It has certainly been a busy few months for all of us, going into and then coming out of lockdown. We know that getting back into ‘normal routines’ was tough for many and then Term 2 was exceptionally long, so we hope you were able…
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Once again another term has raced by and we want to say a huge thank you to all of our students and their families for the hard work that you put into their learning. As we often say, our programmes are successful due to collaboration and continued practice by our students each week. We hope that you all get a chance to wind down and relax over the holidays and we look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.
New Tutor Hunt
We are on the lookout for a fabulous new tutor to join our busy Wanaka/Queenstown branch. If you know of any trained teachers who may be interested in joining our team, please ask them to touch base with one of our directors, Kim, Kim or Holly.
We have gathered together some favourite videos and articles over the past term to share with you. We hope you enjoy them.
Advice for Parents of kids with Dyslexia
Check out this video made by Jo Crawford, a student who struggles with dyslexia and her Mum!
Stories to inspire you!
We find the website Understood.org really easy to navigate and feel that they cover a wide range of learning challenges on their website. We wanted to share with you their top 11 inspirational stories for June.
Young Adult Fiction Blog
One of our amazing tutors Melissa has a HUGE passion for reading, especially young adult fiction stories, so has been writing a blog about some of her favourite books. If your older child/teenager needs some ideas about some chapter books to read, check out her blog here
Home Learning Ideas for the Holidays
We know that many parents are eager for their child to continue to do some learning over the holidays. We would love for all students to have a break and time to recharge but if you are keen to keep up some practice over the break this is what we suggest;
– Have your child read to themselves or be read to for 15 minutes each day
-Write a short journal entry each day of their holiday. Even if it is one sentence where they write about their favourite thing that day. This can be typed or written
-Many of our students struggle with phonological awareness so we have made a list of ideas and games that you can play at home to support the development of phonological awareness
-Sign up to ReadTheory.org – a free online reading tool that focuses on decoding and comprehension.
-Practice your math basic facts using Hit the Button App or the TopMarks website.
Eddie Woo is an inspiring secondary Maths teacher in Sydney, Australia. He strives to make Math understandable to his students and makes videos explaining Math concepts and strategies which he uploads to You Tube for students to learn from. Eddie recently won Australia’s Local Hero award…
Another busy term is coming to an end and we want to once again thank you for all of the hard work you are putting into your students learning. We know how busy life can be so really appreciate the time you all take to work through homework each week with your child. As we often say, the students who complete homework usually make great progress on our programme.
We are aware many students get to experience many exciting outdoor opportunities during term 4, please be mindful of informing your child’s tutor as soon as you know if there are any timetable clashes.
New Branches for Learning Support
LS is continuing to go from strength to strength; we now have more tutors in Wanaka/Queenstown and Blenheim to help with our waitlist in these areas and also have new branches opening in Dunedin and Nelson. If you have family or friends in these regions please pass on our details, we’d love to be able to help them.
Spelling Homework Routine Video
We have recently created a video to share with our LS families which shows you how to support your child with their spelling homework. The strategy we use is a form of neuro-linguistic programming which is proven to help students with learning difficulties remember spelling words they are learning. Your child’s tutor will send you the link to this video and we encourage all parents to watch it as a reminder of the process that is best used to support with spelling homework.
Please ensure that your child is healthy when they come to their tutoring sessions. We know there are lots of colds going around and we dont mind students with minor sniffles coming, but if your child has been vomiting or is off school with a fever, please do not send them to tutoring. Our tutors work in close proximity to their students and all have their own families and busy lives. We want to help keep everyone as healthy as possible.
Finishing tutoring at the end of Term 4
As we head towards the end of another year, we want to ask that all parents let their tutors know by the end of Week 3 of Term 4 (Friday 2nd October) if their child is continuing with tutoring for 2019. If your child is continuing we will hold their current tutoring slot for them for Term 1 2019. Please also let your tutor know if your child is moving schools (especially those who are tutored at school) and may need to change tutoring times. We cannot guarantee that we can provide a new tutoring time, but we will do our best to accomodate all of our current students.
The Creative Brilliance of Dyslexia – TED Talk: Kate Griggs
Please see the video below which is a wonderful Ted Talk by Kate Briggs, who co-founded a charity called Xtraordinary People in the UK. She is passionate about educating the world more about dyslexia and how clever those with dyslexia are. It is a great 14 minute watch.
One of our wonderful LS parents sent through information about the Lighthearted Kids website after signing up for the programme with her son. She reports that they are really enjoying the programme and best of all its FREE until 23rd May (or until they have…
We recently visited Scots College to hear Professor Lea Waters speak. Professor Waters (https://www.leawaters.com) is a psychologist and researcher and is the only Australian to be appointed as a Professor in Positive Psychology.
Professor Waters believes that we should help our children and students to further develop their strengths so they are better equipped to work on their weaknesses. We know that our children have strengths, but we do not always focus on growing these strengths, and instead focus on improving their weaknesses. Professor Waters research shows that kids who are aware of and focus on further improving their strengths are more resilient and capable of working on their weaknesses as they have confidence and a strong sense of self worth. Lea has free information and games on her website about how to identify your own and your child’s strengths and tips of how to support your child with their strengths and weaknesses. Her book “Strength Switch” has detailed information about her research and tips for taking a Strengths based approach to parenting and teaching.
We found her seminar really interesting and found lots of the things she talked about hit home with us as both parents and teachers and thought our LS families may also find some of her research and ideas interesting.
Please see Professor Waters website for more information https://www.strengthswitch.com
Down the bottom of the home page you will find a load of free resources and information.
We hope you find some of her tips interesting and useful!
The LS Team 🙂