November 4, 2014
Reading and writing are vital skills for anyone in this fast paced world of computers and instant messaging. While our schools are working hard to provide a good foundation for our children, a strong language arts emphasis in the home is a great way to ensure your child’s success. Certainly, students can be taught without home-school connections, but it has been proven repeatedly how teamwork between school and home creates the most lasting success for children, both academically and in society.
The home environment is an ideal place for language arts skills to be strengthened. There are things that your child can do each day to enrich his or her learning. Not only does this provide opportunities for your child to learn, but it sends the important message that you value these skills as well.
There are many things that you can do in your home. Below is a list of suggestions and writing habits to begin. Use these as a guide. Periodically I will send home more activities that you can do at home with your child. Remember to alter the suggestions or ideas in any way that would best meet the needs of you and your child.
Good Writing Habits Begin at Home
- Take regular trips to the library. Encourage your child to experience both fiction and nonfiction books.
- Encourage your child to develop correspondence with out-of-town family and friends. Many young people now connect with e-mail and never learn the art of writing and mailing letters.
- Encourage your child to bring home their journal and write for 15 to 30 minutes every day. Respect the privacy of this journal.
- Read the newspaper with your child on a regular basis, Discuss the issues of the day at the dinner table.
- Have your child write the shopping list and keep track of the items purchased. Have your child make a TO DO list for the day. He or she can cross off the items as they are completed.
- Write notes to your child daily or at least weekly. Leave notes in their lunch box. They will look forward to them.
- Study maps and graphs with your child. Discuss the meaning of symbols and marks.
- Have your child write down directions on how to play a game. Give your child a chance to explain the directions. Ask questions and follow along.
- Help your child create a recipe box or cookbook. Your child should copy down the recipes that he or she would like to add to the cookbook. Encourage your child to cook and prepare one of the recipes for the family.
- Have fun!
Mrs. V. Lawrence