When your child is reading at home with you, sometimes they get stuck. Usually we would encourage them to sound out those words that have them stuck. Almost always, this is the best method. We ask them the first sound, then the middle sound, then the last sound.
But occasionally, those words they are stuck on really cannot be sounded out. Our students don't get stuck on the word "the" , but even "the" cannot be sounded out. Imagine how many words cannot really be sounded out! So what can we do to help our children when they are stuck? Instead of just giving them the answer, or telling them to sound it out, try these possibilities:
The following article has ideas and understanding for parents about the difference between sight words and decoding words. Understanding how some words are memorized and most are sounded out helps us reach our children's reading needs better.
We all want our children to be better listeners. Teachers often say they want their students to be better listeners. But children want to listen and they want to do well. They aren't ignoring us, they just haven't learned how to listen effectively. So how can we help children listen for understanding and action, instead of just listening until their parents or teachers are done talking?
1. One way to help is give them a signal that it is time to listen. Some children need a gentle hand on their shoulder to know that it is time to listen.
2. Allow them plenty of time to talk to you. Many children (and adults!) are only listening in order to wait their turn to talk. Let them say everything they need to say, and ask them to tell you when they are done, because you have some important things to tell them.
3. Ask them, before they respond to you, to take a deep breath, and repeat what you have said. Maybe it was the directions you gave. Maybe it was an event coming up. Children will want to listen better if they know you care about whether or not they listened.
The following article has some great ideas about getting your kids to listen, both at home and at school!
Recently at Milne Grove School, 13 teachers, the principal, and I participated in a professional learning meeting about assessing and developing students' oral language. What is oral language, anyway?
Oral language is the language your child uses to speak. When they ask questions, make demands, express emotions, or play pretend, they are using their oral language. We want students to improve their oral language because it will help them communicate their needs better. They will do better in school. They will be better able to express feelings, wants and desires. They will enjoy their friends more. And, they will enjoy their parents more, too!
So how can parents help their child's oral language at home? The best thing you can do is talk to them a lot.
Even if you have older students, it is not too late to support your child's oral language development. Use this list to start fresh talking to your child more.
For more information about supporting your child's language, the link below has a few great ideas for parents.
Originally posted on Montana City schools
Students who use academic language do better in school. Students who use academic language get better grade. They are taken more seriously. They are more likely to be successful adults. Most children are good at using social language, the language they use to speak to their friends. But they need academic language as they grow to interact better at more formal places, such as the store, church, library, or other community areas.
So what is academic language? Academic language is the words, phrases, and sentence patterns your child needs to use to be more successful in school, college, and at a job. It includes subject specific words, such as those from science, history, and literature. It also includes formal language, typically having more syllables, having many meanings, and the language which illustrates your child is bright.
So how can you help your child use more academic language?
Erin Holland is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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