• Tips for reading

    • At the end of a page or chapter, ask your child what has happened so far.
    • Discuss the characters, setting, problem, and solution of the stories you read.
    • Discuss how the characters change throughout the story.
    • Compare books by the same author or with similar themes.
    • Ask your child questions about the story, and then havehim go back and prove the answers in the text.
    • Ask your child what the book or character reminds him of.
    • Make predictions about the book before you read and as you read.
    • Talk about the way the characters are feeling.
    • If your child notices a mistake when he is reading, praise him for listening to himself and correcting his mistake.
    • Let your child see you read. This teaches her the value of reading.

    Good questions to ask your child when you read

    • Do any of the characters change in the story? What caused them to change?
    • How are you different from one of hte characters?
    • If you trade places with one of the characters, which one would it be, and why?
    • Was there a charcter you didn't like? Why?
    • What was the theme or the author's meesage? What events helped you figure out the message?
    • Would you like to read something else by this author? Why or why not?
    • How might the story be different if it had happened somewhere else (or in a different time period)?
    • If you had been the main charcter in this story, would you have acted differently? Explain how or why.
    • How did you feel about this story? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?
    • What do you think was the best part of the story? Why?
    • How would you feel if...?
    • What might happen...?
    • What was the cause of ...?
    • What if...?
    • How did ...?
    • Why did...?
    • What character traits describe...?

    Tips for writing

    • Encourage your child to keep a journal at home.
    • Allow your child to write about whatever she wants.
    • Remind him to use the correct punctuation and capitalization.
    • Ask your child questions about what he has written. This encourageshim to add detail and think about what the reader wants to know.
    • Remind your child to say words slowly and write what they hear.
    • Remind your child that her writing needs to have a beginning, middle, and ending. "The End" does not count as an ending!
    • Remind your child that good writers are constantly revising their work and this does not make it wrong.

    Tips for Math

    • Encourage your child to take his time and check for accuracy.
    • Make or buy addition and subtraction flashcards. Memorizing math facts will help your child in adding and subtracting larger numbers.
    • Make up story problems for your child to solve. Haveher write the addition or subtraction sentence for the problem.
    • Review the value of coins with your child. Play store and have him buy things from you.
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