Read with your child. If your child struggles with reading, he/she should read aloud to you most days. If your child is a strong reader, have your child read aloud to you once a week. Listen for common missed words, fluency, and expression. Remember to ask questions to see if he/she is comprehending what is being read.
- When completing homework, your child should try it on his/her own first. If he/she needs help, follow these steps:
*Have your child re-read the directions aloud.
*Have your child re-read the directions aloud again. Leave and then come back after several minutes to check (this usually works).
*If there is still confusion, explain the first problem. Watch your child complete the second problem to make sure he/she understands.
*Come back and check on your child after 5-10 minutes.
This will help your child to be more independent.
Practice addition and subtraction with and without regrouping.
Visit the library often.
Ask your child about his/her school day. Instead of asking, "What did you do at school today?" The answer is often, "nothing!"....say, "I see you're learning about ____________, tell me about what you know." You can use the newsletters and classwork sent home to help you know what's going on in our class.
Instead of watching a lot of television, play a family board game.
Have your child be responsible for his/her homework, bookbag, lunchbox...etc.
When classwork is sent home, go over the problems that were missed.
Subscribe to a children's magazine.
- Practice addition/subtraction facts and strategies (doubles, doubles plus one, adding ten...)