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A tutoring service which aims to achieve a consistent balance between learning, fun, curiosity and relatability to ensure your child progresses in all areas of the curriculum.

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10/09/2021

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Has your child gone back to school and they are feeling overwhelmed?
Already feeling like they are behind their peers?
Needing a confidence boost?

Private tutoring tailored to you and your child may be exactly what they need.

Boost in confidence, learn how to practice mindfulness and meditation to manage stress and anxiety, suitable for all ages.

Fully DBS checked, BA Hons degree in Primary Education, Mindfulness for children Diploma.

For more information please get in contact - 07908345777, [email protected]

16/08/2021

The new school year is almost here. It's only 3 weeks away and that time is going to fly by ๐Ÿ›ฉ๐Ÿ›ฉ๐Ÿ›ฉ

As you're making sure your child's uniform still fits, purchasing new shoes and getting everything else ready. Don't forget about the homework they should have completed over the summer or that topic they've really been struggling with or even ensuring they feel confident and relaxed going into the new year.

If you have forgotten about these things, don't worry. I still have a few slots available for tutoring sessions, don't leave it too long!

13/08/2021

What do you know about stress and the effects it has on our brain?

Stress has a huge impact on the part of our brains that are involved with working memory, so much so, this part of stressed children's brains was significantly smaller compared to those who had less stress in their lives.

There can be changes to some of the important chemicals in the brain and body - cortisol and dopamine, when exposed to high levels of stress.

When our bodies sense anything that may cause stress our nervous system releases chemicals which cause:
- muscle tension
- increase in blood pressure
- slowed digestive system

Therefore it is important to ensure that children's stress levels stay low.

How can we do this?
- meditation
- mindfulness
- gratitude
- limit screen time
- turn off the news

If you would like to know more about how I can help you and your child do this, please get in touch.


12/08/2021

Sometimes we need to dance, walk, move and experience our surroundings.

Sometimes we need to sit and be still. Allow our minds clear, be still and notice any thoughts that come into our minds.

How often do you or your child sit and just be still?

10/08/2021

Mindfulness for children diplomaโ€ฆ completed it!

Incredibly proud of myself for completing this diploma with a distinction. I have learnt so much about our different brain states and how meditation and mindfulness can be beneficial for both children and adults.

I am a firm believer that mindfulness should be a part of everyoneโ€™s lives, whether itโ€™s something like gratitude - being grateful for what we do have rather than longing for what we donโ€™t, mediation - relaxing and calming of the mind, or even mindfulness - being mindful of our surroundings, emotions, empathy. Even engaging with one of these areas can bring so much more peace and calm to our lives.

If you want to know more about how I can help you or your child, please get in contact.

Centre for excellence have plenty of courses and diplomas online and have a summer offer as well as discount for referrals - drop me a message for more info (not affiliate).

30/07/2021

Ever heard of the nursery rhyme โ€˜hey di**le di**leโ€™?

Use the song to remember this poem about mean, median, mode and range!

Hey di**le di**le, the median is the middle. You add then divide for the mean. The mode is the one that appears the most and the range is the difference between.

Remember my previous post about memory? Well this is exactly where this comes into play. By being able to recall a story means that children are more likely to remember it.

Give it a go, repeat a few times and see if you can remember it ๐Ÿ˜Š

**ledi**le

Photos from Big Questions's post 21/07/2021

Group tutoring starting Monday 26th July!

Why group tutoring?
- enables children to work with peers
- encourages group discussion
- gain confidence in a group setting

Why include a break and meditation?
- itโ€™s been proven that when we take a break and relax, our brain processes the information weโ€™ve just learnt
- meditation helps us to relax
- refocus the mind
- releases endorphins (feel good hormones)
- improves creativity

โž•many more

Want to get booked in?
1. Check the post to see what day/time suits your child
2. Drop me a message
3. See you next week โœŒ๐Ÿป

Sessions are ยฃ15 (discount offered when more than one session is booked), morning or afternoon to pick from, spaces are limited!

Photos from Big Questions's post 17/07/2021

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๐Ÿ˜– Worried your child is behind their peers with their learning?

๐Ÿ˜– Feeling like they havenโ€™t solidified the past years knowledge due to disruption?

๐Ÿ˜– Lacking confidence in their abilities and worrying about the next academic year?

Hereโ€™s how I can help -
๐Ÿ˜ Focus on English and Maths to impart crucial knowledge ready for the next school year!

๐Ÿ˜ Building confidence with other children!

๐Ÿ˜ Introduction to mediation and mindfulness to reduce levels of stress, anxiety, worry and learn to manage their own emotions and feelings! ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Starting on Monday 26th July 2021 I will be offering a limited amount of spaces for children to learn with me online via Microsoft Teams!

Every session is only 1 hour and 40 minutes, either morning or afternoon and has a clear focus on building rapport, English, Maths and mindfulness with a maximum of 5 children per session. All of this for only ยฃ15 *discount offered when more than one session is booked (slide into the DMโ€™s for more info ๐Ÿ‘€)

Spaces are limited so please get into contact ASAP to secure your place!

Full schedule coming ๐Ÿ”œ

16/07/2021

Do you agree?

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14/07/2021

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How much do you love mac and cheese?

What else do you add to it?

I love mine plain with a side of baked beans ๐Ÿคค

Let me know below...

#2021

12/07/2021

The dreaded spellings!

Whose child absolutely hates having to do their spellings each week? Here's a few tricks to help them remember -

Use mnemonics. What is a mnemonic you ask? They help us to remember spellings or orders of letters or words by associating a rhyme or story to the word. For example: BECAUSE - big elephants can always understand small elephants. NECESSARY - not every cat eats sardines. Some are really yummy.

Can you think of any more? Drop them below.

Look, cover, write, check. This is another way to help with spellings. They look at the word, cover it up, write the word and then check it. This can be repeated many times for the same word until they remember how to spell it.

Singing the word can also be beneficial. By adding a rhyme or tune to the word helps to imprint it in your child memory, if they forget the spelling the tune should help them to recall how it sounds and act as a prompt.

Have you tried any of these?

Let me know which is your favourite and which ones work best!

09/07/2021

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07/07/2021

ATTENTION!

PARENTS AND TEACHERS

What are your thoughts on marking?

As a parent, would you be happy if your child's school books were not marked? What do you think the benefit of marking is? Does your child pay attention to the marking? Is it beneficial for their progress?

As a teacher, how much time do you spend marking? Do you think your marking is beneficial for each child's progress? Do you only do it because it is a requirement?

My thoughts? Very similar to that of this article. During my teacher training I would spend so much time marking books to find that the children either weren't being given the time to go back over the feedback or if they did, they needed your help anyway thus reiterating what you had already written.

This article explains how a teacher selects a few books, identifies specific areas that need working on, creates a feedback sheet for the children (self evaluation) and then creates a lesson based on the area for improvement.

What are your thoughts?

Full article can be found here - https://www.tes.com/news/marking-policy-your-dreams

05/07/2021

3D shapes

Seem simple enough right?

I guess when you know, you know. The differences between 2D and 3D shapes are actually quite large, especially when it comes to the language we use.

When describing 2D shapes we use words such as - sides and corners.

When describing 3D shapes we use words such as - edges, vertices and faces.

This can become very confusing for children. We know a cube looks like a square, so why isn't it a square? The faces look like squares. It's just lots of squares put together. Why are the corners called vertices?

Lot's of questions which gives an insight into how children may think about such concepts and shapes.

If your child is having difficulty differentiating the two, please get in touch so we can discuss how best I can help.

02/07/2021

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

Keep smiling!

30/06/2021

The final term is upon us and the summer holidays are moving closer and closer by the day.

Your child's education has endured so much disruption during this past year and it is only natural for them to have lost some confidence during this time.

A personalised tutor may be exactly what they need to move into the new school year in September.

What I offer:

โœจ INCREASED CONFIDENCE
โœจ ACHIEVING POTENTIAL
โœจ CLOSED LEARNING GAPS
โœจ TAILORED TO YOU

Get in touch now to secure your child's place for the summer months.

28/06/2021

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How does our memory work? How can some people remember everything and others not so much?

There are 3 main points to remember when it comes to memory - place, emotion, story.

How easy is it to remember an event that happened in a place or environment which isn't familiar to you? Pretty easy! We remember what we wore on holiday, what we ate, what we saw yet we barely remember what we had for dinner last night. When we attach a place to a memory, it becomes easier to remember.

The same can be said for both emotion and story. If a certain memory elicits a heightened emotion the likelihood of us remembering it is increased. If we create a story around a memory this is also true (think about rhymes to remember things like colours in the rainbow).

With this in mind, we can use these tools to help us remember certain ideas. We can add a place, emotion or story to what we want to remember.

When you think about your own memories, do any of them show up as a place, emotion or story? Let me know.

25/06/2021

THIS โฌ†๏ธ โฌ†๏ธ โฌ†๏ธ

For me, this is the most important thing when teaching children. I'd much rather have a child who is happy, enjoying learning and growing their confidence than one who is unhappy and struggling through.

We can help children to build reduce their stress around learning but allowing them to practice mindfulness.

If you would like more information on how to do this or how I can help, please get in touch.

23/06/2021

Why do we say fast asleep? It's not like when we're asleep, we do it fast or slow so where does the saying come from?

The 'fast' from 'fast asleep' comes from an old German word 'fest' which means 'stuck firmly' therefore when we say fast asleep, what we mean is that we are stuck in sleep or 'not easily moveable'.

Fascinating stuff!

Do you have any other questions like this? Let's discuss below!

21/06/2021

Ratio (noun): The quantitative relation between two amounts showing the number of times one value contains or is contained within the other.

What does this actually mean?

Ratio gives us an idea of how many of one thing there has to be when there are so many of another. For example, If you have a bowl of oranges and lemons and there are 8 oranges and 6 lemons, your ratio of oranges to lemons is 8 to 6 or 8:6.

If you want to keep the ratio the same, it means that for every 8 oranges you MUST have 6 lemons.

Can you think of any other examples? Drop them below.

18/06/2021

Did you know?

It's International Picnic Day today!

In 2009, the worlds largest picnic took place in Portugal with more than 20,000 attending ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Are you going to celebrate International Picnic Day?

16/06/2021

How has your child been feeling? Does this headline resonate with you?

YoungMinds found that 67% of young people believe that the pandemic will have a "long-term negative effect" on their mental health.

Thankfully the Great Get Together and the Naz Legacy Foundation are clubbing together to provide support for schools to help address young children's feeling of loneliness.

Full article can be found here - https://www.tes.com/news/why-schools-need-talk-about-loneliness

YoungMinds

14/06/2021

What is a suffix?
Suffixes are a letter or group of letters added to the ending of words to change their meaning or function.

There are many suffixes that are used in the English language, some of the most used are:
- less
- ed
- ing
- ful
- ness

For example -
๐Ÿฆ fearless
๐Ÿ‘€ looked
๐Ÿ“– reading
๐Ÿ˜€ cheerful
๐Ÿฅบ sadness

Can you think of any more? Add them below โฌ‡๏ธ

09/06/2021

Jim Rohn - Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better

What a statement!

Jim Rohn was an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker and if you have not checked out any of his work I urge you to do so.

This quote speaks volumes to me. So often we wish this or that were easier, make our lives easier, make the journey easier when in actual fact it's very hard to change these things. Instead we can focus on what we can change, ourselves!

Always push to be better!

08/06/2021

โœจ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€โœจ

How do you feel about mindfulness for children? Do you think it's important? Do you think it could be beneficial for your child? Why do you think it would/wouldn't be good?

Please share your thoughts below...

Since the start of 2021, I have delved deep into the world of mindfulness and mediation and strongly believe that it is an incredibly important part of our lives and can be beneficial in so many ways. So why don't we introduce it to our children?

Believe it or not, children face just as many stresses as adults and "parents often underestimate how much their children worry" (John Hopkins School of Medicine, 2005).

This is just 2 reasons why I think mindfulness is important and why I will be introducing it into my tutoring, once I have completed my mindfulness for children diploma.

If you would like more information, please get in touch.

Photos from Big Questions's post 07/06/2021

๐Ÿ”บMore Triangles ๐Ÿ”บ

Triangles can also be defined by their sides.

An equilateral triangle will always have sides that are the same length. To remember this type of triangle we can think of equilateral as equal.

An isosceles triangle will always have 2 sides that are the same length.

A scalene triangle will always have sides of differing length.

How confident is your child on being able to label these different types of triangle based on their sides? If they need more help, please get in touch!

05/06/2021

The way we see the world and interpret what is happening makes all the difference to our lives.

I challenge you to think positively about every situation which arises where you would normally have a negative mindset for a day and see how your perspective shifts.

Let me know how you get on โฌ‡๏ธ โฌ‡๏ธ โฌ‡๏ธ

04/06/2021

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Have you ever wondered why the sea is salty? Do you know why it is salty?

Yet another question commonly asked by children, probably asked by adults too sometimes.

So why is the sea salty?

Without googling, drop me a comment below as to why you think/believe/know why the sea is salty.

03/06/2021

Do you know the differences between these types of sentences?

A statement sentence is one which tells the reader a fact or idea about a single topic.

A command sentence is one which tells someone to do something. They typically start with an imperative verb (bossy verb), for example "Fetch me some biscuits". 'Fetch' is the imperative verb.

A question sentence is one which asks something. A question mark ? is always used at the end of a question sentence.

Finally, an exclamation sentence is one which shows intense feelings or captures attention. An exclamation mark ! is always used at the end of an exclamation sentence.

Can you give any examples below of these sentences?

02/06/2021

I have been posting a lot about reading recently. I think reading is so important not only for children but adults too.

Personally, I find that reading a novel allows me to relax and escape into an alternative world, makes sure my imagination stays creative and gives me an outlet for a while. As Dr Seuss says 'reading can take you places you have never been before' and it is so true.

I also enjoy reading self development or educational books. I love these just as much as a novel because I am still learning and I love this. If I am not learning, how can I empathise with my students who are finding things hard?

What have you been learning recently? What new places have you been to? Please share below.

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