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How To Read With A Beginning Reader: 

Encourage your child to use his/her finger to point to each word.

Read a sentence and have your child repeat it. 

Take turns reading a sentence each or a page each. 

Talk about the story as you read it. What do you think will happen next? What does this story remind you of? How do you think this character feels?

Don’t be afraid to read the same book again! Repeated reading helps build reading fluency!


Teaching Sight Words Through Repetition

Children do not learn new words by being exposed to them only once. Repetition is key to remembering sight words. Young readers should be given opportunities to read and write a new sight word multiple times. Also, to practice spelling sight words, parents can have children write and say aloud words several times. When a child writes and says the word at least five times in a row, she is more likely to commit it to memory.

TIP: To help children mentally repeat sight words, parents can create word walls. As a new sight word is learned it is written in large print in a location where the child is likely to see it often. Not only will repetitive glancing at the word reinforce it in the child’s memory, it is also easily accessible for the parent refer to when talking with the child about it. (ex. Place words on the refrigerator, bedroom wall…)


Keep Learning Alive During the Holidays!

Happily, the holidays are a chance for all the school-based learning to be applied to real life situations. Children will do this without realising that they are using the skills developed at school. So with a little guidance, parents can stimulate learning without their children being aware they are continuing to learn.

The first thing to remember is that it is the holidays, in itself a chance for children to explore and learn for themselves. No greater learning happens than when children experience things first hand. If they are lucky, some children will leave their usual surroundings and be able to visit new areas of the country or world. These opportunities can enable children to discover new cultures and ways of life or just discover new parts of the US.

Places to Explore!!! (Click)


Math in the Home

Your home is full of opportunities to explore math with your child and, at the same time, build his or her self-confidence and understanding of mathematical ideas. This is a chance for you and your child to "talk math" that is, to communicate about math while discovering relationships between numbers. Being able to describe mathematical patterns and relationships, such as those between "addition and subtraction" or "odd and even numbers," is important to later success in math. 

The activities in this section are intended to be enjoyable and inviting and use items that can be found in your home. While doing the activities, keep in mind that an understanding of math and a sense that math is enjoyable will help children develop skills that they will need for success their entire lives.

Fun Math Activities (Click!!!)


Phonics at home

If you're the parent of a beginning reader, chances are you're hearing a lot about phonics. Here's what you need to know about how your child will learn phonics and how you can teach phonics at home:

  • What exactly is phonics?
    Phonics is knowing that sounds and letters have a relationship — it's that simple, and that complex. It is the link between what we say and what we can read and write. Phonics offers your beginning reader the strategies she needs to sound out words. For example, she learns that the letter D has the sound of "d" as in "doll." Then she learns how to blend letter sounds together to make words like dog.
  • Why is it important?
    The ultimate goal of reading is good comprehension. But in order for your child to understand what he reads, he must be able to do it quickly and automatically, without stumbling over words. Phonics facilitates that process.
  • How does your child's school teach phonics?
    Systematically and sequentially. Teachers give children plenty of practice before moving on. Your child will read short, easy books, containing the particular letter sounds or words she's working on.

To teach at home, reinforce schoolwork with easy activities:

  • Team up with the teacher. Ask how you can highlight phonics and reading. If you have concerns, share them.
  • Listen to your child read daily. If your child stumbles on a word, encourage him to sound it out. But if he still can't get it, provide the word so he doesn't get discouraged.
  • Boost comprehension. Ask questions like, "What do you think will happen next?" or "What did he mean by that?"
  • Revisit familiar books. It's okay if your child wants to read favorites from earlier years.
  • Read aloud. Choose books on topics that excite your child, and read with gusto, using different voices for the characters.
  • Spread the joy. Show your child how much you value reading by having plenty of books and magazines around the house. And visit the library and bookstores often. You'll teach phonics as well as cultivate a lifelong love of reading in your child.


Math for the Fun of It
    ~During summer vacations, on rainy days, while waiting at the doctor's office, or on a stroll through the neighborhoodlearning never ends.
    ~Your children can explore some fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around them every day. For instance, math can be found outdoors in nature: look for symmetry in leaves; count the number, sizes, and kinds of trees on your street; and look at the various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. 
    ~Children will be learning math and enjoying it too! The activities can be done anytime and anywhere.

For games and activities you can do with your child, check out these great websites!