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Tips for Parents

CMT Tips for Parents  

Here are some tips for helping your child get ready for the CMT:

 

1. Leave your child a detailed to-do list of activities for around the house. For example: make your bed after you brush your teeth. When you are finished, underline this word or sentence. Following written directions are an important part of the testing, and your child needs to attend to the order and specificity of directions, or his or her answer could be marked incorrect. Attending to written language will support them in all content areas being tested.

 

2. Find ways to bring the curriculum to life! Show your child the way the skills he or she is learning in the classroom can be applied in the real world. To bring math to life , include your child in the weekly grocery shopping and have them compare prices or calculate savings. Take them for a visit to an historical landmark or town hall to see how history or government has impacted them.

 

3. To support reading skills, cut out an article of interest from your local newspaper and have your child read it. Afterwards, ask a series of comprehension questions such as "Who participated in the event?" "Where did the event take place?" The skill of recalling basic information from a reading passage is an essential building block for success in reading. In addition, ask your child to infer things from the article, such as "Why do you think that person enjoyed the event?" The skill of drawing a logical conclusion from the information presented develops good abstract thinking skills which comes into play frequently in the open-ended question portion of the CMT.

 

4. Remain an active participant in your child's nightly homework, even as s/he gets older and gains more independence. Keeping up on the content throughout the year makes it easier for you to remember the material come testing time. More importantly, it establishes a comfortable routine between you and your child.

 

 

 

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Suggestions for Parents  

1. READ TO YOUR CHILD

2. BE A READER YOURSELF SO YOU CAN BE A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR CHILD

3. VISIT THE LIBRARY

4. PROVIDE BOOKS THAT YOUR CHILD WILL ENJOY AND THEY CAN EASILY ACCESS

5. MAKE READING A RELAXED AND FUN ACTIVITY

6. READ TOGETHER AS A FAMILY

 

 

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