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Navigating Parenthood from Pre-K through High School

A new web-based tool from NBC News’ Education Nation helps parents track and support kids’ progress at every step of their Pre-K through 12th grade education. The site includes an academic growth chart, parent tips for supporting and encouraging kids’ academic achievement, and a helpful parent teacher conference guide.

Growth Charts
Right now, the site offers academic “Growth Charts”, which include benchmarks and tips, including key concepts and skills that students should learn at each grade level from Pre-K through 12. Additional Growth Charts for Social Development and Health & Wellness are expected to be published later in 2014.

The site’s Academic Growth Charts are separated by grade level, and each includes an overview, as well as a section on English Language Arts (ELA) and math.

“Your 2nd grader”, it says in its 2nd grade overview, “will be learning to understand and discuss information from a range of sources and she will also begin learning to express herself effectively in writing. She’ll continue to build upon the math skills she learned in 1st grade.”

In addition to explaining what students should learn each year, the site also offers grade-specific and subject-specific parents tips.

Parent Tips
Parents can find resources here for helping their kids with Math and ELA studies. For example, fourth grade students are encouraged to help their kids with math by:

  • Encouraging a positive attitude toward math
  • Reading math problems aloud
  • Integrating math problems into everyday activities
  • Keeping an eye out for math concepts
  • Highlighting how math is used in cooking
  • …and more.

Parent Teacher Conference Tips
The Toolkit offers general Parent Teacher Conference tips, as well as grade-specific parent teacher conference guides, and a handy before- and after- conference parent checklist.

See also:

Making the Most of Parent Teacher Conferences

Talking to Your Child About Parent Teacher Conferences

The site enlisted the help of educational experts from all over the U.S., including two Missouri teachers; Cathy Cartier, a high school English teacher from the Affton School District in St. Louis and Dr. J. Michael Pragman, the Director or Research, Evaluation and Accountability with the North Kansas City School District.

The NBC Education National Parent Toolkit might be a helpful resources for you as you monitor your son or daughter’s growth and development from Pre-K through 12th grade.

If you visit the toolkit, we’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment on the blog or on the Missouri Parent Facebook Page.

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