Can you help?”
Next time your
child says something like this, keep these tips in mind:
• Familiarize yourself with the math techniques your child is learning at school. They may be different from what you learned as a student. Don’t confuse her further.
• Talk with your child about why she might be having trouble. Some options are poor knowledge of math facts, carelessness, or not understanding a math process.
• Don’t re-do your child’s work. Help her figure out where the mistakes are, then let her correct them. She can also check answers by doing problems backwards.
• If your child copied the problem from a book, ask her to make sure she wrote it correctly.
• If you’re unsure of how to help, have your child talk with her teacher. You might also write a note explaining what you think the difficulty is.
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