How to Identify Your Child’s Learning Style


Every child absorbs information and learns differently, which is partly the result of their environment and also because of their genetic profiles. Understanding your child’s learning style will help you shape their educational experience and make the most of their journey through school. It's said that there are three main styles of learning: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Observing your little one whilst they’re at work will help you identify their learning style. Copthorne Preparatory School, an independent school in West Sussex, offer the following advice on what to look out for.

Children who learn in a certain way will also display the same style when expressing themselves. For example, if they are visual learners, they will likely express themselves using facial expressions, while auditory learners will be very talkative. Kinaesthetic learners use body language to display their emotions and tend to imitate others and touch everything. 

Your child’s interests are just as important as their behaviour when helping you to determine their learning style. Do they like to listen to music a lot and easily remember all of the words? If so, they might be auditory learners. If they prefer to read, watch TV or browse old photographs then they’re probably visual learners. Visual learners tend to have a wide-ranging vocabulary and have vivid imaginations, as a result of all of the reading. Kinaesthetic learners are usually quite sporty, as they like to keep busy and struggle to sit still for long periods of time. 

Finally, consider how your child solves problems. Even as adults, when we’re stuck in a sticky situation we use our strengths and skills to help get us out. Children do the same; auditory learners often talk through the issues and possible solutions, while kinaesthetic learners tend to use their body language, such as counting on their fingers. Visual learners are good at noticing things that might be out of place or unusual. 

Of course, whilst your children are at school, you won’t be able to observe all of the aforementioned behavioural clues. With that said, it’s worth talking to their teachers and other people who interact with them on a regular basis, as they might have picked up on things you may have missed.

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My First Quran with Pictures - Islamic Book for Muslim Kids

My first Quran with pictures by Faith books

Being fond of books, BabyN' loves it when I read to him and although at this stage at the age of 4, he can't properly read the words on his own until and unless he sees a word everyday and memorises it. However, he can easily recognise or pronounce it with the help of phonics. Most importantly, he loves the imagery in any book, and can generally understand the gist of it. Nowadays, the Muslim authors and publishers like Faith Books are working hard to create print material targeting the Muslim children worldwide and I'm really glad to know about this initiative because that just makes things easier for mothers, especially those living in non-Muslim countries and those who with no extra help. Living in a non-Muslim country makes it quite challenging to inculcate our values and traditions in children but books and other print media such as Islamic toys, are definitely improving the scene. 

My first Quran with pictures by Faith books

We were recently sent My First Quran with pictures that has been translated by Shereen Sharief and illustrated by Nicola Anderson, and has been aimed at young children (ages 7 and above). The book has also been checked and approved by Sheikh Dr. Abdullah ibn Yusuf Aljudai, and the title makes it quite apparent about what to expect in the book. It contains lots of different Arabic Surahs along with their translation in English and some amazing imagery for conveying the concept and meaning of the Surah to the children. I myself read the book to BabyN' and provide an explanation referring to the colourful illustrations that he recognises  and especially takes interest in the images. 

My first Quran with pictures covers lots of Surahs from the 30th chapter of the Quran, and I believe, this is an absolutely great start to introduce BabyN' to the Quran and it's teachings. I find it challenging even in making BabyN' memorise Surahs, and I believe there no is right age for this, because every child is different as I know children who are younger than him who can recite Surahs quite well, while others take more time. However, our concept shouldn't just be to make the children memorise Surahs without understanding the meaning or without explaining about it. 

Islamic book for kids

Picture books such as this one that contain engaging illustrations are great for developing interest of the children and enabling them to visualise the meaning of the verses that they can easily grasp. I love the fact that the book has glossy pages, and My first Quran with pictures can be purchased from Faith Books for £14.99. Also, they have a free colour-in pages printable of Surah Al Naan to Surah Feel on their website, that anyone can download and keep children busy especially nowadays during the half-term holidays. 

Islamic book for kids

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Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

When I was at school, one of my favourite packed lunches was a homemade Shami Kebab sandwich which my mum used to prepare fresh in the morning, just before my siblings and I drove off to school with either the chauffeur or dad. I can still clearly remember the aroma of the freshly fried Shami Kebabs and the combination of those kebabs with some tomato ketchup drizzled on them made the sandwiches taste even better! 

Mum always used to prepare huge batches of Shami Kebabs as they're always handy in emergency situations, they're brilliant for packed lunches and even perfect to be served as a starter at any of the family dinners or get-togethers called 'dawat' in Urdu. Also, in the previous years, a very common trend was guests turning up without informing and considering the fact how hospitable or 'mehmaan nawaz' my mum is, we always used to have goodies in the kitchen and some frozen items out of which the kebabs were always a winner! 

Just following the footsteps, even I like to keep things prepared prior to an ocassion or for the time when the need may arise, however talking specifically about the Lamb Shami Kebabs, I've really been longing to have these but it's been quite some time since I last prepared them. Shami Kebabs can be prepared and easily frozen for future use, continuing the idea of 'al-desko' that I talked about in a previous post along with the  idea of a Lamb Tikka Wrap as an office meal idea. The idea behind the term 'al-desko' is to create recipes that are perfect for anyone to take to work for lunch, highlighting the fact that it should be convenient for us to have lunch on the work desk. Creating new recipes for the office lunch meals by reusing leftover food is a brilliant idea of reducing waste. 

Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

For a Lamb Shami Kebab wrap, all you need to do is to grab a wholemeal flatbread left from previous night's dinner, add a fried kebab in it along with any of your desired sauce and wrap it up. Some fresh green salad from previous night's dinner can also work perfectly as a side and this would make a great healthy option. 

The Major Ingredient - The Lamb! 

Lamb is one of the most exciting ingredients that can be used to create lot of different recipes. 

Lamb Try it, Love it

The EU funded Lamb Try it, Love it campaign has enabled people to discover the unique flavours of lamb at their convenience. The protein packed premium lamb produced by European farmers ensures the use of sustainable practices and is a praiseworthy contribution to the local economies. 

Variety of Cuts of Lamb

Being a versatile ingredient, lamb can be used to prepare lots of dishes and the availability of different cuts enables us to create incredible lamb dishes that aren't just quick and easy to prepare, but the health benefits are immense too! 

Health Benefits of Lamb

Lamb contains essential nutrients and proteins as well as 7 vitamins and minerals including vitamin B12 and niacin that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Once you try it, you're definitely going to love it! For more information on the campaign and for interesting new recipes, check out lamb try it, love it

Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR LAMB SHAMI KEBAB:
(Makes 12-14 kebabs)

For cooking:
1 kg lamb mince, cleaned & washed well
11⁄2 tsp salt, or as required 
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp cumin powder
2-3 cups of water
Dried round chillies
5-6 Cloves
1-2 Cinnamon stick
1 small piece of onion
Half cup chana daal (lentils)
2 medium sized bay leaves
2-3 cups of water

For mixing:
2 green chillies
1 large chopped onion 
Few chopped coriander leaves
Few chopped mint leaves
1 beaten egg
Oil for frying

Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add all the ingredients in a pot along with 2-3 cups of water.
Boil under a high heat.
Once boiled, put the lid on and keep it on slow flame to cook until the lentils and the mince are cooked well.
Once cooked, put the mixture in a food chopper to create a mixture.
Add the mixture to a bowl, add 2 chopped green chilies, 1 large chopped onion, coriander, mint leaves and a beaten egg. Mix well.
Divide the mixture into small portions and neatly shape them into round shaped kebabs.
These kebabs can be stored in the freezer for later use.
For immediate use, fry the kebabs on a hot frying pan with 2 tsp oil for 2-3 minutes each side until brown.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 mins
Serves: Makes 12-14 kebabs

Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

For the wrap: 
To prepare a wrap, use a wholemeal wrap for a healthy option. 
Add a kebab, some sliced onions and sauce of your choice. I prefer either a chilli tomato ketchup or a coriander and mint chutney.
Serve the wrap with some fresh green salad! 

Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 5 mins
Serves: 1 kebab per wrap

Lamb Shami Kebab Wrap Recipe

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How to get Free Tea & Coffee

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We Brits know that a cup of tea seems to make everything in life just a little bit better. Therefore, it’s easy to see why a free cup of tea or coffee makes for one of the most popular freebies and draws people back for more again and again. Guess what? You’re in luck! WOW Free Stuff have researched for us the top places where you can get a free brew. So sit back, relax and enjoy our ultimate free tea and coffee list!

Why do businesses offer free tea or coffee?

Would you know why a business would give away free tea or coffee? Well, they have good reasons for doing it and I've listed a few of them for you below. 

The first reason is to introduce their product to you! When you try a company’s brand of tea or coffee, if you like it, there’s a chance in the future you’ll return to buy it. People love free stuff, and getting a free sample of tea or coffee is an excellent way to introduce potential customers to a product.When it comes to tea and coffee brands, there’s a lot of competition out there, and to get attention companies must think of ways to stick out of the crowd and draw you to their brands.

Moving on to the second reason, the brands aim to gain your loyalty. You know of a supermarket that is giving away free tea or coffee. Chances are you’ll want to shop there. Think of complimentary tea or coffee as a perk. It entices you to want to spend your money at the store because you’re gaining something extra as a result. So give yourself that bonus when you supermarket shop and get your free cups of tea. After all, you deserve it!

Wow Free Stuff

How do I get free tea or coffee?

There are various methods for getting free tea or coffee, and these methods vary from business to business. However, one common way is by signing up to loyalty cards. Places like Waitrose, IKEA, John Lewis and others offer free tea and coffee as part of their membership loyalty bonuses. All you do is sign up for one of their cards, and you can benefit from the free tea and coffee they offer. Read on to learn about all the UK places where you can get yourself that free hot drink!

Look on the social media pages of coffee chains like Starbucks and Costa and restaurant chains like Giraffe. Often, you’ll find announcements for free drink giveaways. Moreover, there are tea companies, such as Twinings and Birchall & Redbush that regularly offer free teabag samples. This is an excellent way for you to test a flavour before you buy it. You can also enter this competitions where Tea India are giving away 2500 latte packs.

Where can I find free tea or coffee now?

Below is the ultimate list of where you can get a free hot drink in the UK.

Waitrose - Waitrose has a loyalty card so get yourself signed up and you can then start getting their free hot drinks. Now, keep in mind that you will need to purchase before you can get a cup. However, there’s no minimum price rule on your purchase. Some of their delicious drinks include tea, latte, Americano, hot chocolate and cappuccino - so it’s totally your choice. Don’t delay! Sign up for your free Waitrose loyalty card for a hot drink now.

John Lewis - What’s so impressive about John Lewis’ freebie offer? You not only get a free hot drink, but you also get a free slice of cake! To benefit, you’ll need to register for the My John Lewis membership programme. When you do, at least three times during a year you’ll get a voucher for a free hot drink and cake from the John Lewis café. This combination is perfect for post-shopping fuel. You’ll enjoy your shopping even more with a My John Lewis loyalty membership that allows you to gain points, rewards and surprise treats. Sign up today and get your My John Lewis card within two weeks.

IKEA - Not to be outdone, IKEA, the family favourite homeware store, has joined in on the free hot drink fun. When you join the IKEA family, you get a free cup of tea or coffee when you visit the store. You’ve been to IKEA; you know how big it is, and you know that deciding amongst all the cool stuff can be a challenge. Fuel up with a free cup of tea or coffee from IKEA. Also, when you become an IKEA Family Member, you get extras, like reduced family rates, 10 per cent off on sale items, free product insurance, and more. So go ahead and sign up for free today!

PAUL - When you sign up online for a PAUL loyalty card, you can not only get a free cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, you also get a croissant or a pain au chocolat! You’ve never had breakfast at PAUL? Well, you’re in for a treat. The perfect way to jumpstart your morning is with a yummy Parisian Breakfast totally free at any of the PAUL stores before midday.

Greggs - Greggs is also a great place to get a free drink. Just sign up for the Greggs Rewards App, and you can receive a delicious free Welcome Hot Drink! You’ll find that the Greggs app is user-friendly, so no matter how non-tech-savvy you may be, you can easily claim your rewards. Just download the app and register, then go to the rewards section to get your free hot drink.

Booths - Do you live in the North-West? If so, get yourself a free regular sized hot drink at Booths. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself after shopping. Go to Booths and pick up a temporary card to get started. You’ll be able to track your spending with electronic receipts, get discounted Afternoon Tea for Two, get weekend newspaper discounts, and, of course, enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee.

Benugo - Okay, Londoners! Get yourself a free cup of coffee at Benugo. To do so, sign up for their newsletter. You’ll find Benugo cafes and restaurants in some of London’s most famous and beautiful spots such as Regent’s Park, the Natural History Museum, and the British Museum. So the next time you’re in the Big Smoke, sign up! Keep in mind that your free coffee voucher expires after one month from the date applied. So remember that when you plan your next trip!

Costa (Wuntu) - Are you with Three? Then you already know about their rewards app, Wuntu, and about all the freebies and extra benefits you can get with it. In fact, you’ll often find that Wuntu teams up with Costa to offer you free hot drinks. So be sure to pay attention to your app for the next one.

Caffè Nero (O2 Priority) - What do O2 Priority customers know? They know what joy Tuesday brings! Every Tuesday, O2 customers get a free hot drink at Caffe Nero. Plus, they get to collect loyalty Nero stamps as well. It’s the perfect mid-week pick-me-up!

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Visiting Nottingham on a Budget

Visiting Nottingham on a Budget

One of the hardest parts to overcome when travelling is the issue of budgeting. The majority of us don’t prefer spending a lot of money, so when we go away – regardless of whether it’s in the UK or abroad – we have to think about what everything will cost. With this in mind, this post is dedicated to helping you create a budget-friendly trip to the brilliant Midlands city of Nottingham, without sacrificing on quality or enjoyment. We’re going to focus on Nottingham because it’s one of those places with a little something for everyone, making it perfect for this type of look into budgeting. 

Visiting Nottingham on a Budget

Accommodation

Let’s start with the biggest hitter of them all – accommodation. Whether it’s hotels, hostels or bed and breakfasts, accommodation is usually the largest drain on your holiday funds, and you are often paying it before you even go! This is particularly true if you end up going for an all-inclusive holiday on a resort abroad, where you aren’t just paying for your accommodation, but you're paying for your food and drinks too. 

Fortunately, we’re not talking about all-inclusive holidays, we’re talking about Nottingham, so you’ll be happy to know that there are a few different options in the city. Due to Nottingham’s position as a medium-sized city, it has grown to offer more than just premium hotels. There are plenty of more affordable hotel options, as well as a range of hostels in the area, all of which offer a slightly different experience. For the cheapest accommodation, you usually want to look out for hostels or bed and breakfasts, as well as on various deal websites where you might save a few pennies. Regardless, always investigate prices before committing if you want to be strict with your budget. 

Visiting Nottingham on a Budget

Food and Drink

Nottingham is a bustling student city and with that title, it must be able to cater to all its citizens. Nottingham’s range of restaurants and bars is one of the most extensive in the country, especially considering the city’s size. Even looking at Visit Nottinghamshire website, there’s over a dozen mentioned in only a paragraph or two! As a city, Nottingham is very cultural and artistic. The Lace Market is a district with roots in creativity and this has grown to encompass the city as a whole, so you can expect to find a lot of quirky, unique restaurants. If you’re looking for affordable food and drink, try your hotel restaurant or some of the breakfast diners that are open throughout the city. Usually, the diners are affordable and serve fairly large portions, even beyond breakfast time. 

Activities and Occasions

Finally, let’s get onto the main event. The other most expensive part of a holiday is the activities that you enjoy whilst you’re there and as mentioned earlier, Nottingham is an artsy city, so there is plenty to do. Primarily, the city boasts lots of music venues, boutique theatres and museums, as well as a very active nightlife because of the student population. 

If you’re looking to save money, try focusing on the smaller theatres and cinemas as opposed to the established, franchised ones. Not only will these have a more homely, interesting environment but they’ll charge less per ticket too. In the same way, don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track and into the side streets. Usually in the nooks and crannies of any city is where you find the true gems that end up being much more affordable than their luxury cousins.

If you happen to be hosting an event and need a function room in Nottingham, try to make sure that you avoid the city centre, where things are going to get very expensive, very quickly. Instead, focus on finding a venue a little outside but still within touching distance of the city and focus your efforts on finding a function room of the right size. There’s nothing worse than paying too much for a huge venue, only to realise you needed half the space.

If you keep these tips in mind, you should be able to make sure that your trip to Nottingham is both interesting and within budget. Obviously, you’re mean to treat yourself on holiday, so don’t limit yourself so much that you don’t have fun! Be sure to leave a comment if you have any budgeting travel tips of your own and if you'd like to explore Derby, then you can also read about the days out in Derby


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Weekend Lunch at Smoky Boys - Boxpark, Wembley (London)

Smoky Boys Halal Boxpark Wembley

After successfully operating at the other locations London, Smoky Boys has now opened at the Boxpark in Wembley that opened it's doors to London in December 2018. The place is perfect for a casual dining experience with friends or family, and it opens from 11:00 am till 11:00 pm. Since Boxpark (Wembley) has quite a few options to suit the needs of all the diners, the place also has a few Halal options including Smoky Boys. This Boxpark site is the third one in London after Shoreditch and Croydon, and located in the heart of Wembley it has quickly gained popularity by offering more than 20 food and beverage options. 

Halal Boxpark Wembley

Halal Boxpark Wembley

Halal Boxpark Wembley

The restaurant highlights the idea of ‘great meat and big flavours’ which is much apparent with their high-quality burger and barbecue. The tagline is pretty much what the restaurant has to offer to its diners and to ensure & fulfil this promise, Smoky Boys use the best British lamb, chicken and premium cuts of beef to gourmet grills. The kitchen uses simple ingredients to curate the perfect dish so well that the flavors become a fond memory and you just want to come back for more again and again! 

Halal Boxpark Wembley

Halal Boxpark Wembley

For the starters, we tried Char Grilled Shrimps and the BBQ and Peri Peri wings. We really enjoyed the starters, the shrimps were brilliant and all the food seemed to have been freshly prepared for us. Smoky Boys provides dips and sauces to go with the meal as well, but we didn't feel the need, so didn't get them. We also got a quarter chicken with the lemon and thyme flavouring that had a superb combination of mild spices and distinct flavours, perfect for those who do not prefer eating spicy food or for little kids. 

Smoky Boys Halal Boxpark Wembley

Smoky Boys Halal Boxpark Wembley

To wash down the food, we got an apple juice for BabyN', while I got a mango milkshake for myself. I personally love mangoes and the milkshake I tried was great! I prefer thick shakes and this was exactly what I was looking for. We also ventured into trying the ginger beer and as the name suggests, it had a gingery flavour which was more dominating. 

Smoky Boys Halal Boxpark Wembley



Smoky Boys offers a host of their signature burgers at Boxpark Wembley and the ones that we tried were Smoky Bad Boy and Smoky Bacon. Smoky Bad Boy contained a beef patty, on top of baby gem lettuce, some mature cheddar & American cheese, jalapeños, fresh chillies for a kick and the Bad Boy Suicide sauce, all placed together on a brioche bun. The latter contained a beef patty, maple glazed oak turkey bacon, grilled onions, mature cheddar and American cheese and the restaurant's special Smoky Boys sauce, everything neatly placed in a glossy brioche bun. Both the burgers tasted great! 

Smoky Boys Halal Boxpark Wembley

Smoky Boys Halal Boxpark Wembley

Smoky Boys is the "fastest growing quality Halal burger chain in the UK". It has restaurants in Watford, Hounslow (opens till 4:00 am), Stevenage, Amersham and Boxpark Wembley, and besides these current restaurant sites, it has more in various stages of pre-opening: Park Royal, Hemel Hempstead and an undisclosed site in central London. All restaurants operating currently have a different menu and their timings are different. Some restaurants offer more options and might be better for family friendly dining, Smoky Boys Watford being one of them. 

Smoky Boys Halal Boxpark Wembley
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Rating: 8/10 
Pricing: Mid-Range 
Halal Options: Everything is Halal
Child-Friendly:  Casual seating with benches & tables, toilets available
Location: Olympic Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0JT
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