Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Core at Home


If you have school-aged kids, by now most of you have probably been introduced to The Common Core. If you live in one of the 45 states who have adopted this set of uniform standards for grades K-12, your child's teacher is working hard to make sure your child is acquiring the knowledge and mastering the skills outlined in this document. One of the best ways you can support your child's learning at home is to be aware of the standards and make them a part of your home routines.


The Core at Home is my top selling product on Teachers Pay Teachers. It's a resource that explains the new standards that relate to literacy. (aka, English and Language Arts) I also have a version for math. Both resources include a parent guide filled with simple and fun activities and discussion starters that you can casually work into your literacy and math routines at home.


My state has just recently adopted the Common Core. I created The Core at Home because I want to make sure I'm using our home reading and math time to reinforce the specific content and skills that my kids most need to know. I want to reinforce this content in a "non-homeworky" way. -Something that my kids would truly enjoy. I also want something simple and easy to use so I'll actually do it. I like the format of these resources, because they're portable enough to keep them handy and pull them out when we're doing our nightly read aloud or when we have a few extra minutes here and there. The parent guides help me think of the right questions to ask when we read or practice math. (Otherwise, I kind of get stuck in a rut, asking the same kinds of questions over and over.) They also list several quick ideas that we can use to practice the key content and skills, and they're all organized in an easy-to-follow guide, so I don't have to go searching when I need them.

I correlated this product to the Anchor Standards, which are the overarching standards that extend from Kindergarten through Grade 5. (In school, students will be expanding on these standards through grade level specific lessons.) At home, I chose to focus on the Anchor Standards, so I can learn the key ideas more easily, bring them up in casual conversations, and incorporate them into our home routines without needing to learn a whole new "thing" each year. Also, because the big ideas don't change from year to year, I can have the same conversation with my first and third grader. (Obviously expecting a more advanced level of understanding as my kids grow and gain competence.)
 
Want more ideas for Common Core learning at home?
Are you up to speed on the Common Core? It's new to us, so I'd love to hear what you think of it.