• Dear Parent:

    The Parent Roadmaps for the California Treasures curriculum are designed to give you a step-by-step look at which California Reading/Language Arts standards your child is learning each week ofinstruction. The roadmaps correspond to the Student Book selections your childis reading in school. They can give you an idea of which skills to focus on with reading or working with your child at home. At the end of each unit, your child will take a Unit Assessment on these skills. For more information on ways to help your child throughout the year, see the Parent section of the California Treasures web site at www.macmillanmh.com/California.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    What do I need to do the first week of school?

    • Get to know your child’s daily schedule.
    • Share your daily schedule with your child and the school if appropriate.
    • Ask for a school calendar.
    • Establish an after-school schedule that includes time for play and rest, such as:
      • Snack
      • Chores
      • Homework time
      • Playtime
      • Dinner time
      • Reading alone and together
      • Bedtime
    • Once you establish a good routine, try to stick to it
    How do I prepare for Parent/Teacher Conferences?

    Make a list of questions you may have, such as:
    • What are my child’s strengths?
    • What does my child need help with?
    • How does he or she work best?
    • How well does my child get along with others?
    Share you own concerns and observations with the teacher.
    Remember: You can schedule a conference whenever you have a concern.

    Can I improve my child’s reading?
    Yes, you can! Here are ten things to do at home to develop your child’s reading skills.
    1        Read with your child. Set aside 30 minutes a day. If your child is already reading, take turns reading aloud.
    2        Discuss what you are reading. Ask questions such as why a character acted in a certain way or what will happen next. Talk about the themes and how the characters changed. With younger children, take time to explore the pictures, answer questions, role-play, and reread favorite parts.
    3        Make reading together a positive emotional experience. Use praise often.
    4        Don’t correct mistakes in an intrusive way. Stopping to correct each misreading can be counterproductive. You may want to simply say the word quietly as your child continues to read. Also, give your child the chance to figure out new words before you jump in to help.
    5        Brush up on your read-aloud skills. Use a different voice for each character. Pay attention to the rhythm of the story. Pause when there is a moment of suspense, speed up during the action, and slow down so that your child can savor the ending. Ham it up, but not too much. You still want your child’s imagination to do some of the work.
    6        Take advantage of non-book literacy activities. Make greeting cards, cook together, write shopping lists, label household objects, or write each other notes. These are just a few ways to build reading skills outside of reading time.
    7        Model good reading behaviors. Read the newspaper and books in front of your child. If possible, set aside a quiet family reading time when you can all read together.
    8        Encourage reading for information. If your child encounters a topic of interest in his or her daily activities, help to find reading material for further study. Remember to include web sites as well as books.
    9        Make trips to the library a regular family activity.
    10    Read many different kinds of books with your child. Include books of different levels and genres.