Help your Child with Reading, Writing and Numeracy TipsWritten by Tim McCloskey on 5/16/2017 9:21:46 AM.
Reading at home
Make reading fun
- Play card and board games and do complicated puzzles
- Help your child to follow a recipe and cook for the family
- Encourage your child to read and follow instructions for playing a game, making or using a piece of equipment, or completing a competition entry form.
- Remember their reading doesn’t have to be a book – it could be a magazine, comic, newspaper or something from the Internet.
Here's a tip - talk a lot to your child while you are doing things together. Use the language that works best for you and your child.
Talk about it
- Ask your child to talk about parts of a story they liked and why
- Talk about the key facts, characters, plot, setting, theme and author’s purpose
- Have them retell the main ideas or describe characters, events or facts they were interested in
- Ask them to show you where the story supports their thinking
- Be a role model. Show you read for a variety of reasons; eg to compare products advertised in brochures, to be informed on current issues, to find a phone number or a bus timetable, to relax etc
Writing at home
Make writing fun
- Encourage your child to listen for and use interesting words. Having a wide range of words will help your child create stories which will increase in complexity
- Use technology. Text messages and emails are a form of writing even if the language is not always standard English
- Use computers if your child isn’t keen on writing. They don’t have to think about the presentation of their work and editing does not require a complete re-write. Spell-check helps, too
- Play card and board games and complete difficult crosswords and word puzzles
- Create a message board such as a white board, blackboard or pin board. The messages might be instructions, reminders, or praise for a job well done, as well as examples of work. Encourage your child and other family members to respond with messages, too.
Here's a tip - make writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, any time.
Talk about writing with your child
- Talk with your child about their day. Talking helps them to organise their thinking and is an important first step for any writing
Useful websites: You can find more advice and guidance on supporting your child in reading and numeracy by visiting the following websites:
Better reading – gives useful hints and tips on reading with your child.
Make time to read – a Facebook page set up to raise awareness of the importance of making time to read with your child. www.facebook.com/maketimetoread
Booktrust – has created a range of programmes and projects designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy reading and writing.
BBC Advice for parents* – from homework help to Special Educational Needs, find out how to help your child at school.
Hwb – the all Wales learning platform,
Maths useful links