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Ways to Help Your Child With Reading
*** Read to your children now and then. Even older children like this--pick books you will both enjoy.
***Encourage older children to read to younger children.
***Encourage your children to read idependently every day.
***If possible, set a routine time everyday for some quiet reading.
***Point out how you use reading and writing in your daily life, like, when shopping, looking at adds, reading directions, paying bills, reading for pleasure, etc.
***Borrow books on tape from the library. Have you child listen to the tapes following along with the reader by pointing or skimming the words with their fingers. After listening once ore many times over a few days, have your child read the story to you. This helps increase fluency and vocabulary!
Ways to Help Your child with Math Concepts
***Point out when you are using math in every day activities like counting money, balancing your checkbook, figuring out sale prices, cooking (measuring), building (measuring), counting things, telling time and how much time has passed, etc. When possible, include them in these activities.
***Have your child count chane at the counter as you do your work like cooking or ohter things.
***Encourage your children to tell time on an analogue cloce and ask things like: When will it be 5:00? How many more minutes before we have to go to ___?
***In between times or in the car, have your children count by different numbers like by 2's, 5's, 10's, 100's (forward and baskward as they get better at it). Start at differet numbers sometimes like: "Cout by 100 starting at 120...."
***Find ways to ask them addition and subtraction and money problems like: " We have 5 people in our family. If __ are coming tonight, how may people will we have at our house?" or "The candy you want costs 50 cents and you have a dollar. How much change will you get back? Can you buy 2 peices of candy?"
*** Encourage your cildren to notice the shapes of things like household items, buildings, etc (ex. look for spheres/balls, cylendars, cones, etc.)""
We will have a great year!