Do you dread another year of wondering if your child will catch up or continue to get farther behind in math? Is another year of fighting, yelling, begging (and maybe even crying) over math homework something you expect? You know you can’t risk another year of “wait and see” (because without help, kids get used to failure), but how are you supposed to manage potentially failing grades, a household and the busy life you already have? Finding online resources that have live, interactive and multi-sensory learning strategies IS possible!
Parents and their children fight more over math homework than any other subject. The good news is that you can tackle math-phobia, ease math shame and end homework battles with some help and a few easy adjustments. Your child can go from a dismal “I’ll never get it” to an enthusiastic “I’ll never FORGET it” and you can feel confident you are giving your child the right kind of help, right now.
First, math fluency is critical to success. But, for the kids who are frustrated because they can’t seem to memorize basic facts, no amount of drilling (especially by their parents) will make any difference. “Drill and kill” will cause more distress than help, if you do not understand why your child is not able to memorize facts. Is it attention? Dyscalculia? Working memory? Doing computer drills over and over won’t help until they have a strategy to learn the facts. If your child still has trouble automatically calculating facts, do not expect he or she will solve this problem by working on computer programs alone.
Second, kids need a supportive environment that allows for social interaction and guided learning experiences. Remember, practice should be fun and rewarding. If you find you are struggling to get your child to practice math, try breaking up practice into parts. If you use apps or math games, watch out for games that kids will play for hours and hours- it usually means it’s too easy, and they aren’t learning anything new. Try games and experiences that involve another person, such as a classmate or interactive website. Kids want to feel supported and part of a community.
If math is not a pleasant experience at your house, get help. Resources like www.TheHomeworkLounge.com are changing the way kids see math and parents view tutoring. Unlike “one video fits all” online websites, The Homework Lounge believes all kids can learn math, but they might do it differently. At The Homework Lounge, you get a comprehensive assessment of learning style, math skills and algebra readiness- all done online, interactively with a professional Education Solution Specialist. They offer tutoring, but more importantly, they help families set up a plan to get the student caught up or stay ahead. Live, affordable, web-based classes and private sessions are available.
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This post was written by Erin Smilkstein. For guidance or suggestions for helping your child, you can visit www.thehomeworklounge.com, or contact the director Erin Smilkstein, MA.Ed, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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