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Math Homework Tips
•Encourage your child to use a daily math assignment book.
•Follow the progress your child is making in math. Check with your child daily about his homework.
•If you don’t understand your child’s math assignments, engage in frequent communication with his/her teacher.
•If your child is experiencing problems in math, contact the teacher to learn whether he/she is working at grade level and what can be done at home to help improve academic progress.
•Use household chores as opportunities for reinforcing math learning such as cooking and repair activities.
•Try to be aware of how your child is being taught math, and don’t teach strategies or shortcuts that conflict with the approach the teacher is using. Check in with the teacher and ask what you can do to help. Ask the teacher about online resources that you can use with your child at home.
•At the beginning of the year, ask your child’s teacher for a list of suggestions that will enable you to help your child with math homework.
We wish to acknowledge the following U.S. Department of Education staff who were instrumental in developing and producing these materials.
Office of General Counsel – Philip Rosenfelt
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs –John McGrath, Menahem Herman, Linda Bugg
Office of Public Affairs – Jacquelyn Zimmerman