What are some ways I can help my child with reading?
Provide many opportunities for your child to read books or other materials. Children learn to read
best when they have books and other reading materials at home and plenty of chances to read.
Read aloud to your child. Research shows that this is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success. Keep reading aloud even when your child can read independently.
Make time for the library.
Play games like Scrabble, Spill and Spell, Scattergories, and Balderdash together.
Follow your child’s interest—find fiction and nonfiction books that tie into this interest.
Work crossword puzzles with your child.
Give a magazine subscription for a gift.
Did you know?
Parents cannot assume that schoolwork makes up for too much TV. Children of all ages watch as much TV in one day as they read for fun in an entire week. Overall, children under age 13 spend 90 minutes a day in front of the TV—one-quarter of their free time.
– U.S. Department of Education
What are some ways I can help my child with math?
Spend time with kids on simple board games, puzzles, and activities that encourage better attitudes and stronger math
skills. Even everyday activities such as playing with toys in a sandbox or in a tub at bath time can teach children math concepts such as weight, density, and volume. Check your television listings for shows that can reinforce math skills in a practical and fun way.
Encourage children to solve problems. Provide assistance, but let them figure it out themselves. Problem solving is a
The kitchen is filled with tasty opportunities to teach fractional measurements, such as doubling and dividing cookie recipes.
Point out ways that people use math every day to pay bills, balance their checkbooks, figure out their net earnings, make change, and how to tip at restaurants. Involve older children in projects that incorporate geometric and algebraic concepts such as planting a garden, building a bookshelf, or figuring how long it will take to drive to your family vacation destination.
Children should learn to read and interpret charts and graphs such as those found in daily newspapers. Collecting and analyzing data will help your child draw conclusions and become discriminating readers of numerical information.
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