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Top tips to help your child learn at home

Published: Monday, 18th January 2021

Helpful tips to support homeschooling

The Learning Support team have put together some helpful tips to support your child's homeschooling.

Reading

  • Let your child choose the book, as they are likely to be more interested if they have chosen it themselves
  • Find somewhere comfortable (or where they choose) to share the book together e.g. beanbag, den, garden (weather permitting)
  • Take turns to read, so reading is modelled and the load shared
  • Talk about the pictures, ask questions, predict what might happen next, change the story
  • Have fun - use silly voices, act out parts etc 

20 ways to help your child learn sight words (Opens in a new window)

Sight words are frequently used words that do not follow common phonetic spelling rules that children learn in Year 1 and Year 2.

Spelling

  • Make sure your child can spell their full name and look at any spelling patterns in their name that they may be able to apply in other words (Brown, Maisey, Grace)
  • The same would apply to other words that are important to your child based around their interests
  • Play word games such as I Spy to help to identify the sound at the beginning of a word
  • Use magnetic letters or letter cards and rearrange them to spell words rather than writing them out
  • Play snakes and ladders type games where you can move the spaces once you have managed to spell a word with the correct number of letters

Writing

  • Practise writing letters using different implements: chalk, felt-tips, crayons, coloured pencils, paint brushes and water. This stops the task from becoming boring.
  • Make writing tasks relevant and useful. Write shopping lists, reminders for mum or dad, write a song, an explanation of their computer game etc
  • Write a story as a cartoon with pictures and captions
  • Add speech bubbles to pictures in newspapers or magazines

Stimulate your child's writing brain with Pobble 365 (opens in a new window). A website which displays a different picture everyday with suggested writing activities based on the image.

Maths

Whenever you have the opportunity, try to include maths talk in their lives. This is easily done when they are playing with physical objects as you can reinforce their counting skills. For example, how many pennies are you holding? Or what shape is that object? When counting, reinforce the last number they counted as this can help their mathematical development further, for example “one, two three...three cars.

Games are a great way to bond with your children, but also many games use mathematical and logical skills that your children will need in later life. Even a simple game such as a jigsaw puzzle helps children to develop logical and spatial awareness skills. Furthermore, games like snakes and ladders enable children to count the rolls of the dice, which helps develop their counting skills. 

Practise reading the time. As we move into digital, many children are growing up not reading analogue clocks. Make sure your child practises reading analogue clocks in everyday life, as this is part of the maths curriculum. 

Times tables: Practice Practice Practice! As everybody knows, it’s essential for children to learn their times tables in order to access harder maths questions. This is an easy thing for parents to practise with their children - sneak it in when they’re bored! Make car journeys go by faster or distract them on the bus by asking times tables questions. Challenge them to say their times tables backwards if they get bored of reciting them.

Fun maths activities you can do at home (Opens in a new window)

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