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Useful Documents and Links for Parents

Here you will find documents which will help you support your child's learning at home. 

These leaflets from the Family Action website give you some excellent tips and practical ways you can make sure your child is ready for school:

Giving Your Child a Helping Hand

Getting the Most Out of School

Speaking and Listening 

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD?

1.    Set up a homelearning-friendly area. Make sure children have a place to complete home learning. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.

2.   Set a regular study time. Some children work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Find out what works best for your child and stick to the routine.

3.   Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music or mobile devices lying within reach.

4.   Make sure children do their own tasks. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can assist by making suggestions but children should take ownership of their own learning and be encouraged to become independent learners.

5.   Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about projects, tasks, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homelearning, and make yourself available for questions and concerns. You could even play ‘pupil’ and pretend you don’t know- ask them to teach you what they are learning.

6.   Set a good example. Do your children ever see you reading a book? Do they see you persevering with a task rather than giving up? Children are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.

7.   Praise their enthusiasm and efforts. Print out their Star of the Week photo, mention achievements to relatives and celebrate success.

8.    Be positive. It can be very easy to always find the things that your child can’t do yet. Be positive about the things they can do and tell them that they will be able to do things in the future.

9.    Set a regular bedtime. Children learn best when they have had a good night’s sleep. Try to stick to a bedtime and make sure it’s an appropriate time for their age.

10.  Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as Parent’s Evening to meet your child's teacher. Ask about the learning taking place and find out how you can support it. 


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