Showing posts with label Education and Parenting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Education and Parenting. Show all posts

12/10/2021

 


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Your child may want to undertake A Levels but may not wish to remain at their school to do so. This is fine – for many young adults, this is a healthy decision and a way to make changes in their life.


Meeting new friends, having a new routine and journey to school can be very refreshing for children and if your child would like to choose a new school or college for sixth form, it’s important that you take their request seriously.


Visits are vital

Make sure to find out when the sixth form has open days for parents and pupils. Book a spot and attend with your child. This senior school in Middlesex takes these open days very seriously and it’s a chance for parents and pupils alike to see the environment and meet the staff.


This first look is important as it will give you both a chance to assess the school and the amenities.


Your child might have a strong reaction to one school and not to another so it’s important to book a few visits.

 


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Arts & crafts are a vital part of a child’s education. Some children take to arts more easily than others but all can enjoy the various activities when they’re presented in a fun way.


Arts & crafts support children’s cognitive learning and their hand-eye coordination in addition to developing creativity. For children who tend towards highly-strung, arts & crafts offer a great way for them to relax.


There are many activities which you can do with your child at home to support their skills and enjoyment in this area. Here are some ideas for preschoolers.


  • Finger painting – let them go wild; kids love the sensory feeling of dipping their hands into paint and if you give them permission to do it, they’ll participate with gusto. Just put down a plastic sheet and ensure your child is wearing old clothes!


  • Sticking – it doesn’t matter what they’re sticking to so much as they have a chance to do it. You can use a glue stick to avoid too much mess! Let your child cut out some pictures from an old magazine and make a collage or let them stick bits and bobs from your sewing box onto an old tissue box to make a treasure chest. Good items for sticking include lace, buttons, sequins and trims.


  • Model making – whether you use clay, papier-mache, or just old boxes, there’s a real joy for children to be found in making a model. They can make robots fairly easily out of boxes, houses or cars also make a good choice. Help them make a model of their favourite animal from old newspaper and paste or for simplicities sake, make snakes from air-drying clay and paint them after they’re dry!


As your child grows, explore different mediums with them. Older children might enjoy crochet, patchwork, woodwork, and embroidery in addition to watercolour painting or sketching.


Your child’s school will usually have a robust arts curriculum – like this independent girls’ school in Surrey. At schools like this, the arts are seen as vital to children’s development.

 


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The big day is almost upon you and you can scarcely believe it but your child is due to start school! This is a momentous occasion and both you and your child might feel nervous about the changes. That’s natural – what’s important is that you don’t show nerves to your child.


It’s also important not to build things up too much – don’t make a big fuss about it or your child will worry that it’s going to be a big shock. Discuss the changes with your child and what they can expect but keep the conversation light.


Common issues

There are many common issues that small children find tricky about the transition to big school, here are just a few.


  • Toilets – will they be big or scary? Can your child manage alone?


  • Lunchtime – if your child is a fussy eater or doesn’t like to sit still, it’s important to discuss lunchtime expectations with them. Slow eaters should be given packed lunches which are easily managed – for example, don’t pack a whole apple because it will take your child too long to eat, instead, cut it up for them and add a little lemon juice to keep it fresh.


  • Staying hydrated – ensure your child knows what their water bottle looks like and where to find it.


  • Missing you – this is the hardest one of all and there are a number of ways in which to tackle it. Reassure your child that you will be there or their caregiver will be there at the end of the day. Give them a handkerchief with your perfume on it.


The transition to big school can be a lot of fun but there will be natural challenges along the way.


Good schools like this day nursery in Kensington have a strong pastoral care team who are well used to dealing with the common issues which may arise and they will support your child all the way.

 


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Social skills are just like the other skills which children need to learn such as reading, writing, running, speaking and so forth.


Some children are naturally good at socialising and others aren’t. For some children, social skills just develop slower than other children’s and you needn’t worry or stress about it because it often ‘rights itself’ as the child gets older. Here are some top tips for helping your child to develop their social skills:


  • Ensure they have plenty of interaction with other children, this might be through clubs and playgroups or playdates with friends.

  • Encourage good manners in day-to-day life, no pushing, no grabbing and always please and thank you.

  • Encourage good listening skills; for children to succeed on the playground they must be able to hear others’ wishes and worries or they won’t be seen as a good playmat.

  • Good sportsmanship is vital and that means no tears upon losing a board game! Help your child to understand that you win some, you lose some! A good way around this is to stop letting them win at every board game because that’s not a natural state of affairs.


If your child’s teacher has mentioned that your child isn’t slotting in very well, it’s important that your child is supported to gain the correct skills to enable them to make friends. This independent school in Surrey has a robust pastoral care system so that children who might struggle, don’t for long!


Speak with your child’s teacher to gain insight into where your child needs more support. It might be that they’re shy or that they’re a little bossy – ask the teacher for tips on supporting your child’s development in these areas. Most teachers are well-versed in this and will gladly help you.

12/08/2021

 


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Music is a part of our culture and can be enjoyed by all ages. But as children grow up, they often stop playing an instrument or singing in the choir because of the time commitment required to learn new skills. Online violin lessons are available for students to continue their music education from the comfort of home!


What Are the Benefits of Music Lessons for Kids?

Music lessons are beneficial for every child, regardless of age or skill level. Some benefits include:

  • Improved concentration and focus

  • Self-confidence in public speaking opportunities

  • Developmental skills that can lead to other academic success down the road (fostering creativity & problem solving)


How Do I Find a Good Instructor?

The best way to find an excellent instructor is through online reviews and recommendations from friends, family members, or colleagues. You’ll want to find somewhere that has a staff of highly qualified music teachers with years of teaching experience.


What Types of Instruments Are Most Popular With Kids?

The most popular instruments vary depending on the child’s age and interests. However, some general trends include:

  • Piano & keyboard lessons for young children

  • Violin lessons for elementary school-age children

  • Vocals for high school students and adult

10/21/2021

 



Being a part of a community can be a source of empowerment for a child. Allowing them to feel a sense of belonging and love. It's important to exercise an active community involvement with your child from an early age to forge connections and help them in developing their own identity.

 

A nursery in Shoreditch shares more on the importance of community involvement for children.

 



Fine motor skills are responsible for many of our everyday activities from enjoying our favourite pasta to catching up with our friends over social media. To help your child develop the small muscles found in their hands and feet, there are many activities that you can do together. 

 

We have partnered with a pre-prep school in Hertfordshire to share a list of activities that you can do with your child to strengthen their fine motor skills.

 


Communication skills are perhaps some of the most vital skills for your child to develop. They allow for full integration into society in forming friendship groups and excelling in the world of work. We have joined a literacy consultancy firm to share how you can help your child with their communication skills.

9/20/2021

 

A lot of people struggle to get up early in the morning; this can especially be the case if you’re a mom, thanks to the exhaustive days and late nights. That being said, there is no getting around the fact that early mornings are part of the package when it comes to being a mom. One of the best ways that you can start your day right is by having a solid morning routine.

Let’s be real; moms everywhere know how it feels to be woken from a night of deep sleep to see your child at the side of your bed. Such a rough awakening means you’re already starting your day off on the back foot, so having a routine you can jump straight into, allows you to get your day back on track.

So, what should your routine involve? Of course, it will vary depending on whose routine it is; however, this list will talk about some of the best things you should include.

9/14/2021

 

We all want our children to be able to tackle challenges head-on and bounce back from setbacks, but resilience is something that has to be learned rather than something we’re born with. Your child will inevitably face many obstacles to reaching their goals or getting things they want, and as parents it’s our responsibility to teach our children how to respond in the face of adversity. Read on for some tips from an independent school in Edgbaston on how you can work to raise a resilient child. 

 

Aside from keeping children physically healthy, taking part in sports has many other benefits. Participating in sports from a young age can help children develop a number of important skills while enabling them to explore their capabilities and interests. It’s important for children to participate in activities they enjoy to get the most out of them. Here a prep school in the West Midlands explores some of the important benefits children get from getting involved in sports at school. 

 


Maths can be a tricky subject for children, but the good news is that maths ability is not set in stone and there are ways you can help your child improve. A lot of it comes down to confidence, so it’s important to work on boosting your child’s self-esteem as much as developing their cognitive skills. Here’s some advice from a senior school in Kent on how you can support your child with their mathematical learning. 

 

It’s easy to underestimate the impact lifestyle choices can have on learning, particularly when there’s a lot of talk about working hard and having a positive attitude; however, not eating well or getting enough sleep or physical activity can detrimentally affect children’s cognitive abilities and mindset, which will of course have a negative effect on their education. Here a prep school in Bristol explores how your child’s lifestyle choices can affect their education, and what you can do to help them. 

6/16/2021

 


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Respect is defined by holding a person or group of people in high regard, a certain level of admiration for others. It also means that you’re able to understand when to handle situations, timing certain conversations and allowing others the space and time.

 

As a child they may not know how to handle situations where respect should be used. There are ways you can nurture respect and kindness in your children, especially in a world where respect feels like it should be earned. Thanks to this guide from this independent school in Middlesex, we can help you to raise a respectful child.

 


Taking on different activities outside of school time brings a whole range of benefits to children. Whether your child enjoys physical activities like sports, running or swimming, or your child prefers calmer activities like crafting, sewing and cooking, there’s something for everyone to try.

 

There are multiple benefits to taking up extracurricular activities that we talk about in this guide from this boys prep school.

4/21/2021

 

Encouraging children to be inquisitive will not only help them to learn more about the world around them, but it could also inspire them to become an inventor, scientist or an engineer in the future!



Most children are naturally inquisitive; however, some require a little inspiration. There are many things that parents can do to spark a child’s curiosity and get them to ask questions. Here are some great ideas from an Independent school in Chalfont St Peter on how you can raise an inquisitive child…

 

Starting nursery is a huge milestone. Your son or daughter will need to adjust to a new environment, meet new people and make new friends. They will also have to get used to a new routine and become more independent. These changes can feel overwhelming to your child; however, there are lots of ways you can support them through this transition. Here are some helpful tips from a Montessori Nursery in London

 


Mathematics is not only a crucial part of your child’s education, but it is also an essential life skill. Math skills allow children to understand numbers, patterns and shapes. Furthermore, being confident in maths can also help children to think of new concepts and ideas.


Parents should always demonstrate a positive attitude towards maths. If you express doubt your own maths skills, or suggest that it is your least favourite subject, it can negatively impact your child’s interest in maths.


Here are some tips from a leading independent nursery school in Hampshire on how you can help your child with their maths learning…

2/02/2021


Filipino parents are among the most loving and supportive parents in the world. However, they can also among the most toxic parents with some cultural things that are quite common to Filipinos no matter where they are.

 

Raising kids is hard enough; parenting in a cross-cultural setting makes it even harder. That is why most Filipino parents default to the traditional Filipino parenting ways because that is their comfort zone. However, not everything that Filipino parents do is helpful and relevant these days.

 

There are some things that we can improve and perhaps even do away with, even if it is already part of the Filipino culture. After all, not everything cultural and traditional is beneficial in the long run.