At Home Student Support for K-2
This guide is to assist you in supporting your child with the parish Tier 1 curriculum. Remember that the school and teacher are your first source of information. This document may be updated periodically as needed.
Research has found that the home is a powerful factor in determining a student’s success in school. Children love to learn and discover new things. In fact, they are learning all the time…not just at school. That is why parents can make home a fun and exciting “classroom”. Children can handle life’s challenges and solve more problems when parents take part in their education. Become involved with your child’s learning.
K-2 Social Studies
Currently in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, Bossier Parish Elementary Schools use one of two core reading programs:
- American Reading Company (ARC) Core (being piloted in Bossier Elementary, Central Park Elementary and Kerr Elementary)
- Pearson Reading (all other elementary schools)
The best way to help your child is to develop a Home Reading Program. Have your child read silently, or with you each night, building up to a total of 30 minutes. Schools may send books home for your child, or your child may select a book of interest to read. The public library is a great resource where you can check out books at no cost.
Vocabulary-Parents are encouraged to reinforce the vocabulary presented at school. Vocabulary is addressed in two ways-defining words and learning the meaning through context clues. Parents can support their child by using context clues when unfamiliar words are encountered. Context is the sentence or phrase surrounding the unfamiliar word. Understanding the sentence's general meaning helps the child to determine the definition of the unfamiliar word. Pictures, titles and captions can also be used as context clues.
Comprehension-Comprehension is understanding what is read. Asking questions and having your child retell the events of a story in order are good ways to build comprehension skills.
Writing-Writing is integrated in the reading programs. Grammar and spelling are addressed through writing activities.
- Kindergarten: Have your child draw a picture about a story or an activity. After completing the drawing, help your child write about the picture. At the beginning of the year, you may need to write the words as your child describes his/her drawing. Later in the year, encourage your child to use invented (phonetic) spelling to tell about the picture. Helping your child use correct capitalization and punctuation will support good writing skills. Always conclude this activity by reading the dictation or writing aloun, tracking the words as you read.
- First and Second Grade: Follow the same procedures as kindergarten. Early in the first grade, your child should be able to write on his/her own. Expect your child to use invented spelling when writing. Helping your child use correct capitalization and punctuation will support good writing skills.
Articles on Reading:
All Bossier Parish Elementary Schools use Zearn Math as their core math curriculum.
Zearn Math: The following link will give you a brief overview of Zearn Math- Zearn
Zearn has been rated as a superior quality (Tier I) math curriculum by the Louisiana Department of Education. With Zearn, students learn math content in two ways: through Small Group Instruction and Independent Digital Lessons. One day a week, usually Friday, is set aside for extension, remediation and testing. Each lesson begins with a whole group fluency activity and whole group word problem before students move into the digital and small group instruction.
- Fluency-Fluency is the ability to recall basic math facts automatically. Zearn provides fluency activities for each lesson. Zearn recommends teachers select one fluency activity per day to practice with their students.
- Word Problems-Zearn provides an application problem for each lesson in a Topic. These word problems give students a chance to demonstrate their math understanding as well as explore various ways to solve problems in real world situations.
- Small Group Instruction-Each day, students spend approximately 30 minutes with their teacher in small group instruction. In a small group, teachers are able to focus more closely on individual student needs. In small group lessons teachers introduce math skills using concrete manipulatives. Students are given opportunities to demonstrate and orally explain their math reasoning, and teachers can quickly correct any misconceptions.
- Independent Digital Lessons-Each day, students spend approximately 30 minutes working independently through digital lessons on the computer. Each lesson contains fluency, concept development, and independent practice. Students work through each lesson receiving precise remediation at the exact moment of misconception with supportive feedback and digital manipulatives.
Zearn for Kindergarten: Just as in upper grades, kindergarten students complete daily fluency and word problem activities in a whole group at the beginning of the math block. The teacher then delivers the daily lesson whole group. After completion of the lesson, students break into two groups:
- Digital Activities-Each student works through digital activities designed to build number sense with the goal of completing four digital activities a week.
- Teacher-Led Activities-Students work through additional fluencies, word problems or problems from the day’s lesson. Teachers may choose to pair students, circulate, or work with small groups of students during this time.
Students may access Zearn at home. Please follow the instructions of your child’s teacher as to what portions of the Zearn lesson students should practice and review independently. Completing fluency activities with your child is one way that parents can help their child master math content. Below are some sites that provide math fluency activities:
- Digital Fluency Activities:
K-2 Social Studies
All Bossier Parish Elementary Schools use Social Studies Weekly as their core social studies curriculum.
Social Studies Weekly: The following link will give you a brief overview of Social Studies Weekly-SSW
Social Studies Weekly has been rated as a superior quality (Tier I) social studies curriculum by the Louisiana Department of Education. SSW uses a blended technology approach, combining printed materials with on-line media. When possible, teachers integrate social studies and reading.
Follow the instructions from your child’s teacher to access Social Studies Weekly at home.
- Our Community, Country and World-Introduce your child to his/her community. Together identify hospitals, fire stations, police stations and other community buildings. Talk about these places and the jobs of the community helpers. Help your child discover far-away places by reading, looking at pictures and viewing visual media.
- Geography-Talk about landforms with your child when walking, riding, or reading a book. Help your child identify and describe mountains, bodies of water and other geographical features. With your child, compare and contrast urban and rural areas. Encouraging your child to draw maps of familiar places can be a fun activity.
- Holidays and Special Events-Talk with your child about local, state and national holidays. Discuss the foods, decorations, dress and celebrations associated with these holidays. Remember to talk with your child about current events, historical dates, and family traditions.
All Bossier Parish Elementary Schools use Science Weekly as their core science curriculum. Students receive weekly student editions containing information on the science topic of the week. Each edition concludes with instructions for a fun, hands-on science experiment. Teachers have access to videos that extend the concepts presented in the booklets allowing for additional exploration and discovery.
Follow the instructions from your child’s teacher to access Science Weekly at home.
- Nature Walks-Take a walk with your child and talk about the things you see along the way. This will also lead to discussions about seasonal changes, animals, insects and habitats.
- Weather Watching-Talk with your child about the weather each day. Watch the weather forecast on TV, online, or open a weather app. For a fun activity, let your child be the weatherman and give you the forecast. You may want to chart the weather for a period of time.
- Cooking-Talk with your child when you are cooking, observing how heat or cold causes food to change. Discuss solids and liquids with your child when baking a cake or freezing ice. Discuss liquids and gasses when watching water boil. Introduce your child to measuring utensils and let them help you measure ingredients.