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Homework Tips

"UGH! Math Homework!"

When your child comes to you for help with Math homework is, your first thought to send them ask the other parent or other relative for help? Do you find yourself saying, "I was never any good at Math or I've forgotten all I ever knew---and that wasn't much! I always hated math!"

So, what can you do to help you child with math homework if fractions make your head spin and you can't remember what a common denominator does.

1.Be positve---don't spread those negative math blues feelings to your children

2. Listen and validate that the issue is serious and say you are willing to try to help.

3. Read the teacher's assignment sheet or the textbook's instructions carefully. Often students simply don't do this, and with this assistance they can figure out what to do.

4. If you can figure out how to obtain the answers, give clear step-by-step diections, do one problem and have the child do the next problem. Check the answers together. You can use a calculator.

Still Having Problems?

Seek outside help---a tutor, call the homework help line, use Homework help pages on he Internet (see below) One of the most important life skills children can learn is problem-solving. Looking-up answers. Seeking out experts to help. View finding a solution to Math problems in this light. There may be tutoring available at school.

Ask another student in the class to come over and do homework together with your child. Many mathematics teachers promote "cooperative learning".

Take questions back to the teacher. Combat the "everybody else can do these but me!" This is almost always not true. Encourage your child to ask questions when they don't understand.

Should I call the teacher?

Too much homework, 100's of problems or directions non-existent? Parents have the right to question and voice concerns. Discuss the issue with a few other parents of children in the same class to see if the problem is common experience. Determine if the homework is just challenging or too difficult or too time consuming.

Help your child be their best and know their best is good enough.

Give positive feedback to the child for trying to solve the problem. Be creative in your approach: use games, toys and activities to help strengthen your child's skill. If your child's best effort is a "C", help them to view "C's"in positive ways. No one is good at everything! If they are a "A" student working at a "C" level, use positive feed back and encouragement to get improvement along with having to face consequences for failing to try. For example, "if you don't study and do your homework and get at least a "B's", you can't go the movies.

Math Homework Help Pages

Math Homework Help

Discovery School

World of Math Online

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by Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed.

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