Does anybody notice that our future looks really grim right now?! 86 percent of our black fourth graders are reading below grade level. The publisher of Rolling Out stated that it is our job (as adults) to help our youth reach higher limits than their elders. Being a teacher, I am finding that many don’t know how to do this.
If children cannot read, then they can’t do word problems in math, science,
social studies, or reading. This is what the state standardized test are
compiled of. Some parents think that because their child is on vacation then
their child’s mind is on vacation as well. This is the parent’s opportunity for
them to pour knowledge in! This will give children the opportunity to learn
valuable information state standards can’t hit.
Parents, don’t you understand that schools are cutting out field trips? This means your children are not being exposed to anything but books and tests in school. Stop leaving your child in the back yard, at the movies, or worst, in front of the T.V. Educating your children doesn’t require a parent to have a high school or college degree. You can do it even if it is for your children’s sake! All it takes is a lot of
consistency. From teacher to parent, can I tell you a secret? There isn’t going
to be a better teacher than a child’s first teacher. That teacher is the person
you see in the mirror! We have twenty other students to worry about, including
your child, little Marcus. If your child did or didn’t pass the CRCT, the
summer is your opportunity to expose your child. Let me get off my soap box and
give you some helpful and effective hints for you to help your child.
-The library should be your child’s summer school and their new backyard. Make them sit down and read (here is the key) out loud. The library offers a summer reading program, offers movies, Wi-Fi, and other events. Talk to your librarian for more information.
-Use your nice yards as a garden what better way to teach a child patience, process, and science of the mother Earth.
-Field trip (College Tour) - There are several places in Atlanta that your child can visit: Animal Safari, The Little White House, Herndon Home, The Little Grand Canyon, UGA, Emory (Michael Carlos Museum), and Imagine It. Find me on Facebook and I have a whole list of books and field trips, Wesley Mapp
-Have them write about anything they have done, any place they have been, or read. If you have younger children you should have them practice letters and letter sounds.
-If you have money, hire your child a tutor for the summer and weekend. When children are out of school they lose a lot of valuable information if they aren’t challenged. The brain is a muscle and it has to be worked out.
- Parents suggested reading- Gifted Hands; then you should get the movie. Also, pick up any free newspapers such as Rolling Out or Atlanta Voice and find different activities. Marva Collins Way and any Rafe Esquith book!
-Will hold FREE parent workshops, but only with the support of the community contact me if you are interested.