Thursday, May 23, 2013
Helping Your Kids with Math Homework
When you're helping and not sure how much help you're being, there are sneaky ways for your child to help you along. Get as much information as you can about the topic with which he needs help. Asking him to coach you through it is a way to gain knowledge you need to help and helps the child talk out the problem, perhaps leading him to a solution he didn't think of before. Asking him to hypothesize - or make an educated guess - about the solution can help, too. If you're both getting frustrated, then it's time to step back and call in reinforcements in the form of another parent - or even the Internet. If the child just seems stuck, when in doubt, sympathize. Telling him to "try again" may not help because he has been trying and feels it hasn't gotten him anywhere. Saying something like "I know you feel like you're stuck right now. What can I do to help?" can get him motivated and help him feel like someone is in his corner.