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    How Parents Can Help

     

    Homework

    Caregivers can help children with math homework in a variety of ways:

    -Find a good place to do homework; gather materials that may be needed and make sure the lighting is good.

    -Help prioritize tasks.  Occasionally check on progress and help with time management.  Suggest a break when it's needed.  Help your child refocus when he or she becomes distracted.  Set time limits--Bedtime is important too.

    -You don't have to have all of the answers.  Use the online student reference book and notes from class.  Most parents assume that helping means explaining procedures or concepts.

     -Ask these questions:

             -"Do you understand what the question is asking?"

             -"How do you think you might start this problem?"

             -"Have you seen a problem like this before?"

             -"Can you show me a simpler problem like this one that might give us a clue as to how to begin?

             -"As you write on your paper, share out loud for me what you're thinking."

             -"Does your answer sound reasonable?  How do you know?"

    -Show positive support.  Don't show your fear of math (if you have it).

     -Don't let homework interfere with your relationship with your child.  Talk with your child's teacher when difficulties arise.  Asking for information has two advantages:  You can clear up misunderstandings about the assignments and your role, and you let the teacher know that you are involved and supportive.

     

    Preparing for Tests

    -Help your child stay up to date with his/her work.  All absent work needs to be made up.

     
    At least 2 nights before the test (or quiz) 

    -Gather together your packet and journal.

    -Scan the material on the quiz or test.

    -Go over notes you have taken.

    -Go over the examples in your packet.  Redo them.

    -Study all formulas and definitions.  Make flash cards to help you study.

    -Redo problems from the journal and check your work with the correct answers in your journal.

    -Use your review cards or make a mock test (for a test).

    -Go over any section(s) that give you trouble.

    -Remember to write down any questions or problems that you do not feel confident about and ask in class the next day.

    -USE YOUR REFERENCE BOOK FOR EXTRA HELP!

     

    Strategies for Completing Tests

    Discuss these strategies with your child:

    -Be prepared with pencils, erasers, and any other material you need.

    -Stay calm.

    -Before you start the test, close your eyes and take a few breaths.

    -Pay close attention to your teacher's directions.

    -Read ALL directions on the test yourself.

    -Reach each question carefully.

    -Take a short time to look over the entire test before you begin working.  Get a picture of the whole test.

    -Work on the problems you are sure of first.  Then go back and work on the other problems.

    -Leave a problem you don't know how to do.  Work quickly but don't rush.  Come back to the items not answered when you've finished the rest of the test.

    -Identify what operation(s) is(are) needed to solve the problem.

    -Don't forget to watch decimal points.

    -Reduce fractions to lowest terms when expected.

    -Estimate your answer as you work your problem.  Use this as a means to check your work.

    -Take all shortcuts possible to save time.

    -Underline the information needed to solve a word problem.

    -Make a diagram, picture, or graph to figure out what the problem asks.

    -All tests are to be returned signed and with corrections attached showing all work.