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Play memory games. Put out 4 playing cards.

Study them for a minute.

Now watch me turn each card upside down and place in a row.

Can you touch, describe then turn and show each card in the row? How many did you remember correctly? Did you give the number, the colour and the suit?

If 4 is too few, add 2 more.

If you did not remember. Show the cards. Talk about what you see as you study them again. When ready turn them over to try again.

Build your skill with remembering by slowly increasing the number of cards.

Spend time every day reading together. Ten minutes at least.

Model reading skills like stopping to sound out. Let your child see you think about how to make sense of a new word. Model reading skills like re reading when something did not make sense. Just stop and read the sentence again, then tell your child why you did that.

Model skills like read a bit, stop, re read it with better flow or a different emphasis to demonstrate that making sense of reading is something every reader should do.

Use different voices when you read fiction. Stop and ask your child to help you remember or list or diagram instructions or procedures or sequences of actions or events when you are reading non fiction.

Model how the pictures in the book help you make better sense by stopping to point out how you see what you just read in the picture or how the picture can help you better understand the instruction.

The controversy around the value of homework continues to flair. There is ample, rather conclusive evidence in the research available to date that most “school” homework has little academic benefit in the elementary grades. While some parents recall homework every night when they were in school, just as many do not.  

Here’s a read to reflect on

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