How Parents Can Help



    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.



    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.