Ways to Help Your Child Learn Outside of School

  • ELA Tips

    1. Provide time and space for your child to read independently. This time should be free from distractions such as television.

    2. Ask your child what topics, events, or activities he or she likes. Then look for books, magazines, or other materials about those topics that would motivate your child to read.

    3. It is also helpful when your child sees other people reading at home. You could share what you have read.

    4. Start a family book club. Let different members of the family pick the book. This could be a good way to enjoy quality family time while experiencing the joy of reading together!

    5. Be sure your child has a library card. Children should select books they are interested in to develop a passion for reading. Many libraries have book clubs and family activities that make reading fun for the entire family.

    6. Use technology to help build your child’s interest in reading. There are several websites where students can read books or articles online. The computer will help with words the student cannot read independently. Libraries also have computers students can use to access those sites. Feel free to ask a librarian or teacher for suggestions.

    Math Tips

    1. Play math games with your child. For example, “I’m thinking of two numbers whose product is between 20 and 30. How many pairs can you think of that would satisfy this problem?” Have your child explain the solutions. How does he or she know that all the number pairs have been identified?

    2. Encourage your child to write or describe numbers in different ways. For example, what are some different ways to make 1450? 1450 = 1 thousand, 4 hundreds, 5 tens, and 0 ones, or 1000 + 450, 14 hundreds and 50 ones, 13 hundreds + 15 tens, etc.

    3. Use everyday objects to allow your child to explore the concept of fractions. For example, use measuring cups to have students demonstrate how many ⁄1 3’s are in a whole, how many ⁄1 4 cups you need to make 1 1 ⁄4 cups, and how many times you have to refill a ½ cup measure to make 1½ cups.

    4. Encourage your child to stick with it whenever a problem seems difficult. This will help your child see that everyone can learn math.

    5. Praise your child when he or she makes an effort and share in the excitement when he or she solves a problem or understands something for the first time.