Parents are the first teachers a child has, and their role continues even after the child enters school.
A Parent's RolePARTICIPATE in school activities by visiting your child's classroom and lending a helping hand.
ADMIRE and love your child. Build on strengths and help improve weaknesses.
READ with you child -- street signs, billboards, grocery lists, maps, books, magazines, cartoons, etc. Set a goal of spending as much time reading together as watching television.
ENCOURAGE hobbies and interests such as sports, music, collections, pets, pen pals, or handicrafts. Suggest friendships with children who share similar interests.
NOTE your child's progress with verbal praise and a pat on the back. Be positive. Never compare progress with that of another child.
TALK about school, interests, friends, places you go together, and things you do as a family. Encourage your child to ask questions. Answer questions patiently.
SUPPORT your child. Stress the need to learn to read for knowledge and enjoyment.
Information for Parents-
Great Reading Websites:
- Understanding Special Education.com http://www.understandingspecialeducation.com/
A Parent's Guide to Special Education http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/parentguide.htm
Why and How to Read Your Child's IEP | IEP & 504 Plan | At ... http://www.ncld.org/.../iep.../why-how...
New! Does your child need help selecting books that interest him or her? Here's a great site that provides book suggestions for kids based on grade-level appropriateness, genre, and interests. http://www.bookadventure.com
New! Looking for a fun, interactive phonics website to help your early reader? This website provides games for your child to practice word families and basic phonic skills. http://www.adrianbruce.com/reading/games.htm
Are you looking for books that are appropriate to your child's reading level? Here is a great site recommended by one of our 4th grade teachers that might help!! The book list is arranged by grade level and labeled with its F+P level. http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/index.html
- Do you want your child to have extra practice with his/her spelling words?? Here is a great site that allows you to type in your spelling list for some fun spelling games and activities!!!
- Are you interested in having a story read aloud to your child? A list of websites are available for just this! Go to http://teachingchildren.ca/ and click on Storyline Online, Light Up Your Brain, Woodland's Junior Talking Stories, Wired for Books, or British Council.
ELA! ELA! ELA!
- Do you want to help prepare your student for next year's ELA tests? Here's a great website article, offering tips for parents! http://math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org/articles/Tips_for_Helping_Children_Prepare_for_Tests.html
- Looking for practice ELA exams? NYS provides examples of past tests that you can review or use for practice at home! http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/3-8/ela-sample/home.htm
- Hey parents! Here's a website where the students can practice answering questions related to a reading passage, to help them prepare for next year's ELA exam! As students choose responses, the website will tell them if they are correct or not! Check it out! http://www.mtsinai.k12.ny.us/elemschool/assessment/grade3/ela3.htm
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