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Help your child improve their maths skills

Help your child improve their math skills

Help Your Child Improve Their Maths Skills

Maths can be a tricky subject for many people and as a parent, you may feel helpless if your child is struggling. There are many easy, simple ways you can help your child improve their math skills, here are a few suggestions we have that you can try out.

Use real-world maths

A worksheet full of maths is not always the best method for some learners, try engaging your child in solving real-world problems with you, this might help them catch on and learn much more quickly.

Some examples:

Have them try to figure out the shopping total before you get to the checkout
When out shopping have them figure out how much change you should get back from your purchase
Baking, particularly when you halve, double, or triple a recipe is a great way of learning fractions

Ask your child questions.

Look over your child’s homework and spend time with them reviewing their answers. Ask them the steps they took in order to get to their answer, this will give you an insight into their level of knowledge and if they understand the process. This will give you the opportunity to understand where they need help and identify any breakdown in understanding.
Play games that encourage mathematical thinking or reinforce skills
There is a high possibility that when your child thinks of maths they dread it, try and make it fun by playing mathematical games. Playing math games are a great way to have fun and improve skills, you can find math games online or can even find some such as Sumuko, Prime Club and Monopoly, in store!

Develop a healthy mindset

Confidence is key when it comes to learning a subject like math, if your child is struggling and has lost some confidence, go back a few steps to the skills that they feel comfortable doing and go on from there. Praise for effort not for performance, it is the continued effort that is important. Making mistakes isn’t bad, it will be part of the journey for every learner, be sure to use positive language such as “I can’t do it,” to “I can’t do it yet.” to keep your child motivated to learn!

Maths Tuition

If you feel you have helped your child as best as you can but they still need help, maybe consider a tuition centre where your child can get tailored help from a skilled professional. Here at StudyBox each student has a unique lesson plan & works at their own pace guided by the tutor, goals are set and monitored with weekly feedback to parents.

StudyBox is a maths and English tuition centre based in Wallington and Sutton, to find out more click here: https://studybox.london/maths-tuition/

Danielle Reid

How to improve children’s concentration skills

How to improve children's concentration skills

How to improve children’s concentration skills

For your child to make the most of their education, it is vital that they have good concentration skills. The school day will involve listening and doing classwork, so it is important they are able to stay engaged throughout the day.

Here are a few ways you can help your child to improve their concentration skills:

Sleep

Sleep is without a doubt a major influence on how well anyone concentrates, especially for children. It is recommended that children get at least 9 hours of sleep a night. Having a designated bedtime will be easier as they can get into a routine.

Diet

Having a good diet is important, particularly amongst children, diet has a great influence on energy levels and concentration skills. Having a well-balanced diet consisting of food from the four main food groups will help brain function and concentration.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure your child never skips breakfast. Breakfast such as oats, whole-grain cereal, and bread release energy slowly, which will help them to stay alert for the day ahead.

Exercise

Research by educational experts has linked physical activity and improved concentration levels. Regular exercise throughout the week is important, even activities such as walking to school and back will be helpful.

Play focus games and exercises

There are studies that have shown that gadgets reduce attention span and memory power of children.

Some ideas of things you can do:

  • Thinking games- playing games such as crossword/jigsaw puzzles and card games like ‘Memory’ and ‘UNO’ are a great way to strengthen their concentration!
  • Sitting- if your child finds it hard to sit still for a long period of time, try playing ‘statue’ this involves challenging your child to sit in a chair without moving/fidgeting to see how long they can do it.

Extra Tuition

If you feel you have helped your child as best as you can but they still need help, maybe consider a tuition centre where your child can get tailored help from a skilled professional. Here at StudyBox each student has a unique lesson plan & works at their own pace guided by the tutor, goals are set and monitored with weekly feedback to parents.

StudyBox is a maths and English tuition centre based in Wallington and Sutton, to find out more click here: https://studybox.london/

Danielle Reid

Easy Back To School Breakfast

Easy Back-To-School Breakfasts

Easy Back-To-School Breakfasts

It’s almost time for back to school, which means the crazy school mornings are back! It’s important that you make sure your children have a good breakfast before they head off for the day. Here are some simple back to school breakfast ideas you can prepare to make sure your children get all the nutrients they need.

1. Overnight Oats- no-fuss, quick and healthy breakfast!

Ingredients

  • Oats
  • Frozen Berries
  • Water
  • Frozen Yoghurt, regular yoghurt or soy yoghurt – natural and unsweetened if possible

Equipment

  • Jar

Method

  1. Spoon 3 dessert spoons, approx 27g of dried rolled oats into the jar
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of water
  3. Add approx 10 frozen berries
  4. Top off with yoghurt and leave overnight in the fridge for best results

 

2. Smoothies- Perfect for those who don’t want to eat in the morning!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup – Greek or plain yogurt
  • 2 medium – banana
  • 1 cup – strawberries, frozen, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup – flaxseed, ground
  • 1 cup – spinach

Method

  1. Add all smoothie ingredients to a high-powered blender. (If your blender won’t mix this, add small amounts of water until it begins to blend, but try to keep it as thick as possible.
  2. Serve immediately

You can adapt this recipe and change any fruits/yogurt that you prefer.  

 

3. Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie – Cookies for breakfast are bound to go down a treat!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or non-peanut)
  • 1/2 cup honey*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour*
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (or an additional 1/4 cup flour)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk powder or vanilla protein powder (+ 2 tablespoons water if dough is too thick)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins

Equipment

  • Bowls
  • Baking tray
  • Measuring Cup
  • Container

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat two cookie sheets with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the banana, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, flax seed, milk powder, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  4. Stir the oat mixture into the banana mixture until combined. Stir in the cranberries.
  5. Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, drop mounds of dough 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. With a thin metal or small plastic spatula dipped in water, flatten, and spread each mound of dough to a 2¾-inch round, about ½ inch thick.
  6. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 14 to 16 minutes or until browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days, thaw before serving.

Serving Size: 12

 

4. Eggo Breakfast Sandwiches- Something different!

Ingredients

  • 8 individual Waffle
  • 4 individual Cheddar Cheese, Sharp, Sliced
  • 4 ½ ounces Deli Ham, Sliced

Equipment

  • Freezer Bag
  • Cling film
  • Baking Sheets

Method

  1. On one side of the waffle place one slice of cheese and two slices of ham.
  2. Place other half of waffle on top of ham to form sandwiches.
  3. Bake sandwiches on a baking sheet for 4-5 minutes, until outside is crispy and cheese is melted.
  4. Wrap the sandwiches you have NOT baked individually in cling film and place into freezer bags and freeze so they are prepared for the week ahead.
  5. Thaw the waffles the night before in the fridge and they will be ready to bake in the morning.

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Danielle Reid
14/09/2018

Five Ways Tuition Can Complement School Learning

Five ways StudyBox Tuition can really complement school

Five Ways StudyBox Tuition Can Really Complement School Learning

When it comes to after-school tuition, parents have many questions such as “why should I pay for extra tuition? Shouldn’t my child’s school be covering all of their educational needs?”
Here are our reasons why we complement your child’s school learning.

1. Truly personalised experience

We have the ability to adapt lessons to suit each and every child based on their individual learning needs.
We work in such small ratios allowing time to get to know your child and how they like to learn.

2. National curriculum methods

StudyBox offers English, Maths, Science and Coding tuition. We aim to complement and support your child’s school education which is why all the methods we teach are based on the national curriculum.

3. We keep the fun in learning

We understand that Maths and English are not every student’s cup of tea. We reward positive behaviour and effort with reward cards, once your child has a certain number of stars they will be able to spin the prize wheel and choose a prize!

4. Keep parents involved

As a parent, it is natural that you want to know how your child is getting on. We aim to make sure that parents are always kept involved. Based on the unique lesson plans that we create for your child, at the end of every lesson we always provide parents with in-depth feedback on the session.

5. Our tutor-to-student ratio

It’s no surprise that tuition can give more individual attention to students. At StudyBox we keep the ratios small, tutors are assigned up to 3 students who work independently. The tutors set work and teach the students for the entire hour. Lessons are on the same day and time each week, so your child will always have the same tutor.

Extra Tuition

If you feel you have helped your child as best as you can but they still need help, maybe consider a tuition centre where your child can get tailored help from a skilled professional. Here at StudyBox each student has a unique lesson plan & works at their own pace guided by the tutor, goals are set and monitored with weekly feedback to parents.

Want a free trial at StudyBox Tuition? Click Here.

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Danielle Reid