Internet Resources for Parents
Please CLICK on one of the links listed below to assist your parenting
Work Central Jr
10 Fun and Educational Websites
Between the Lions, http://pbskids.org/lions
Kids Health, http://kidshealth.org
Sesame Workshop, http://sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet
Pauly's Playhouse, http://paulysplayhouse.com
Kids' Planet, http://kidsplanet.org
Interactive Coloring Book, http://coloring.com/pictures/choose.cdc
Tiny Planets, http://tinyplanets.com
Nick Jr., http://nickjr.com
Math Baseball, http://funbrain.com/math/index.html
Tips for Parents
No Child Left Behind Reading Tips for Parents
1. Read with your child everyday.
2. When reading a book where the print is large, point word by
word as you read.
3. Read your child's favorite book over and over again.
4. Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat.
5. Discuss new words.
6. Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening
in the story.
7. Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales,
song books, poems, and information books.
7 Super Things Parents & Caregivers Can Do
1. Talk often with your children from the day they are born.
2. Hug them, hold them, and respond to their needs and interests.
3. Listen carefully as your children communicate with you.
4. Read aloud to your children every day, even when they are babies.
Play and sing with them often.
5. Say "yes" and "I love you" as much as you
say "no" and "don't."
6. Ensure a safe, orderly, and predictable environment, wherever
7. Set limits on their behavior and discipline them calmly, not
8 Ways To Stop Math Meltdown!
By: Renee Sarnowski
1. Learn the benefits of slowing down. Students wracked with anxiety
often speed through math lessons, assignments, and tests. Remind
your child to take as much time as needed. Let her work at her
own pace and praise her for staying motivated. Taking the time
to truly understand mathematical concepts will allow her to work
faster in the future.
2. Emphasize learning and understanding rather than memorization.
Children experience a great deal of anxiety when they are forced
to memorize facts without understanding what they are learning
or why they are doing so. If your child doesn't understand a concept,
encourage him to go back and review it. This will provide a reliable
base of knowledge as she advances to more difficult lessons.
3. Use games to make math practical and fun. Card games, board
games, and computer games can help your child realize many practical,
interesting applications of math. These great resources can help
her practice various mathematical concepts while having fun. Rather
than viewing math as intimidating or boring, she will start to
approach math with a more positive attitude.
4. Praise instances of success. Math anxiety is often based on
past failures. If a child focuses on his negative encounters with
math, he will go into his next math lesson with a defeatist attitude.
Help him focus on his successes. Perhaps he scored well on a math
quiz or has a good understanding of fractions. Praising his hard
work and perseverance will give him greater confidence and a higher
chance of success.
5. Possess your own positive attitude toward math. A parent's
attitude toward math often rubs-off on their children. Help your
child by reinforcing that everyone can learn math and that math
is used in everyday life. Share your successful encounters with
math or how you overcame your fear of it.
6. Encourage your child to discuss her anxiety openly. Talking
about her anxiety will help your child confront her fears. With
your support, she will learn that it is natural to sometimes become
frustrated or to be intimidated by math. You also will learn more
about specific concepts with which your child is struggling, allowing
you or her math teacher to provide more effective assistance.
7. Be understanding and patient. Developing the confidence to
explore mathematical concepts and truly learn advanced material
takes time. Your main focus should not be on your child's achievements
or lack thereof, but rather the development of his intellectual
curiosity. If you demonstrate patience as he struggles with math,
he will learn to be easier on himself and more willing to persevere.
8. Communicate the importance of consistent studying. Mastering
mathematical concepts is a long process. Help your child understand
that cramming the night before a test is not the way to get an
A. Have him set aside time each night to review the day's math
lesson. Remind him that his comprehension and achievements are
dependent on the amount of time and effort he puts into studying.