10 Ways to Help Your Childat Home
1. Have Your Child Read Independently and Read to him.Read a variety of reading materials such as newspapers, books, magazines, websites, recipes, grocery ads, and billboards. Read in different locations such as at the local park, under the table, and under a tree.
2. Practice Writing
Have your child: write a letter (how about a thank you note for Christmas or birthday gifts?), keep a journal, plan a meal and create a grocery list; younger kids can use tub crayons to practice sounding out words in the bathtub, and practice words with shaving cream on the table.
3. Make Math a Part of Everyday Life
Allow them to assist in cooking, have them count out money at the store, estimate ( example: how many Oreos in the package before opening it, then counting them )4. Make spending time with your child a priority.
Have conversations with your child. Rather than ask questions that would get a "yes" or "no" response, start conversations with, "show me a math problem you did," "tell me about a book you enjoyed," "what did you write about today?", etc.Ask him to explain his thinking ( Who? What? Why? Where? When? Type questions ). For example, in a math problem, have him explain how he got his answer and why he thinks it is correct. Ask him how his day went, talk with your child in the car ( no phones or video games ).5. Involve Your Child in Community Activities-Go to museums, downtown historic districts, local library, state park, take them to work, join a club or take a class ( example: cooking class )6. Encourage Your Child to positively interact with other children.7. Do difficult or most important homework first.8. Check your child's homework daily, even if he insists it's all correct.9. Communicate with your child's teacher.10. Praise your child, go with him on a bike ride, take him out to the movies, ice cream, movie night at home.