Take time to read with your child each day.
- (Newspapers, articles, recipes, directions, street signs, maps and books)
Write each day with your child.
- (Cards, letters, shopping lists, thank you notes, and journals)
Organization is an important skill to teach your child.
- (Have them set out their things they need for school the night before)
Teach your child the vocabulary of time and use it often.
- (Minute hand, hour hand, quarter to, quarter after, half past)
Handwriting takes time and practice.
- (Letters should sit on line, be evenly spaced and shaped)
Ordinal numbers in daily conversation help your child think mathematical.
- (Today is July 4th, who is third, which errand do you want to do second?)
Use a flashlight to spell words on a dark wall.
- (Spell words in shaving cream, or draw words in giant chalk on pavement)
Sort and classify-groups of objects or ideas by common attributes is fundamental.
- (Allow your child to sort coins, junk mail, socks and talk about his system.)
Ask your child to help you retell a story from another point of view.
- (Together rewrite Cinderella from the stepmother’s point of view.)
Number games can be played at any time.
- (I’m thinking of a number between…Skip count by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s…)
Drawing is a great way for your child to communicate.
- (Drawings can build ideas, organize thoughts and stories.)
Take time each day to discover a new word to become part of your family vocabulary.
- (Fill a family note book, one word at a time.)
How does it work? Within each child is a little inventor.
- (Challenge your child to plan a new invention with an explanation how it works.)
It is a fact, every day you, the parent, are your child’s first and best teacher.
- (Parent involvement in their child’s education is a leading contributor to academic success.)
Reading is the key, Library trips could a family time to find new books to share.
- (Make a special trip to the library with your child.)
Time for a family vacation is family fun.
- (Buy books, maps from your travels for your family library.)
Evening is a perfect time for a board game.
- (Get out the dice, cards, games, and have a family game night.)
Explore with your child.
- (Fields, parks, mountains, beaches neighborhoods, zoos, museums)
Never underestimate the power of a good family read aloud each evening.
- (See Slideshow: The Love of Reading: A Special Kind of Magic)