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
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
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.