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  • Acknowledgments

    U.S. DOE
    Office of General Counsel
    Philip Rosenfelt

    Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs
    John McGrath, Senior Director, Community Services and Educational Partnerships,
    Menahem Herman, Director, Educational Partnerships and Family Involvement Unit,
    Linda Bugg, Linda Cuffey, Carrie Jasper, Elliot Smalley and Amy Short,
    Staff, Educational Partnerships and Family Involvement.

    Office of Public Affairs Jacquelyn Zimmermann

    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 or her teacher.

    • If your child is experiencing problems in math, contact the teacher to learn whether he or she is working at grade level and what can be done at home to help improve academic progress.

    • Request that your child's teacher schedule after-school math tutoring sessions if your child really needs help.

    • Advocate with the principal for the use of research-based peer tutoring programs for math. These tutoring programs have proven results, and students really enjoy them.

    • 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 and 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.

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