This week’s lessons focus on answering questions. Teaching children how to answer questions will help build confidence in reading. As a parent, it’s important to balance the type of questions you ask your child. Literal questions have answers that are clearly stated by the author, and can be found in the book. Examples of literal questions are: What did the character say, where did she go, when did it take place? Inferential questions require deeper thinking, and most of the time cannot be answered directly from the text. Some examples of inferential questions are: How do you think the character feels, what was her purpose, what was the author’s intention? Remember to ask your child questions before, during and after reading. Give your child a purpose for reading. Watch their confidence grow! One example is, tonight, read a book with your child and ask questions that have answers directly stated by the author (i.e. literal questions). Have your child find the answers in the book.
This week focus on vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the better their comprehension will be. Remember that the best role model a child has is their parent. Show your child that a good vocabulary is important to you. Use BIG words in your everyday conversation. Stop and explain the meaning of new words to your child, and give them plenty of meaningful examples. Introduce a “word of the day or week” and involve the whole family.
This week’s theme is around social science and current events. Start by getting helping your child get familiar with a newspaper. Give your child 5 things to find on the cover of a newspaper. Include elements such as article titles, authors, italics, captions, infographs, different sections (e.g. sports section, real estate, arts, politics, obituaries, etc.).
This week’s lessons are centered around fractions. Help your child understand fractions as a part of a whole. While the kitchen provides us with several fraction lessons, remember that fractions are also a part of money, time and measurement as well! A quarter is ¼ of a dollar, the clock says a quarter ’till, and a millimeter is 1/10 of a centimeter. Fractions opportunities are all around us. As an example, look for fractions in your kitchen. Have your child read the fraction and point to the numerator and denominator.
This week will focus on honing some writing skills. When learning to become a writer not only is it important to read other authors and to practice writing, but it’s essential to get feedback from someone who is reading your work. Keep that in mind as you work on writing skills. One specific activity you can do is remind your child, “when 2 vowels go walking, the 1st does the talking.” Help your child hunt for words that follow this pattern in books. Example: Juice, Paint, Goal, etc.
This week’s lessons focus on grammar. Reinforcing these skills at home will make writing instruction easier for your child in the classroom. Show your child that you value good writing. If you make a spelling or grammar error, take the time to correct it. Teach your child spelling tricks you learned as a child. Remember, any instruction that comes from home will be beneficial to your child at some point in their life. For example, work on learning nouns. Write down the 3 categories: Person, Place, or Thing. Help your child brainstorm nouns for each category. Write common nouns in black and proper nouns in red.
Let’s keep working on our number and math skills this week. Ask your child to count by 5s and 10s as they walk up the stairs – 5, 10, 15, 20, 25… Then count backwards as they walk down the stairs – 100, 90, 80, 70, 60…