The Benefits of Coding Lessons for Kids

The Benefits of Coding Lessons for Kids

Coding isn’t the first thing that comes to a parent's mind when considering extracurricular for their kids. However, given the way society functions now, it can be one of the most useful skills your child acquires. Coding allows your child to independently navigate himself in a world technology has boomed. Learning it can allow your child the chance to delve into the digital side of the universe and become better prepared for it. It isn’t restricted to one understanding how to become a professional coder but more being able to build knowledge for potential job opportunities. It can open many doors and be more beneficial than expected. Here are some benefits of coding for kids.

It nurtures creativity. Coding like many other things requires you start from nothing and end up with something spectacular. Similar to this prep school in Northampton, it teaches the benefit of working hard to create something amazing. However, as most tasks are limited to materials or outcomes, coding allows infinite opportunities and is limited only by the child’s mind. It builds on questioning one's ability to work further and to put in that creativity to build something unreal.

It develops problem-solving skills. It allows a new perspective to thinking and challenges the child in different ways. Coding is known to be difficult at times so the ability to quickly find a solution, fix something and try again is an impressive skill to attain for the working world. 

It promotes the idea of learning by doing. By being hands on and exploring, your child will find they pick things up much quicker. This creates a mindset of learning is best done by completing the activity first and will create an engaging child who is always eager to do more! So, what are you waiting for? Sign your child up today!

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Top tips for helping your child prepare for standardised tests

Top tips for helping your child prepare for standardised tests

Exam season is daunting for both parent and child. It is a stressful time and can be dealt with by preparing as best as possible. Here are top tips to help your child prepare for standardised tests. 

Prepare for the obvious. Parents should enquire about basic information such as exam dates and mark them down in order to make a study schedule ahead of time. Furthermore, find out what’s on that test! Knowing what content is on there allows you to involve your child in classes such as ACT tuition UK, in order to get the help they may need to keep up to scratch with content. 

Create a timetable: Staying organised will allow your child to spread out revision and homework and avoiding stressful meltdowns when things get too much. This also allows your child to indulge in their leisurely activities such as going out or even watching tv for some down time. 

Create a good study environment: A clean, quiet space will allow better concentration when studying which will ensure better quality of work. Create a designated space to keep your child motivated as well as risking them sitting in bed and working! 

Encourage quizzes, workbooks and educational games: This is important to keep them motivated and engaged. A textbook can get boring and your child will find no information is absorbed so switch it up a bit from time to time. 

A healthy sleep schedule: Sleeping is more important than you think so keep screens away at night and push for them to get a sufficient amount of sleep per night in order to stay alert during the day. 

Prepare healthy meals and snacks: Encourage brain food like grains and protein and keep them as far as you can from regular intake of refined sugars and unhealthy carbs and fats as it will do little to fuel the body and will end up making them feel sluggish.

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5 Unique Hobbies for Children

5 Unique Hobbies for Children

Today’s technology results in children being glued to their screens. Whether this is a tablet or tv screen, they become addicted and lose interest in hobbies that can be enjoyed offline. As parents it is important to encourage your children to pick up these hobbies to bring them closure to nature and spike their creativity. Like this Prep school in Cheshire, it can actually enhance the thinking skills of a child and teach them healthy life skills. Here are 5 unique hobbies for children. 

Painting: It comes as an obvious hobby to take on but can be one of the most versatile too. Given that painting allows endless amounts of creativity, your child may end up being able to express themselves through beautiful pieces of art as well as create a canvas full of talent. They can use acrylic, oil or even watercolours to achieve different types of paintings as well as learn about famous paintings and artists and the history behind them. 

Gardening: Access to the great outdoors is available to everyone and with the various ways of being able to actually take part such as planting in pots to large plots of land, it’s easy to get your child involved. Allow them to choose what to grow and give them the responsibility to take care of it. Seeing the growth of a flower or strawberry will create fascination and encourage them into a lifelong hobby. 

Astronomy: Children are fascinated by what is outside our planet so allow them to take it further by getting them books and finding space related programs to watch. This is also a great way to get your child learning facts and will prepare them for school. 

Animals: All children are different but many love animals. Allow your child to have the benefit of learning about the animals and eventually taking care of one. There are many options from owning a fish to pet sitting and even horse riding. This will give your child drive and a sense of responsibility whilst doing something they love. 

Reading: One of the most common and most beneficial too. Reading can be affordable and keep your child's imagination racing. It leads to better creativity and a deep found love for the world of writing.

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Teaching Your Child to Manage Their Emotions

Teaching Your Child to Manage Their Emotions

Emotions are innate. There is no denying that. Everyone is born with them and everyone has them. But as you grow, it’s important to know how to handle emotions in different situations. This is something that has to be taught and falls on the shoulders of parents. The only way for a child to clearly understand is through experiences they have so they are able to work on them as they grow. Here are some ways to teach your child how to manage their emotions.

As humans, we have something called primary and secondary emotions. A primary emotion would be fear and the secondary emotion that resonates from fear would be anxiety. Through childhood, secondary emotions come into play more. Your child will be stuck between understanding which emotions are appropriate in different situations as well as being able to actually identify the emotion they're truly feeling. As a parent, the best thing to do is sit your child down when these emotions seem to overtake them and teach them what to do. Help them identify the emotion by asking them to explain what happened and what they’re feeling. If your child says they’re angry because a toy was snatched from them, you can follow with an open question like “what was the real reason that you think they may have snatched?”. This will have your child being able to identify the emotion and connect the situation to factors that may have played into the other child snatching such as your child not sharing. Immediately this creates a coping mechanism as your child is less likely to be volatile and act within the moment.

Looking closer to home, try and start the change with you. Model the behaviour yourself. Your child watches everything you do from verbal to physical reactions in different situations. If a child is exposed to many negative emotions, it can make them struggle in the future. Similarly taught in this independent school in Surrey try and keep a balance of emotions exposed and attempt to stay more positive for better long-term effects. Create a safe space for your child to expose their emotions and help them figure out ways that they can manage them for the future. You’ve got this mama’s and papas!

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Husband's Birthday Celebration at Mercure Birmingham West Hotel

Mercure Birmingham West

For husband’s birthday celebration, we wanted to choose a foodie destination and somewhere not too far from Cambridgeshire, so we settled for Birmingham this time. 

On Friday afternoon, we drove towards Mercure Birmingham West Hotel where we stayed for the weekend. Although it’s just about a 90 minutes drive to the hotel from our place, our travel time actually doubled due to the heavy traffic that remained standstill on different points for a long time. 

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Finally on reaching the hotel, I was relieved to know that we didn't miss the pool time as it was a very warm day and we all were really looking forward to some water fun. 

There was ample parking outside the hotel (complimentary for guests), and it didn’t take long for us to get off and head towards the hotel building along with our luggage. After a smooth check-in and a warm welcome, we took the lift to our room after which we went straight to the spa. 

It was BabyM’s first time in the pool, and he was totally overjoyed. The best thing was that the hotel has a separate pool for the little children and we had the entire facility to ourselves. 

Mercure West Birmingham

The pool timings for children are shorter than the adult timings, so make sure to check with the reception when booking the room. The spa also provides towels and the changing room has all the necessary items such as shampoo and body wash, hair dryer and lockers needed for after the swim. 

After some relaxing time in the jacuzzi, we got changed and headed back to our room to get some rest before getting dinner. Since we were supposed to eat at the hotel, there was nothing to worry as we could just walk to that floor without prior booking.

I was so glad the chicken served at the restaurant was Halal, so it didn’t take a lot of time for us to decide what we will be having for our 3 course meal. The ambience was perfect for a family friendly meal, and high chairs can be provided. 

Mercure West Birmingham

Not to forget, it was also husband’s birthday weekend, so we I had to order cake for dessert. Our starters included a Thai style cod & prawn fish cake and BBQ chicken wings, which were quite delicious.

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

For the mains, we ordered Herb roast chicken breast that was served with sauté potatoes and tender steamed brocolli and Cajun spiced chicken breast that was served with skinny fries. For the little one, we ordered the good old British Cod fish and chips. 

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

I happily cleaned my plate soon after it arrived and enjoyed the main, and after that we ordered the desserts which included a New York cheesecake that was served with Jude's Hampshire chocolate ice cream and a fresh fruit salad. 

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Our bedroom for the stay had been tastefully decorated with the perfect selection of colours and modern furniture. 

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Just after finishing dinner, we decided to retire for the day and walked back to the room to catch some Z's. The next day was ready for us with lots of excitement but we had to fuel up before heading to the places planned for the day! The restaurant at Mercure West Birmingham serves both hot and cold breakfast items including the items of an English breakfast, baked items, fruits, yogurt, tea and coffee.

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

The next day, we just decided to order room service and enjoyed the dinner incthe bedroom. We ordered Thai style cod & prawn fish cake and BBQ chicken wings for starters, as we enjoyed them the night before and Cajun spiced chicken breast and Cajun spiced chicken fillet burger for the mains for ourselves and Grilled chicken from the kid's menu.

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

For the desserts, we opted for a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, a rich chocolate truffle torte and Jude's Hampshire ice cream.

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure West Birmingham

Our Privilege room also had a mini room fridge that had some drinks for us to enjoy. Since the weather was really warm that weekend, the drinks and the fridge came in really handy because we also used it to keep the little one's milk fresh. 

Mercure West Birmingham

Mercure Birmingham West has a perfect location and everything is accessible just within a few miles. We had an amazing stay at the hotel, and will definitely come back if we were to stay in Birmingham again in the future.

Mercure West Birmingham

Important Information - Mercure Birmingham West
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Parking: Complimentary for hotel guests 
Breakfast: Buffet styled English breakfast (hot and cold items) 
Amenities: Spa, pool, sauna & gym
In-room amenities: Hair dryer, kettle, toiletries & tea/coffee provided
Location: Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich B70 6RS

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24 hours in Lake District & Stay at Beech Hill Hotel

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

The Lake District National Park located in northwest England, is a very popular holiday destination especially during the summer months. The region is known for it’s rugged fell mountains, glacial ribbon lakes and picturesque panoramic views. Some of the most visited towns in the Lake District are Windermere, Kendal, Ambleside, Keswick and Buttermere. 

Originally my family and I had planned a visit to the Lake District National Park for my birthday celebration but our holiday got delayed as the little one fell sick so we postponed our trip to the June bank holiday weekend, which was a great decision as the weather was lovely. 

Lake District UK

We decided not to drive directly from Cambridgeshire to Cumbria, but instead stopped in Manchester for 2 days for a foodie break as some of the popular streets there have lots of Halal options for dining out. It was less than a 90 minute drive to the Lakeside Motor Museum from our hotel, where we first decided to stop for a quick tour before heading to our hotel. The motor museum has a lovely location with a river flowing just outside their cafe, giving us mesmerising views and is perfect for spending some time outdoors on a sunny day. 

Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

The Lakeland Motor Museum offers complimentary parking to the visitors and is an interesting place especially for the car lovers. Soon after exploring it a bit, we headed straight to the Beech Hill Hotel and since we arrived a bit earlier than the check-in time, we decided to explore the nearby area and had a quick takeaway lunch in the open.

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

The hotel offers complimentary parking to the guests and is surrounded by fantastic views of the lake. We had a smooth check-in and were guided about all the necessary things we were supposed to know. At the reception, we booked our time slot for dinner and breakfast and guests who want to use their spa can also book their slot at the same time. However, usage of spa needs to be paid for separately which is £17.95 per adult. They have an amazing outdoor jacuzzi, and all other spa facilities. 

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Our room for the night at the hotel was very spacious with ample space for BabyM’ to run around and explore. Our room had high ceilings and the size was praiseworthy - the bedroom had all the amenities we could ask for, including a TV, tea/coffee facility, some snacks, toiletries and ample storage space in the wardrobe to keep all our belongings. The balcony adjoining the room was also a great addition to enjoy a drink outdoors, while enjoying the fresh breeze, making it a perfect romantic getaway. 

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

The room was tastefully decorated with the perfect selection of colours, furniture and comfortable bedding. Just after setting in, we left for Lakeside because we had planned to explore the Lake District with Windermere Lake Cruises

The Lake District National Park, established in 1951 covers approximately 2,362 square kilometres and has been designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, pulling as much as 15.8 million visitors annually! Since the lakes are surrounded with mountains, one gets to see stunning panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings including the highest mountain peak in England, Scafell Pike. 

Windermere Lake Cruises

The best way to get mesmerized with the beauty of this popular holiday destination is to enjoy a cruise on Windermere Lake and to get stunned with the spectacular views from the largest lake of England in the heart of Lake District. The Windermere Lake Cruises offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours or you can also opt for Freedom of the Lake ticket and spend the entire day around the lake with the option of unlimited cruise trips for 24 hours giving you the independence to explore Windermere at your leisure.

It’s entirely up to you to decide on where to begin the journey either from Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside - the Windermere cruise not just promises magnificent mountain scenery, bays and wooded islands, but also adds a lot information to one's knowledge with the commentary which is also available in different languages other than English. 

We parked the car at the Lakeside and paid £2.5 for 2 hours or you can pay £4.5 for 10 hours. The next step was to get the ticket from the ticket office and then we had to wait until the cruise arrived, which was however not very long as we had already checked the schedule of the cruise online and drove to Lakeside accordingly. Near to the time, we just had to queue to get inside the cruise that had ample space for everyone to sit and enjoy the ride. 

At the start of the trip, the weather was really good but as you know how unpredictable the British weather can be, I would advise carrying a coat or a jacket along especially if you’re planning to enjoy the entire cruise trip on the open deck. Otherwise, the Windermere Lake Cruises have got you covered because they also have a covered sitting space and that also has a shop from where you can get your drinks and snacks. 

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

We had our three course dinner (£39.95 per person) at the hotel's award winning restaurant, which was located just near the reception. The restaurant had a lovely ambience and was perfect for a family friendly meal. Our starters included an asparagus soup and Chestnut Mushroom and Truffle Oil Risotto that consisted of pickled walnuts and crème fraiche which was quite delicious. 

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

For the mains, we ordered Scottish Salmon that was served with pea velouté, pan fried baby potatoes and soured cream. I happily cleaned my plate soon after it arrived and enjoyed the main.

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

For dessert, we opted for Black Cherries Frangipane Tart that was served with double jersey ice cream. The tart was light and airy, just as we had expected and tasted great! The second choice was Pistachio Crème Brulee that was served with hazelnut shortcake. The brûlée had a velvety texture and was enjoyable too.

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Just after finishing dinner, we decided to retire for the day and walked back to the room to catch some Z's. The next day was ready for us with lots of excitement to witness the beauty of outdoors but we had to fuel up before heading back home! The restaurant at the hotel serves both hot and cold breakfast items including full English breakfast, fresh pancakes, baked items, fruits, yogurt, juices, tea and coffee. Our hot breakfast was Scrambled Egg, Smoked Salmon and Avocado served on Rustic Toasted Bread. 

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

We had an amazing stay at the hotel, and would definitely love to stay again in future too! The staff at the hotel was fantastic, and welcoming.

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Beech hill hotel in Lake District UK

Important Information - Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Parking: Complimentary for hotel guests 
Breakfast: Buffet styled English breakfast (hot and cold items) 
Amenities: Spa (charged)
In-room amenities: Kettle along with tea/coffee provided, toiletries
Location: Newby Bridge, Road, Windermere LA23 3LR

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