A typical session in one of Elisa’s Tutorial School children’s writing workshops

Creative writing is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of learning. It is not just important because it is a part of the curriculum but because research shows that children who are good at creative writing are better achievers all round. Those pupils who have mastered it tend to do well at other […]

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Monday 16th April…Day to Day at Elisa’s Tutorial School

We have been having lots of fun with our 4 and 5 year olds today…making up our own Mr Men stories – developing language, imagination and talking about emotions. using the little figurines. Try this at home with your little ones.

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Autism Awareness Day

Welcome to my blog post which focuses on autism. Did you know that today, the 2nd of April, is Autism Awareness Day, and that April is Autism Awareness Month? More people than ever have autism, and more children than ever are being diagnosed with it. As a teacher, I have taught many children who are […]

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The Frankie Books by Elisa Gianoncelli

J.K. Rowling said: I have a real issue with anyone trying to protect children from their own imaginations. I agree with her wholeheartedly. This is not just because I am a teacher and author, but also because I am a mother. I think children have a great gift of freedom of thought, and imagining, that […]

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The Me, You and the Moon books by Elisa Gianoncelli

The ‘Me, You and the Moon’ book is a wonderful start to the journey into learning about our world. It includes a wonderfully enchanting story about a little mouse who, along with his friends Antonio and Arlene, is looking to be reunited with his sister. He begins his journey under the light of the moon […]

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The Me and You Children’s Book Series by Elisa Gianoncelli

Today’s education is one that demands a lot from our children. They need to be creative thinkers, and yet be able to access a great deal of knowledge across a wide range of subjects. In the competitive age we live in, having strong skills in English and Maths is just the minimum requirement; all round […]

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The ‘Me, You and the Moon’ books

The ‘Me, You and the Moon’ book is a wonderful start to the journey into learning about our world. It includes a wonderfully enchanting story about a little mouse who, along with his friends Antonio and Arlene, is looking to be reunited with his sister. He begins his journey under the light of the moon […]

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Me you and the Air and the ABC books

One of the toughest things parents and teachers face is getting children to read, especially when they are young reluctant readers. I know a lot about this particular issue, as I regularly tutor a range of students, getting them ready for 5+, 7+, 11+ and 13+ exams. My advice to all of them (and their […]

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Spelling…it doesn’t have to be a chore…Post 2

Welcome back to my mini blog post series on spellings. In this second post I’m going to be sharing some ideas on how to improve the spelling skills of your child. Breaking words down into syllables: For example: to-ge-ther (you can even clap as you chant or say each syllable) Making this into a  game […]

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