Parents are always looking for ways they can help their children at home. Below are some links that can help you and your child practice some of the basic skills needed to be successful at school.
One of the best things you can do is to ask your child to read to you! Listen for the following things:
- How fluently does your child read? Does it sound like he or she is laboring, or does it sound very natural?
- Does your child stop and make good attempts to say (decode) words they don’t understand? If they don’t, ask them to get their mouth ready, give it a try, and look for word parts they know.
- Your child needs a JUST RIGHT book! If they are really struggling, ask them to choose a book that is more comfortable for them to read.
- Can your child tell you what has happened after they have read?
- Can your child answer questions about the story WITHOUT looking back in the book?
- Can your child identify characters and talk about the relationships between the characters?
- When you ask your child about the book, ask them to prove their answer to you by looking back in the book for the answer and show you where it is!
www.kiddierecords.com (recordings of stories on records)
www.mathforum.org (ask Dr. Math)