Helpful Tips for Parents
Make sure to establish a routine after school during the first few weeks of school. This means your child should know what needs to be done when they get home every day. First graders should have an early and consistent bedtime each night. Please make sure they eat breakfast in the mornings and get to school with plenty of time to get unpacked and settled before the bell rings.
How can you help your child read?
- Alternate between you reading and your child reading.
- Encourage your child to use their "reading strategies" (Stretch out the word, think of a word that would make sense, look at the picture, look for chunks, reread from the beginning of the sentence, skip and come back)
- Ask your child "Wh" questions after reading a story. (Who, what, where, why, when)
- Suggest to your child to have them read to a sibling, a pet, or their favorite stuffed animal.
- Ask your child about their weekly library books and get them excited to bring them home and read them with you!
- Take them to the local library to check out more!
How can you help your child with math?
- Count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s to 110
- Count a group of items up to 110
- Add using manipulatives (crayons, pennies, beads, etc.)
- Subtract using manipulatives
- Create patterns
- Practice identifying and counting coins
- Use phrases like greater than, less than, and equal to
- Practice telling time on an analog and digital clock to the nearest hour and half hour
- Use a calendar
- Use math throughout the day in your everyday life! When you're setting up the dinner table, on the way to soccer practice in the car, or out at the grocery store!