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How To Help Your Child Become Better In...

Reading

 

*Read to and/or with your child every day. If possible, spend the last 10-15 minutes of each day together sharing a book.  It's a great way to get closer and improve your child's reading skills.

*Set a reading example. A child that sees parents read learns that it's an important activity.  Whenever possible, involve your child while reading a newspaper or magazine.  Bring his or her attention to subjects with kid appeal.

*Make sure that there are plenty of age appropriate books around the house. Take regular trips to the public library. Get your child his or her own library card.

*Use the TV or computer games as a springboard to reading.  Introduce books about subjects or characters your child already finds appealing.

* When your child is reading to you, do not rush in to supply missing words when he or she hesitates. Allow plenty of time for the use of learned strategies.

*Before reading a story, have your child make predictions based on the title and picture.

*During and after the reading, stop frequently to make further predictions and discuss characters, settings, problems, and solutions (the 4 basic parts of any story).

*Always praise your child's  efforts and accomplishments to promote self confidence and help him or her to develop a positive attitude about reading.

 

Writing
 

* Call your child's attention to the many times in a day or week when you need writing. Examples may include writing a check, a grocery list , a card, a letter, an e-mail, working at home, etc.

*Allow frequent opportunities for your child to write. They can help with a grocery or to-do list, write a note to a family member, fill out a birthday card, e-mail a friend, or record ideas or thoughts into a daily journal.  By varying the writing tasks, your child will become familiar with the various forms of writing. Also, by having them write often, you are demonstrating that writing is a very important and useful form of communication.

*Always allow your child to write freely. Do not jump in to supply spelling or make corrections.  Allow them to get their thoughts down on paper. Then have them go back to check and edit their work using learned strategies.

*Always praise your child's efforts and accomplishments to promote self confidence and help him or her develop a positive attitude about writing.

 

Math

 

* The best possible tip is to call your child's attention to the math that surrounds us every day. Time, money , shapes, counting, adding, and subtracting are just a few of the many math topics that are a huge part of our daily lives. Children should not think of math as merely a subject in school. 

* Playing board games is a great way to learn and practice math skills.  Avoid those that do all the thinking for them.

*Card games are an excellent way for children to practice math skills.  They even have picture clues when computation is difficult.

*Many children can learn math facts more quickly and remember them longer when connected to music, rhyme, and rhythm. So don't be afraid to be a little silly and set math facts or concepts to familiar tunes.

*As always, praise your child's efforts and accomplishments to promote self confidence and help him or her develop a positive attitude toward math.
 
 

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