A toolbox for elementary school parents

Parents Matter

Here’s a link to great resources on all sorts of things:




Looking for more ideas on what you child can be reading??

Well, if you have a Cambridge Public Library Card, you can access Novelist.  It’s an online database that compiles book lists for various age groups and of various genres and topics.  Check it out!  All you need to do is click HERE and enter your library card number!

Need a New Book for Your Kid to Read??

Need a New Book for Your Kid to Read??

If your child needs something new to read and you’re stuck on what to suggest, check out this link.  It’s got a lot of great book recommendations for kids at every grade level.

Multiplication Facts

Here’s a great resource for parents with children who struggle to learn their multiplication facts.  Click the link below for tips, tricks, and ideas that can help you help your child be more successful!

Parent Support @ Multiplication.com

A Parent’s Guide to Facebook

I’m always shocked to hear how many of my students are on Facebook, a social networking site originally designed for university and college students over the age of 18 (and required a valid university/college email address to sign up) that is now open to the general public.  These days Facebook is set up to allow users as young as 13 to enroll but, even still, there are many users younger than 13 who have accounts.  While Facebook can serve as an incredible social networking site, it brings along with it many social concerns that we did not have when we were children.

Connectsafely.org is an excellent parent resource that provides tips for connecting safely not only on Facebook but for cell phone safety, online gaming, tips for stopping cyber bullying, and so on.  It’s definitely worth checking out…as is their 2012 Facebook for Parent’s Guide.  To read it, click on the following link:  ConnectSafely – Facebook for Parents.

Home Reading and Just Right Texts

This post comes in response to many of the discussions I have had the pleasure of having with you over the past week.

Easy Texts – books, articles, etc. that your child can easily read and understand on his/her own are fantastic for building your child’s confidence and fluency as a reader.

Just Right Texts – books, articles, etc. that has between 1-5 unknown words over a few pages but can still be understood (maybe with a bit of help) by your child when he/she reads it are good for helping your child further develop his/her reading skills.

Difficult Texts – books, articles, etc. that has more than 5 unknown words and/or are not understood by your child when he/she reads are NOT HELPFUL FOR YOUR CHILD TO READ ON HIS/HER OWN but CAN BE HELPFUL to the development of his/her reading skills if he/she is interested in the topic, if the information is appropriate for his/her age and IF YOU READ IT TO THEM.

Tips for Home Reading

  • Have your child read Easy Texts aloud to you or a sibling to improve his/her reading fluency.  Emphasize paying attention to punctuation (pausing at periods and commas, reading questions with inflection, etc.) and reading with expression.
  • Take your child to the public library and help them find texts (information books, magazines, novels, etc.) that interest them and will help them to grow as a reader…texts that are JUST RIGHT for them
  • Take time to read Just Right Texts WITH your child
  • Take time to read TO your child…from texts that interest you and have appropriate content for them but may not be at their reading level.  Examples:  current events, newspaper articles that interest you, books from your childhood that you enjoyed, books that you enjoy reading now (if they’re appropriate in content), etc.

Read Me A Book

Does your child enjoy audio books?  Check out this great website which features a different narrated book each day!

Read Me A Book