Strategies for Parents and Students

We all know that children learn more efficiently when teachers and parents have a clear picture of what each student knows and what they are ready to learn next.

That’s why we utilize the NWEA’s Measure of Academic Growth assessment that reacts to each student’s every answer. This makes the test adaptive or personalized to measure the needs of every student. If your child answers a question correctly, the test follows up with a more challenging question. If your child answers incorrectly, the test follows up with an easier question. Adaptive tests make it possible for teachers to pinpoint what each child needs in order to learn best.

Our partners at NWEA have drafted a parent toolkit to help you with hands-on, practical,  ideas of how to practice these essential academic skills at home.

Strategies  for Parents and Students For Improving Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Skills


Parent Strategies and Activities For Improving Their Child’s Reading and Writing Skills

The following suggestions are intended to help increase your child’s understanding of reading and develop his or her confidence in the learning process. Choose two or three of the following strategies and continue to implement them for the remainder of the year. These methods will also be effective during the summer months
General Reading and Writing Improvement Strategies:
‰ Read to your child.
‰ Model good habits by reading in front of your child.
‰ Check your child’s assignment notebook daily.
‰ Provide a consistent, daily study period without distractions.
‰ Help with specific skills (e.g., phonics or comprehension).
‰ Use reading software, if available.
‰ Visit the public library frequently.
‰ Join public library summer reading programs.
‰ Provide opportunities for your child to attend theater performances, musicals, etc.
‰ Limit TV or video games.
‰ Provide activities that relate reading to daily life.
ƒ Have your child write the menu for dinner.
ƒ Have your child locate letters and words on food containers.
ƒ Have your child help write a shopping list and have them check off the items on the list as you
ƒ When traveling, write words in a grid and have your child color in the boxes as they see the
words on signs.

Parent Strategies and Activities For Improving Their Child’s Mathematics Skills

The following strategies are intended to help your child to increase his or her understanding of mathematics
and develop their confidence in the learning process. Choose two or three of the following strategies, and
continue to work toward them for the remainder of the year (as well as the summer months).
General Mathematics Improvement Strategies:
‰ Encourage participation in enrichment activities outside of the classroom.
‰ Check your child’s assignment notebooks daily.
‰ Monitor daily work and be aware of the content being studied.
‰ Provide activities that enrich and relate mathematics to daily life:
ƒ Talk about how many bowls to put out for dinner.
ƒ Fold napkins in different shapes.
ƒ Have your child count similar items as you put away groceries.
ƒ Have your child help measure ingredients for recipes.
ƒ Give your child change to count out in order to pay for small purchases at the store; have older
children calculate the change.
ƒ Ask your child to compare prices of items by asking things like, “Which can of beans costs
ƒ Allow your child to weigh the fresh produce; have older children calculate the price by
multiplying the price per pound by the number of pounds.
ƒ Read the days and dates on a calendar, talk about the number of days in the month, the number
of days remaining until a special event, etc.
ƒ Draw a scale map of your home and determine the best escape route in case of an emergency.
ƒ When traveling, write numbers on a grid and have your child color in the box as they see the
numbers on signs or license plates.
‰ Provide your child with a mentor (such as an adult, neighbor, community member, or high school
‰ Use computer software to enhance mathematics skills at home.
‰ Provide a consistent mathematics activity at home using family mathematics activities:
ƒ Dice. Each person rolls the dice and has to correctly add, subtract, or multiply the numbers.
ƒ Dice and Money. Each person rolls a die and gets the number of pennies as dots shown. When
someone gets five pennies they trade it in for a nickel, dime and so forth until they’re trading for
a dollar.
ƒ War. For two people, give each person 13 cards from a deck of cards, have each person flip a
card, then have your child decide whose card has the higher value to determine who wins the set
of cards. In a tie, place three additional cards face-down, then turn the last card up; the higher
card on that turn wins all the cards. Play until one person has all the cards in the deck.
ƒ Newspapers and Magazines. Find numbers in print and cut them out, then glue them in the
correct order onto a larger sheet of paper.
ƒ Store. Keep empty food containers, write different prices on them, then play Store by using a
calculator to add up the prices for different purchases
I hope that you’ll find these suggestions helpful, engaging, and fun! In addition to these tips NWEA provides a parent guide and a full blog section dedicated to support you and your child.
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