If you’re like me, I’m not all that confident with my math skills. I sat next to Danny and reviewed his online Math activity and I was nervous he would ask me the answers. Don’t worry there are plenty of online resources. I learned ANOVA from YouTube.
I love social studies. You can jump into any historical or political period and combine the lesson with reading, writing, art, science, sports, philosophy, cooking, music, etc. Encourage your child to share their thoughts and interests on the topic.
I think we are all born to be writers. We have ideas, feelings, dreams, and stories inside our heads. The trick is to get them on paper in an organized way that allows the reader to understand those thoughts.
Talk with your child and have developmentally-appropriate conversations about what they’re thinking and feeling. Look for changes in your child’s behavior. If you are concerned about any changes or behaviors, contact your family doctor.
What about reading levels? How do I know which book to select for my child?
First, reading is reading. I read all of the Harry Potter books, and it fed my enjoyment for reading, and there was plenty to talk about–characters, conflict, themes, etc. Danny read all of the Babysitters’ Club books. Pick a book that interests your child. You will want to throw in a few books that challenge your child.
Reading levels: Click on this link to see a site that shows the following-
Click on the grade level on the top to see the grade level.
Lexile level–on some books, you can see on the back of the book or inside cover the Lexile level.
Reading Comprehension: How do I know my child understands what they are reading? Here’s a site with reading comprehension questions. I wouldn’t worry about printing out the sheets (look at the sidebar for more activities). Copy the activity down on paper or have your child read the reading passages and questions and write the answers on a sheet of paper.
How do I know my child is learning? Ask questions. Talk about the story. Can your child recall events? Does your child identify conflicts and themes? Can your child draw the story out?
If you are interested in reviewing the Wisconsin Department of Instruction ELA standards, click here.
Set aside time for your child to read–How much? Read here.