Parent Resources

The 5 Step Homework Plan

The 5 Step Homework Plan

  • Step 1  Schedule Daily Homework Time:  Your child should have a specific time each day to plan daily homework.
  • Step 2 Set up a Study Area:  A designated study area lets your child know that you place a high priority on homework, and care enough to make sure there is a place in which to do it.
  • Step 3 Create a Homework Survival Kit:  The Homework Survival Kit will bring a peaceful resolution to the recurring problem of not enough supplies to complete homework.
  • Step 4  Talk to Your Child About the Importance of Homework:  Your child needs to understand the importance you place on homework.  Your words and your actions must communicate this message.
  • Step 5 Praise Your Child: It is important to remember that your words of praise, more than anything else, will motivate your child to do his or her best work.

Ways to Develop Your Child’s Comprehension

Ways to Develop Your Child’s Comprehension

  • Reading is much more than just being able to read words.  If a child does not understand what he or she is reading, he or she is not reading with success.  Thinking and understanding do not take its place automatically.  They are directly related to the child’s language and experience.
  • Ask questions about a story that stimulate thinking: “What do you think will happen next?,  “ what else could he have done?”, “Can you make up a different ending?”  Having your child write their answers will help them with their writing as well as their focus on comprehension.
  • Your child should be able to briefly tell what the story is about, recall important details, give a sequence of events, draw conclusions from information given.  Provide practical practice by asking good questions and guiding your child to give thoughtful answers.
  • Use sources such as T.V. Guide, Cookbook, comic strip, cereal box to have your child locate specific information, follow directions, make reasonable decisions.
  • Watch a television program together.  Discuss the program; have your child predict the outcome, give the sequence of events, summarize, note whether a commercial advertisement is fact or opinion.

Where you get stuck…

Where you get stuck…

  1. Look at the picture and think about the story.
  2. Go back and read again.
  3. Try the beginning sound, look for the parts that you know.
  4. Does it look like a word you’ve seen before?
  5. Now have a try…
    • Does it make sense?
    • Does it look right?
    • Does it sound right?  

22 Ways to Practice your Spelling Words

22 Ways to Practice your Spelling Words

All work must be done in cursive except for #13, 14, & 15!

  1. Write the words in alphabetical order.  (5pts).
  2. Write each word and divide it into syllables. (5pts).
  3. Write each word and circle all the vowels.  (5pts).
  4. Write each word and circle all the consonants. (5pts).
  5. Write each word three times neatly.  (10 pts).
  6. Make a set of flashcards to study your words.  (5pts).
  7. Write the definition of each word. (30 pts).
  8. Write a sentence for each spelling word.  (15 pts).
  9. Write a synonym for each word.  (10 pts).
  10. Write an antonym for each word.  (10 pts).
  11. Add a prefix and/or suffix to each word. (10 pts).
  12. Cut the words out of magazines and make a collage. (20 pts).
  13. Scramble the words and have someone solve them.  (10 pts).
  14. Make a word search with a word bank.  (20 pts).
  15. Make a crossword puzzle with clues.  (30 pts).
  16. Write a story using all of the words. (25 pts).
  17. Write the words in code.  (15 pts).
  18. Draw a picture and hide your words in the picture (5 pts).
  19. Write newspaper headlines using the words. (25 pts).
  20. Have an adult give you a practice test. (5 pts).
  21. Make a pyramid for each word. (10 pts).
  22. Make a word chain with the words. (10 pts).

Ten Ways to Get Your Child Reading

Ten Ways to Get Your Child Reading

  • Act the stories out.
  • Make sure they see you reading.
  • Have a lot of books available.
  • Set goals and reward reading.
  • Find fun and unusual places to read.
  • Ask Questions.
  • Ask a child to read to a non-reading child.
  • Let the child choose their books.
  • Create a loving association with books and reading.
  • Get a family library card and use it.

10 Ways to help with study skills

10 Ways to help with study skills

  1. Set up a regular study time in a quiet, comfortable place where your child won’t have distractions.
  2.  Encourage daily study, even if there’s no homework.  Reading and reviewing lessons will get your  child in the habit of studying everyday.
  3.  Make sure your child keeps track of assignments and has all the study tools needed for homework.
  4.   Allow study breaks every 20 minutes or so, and offer nutritious snacks.
  5.   Help your child break large tasks into several smaller ones to study more efficiently.
  6.   Have your child set goals before each assignment and organize study priorities to reach them.
  7.   Teach your child the value of being organized and keeping homework together.
  8.   Use study aids, such as quizzes, flash cards, and reading out loud to you.
  9.   Let your child know it’s okay to ask teachers for help and that you’re available, too.
  10.   Consider having your child study with a partner if it helps both of them do better.

Remember:  Always reward your child’s efforts to build study skills.  Praise goes a long way!

10 Ways to Raise a Reader

  1. Read to your child every day.  It’s never too early to start even newborns respond to hearing you read.
  2.  Continue reading together even after your child learns to read.  Older children still enjoy listening to others read.
  3.  Make stories come alive for your child when you read.  Be animated and use different voices.
  4.  Be patient- let your child read aloud at his or her own pace.  Offer help only when needed.
  5.  Discuss what you read together.  Ask questions, and listen attentively to your child’s answers.
  6.  Make reading time special.  Cuddle up in a quiet, comfortable spot.  Your child will associate reading with feeling secure, relaxed, and loved.
  7.  Encourage your child’s favorite books wherever you go.  Read on the bus, in line at the store, or in waiting rooms.
  8.  Take along your child’s favorite books wherever you go.  Read on the bus, in line at the store, or in waiting rooms.
  9.  Take your child to the library often and check out a variety of age-appropriate reading materials.
  10.  Be a role model, read on your own.  By seeing how much you enjoy reading, your child will learn that it’s a great source of information and fun.Remember:  By encouraging your child to read, you are helping to ensure school success.

Announcements

All resources can also be accessed through my Google Classroom.  Please keep an eye out for our “Back to School” supply list, which can be found here.

Ms. Ocaris Trujillo

K-1 Teacher
Phone: +1 575-638-5491

Ms. Melanie Martinez

K-1 Instructional Assistant
Phone: +1 575-638-5491
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