I know how much you care about your child's success in school, and I'd like to offer some simple suggestions that can make a big difference.
- Please ask your child every day what he has learned at school. Don't accept the traditional response, "Nothing". I can assure you that there will never be a day in our classroom this year when children learn nothing!
- Make time each day to read together for at least 20-30 minutes.
- Have books in your home for your child.
- Point out and discuss print in your daily environment - breakfast cereal boxes, grocery stores, post office, etc.
- Take a weekly visit to the public library together.
- Provide your child with a variety of writing materials, including pencils, crayons, markers, paper and stationary.
- Encourage your child's academic efforts by supporting and praising him. Children are motivated if they believe you value their efforts.
These are just a few things you can do to get your child off to a good start this year.