Clare Family Learning Project Autumn Newsletter 2016

Autumn e-Newsletter
Clare Family Learning Project

Useful Research:

The Impact of Family Involvement on the Education of Children Ages 3 to 8
A Focus on Literacy and Math Achievement Outcomes and Social-Emotional Skills
Frances L. Van Voorhis, Michelle F. Maier, Joyce L. Epstein, Chrishana M. Lloyd
with Therese Leung. October 2013

Key Findings
• Family involvement is important for young children’s literacy and math skills. The majority of studies, including some randomized control trials (RCTs), demonstrate this positive link. A few studies show positive relations with social-emotional skills. The weakest association was between family involvement at school and children’s outcomes.
• Parents from diverse backgrounds, when given direction, can become more engaged with their children. And when parents are more engaged, children tend to do better.
• This review also provides recommendations for additional lines of inquiry and implications to guide next steps in both research and practice. While there is still more to learn about how to connect with and support caretakers’ efforts to promote children’s learning, what we already know from extant research can help guide this process. Accessed 13/07/16

Online Resources:
NALA have shared information on Encyclopaedia Britannica online for schools and you can access it through Scoilnet. There are three levels – foundation, intermediate and advanced and this determines the level of information. There is audio on all the text and images and videos for some articles.

See these articles to get an idea of how it works:
Mary Robinson
Nelson Mandela
Koala bear

Digital World
• Pokémon Go TM is a game where you collect and trade cute creatures called Pokémon (Pocket Monsters). It’s one of the first popular games to use “augmented reality” – a kind of cross between real life and an online world. The NSPCC website will take you through what you need to know about the game and how you can help keep children safe while using the app.
Accessed 22/09/16
Literacy Apps
• The National Literacy Trust has launched an exciting online app guide for parents. Using a quality framework, it recommends the best apps to support the early language and communication skills of children under five. Guidance on choosing apps is also available to parents on the website.
Accessed 22/09/16
Supporting Primary School Children
• Good online resources matched to Primary School Class Curriculum
• View maths support
New Irish Central Applications Office Points system for Third Level explained:
• Very good PowerPoint explaining the new Points System at Leaving Cert.

Active Play Everyday
Active Play Every Day are resource cards developed by the HSE physical activity team. The pack contains a leaflet and activity cards that provide information and tips for parents to help their child be active every day. There are two separate packs targeting 0-3 years and 4-6 years.

Order the booklet & play cards from
accessed 30/09/16

Teaching and Testing the Language Skills of First and Second Language Speakers Philida Schellekens 2011 Produced for Cambridge ESOL

“There is anecdotal evidence that a substantial proportion of learners opt out of learning English because they feel stuck in the same level. Or providers are under pressure to exclude learners because the lack of achievement makes them an unattractive funding proposition.” Pg. 18
“These indicate that it takes on average 1765 hours of learning for learners (including a proportion of learners with no literacy skills in the first language) to progress from pure beginner level to the point where they can undertake study of another subject or take on a job with routine communication requirements.” Pg.18