Many parents ask: "How can I help my child?"
*Help them practice their math facts.
Play math games to encourage automaticity with facts.
*Read together and set a good example of being a reader yourself.
*Allow your child time to solve his/her own problems. Start by modeling and
"thinking out loud" what you would do. Then guide him/her by allowing them to
talk to you about the different options. Not only will they become better
problem solvers, but they will learn to communicate with you. (Trust me, that
will come in handy when they are teenagers!)
*Allow him/her to become more independent. Let them pick out their own
clothes, pack their own bookbag, and maybe even their snack. The more they
learn to do for themselves, the more empowered they will feel. Giving choices
can also be helpful and can begin the road to independence. (I know that
solved a lot of problems with my own kids!)
*Teach them how to tie their laces. I know in this world of velcro and
slip-ons it seems to be a lost art, but it is an important skill.
*Extra help available Tuesday mornings at 8:30 with prior written parental
request or teacher request. Please do not just send your child in the morning
of without clearing it with me first. Thank you!