Helpful Web Sites

READING

Reading is one of the most important things your child will learn.  It is a well used, life long skill.  There are many ways to help your child improve their reading skills.  
        First, it is important that they hear good reading.  Reading together is a good way to help them with this.  You could take turns reading aloud at home to practice.  Be sure to sit together so that your child can see the book page as you are reading.
        Practice is also important.  Students need to practice reading, both silently and aloud.  Ideally, students should be reading between 15 and 30 minutes at home everyday.  If students are reading aloud and come to a word they don't know, it is alright to tell them the word.  Reading at home should be fun, not work.
        And of course, you want your child to understand what they are reading.  I often tell students that if they don't see a picture in their head while they are reading, they don't understand what they read.  Ask your child to tell you about what they are reading.             
        There are many web sites that offer your child some practice with reading skills.  I have placed links to some of those sites as well as a description about them below.  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding your child and their reading.

The Scholastic site has many game options for practice.  They also have tips for parents.  Most games last only 10-15 minutes.  Have fun playing together!

With Mad Libs your child gets to create funny stories and then they can practice reading them to you aloud.  Be ready to giggle together!

This site has several games to help children learn to recognize their alphabet.


MATH

Probably the most important math skills your child can learn would be their math facts.  Quick answers for these will help them with all of the concepts they learn in math during the year.  These are the basic skills necessary for all other math concepts.
  There are many web sites that offer your child some practice with their math facts.  I have placed links to some of those sites as well as a description about them below.  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding your child and what facts they should be working on.

These web sites let you choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts to practice.  Can your child beat you?

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