Helping your child

Developed as part of the National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011 — 2020 and the Department of Education and Skills, this website is for the parents of children aged 0 – 12 years, from birth to the end of primary school.  The website is about how you and your family can enjoy learning together. It is designed to support parents with fun activities and tips according to their child’s age. And each age group has lots of ideas for helping children with talking, playing, reading, writing and using numbers.

Useful things to do with 5 to 7 year olds

Useful things to do with 8 to 9 year olds

Useful things to do with 10 to 12 year olds

Helping your child at home

Click on the links below to find out how you can help your child with the different curricular areas.

What is on the curriculum?

Helping your child with maths

The 14 short video clips show parents and children in their own homes using every day materials and resources to learn about maths through simple games and activities

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Guide to the Different Classes

This website has interactive activities for practising Maths skills

Useful Maths Activities

Choosing a book for your child to read by themselves

8 Tips for Choosing Books for Kids
  1. Good books are easy to relate to. …
  2. They teach us important things. …
  3. They may not be your personal pick. …
  4. They are not too difficult to read. …
  5. They have strong illustrations. …
  6. They are fun to read aloud. …
  7. They’re often trending. …
  8. Good books can simply be the books your child desires.

See more here

How to hold a Pencil using the Tripod Grip

Correct pencil grip can improve handwriting and the general comfort and fluidity of writing.

The “Tripod grip” is considered a desired pencil grip. The pencil is loosely held between the thumb and first two fingers. Click on the link below to see how it is done.

Helping your child with their pencil grip

How to help your child with homework

This useful leaflet published by the National Parents’ Council has some practical suggestions for homework.


Transition from Primary to Post Primary School

This booklet from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment describes the experiences of first year students.

Moving on up -Experiences of First Year Students

Best homework support websites

Best Homework Support Sites Maths Dictionary


English Dictionary & Thesaurus


World Book Encyclopaedia for all your Projects

Link: Britannica Encyclopaedia


World Atlas


Extra Spelling Resources

Link: Extra Spelling Resources

Learn to Type at Home

Link: Dancemat Typing

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