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 Reading

K-2 Mathematics

K-2 Social Studies

K-2 Science

K-2 Reading

Currently in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, Bossier Parish Elementary Schools use one of two core reading programs:

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.

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K-2 Mathematics

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.

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:

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:

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.

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K-2 Science

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.

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