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Each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which to grow. Students learn best in an environment that is safe, supports risk taking and invites the sharing of ideas. Parents and teachers must work together to support the growth of the child.
Ideas for helping your child at home:
- Read Daily! Listen to your student read. Read to your student
- Encourage your child to read from many sources including magazines, newspapers, non-fiction and fiction books.
- Read a story with your child playing “word tag” You read some words, then tap your child’s shoulder for him/her to begin reading. Your child will tap your shoulder when it is time for you to read.
- Read a page with “skip reading” You read one word and your child reads the next word. Continue to the end of the page.
- Have your student read the Read Well homework and decoding folders weekly. Review old units as well.
- Provide experiences in writing such as family journals, diaries and learning logs. Provide writing materials.
- Set up a home message board. Write a message to your child every day.
- Help your child figure the amount of change when shopping. Teach him/her how to count back money.
- Sort objects into groups of 2s, 5s and 10s. Practice counting orally.
- Have your child make a monthly family calendar of events.
- Use concrete materials to compare fractions (ex. one-half, one-third, one-fourth). Use real life situations with your child using cookies, pizza, etc.
- Allow your child to survey the family (ex., favorite foods, color or car) and make a bar, line or picture graph.
- Practice basic addition and subtraction facts using flash cards.
- Practice telling time on an analog clock.
- Identify, label and discuss all the geometric shapes found inside and outside your home.
- Have your child assist with recipes and preparing meals.