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Helping Your Child

All parents want to help their child as much as possible prior to starting school.  However, some are concerned that they may be teaching them in the wrong way.  Try to develop a problem-solving approach to learning. 

Talk about the school as a happy place so that it is something to look forward to.  Never use school as a threat to a child. Continue to develop their social skills so that they are able to listen to their teachers and follow instructions. We hope that you will find the following suggestions helpful.

  1. Encourage your child to be independent e.g. to dress and undress.
  2. Count, pointing to the objects as you go.  Ask your child to give you two spoons or five beads etc.
  3. Say the alphabet (sounds of letters first, not names of letters) and point to each letter as you say it.  If the child is interested, concentrate on one letter at a time.
  4. Provide pencils, crayons and paints and encourage your child to draw patterns and pictures.  Listen to their account of what they have drawn and always praise their efforts.
  5. Talk to your child and listen to what he/she has to say.  Look at books together and read your child a bedtime story.
  6. Teach the names of basic colours and shapes.
  7. If you are teaching your child to write their name please write in small letters, not capitals.
  8. Encourage you child to use round end type scissors.
  9. Prepare your child for lunchtime by ensuring that they know how to use a knife, fork and spoon correctly.

These are suggestions only – we would like to point out that each child learns at his/her own pace and many pre-school children will not be ready or able to do these tasks.  As they enter Reception classes and continue through to Year 2 it is very important that parents work with their children to develop the skills they have acquired in Nursery.  Focus on mental mathematics and oral work.  Please do not teach your child formal methods of recording e.g. 2+4=6.  Also, please would you hear your child read every evening.

Your help and support will greatly enhance your child’s learning

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