Here are some internet resources.  Please keep in mind that internet sites change and that before using them, it is best to check them.  It is most beneficial to work with your student when online.


Make everyday activities academic

 Reading and Writing

  • Have students keep a journal or write about family traditions.
  • Read-whatever they want with you.  Have students sound out unfamiliar words and have them tell you about it in their own words.  Ask who, what, where, why, when, and how questions, favorite characters, parts etc. and have them explain why.
  • Play games-have students read the directions and explain to you what needs to be done to play.  They can even create their own games and write directions.
  • Work on increasing vocabulary by using challenging words in everyday language.  Ask open-ended questions to encourage discussion instead of yes and no answers.
  • Writing prompts:  Think of things your student may want to write about. Examples:  A letter to the editor, a complaint to a toy company about a toy, or a movie review.
  • Read a newspaper together and talk about current events.
  • Create puppets and put on a show.


  • Go shopping-compare prices, estimate how much you are spending, calculate the change you will receive, and classify food items.
  • Cook together-read the recipe and measure the ingredients.
  • Do laundry-read the washing instructions and measure laundry detergent and fabric softener.  You can also figure out the elapsed time it takes to complete the laundry.
  • Go for a walk-count by 2’s, 5’s, 8’s, etc.
  • Create graphs based on family activities-bowling scores, allowance, T.V. time, etc.
  • Practice math facts-use flashcards and practice during commercials during television time or in the car on the way to an outing.

Other Areas

  • Take a trip to the library or museum.
  • Organize an area of the house.  Ex. Alphabetize DVD’s, classify toys, sort and label a drawer.
  •  Develop routines with students-homework, chores, special days, etc.
  • Problem solve problems that come up in your home.  Look at all the outcomes and solutions, then choose the best one.
  • Internet websites-check them out together.

Help you students feel good about education.

  • Help your child focus on their strengths.
  • Make sure that your child feels valuable and capable.  If they are struggling with a skill, help them find someone that can.
  • When you expect the best, your child will rise to those expectations.
  • Help your child take responsibility for their choices.
  • Teach your child how to set up and achieve goals.


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