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Children’s Mental Health Week Awareness, Activities and Resources
The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on everyone but Children have had a lot taken away from them. From school to seeing their friends and even their out-of-school activities, it has been a lot for them to take on and this has had an impact on them. Therefore, we believe that it is important to acknowledge and deal with the well being of Children.
Supporting the Mental Health of Children From Home
Children have spent the majority of the last year at home and they have suffered from boredom and loneliness. As a result, we need to make sure that we do everything we can to support them from home but how can we do that?
Communicate with them
Explain to children the importance of talking about how they feel. Whether they are angry, sad or experiencing other feelings, helping them to talk about it will enable them to share their worries and feel better about themselves.
Encourage them to do things they like
Children might be suffering from a lack of motivation because of the situation they find themselves in. Despite this, you should do everything possible to encourage them to do the things that make them happy when they are feeling unhappy or sad. Whether it’s a walk, drawing, reading a book or making a phone call to friends. It’s important to make sure that they can do these things.
Keep a Routine
Children thrive on routine and familiarity because it keeps them feeling safe and secure. Therefore, you should do everything possible to ensure that you keep them in a routine as much as possible. Whether that’s going to bed at the same time, eating at the same time or exercising at the same time, routine gives them structure and something to focus on.
How Intuition Clubs Can Help With Homeschooling and Mental Health
Our tutors are aware of the impact of mental health, so they are constantly providing the support that Children need to ensure that they overcome any problems or challenges that they are facing. We make sure that we provide sessions that are both interactive and immersive, to help give Children something to inspire them. We are running activities to ensure that more awareness is raised around Children’s Mental Health in our sessions and through social media.
If you are having problems with homeschooling then there is help available through Intuition Clubs. You can try us out for free as we offer free taster sessions for those who are looking to take advantage of our online tuition memberships. We cover years 1 to 9 and provide tutoring for Maths, English, Science, group and individual sessions, while we also cover 11+ exam preparation.
How we’ve made sure to include Children’s mental health awareness into our sessions
During the first week of February our tutors have been doing a great job at rolling out activities focused on building awareness of children’s mental health with our members. The activities have ranged from reflective ‘Letter’s to younger selves’ and ‘Kindness journals’ to comprehension tasks highlighting charities and activists of mental health. We believe that enlightening children on such crucial topics and encouraging them to be considerate of their own mental health is a huge step in the right direction towards a healthier and reflective society – but don’t just take our word for it!
Here is what our tutors had to say about the way the children responded to the work they had been taught over Children’s Metal Health Week:
“We used a puppet to replicate conversations people should have. We discussed possible responses when a person is feeling doubt i.e. “I’ll never be as good as her.” S showed some real empathy and gave good suggestions such as ‘..we’re all good at different things and that makes us special..’ “
“We ready through the informative piece and it opened our discussion on things that make us feel better. ‘A’ mentioned art and music as soothing activities for himself when he needs a pick me up”
“I was impressed with how thoughtful her answers were. I could see she was really trying to reflect on times where she had felt similarly to make her answers relatable and helpful”.
“getting the children to record their kind acts of the day was really funny but also such a bright and refreshing way to start the session. The children were really excited when they took turns to read theirs out..”
Education is for life, and from an early age Science plays an integral role. Learning and understanding scientific concepts in primary schools helps children to succeed as adults. It teaches students valuable principles and ideas that will help them to understand the world around them. Not everyone will become a Scientist, Biologist, Chemical Engineer or Zoologist, however, there are many benefits of learning Science in primary school.
We’ve highlighted 3 key benefits of learning Science from an early age:
1. Science develops critical thinking
Science offers children the opportunity to develop their analytical and methodological thinking skills. Even in primary science, students are taught to think critically, evaluate situations, and make clear judgements. These skills are essential in the study of other subjects and are great skills to have outside the classroom as well.
2. Science enhances a students’ passion for learning
Let us be honest, Science is fascinating and wondersome for most adults, why shouldn’t it be for children? There are infinite theories and topics; there is so much to learn and discover within this subject. Science encourages children to love learning new topics and develops their curiosity for the world around them. It is a fun subject for students at this age, as they experience the thrill and excitement of learning about the animal world, plant cycles, states of matter and much more.
3. Science offers various and many different career paths.
The world of science is constantly changing and developing and provides thousands of different prospective careers to choose from. In fact, there are many career opportunities in this field: ranging from Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Medicine and more. It is crucial that children are exposed to this subject from an early age, as it may be their first introduction to their future career!
Adding Science as a free addition to our Maths and English online an in-centre memberships. If you are interested in learning more about our new science curriculum or learning more about our Online memberships, you can contact us.
This Christmas, we are celebrating the holiday season at inTuition Clubs in style! We’ve decorated our centre from head to toe with Christmas ornaments and fairy lights whilst running a social media advent calendar with giveaways and free Maths and English worksheets.
At inTuition Clubs, classes always start with a 15-minute starter activity which creates a positive space and engages the children to participate in the session while having a little fun while at the same time.
This Christmas, the starters activities, consist of magical word games, Christmas word searches, holiday rhymes and more!
In the Club House, our students are encouraged to develop their soft skills, this month we have a range of Christmas colouring sheets and handmade decorations to colour in and put on our beautiful Christmas tree!
Here you can see two of our students Austin and Olivia, proudly showing us their Christmas decorations! All our parents can admire their children’s creativity, in our reception area, by our lovely Christmas Tree!
You are all invited to come and see!
Santa is stopping by at inTuition Clubs this year! He is hand-delivering our sticker chart prizes this December! If you’re not familiar with our sticker chart system; when joining one of our courses, each child is given a personal sticker chart. After class, every child could be rewarded with a sticker from their tutor if they had an excellent session!
Once a child collects and reaches one of our sticker milestones, they can pick one of our amazing prizes; we have toys, books, colouring sets and more! So, have you been a good student at inTuition this year? Do not forget to collect your present under the tree if you have collected 10, 25 or 50 stickers so far!
Staff members at inTuition are also jolly, this December they loved taking part in Secret Santa and exchange gifts. It was a magical time to share the joy and celebrate together with an incredible team passionate about education.
We are proud to be offering the gift of education to our pupils and we are dedicated to increasing their confidence and enhancing their academic results.
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Thank you for reading our latest blog, the inTuition clubs team wishes you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
We all know that inside schools there are many colourful displays, posters and infographics to help the children learn, but what about when they are learning online?
Believe it or not, creating a space for your child’s online learning can create a positive impact on their learning too.
Here are 5 tips on how to create a perfect home classroom.
1) Have a dedicated learning corner (or space)
Dedicating a specific quiet area for your child to study will help your child relate the space with concentration and study which in-turn will help create a positive learning routine.
2) Make sure the space is quiet (without distractions)
Dogs barking, children screaming and lawnmowers growling aside, these noises would be highly distracting in the classroom, learning online is just the same! We understand that sometimes this might be difficult but can be remedied by buying earphones for your child to help them concentrate.
3) Don’t help too much!
Getting it wrong is part of the journey and everything is wrong before it’s right, that’s how we learn! When your child is learning at home it can be difficult to not help when they are confused or do not understand a question. Don’t worry – that’s what we are here for! Our dedicated team of tutors will be able to help your child and by letting them get used to asking a teacher for help, this will help them get into a positive routine when needing help at school!
4) Eat before class!
Munching chocolate might be incredibly tasty but it can definitely make a mess of your workbook! Just like at school, try to eat before the class and after to recharge! Eating during the class can create distractions and a lot of mess!
5) Always have a pen and paper at hand
Working out your answer might not get you the correct answer, but you still get marks for your working out! Encouraging your child to use a pen/pencil and paper to investigate questions can not only create a positive learning routine but can also identify places of strength and weakness. Whether you are drawing a pie chart, writing a story or working out X in algebra, working out your answer is always the best first step.
Need any advice on setting up your online classroom? Get in touch with us today!
We might be stuck at home due to COVID19 but that does not mean that we cannot stay motivated and continue learning and having fun Online!
At inTuition Clubs Online, we believe that supporting your child and their learning journey is the most important goal, therefore we want to give you some handy tips on how to start the day productively.
As the old saying goes, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and that is completely true. What we consume at the beginning of the day will set us up for the remainder of the day. Along with this, what we give our bodies after several hours of fasting is vital and can determine how we perform.
When it comes to giving our children the right breakfast, it can seem like a minefield. There are so many options and so many different choices that it can be difficult to know where to begin but it doesn’t have to be. While the little ones will prefer sweet options and cereals that come in boxed adorned by friendly characters, it is important that we do our best to avoid giving in and make sure that we give them the best foods to kickstart their day. So, with this in mind, what should we give them?
Children are still growing and developing and that is why it is important to ensure that we give them the right foods. When we do this, we give them the best platform from which to learn, play, perform and grow.
Avoid High Sugar Foods
The little ones love sugary treats and there are too many to choose from at breakfast time but in reality, if you give your child these, you won’t be doing them any good. The smile on their face might brighten up your world but they won’t be any good for them as the day progresses. That high hit of sugar will give them endless amounts of energy but that will be short-lived. Therefore, in a few hours, they will be low on energy as their body requires more sugar. As a result, you should opt for a breakfast that is low in sugar such as porridge. Packed with goodness, they will provide slow-release energy that will keep the little ones fuller for longer and that will help them to concentrate.
Fibre is Crucial
We all need fibre as part of our diet and we can give that to our children in many different forms. Wholegrain toast is packed with fibre as is cereal such as Weetabix or Shredded Wheat. These will give your children then fibre they need to process other foods but will also keep them feeling fuller for longer. This again will stop them from craving a snack or losing concentration while they are in class and it will ensure that it keeps their digestive system healthy.
The Right Vitamins
Children also need the right vitamins to help their bones, teeth and brains grow, not forgetting their muscles and the rate at which they develop mentally. One of the best foods your child can consume is eggs. Of course, they can be cooking in a number of ways so whether they have them poached, scrambled or boiled, they will be getting a wide range of vitamins. Eggs contain Vitamin A which is vital for the development of the immune system while vitamin D helps the absorption of calcium. Eggs also contain Vitamin B12 which ensures healthy Red Blood Cells and keeps energy levels up. Along with this, eggs contain a range of nutrients as well as protein that helps build muscles, keeping children healthy and strong.
A Healthy Start
Now you have made sure that your child is eating the right foods to ensure they stay motivated. Why not try our lessons online free today! Start with your free session and see how we can support you and your child excel in English and Maths!
As we receive updates about the new information on COVID-19 and your children are still away from their schools, it’s time to look at some of the benefits of Online Tuition and how we can best support your child through this tough time!
As adults, we take our vocabulary for granted and we do not appreciate what it took to get us to where we are today. Our children are clean slates and so, we have the perfect opportunity to help expand their vocabulary and improve the way in which they converse and write.
While they will follow a specific in school, it is important that we offer something different when they are out of the school environment as this is where they can really expand their vocabulary. With Online learning we have access to a wealth of resources to engage any child and satisfy their curiosities and passions for learning. From different situations to environments and the things they see, their active minds will keep them learning, even when they are not in the classroom but how can you expand the vocabulary of your child?
Reading is an important part of enhancing and expanding the vocabulary of your child. From the moment they begin learning to read, their vocabulary will improve and you can continue that at home. Depending on their level of reading, you can choose books that challenge them and give them the opportunity to confront difficult and new words. In doing so, they will be able to pair up the new vocabulary within certain contexts and that can help them to understand that there is more than just the basic words out there. Why not look for your favourite book as a child and see if you can find it online for your child? Share your favourite stories with them and revisit your childhood too!
Pick Challenging Words When Having a Conversation
Whilst your children are at home, make the most of it, get talking to them! One of the best things that you can do when helping your child to expand their vocabulary is to have a conversation with them that uses challenging language. When you do this, you are not only presenting them with new words that they might have never heard before, you will also bring out their inquisitive side where they might ask what you mean. When they do this, you will need to explain what the word means or the sentence in general and that will give them an idea of what the language means.
Head to The Online Library
Whilst reading a good book has always been a favourite pastime, in this digital world, our laptops are our new libraries which means it is one of the best places for a child to expand their vocabulary. This is all down to the fact that they are surrounded by stimuli and literature. If you give them the freedom to choose their own books or get involved in initiatives that internet offers, it will mean that they can begin to absorb all of this new vocabulary at the same time. What’s more, they will also be able to choose books that appeal to them and that can open up them up to a whole new world of vocabulary.
Play Games Online
Children love games and when something is fun, they are more likely to be consumed by it and that means that they will absorb more information than they usually would. So, younger children love games such as I-Spy where you can choose things that they might have never heard of before but it will then give you the chance to explain your choice when they are unable to guess the answer. Older children can also benefit from playing games such as scrabble whereby they need to understand the words on the board to understand whether they are real words or not.
One of the biggest advantages to teaching Online is the amount of multimedia and games we can use within their learning to not only build their confidence but to learn whilst having fun.
There are so many things that you can do to expand their vocabulary but in doing so, you can make a huge difference to the way in which the learn.
Want to find out how inTuition Clubs could help expand your child’s vocabulary?
The reality is that the world has changed and is unrecognisable from the world we once lived in. When it came to teaching in years gone by, children were prepared for life outside of the classroom, where the types of jobs were limited. However, with the limited number of jobs came an understanding of what was required of them. Whether they were going to become a foreman in a factory or a secretary in an office, the skills required came from everything that they learned in school.
In contrast to this, if we consider the jobs that are out there right now, many of them did not exist just 15 years ago. What this means is that many children in primary school today will enter jobs that currently do not exist. With this comes the challenge of providing them with the right preparation. We cannot see into the future and we cannot predict what the world of employment will bring but how can we help them to prepare as best as possible?
Focus on Key Skills
Whatever jobs are created over the next 15 or 20 years, there is no doubt that they will require basic skills and some of the key skills that children can learn in school today.
If we look at key skills, it is clear to see that they are something that children can carry with them through life. What’s more they are skills that they can call on in any kind of role, even if that role does not exist at this moment in time.
Communication is vital. Whether we do most of it on our smart devices electronically or by phone, the way in which we communicate has changed. Despite this, it is a skill that any role will require because even if someone is working on their own or as a team, they will need to interact with others in some way. Communication can go a long way, particularly when pupils can speak and interact clearly with very few problems.
Problem-solving is another vital skill that can assist the children of today in many roles, even those that are yet to be created. Any industry, regardless of how high-profile or simple the role might be will require problem-solving. The problems can be both intricate or complicated but giving children the ability to call on this skill when they need it will enable them to stand out and get noticed in the workplace.
A growth mindset
A growth mindet is a very crucial aspect of preparing a child for a role that does not exist. If someone has a fixed mindset then they will believe that that have reached their potential and that their skillset is set in stone. However, a growth mindset is the perfect skill for the future workplace. If the roles do not yet exist then in the future, they will have to develop, grow and learn new skills. Therefore, a growth mindset will enable them to adapt and evolve, giving them a greater chance of success.