This is such a busy time of year for everyone, preparing for Christmas, buying presents and food. Sometimes I think that the world has gone mad with the amount of money that gets spent. Worst of all is that most people will have forgotten what they were bought for Christmas the year before. Now that is where education comes in. Education is a gift for life. So you may be busy but encourage your child to keep reading their book and just a few minutes spent on learning their tables will stand them in good stead. Education really is for life.