Friday, October 30, 2015

RtI - Homework Help for Parents

Homework Help for Parents
Now that school is in full swing, homework is most likely part of your child’s after school routine. Here are some helpful strategies from Peg Dawson, expert in the field of executive functioning and organization, to help support homework completion.

  1. Check in with your child every day - Children will spend more time completing homework if they receive help from their parents. Just having a parent nearby can often help a child feel encouraged to complete their homework. As children get older, they may become resistant to parental support, but a daily check-in about homework may be helpful. Checking your child’s assignment notebook is a helpful way to check in on homework expectations daily.
  2. Establish clear homework routines - Tasks are easier to complete when they are a part of a daily routine. This also offers a sense of order and build habits that will help children throughout their educational career and beyond. These components are important in building a homework routine:
    1. Identify a specific location
    2. Ensure all essential homework materials are available
    3. Decide on the best time to complete homework
    4. Make a checklist of all the tasks your child needs to complete as a way to help them organize how they will go about completing their homework.
    5. At the end of the homework routine, have your child place his or her finished work in the appropriate folder and clean the area in preparation for the next homework session.

  1. Supervise but don’t micro manage - Parents should provide the minimal amount of support necessary to complete the assignment successfully. Rather than giving your child the answer if they are stuck, help guide them to using the problem solving steps necessary to answer the questions.

  1. Look to others for help - It may be helpful to take turns with another trusted individual in monitoring homework time. Some potential candidates include older siblings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Some children may enjoy working with other kids, in which case, hiring high school or college students may be a good idea.  
  2. Use incentives if necessary - Simple incentive strategies include having your child pick the order in which they will complete their homework, building in breaks after each assignment, and giving your child something to look forward to (screen time, reading a book, etc.) after they complete their homework.

As always, we encourage parents to contact their teacher if any further help and support with homework completion is needed.

References: Dawson, P. (2010). Homework: A guide for parents. National Association of School Psychologists. Retrieved October 26, 2015.

PBIS - Voice Levels

As a part of our school-wide PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program, Richmond school utilizes a voice leveling system to help everyone know the maximum volume level expectations in different school settings and consistent language.  Some families like to use similar language at home.  Here is an example of a Home Voice Level Chart and a blank Home Voice Level Chart for parents to include as they wish.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Math - What to do when your child doesn’t understand a word/story problem?

Have your child use the acronym CUBES to read the story problem like a mathematician (see illustration below).  Once your child understands the problem, have him or her select a strategy from the I-math poster. If the strategy he or she selects does not work, he or she should try a different one.  Successful math students portray persistence and resilience which are two extremely important traits that make up one of the eight standards for mathematical practice.


Literacy - At Home Reading

The literacy committee wants to help you feel more confident with encouraging your son or daughter to read at home! Many parents may wonder if their child has chosen a "just right" book. Ultimately, any book that your child can read independently with ease is a "just right" book. It is important that students are able to practice their fluency and read clearly without struggling through a text when reading independently at home. Help your son or daughter by encouraging them to read aloud with you and share what is happening in their books. Please read the attached brochure for more strategies and information.

Click here to view the brochure

Technology Resource for Parents

According to the website, is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  It empowers parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
The site reviews apps, games and websites for children,
“This comprehensive guide will help you find the best teacher-approved apps, games, and websites to support your kid in each grade and the best advice to help you understand current trends in schools and how they affect your kid.” as listed on the site.

The site also addresses parent concerns, such as cyber bullying, haters and trolls; privacy and internet safety, Facebook, Instagram and other social media; violence in the media; learning with technology; special needs and learning difficulties; and early childhood.