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Tips from the Teachers:
 
     Math
  • Practice addition and subtraction flash cards
  • Have your child use real coins to practice counting money
  • Use math in everyday life:  recipes, at the grocery store, when spending money, using clocks to tell time, reading a menu
  • Practice comparing amounts (could be money, time, amounts of items).
  • Point out clocks in your house, at the store, etc.  Talk to your child about why clocks have hands, what we use clocks for, why there are only 12 numbers on a clock.
     Reading
 
Reading is the key to success in school.  In order to be a successful reader, your child needs to be able to:
 
     Read with Fluency - read at a moderate pace, use meaningful phrasing (pausing at
                     punctuation), be expressive
 
     Comprehend what is Read:  be able to answer in-depth questions about characters, 
                     events, setting, endings, and author's message; be able to make inferences
                     from what is read  (find the hidden meaning), reflect on what is read (in
                    discussions and writing)
  • Have your child read every day for at least 20 minutes.
  • Read aloud to your child so they can hear how you stop at periods and raise and lower your voice at different actions in the story.
  • Turn on the TV with the volume off and the closed captions on.
  • Have an older child read with/to a younger child.
  • Have your child read out loud to a voice recorder and then listen to what they've recorded.  Have them try to make the recording again, only better.
  • Have a friend or family member create books on tape for your child.  These make excellent gifts and help build fluency.
  • Keep a reading journal that compares and contrasts books, characters, and settings.
  • Use a journal to have your child rewrite the endings of stories
  • Encourage your child to read a wide variety of genres:  non-fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy fiction, fairy tales and fables.
  • Encourage your child to read a wide variety of types of literature:  magazines, joke books, poetry, e-books, newspapers, menus, recipe books, etc.
     Writing
  • Have your child write letters, emails, and postcards to friends and family members, even if they live right down the street.
  • Have your child keep a daily diary/journal
  • Use a journal to record information about books that were read over the summer
  • Experiential writing - write by adding captions to photos, creating poems, or writing in a journal
  • Informational writing - Have your child research a topic of interest.  Have them find pictures and pamphlets that they can add as illustrations to their writing.  Kids can learn about their own neighborhood, even a neighbor!
  • Creative Writing - create comic strips, story boards, illustrated books.  There are many online sites that will create a book out of your child's hard work.
 
Websites for Parents
 
Websites for Kids
 
*For additional practice sites see the Curriculum Web Sites link on the 2nd grade team menu bar!