• Encourage Your Child to Read

    • Share books and read with your child.
    • Make a time and a place for reading in your home and talk about reading in your family. 
    • Encourage your child to use technology to access e-books (iPod, iPad, Kindle, etc.).
    • Read stories or dramas together; discuss the characters and their challenges. 
    • Go to your local public library and register your child for a library card. Get the one free card that brings a world of opportunity – no matter what your age. 
    • Give books as presents.


    •  Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths using number names, base-ten numerals, and expanded form.  
    • Graph gas prices at different gas stations over time (daily, weekly, etc.) and look for patterns in the data.
    •  Compare the percentages of the nutrition facts on food labels.
    • There are 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. Calculate how many teaspoons of sugar there are in various food items based on the grams of sugar listed on the nutrition facts label.
    •  Using a metric ruler, measure objects in your home. Then find other objects that measure close to 1 centimeter, 10 centimeters, or 100 centimeters.
    • Determine the best value per ounce with various food items while shopping at the grocery store.
    • Find real world applications for parallel lines, intersecting lines, and perpendicular lines. When and where are these lines used?
    • Compute the distance between towns on a map. 


    • Encourage your child to keep a personal journal or diary to tell his/her own stories. 
    •  Include your child in real-life writing experiences (e.g., writing letters or e-mails to family members) and en-courage the use of idioms, adages, and proverbs
    • Encourage your child to practice typing on the computer. There are many free typing activities and games for kids on the Internet.  
    • Encourage your child to write a friendly letter to a relative or friend.


    • Find an article about a scientific discovery. Summarize what it tells you.
    • Find as many weather words as you can and clip them from a newspaper. Draw a picture for each word you have cut out.

    • Practice with a combination lock.  Many students struggle with this in their first year in middle school.