All throughout September to December children have a plethora of exciting celebrations to enjoy. First comes Halloween and Bonfire Night, then the whole of the Festive Season, which brings freedom from school, later bedtimes and the sweetest of all diets! However, to children this period of excitement seems to be over in the blink of an eye and it’s back to school in January already. Without another celebration in sight, all that’s left is two months of cold, dark and miserable weather. Sounding familiar to you? Yes, that’s right, children can suffer from the, very common, January Blues too. Therefore, it is important we help our children ease into ‘back-to-school’ life as smoothly as possible. Here at Marvellous Minds, we understand how difficult the transition back to school can be, so we have put together a short guide to help your children thrive this New Year! 
Deciding which toys are most valuable to buy can be daunting and above all confusing! The best gifts for children are those that withstand the test of time, that they will continue to enjoy long after boxing day. We believe the best toys are those which are aesthetically pleasing to children, are robust and durable and above all inspire creativity and learning. 
 
We have selected a few of our favourite educational Christmas gifts of 2019, which we believe promote both creativity and learning in the three core subjects, Maths, English and Science. All of the below are STEAM toys/ activities, meaning they combine aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. Your little learners will love these specially selected gifts. 
For those who celebrate Christmas, it is perhaps the most exciting time of year for children. A break from school, the excitement of all the festive cheer and quality time spent with friends and family. Most children do not want to think about their Maths homework, or the English essay that is due the first day back to school! Not to mention the children who have their 11+, or mock GCSE exams in January! And who can blame them? We all want to relax and have fun at this time of year. So, is it possible to educate your children and allow them to enjoy Christmas in full, at the same time? 
In 2019 we send texts and emails to communicate, use our smart phones as personal diaries and rely on our computers to type out our work. As such, we are losing touch with the art of handwriting and spelling. As our children increasingly rely on technology for their education, it becomes ever more important to ensure that they efficiently develop their handwriting and spelling skills. 
I remember experiencing the intense preparation for the entrance exams to, what used to be called, Bedford High School (now Bedford Girls School). The verbal reasoning part of the exam was particularly challenging. Preparation and practice was key, and I still remember finding out that I had been offered a place at the school – I was so excited and happy. Although 11+ preparation can be very challenging, with the right tips you can succeed and do really well in these exams. 
With one in four secondary school students now accessing tuition it can be hard to decide which route to take for your child. Do you choose small group tuition, or one to one support? Both have benefits, but which one is really better? 
One to one tuition involves a student and a teacher and provides an individualised way of teaching. Even though this gives your child the maximum attention it also lacks in many aspects when compared to small group tuition. 
 
 
Marvellous Minds Tuition is set to open its doors soon. We finally got the keys this week and there has been lots going on to get ready for the opening. 
 
 
With summer coming to an end, and the new term starting, students and parents can expect the familiar demands of homework yet again. Homework can be stressful, and research shows that parents can struggle supporting their children with homework. If homework is the cause for tension in your household, then read on for some helpful tips. 
 
September – the dreaded month, which was once in the distance, has now arrived and it is time for all the children and young people to go back to school. This transition can be challenging but with the right preparation families can take control. Here are some tips on how you can be prepared. 
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