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Essential Parents' Guide to the Primary School Years

Author(s): Brian Gilsenan

ISBN13: 9780954583705

ISBN10: 0954583701

Publisher: C J FALLON

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  • An invaluable book for every parent who wants to ensure that their child gets the most from their Primary school years.

    This book has been written to provide parents with a guide to what their children will be taught in Primary school in Ireland. By knowing more about the topics in the curriculum, and how they might be taught, parents will hopefully feel more connected and involved in the process. This should enable them to play a more active and supportive role, throughout these crucial years of early education.

    The book describes each subject in the curriculum in detail. There is a section on how best to deal with homework. The guidebook also provides information on some of the learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and ADD, describing the early signs to look out for and providing reassurance and reference points for further information.

    The Primary curriculum was revised in 1999 and now comprises of eleven subjects. The Parents Guidebook provides an overview of each one. In addition, each subject is reviewed as it relates to relevant age groups:

    Junior and Senior Infants
    1st and 2nd Class
    3rd and 4th Class
    5th and 6th Class

    The book seeks to be informative, not instructional, avoiding jargon and educational terminology and the overall tone is as light and conversational as possible. It is not intended to educate you fully on the subject matter; it is merely intended to describe the core elements of each subject, enabling you to make a more positive contribution to the primary education of your child or children.

    The book contains:

    A detailed overview of each subject, giving you a general understanding of the material being covered
    Each subject described as it applies to specific age categories
    Some guidelines as to how a particular topic may be taught
    A description of how each subject has changed, since our day
    Lots of suggestions as to how you might help at home, both in terms of homework and in general day-to-day activities
    Articles by education professionals on:
    Assessment
    The importance of play
    Aims and principles of the curriculum
    Development of thinking and problem-solving skills
    Learning difficulties

    Ultimately, it is hoped that, as parents, you will have a better understanding of:

    What children are learning in Primary School
    How they are being taught
    Your vital role in the education of your child
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Essential Parents' Guide to the Primary School Years