Common Core Resources
What do the Common Core Standards mean, and how can you support your child's education as our schools adopt these standards?
- See Parent Resources at www.engageNY.org for information on each grade level. http://www.engageny.org/parent-guides-to-the-common-core-standards
- The "Parent's Backpack Guide to Common Core Standards" is a two-sided handout with basic information.
- NYCDOE has resources for parent to support learning at home for students K - 12th grade here: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/CommonCoreLibrary/ForFamilies/LearningAtHome/default.htm
- This information is also available for K-8 parents in 8 additional languages here: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/CommonCoreLibrary/ForFamilies/LearningAtHome/SLH_k8.htm
- The National PTA has a Parent Guide to Student Success in English and Spanish for all grades as well as additional resources to understand and support the Common Core: http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583
- Reading Rockets explains the four main areas of the Common Core reading standards and suggests simple things you can do at home to help your child build skills in these areas. http://www.readingrockets.org/pdfs/edextras/58939-en.pdf
Brooklyn Public Library supports Common Core learning
Ready, Set, Kindergarten! programs (3 - 5 years)
In this special six session series, families will enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning skills. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Programs begin March 8 at libraries throughout Brooklyn.
Flyer for weekend programs at select BPL Locations.
Flyer for weekday evening programs at the Midwood Library.
Flyer for weekday morning programs at the Ryder Library..
Do you need non-fiction sources for projects and reports? Use our databases to look through hundreds of newspapers, encyclopedias, magazines and books to help you find the information you need.
Databases for Students from Kindergarten to 12th grade
Read and listen to e-books and watch videos online based on titles from the TrueFLIX nonfiction book series. Also look up project ideas, extra information, and lesson plans for teachers and others. Recommended for Grades 3 - 6. http://tfx.grolier.com/splash
Brooklyn Collection has books, manuscripts, newspaper articles, maps, directories and ephemera on anything and everything to do with Brooklyn. See the Young Learners Guide to the Brooklyn Collection for information about how to use this collection for research and school projects.
- See Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)'s 2013-2014 STEAM Multicultural Booklist for Grades Pre-K - 5 with downloadable activity sheets aligned with the Common Core for at home and classroom use.
- View School Library Journal's 20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books for books on fascinating topics that are skillfully written and well researched. For elementary through high school level.
Always waiting for the last minute to do your projects? See tips to organize and overcome procrastination. Get Things Done: Time Management Tips for Teens