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4 ways for encouraging your child to enjoy reading

Encouraging children to read

Reading for pleasure comes with numerous benefits. That’s why encouraging your child to enjoy reading is the gift that keeps on giving.

 

It is one thing for a parent to encourage their child to read for pleasure, but it is important to teach them to appreciate it.

 

 

Here’s how:

 

 

Finding the right genre

 

Talk to your child about what they enjoy reading and writing about.

From this, you can try and gauge which genre they will be into.

There are so many children’s literature genres: fantasy, science fictions, mystery, non-fiction, fiction, traditional literature…

Once you establish the genre they are into, you can choose books together for your child to start reading.

 

 

Choose a book based on ability

 

Choosing a book too challenging may be off-putting for children who are starting to get into reading.

This is why it is vital to assess where your child is at before choosing what book they should read.

This includes the vocabulary used, the font size of the text and the length of the book.

 

 

Dedicate a time for reading:

 

Encourage reading to be an enjoyable part of your child’s routine. This can be done by setting a time every day for relaxing with a book.

This puts reading in a positive light, as it becomes a hobby or fun past-time.

 

 

Help them to progress

 

If they are finding what they are reading easy, encourage them to progress to more stimulating books. This could be books with more challenging themes or more pages.

You can ask your child if there are any new words they have come across. They can make a list of these words and you can encourage them to use these in a sentence. This will expand their vocabulary.

 

Teaching your child equivalent fractions

Equivalent Fractions

Fractions are important for children to learn, they are taught on school syllabus, as well as useful for day-to-day life. the first step is teaching your child equivalent fractions.

 

Equivalent fractions are fractions with different numerators (the number at the top) and denominators (the number at the bottom), but they represent the same values.

 

 

Equivalent Fractions

 

  • For example, 1/2 , or one half, is the same as 2/4, or two quarters.
  • This is because 2/4 will reduce to 1/2, which is its simplest form.
  • They both represent the same value, they are just written differently.

 

So, equivalent fractions are fractions which look different from each other but they are the exact same value.

 

  • 2/3 is the same as 4/6.
  • This is because the numerator 2 goes into 4 twice.
  • The denominator 3 also goes into 6 twice.

 

So:

 

2 x 2 = 4

 

3 x 2 = 6

 

This would become 4/6.

 

  • It’s the same as 1.
  • Take 1 to be 100, or one whole.
  • Therefore, 1 is the same as 3/3, which is a complete fraction.
  • This is because the numerator and denominator are the same.

 

Teaching your child equivalent fractions at home is simple once you break it down.

Knowing that the fractions are the same value, but written differently is the most important rule.

Once this has been taught, then you can provide examples and explain why they are the same values.

 

 

 

5 ways to support your child’s learning from home

Education from home

Have you ever wondered as a parent how you can help your child with their learning?

 

There are many ways to support your child’s education from home, from setting a routine, to assisting with schoolwork.

 

Try these 5 ways to support your child’s learning from home:

 

Read together

 

Reading for pleasure with your child is beneficial for a number of reasons. It can expand their vocabulary, help pronunciation and boost creativity. If your child doesn’t need assistance with reading, try encouraging them to read a book for fun.

 

 

Go through schoolwork

 

Take time to go through what your child is currently learning at school together. This can help them understand the material better and memorise it by going over it again. You can ask your child if they are finding anything challenging. You can also encourage them in the areas they are good at.

 

 

Teach your child life skills

 

Activities like cooking and baking with your children will teach them valuable life skills, as well as being a fun activity to do together. There are plenty of useful activities that you can do together, like gardening, even household chores like tidying and hoovering.

 

 

Explore new hobbies

 

Take the time to introduce new hobbies and help your child to find something that excites them. This can also be a nice activity that gives them a break from television, smartphones and tablets. Try asking them what they enjoy, whether they like drawing, sports or cooking, the options are endless!

 

 

Play educational games

 

There are many educational games you can play at home with your child, for example, like sudoku and crosswords, which you can find printouts of online! There’s also scrabble, which is good for helping with spelling and vocabulary. You can also make up your own word and number games to play.

 

 

 

5 steps to help your child to maintain a positive mindset

A positive attitude is a great skill that your child can learn to acquire.

 

As a parent, you can encourage your child to maintain a positive mindset. You are your child’s role model in life, and taking time to listen and point them in the right direction will help them to have an optimistic approach.

 

Try these 5 steps to help your child to maintain a positive mindset:

 

 

Help your child to recognise their achievements

 

By highlighting their accomplishments, it will encourage them to keep up the good work. Give credit where credit is due., it will go a long way!

 

 

Turn negatives into positives

 

Instead of providing negative comments or feedback, try to turn it into something they can learn from. So, rather than criticising, why not say what they could have done better in that situation? This way, it is easier to learn from it and constantly improve.

 

 

Communication goes a long way

 

Ask your child what went well with their day, and if there was anything that didn’t go too well. Encouraging your child to speak about what’s on their mind will help them to get anything off of their chest.

 

 

Build upon their self-esteem

 

Help your child recognise what makes them unique and special. Encourage them that this is a positive trait and to embrace it. This will improve their self-esteem and self-awareness, making them able to see their strengths and skills.

 

 

Turn problems into solutions

 

If there’s any issues or problems that your child is facing, encourage them to think about how to resolve it. This will avoid stressing about the problem and working out a solution. Being rational is a way of overcoming negatives and working out how to fix them.

 

 

A positive mindset will compliment your child’s learning, providing an optimistic approach and a can-do attitude.

3 steps to helping your child set and reach goals

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Setting goals will benefit your child in many ways. It will help them aim towards any achievements and make tasks seem less daunting.

But as a parent, how can you help your child to set and reach their goals?

Try these 3 steps to helping your child set and reach goals:

Identify the goal(s)

  • Ask your child what goals they would like to set.
  • Try writing down the goals somewhere your child can see them. This way they will be reminded of what needs to be achieved.
  • Let them monitor their progress. Then the tasks will feel like a rewarding process when they are accomplished.

Make a schedule

  • Create a realistic schedule for your child to follow.
  • You can get creative with it. Try making a chart with the goals and adding stickers when they are achieved. You can even colour code each task to make it visually pleasing to look at.
  • A visual chart will make the goals easy to monitor and keep on top of.

Create a reward system

  • Your child may feel more motivated to complete their goals if there’s an incentive.
  • It could be anything, from a gold star on the chart, a chocolate or even an activity.
  • If the goal is challenging, an incentive can make a big difference. Even praising your child and letting them know they are doing a good job will go a long way.

Following these 3 steps to helping your child set and reach goals will provide a structure for completing tasks.

It will also make the end goal less daunting by breaking down the process.

Using 6 Disciplinary Elements for your child’s education

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As a parent, it is important to use positive discipline to ensure your child thrives in their education and in life.

Using 6 Disciplinary Elements for your child’s education will provide a structure and compliment their learning.

Following 6 simple steps will make sure that your child works effectively and productively:

1. Be attentive

Observe the way your child learns and assist with their learning.

2. Respect

Respect is mutual and it goes a long way. listen to their needs and help them whenever possible.

3. Be firm, yet reasonable

Establishing the right amount of discipline is important. It’s all about the balance between not being overly strict and not being too lenient.

4. Communication

Effective communication is key for a good relationship with your child. Try asking what subjects they are enjoying, how their day was or if they need help with anything.

5. Positive Reinforcement

Reward your child when it is necessary. This will encourage them to keep up the good behaviour!

6. Setting goals

Goal setting is a good way to focus on what needs to be achieved. Perhaps offer an incentive when the goal is achieved.

Implementing these strategies will complement your child’s work ethic, whilst providing a structure to their life.

3 ways for your child to practice mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness with education

Mindfulness and positivity goes a long way. Which is why it’s important as a parent to encourage children to practice mindfulness alongside education.

It is beneficial for a number of reasons, including keeping calm, remaining positive and organising thoughts. Implementing this technique with children will be beneficial for their education and learning.

Here are 3 ways for your child to practice mindfulness:

Positive mindset

  • Help  your child to have a can-do attitude in their daily life.
  • Encouraging positive thinking and developing the right thoughts.
  • Reducing stress by controlling thoughts and feelings.
  • Talking to them about any issues that are bothering them.

Meditation

  • Controlling your child’s way of thinking.
  • Taking time out of your child’s busy routine to reflect upon their day.
  • Engaging the self with deep breathing.
  • Teaching them to analyse what went well and what could have gone better.

 Extra-curricular

  • Finding something that your child loves to do in their spare time.
  • Having a break from education and school work.
  • Reducing stress through hobbies, such as physical activity or arts and crafts.
  • Not only improves upon skills, but takes away pressure from academia.

Mindfulness is a useful technique which has a number of benefits. It is a way of controlling and regulating thoughts, boosting positivity and self-reflection.

Encouraging children to practice mindfulness will benefit their  education, so why not try implementing our 3 ways for your child to practice mindfulness.

It is a way of relieving stress and remaining positive during those stressful exams and assignments.

It is also important as a parent to practice mindfulness. If you demonstrate being mindful, your child will most likely learn from the parent’s behaviour.

3 ways to kick-start your child’s revision

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Exam season is fast approaching, and whether it’s SATs, GCSEs or the 11+, your child will start preparation soon.

It’s normal for children, as well as parents, to worry about exams!

But with the right revision and preparation, revision has never been so easy…

Here’s 3 ways to kick-start your child’s revision:

Planning

  • Mapping out the time before your child’s exams will provide an indication of how long there is for completing revision.
  • You can make a timetable together and record the key exam dates.
  • Try adding a schedule to the timetable, like how many hours to spend revision and on which days.
  • Don’t forget to include study breaks on the timetable, too!

Create a study environment

  • Dedicate a special place where your child can revise and complete schoolwork.
  • Creating a quiet and secluded environment will ensure that there are no distractions.
  • This means that information can be retained easily and work completed effectively.
  • Make sure they have all the supplied needed for studying so they won’t have to get up and get distracted.

A healthy lifestyle

  • Helping your child maintain a healthy lifestyle will benefit them when it comes to schoolwork.
  • Setting a time for bed every night will create a routine and ensure they are not tired for a productive day’s work!
  • A balanced diet also has an impact on the body and mind. This includes fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and carbohydrates. Nutritious breakfasts are also important in the lead up to and the morning of exams.
  • Don’t forget to encourage them to drink lots of water, too!

Exam season doesn’t have to be daunting, and with the right planning and preparation your child will feel more confident.

3 ways to kick-start your child’s revision will help with their work ethic and organisation.

It’s not just about revision, it is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and have a peaceful setting to revise in.

3 effective ways to improve your child’s concentration

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Understanding how children learn and memorise information can help us to improve their education.

The way that children’s brains are wired is completely different to adults, which is why children’s attention spans are typically shorter.

Have you ever wondered how you can improve your child’s attention span so that their focus can improve when learning?

Try our 3 effective ways to improve your child’s concentration:

Playing focus games

You can make learning fun by incorporating games into daily activities. Try playing card games like ‘Memory’ or puzzles like Sudoku or Crosswords, these will improve attention span as well as focus. If you take away electrical gadgets like smartphones and tablets it will be less distracting, allowing your child’s concentration to be solely on the activity.

Create a distraction-free zone

By creating a distraction-free environment, your child will have somewhere dedicated for studying and completing work. This is a space where they can focus on the task they are completing without being tempted by the TV, mobile phones or other distracting electronics. Create an environment that is comfortable and calming for your child so that it makes the tasks enjoyable. If they concentrate best by listening to calming music, then why not try putting on soft background music. Make sure everything that your child needs is accessible so they don’t have to get up and search for anything.

Set a routine

By creating a timetable for daily activities, your child will have a structure to follow and know what they need to complete. If there’s a set time for completing homework, having dinner and other activities like reading, it can help to program their mind so they are aware of what they need to get done. This will also help with time management and organisation!

You can help your child with their concentration skills a number of ways! Training children’s brains to focus is something that will benefit them throughout their life. Concentration can be improved through brain training games, creating a peaceful environment for completing tasks and setting a routine to follow.

3 ways to help your child at home with their work

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As a parent, there are many things you can do at home to help your child with their school work.

If you’re wondering what you can do to improve education, why not try our 3 ways to help your child at home with their work:

Healthy Lifestyle

  • Ensure your child is getting enough sleep. It’s recommended that children need between 8 and 12 hours of sleep every night.
  • A healthy, balanced diet will improve the way your child functions. For example, calcium and Vitamin D helps strengthen bones and growth, iron is good for cognitive ability and Omega 3 helps the brain to function.
  • Lots of fruit and vegetables are important, as well as meat, fish and wholegrains.

Routine

  • Establishing a routine for your child will help them be organised and have structure in their day-to-day life.
  • This can be making sure they pack a school bag the night before, completing homework the day it is set and having a regular bed time.
  • Try setting a morning routine: enough time for having breakfast, brushing teeth and getting dressed. And an evening routine: set a time for completing homework, a set dinner time and time for winding down in the evening.

Education

  • Reading with your child at home will improve vocabulary, imagination and pronunciation. You can read a few pages per night together. If they are confident reading alone, then try encouraging them to read a few pages of a book every night before bed.
  • Complete homework together. You can teach them new concepts and provide any extra help when needed.
  • Additional tuition. If there’s any subjects that are more challenging over others, why not consider after-school tuition? At StudyBox, we provide 1-1 support with tutors tailored to each individual student.

There are plenty of opportunities as a parents to help your child at home with their education.

Try our 3 ways to help your child at home:  assisting with schoolwork,  setting a routine to help time management and completing tasks, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of sleep and having a healthy diet.

If your child needs any extra help in difficult subject areas, why not consider additional tuition with StudyBox?

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