At Hannah More we recognise how important parents are in supporting children’s learning and development. You are your child's first teacher.
Parents play a vital role in children’s early years, providing language skills and play activities that give children a good start in life. Once children start school, there are many ways that parents can help.
Talking with your child
Lots of children grow up in a family where more than one language is spoken. This can be an advantage to children's learning, because knowing another language can help the development of English. The important thing is to talk with your child as much as you can, in whatever language feels comfortable to you. Children who have a really good vocabulary have a head start when it comes to learning to read and write.
Reading with your child
Reading with your child is really important. Research shows that it is the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. We ask parents to put aside a little time for reading every day. Books should be fun! If you're both enjoying a book, then take as long as you like. Remember that books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Look at the pictures, talk about the story and make up your own versions too!
Parents at Hannah More have been involved in making a film about reading. You can watch it below, in English or Somali.
Helping with maths
Try to make numbers at home as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's important to show how we use maths in our everyday lives and to involve children in this. Things you can do at home include:
- Point out different shapes around your home.
- Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities and cost of things you buy.
- Let your child use real money – maybe to use in a ‘pretend’ shop.
- Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.
- Sing number rhymes and songs togetherLearn times-tables.
- Get cooking! Using scales and a cook book to measure ingredients for a cake are great maths skills.