Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Kindergarten Winter Writing
Write at Home
Connect with School Staff
Use Resources
Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
  1. Make a Family Book
    Make a Family Book
    Make a family book that is a collection of stories: favorite stories retold generation after generation or stories of family events (first visit by the tooth fairy). Any time that stories are recorded, younger children can dictate to an older family member.
  2. Keep a Journal
    Keep a Journal
    Keep a writing journal between you and your child-make the experience interactive and write a short message and ask them to “write” back to you (pictures are ok) daily
  3. Have Fun with Writing Tools
    Have Fun with Writing Tools
    Provide fun opportunities for your child to use writing tools at home. The written products may begin as scribbles or lines on the page, and they begin to develop into letters, words, and sentences. You may also promote writing by modeling “real world” writing opportunities (e.g. thank you notes, grocery lists).
Connect with the School
  • Help the teacher get to know your child. During the first week of school, tell the teacher about your child as a person-her likes and dislikes, strengths and weakness, general personality traits, and your vision for your child in the future. The more the teacher knows your child as a person, the better she can address your child’s specific situation.

  • Keep the teacher informed about your child, including recent assessments, medical information, family situations-in other words, anything that will have an impact on your child’s performance.

  • Be collaborative. Look at this as a partnership, with the goal being to have your son/daughter succeed at education.

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. Whether it’s by email, phone, notes, or in person, our parent advisors make an ongoing effort to stay in touch with their children’s teachers.
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  • Ask to see a sample of your child’s work. Ask the teacher questions such as: Is this piece of work satisfactory? How could it be better? Is my child on track? How can I help my child improve or excel in this area? If my child needs extra support or wants to learn more about a subject, are there resources to help his or her learning outside the classroom?
  

 
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