In my last post, there was a quote from a media article in which the First Lady takes credit for rising academic scores — despite no data that I could find. It’s those low-fat USDA lunches with the hearthealthywholegrains and vegetables, ya see. Never mind that kids are throwing the vegetables in the trash.
My girls eat their vegetables, but that’s because we slather them (the vegetables, not the girls) in butter and other yummy fats. Pretty much everything they eat includes yummy fats. Yummy fats are good for the brain.
So pardon another post full of shameless bragging, but we just received their report cards, which include their scores on the national standardized tests. They both got straight A’s in school and scored in the high 90s in all subjects on the standardized tests — except for science, where they both scored 100. (Sara was a little disappointed about her 97 in math. She scored 100 last time.)
Yes, their capacity to learn is largely genetic. But I believe their high-fat, whole-foods diet is also allowing their brains and intellectual abilities to grow to their inborn potential. I also believe the good diet helps them to concentrate and stay focused.
Alana did quite well in math but would like to increase her speed on timed tests, so I built her a little flash-card program I figured I may as well share with any Fat Head readers who have kids in elementary school. When you fire it up, there’s a setup screen:
The little tyke can choose to work with one number — all sixes, for example — and then see the cards in order, or in random order. Or she can choose to see all possible cards within a range — everything from 1 x 1 to 10 x 10 in random order, for example. Younger kids can choose a lower range of numbers. It works pretty much the same way for practicing division.
Clicking the button on the right displays the answer. Clicking it again displays the next card. Pressing the ENTER key is the same as clicking the button, so the wee one can just keep pressing ENTER to work through all the cards.
Anyway, if you’d like to try the program for your future math whiz, right-click this link and choose Save As … (or whatever your browser calls it). Unzip the folder and run the InstallFlashCards.msi file on your PC. (Sorry, no Mac or tablet version.)
If you download it and like it, feel free to show your appreciation by clicking the donate button below. That will put $5 in the Fat Head tip jar.