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At-Home Activities

  • (See "My Resources" for links to websites with fun and educational activities, as well as online research tools and instructions for using district provided apps and materials)

     

    (See "My Enrichment Calendar" for links and descriptions for daily activities to do with your child)

     

    Curriculum Guides: Guides and materials provided by the district, organized by grade and subject. (Scroll down or choose from the menu on the left side of the screen)

    https://www.buffaloschools.org/Page/88557

     

    How to Support your Child at Home:

     

    Model Positive Reading Habits

    • Let your children see you read for pleasure.
    • Share your excitement for reading with your kids. Talk about what you are reading and why you are reading it.
    • Give books as presents for holidays or as rewards for special accomplishments.
    • Make reading part of regular family activities
    • Schedule time into your daily/weekly schedule for the whole family to sit down and read.
    • Take a trip to the local bookstore, or an online bookstore, and shop for books as a family.
    • Visit the library as a family; help each other select books to read.
    • Attend readings by favorite authors at local bookstores and libraries. If possible, purchase the book and let your child get the author's signature or borrow the book from the library.
    • Encourage older children to read to younger children (siblings, cousins, neighbors, pets and even stuffed animals make great audience members).

     

    Read Aloud to Each Other

    • Read your child's favorite stories aloud.
    • Let your child read aloud to you. Reading the same book multiple times is natural and beneficial for new readers. You might also want to try reading a page to your child and then ask your child to read the same page back to you. Keep it fun or make it into a game.
    • Practice the names of letters and the sounds the letters make. “Do you see the letter 'b' on the page? What sound does that letter make?”
    • Practice the sounds in words with your child. Young children often do not hear all the sounds that make up words. Use rhyming words: cat-> hat -> mat -> bat. Sound words out with your child: “Where's your book? B-b-b--oooo-k.”

     

    Create a Reading Environment in Your Home

    • Set up a comfortable space in your home for reading, free from distractions like TV/computer/games/phones. Placing pillows or cushions on the floor is an easy way to make your regular space into a reading space.
    • Have reading materials throughout your home and easily accessible to your children.
    • Leave notes for your child’s lunch box or school bag, or around the house.
    • Always bring a book to read on public transportation and when you anticipate having to wait in a line (like at the doctor's office).
    • Create a special place for your children to keep their books in the home (a specific section of a bookshelf, a box in their room or in a designated place at home, etc.)

     

    Talk about Books

    • At dinner, or other informal times, ask your children about the book they are reading.
    • Use reading questions to have deeper conversations about books.
    • Share your childhood memories about reading and books. Talk about your own favorite kids' books and authors, your struggles/successes with reading, etc.

     

    Provide Books Aligned to Your Child's Interests

    • Notice what your child is most interested in reading and provide them with more reading materials on that topic/genre.
    • Encourage relatives to give books as gifts. Suggest topics in which your child is interested.
    • Ask a teacher or librarian for book suggestions —they usually know the new and popular reading material for children of different ages.