Listening and speaking to your child is the most valuable aspect of “homework”. You are modelling the most important of skills, showing an interest and developing language and ideas. In our busy lives we sometimes look for lots of things for children to “do”, to “occupy” them and of course physical and social activities are very important... but do not forget to make time to talk about things you are doing together, encouraging questions and thinking about new ideas.

Reading bedtime stories, poetry, rhyme and information to your children is an extremely valuable and fun way to develop language skills and it develops confidence and ability in their own reading. Make sure you find time every day to have conversation.

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