Since every child is different, so is every MAP® test. As a result, a study guide or practice exam is not available. Listed below, however, are some suggestions to help strengthen your child’s reading, language usage, and math skills:
Ways to help your child with reading
■ Provide many opportunities for your child to read books or other materials. Children learn to read best when they have books and other reading materials at home and plenty of chances to read. Read aloud to your child. Research shows that this is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success. Keep reading aloud even when your child can read independently.
■ Make time for the library and/or book store.
■ Play games like Scrabble, Spill and Spell, Scattergories, and Balderdash together.
■ Follow your child’s interest–find fiction and nonfiction books that tie into this interest.
■ Work crossword puzzles with your child.
■ Give a magazine subscription for a gift.
Ways to help your child with language usage
■ Talk to your child and encourage him or her to engage in conversation during family activities.
■ Give a journal or diary as a gift.
■ Help your child write a letter to a friend or family member. Offer assistance with correct grammar usage and content.
■ Have a “word of the week” that is defined every Monday. Encourage your child to use the new word throughout the week.
■ Plan a special snack or meal and have your child write the menu.
■ After finishing a chapter in a book or a magazine article, have your child explain his or her favorite event.
Ways to help your child with mathematics
■ Spend time with kids on simple board games, puzzles, and activities that encourage stronger mathematics skills. Even everyday activities such as playing with toys in a sandbox or in a tub at bath time can teach children mathematics concepts such as weight, density, and volume. Check your television listings for shows that can reinforce mathematics skills in a practical and fun way.
■ Encourage children to solve problems. Provide assistance, but let them figure it out themselves. Problem solving is a lifetime skill.
■ The kitchen is filled with tasty opportunities to teach fractional measurements, such as doubling and dividing cookie recipes.
■ Point out ways that people use mathematics every day to pay bills, balance their checkbooks, figure out their net earnings, make change, and how to tip at restaurants. Involve older children in projects that incorporate geometric and algebraic concepts such as planting a garden, building a bookshelf, or figuring how long it will take to drive to your family vacation destination.
■ Children should learn to read and interpret charts and graphs such as those found in daily newspapers. Collecting and analyzing data will help your child draw conclusions and become discriminating readers of numerical information.
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