WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO TO SUPPORT READING, WRITING and MATH
Promote Reading and Writing
- 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.
Talk 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.
- 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.
Promote the Usefulness of Math
- Have a positive attitude towards math.
- Play games: cards or board games that use counting or keeping score.
- 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.