November Tips for Parents
Homework is more valuable if an adult can happily work with the child, talking about the task.
Read aloud to your child. You are modeling good reading and increasing the student’s listening and speaking vocabulary. Reading aloud is fun, too! Make it a bedtime routine. Students who have been read to daily will have better comprehension skills when they read for themselves. For November check out books by Louis Sachar.
Have your child read out loud to you. You can vary this time by having your child read one page and you read the next, or even reading at the same time. You can read a page aloud and then your child can re-read the same page. These techniques will help to encourage reading fluency.
Insist on neatness in written exercises. Praise quality over quantity. Please encourage editing skills:
Connect your reading and writing to the Reading Powers!
Have a map of your local area, town or city. Find the places that are familiar, and have the student show how to go there.
Check out Google earth online!
Research an animal and figure out their food chain. What would happen if one of the consumers in the food chain was extinct?
Playing card games and board games is a great way to improve your child’s math skills, and they teach taking turns and fair play. Here is a great website with a math game you can play at home focusing on multiplication: