How Can I Help My Child At Home?

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 Read books together and talk about the pictures

 While reading to your child, take time to ask questions and listen to the answers

 Play rhyming word games

 Make an alphabet book with your child

 Point out words and shapes on signs, cereal boxes, magazines and other items in daily life

 Count and sort objects

 Talk about why we have rules at home and at school


1st Grade

 Read to and with your child, stopping often to talk about what you have read

 Play word games like blending sounds to make a word and replacing a letter to make a new word

 Encourage your child to write often (letters, notes, lists and stories)

 Involve your child in budget planning, shopping and measurement activities

 Provide your child with an allowance and let him/her plan how to spend it

 Play games that improve number sense, such as dominos

 Contact your child's teacher about concerns

 Talk to your child about why we celebrate holidays


2nd Grade

 Ask your child to re-read a paragraph or page to build fluency

 Help your child learn the correct spelling of words

 Help your child use a dictionary

 Ask questions about what your child has read or have your child ask questions

 Practice addition and subtraction facts up to 20 and multiplying 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 times 10

 Help your child measure items around the house

 Encourage your child to write often

 Find where you live on a map


3rd Grade

 Help your child learn the correct spelling of words

 Help your child use a dictionary and thesaurus

 Read often with your child and stop while reading to discuss what your child has read

 Give your child opportunities to estimate items in the house—candy in a jar, socks in a drawer, etc.

 Give your child opportunities to measure items at home—the length of the table, the height of a chair,
the weight of a box, etc.

 Review basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts

 Have your child create mathematics problems and then work together to solve them

 Provide writing opportunities for your child

 Talk to your child about why people vote in elections


4th & 5th Grade

 Ask your child about their day by asking him/ her to share at least one thing learned

 Read a variety of text with your child, both stories and informational text

 Review vocabulary words, spelling words and mathematics facts

 Provide your child with opportunities to write

 After your child completes mathematics homework, ask him/her to explain how he/she solved the problems


Middle and High School (6th through 12th Grade)


 Require your child to read something that interests them for 30 minutes each day

 Have your child read aloud to you or to a sibling

 Be sure your child has at least 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep at night

 Involve your child in activities that involve measurement, such as cooking and building

 Provide a place and a time for your child to study every day that is away from noise and distractions

 Be sure your child comes to school and arrives on time; try to avoid checking your child out before the school day is over

 Ask about your child’s homework and tests

 Log into your child’s ALMA account to view current information regarding your child’s attendance,
grades, assignments, projects, discipline, and more via the Internet


Parent Self-Assessment


  I require my child to complete homework assignments.

  I encourage reading at home.

  My child has a consistent time and place to do homework.

  I ask to see my child’s schoolwork.

  I talk to my child about schoolwork.

  I attend workshops to help my child at home.

  I check backpacks every day.



  I limit TV, video time and non-academic computer time.

  I expect my child to be respectful, work hard, and be responsible.

  I read the Student Handbook with my child to be aware of expectations.

  I enforce school behavioral expectations.



  I stress the importance of education and doing well in school.

  I believe my child will do well in school.

  I help my child set and achieve educational goals.

  Our family celebrates academic accomplishments.


Building Responsibility

  My child has a nutritious breakfast each morning.

  My child has a regular routine that includes chores, homework, family time, and bedtime.

  My child accepts responsibility for his/her actions.

  My child attends school and is on time every day.


School/Home Connections

  I update address & phone numbers with the school office.

  I communicate regularly with my child’s teacher.

  I respond promptly to requests for information.

  I attend teacher conferences or other meetings to help my child succeed.

  I attend open houses, science fairs, musical events, class trips, sporting events, and other school activities.

  I volunteer in the school when possible.

  I read everything that comes home from school and respond when relevant.

  I attend school events in which my child participates.