Math Homework: How To Monitor Your Child
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Most schoolwork involves the written language or the spoken language as in reading. The problem that
many children have with math is that it involves another type of communicating medium, numbers. The natural
language mastery is easily transferred by children in many learning situations
However, numbers are not, usually, a part of the parental role in transferring skills to their
children. Just as many parents read to their children even before they are born, parents can try to instill a
natural adaptation of math to their children by using numbers, by counting and giving numerical answers as part of
their teaching programs to their children.
A parent can monitor their child's homework by having established a bond between their children that
includes numbers or math much as they have established a bond that includes words.
A child will be less likely to fudge on their homework if they trust that their parents have an
understanding of the special communicating requirements that are involved in using numbers and in learning about
how to use numbers much like their language teachers use the rules that apply to spoken and written language in
refining their students knowledge of using language.
A parent can ask to see their child's homework. The child can have a homework assignment and claim
that he doesn't have one. A child can put in numbers at random and assume that his parent won't bother to look at
the problems that look completed.
That type of behavior is normal in children who do not have a bond with numbers introduced to them
at a very early age. A very simple way to monitor your child's math homework is to let your child know that you
intend to check his homework as if you were his teacher.
Of course, there is also the probability of making math even more distasteful if a parent pressures
their child by calling his math teacher and getting the week's homework assignments.
A less pressure type manner is to wait for grades to come home in the form of graded homework or
tests. If a child knows that his parent is going to check his progress in math, he will either make the effort to
comply with his teacher's homework lessons or he will need to get a tutor.
Getting a tutor is the best way to monitor your child's homework in math since the tutor is not a
personal connection to your child and your child views him as a paid instructor who is working on his behalf.
A parent can do tutoring with his child on his own but most children who have not had that
teacher/parent relationship will usually perform better with a private tutor.
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