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?
You don't have to be a math expert or even have been good at math to help your child succeed at math. Your first line of help should be the child's teacher, but while you are waiting to hear back from the teacher, here are some easy ways at home to help.
1. You-tube: There are a ton of tutorials and videos on you-tube that your child and you can watch together on your smart-phone, tablet, or computer.
2. Be patient: Even when parents are frustrated with homework, stay calm. Encourage your child to be patient as well, in a quiet, calm voice. Smile! Even if you don't feel like it, it really will help. And follow it up by cracking a joke or two to get your child smiling.
3. Give praise: Always find something to praise your child for, even if it is just to compliment their hand-writing, how hard they are working, their creative use of different strategies, or to tell them you believe in them. Just be sure to be sincere.
4. Schedule time: whether it is an hour before bed, right after school, or right after dinner, make sure your child knows what time homework should be completed in your home. Post the time frame on the fridge so your child knows and is reminded.
5. Fuel: If you are doing homework right after school, give your child a snack and plenty of water. Your children work hard and play hard here at school. The water and snack will help them have plenty of energy.
KIDS is a kindergarten comprehensive process designed to provide information about children's competencies across developmental domains over time and to inform whether Illinois' kindergarteners have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school. For additional information about the KIDS Assessment please watch the video below.
Welcome to Think Central, a website where you can access your Go Math! textbooks and fun interactive activities!
Go to http://www.thinkcentral.com/index.htm.
Click on “Mathematics” from the list on the left of the screen; then click your text, “Go Math” toward the top right of the screen.
Use the dropdown boxes to select your state, district, and school, as in the illustration on the right. You may want to click “Remember My Organization.”
Your teacher has created an account for your child. It uses their D91 email address and their chrome books password. Your teacher can share this with you, or if you are a parent from Milne Grove, you will receive a copy at expectation night.
If your computer asks if you want to allow pop-ups, select Always Allow Pop-Up From This Site. Once you are in the system, you simply click on Library to access your Student Edition (it may take awhile to load). Note you can go to any page in your book, and access iTools (eManipulatives), Animated Math, etc.
You can also access some printable resources in the Student Library by clicking on items such as the Go Math! Standards Practice Book. Don’t forget to investigate the Real World Videos! “Things to Do” will list current assignments if your teacher is creating assignments.
Erin Holland is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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