Common Core – A Parent’s Guide

At Open House and teacher-parent meetings, you may have heard your child’s teacher talking about new educational reform called “Common Core.”  Common Core refers to the changes of learning standards for K-12 children that is intended to increase learning outcomes for language arts and math with the end result being that all children are well prepared for college and careers.  Almost all of the states have chosen to adopt the Common Core Standards.  As a parent, this means that available resources for home learning will be easier to find since all students of the same grade level across the states will be learning based on the same standards.

Common Core – A Parent’s Guide

Over the next three days, I will be sharing some Common Core resources to help support both your understanding of Common Core along with ways you can incorporate Common Core learning at home.

Parent Road Map to Common Core

A great resource for learning the specifics of Common Core as a parent is by reading the Parent Road Maps available on Council of the Great City Schools. This site provides easy to read publications (6 pages each) for each grade level for both math and reading for grades K-8.  They break down what the child should know coming into that grade level, what they should master by the end of the school year, and what standards they will be expected to meet during that year.  They provide the exact topics so a parent knows precisely what they will be learning.  For example, in second grade students will read stories and be able to identify the main idea as well as answer questions including who, what, where, when, and why as they relate to the story.

It also has specific examples for parents to see the growth between the school years.  They provide a table of how in First Grade a child should be able to retell a story, by Second Grade they should be able to retell and talk about character perspective, and by Third Grade the student should be able to retell, understand perspective, and distinguish between their own point of view and the author’s point of view.

The guides also provide tips on how to work with your child’s teacher to make sure that they are getting the most out of their education.  In addition, there is information about steps you can take at home to support their learning in both math and reading.  For reading, parents are encouraged to model reading at home, provide time for their child to read free of distractions, to incorporate technology, and to visit local educational venues like museums, historical sites, and theaters, to expose them to new concepts and ideas.

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Article By Laura VanHellemont

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