If your child is a good reader, no matter what age, let them still read books that they feel comfortable
with even if you think they are too easy. We all enjoy an easy read! Younger children especially need
to enjoy the pictures and stories. Often these books are just good fun!
Help your child learn essential number facts. This is vital
Many children who struggle with Mathematics do so because they do not know basic number facts. They
need a thorough knowledge of:
They need a thorough knowledge of:
How can this be achieved?
Try to involve him/her in practical kitchen/workshop activities. This is an ideal way to reinforce the
mathematical language and practical skills related to: weight, volume/capacity, time, reading scales,
temperature and length. It also provides a very important link for the children because they can then
realise that the mathematics that they learn inside school has real and very important uses outside of
Reinforce work carried out at school.
Try to avoid teaching your child how to do “sums” unless you are sure of the approach used at school, this
is when problems can arise.
Helping your child with these ideas will make him/her more successful at school.
Research shows that reading to a young child is the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. This is a helpful guide to support your child in their journey as they discover the enjoyment of reading for themselves.
The Book Trust ‘Best Books’ list groups books into 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds.