The Parent Connection (A Newsletter Full of Ideas for Parents to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader and Writer) provides ideas for parents and links to resources to help their children learn to read more fluently. With this newsletter coming right before the Christmas holiday, I purposely tried to keep the activities light in Issue #4. This issue not only includes ideas for parents to try but also suggests gifts that encourage writing. Think about purchasing a few of these great last-minute stocking stuffers.
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Tips for Parents
Think about gifts you can give your child that would encourage writing.
Here are a few you might consider:
- Special Pens and Pencils
- Pads of Paper
- Diaries or Journals
- Computer Software
- Word Games such as Scrabble
Free Online Resources
Have you ever just wanted information about how to better help your child learn to read? Here is a collection of websites that answer questions, give helpful advice, and provide materials to help parents.
Thinking out of the Box
Many skills are used when cooking. Sounding out words in recipes and reading ingredients from packets can help children become better readers and spellers. Also, cooking is a great way to help your child with math, chemistry, and even geography.
Activity to Try
Visit your local library. Libraries often host seasonal events this time of year, including special story hours, crafts, games, and snacks.
Think about donating books your child has outgrown. Many libraries sell gently used books for $.25 to $.50. You can replace the books you donate with more age-appropriate books for very little money. Often, the money these books bring in goes to hosting the seasonal events.
Teacher Information about the Ideas for Parents Newsletter
Pass along these ideas for parents.
Christmas Library Fun
Our local library hosts a great Christmas event for students from ages 5 to 12. Students hear Christmas stories, make gingerbread houses, and play games. After researching, I discovered that many libraries do similar events during the holiday season.
Many families enjoy cooking together during the holidays. I really enjoyed making Christmas cookies with my boys when they were younger. Here is one of our favorites:
I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.
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