Learning From Home

Learning at Home
Learning at Home

There is a strong correlation between the amount of time spent reading and reading level. The more your child reads, the better they get. This also leads to a higher vocabulary and improved writing skills. Here are some activities you and your child should try at home to give them a literacy jumpstart!

*READ, READ, READ! Reserve at least 15-20 minutes per day for reading. Provide different types of reading material like books, magazines, newspapers, etc.

* Ways to improve fluency:

- Model good reading by reading to or with your child

-Have your child read the same book multiple times

-Read poetry or music lyrics

-Have them read to you, a sibling, or a stuffed animal

*Ways to improve comprehension:

-Let your child choose a book that excites them

-Talk with your child about what they read using vocabulary from the book

-Have them summarize or retell what they read

-Have your child act out the events

-Predict what will happen next

-Discuss what the book reminds you of

*Ways to help if your child is struggling:

- Make sure they are reading a book that is on their level - not too difficult, not too easy

-Have them think about the sounds in the words by using similar words as examples

-Make flashcards of difficult words and practice before reading

-Before reading, skim the book with your child and discuss any difficult words


 *Allow your child to pick any number between 5-20.  Have them show that number as many different ways as they can.  Examples: 5- tally marks, 5 items, 5 items in a group (1 hand with 5 fingers), 2+3, 1+4, 0+5, the written form: five…

*Practice skip counting from memory by tens to 100, twos to 20, fives to 100 and by 25 cents to $1.00. Practice counting back from 18 (or a number less than 18).

*Read dates from a calendar.

*Use dominoes to help your child quickly identify quantities without counting.  Example: when they see a 6, teach them to make groups to see the total number faster… 3 and 3 make 6…

*Look for patterns and geometric shapes around the house and outside.  Discuss how they compare to one another.

*Explore estimation by asking, "About how much?" or "About how many?" Example: About how many Cheerios are left in your bowl?

*Practice reading time to the hour and half past the hour from a traditional clock with hands (non-digital).