This is a very important year for your child! I truly believe in a positive home school connection. I know by working together we will have a great year. I encourage you to do two activities daily with your child.
First, talk to your child, listen and respond to what s/he has to say. A child’s home is the ideal place to practice language skills. I believe that listening is the key to you and your child’s future together. Ask all the questions you need to but please listen to the answers!
Second, please put aside 15 minutes or more to read to your child every night. This can be a fulfilling and precious time for you and your child and it will support language learning.
Both are crucial to the development of language and reading skills.
What can you do at home to help your child?
Try a few of these…
- read books and books, but add the newspaper (the funnies, too)
- practice counting and making change with real money
- monthly (at least) trips to the library –share the plot of a good book
- build with Legos (and other blocks) to make cities and name them
- do puzzles
- design a house, or town, or school on larger paper
- try crossword puzzles and word searches
- listen to all kinds of music – talk about what you have heard
- watch TV shows that model good behavior
- care for a pet – even goldfish count
- play outside every day
- write and illustrate stories
- start a collection and plan how to display it
- cook simple meals together (measurement and estimation)
- organize the bedroom and homework areas
- write to relatives often
- care for plants – inside and out
- write and give a puppet show for younger children
- draw maps of rooms in the house, your street, or other places, and label them
- tell time every chance possible
- practice math facts orally
- have little spelling bees (usually past spelling units)
- practice how to act in all kinds of emergencies