When did the kids' homework get so complicated? We wish we knew... It can be hard to remember the rules of fractions or the names of every geometrical shape.
Tips for helping with homework
Give yourself a break -- it's been a long time since you were staring up at the chalkboard (it's a dry erase board now if that tells you anything). Read on for resources on how to help your children with their homework so you don't look clueless next time they ask.
Meet with the teacher
Teachers are approachable and want to help. That's what they're there for -- to teach. So don't be afraid to approach your child's teacher and ask for tips on the best ways to help with homework. The teacher can give you study guides, resources and the inside scoop on what your child will be learning this year. (They are, after all, the ones making the lesson plans!)
Read your child's textbook
Remember textbooks? Those were the books that served as a guide and resource when you were in school. Well, nothing has changed. They still serve the same purpose. Full of all the information your child (and you!) will need to figure out the assignments, crack one open and learn right alongside your son or daughter.
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Going to YouTube.com and typing in "homework help" brings up thousands of videos you can watch. You'll find podcasts from teachers, tutors and moms like first-grade mom Judy Shei, who made instructional videos to help with homework questions. In Shei's case, she's helping parents understand their children's Chinese homework.
The U.S. Department of Education website has a ton of great tips on helping your child with his homework. There is easy-to-follow advice on everything from how to make homework a regular routine to monitoring assignments. The National Parent Teacher Association website also offers a lot of valuable help. You'll find everything from articles on how to help your child prepare for tests to a checklist of homework hints for parents.
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