Dreambox Learning- 30 minutes of Dreambox learning will go a long way. Each lesson is about 3-4 minutes for Kindergarten and 5-6 minutes for 1st grade. Dreambox Learning is a great way to let your child work independently. I recommend that no adult or older sibling assist them because the program is designed to reteach them (send them through a different path) to help them achieve understanding. Lessons with a yellow circle indicate that it is a new “unique” lesson for them to work with. I look specifically to see if students are doing the “unique” lessons in class and at home; however, any lesson on Dreambox is great practice. The use of manipulatives in the program really helps students to use the manipulatives in class as well.
Spelling and Dictation- There are so many things that can be done with spelling at home. Students can write their spelling words in different fonts (i.e. squiggly writing, fancy writing, bubble writing, robot writing, etc.)
Math - Anytime that you can work with your child on adding numbers within twenty will be greatly beneficial. Students will benefit from writing them down or simply answering verbally when you ask them to add. We also learn tens and ones, greater than/less than, counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, as well as time, money, and geometric shapes.
Reading- Reading with your child is always encouraged. Your child can read to you or if they are a beginning reader you can read to them and have your child read any words you think they know (i.e. beginning sight words.) You can ask questions about concepts of print (i.e. title, author, etc.), as well as questions about characters, setting, plot, story problems, and solutions. They can also work on Raz-Kids and Reading Eggs for more practice.
Writing- Having your child write one to four sentences throughout the week will greatly improve their writing in class. I encourage kid writing! I prefer they attempt to sound out most of their words, but try to spell their sight words correctly. I like to remind students to stay on one topic and be descriptive in their writing. Most of them do this in class, but the extra practice at home will progress them further.
REMEMBER - Capitalization, Punctuation, Spacing, Labeling, Neatness!