Tag: Learning

16 Apr

Encourage A Young Writer Day

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April 10th, Encourage a Young Writer Day

April 10th 2021, celebrates ‘Encourage A Young Writer Day’, this is such an important day for us at inTuition Clubs, with all our tuition programmes for children, we aim to inspire our students to use their imagination and skills to write, with various exercises during our classes.

Children and young people’s enjoyment of writing is at almost its lowest level in a decade. Although there has been some improvement since 2019, and a significant jump in the number of children writing daily outside school, there is still work to be done. Since the onset of the global pandemic and lockdown, there has been a blurring of the boundaries between home and school. For a significant number of the children and young people surveyed, this has had an impact on their writing. In many cases children and young people are developing new and positive writing habits, while others see the time they might once have spent writing for themselves at home absorbed by schoolwork. We believe that it’s important for parents to encourage creative writing as a task that is separate from homework, which will in turn encourage children to balance time effectively.

While technology has really helped us all stay in touch throughout the years, it has really affected our handwriting and has also had an impact on how children write overall, such as acronyms, emoticons, incorrect grammar etc.

So, the question is how can our children become better writers? How do we encourage them?

Reading is crucial to improve children’s writing

Reading is key to writing. At inTuition Clubs, we celebrated: ‘World Book Month’; with many activities to promote reading and writing to our students, such as running a competition among our students to write their own ‘short book’! The winner had their story transformed into an audiobook! You can find more information on how the month went and what we did at inTuition Clubs, by reading our blogpost here

Tips for parents to improve children’s writing

1. Read to your child or let them read to you!

By reading your child uses their imagination, this sets the foundation of storytelling. So, make sure to encourage your child to pick up a book or spend time reading them stories! Remember there are many different genres of books: your child may prefer comics over novels, they may love crime thrillers and not fantasy books, let them choose what they like! Beyond exposure to new and challenging words, your children will learn how to articulate phrases and to use vocabulary in the most effective way. Just by experiencing a story, they will begin to understand cadence and rhythm of inflection.

2. Encourage them to start a journal! 

Journal

A fun activity for children to have is journaling, keeping a diary can help children navigate these difficult times, it is also a great activity to encourage them to write! So many topics can be included in a diary, children can write about their day freely or can be guided to fill in the blanks through templates. Feel free to use our template below. Explain to your kids diary are made to write down their emotions and adventures and are private for them to write whatever they feel like!

3. If your child struggles to handwrite, do not be afraid to provide them with a laptop or computer!

Some children may find it quite difficult and not fun to handwrite, so do not pressure them to pick up pen and papers and instead let them type on a laptop or electronic device, each child is different, and finding a method that works best for them is key.

4. Use voice dictation

This helps children write and encourages storytelling.

Voice dictation will allow your child to convert their spoken words into text. It removes the task of physically writing down their words but still allows their creativity to flourish!

5. Show them you love writing too!

Maybe start writing in a diary alongside them, or organise writing activities and games within your family. It is important to recognise that our children learn mostly from example. One idea might be to write a poem together, a fan fiction, or even a family history story. 

6. Praise them for their stories!

Make sure you read you kids work (if they are happy for you to do so) and praise them for their writing skills, provide some suggestions as well for them to improve and work on! Keep it very positive!

7. Encourage your children to write letters! To their friends, family and more.

What did children write about in lockdown?

The main topics amongst children writing during lockdown were: creative and wellbeing writing. It is great to discover that so many youngsters, were able to confidently turn to writing to express their feelings during such a difficult time and express themselves. 1 in 6 children and young people say that they enjoyed writing more during lockdown than they had before.

From the survey:

  • 2 in 5 have written more short stories or fiction (39.7%) and letters (39.3%)
  • 1 in 4 (27.1%) have written more in a diary or journal.
  • 1 in 5 (20.8%) have written more poetry
  • 2 in 5 (41.3%) children said writing makes them feel better and 1 in 4 (24.8%)

For those children and young people who say they enjoy writing more during lockdown, the reason for increased writing enjoyment was most often having extra time to write, and for those who said they enjoy writing less during lockdown, this is because they associate writing with schoolwork, and they feel like they have so much of it already.

Vocabulary practice as a game!

There are many games and apps online you can use to help your child improve their vocabulary. Cambridge Learning has created ab app filled with 15 hours of game time on vocabulary practice! Having an expert vocabulary can really help your children enjoy writing more, the app is free and can be downloaded here.

How we can help your child’s writing at inTuition Clubs

If you want to separate the idea of exercising imagination from homework, inTuition Clubs might be the place for your child to really find their feet (or their hands) with creative writing. If requested, our skilled tutors can centre lessons around the development of vocabulary and imaginative faculties. Sometimes this takes the form of picture prompts or discussions between the tutor and the pupil. But either way, that hour of time can be a bubble away from homework to really encourage your child to explore the possibilities of creative writing.

If you are interested, we offer a FREE evaluation session for your future student.

08 Mar

Meet The Team

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Effective Learning is linked to great teaching

Great teaching is at the heart of learning; our tutors strive to make classes fun, engaging and tailor them to their pupils’ needs. At inTuition Clubs, teachers come from various educational backgrounds. Some have a Master’s in Journalism, some have a bachelor’s in Biology and Chemistry, some come from an English literature degree.

This ensures our children are exposed to different lesson plans and cover different topics. While all in the national curriculum, these topics our tutors prepare for each class are far more interesting and engaging than the merely traditional ones, with the children, therefore, benefiting from a greater knowledge mix and cultural exposure.

Positive Teaching and better student performance

Our Teachers teach with passion: at all times aiming at supporting the children achieve their best performances while ensuring the learning environment is safe and fun, our classes always start with a fun game/ interactive content.

Why we use positive teaching and what it means

Our tutors are fond of ‘positive teaching’. Positive Teaching is about giving children lots of praise for good behaviour and keeping disapproval and reprimands to a minimum, to manage and shape behaviour, create a positive classroom culture and make sure lots of teaching and learning is done. It means our tutors, strive to positively encourage children and support them, guiding them through the tasks they find tricky with words of encouragement. More information on the positive teaching methodology can be found here

inTuition Clubs: modern and tailored tuition

inTuition Clubs tutors teach modern lessons, where engagement and positive learning are key elements; they put a strong emphasis on collaborative working and group interactions, as well as allowing time for independent learning. Our tutors tailor their classes to the children’s needs. They use children inputs to create activities for the classes. They choose topics and student materials that relate and are meaningful to the students’ lives and interests. 

Meet the inTuition Clubs Team

Meet our incredible pool of online tutors, while we also have in centre teachers, due to the current UK lockdown situation we are operating exclusively online! Learn more about our Key Stage 1 Tuition here and 11 Plus tuition services.

Have a read below on what our incredible tutors have to say about working at inTuition, what they love about online teaching and why you should book a free online taster session with us! 

1. Luke

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we started offering online tuition, how are you finding the transition from in centre tuition?

Luke: When I first started at inTuition Clubs, the sessions that tutors ran for the kids were held in the centre. This really helped to develop a sense of community, both for the staff and the students. However, the way that inTuition Clubs works has had to adapt to the changing world we’re in. As an in centre tutor, I quickly had to adapt to be able to teach online. The daily tutor meetings that are held by the staff leaders were very helpful to this transition, making me feel like I was still part of a community. 

How is the online programme working now compared to March and how are you finding tutoring online?

Luke: I’d say that the online programme has improved since lockdown shut our doors, which can already be seen in the rollout of two new platforms – allowing tutor’s to better organise lessons, and staff leaders to check the progress of students. Tutoring online is still a delight, and in fact, it calls for greater attention on the part of the tutor to ensure the kids are fully engaged. 

Sameen

2. Sameen

Hi Sameen, tell us a little bit about yourself, how do you think children are responding to our online sessions?

Sameen: I have been working as a full-time Primary School Teacher who was looking for a part-time tutoring role. I have enjoyed tutoring pupils online. It is amazing to see how well children can manage technology and concentrate online. The one-to-one sessions have especially been beneficial for pupils’ understanding.

What is the general feedback you are receiving from parents on our online tuition?

Sameen: It is really good to hear from parents and pupils that the online inTuition lessons help them do better at school as well.

Vruti

3. Vruti

Hi Vruti, when did you join inTuition Clubs, what is your education background?

Vruti: I started working with Intuition Club in August 2020, I am a Medical student and also a Biomedical Engineering graduate. I am multilingual: I can speak Gujarati, Hindi and English.- Vruti

You have experienced working in-centre last summer, how did you find transitioning back to online tuition only?

Vruti: Luckily in the summer, I had a chance to work in-centre and I loved working with the kids. The transition to go online was very smooth and organised.

Is there anything you look forward to most when we move back in- centre?

Vruti: I am excited to see the children enjoying their time in the Clubhouse.

Why do you love teaching and your favourite thing about working at inTuition Clubs?

Vruti: I am passionate about helping and teaching younger students in English, Maths and Science. All the staff members at inTuition Clubs are very friendly and approachable, so makes it a pleasant environment to work in. am excited to see the children enjoying their time in the Clubhouse.

4. Charmaine

Hi Charmaine, since you have started, how has the online teaching changed at inTuition Clubs and what do you enjoy the most about it?

Charmaine: I have started last June, and since then new CRM programmes have been implemented such as Connect Comms which help us track child progression easily as has improved our internal communication. I especially enjoy one on one and the small group teaching as this makes a great impact.

Online tutors at inTuition Clubs

5. Online Tutor

Hi, what are your thoughts on our online and in centre programmes? Was it hard to move online only for the time being?

Tutor: I like both in centre and online are good experience, it was also not such a big transition moving from in centre teaching to online. 

Is there anything you miss about working in-centre? Hopefully, we will be able to reopen our in-centre programmes sometime soon.

Tutor: It’s nice to also have a face to face interaction with the children instead of via laptop and also have the opportunity of playing educational games in a non-virtual setting.

Could you highlight any things which come to mind that make working here special?

Tutor: inTuition Clubs is different from other tuition centres I worked for because we are paid for class preparation before each session. We have the time to create specifically tailored educational material to each child and effectively help them with their knowledge gaps as well as logging their progress and act on consolidating what we teach them.

Winnie

6. Winnie

When did you start working for inTuition Clubs?

Winnie: I started working at inTuition two years ago and a lot has changed; from the introduction to the 11+ and Science to how the rooms were set up to how we deliver the now online sessions. All the changes that have been made have allowed us to adapt to the ever-changing world and circumstances that we are now in! 

What do you miss about in centre teaching?

Winnie: The thing I am looking forward to most when we get back into the centre is the face to face contact and support we can give the kids and be able to work in a team again

What is your favourite thing about working at inTuition?

Winnie: One of my favourite aspects of tutoring is when a child really connects and engages with what you are teaching them! That is a very rewarding experience!

 

Free Taster Session

We hope you enjoyed getting to know our amazing online tutors’ team and we hope you have a better understanding of what we are about, our team ethos and our effective way of teaching. We always offer a free taster session if you want to try one of our online tuition memberships! Get in touch with us, it’s free. 

The one-to-one taster sessions take approximately 60 minutes. Our Educational Lead will complete an initial in-depth assessment and observation with your child to get a sense of their current educational progress and learning style. This part of the taster session takes around 50 minutes. The remaining time is spent providing detailed feedback to parents. We can answer any outstanding questions, discuss the next steps, activate your membership and book your child’s first tuition session. 

 

Our Ethos

Our ethos is rooted in fuelling your child’s ambition and learning aspirations to develop a consistent ‘desire for continuous learning’. We do this through praise-based, blended learning where your child will be challenged, recognised and rewarded, as well as having great fun in our sessions.

 

Our Online English Maths and Science Tuition Memberships

At inTuition Clubs, we offer modern and affordable tuition membership for children in primary school, aged 3-11. We offer:

Small group membership

1 to 3 children maximum in a group. It comes into two different types, you can either choose 4 sessions of 1 hour per month or 8 sessions of 1 hour per month. Subjects taught are Maths, English and Science

One on One membership

It provides individual teaching, and it is designed for children who prefer and individual learning style. This membership consists of 8 sessions of 1 hour per month, all with and individual tutor.

 

Our 11 Plus Programme

11 Plus Exam Preparation

We know how challenging 11 Plus exams can be and we want your child to be confident and succeed with their grammar school application.

For this reason, we have created a special programme tailored to support children wanting to undertake their 11 Plus Exam.

 

The 11 Plus Tuition membership

Our 11 Plus membership includes Verbal, Non Verbal and Numerical Reasoning, children will be encouraged to practice on exam papers and our teachers will guide them through topics they will find in the examination and best practice exam techniques. 8 online sessions of one hour are included in the programme and classes are taught in small groups (of a maximum of three children).

01 Mar

Children’s Mental Health Week

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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.

There are many options out there that can help to provide the support that Children need when it comes to mental health. There are the likes of Youngminds.org.uk and Place2b.org.uk.

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..”

11 Feb

Pancake Day: celebrating Shrove Tuesday around the world

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Pancake Day, one of the most anticipated days in the yearly calendar in the UK. While we all know it as Pancake Day, it is also known as Shrove Tuesday and is a Christian Festival. This festival is celebrated before the beginning of Lent Sunday. Based on the word Shriving, it relates to listening to the sins of someone and forgiving them.

Why is it Celebrated?

During Anglo Saxon times in England, people would go to church on Shrove Tuesday, where they would confess their sins and be forgiven, with a bell being rung for people to attend confession. The bell was known as the Pancake Bell.  So, this special day was also the day where people would use up all of their eggs and fats and it is from this mix of ingredients that pancakes were made!

So, it has now become a tradition in the UK to get together as a family or with friends to enjoy making pancakes. From this has come the famous pancake tossing which has been perfected by some and still remains a challenge for many but, either way, it is all part of the fun associated with this wonderful festival.

The UK Traditions

Pancake day is now a day where people enjoy pancakes and getting creative with their culinary delights. Traditionally, lemon and sugar were once enjoyed but now there is a wealth of toppings that give the children the opportunity to get creative. They can mix ice cream with chocolate sauce or use golden syrup…. the possibilities are endless!

Another tradition is Pancake racing where participants have to race while flipping a pancake as they run, of course, this becomes a race that’s filled with laughter and mishaps!

How About the Rest of the World?

Denmark

In Denmark, they celebrate Pancake Day on the Sunday before Lent begins. It’s known as Fastelavn and they will eat Danish style buns with cream and jam. Children will dress up too, giving the day a different dimension!

Canada

Pancakes are made with objects that have a symbolic value in them. This could include wedding rings, buttons or coins. Whoever finds the coin will be richer and the one to find the wedding ring will be the first to get married.

France

Known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, people will wear masks and disguise themselves. In Nice, the carnival will last for ten days and is an event that has parades, concerts, acts and more.

Spain

Here they start the celebrations early on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as the Day of the Omelette and here they will use ingredients from their pantries such as meat and bread before eating together, with the main dish being an omelette.

Italy

Public parades are common on Pancake Day in Italy. People will take to the streets and celebrate together while they can also indulge in Chiacchiere which are savoury sweets that are made from flour and fried before benign coated in powdered sugar.

Pancake Recipe

Making pancakes is great fun for the family and an activity that children can learn from. Use the opportunity to ask them to count the ingredients and weigh them while they can write down the steps they take to make them.

Once the pancakes have been made, set them a challenge to decorate them using anything they want!

Ingredients

For the pancake mixture

  • 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
  • 50g/2oz butter

To serve

  • caster sugar
  • lemon juice
  • lemon wedges
Pancake recipe

Recipe tips

Method

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
  2. Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
  3. Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
  4. Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
  5. To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.

If you are having problems with homeschooling then you can try us for free. We offer a free taster session and we cater for Year 1 to Year 9. We cover Maths, English and Science as well as group and individual sessions. We also offer 11+ exam preparation using modern teaching methods. All of our prices are affordable, so get in touch with us on hello@intuitionclubs.com to book your free session.

21 Dec

Christmas at inTuition Clubs!

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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! 

Austin and Olivia at inTuition Clubs during Christmas

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.

 

Learn more about our Maths, English, Early Years, and 11 Plus tuition memberships by visiting our latest news and blogs

Thank you for reading our latest blog, the inTuition clubs team wishes you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

09 Jul

5 Steps to Create a Perfect Learning Space at Home

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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!

31 May

Kickstart Your Child’s Day with the Right Food

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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!

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21 May

Expand Your Child’s Vocabulary with These Top Tips

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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 Online

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.

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19 Feb

Preparing Children for Life Outside the Classroom

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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

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

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.

19 Feb

Children’s Confidence Boosting

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Confidence is an integral part of life but everyone possesses different levels of it. There are those who prefer to blend into the background while there are those who love to be in the limelight while making the most of opportunities that come their way.

The way in which we develop as children can have a detrimental effect on the way in which our confidence develops. Therefore, ensuring our children possess the right amount of confidence is vital to how they develop as they grow.

Whether it is all about succeeding in an academic environment or in the workplace when they grow up, confidence will be a vital characteristic that they will rely on. In the school environment, confidence will help them to answer questions, ask questions and form friendships. In the workplace, it will enable them to take advantage of opportunities that come their way while it will give them the skills they need to develop.

As a parent how can you help to boost their confidence?

Make Time For Play

Children like to feel wanted and they love attention and so, playtime is a crucial way to help them improve their confidence. They can play games using their imagination and that can help to boost confidence in themselves. What’s more, when you play with them, you can encourage them and show them that they have your attention and time. This will give them confidence to believe that others are willing to listen to what they have to say as well as watch what they do.

Help Them To Learn

It is important to remember that we were all once in a position where we had to learn skills. Whether it is something as simple as washing our hands or something as complex as learning to tie our laces, we all had to make mistakes to learn the skill. If you leave your child to do it on their own, they will become frustrated and what’s more, if you lecture them for getting it wrong, it will dent their confidence and prevent them from wanting to try other things. Therefore, help them to give things a try and when they make mistakes and help them to try it all again. When they eventually achieve something, they will get a feeling of satisfaction and that will give them the confidence and belief that they can achieve.

Encouragement is Key

Children need encouragement. Encouragement can give them the confidence to believe in themselves and when they know that you are there with them, they will know that they are not alone. Encouragement can be something as simple as understanding when they have achieved something to encouraging them to do something that puts them out of their comfort zone.

Children need to be given the confidence to make their own decisions and know that what they are doing is right. However, confidence also comes from making mistakes and they need to understand that this is fine too. Helping them to increase their confidence will only help to set them up for what lies ahead of them in life.