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 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.

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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
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
Link: http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/qr/a.html
English Dictionary & Thesaurus
Link: http://www.dictionary.com/
World Book Encyclopaedia for all your Projects
Link: Britannica Encyclopaedia
World Atlas
Link: http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm
Extra Spelling Resources
Link: Extra Spelling Resources
Learn to Type at Home
Link: Dancemat Typing
Working from Home-The Covid Archives