Families hope that their children are being challenged at school with rigorous coursework, which will prepare them for college and help them to compete globally for future jobs. Critical thinking is important to any learner as it helps them to analyze and transfer knowledge from the classroom to real-life situations, and make connections between various topics and subject areas. Good critical thinking skills also help children make good decisions, and help them as they enter into college and careers. Here are some tips for improving critical thinking skills at home: more >>
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are important subjects for families who want their children to be college and career ready. While the NJDOE does not endorse any educational tools or web sites, we know that many parents looking to help their children in the STEM subjects have found that the free instructional videos from Sal Kahn can make a big difference. These videos support children in Mathematics, Science, and Humanities, and they are just a mouse click away.more >>
Homework supports the efforts of your child’s teachers in school. That is why making sure that homework is completed consistently and that your child puts forth his/her best effort in completing homework is important. Choose an area in your home, which is brightly lit and will allow your child the ability to concentrate on homework with the least amount of interruptions. This is essential. Many educators agree that there should be a designated time for your child to begin homework each day. This will establish a good routine with your child and help your child understand that homework is an important part of your family’s daily schedule.more >>
Many parents may have noticed a “word wall” displayed in their child’s classroom. This is a collection of words that is usually placed on one particular wall in classrooms ranging from pre-K to grade 12. Its main function is to reflect the vocabulary words that are learned in various subject areas across the curriculum throughout the school year. This is done in an effort to help students remember the spelling and meanings of words and to bring clarity to topics. Typically, challenging words that students encounter while learning new subject matter are defined by the student or teacher and then reviewed in class, discussed, and finally placed on the classroom word wall. more >>
Take the opportunity to use reading to enhance your child’s writing skills. As a parent or guardian, you naturally want to help your child become a good writer so that your child will have the ability to communicate in a clear, effective manner. One simple way to help a child reach this goal is to make as many connections between reading and writing as possible. For instance, books that your child enjoys reading and that are well-written can provide examples of good writing such as well-written sentences and paragraphs, which you can use as a guide to improve your child’s quality of writing. more >>
Help support the efforts of your child’s teachers at home by using a writing process chart. The writing process involves a few simple steps that are used as a guide for creating well-developed writing skills. In other words, the writing process ensures that the writer expresses what he/she means to articulate by helping the writer avoid senseless errors.