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

The Five Finger Rule

If you are not sure if the book is “just right” for your child or not

then try the  Five Finger Rule to help you decide.

1.         Open to a page of the book.

2.         Begin reading.

3.         Each time you come to a word you don’t know, hold up 1 finger.

4.         After you finish reading the page, check to see how many fingers you are holding up.

Too Easy: 0 – 1 fingers

Just Right: 2 – 3 fingers

Too Hard: 4 – 5 fingers

Source: Mrs Phillips Home Page

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 up-Experiences of first year students in post primary schools

Best homework support websites

Best Homework Support Sites Maths Dictionary


English Dictionary & Thesaurus


World Book Encyclopaedia for all your Projects

Link: World Book Encyclopaedia


World Atlas


Extra Spelling Resources

Link: Extra Spelling Resources

Learn to Type at Home

Link: Dancemat Typing