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Math Help for Parents

Itís never too soon or late to arm yourself with information to help your children succeed in school, especially math. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help your child even if you donít like math.

*Read Books and Play Games with Your Child
When you buy books for toddlers and older children consider books with a math theme, such as counting books, and the Sir Cumference series. Games such as cards, dominoes, checkers, chess, and jacks develop thinking skills, as well as number sense.
Just have fun and teach your child the games you grew up playing as kid.

*Open Communication with Teachers and Counselors
At the beginning of the school year, attend the open house or parentís night. If you miss this opportunity, be certain to ask for a calendar or syllabus or just ask for the ďOpen House / Parent NightĒ packet. These packets are full of information parents should know... Guidelines about the class and teacher conference times are shared. The calendar tells what topics are covered and the dates of quizzes and tests Therefore, parents can have an idea when test are scheduled and plan accordingly. Some schools give demos or sample mini-lessons to share what their kids are learning. In fact, some schools sale or provide planners.

*Open Communication with School and Counselors
Counselors can tell you about the resources available to you from the school and district. Did you know that many school districts have a tutoring list of private tutors? If the after school tutoring doesnít give you the results needed, inquire about the list. The district doesnít endorse any of the tutors, but provides the information to help parents with their search for additional help. So, make certain to do your homework. Also, I found some parents arenít aware they can check their childís grades online! No longer do you need to try to decipher whether your child is telling you truth or fiction or learning at the last minute Johnny is failing. Just, ask for the logon information and youíre able to check grades whenever you want.

*School Websites
Your school website is another gold mine. The school website may have teacher websites listed which may share daily and weekly assignments. Donít forget the school district website. Find the Curriculum department and click on Math. You can find such math helps as a Scope and Sequence for each grade. A Scope and Sequence shares detail information on topics covered, how many days or hours on each topic, teaching comments and more. However, I have found some that werenít so detailed. Math videos and Power Point presentations may be found on the site too. Personally, I browse my daughterís school website as well as other school websites.

*Department of Education
Google your stateís name and ďDepartment of Education.Ē Standardized test information can be found, as well as, other useful information. Each state is different, but itís possible to find such resources as on-line practice test, study guides, complete tests from previous years including answers, and test dates. Some study guides have explanations.

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