooking book on her lap, trying to persuade herself she feels cosy and relaxed. No rush today, no we-are-getting-late-for-school haste, nothing urgent on the list. It promises to be a calm, low-paced day full of smiles and happy family moments.

Then it comes up again… That suffocating sense of pressure, as if too heavy a burden has just landed on her shoulders. It overwhelms her and evokes an instant and severe headache (she wonders if a massive quantity of her brain cells is being irrevocably killed right now). And of course, it destroys completely the beauty of her morning coffee ritual.

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Squishy Number Learning

Guest Post – Squishy Number Learning

Fun counting activity to do at home, ideal for pre-school kids. Kindly provided by Education.com.

Combine fun sensory play with early number awareness in a squishy baggie project. A zippered sandwich bag and some hair gel are enough to get you started. Your child will have so much fun squishing everything around that they won’t mind all the number learning that’ll be taking place. It’s a fantastic way to help your child exercise their math skills!

What You Need: 

  • Zippered sandwich bag
  • Hair gel
  • Blue or green food colouring
  • 10 pony beads or other small objects (un-popped popcorn, dry beans, etc)
  • Blue masking tape

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Consumer Health Digest's Pregnancy Tips Roundup

Consumer Health Digest’s Expert Roundup on Healthy Pregnancy Tips 2017

Consumer Health Digest, one of the leading and most reliable health and wellness websites, has recently published an expert roundup on tips how to stay healthy and happy during pregnancy. I am so excited to be featured in this wonderful roundup and be among all these amazing women, many of them recognised professionals and experts.

I am sharing part of the article with you as I believe it could help every mummy to be. 

Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time where a woman goes through great physical and emotional changes. In order to learn more about these changes and find out can be done to make pregnancy go as smoothly as possible, many women look for pregnancy tips on the internet. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around the wide web, and it can be tough to find reliable information about pregnancy. Knowing how things stand with online pregnancy tips, our team of experts at Consumer Health Digest have decided to help pregnant women learn about reliable measures to experience a problem-free pregnancy, and to ensure their baby grows healthy.

Our experts at Consumer Health Digest understand the confusion and anxiety that pregnant women experience. From food choices during pregnancy to the Zika virus scare and the constant debate about vaccination risks, there are so many questions in need of answers. At our Consumer Health Digest Pregnancy Center, our experts have shared their knowledge and experience on these topics to help clear any doubts you may be having. By visiting our Pregnancy Center, you can learn more about pregnancy in general, the diet you should follow while pregnant, the risks associated with medication during pregnancy, the kind of behavior that is safe during pregnancy, and you can also read other valuable bits of information.

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Baby Sling

Guest Post – Ultimate Guide to Baby Carriers

Mummies and Daddies, a baby post on the blog! As my boy is no longer a baby, this is not a blog post you would normally see on Simply Marina. But I hope it could help other parents or parents-to-be who stop by here. I’d like to thank Mark Anderson from 10elite.com for this useful piece. 


What do you think a Baby Carrier is?

Many people think it’s just a bag to carry babies. But there is a lot more to it.

There are various significant factors that pertain to it, which makes it special!

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My Plan for 2017 is… No Plans

My Plan for 2017 is No Plans_Simply Marina

I can’t believe this is coming out of my mouth (in this case, my hand) but yes, 2017 will be the year of NO plans. I am a person who always makes plans, plans for pretty much everything – from the family’s dinners to moving house. Not this time, not this year. While many bloggers seem to be setting goals and writing them down on their blogs (I actually admire them), I am thinking of changing my own mindset.

Living in an everyday chaos and jumble has been a terrifying thing for me even since I can remember. Not having a plan, not organising my time, not getting things done the way they should be – oh, how daunting it all sounds! But I think the insane pedant in me must be silenced. The pursuit of perfection must be ceased. Because perfection doesn’t exist. It’s time for a new approach.

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A Woman’s World: Christmas is Magical

A Woman's World: Christmas is Magical

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Definitely. To me, Christmas has always been such a special time. As a child, I loved the spirit of Christmas so much. Now, I am an adult and a mother too, but my fondness of winter festivities has not changed.

What if I still believe in Santa? What if I still believe in magic? I know, it doesn’t sound rational for a grown-up to believe in Santa’s secret village, elves or flying sleighs. But it is Christmas, we are allowed to believe in anything good, in anything that could beat unkindness, hopelessness or misery.

And I want my child to believe. In Christmas. In Santa Claus. In the power of good. In the power of family and home. Christmas means happiness. It means thousands of precious family moments. This is how I want him to perceive this time of the year. If believing in magic is what it takes, so be it!

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20 Shakespeare Children’s Stories

William Shakespeare for kids. It already sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? I love British literature but honestly, Shakespeare has always frightened me a bit. I am a book lover but I have never been fond of the works of Shakespeare. Until Sweet Cherry Publishing kindly sent a precious collection to me: 20 Shakespeare Children’s Stories. The Complete Collection.

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The Paperback Edition by Sweet Cherry Publishing 

Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and The Tempest are not just plays, but immortal pieces of literature by one of the greatest playwrights to have ever lived, William Shakespeare. This series presents a thoughtful selection of twenty plays by Shakespeare, which have been suitably simplified, narrated and illustrated for young readers. 

The simple narrative style and unique illustrations will enthral children and help to develop and nurture their literary interest. 

That’s right, they are enthralling… for both a child and a grown-up.

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Lulu the Lion Cub Learns to Roar by Jaime Amor – Book Review

Lulu the Lion Cub Learns to Roar

Hardcover by Watkins

Recently, I have received a copy of a wonderful book (love you, Mumsnet!) and now I would like to share the pleasure with you. A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure: Lulu the Lion Cub Learns to Roar by Jaime Amor is a beautiful gem I am so happy to have for both my son and myself. Parents and Yoga lovers, I am sure you will appreciate it. Because this book is a brilliant way to introduce Yoga to your kids and have some fun together.

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My Expat Child’s First Week at School

The school year in the UK has begun. Mums and dads of first-time pupils know how exciting a moment it is for both parents and children. But what about the expats and their kids? This is our experience…

Me Expat Child's First Week At School

Last week my son started Reception. His first week at school. Previously, he attended a UK nursery so I didn’t expect him to be too anxious now. Still, I thought he would feel a little bit uncomfortable being entirely in an English-speaking environment again. I was even prepared for a tantrum on the first day. I was almost sure there would be one. After all, he had spent the whole summer with his mummy and he probably had forgotten what it felt like being away from her.

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