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.
The goal of educators is to get students to a level of proficiency in writing so that students can convey their thoughts clearly and effectively.
Check out the following resources:
Newsela– get free access to reading articles and have your child write about it.
Children can write about what they know about the subject, what they want to learn and what they learned afterward (KWL). Have your child keep a journal of what they are learning and what they are interested in learning more about.
Be cautious with Social Media. Sometimes spending too much time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., feeds into the fear. You may be exposed to false information about the virus or events. Put yourself on a strict Social Media diet.
Find time to exercise. Take a walk, do yoga, ride a bike, etc.
Drink water. Limit or avoid alcohol.
Eat healthily. Food is fuel for the brain.
Write out your fears and talk about them with others. Get advice from family and friends.
I like to watch positive videos that talk about fear. Pema Chödrön – Fear and Fearlessness is a great video.
If you have a religion or faith, reflect on words of hope and promise. Here are some verses from the Bible.
Understand that you are not alone.
“Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou
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.