OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Education has developed a set of Oklahoma Family Guides with at-home activities that add value to classroom instruction. The guides are available for pre-K, kindergarten, first- and second-grade core subjects – English language arts, math, science and social studies.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the guides help strengthen community engagement in learning.

“It is imperative that parents and families be engaged educational partners,” she said. “It can be a challenge to find the most appropriate ways to enhance classroom learning at home. These user-friendly guides are excellent tools for families that offer simple tips on how to augment classroom instruction and literacy.”

Family guides

The guides, written by subject matter experts in OSDE’s Office of Instruction, are color-coded by subject and include information on how families can support the goals of the Oklahoma Academic Standards. The front side of each one-page guide includes academic standards-focused sections on grade-level and subject-specific expectations for the school year, learning goals and what to do at home to help children reach them. The reverse side shares guiding questions to foster curiosity, communication and comprehension – key literacy skills students must acquire to master content at any level.

Moreover, the printable guides can be used as conversation starters during parent-teacher conferences and to strengthen overall parent-teacher collaboration.

In January 2019, OSDE plans to publish the next set of guides for families of students in third through sixth grade.

To download or print the Oklahoma Family Guides for pre-K through second grade, visit https://sde.ok.gov/oklahoma-family-guides.

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