Useful Documents and Links 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:
- Get the most out of School
- Speaking and Listening
- Giving your Children a helping hand
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD?
- Set up a home learning-friendly area. Make sure children have a place to complete home learning. Keep supplies: paper, pencils, glue, scissors (with parent permission) within reach.
- 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.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music or mobile devices lying within reach.
- 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.
- Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about projects, tasks, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed home learning, 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.
- Set a good example. Do your children ever see you reading a book? Do yet. Be positive about the things they can do and tell them that they will be able to do things in the future.
- 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.
- 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.