For parents of young kids, back to school often goes hand in hand with cries of "Mommy, don't go!" Whether your child's heading to school for the very first time, or returning after a summer of days at home, there are bound to be a few growing pains. Here are a few tips from experts on how to prepare for the big day—and make things easier for all of you.
Students engage in new and challenging literacy experiences as they develop skills and knowledge under the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/ Literacy. The standards are organized around four strands—Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.
Learning to read is critical for students at this time, but learning also focuses on three new emphases:
(1) more exposure to content-rich informational texts;
(2) developing opinions using evidence from books; and
(3) engaging in group and individual reading activities around more complex texts and practicing with new vocabulary.
With the emphasis on students understanding mathematical concepts and achieving deeper learning we teach mathematics differently than in the past. Students will learn to “do math” through real-world situations and focus on fewer topics that are connected in a coherent progression within and across grade levels. Student learning focuses on the concepts and skills for addition and subtraction with a special emphasis on place value. They will learn different strategies for addition and subtraction and apply them to solving a variety of problems. Students will develop conceptual understandings about addition and subtraction that form the building blocks for later grades. They will be able to explain why a procedure works and why an answer is correct.
What you can do to support your child's learning at home:
Read aloud with your child and provide a variety of text types for independent reading (e.g., books, pictures with captions, rhymes, songs).
Build a diverse home library, visit the library or borrow books from school.
Have your student talk and write, or draw pictures, about what he or she is reading, experiencing, watching, or is of interest.
Talk with your student about the mathematics you use every day (counting to tell how many things there are, cooking, making decisions, planning a schedule).
Below you will find two posters that list some wonderful activities you can do with your child to bolster their education.
For more information on the California Common Core State Standards and ideas for helping your student succeed, check out these resources:
The Common Core Resources Web page is available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/. Start by clicking on the Students/Parents tab.
The California Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy are available online at htthttp://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/finalelaccssstandards.pdf .
The ELA/ELD Framework for California Public Schools is available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/rl/cf/elaeldfrmwrksbeadopted.asp.
ELA instruction in transitional kindergarten is based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations, which are available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/psfoundations.asp.
The California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/ccssmathstandardaug2013.pdf .
The Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools is available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ma/cf/index.asp.
Mathematics instruction in Transitional Kindergarten is based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations, which are available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/psfoundations.asp.