Help Your Child At Home

Practice Ideas for Practice at HomePractice

 

Math:

  • Practice counting coins up to $1.00 
  • If your child can do this easily, use higher amount
  • Give your child an amount of money and have them show different ways to create that amount using various coins
  • Practice addition facts with flashcards (up to 12 +12)
  • Your child should be able to tell you the answer within 3 seconds of hearing/seeing the equation
  • If you have a deck of playing cards, remove the face cards. Draw two cards and add them together.
  • Practice subtraction facts with flashcards 
  • Your child should be able to tell you the answer within 3 seconds of hearing/seeing the equation
  • If you have a deck of playing cards, remove the face cards. Draw two cards and subtract them.
  • Give your child story/word problems that require the use of addition or subtraction
  • Ask your child to show 2 different ways to solve it
  • If your child can do this easily, have them create an addition or subtraction word problem and solve it showing 2 ways
  • Telling time on an analog clock 
  • Begin telling time to the hour and half hour
  • If this is easy, tell the time using 5 minute increments
  • Place Value up to the 10’s place
  • Give your child a 2-digit number and have them identify the digits in the One’s place and Ten’s place
  • If this is easy, introduce the Hundred’s place then the Thousand’s place


Reading:

Reading Tips by Age
Ages 2-3

Designate a special reading area with books for sharing.
Choose books with repetitive phrases.
Point to different pictures and identify what you see.
Encourage your child to "point and say" objects in the pictures.

Ages 4-5
Let your child see you reading.
Encourage your child to select a favorite book to read.
Ask your child questions about the story.
Recite or sing nursery rhymes from favorite rhyme collections.

Ages 6-7
Keep a good selection of books in your home.
Let your child read to you and with you.
Talk about the story and how the pictures are part of the story.
Stay aware of what your child likes to read.

Question to ask your child before, during, and after reading:

Before

  • What do you think the story will be about?
  • Do you have any predictions?
  • During: 
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Why do you think the character felt that way?
  • Why do you think the character did that?
  • Was your prediction correct?
  • Do you still agree with your prediction?
  • Watch for time cue words (first, next, last, then, finally, etc.)

After:

  • Was your prediction correct?
  • What do you think the author was trying to tell you?
  • What was the most important part of the book? Why?
  • Start at the beginning and tell me what happened in the book.
  • Is there any part of the book you would change?
  • Did you have any connections to the book? (Text to Text, Text to Self, and Text to World)
  • Ways to Respond to Reading
  • Write about your favorite part and why
  • Draw a picture of your favorite character and tell why they are your favorite
  • Write down your predictions before and during reading and include examples from the text supporting your predictions
  • Make a list of words you don’t know while reading and what you think they might mean
  • Create a sequence map of the story’s events using time cue words (first, next, last, then, finally, etc.)


Spelling:

  • Use the spelling words in a funny story or sentence
  • Use all of the words in an original poem
  • Search around the house for items that have the words on them
  • Look for the words in your reading
  • Find other words that follow the same pattern


Writing:

  • Create a story that includes a series of events, objects, or people
  • Create a story that uses a repeating line or phrase
  • Practice writing stories with strong leads/beginnings