School CLOSED - Monday, March 4
Due to severe weather conditions, all NYC Public Schools are closed - Monday, March 4
Please stay safe and warm!
Windsor Terrace Library (corner of E. 5th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway)
Mondays: 3 - 5 pm
Wednesdays: 4 - 6 pm
Kensington Library (18th Avenue, near E. 2nd Street)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays : 3 - 6 pm
The parent-teacher conference is the start (or continuation) of a conversation. Use this time to speak about strengths, concerns and issues, and schedule follow-up meetings to work on detailed actions.
Really there’s only one question you need to ask your child’s teacher.
How can I best help YOU help my child?
A teacher who understands that as a parent you are there to help, collaborate and respond will be more likely to help YOU when it comes to your child’s education. Go to your parent-teacher conferences with a game plan, but above all, remember this is a team sport. You and your student are definitely the players, and the teacher is the coach. Listen actively, and let him or her guide you. In the end, your willingness to be a team player will go a long way to fostering a great learning experience for everyone involved!
8 Questions to Ask:
1. What would you say are my child’s strengths & learning opportunities?
2. How is my child’s behavior and what does it tell you about my child’s learning style?
3. How should I track my child’s performance? Are there examples of my child’s work?
4. Do you have suggestions for things we can do at home to better support my child’s learning?
5. Are my child’s assignments completed on time and at an appropriate performance level?
6. What types of books and educational games do you recommend for my learner? Is there a list of suggested readings?
7. How is my child getting along socially with other children?
8. What am I not asking or noticing that I should be?
Use colored play-dough to make letters. Roll the play-dough into pencil-thick coils. Use the coils to form letters. Some letters may be capitals; and the letters may not all be the same size. That's ok!
Then use the letters to create words.
If you would like to save one of the words, let the play-dough dry, and then glue the word onto a piece of cardboard or poster paper for display.
Use chalk to write a jumbo word!
Have your child say a word. Write the word in great big jumbo letters on the pavement of the playground or linoleum floor. (Don't worry, the chalk washes up quickly and easily!)
Have your child to walk along the path that each letter makes. Have them hop, skip, spin, crawl, tiptoe, baby-step, giant-step, walk backwards or boog-a-loo.
When your child has explored one word, wipe it off and write a new one. Or move to a new spot on the pavement.
Your child might want you to hop, skip, jump and so forth across the letters. Why not do it? It can be fun to share this game with your children!
- from "Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read," by Peggy Kaye
For more Games to support your child's reading at home, click here.