Helping your child

Help my kid learn

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

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.

Homework Tips

Transition from Primary to Post Primary School

The useful leaflet published by the National Parents’ Council has some practical tips for the transition between primary school and postprimary school.

National Parents Council

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



Encyclopaedia Britannica



World Atlas



The Big Calculator

Link: Spelling




Look, Say, Cover, Write & Check


Link: Learn to Type at Home



Tables Tester