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Praise and encourage your children regularly

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Keep old envelopes and flyers to write on

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Carry pens and paper to use on the go

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Tell the time together throughout the day

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Involve your child in everyday chores (e.g. sorting laundry or setting the table)

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Visit the library to borrow new books whenever you can

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Ask them what game they enjoyed playing at break-time

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Talk about words that are the same, but have different meanings (e.g. traffic jam and strawberry jam)

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Share games from your childhood (e.g. Jenga and Snap)

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Make up funny sentences with a new word your child has learned

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Read as often as you can, wherever you are

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Talk about how long everyday events take (e.g. cooking times, journey times)

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Look for and talk about shapes and patterns indoors and outdoors

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Talk with your child about what they learned at school today

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Children love being read to – even when they can read themselves

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Talk to your child about their friends

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Ask them to tell you about what they did in the morning at school

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Make time to snuggle up and share a story whenever you can

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Be patient when your child is learning to read

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Look for books on topics that your child likes

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Make a quiet place in the house to learn together

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Turn off the TV when you are playing together

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Give your child plenty of encouragement when they are learning new things

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Draw your child’s attention to signs and posters when you are out and about

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Measure your child’s height and keep a record together

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Take opportunities to count together wherever you go

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Look for opportunities to talk about different sizes (e.g. more than, less than, bigger, smaller)

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Give your child objects with numbers to play with (e.g. measuring tapes and rulers)

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Let your child talk about the pictures as you are reading

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Talk about the size, shape, colour, texture and material of things

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Follow a simple recipe together and make something new to eat

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Find opportunities for equal sharing (e.g. 3 grapes each)

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Quality time at home will make your child a better learner at school