Tips for Parents (No.4): Homework

Children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows children that what they do is important.

Homework shouldn’t mean spending hours at a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organisation skills, or explaining a tricky problem.

 

Here are some tips to guide the way:

  • Know the teachers — and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher meetings, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  • Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure children have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  • Schedule a regular study time. Some children work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls.
  • Make sure children do their own work. They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it’s a child’s job to do the learning.
  • Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  • Set a good example. Do your children ever see you working out a problem or reading a book? Children are more likely to follow their parents’ examples than their advice.
  • Praise their work and efforts. Post a test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  • If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child’s teacher. Some chidren have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

Tips for Parents (No.3): Reading Tips

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Reading Tips for Parents:

  • A love of reading begins at home.
  • Your child’s success at reading starts before he/she starts school.
  • Good oral language skills help develop good reading skills.
  • Talk to your child and let your child talk to you.
  • Good readers surround themselves with books.
  • Always have a book…in the car…at the dentist…in the restaurant…on the luas
  • Repeated reading helps develop fluency.
  • Encourage re-reading of books, of chapters, of pages, of paragraphs.
  • Parents are powerful in their influence.
  • Let your children see YOU reading and enjoying books, magazines, the newspaper.
  • Rewards carry messages, give a book as a reward now and then.

Tips for Parents (No.2): Understanding your child’s report card

You will receive a written report from your child’s school at the end of the school year. This report will give you information on your child’s progress and achievement in school. Schools must share the standardised test result with you when your child is in 2nd, 4th and 6th class. The result of a standardised test will appear as a number.
 

What is a standardised test?

Standardised tests measure your child’s achievement in literacy and numeracy compared to other children throughout the country at the same class level or age level. Schools are required to administer these tests at the end of second, fourth and sixth class.

Click here to learn more about your child and standardised testing.

Exploring Maths Blast

The first class pupils take part in station teaching, which is based on the Maths Recovery programme, to learn about number. We call this “Maths Blast”. There are three stations in Maths Blast. There is a Number Words and Numerals station, a Counting station and a Grouping station. The class is divided into three small groups and they spend 15mins working at each station three days a week for the year.

The pupils have shown that they thoroughly enjoy Maths Blast. They look forward to it and are confident to talk about the various activities and resources they use. The teachers involved have expressed that a great amount of learning has taken place and that there are many advantages to using Maths Recovery station teaching.

We made a short video about Maths Blast in our school. Please click below to have a look: