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A New Start and You

This year has been off to a rough start in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even more so for your child. Whether they are in Primary or Secondary School, it has presented them with new challenges.

For the first time in your child's educational life, they have had to complete their schooling at home, presenting added pressures for both you and them as they distant themselves from their classroom peers and usual classroom interactions. It has affected their learning and for some, even lowered their confidence.

The new academic year has just begun and children are back in school, but not school as they know it. Usually, at the start of the new academic year students are ready and refreshed to catch up with their friends, make new ones and get ahead with their learning. However this academic year will be different. It will be more daunting than usual and present new challenges as children start to adjust to the new way of learning. In light of this, we have compiled a few simple steps to ensure your child approaches this new academic year in a positive way.

Step 1 - Routine

Whether your child is currently attending school or learning online, it is important that your child maintains a routine. This will help both you and your child to adjust to what appears to be the new norm. Ensure your child completes their homework in advance because leaving it until the last minute will not be helpful in the long run. If possible, try to schedule homework on around the same days and times each week.

Step 2 - Exercise and Rest

Daily exercise is vital for supporting your child's energy levels, and as we know, a good night’s sleep is essential for all of us to be at our best. If possible, try to head out for a bike ride or walk everyday. Activities together with your child will also provide good quality downtime. At the same time, try to ensure that your child is getting enough rest, this will allow their body and mind to rejuvenate and be ready for the next day.

Step 3 - Eat Right

Eating well is good for the body and the mind. Every child needs the right fuel to ensure they are alert and able to absorb new information and whilst we hear it a lot we sometimes do not do it enough. Fruits and vegetables are staple energy boosters to encourage a healthy mind and body for both you and your child.

Step 4 - Brain Booster

Educational games and activities are a good idea to keep your child engaged. This will help your child practice English and Maths skills previously covered at school and at Ed Grande Tuition.

Whether your child is in primary school or secondary school, your child could try:

  • Charades

  • Kahoot

  • Puzzles

  • Pictionary

  • Twenty Questions

This is of course not an exhaustive list of ideas, but they are really fun and entertaining ways to engage your child’s learning as it requires very little resources and can be tailored to meet your child’s age and learning ability.

Step 5 – Encouragement

School is a great opportunity for your child to develop, learn and grow. Even if they do not love school, showing them that school is a rewarding and fulfilling experience will help them throughout life. If your child sees school as a chore, they may struggle to feel engaged and motivated. Encourage your child to participate and engage in school. Recognise and applaud their achievement through positive remarks. If your child struggles with a particular topic, subject or task, finding a creative way to learn and understand could greatly help your child. Engaging a tutoring service, like Ed Grande Tuition, for a particular subject can also help to address this issue.

All in all, 2020 has been a difficult year for every child to say the least. These challenges would have affected each child differently and impacted them in a variety of ways. However, we are here to help, so please contact us, and a member of our team will be happy to speak with you.

We wish you and your child the best of luck in this new academic year.


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