Helping your child at Home

There are many things you can do to help your child succeed in first grade. Below you will find a list of tips.  I hope you find them helpful!

Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in First Grade

*Make reading a part of your child’s every day! The more reading the better! Your child may read to you or you may read to  You may visit the Burlington Public Library and help your child get his/her own library card. You may also visit the Used Book Superstore or Barnes and Noble for other fun literacy experiences.  

*Check your child’s green folder every day. Please keep up to date with notices, permission forms, assignments, etc. You may use this folder as a way to send dismissal and other notes to me as I will check these folders each morning.

*Make weekly homework a priority. Homework will begin shortly after school has begun.  Be sure to ask your child questions about his/her homework and what they are learning.  When doing homework allow your child to do his/her own work.  However, you may offer help when needed. You may also provide a special at-home workplace for your child to practice words, do homework, etc.

*Practice Life Skills at home.
 Reference the list of taught life skills that was sent home with your child. Continue to practice these life skills at home. 

*Review/Practice Sight Words daily. Sight words are words that your child must learn how to read and spell fluently.  We may also refer to these as “Trick Words.” We will learn these words throughout the year. You can find a list of these words by clicking “Trick Words” on the top of this page.

*Keep a journal at home for your child. If you have a blank notebook or even some spare paper, give it to your child. Your child may write about everything and anything. The important thing is first graders are writing! Encourage your child to write and illustrate in his/her journal as often as possible. If your child does not know how to spell a word, ask him/her to sound it out and write the sounds he/she hears You should not expect words to be spelled perfectly. This is a fun way for your child to practice and strengthen writing skills.

*Instill a positive work ethic in your child.  Get him/her excited for school and learning. Ask questions about the school day and what we are learning.

*Allow your child to get a proper night’s sleep on school nights and provide a hearty, nutritious breakfast before school.  This is extremely important as the school day is longer than it was in kindergarten and it is important that your child is well rested for optimal learning.  

*Keep strong Parent/Teacher communication. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  You may contact me via email or by calling my classroom phone.  My contact information was sent in the summer letter you received and will be sent home again on the first day of school.

*Explore technology resources.  If technology is available, there are many FREE and beneficial resources on the internet for your child to use as learning tools.

*Lastly, please make every effort to check our blog weekly.  It is a vital communication tool that I will use throughout the year to keep you informed of all that takes place in our classroom.  Again, you can sign up for email alerts using the box on the right of the page.

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