WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO TO SUPPORT READING, WRITING and MATH

  • Promote Reading and Writing books graphic

    • Have books throughout the home and in a special place. This helps children see themselves as readers and writers. 
    • Have fun! Write letters to friends and family. Read a recipe. Read and write together to make it fun!
    • Be an adult reader so your child sees you reading. 

    Have Patience

    • When children are trying to sound out an unfamiliar word, give them time to do so. 
    • Help your child look closely at the first letter or letters of the word. 
    • Explain words that your child does not understand. 

    familyTalk About What You Read 

    • Ask your child questions about the story. 
    • Lead with questions such as, “Why do you think the fish might have done that?” or “What do you think will happen next?” 
    • Connect what you read with conversations, such as, “if the children in this story did a clean-up day for Earth Day, what do you think we could do for Earth Day?” 

    Read Aloud Together 

    • Storybooks are fun and so are informational books, magazines, and newspapers. Try reading different types of materials with your child.
    • Did you find a new word? Talk about the word, discuss examples, and find ways to use the word. The more we use a new word, the better we learn it. 

    Read Everywhere 

    • Provide things to read all over the home like storybooks, newspapers, or poetry. 
    • Find books or other reading material tied to your child’s interests! 
    • Read and talk about signs in the environment.

    Point Out How to Use Math

    • Play games: cards  or board games that use counting or keeping score.math
    • Make meals together, making sure that you talk about measuring, temperature, time, etc.
    • Create a schedule or set time limits to help students keep track of time.
    • Ask questions about estimation: how long, how big, how heavy.
    • Give children an allowance or ways to earn money; talk about saving and spending using a budget.