Helping Your Child's Learning

Main points:

  • Your child's learning isn't restricted to school.
  • There are a number of things you can do at home to help your child learn.
  • Don't hesitate to discuss with your child's teacher any concerns that you have about your child's learning and how it can be supported.

You are your child's most important teacher

As your child’s first, and most important, teacher there is a lot you can do at home that will support your child's learning through everyday experiences.

Here are some tips on things you can try at home:

  • Have problems they can help solve, like a jigsaw puzzle. These are great ways to tap into their natural problem solving abilities.
  • Do things that interest them – like a hobby or activity they love. For example, if your child likes helping you cook you can introduce maths by getting them to measure the ingredients; science by observing and discussing how the different ingredients mix together; English through reading the recipe steps out loud; and health by discussing how healthy the different ingredients are.
  • Help them find answers or solutions to problems themselves. Show your child how to look things up in a book or on the computer, and find the answers themselves.
  • When talking to your child, ask reflective questions like 'how' 'why' or 'what if' as this helps them to think deeply about their responses.
  • Repeat things. Most of us can’t do something perfectly the first time we try them. We get better with practice, and understand what we’re doing the more we do it. Children are exactly the same.
  • Remember, your child needs some downtime just like you do. Giving them time to just be themselves is important.

You can discuss with your child’s teacher any concerns that you have about your child’s learning and how it can be supported.

Related links

  • Transition to School - information and resources on the transition to school, including the Transition Learning and Development Statement.
  • FUSE: Primary Students – educational resources and activities for primary school children.