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What to do with this activity?

A timeline is a picture showing important events arranged in a line. 

Your child might like to get to know how timelines work by making a timeline of things that have happened in their own life.  

Help your child to draw a line starting with the year they were born, and mark some important events in their life in the right order year by year. Find photos of them as a newborn, enjoying their first birthday, on the first day of school, or any other significant family events. Encourage them to write a short explanation with each photo. Have a look here for ideas.

If your child has an interest in a particular sports team, or music band, or almost anything, why not get them to make a timeline about that subject.  

Or they might like to make a timeline involving someone older - perhaps their granny or grandad - which might include some Irish or world events that person remembers. 





  • Why am I doing this?

    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.

  • How can I do more?

    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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