How often do you write at length with a pen and paper these days? It may in fact be little more than a scribbled shopping list or a reminder post it note. So it’s an interesting topic for children and students who are growing up in an ever increasingly digital world and often struggle to see the “point” in practicing their handwriting….
Bright Star Tutoring appreciates that many children will be working on laptops and iPads within years of entering pre school. However we also see Handwriting as an absolutely essential skill and one that encompasses so much more than simply a legible answer on an exam paper.
We constantly monitor and assess our student’s handwriting and presentation skills, offering tips and advice on how to always secure the marks that are often offered for these, on exam papers at all ages.
Practicing handwriting helps to develop fine motor skills, to focus a child’s mind on the task at hand, to bring about a closer connection that a keypad and computer simply doesn’t muster and achieve a sense of discipline that many students actually begin to enjoy.
It can be hard to strike a balance during the Half Term holidays; between ensuring that your child has enough time to relax and rest, yet also making certain that the last six weeks of work isn’t forgotten in an instant.
We asked our Tutors for their top tips on how everyone can get the best out of the Half Term break
1. Set aside Study Time
If you enforce a routine early on, it’ll be far easier to stick to than if you suddenly panic late in the week. Set out clear expectations about how much time you expect your child to spend studying each day and what you want them to accomplish.
2. Ask about their learning
Students, whatever age, love to tell others about what they’re learning, particularly their parents. Ask your child their favourite thing they’ve learnt this term in each of their subjects and ask them to talk you through it. Have a look through their exercise books and ask them if they’re aware of what they’ll be studying next.
3. Make learning fun
There are endless resources online that you can turn to if your child has completed their standard holiday homework. If they’re struggling with a subject, just search online for video tutorials or interactive games which will help them get to grips with things.
4. Work hard, Play hard
Play is crucial during half term. It’s designed as a break from the vigour of the school term so make sure you have lots of time when your child can simply switch off, see friends, stock up on sleep and have fun. It’s all about balance.
If you’re staying put this Half Term, there are tonnes of things to do around London. We always encourage our students and their parents to make the most of school holidays – often combining morning tutoring with a trip or visit in the afternoon. These are our top 3 ideas for places to go:
1. BP Family Festival, Tate Britain
The title for this year’s festival is Bring Your Tribe and the focus on connectivity and creativity is the perfect way to keep children engaged. Held in the stunning setting of the Tate Britain, the festival is easy to access via trains and tubes and it’s free to visit.
2. Storystock, Bush Theatre
Cleverly named Storystock features some of the biggest names in children’s literature including Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell alongside all time favourite Judith Kerr. A literary festival for children aged 2-13, this event will get your child’s imagination flowing in no time.
3. Giant Brick Animal Trail, London Wetland Centre
We LOVE Lego. It’s excellent for developing children’s fine motor skills, it encourages problem solving alongside creativity, and most importantly children love it too. Why not head down to London Wetland Centre in Barnes where there are lego workshops and a fun trail to follow.