• The Importance of Daily Reading

    We all know how important it is to read to children.  Here are some suggestions to help your children improve their reading skills.

    Always have a book on hand, no matter where you are.
    Keep a small book in your purse or have a picture book in the baby’s stroller. Make sure that you and your children always have something to read when time is available.

    Focus on their interests.
    Reading with you should be for pleasure. It doesn’t matter if they’re reading about NASCAR or NASA!

    Be a patient listener.
    It can be difficult listening to your children struggle while reading. Try not to jump in and finish the sentence for them even if they’re reading slowly. Instead, encourage their good effort.

    Get everyone involved.
    The more people who read with children, the more they see that reading is important. Children need to read with all the adults and older kids in the household.

    Helpful Math Tips

    Here are some suggested math games and everyday activities to explore with your child.

    Find ways to practice number operations.
    • Practice counting down from any double-digit number. For example, use a calendar to count down the number of days to an upcoming event.
    • Give your child the change in your pocket and ask how many different ways she can make 25 cents.
    • Play a variation on the game “Go Fish.” Instead of asking for cards with numbers that match, players take turns asking for cards that, added to the card she has, adds up to 10. Count face cards as zero, aces as 1’s.
    Find ways to develop reasoning.
    • If your child knows that 4 quarters is 1 dollar, can he figure out what 6 quarters is?
    • Ask your child to estimate the height of a tree by estimating how much higher it might be than an 8′ fence next to it.
    Find ways to collect and organize information.
    • Read sports score tables, weather charts, and other common numerical information you find in the news.
    • Take measurements for a project around the house. How many inches are there? How many feet? How many yards?
    Some family games that help develop math skills:
    • At this age kids are developing more complex ways of reasoning — they like strategic thinking games like checkers, chess, Monopoly, and Clue.
    • Dominoes