How Can You Help Your Child?

Talk with your child. Tell stories about your day and about when you were his or her age. Listen when your child talks. This will develop your child’s language skills and help them to realize that words matter.

Show your child how you use writing throughout the day. Help your child to understand that writing is important.

Make sure your child has access to writing materials. Keep small notepads, crayons, and pencils throughout the home, in the car, and in purses, pockets, and backpacks.

Develop your child’s understanding of math concepts. Involve your child in helping with chores that include sorting, measuring, cooking, and counting.

Read with your child on a daily basis. Discuss what has been read. Have your child see you reading on a daily basis.

Teach your child nursery rhymes and songs.

Take time to practice physical activities such as running, throwing, and catching to develop coordination and maintain good healt

Parents as Partners

Here are some practical ways you can partner with your child and their teachers to make their time in school a success:

  • Ask your child, “How was school today?" every day. That will send a clear message that their work is important to you.
  • Show enthusiasm about school.
  • Expect and praise genuine progress and effort.
  • Check your child’s backpack-help them to learn responsibility by showing you the contents everyday.
  • Be sure to read papers, such as newsletters, when they are sent home so you don’t miss any important information.
  • Make sure your child starts out each day well- rested and with a good breakfast.
  • Give your child good background knowledge- read aloud to them, take them to museums and libraries. Just have fun with them!