Take time to read with your child each day.
(Newspapers, articles, recipes, directions, street signs, maps and books)
Write each day with your child.
(Cards, letters, shopping lists, thank you notes, and journals)
Organization is an important skill to teach your child.
(Have them set out their things they need for school the night before)
Teach your child the vocabulary of time and use it often.
(Minute hand, hour hand, quarter to, quarter after, half past)
Handwriting is a skill that takes time and practice.
(Letters should sit on line, be evenly spaced and shaped)
Ordinal numbers in daily conversation help your child think mathematical.
(Today is July 4th, who is third, which errand do you want to do second?)
Use a flashlight to spell words on a dark wall.
(Spell words in shaving cream, or draw words in giant chalk on pavement)
Sort and classify-groups of objects or ideas by common attributes is fundamental.
(Allow your child to sort coins, junk mail, socks and talk about his system.)
Ask your child to help you retell a story from another point of view.
(Together rewrite Cinderella from the stepmother’s point of view.)
Number games can be played at any time.
(I’m thinking of a number between…Skip count by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s…)
Drawing is a great way for your child to communicate.
(Drawings can build ideas, organize thoughts and stories.)
Find time each day to discover a new word to become part of your family vocabulary.
(Fill a family note book, one word at a time.)
It is a fact, every day you, the parent, are your child’s first and best teacher.
(Parent involvement in their child’s education is a leading contributor to academic success.)
Family reading is key, Library trips could a family time to find new books to share.
(Make a special trip to the library with your child.)
Time for a family vacation is family fun.
(Buy books, maps from your travels for your family library.)
Evening is a perfect time for a board game.
(Get out the dice, cards, games, and have a family game night.)
Explore with your child.
(Fields, parks, mountains, beaches neighborhoods, zoos, museums)
Never underestimate the power of a good family read aloud each evening.
(See Slideshow: Learning to Love Reading in 2015)
-Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty is a parent resource, filled with ideas to help children become the best they can be. Daily activities for family fun, that make subjects become more than pencil and paper, moving learning into everyday life. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203
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