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6. How can I help my child at home?

Everyday:

 

  • 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 reason.
  • Ensure they get enough sleep.


Occasionally/when necessary:

 

  • Talk to your child's teacher about any concerns that you or your child have, or any changes in their lives.
  • Ask the teacher or Senco 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.

-         Make up 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.

 

PLAY GAMES:

 

Imaginative Play:

 

Let your child lead the way in developing make believe stories.

-         Tea parties.

-         Shops

-         Playing with dolls or action figures.

 

Play with pretend telephones.

 

Take turns to give each other directions around the house, or instructions.

 

20 Questions.

 

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.

 

Sports Commentary.

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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