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Enjoy the birds that visit where you live and get to know the different species by their colours, size and habits.
The most common birds in Irish gardens are robins, sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes, finches (green, gold, chaff and bull), tits (blue, great and coal), wagtails, magpies, pigeons, crows, starlings and wrens. See if your child can learn to identify the most frequent visitors.
Encourage your child to write a list of the birds they spot - that will help them remember the names.
Talk to your child about how birds hatch out of eggs, and show them this video of baby ducks hatching. You can speed it up if you like.
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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