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Moving from Primary School into Secondary School is a big step up that brings new challenges for both children and parents. Secondary schools are usually bigger and more impersonal. On top of this, kids are just about to become teenagers, with all the behavioural problems that brings.
There are things you can do to help your child prepare for the changes. The Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, along with some other organisations local to that area, have designed a practical workbook that you and your child can work through. It's called "Mind the Gap" and you can get it free by clicking on "Download the PDF" at the top right of this page. The workbook is 24 pages long and deals with everything from how to understand class timetables, to coping with the rumour machine. Work through it carefully with your child now and over the summer months.
Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!
Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.
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