How to study poetry: enjoyment or analysis?

As I come towards the end of my first set of online English sessions, I was asked a question by one of the parents about poetry and how to encourage an appreciation of poetry in children.  The parent acknowledged that this was a difficult question and that there is probably a different answer for every child.  It did get me thinking however, and here are my musings! Poetry – is it interesting? Due to the age of the students I usually work with, when I study poetry with them, they have usually already formed an opinion of what poetry is … Continue reading

Helping your teenager with English

Whether you are a home educator or your children go to school you are an integral part of your child’s education. Once they get to the teenage years, however, it can be difficult to know how best to help them with their learning. They may see teachers as the only source of knowledge, your own subject confidence may be shaky or feel a little rusty or you may just have run out of ideas. English can be a difficult area to tackle. It is easy to see how those first steps in English, learning to read and write, can be of … Continue reading

Online English sessions

Today we are launching the first of our small group online tuition sessions. Aimed primarily, but not exclusively at home educated children, the sessions will run via Skype and Google docs and cover a variety of English skills. The first set of sessions will look at analysis; how to analyse a variety of texts; the point of analysis, both for examination and in real life; and how to write analytic texts. These sessions will not be aimed at any particular exam board or specification, but will give children an overview of the skills, theory, practice and purpose of analysis. The … Continue reading