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How can you help at home?

How can you help your child at home?  
How can I help with math at home?  

Driving home the facts

While you’re driving, call out simple addition and subtraction facts and have your child answer them. You can even make it a word problem: “We’ve gone through four traffic lights so far and we have three more until we’re home. How many traffic lights is that in all?”

What time is it?

Make sure you have at least one ANALOG clock in your home - a clock with hands. Out of the blue, every now and then, ask your child what time it is. For now, stick with 5 minute intervals. You may even say, “Look at the clock. What time is it? What time will it be 15 minutes from now?”

Just the facts

Make math a part of every day. At breakfast, say, “You had three slices of bacon and your brother had four slices. How many is that in all?” or “You have 18 more Cheerios in your bowl. If you eat 7 of them, how many will be left?” or “There are fifteen toys on the floor. If your brother picks up six of them, how many do you have to pick up?”

Count money all the time!

Counting money is something that we use every day in real life! Reach into your pocket and pull out your change. Hand it to your child and have him count it. Every now and then, have a few coins on the dinner table by your child’s plate and have her count it. Be sure to include quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Have a certain amount of money and tell your child that if she gets the amount right, that’s the number of minutes she can have for “screen time” - t.v., computer, iPod, or video game.


Websites to use as enrichment for my child?  

Readingeggs (Your child should know their login, if not, ask me!)

Storia (Your child should know their login, if not, ask me!) 

FREE books Poetry Games 



How can I help my child read at home?  

Create a Text Rich Home Fill your home with reading materials. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. 

1.Utilize your local library. Let them explore the library and choose a variety of texts (books, magazines, newspapers, comic books, etc.) 

2.Goodwill and thrift stores are great places to purchase materials at a discount. 

3.Check your local craigslist ads. There are many people out there willing to sell or give away their children’s books because they’ve out grown them or they’re just trying to clean house. 

 Choose Appropriately Use the 5 finger rule: 

•Open a book and have them read one complete page. 

•If they do not know 5 or more words, the book may be too difficult. 

•If they know all the words, and make very little errors, the book is too easy. 

•Help them choose books that they are interested in. Discover their favorite topic or genre (fairytales, adventure, science, technology, animals, etc.) 

The Do’s 

Help sound out words by “chunking” (des·per·at·ely) 

Help sound out words by trying different sounds (invite) 

Give them time to try 

Ask questions for informational text: Who? What When? Where? Why? How? 

Ask questions for fiction: Main characters? Problem? Solution? Lesson? 

Be positive. Say “great job” and “try again” 

Read together 

Reread a phrase or sentence to them and have them repeat. 

Use expression .!? and try different voices. 

Enjoy reading 

The Don’ts 

Pick books that are too easy or too hard 

Let them get frustrated 

Cut them off 

Rush their reading 

Set a concrete time to finish 

Let them go on reading for too long without checking for understanding 

Assume they don’t need help 

Force them and make it a chore 

Write about it! Help your kids write their own story or play. Help them write a script and act it out. Write down some of your family’s favorite recipes and start creating your own cookbook. To keep it simple, have them write a sentence or two about what they read at home.

Be a Reading Role Model Your kids look up to you. They will model your every move. This includes your reading habits too! Make it known that you are actively reading. Pick up a book, magazine, or read from the computer or tablet. They will notice and most likely ask you about it.



How can you stay connected?  

Here are 15 ways you can stay connected with your child and their school:

1. Meet your child's teacher.

2. Get to know who's who at your child's school.

3. Attend parent-teacher conferences and keep in touch with your child's teacher.

4. Find out how your child is doing.

5. Make sure that your child gets homework done.

6. Help your child prepare for tests.

7. Learn what the school offers.

8. Volunteer at your child's school and join our PTA.

9. Ask questions.

10. Let the school know your concerns.

11. Monitor your child's television, video game, and Internet use.

12. Encourage your child to read.

13. Talk with your child.

14. Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently.

15. Encourage active learning.