Track Out Activities
- Keep a journal back and forth with your child. Write letters to one another and ask your child questions that he/she will have to address in his/her next letter.
- Have your child read aloud books to younger children (siblings, etc.). These easier texts will improve fluency and have students practicing the sight words they learning in kindergarten and 1st grade.
- Read the Road: Have your child read billboards and road signs as you drive around over track out. Find a way to make a game of it!
- Allow your child to help out in the kitchen. Select a fun, new recipe together and designate your child as the "recipe master" in charge of reading the ingredients and directions for you. You'll have something tasty to enjoy together at the end!
- Share with your child what you are reading. Talk about why you decided to read the book/article/etc. that you are currently reading. You can connect it with our I PICK acronym (see the anchor charts page).
- Explore new genres together. If you notice that your child is exclusively reading one type of text, go to the library together and discover what else is out there. Check out magazines, informational books, poetry, etc..
- Begin a chapter book series (or classic chapter book) that you enjoyed as a child that is a bit beyond your child's reading level. This will expose children to very rich vocabulary and new idiomatic expressions. Remember, just because your child may be able to sound out a word doesn't mean he/she knows it! Try using new, tough words in a sentence.
- Use the comprehension question stems after your child has read independently to discuss what he/she read. You may even want to make one into a written response question!
- Play board games! Let your child be the Monopoly banker! Have discussions once your child has rolled the die ("What do you need to roll next time to land on _______?").
- At the end of 2nd quarter we will start learning about telling time, but it's never too early to start practicing! Have your child be the family time-keeper for the day. Introduce both analog and digital clocks to them.
- Let you child help out in the kitchen. When cutting pizza have them help decide where to make the cuts so that everyone will be getting a fair share. Let them help decide how many cookies each person should get so that they are shared equally.
- Ask your child to create their own "Clear the Deck!" game board. This is a game all students are very familiar with because we play it a lot during class. All you will need is a couple pieces of paper, dice, a spinner, and some small, dry countable things (beans, small noodles, etc) for children to use on the game board.
- In the car talk about mileage signs. Discuss how many miles are left to travel, etc. as you drive.
- Skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Don't always start at 0! Try skip counting by tens starting at 17. Right now we are pushing students to be able to do this to 200 (but after 100 it's still pretty tricky).