Friday, September 17, 2010

Home School Connections

We're reading books and talking about families at school. We hope you'll take some time to talk about families at home, too.
The following activities are things that you can do to help your child learn. We hope that you can complete some of the activities. The activities can be done in any order. The goal is to reinforce at home what your child is learning at school. Most importantly have fun!

Show your child his or her baby pictures. Talk about them together.
Tell your child about something that happened to you when you were little
Sing the alphabet song together
Take you child to the library. Choose books to read together. Some suggestions that go along with unit 1: Abuela by Arthur Dorros, A Birthday Basket for Tia by Pat Mora, Brothers & Sisters by Ellen B. Senisi, A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Let your child help set the table. Talk about colors, shapes and colors.
Ask your child to help you make a sandwich for lunch. Talk about each step
Count the people in your family. Use your finger to keep a tally count
Read a book. Point to things in the pictures as you read them in the story.
Have a scavenger hunt in your home. find things that can stretch, grow or make noise.
Look at family pictures together. Talk about the people in your family.
Keep a list called "Things I Can Do By Myself." Let you child decide what to add to the list day by day.
Trace your child's hands and label the drawing with his or her name. Then let your child trace your hands.
Call a family member. Say the numbers and point to them on the phone. Let your press them.
Measure your child by taping a strip of paper to the wall and marking it over time.
Play house. Let your child decide who the baby and who is the mommy or daddy.
Help your child write his or her name. Decorate it and hang it on the door of your child's room.
Turn off the car radio and talk with your child as you drive.
If there's a baby in your family, name baby items as you shop. Talk about what babies need.

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