Reading with and to your child is essential.
Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education.
It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.
Talk to your child about what you're reading; ask questions and share opinions.
- Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
- Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
- Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - football, dinosaurs, puppies or fairies?
- Choose different reading materials such as comics, magazines or factual books.
Try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start.
It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.
Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills.
Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:
- Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
- Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
- Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
- Encourage your child to help with tasks such as measuring a room for a new carpet, weighing ingredients for a cake or planning a holiday (searching online databases).
Homework reinforces what your child is learning in school and gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process.
In the early years reading is the most important homework.
Your child may have a book from the classroom library in his or her bag - try to read the book together every night.
Primary school children are sometimes asked to talk to their families about what they learned in school on a particular day.
- Do find a quiet place at home to use as a homework area. It needs a flat surface, a good light source and the right equipment eg pens, pencils, ruler, scissors, glue.
- Do plan a homework timetable and agree on when your child will do their homework.
- Do encourage your child to have something to eat before starting on homework.
- Do discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are studying at school.
- Do turn off the TV - but you could have music on if they find it helpful.
- Don't give your child the answer in order to get a task finished. Instead, explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary.
- Don't let homework become a chore. Keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.
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