The Central Coast Business Blog is moving!

It was bound to happen. As our followers continue to increase, we thought it’s a good idea to move our blog to its own domain name and host. WordPress.com can only give us so much features, which we are always grateful for. Likewise, we thank everyone who continues to visit our website, and participate in our discussions.

We hope to see you and your friends at the Central Coast of NSW Business Blog, our new, more permanent home online. We will continue providing you with up-to-date information on business in the Central Coast area. There’s more in store for you as we continue to experience the best of NSW and all that it offers.

 

 

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Youngest Entrepreneurs in the Central Coast

Jack and William are perhaps the youngest entrepreneurs in the Central Coast today, having started their business together at ages 7 and 5 respectively. These boys are at the helm of Mealworms and Crickets, your go-to supplier of fresh lizard feed in Glenning Valley.

They started the company because of their passion for their pet lizard. They did the hard work: read to each other books about taking care of their pet, and pulled together their savings so they can buy their initial stock of pet food. In no time, they were able to raise more than enough to feed their pet. They sold the rest to friends and neighbors.

They reinvested the money they raised, which then expanded their lizard supply operation. Soon enough, they were clearing mealworms and crickets by the hundreds each week.

The kids just came out with the website www.cricketsandmealworms.com.au. Customers can now order online. They can choose to pick up their pet food themselves or have these delivered anywhere in Central Coast.

Let’s show these boys some love and support. What they are doing is very impressive — these boys are definitely on the road to success!

Gymnastics Training Can Improve Your Child’s School Performance

There’s a long standing belief that a healthy mind starts with a healthy body. Brain research that spans more than 50 years supports this with proof of the direct connection between mind and body. The great news is that, if you have a crawler or toddler, starting them early in gymnastics may mean giving them the mental edge too, apart from training them to be physically active.

We can deduce how gymnastics can help out your child physically. The activity increases their strength, agility, spatial skills, as well as their sensory motor skills. Aside from this, the mental discipline required in gymnastics teaches children time management and organizational skills, as well as dedication and commitment. Do you also know that gymnastics can also improve your child’s reading skills? Gymnasts are proven to be better in content assimmilation, giving them the ultimate edge when it comes to school work. That is why kids who are into gymnastics tend to perform better in school.

The connection of gymnastics and reading/ content assimilation springs from studies done by Dr. James Fadigan, and research and application done by Ralph R. Barrett, who is also a gymnast and educator. The proof is so glaring that Barrett even wrote an article about this connection and how he applied it to his SMILE Lab project, called “Does Gymnastics Enhance Reading? Yes!”

In Fadigan’s studies, he refers to neuroscience and psychology work done by Bruner, Gagne, Gadner, Guilford and Piaget. He concluded that:

  1. Various sensory motor skills are developed until the child is two years old.
  2. After the second year, 26 kinds of cognitive skills are learned.
  3. Reading and content assimilation skills only occur after enhancement of these skills.

In Barrett’s case, after thorough research, he applied his findings in developing SMILE (Sensory Motor Intensive Learning Environment) Lab, a program that improves sensory motor skills of his students.

Both Fadigan and Barrett saw the lack in the public and private school systems, particularly the tendency to address problems in content assimilation with more content assimilation. Sensory motor training – through gymnastics – is an alternative to addressing these problems.

SMILE Lab was very successful in what it set out to do. Starting with minimal budget and through different work stations, it was able to improve children’s visual acuity, balance and cross laterality. The emphasis is movement – and this has helped greatly in improving school performance.

Within two years, SMILE Lab noted mental improvements in its core kindergarten and first grade classes from Ross E. Jeffries Elementary in St. Cloud, Florida. Those praticipating in SMILE Lab’s sensory motor activities demostrated improved reading-readiness skills, as compared to those who didn’t join the activities. Another test conducted in 1998 and 1999 has students involved in gymnastics performing better in their reading and math SATs, compared to those who didn’t.

Today, Barrett’s methodology is being implemented in many Kinder Gyms around the world, and bringing about positive results. In the Central Coast, Central Coast Gymnastics Academy’s Kinder Gym offers opportunities for your child to get into gymnastics early and acquire mental skills that put him or her ahead of the pack.