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5 tips for building reading skills

February 15th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

Reading can often be a chore especially as children read at school so many don't want to read at home. Whether you are trying to encourage your child to read to build their reading and vocabulary skills, to open up the wonderful world of books and their benefits or whether they need to read for homework, our tips will ensure that reading never has to be a chore again.

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10 Educational and fun rainy day activities for children

February 8th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

We are never really short of rain here in the UK and with rain comes some tough boredom from our children. There's nothing to do today, mum!! or I'm soooo bored! in the whiniest voices, are words that we all frequently hear when children are stuck indoors. Then there is the constant sibling bickering because they can't think of anything better to do; MUM!! She won't give me my phone back!, MUM!! He broke my favourite bracelet that Lilly got me!, DAD!! Where's MU... Read More »

Understanding Homophones

January 25th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

Homophones can be very tricky when learning a language such as English and for younger children can often make spelling really confusing. Learning the different homophones takes time and patience but with some fun practice and repetition games, learning homophones doesn't have to be difficult.

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Educational Trends 2017 – Maths Mastery

January 4th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

2017 has arrived and with it come some great new educational trends that we, here at First Tutors, have been following. The first trend that we delve into this year is Maths Mastery; a programme that aims to improve understanding, enjoyment and attainment in Mathematics.

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3 books all parents should read

December 8th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

As a parent I am always looking for answers to a whole lot of questions. Parenting is no easy feat and as parents we are always open to advice and tips from other parents who have already been there. Children are precious. They are individuals with their own characters and their own minds.

There are some books that offer great insight into children that we may not have thought of or not be aware of. And some books are so inspirational and full of great ideas on how to become better ... Read More »

Educational Gift Ideas for Christmas 2016

November 30th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

It is that wonderful time of year again where Christmas is fast approaching and we should have at least started our Christmas gift shopping. For many of us, including myself, getting the perfect gifts for kids at Christmas can often be a struggle. Buying a gift that will inspire learning in our children as well as being fun and 'awesome' is not as difficult as it may seem.

That's why we have come up with the best educational gift ideas for kids this Christmas to ensure your child's ... Read More »

Great ways to help your child build their social skills

November 3rd, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Some children are naturally very social while others may need a helping hand to build these invaluable skills. Children develop different social skills at different ages from saying "hi" and "bye" or laughing at something amusing from two-to-three years of age to using different gestures and postures and sharing their emotions more easily by the age of seven.

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4 reasons why teachers and private tutors should work together

October 12th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Teachers are key to a student's education but private tutors also play a large part in the successes of students. There is of course a difference between a teacher and a tutor; a teacher is someone who carries out daily education usually at a school or formal place of education whilst a tutor is someone who gives private lessons and helps students that are struggling with a particular subject or want to get ahead; a... Read More »

Celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl

September 13th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

2016 celebrates 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl; the world's most loved storyteller and author of many children's favourite books. There will be celebrations throughout the year focusing on the author's wonderful stories and incredible characters. The great event, however, will take place on Roald Dahl's birthday, 13th September.

Let's take a moment to remember this great man and the fun-filled, imagination-inspiring stories he so graciously shared with us.

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4 easy ways to expand your child's vocabulary

August 9th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

All parents want their children to do well in school and develop those all-important skills along the way to enjoy a better adult life. One way we can really help our children to succeed is to encourage them to develop their vocabulary. There are plenty of ways to do this including the most obvious which are to read to your child, encourage them to read themselves and of course to talk to your child.

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