What Parents Can Do To Help Children At Home:
Ø Read with your child every night.
Ø Don’t expect him/her to read it perfectly the first time. (Some students need to read a book 2 or 3 times before they will correct some mistakes. If you tell him/her the word every time, you will take away his/her ability to problem solve.)
Ø Encourage your child to use meaning to figure out an unknown word. (Ask, “What makes sense?” Then have him/her read the sentence again to be sure.)
Ø Have him/her tell you about the book after reading. (He/she may have to read it a couple of times first.)Get a library card and take your child to check out books.
Have your child keep a daily journal at home. Have him/her write about something special or important that happened that day or about something that was learned. Students are capable of writing at least 2 or 3 sentences at the beginning of the year and anywhere from 5 sentences to multiple pages on notebook paper at the end.
Look for the following things in your child’s writing:
ü Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence
ü Spacing between words
ü Punctuation at the end of the sentence and spell phonetically (If he/she asks you how to spell a word, help him/her say the word slowly and write the sounds he/she hears. If it is a word wall word, it should be spelled correctly.)
Help your child learn basic addition and subtraction facts through 12. Use flashcards to help him/her memorize the facts. Quiz him/her once or twice a week. (Practice 5-10 problems each time.)
Practice counting money.
Thank you for all you do for your child!