Parent Resources

Xavier Charter School is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a strong collaboration with parents to ensure the success of its students. Explore the following information and links to help raise student achievement.

Reading

·Read to and with your child for 30 minutes every day. Your child may have the homework assignment of reading for 15 minutes each night. The remainder of this time would be spent listening to a story read by you. Children need to hear stories read fluently and have a chance to discuss them.

·Set up a reading area in your home. Your child should have a bookcase with books and magazines at their:

- independent level (books they can read by themselves)

- instructional level (books they can read with you)

- frustration level (books you need to read aloud to them)

·Inexpensive books may be purchased through school book orders or at thrift stores. Try trading books with another family. Visit the library once a week.

·Other Links of interest:

Helping Your Child Become A Reader
Reading Tips for Parents
Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn To Read
Simple Things Families Can Do To Help All Children Learn To Read
Reading First
Reading Is Fundamental
Striving Readers

Math

The following is taken from Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics (U.S. Department of Education)

· You can help your child learn mathematics by offering insights into how to approach the subject. Your child will develop more confidence in his or her abilities by understanding the following points:

· Problems can be solved in different ways. Although most mathematics problems have only one answer, there may be many ways to get that answer.

· Wrong answers sometimes can be useful. Analyzing wrong answers can help your child understand the concepts underlying a problem and learn to apply reasoning skills to arrive at the correct answer.

· Being able to do mathematics in your head is important. Mathematics is not restricted to pencil and paper activities. Doing mathematics in your head (“mental math”) is a valuable skill that comes in handy when making quick calculations in stores, restaurants, or gas stations. Let your child know that by using mental math, his or her mathematics skills will become stronger.

· It’s sometimes OK to use a calculator to solve mathematics problems. It’s OK to use calculators to solve math problems – sometimes. They are widely used today, and knowing how to use them correctly is important. The idea is for your child not to fall back on the excuse, “I don’t need to know math- I’ve got a calculator.” Let your child know that to use calculators correctly and most efficiently, she will need a strong grounding in math operations- otherwise, how will she know whether the answer she sees displayed is reasonable!

·Read the following booklet: Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics

·Establish a family game night to play board games as family. Studies show that students’ math skills are improved with the reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving involved with playing board games. For example, Chutes and Ladders (K-2), Sorry (2-4), and Monopoly (upper grades) are good choices.

·Visit the following website for more information on boardgames: www.education.families.com/blog/some-board-games-strengthen-math-skills

·Visit www.boardgames.com or www.boardgamegeek.com to purchase boardgames.

Homework

· Set up a homework area in your home. Establish a routine for completing homework.

·Remove distractions when children are studying. The television should not be on at this time.

·Provide supplies and identify resources (websites, teacher email, etc.).

·Monitor Assignments. Read any comments on assignments returned. Contact your child’s teacher with questions.

·Read Helping Your Child With Homework

·More resources for homework or school projects with state education standards: www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators

Parental Involvement

· Learn everything you can about your child’s school.

· Review the school’s handbook .

· Talk with your child’s teacher throughout the year.

· Be interested in what your child is learning and be involved in your child’s school.

·Read Helping Your Child Succeed In School

·Read the following booklet: Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons from Five Parent Information and Resource Centers