Life's a competition
We've been asking teachers, parents and anyone who deals with boys what works for them when it comes to helping boys to learn.
Top of the list every time? Competition. Set boys up in competition against each other, against the clock, against themselves! They just can't resist the challenge.
For more ideas to get boys learning, here's some great ideas from education consultant Bob Hopcraft.
Boys - A learning Curve
We asked education expert Carey Ann Dodah (left), Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning, out-of-school tutoring centres, (See our review here) answers your questions about helping boys achieve in a learning environment. So if you have a fidgety boy who can't sit still in the classroom, one who'd rather be playing football, or just want some ideas on who to keep your son engaged with his learning, see what Carey Ann has to say
Online learning: Online programmes, apps and websites that will help boys have fun while they learn.
Bring it to the table
Keep your boys busy while they're waiting for tea with these new Educational Learning Mats.
Aimed at children aged three to 11, each of the double-sided, wipe-clean worksheets provides key learning points on the front such as Numbers 1 – 10, Handwriting, Learning small letters, Introduction to Times Table and French Essentials for example. When the child is ready to have a go, they flip the mat over, pick up a felt tip pen and practise what they’ve learned.
Available in A3 (£3.99) and A4 (£4.99) sizes, the mats are available from www.educationallearningmats.co.uk.