How Can I Help My Child at Home?
- Talk to your child! Encourage them to use longer sentences and develop their vocabulary.
- Take an interest in what they are doing at school and always be positive.
- Share books! Read to your child, get them to read to you and talk about books.
- Limit screen time, especially time spent on electronic games. Check they are only playing age appropriate games - they are over 18 for good reasons.
- Ensure they get enough sleep.
- Talk to your child's teacher about any concerns that you or your child have, or any changes in their lives.
- Ask the teacher to give you ideas on how to support their specific difficulties.
- Get eyes checked once a year, eye tests are free for children.
Encouraging your child’s language skills:
TALK WITH YOUR CHILD!
- Ask them about their day, interests, friends etc.
- Ask them their opinions eg. What’s their favourite TV programme and why? Talk about things that have happened.
- Get them to tell you about a story or TV programme they have seen.
SHARE BOOKS WITH YOUR CHILD.
- Read to them.
- Makeup stories to go with the pictures.
- Retell stories together.
- Discuss your favourite characters or the funny bits of the story.
- Let them read to you.
Let your child lead the way in developing make-believe stories.
- Tea parties.
- Playing with dolls or action figures.
Play with pretend telephones.
Take turns to give each other directions around the house, or instructions.
- One person thinks of an object and everyone has to guess what it is by asking up to 20 questions. The answer can only be yes or no.
- The children describe things as if they were sports commentators. This could be when you get on with cooking dinner and they give you a running commentary!
TALK ABOUT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!!!
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