Our Top 10 Tech Tools To Simplify Your Student’s Life

Khan academykhan academy tech tools is a place for students to take free courses online. The site offers lessons and practice exercises in multiple math subjects, science and technology, arts and humanities, as well as test prep. Khan Academy is extremely accessible and one of my favorite tech tools. Their website is neatly organized and easy to navigate. They also have a YouTube channel with hundreds of instructional videos and applications for both iPhones and Androids. — khanacademy.org

Leslie Likes: Getting Ahead of ADHD

What Next-Generation Science Says about Treatments That Work – and How You Can Make Them Work For Your Child

Getting Ahead of ADHDSo here is my deep dark secret. I don’t like most books that I have read on ADHD. I find them complicated, one-note and hard to get through. But recently, I attended a lecture by Dr. Joel T Nigg. The lecture was fascinating and the information presented was informative and helpful. He had recently written a book on his latest findings and without thinking about it, ordered it on the spot.

And boy am I glad that I did. Dr. Nigg offers the most current information about the causes of ADHD, the impacts that environmental factors and genetics play (which we seldom talk about!), and breaks down the pros and cons of numerous treatment options. He shares how healthy lifestyle habits regarding nutrition, exercise and sleep can have

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Turkey Spinach Pinwheels

turkey pinwheelsDon’t go another school year with the same old boring lunches! It’s time to replace the basic PB&J and turkey sandwiches with fun and tasty brain boosting versions. Kids will love having something different, will have more energy, be more attentive in school and retain more information when they have a healthy, balanced lunch. Sounds like a win – win to me!

Leslie Likes: Back to School!

back to school suppliesIt’s time to start preparing and getting organized for back to school! I personally love this time of year, seeing all of the fresh  new school supplies lining the isles. I’ve been out and about for weeks, checking out the latest and greatest supplies out there and have been so excited that I’ve recorded several videos sharing my very favorite items.   If you haven’t already, you can check them out over on our Facebook page – Order Out of Chaos. I wanted to share a couple of my favorites here on the blog too.

Start the School Year off Right with 5 Organizing Strategies for Your Student!

schoolBack-to-School is here and it’s the perfect time to take stock and get your student organized Here are 5 sure fire tips for starting the school year off on the right track.

1.  Use an academic planner to help your student plan and stay on track. Whether they use a paper planner (we recommend Order Out of Chaos’ “Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management” or electronic calendar, make sure their planner is set up as a grid system so they can see their week at a glance.Record all their class assignments, after school activities, chores, even plans with friends. This will allow them to know what they need to do AND when they have time to PLAN to get things done.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Apple Cookies

Food for Thought: Apple Cookies

If your kids are anything like mine, they are starving when they get home from school. Lunch has burned off and the afternoon crash is about to strike. Avoid it with this energy and brain boosting after school snack! Apples contain antioxidants and fiber, peanut butter (or nut butter) is packed with protein, and walnuts deliver healthy omega 3 fatty acids. You’ll love that these are such a healthy, delicious and easy combo to throw together for the kids after school. Serving it up in rings, or “cookies” and varying the toppings makes this a super fun snack the kids will love too.

Leslie Likes: Lunchbox Organizers

Before you know it it will be time for the kids to head back to school. Take advantage of the summertime and plan now for an organized school year. There are tons of great organizing school supplies out there, and one of them that is often over looked is a great lunchbox organization system. It’s no secret that the better our children eat, the better they are able to focus, the more energy they will have and the better they will feel. Being organized and planning ahead helps end the morning chaos too. Below are a few of my top picks to organize those healthy lunch-boxes packed with brain foods!

 

5 Tips to Get Elementary Students Ready For the New School Year {FREE PRINTABLE}

Summer has come and gone and it is time to face the music: school is coming. How do we prepare our little ones (and ourselves) for a successful start to a new school year?

Here are 5 tips to jump-start the new school year:

    1. Make an organized storage space for school supplies. Gather up all of the supplies your child will need for this up coming school year and keep them in this storage space. This will help your child stay organized and keep you from worrying about having to look for their notebook at the last minute.
    2. Color code School supplies. This mostly means by student since they don’t yet have multiple subjects. Pick out supplies in each of your children’s favorite colors so each of your children knows who has what.

Top 14 Things College Students Forget to Pack

We all know to buy bed risers and under-the-bed drawers to create more space in a small dorm room. But check out my MUST HAVE list of Dorm Room essentials that most parents and college students forget to purchase! Trust me, your kid will thank you for it! 

Bedside and desk lamps with light bulbs: A lot of dorm rooms are small and dark, so extra lighting and back up light bulbs are a must. A bedside lamp is perfect for those nights your student wants to read in bed without disturbing their roommate, while a desk lamp will be necessary for studying.  

Essential Energy Foods To Power You Through Your Day

Guest post by Caroline @ eHealthInformer

The student lifestyle can be draining. With so much work to do both in and out of the classroom, a boost of energy is often needed. Unfortunately, a lot of students’ focus is taken up with work and leisure activities, leaving little time for nutrition. This is a real shame since the foods we eat go a long way towards determining our energy levels and concentration.

In today’s article, we’re going to discuss a simple yet effective way to help you harness your inner energy, improve concentration and become more productive. Specifically, we’re going to look at some great foods to add to your diet, either at breakfast, lunch or dinner, that will help you perform at your absolute best.