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How Can I Help At Home?

IN READING YOU CAN:
- Read stories to your child.
- Read the comics section of the newspaper with your child.
- Listen to your child read.
- Help your child get a library card from the public library.
- Find out about special activities at the public library for your child.
- Set aside a special place for your child to keep books.
- Subscribe to a child's magazine in your child's name.
- Bring books for your child to read in the car while he or she waits for you to run errands.
- Bring books for your child to read while waiting in the doctor's or dentist's office.
- Read road signs and street signs while you are walking, driving, or riding somewhere.
- Show your child how to use the telephone directory.
- Encourage your child to borrow nonfiction books from the public library or purchase them from their book orders.
- Use the internet to find information of interest to the child.
- Research a location before visiting it on vacation.
- Look up recipes in a cookbook when planning a meal.
- Model using various resources when locating information.
- Encourage your child to write as frequently as possible about a wide range of topics.
- Ask your child who, what, when, where, why questions after reading a text.
- Have your child find an interesting fact in the text and explain why it is important.
- Have your child summarize a nonfiction text in their own words.
- Have your child observe the features of nonfiction and use them while reading.
- Help your child connect the text to their own experiences and background knowledge.
- Provide a wealth of reading materials.
- Have your child make predictions while you read.
- Work together to identify character traits, setting, problems, and solutions in stories.
- Be sure your child sees you reading often.

IN WRITING YOU CAN:
- Make a mailbox for your child and leave notes in it.
- Help your child write letters and notes to friends and relatives.
- Help your child make a telephone/address directory of friends and relatives.
- Help your child make birthday cards for friends and relatives.
- Give your child a calendar to write down special events and mark off each day.
- Help your child keep a scrapbook of his or her best schoolwork.
- Help your child make a journal or diary.
- Encourage your child to write as frequently as possible about a wide range of topics.
- Provide plenty of writing tools such as paper, markers, and pencils.
- Practice proper letter and number formation.


IN MATH YOU CAN:
- Help your child use a yardstick, ruler, or tape measure for measuring objects around the house.
- Show your child how to count change and practice counting spare change.
- Help your child to tell time and point out the time on a clock.
- Help your child learn about measurement by following a simple recipe.
- Look at the calendar in the morning and identify the number day and which number comes next.
- Count items.
- Make up word problems using your child's name and interests.
- Use flashcards to promote number recognition, addition, and subtraction.
- Practice math facts.
- Use math vocabulary.


FOR WORD WORK YOU CAN:
- Make two sets of word cards and play Memory or Go Fish.
- Write the words in sentences and read the sentences together.
- Find each word in the story book you are reading.
- Write the words in shaving cream, sugar, or on a steamy mirror.
- Write the words using watercolor paints, yarn, or chalk.
- Find the words written somewhere in the house.
- Use play dough or pasta noodles to spell the words.


OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME:
- Engage your child in meaningful conversation.
- Take family walks or short day trips frequently. Your child can discuss what they see around them, record observations, or write about the trip.
- Encourage your child to work with models, puzzles, and games to increase memory and stimulate thinking.

TIPS FOR IMPROVING ILLEGIBLE HANDWRITING:
- Give your child clay or play dough to play with.
- Encourage your child to play with Legos, miniature cars, small blocks, action figures, and other small toys.
- Do puzzles with your child.
- Provide creative art projects that involve using crayons, 
marking pens, scissors, and finger paints, as well as tearing paper.
- Play games with your child that involve the handling of cards and small game pieces.
- Ask your child to sort collections of loose coins into stacks of pennies, dimes, nickels, and quarters.
- Help your child learn to manage everyday skills such as tying and lacing shoes and buttoning clothes.

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