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Going for a walk in the woods is a great family activity. You can find your nearest woods on the Coillte Outdoors website. Tell your child that Coillte is the Irish word for "the woods".
In Autumn, notice together the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees. All those red, orange and brown leaves that fall to the ground in Autumn are from deciduous trees. Other trees, like conifers, keep their green colour all year round. Click here for a page from Nature's Web that explains the difference.
In Autumn, trees drop their fruit and seeds. Collect shiny conkers from chestnut trees, and pine cones from conifers.
Help your child learn to identify different types of Irish trees, and perhaps to write a list of the ones they have spotted. The Native Woodland Trust has pictures of native Irish trees here; and have a look at the Tree Council of Ireland pages too.
Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their writing ability will become. Your child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child. Word searches and crosswords can help with pattern recognition and spelling, and help build vocabulary and spelling.
Give your child lots of opportunities to write - notes, birthday cards, emails or text messages. Encourage your child to make and write their own books about something they are interested in, for example, cars, dinosaurs, fairies or dogs. They can draw or stick in their own pictures.
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