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Mindfulness… Can it help my child cope better?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Many children feel pressure to achieve when exams, tests and deadlines loom. On top of this, peer pressure and natural anxieties about growing up can put extra stress on children.

Plus, if your child has ADHD or is on the Autistic spectrum, there might be other difficulties added to the mix.

While ministers debate how to introduce mindfulness classes in schools, here are some fun activities to do at home to help your child cope better:

  • Get active! A healthy mind and active body go hand in hand. Restrict video game play to an hour a day, by encouraging kids to get physical. Try trampolining, swimming, art. Check out Kidsguide for some fantastic clubs, classes and sports in the Manchester/Cheshire area. Great way to burn off excess energy too…
  • Create a chill out zone. Build ‘quiet time’ into a school week, you’ll be amazed by the results. Rather than switch the TV or PS3 on all evening, spend 30 minutes doing simple things. Read snuggled up in a duvet, or star gaze. Download this BBC stargazing pack. These gentle activities help your child focus better – improving their ability to retain information.
  • Get creative! Kids love making stuff! Try these: create a mini vegetable patch in the back garden. Or give them some sheeting/old boards/wood to create their own den. Design a vehicle using wood, old wheels etc. Join a local recycling group for free materials!

Of course, your child’s confidence can affect their wellbeing. So if a subject at school is causing them grief, we’ve a lovely tutor here at 121 Home School Tutors to instantly boost their self-esteem. Just get in touch!


How to Beat Exam Stress

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Does exam pressure worry you? An NUT survey revealed that children in Year 2 upwards are getting more exam stressed than ever before – with some avoiding school all together!

How can you help your child overcome exam nerves? Whether sitting SATs, Entrance tests, GCSEs or A Levels, why not try these practical tips:

  • Get planning! Map out what the exam papers cover, dividing revision into manageable chunks.
  • Take breaks. Don’t sit revising for hours on end. Instead, balance work with play/free time. Get some fresh air! Do something active. Go to the cinema…
  • Have fun. Short bursts of brain training can keep motivation up: play word games, have competitions with friends, do 10 minute activities, create flash cards to learn from.
  • Tackle past papers against the clock! A great activity as it fine-tunes your timing, and helps identify tricky questions.
  • Praise praise praise! The end result can seem a long way off. So keep your child’s spirits up by reassuring and praising them – often.

Remember: exam success often depends on a child’s confidence. Plus, knowing the right technique is half the battle! That’s how we can help…

So worry no longer. At 121 Home Tutors, specialist teachers can prepare your child for those dreaded tests, inspiring them to try their best. After all, that’s all that matters…

Exams imminent? With just two months to go before children sit independent school exams in Manchester, we can help. Call us today!