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Every child needs to practice skills at home.

FIRST GRADE TEACHERS LOOK FOR...

Handwriting:   Students must hold pencil and form letters correctly.  Students should also be able to write their name (first and last) within the lines, using proper uppercase and lowercase letters. Students need to be able to copy sentences, using proper letter size, punctuation, and spacing between words.

Coloring:     Students must use appropriate colors while staying within the lines; and demonstrate general neatness.

Cutting:      Students must be able to follow straight, zigzag, and curved lines when cutting while properly holding their scissors. (Thumb on top, pointed away from the chest)

Reading:     Students must know 23+ sight words, be able to phonetically segment words (repeat heard sounds), and be able to decode (sound out) other words.  Students should also have a working knowledge of rhyming words (word families) and nonsense (make-believe) words. All of the listed reading skills are acquired AFTER knowing all letter names and letter sounds.

Math:           Students must be able to count passed 30 without help.  (Counting to 100 is assessed) They should have a working knowledge of various shapes, solid figures, colors, patterns and graphs, position-type vocabulary, and simple addition.

Socialization:           Students must be able to tolerate other children and have a basic understanding of sharing and taking turns.  Students should also be capable of constructively expressing themselves (asking for help, to play with others, to give something back, etc.

Every child needs to practice skills at home.

Homework: Basic Ideas...

Have your child become the teacher; allow them to teach the newly learned skills to you.  Ask questions - they should be able to tell you something about school each day.

If they see that you're not interested in the homework then they won't be interested either.

Encourage them to try; it's ok to make mistakes.

MAKE IT FUN!!!

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GREAT INFORMATION: get answers, review checklists, take a quiz.

http://school.familyeducation.com/kindergarten/parenting/36063.html

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IF I HAD MY CHILD TO RAISE OVER AGAIN

IF I HAD MY CHILD TO RAISE OVER AGAIN,

I’D BUILD SELF-ESTEEM FIRST, AND THE HOUSE LATER

I’D FINGER PAINT MORE, AND POINT THE FINGER LESS

I WOULD DO MORE CONNECTING AND LESS CORRECTING

I’D TAKE MY EYES OFF MY WATCH, AND WATCH WITH MY EYES

I’D WOULD CARE TO KNOW LESS AND KNOW TO CARE MORE

I’D TAKE MORE HIKES AND FLY MORE KITES

I’D STOP PLAYING SERIOUS, AND SERIOUSLY PLAY

I WOULD RUN THROUGH MORE FIELDS AND GAZE AT MORE STARS

I’D DO MORE HUGGING AND LESS TUGGING

I’D SEE THE OAK TREE IN THE ACORN MORE OFTEN

I WOULD BE FIRM LESS OFTEN AND AFFIRM MUCH MORE

I’D MODEL LESS ABOUT THE LOVE OF POWER, AND MORE ABOUT THE POWER OF LOVE

-DIANE LOOMANS

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CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight. If a child lives with jealousy, He learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with ridicule, He learns to by shy.

If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, He learns confidence. If a child lives with praise, He learns to appreciate. If a child lives with fairness, He learns justice. If a child lives with approval, He learns to like himself. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, He learns to find love in the world.                            ...by Dorothy Law Nolte

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Do You Know Your Parenting Style?By Marie-Helen Goyetche

http://www.childrentoday.com/resources/articles/parent.htm

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Checklist to Support What Your Child Is Learning in School:

1.  To be alert and ready to learn, your child needs plenty of rest, nutritious meals, and a good deal of physical activity.  These seem obvious, but they take discipline on the part of the entire family.

2.  Find time to talk regularly to your child about what is important to him or her.

3.  Monitor television viewing.

4.  Provide a place for your child to study and offer to help with homework if necessary.

5.  Read to or with your child as often as you possibly can - even if it's just a few minutes.  Encourage your child to read for fun, too, and take time to talk about what he or she is reading.

6.  Let your child see you reading newspapers, magazines, and books to show how you incorporate reading into your daily activities.

7.  Send your child notes and encourage him or her to write in practical ways every day - making lists, notes, or keeping a notebook of thoughts and ideas for example.

8.  Take your child to the library regularly, and watch for opportunities to purchase books at yard sales or flea markets.

9.  Don't underestimate the importance of encouragement.  Praise efforts, give support when limits are stretched, and remind your child that mistakes are learning opportunities.

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Education Terminology Every Parent Must Understand 

http://www.nychold.com/hirsch-termin.html

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Every child needs to practice skills at home

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