28 Ways to Help Your Child's Teacher
1. Read to your child often from books, magazines, advertisements, newspapers. Set a good example by reading yourself.
2. Visit the public library.
3. Books make great gifts.
Listening is an important skill!
4. Play listening games with your child.
5. Search for quality programs such as after school special programs and PBS (Public Television - KDOC Channel 56, KLCS Channel 58 - check the local listings for programs). Check out the History Channel or National Geographic as other possibilities.
6. Watch with your child and talk about the show and programs.
7. Hang up a chalkboard or white board to write family messages and grocery lists.
8. Encourage the writing of cards , notes, letters to friends and relative; not just emails and text messages.
9. Praise all efforts at writing.
10. Games such as Scrabble and Boggle can increase vocabulary and improve spelling.
11. Give your child practical experience at home. Measuring pints, cups, pound, ounces while cooking is a good way to do this.
12. Play games such as Bingo and Dominoes.
13. Make Flash Cards of Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication tables and use them regularly.
14. Discuss Current Events.
15. Watch the television news together, *Sunday Morning" and "60 Minutes" are good programs.
16. Find historical programs on the History Channel and other stations. Watch them together and discuss them.
17. Visit historical landmarks around Los Angeles.
18. Map puzzles are excellent learning tools.
19. Talk about the working world with your child. Discuss careers, and skills needed for those careers.
20. Have reference books readily available (maps, atlas, dictionary, etc.).
21. Teach your child safety rules and reasons for them in handling electricity and/or machines.
22. Give educational toys such as Science Kits, Robotics Kits, Microscope, Telescope, Science Based Models.
23. Help guide your child through Science Projects letting them do the work. You are their assistant!
24. Make sure your child eats a good breakfast.
25. Regular bedtimes are important, especially with younger children. Teens need at least 8 hours per night.
26. Play physical games with your child. Races, Frisbee and Soccer are just a few examples.
27. Teach your child his/her full name, address, and phone number.
28. Learn as much as possible about your child's school. Join a council, volunteer your assistance, let your child know you care about the school they attend!