Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 347 Learn the lingo Teachers sometimes use words and terms that may be new to first- time parents. For example, you may hear your child’s teacher use the following terms: Sight Words - Specialists have come up with lists of common, high-frequency words (e.g., the, here, said, come) that students should know by sight. Manipulatives - Manipulatives include such items as beads, counters, cubes, and tiles. Teachers use manipulatives to help them teach a variety of concepts. Manipulatives are fun and colorful, and they’re ideal for children who learn by touch or by doing. Often used to teach math concepts, manipulatives also help young learners develop fine motor skills. Assessment - An assessment is a test or testing situation. Talk with your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the assessment tools being used in your child’s classroom. If a teacher, principal, or counselor ever uses a term you are not familiar with, be sure to ask for an explanation. You want to completely understand anything that involves your child’s education! Participate in parent-teacher groups Parent-teacher groups are an important part of every elementary school. These volunteer groups help bring parents, teachers, and school administra- tors together. Parent groups often raise money to help cover the cost of field trips and enrichment programs (speakers, musical performances, science- on-wheels programs, etc.). Parent groups also help bring awareness to activities and issues that affect the welfare of the school. Your participation in a parent-teacher group helps build a sense of community. It demonstrates the value you place on your child’s educa- tion, and it shows that you are committed to making your child’s school the best that it can be.