Learning Guide:Second Grade
7 Ways You Can Help
- Talk to your child about events, ideas, and stories. Start the morning with a conversation about what each of you expects; make dinner conversation a recap of the day.
- Play car word games: Find letters of the alphabet (in order) on license plates; keep a list of the states.
- Play math games at restaurants (or at home, with take-out menus!): Take turns being customer and waiter. Have the
customer estimate the cost of the meal while the waiter figures the exact amount.
- At the store, ask your child to estimate costs. "I have $5 to buy apples, bananas and lemons. How many can I buy of each?"
- Make flash cards to help your child with math.
- Have your child create a chore chart; have him check chores off as he completes them.
- If you can share the computer with your child at home, look for the kinds of activities that he is not likely to encounter in school. Don't focus on word games; instead, introduce him to the Internet as a place where his hobbies and interests can be enriched. If whales fascinate him, check out whale websites together, or find the answers to questions he asks: What is the tallest building in the world? Why doesn't the sky fall down?
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