Reading: Why it’s not worth the battle

Time and time again I am asked by exasperated parents “how can I get my child to enjoy reading?!” My answer is always the same – “don’t ever battle with your child about reading, it’s simply not worth it”. Just to make my position clear, I think it is absolutely vital for children to read,…

Encouraging a regular writing habit

A recent survey for the National Literary Trust reported in 2015 only one in five children wrote outside school, a drop of 7% from 2014’s 27.2%. The type of writing children were likely to engage in usually involved the use of technology, such as texting and social media comments.   These are worrying trends as…

Recharging children’s willpower

Children’s willpower is like a rechargeable battery; it starts the day full and slowly drains away to nothing, before sleep recharges it for the next day.  How quickly your child’s battery runs flat depends in part on their character, how much their willpower has been used throughout the day, and whether they have regularly visited…

Emotional Intelligence Brainboost Box

We have just launched our first stand alone product in our website Shop. Whilst our Brainboost Boxes are designed to give children an all round academic and social boost we have had lots of requests to offer a box which promotes children’s emotional intelligence. I work with lots of children who really struggle to understand,…

Why children need to get bored

We all want the best for our children which is why we spend so much time reading about their stages of development, researching the latest games and activities to promote a love of  learning, not to mention the long hours we put into finding the right preschool and school. Is it any wonder that the two words most parents dread…

Brainboost HQ

We moved into our new offices a few weeks ago as we had outgrown our small start-up space. I have to be honest it was harder than I thought to find the right space to officially call Brainboost HQ. I had a long list of boxes, excuse the pun, it had to tick from a business…

There’s so much more to communication than words

When I talk to parents about their child’s communication skills they often think of it as how many words their child uses, the size of their vocabulary, and how well they read. Whilst these are most certainly a key part of communication skills, they are not the only components. To be a great communicator you…

BrainBoost Box competition

Here at BrainBoost we believe in good old fashioned play. Our whole mission is about bringing families together, learning through play. So we pack our boxes with new games and activities each month, which are not only fun but they also promote the five core skills which are known to boost children’s academic and social success….

Focus on the component skills and mindset for intellectual success

When we think of intellectual skills we often focus on children who get top scores in weekly spelling tests, are good readers, have mastered their times tables, and perform well in standardised tests. Only this week in our local paper they were heralding a 9 year old who had just taken his GCSE in Maths!…

Why getting physical is so important for children’s development

Every parent who has experienced a whole day indoors will be all too familiar with the slightly ferrel nature of their children by the end of the day. I always used to say my children were like our dogs; they needed to be walked regularly! Regular exercise not only wakes up our brain preparing us for…