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What is our heritage? Well the Heritage Council of Ireland says it's what the past has given to us, what we value in the present, and what we choose to preserve for future generations. That covers a lot - from our great historical sites, our local and national archives, to our wildlife and music, language and culture. If your child would like to read more about why it's important to preserve our heritage, click here.
Your child might like to do a project on their local area. Find out what is near where you live, or where you go on holidays, or somewhere their ancestors came from. The Heritage Council has a great website called Heritage Maps. Explore it to see what is in your area from long ago, and how the area has changed. Type in your local county or townland, town or area, and see what comes up. There are lots of things to explore on the website and your child might need some guidance, so be on hand to see what you can find together.
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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