Home Learning

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP AT HOME WITH READING

Talk with your child about their reading. Try and discover what they like to read.
Hear your child read throughout their schooling – both school texts and home texts.

Remember to encourage them to use the following strategies:

  • Predict what is going to happen?
  • Use the illustrations to help think of the key 'working out' questions when they come to a word or phrase they don’t know. What cues can I get from the picture? What cues can I get from the sounds I can see and recognise? Does the word I am thinking of make sense in the sentence? Does the word I am thinking of look right? What punctuation cues can help me?
  • Re read the difficult section and self correct if possible.
  • If they still don’t know, it is ok to tell them the word.
  • Praise, praise, praise when they are making a good attempt.


Ask questions as they read to you.

  • What does that mean?
  • What’s happening here?
  • What do you think is happening?
  • What’s going to happen next?


Develop their vocabulary – can you think of another word that means the same as……….?
Read to your children. Ask them questions as you read (without spoiling the occasion and main message.)
Show children you enjoy reading.
Let your child see you reading.
Visit the library / book shops / buy books as presents.
Provide authentic reading challenges, e.g. “Find me the sign in the supermarket that tells me………” “Help me work this out by reading and telling me……”
Provide regular, quality time to help your child learn the high frequency words they bring home. Practise saying these words to further develop their visual discrimination.

Reading at school is where students are challenged. Reading at home is where students must achieve success.


HOW PARENTS CAN HELP AT HOME WITH WRITING

Provide regular, quality time to help your child commit to memory the Year One Spelling List and Essential Lists 1, 2, 3 and 4. These Lists are on the school website.
Praise your child when they attempt to write.

Provide felts, crayons, chalk, computer to write with.

Help your child to learn the names of the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make.

Encourage your child to tell you about and read their writing.

Share their writing with others.
Let your child see you as a writer
Label objects around the house.


Things children can write:

  • Letters/emails to family and friends
  • Notes to family members
  • Special cards
  • Shopping lists
  • Signs for their bedroom
  • Alphabet books
  • Labels


HOW PARENTS CAN HELP WITH MATHEMATICS

Number

  • Order numbers to 10 then 20 then 100
  • 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less,
  • Counting in 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s, 50s, 100s, backwards and forwards,
  • Doubles to 20 e.g. 1 + 1 = 2,
  • Halves to 20 e.g. half of 10 = 5,
  • Commit to memory the addition and subtraction facts to 10 and then to 20
  • Read and write single and two digit numbers
  • Writing numbers with the correct formation


Encourage your child to count. Get them to count real things starting from different numbers i.e. 6,7,8,9,10
Play cards, board games, snap and dominoes
Use the calendar – how many sleeps until your birthday? what day is the 2nd?
Clap patterns, play instruments, sort objects by size or colour
Recognise numerals around them e.g. letterboxes, price tags, road signs
Share food with friends and family
Make groups e.g. setting the table
Jigsaw puzzles
Talk about your experiences together.
Use maths language e.g. tall, shortest, biggest, oldest, lightest
Use correct measuring language when speaking about measuring e.g. length (cm, m, km), volume (litre, mls), mass (g, kg)
Encourage your child to bake with you.
Money – recognise notes and coins, order notes and coins according to value, combining coins e.g. 20c + 10c = 30c
Time – o’clock, half past, days, week, today, tomorrow, yesterday, month, year, seasons