Ways to Support Reading at Home
- Check your child's homework book each night.
- Be sure to look through your child's home folder everyday. Look for important notices and remove papers that have been checked by the teacher.
- Encourage your child to learn organizational skills by helping to pack his/her backpack before coming to school, rather than packing it for your child.
· Read to your child and model good reading habits (making predictions, asking questions, making a movie in your mind, retelling key events)
· Have your child read to you
· Have conversations about books (about different characters, lessons learned, genres, etc.)
· Read together out loud (choral reading)—this is a great way to model fluent reading (reading that sounds smooth)
· When your child gets stuck on a tricky word, rather than telling him/her the word, ask your child to be a “word solver.” Ask your child these questions: Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?
Ways to Support Writing at Home
· Ask your child what patterns he/she is learning in school and look for words with these patterns in books or practice writing words with these patterns
· Ask your child to look through his/her work to check for correct capitalization, punctuation, and spacing between words
· Discuss possible writing topics with your child
· Practice writing the word wall words at home (word wall words can be found on our classroom website under “High Frequency Words”)
· Play word games! (Boggle, Scrabble, etc.)
Ways to Support Math at Home
· Practice counting by 2s, 5s, 10s
· Practice addition and subtraction problems
· Practice counting and exchanging coins