Helping you get the most out of your child’s education
“You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me.” – Strickland Gillilan
This is the last piece in my series regarding homework and homework tips for Junior Phase kiddies and their hard-working parents. It is about one of the most vital skills that are to be learnt in your child’s foundation years at school; reading.Continue reading
There are so many different strategies for studying that it almost becomes a study in itself to decide which will be most effective for you.
You probably know a lot about some of the most common learning strategies like drawing a mind-map and summarising. In this blog post, we take a look at some study strategies you might not have come across before.Continue reading
This is the second in the UP-grade study skills series and this time, we tackle HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND.
Studying can be all-consuming, which is great if it means you’re working hard and focusing but it can also be problematic if you don’t take care of your body as a result. The healthier your body is, the better your mind functions, so make sure you are eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep so that you can study as effectively as possible. Here are some tips:Continue reading
When Senior Primary (Grades 4-7) children come to me for extra Maths lessons, the first thing we do is a little test on the board - usually 10 questions of progressive difficulty. After we mark the test, I ask what sport the children play.
Why would I do that, you ask?Continue reading
Let’s face it; as well as sometimes being a struggle, homework can often become monotonous, with the similar reading, spelling and numeracy activities being revised each day. It is often a good idea to start with the subject that your child finds the most tricky. This way you prevent the battle at the end of the sitting when your child is tired and frustrated.
I have compiled a list of homework tips to make your afternoon activities more bearable…and perhaps even…fun?
This week I will be focussing on some tips for making Phonics and Spelling homework more interesting. Here are some ideas:Continue reading
There are so many exciting and wonderful things to look forward to as your little one enters into the new world of ‘big school’. Unfortunately, for many families, homework isn’t one of them. After a few short introductory weeks the dreaded homework will begin. This is a journey that you will continue on with your child throughout his Primary and High school years.
Studying. Ugh. It’s one of those necessary evils that we all have to get through, right? Although studying is always going to be a challenge, there are ways you can make your study habits more efficient and effective. UP-grade is here to help you achieve your best possible results so we’ve put together a series of study skills blog posts to help you work smarter, not harder.Continue reading
These days, children are given more extra mural opportunities than ever before and gone are the days of a child simply going to school in the morning, playing their sport immediately afterwards and then doing homework in the afternoon. Children are encouraged by school, parents and peers to immerse themselves in extra mural activities, and the options are as varied as the character of the child. From violin lessons to break dancing classes, from amateur theatre to club rugby. The list of options is both exciting and daunting.
Somewhere between school commitments, sports practice and extra mural activities, homework and, ultimately, exam preparation must fit in. As lovely as it is to have a holistic child, academic progress must not suffer and showing a child how to manage their time correctly is a life skill that will stand them in good throughout their life.
Here are a few tips on teaching a child how to manage their time efficiently.Continue reading