What style of tuition do we offer?
We offer small group tuition to students who need some extra help to get on track as well as those with identified learning issues. We do not offer private one-on-one tutoring. Students are encouraged to work independently whilst our teachers move between students to check their work. There is no group instruction.
All students are offered a chocolate fish/lolly when they arrive and we are generous with giving these out as rewards during the lesson for good behaviour and work. We also have a variety of toys that students are allowed to play with for a short break (5min max) as a reward for working hard. Some students also have a reward system in place (e.g. 5 good behaviour tokens earns them a gemstone or special toy to keep). Our teachers and tutors are all very patient and kind, and helping children who are struggling is one of our specialities. We are able to monitor their progress, observe for areas of weakness, and implement activities to target these areas and improve students' skills.
Some students have missed material at school and need to catch up. We teach Maths, Reading, Writing and Spelling. Also, we are flexible to teach what a student needs and can follow a checklist from school if appropriate. Our goal is to provide a comfortable learning environment where students can enjoy working. Some younger students need short breaks for physical activity and we allow this in a structured environment.
What programmes do we use?
We use a specialised phonics programme for Dyslexia or reading difficulties. We spend a lot of time reviewing and reinforcing material to build a solid platform. This extra practise can be crucial to those who have learning blocks.
Where possible, we like to use children's literature and a whole language approach to teach reading comprehension and writing skills. We find children to be very motivated by authors such as Roald Dahl.
We use hands on materials such as an abacus, popsicle sticks in groups of tens and small stones to teach Maths. Its important for children to be able to visualise numbers. Tactile manipulation of sums and amounts can also be very helpful in grasping new concepts. We also believe children benefit from maths games such as Rummicub and Monopoly. We use a ball and throwing back and forth to drill students on basic facts and maths concepts. We have good resources to teach fractions, decimals, percentages, statistics and other maths topics.
Computer programmes such as Mathletics and Mathsbites are also excellent for improving maths skills. Sometimes students are put off by these programmes at home but become very proficient while working at Extraordinary Kids. This can then extend to the home environment. We encourage students to build on the work we are helping them with and if possible do some practise at home everyday.
For higher level maths everything is broken down into easy to follow steps for the student. We help older students to increase their persistence with harder, longer maths problems and check and recheck their work. Our tutor, Dalton, works with our senior Maths students on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Students are helped to brainstorm and organise their ideas. The focus is on clear and well-worded writing with a good use of punctuation and interesting vocabulary. We start with hand-written work that can later be put into a digital format. All students who write with us keep a list of words they have had trouble spelling and aim to learn them correctly. We study a variety of different types of writing including - recounts, persuasive writing, essay writing, speech writing, poetry, and stories. We also look at themes in literature and genres. We are happy to give feedback and encouragement on school assignments. Some students also benefit from suggestions for neater handwriting. We look at proper spacing between words, letter formation, and use of capital letters and punctuation.
All of our programmes are individualised to meet students' learning requirements.
Students are on their own personalised work plan.