This website is meant to be a resource for you. Here you will find ways to help your child study and information about what is going on in the classroom.
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Great Study Tips:
Regularity is a key factor in academic success. Try to organize the household so that your child does their homework at specific time each day.
Designate specific areas for homework and studying. Possibilities include the child's room or the kitchen or dining room table, however, eliminate as much distraction as possible and keep the work place consistent.
Rules are key: Make a house rule that when it is study time, it is "no TV" time and a "no friend" time. If you have your child study at the same time every day soon the friends will stop coming around till after homework time is over.
Be prepared: Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available. Also keep your child from making excuses, have a snack and drink available for them at their desk or before they start.
Take a break: Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration. It's ok to take a short break in order to focus on the task at hand.
Top 10 Ways to Study Your Spelling Words:
1. Water Wash: Use a paint brush and water to write your words on the sidewalk!
2. Fancy Letters: Use old magazine, catalogs, or newspapers to cut letters and glue them down to spell your words!
3. ABC Order: Write your words in alphabetical order. Then write them in reverse alphabetical order!
4. Riddle Me: Write a riddle for each word!
5. Story Time: Write a story using all of your words!
6. Sing Them! Have your parents sing you the letters of the spelling words and then you echo them!
7. Bake'em: Make, bake, and eat your words using cookie cutters!
8. Guess Me: Write out your spelling words one letter at a time on a big sheet of paper. Giver your parents clues as to what letter should come next. When they guess the words, switch and let them do a word for you!
9. Finger Tracing: Use your finger to spell out each word one letter at time on your parent's back and see if they can guess it. Then switch!
10. Letter Magnets: Use letter magnets to spell your words on the fridge!
Great Links to Answer Questions and Concerns:
Reading: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/SimpleThings/index.html This website provides you with ideas for how to work with your child to improve their reading skills. The following website will provide you and your child with ideas for books to read and information about great children's authors. http://www.geocities.com/enchantedforest/tower/1217/third6.html
Math: http://www.coolmath.com/parents/ This site is a great resource for working with your child to better their math skills in a fun and stress free environment.
Learning Disability Information: http://www.ldonline.org/ This link will provide you with more information about what learning disabilities are and how to work with your child to overcome their challenges. Here you can also network with other parents that are having similar concerns.
Child Development: http://parenting.kaboose.com/age-and-stage/ This site will provide you with information about your child's development and if they are meeting the necessary milestones each year.