Tonight teach your child how to “restate” a question in the answer. Ask questions about a book like, “How did Sam feel when ____ happened?” and have your child begin their answer by restating what you said, for example: “Sam felt…”
Have fun with spelling. Ask your child to spell words forwards and backwards. Encourage them to use their finger to spell words in the air. Spell and llesp!
You’ve been looking through the paper all week. What is one current event that has received attention throughout the entire week? Maybe it’s a local issue about the city council. Perhaps it’s a global event such as a conflict in another country. Or perchance you are following your favorite sports team in a series against a rival.
Show equivalent fractions with measuring cups. Have your child pour ½ cup of OJ in 1st glass and use ¼ cup to measure equal amount in 2nd glass. Repeat using 1/3 cup, etc. Now pour the equal measurements into different sized glasses and talk about the concept of conservation. Portions of the same size may look bigger or smaller depending on the shape of the container.
Write out a list of contractions without the apostrophe For example: weve and cant. Have your child put elbow macaroni in the place of the missing apostrophes. Be sure to check for accuracy.
Before reading a book, ask your child to scan the pages for question marks and exclamations. Have your child practice reading these sentences aloud, and while reading have them practice changing the intonation of their voice.
Play math riddles. Give your child clues like, “I am an even number, and I am greater than 4 but less than 7. What am I? 6, of course!” What are some other riddles you can come up with? Share them with us, we’d love to hear what you come up with.