•  Parents are the first teachers a child has, and their role continues even after the child enters school.



    A Parent's Role

    PARTICIPATE 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.
    Great Reading Websites:


    • 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

    • 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!


    • 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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