It’s 9:00 p.m., and your child just remembers the math homework due tomorrow morning. He is confused about what to do, and it looks like Greek to you. Where do you turn?
Your child’s textbook
Most textbooks give explanations and example problems at the beginning of the lesson, so you may be able to figure out what to do by flipping back a couple of pages. If your child did not bring his textbook home, you may be able to access the online version.
Yes, sometimes the answer is just a Google search away. Google has a built-in calculator, so it can add, subtract, multiply and divide. Google can also find squares, square roots, and create graphs. However, sometimes the calculator can be difficult to use, and it cannot provide the solutions for many homework dilemmas.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids
For elementary and middle school students, a definition and example are provided for each word. The example allows kids to input data or interact in order to help them better understand the definition.
This site includes flash cards for basic facts, games, and has a homework helper that gives students step-by-step explanations of problems that the student enters.
Khan Academy Offers videos, adaptive assessment exercises, at-a-glance information about what's been learned, and a knowledge map that shows all of their exercise concepts.
Ask Dr. Math
Created by The Math Forum at Drexel University, Dr. Math answers questions submitted by students of all ages and grade levels. The archives provide access to old questions and answers that might help explain a topic. Explanations are usually thorough and include examples and/or diagrams.
Provides step-by-step explanations for many math skills. The language is both kid and parent friendly, and there are plenty of examples provided. It also has kid-friendly games.
A site for kids in grades 4-7, it includes video tutorials, games, worksheets, and math movies.
Math Is Fun
Divides information into the five major strands (topics) of mathematics. Explanations and examples of many important concepts can be found on each topic’s page along with a math dictionary and games.
Offers homework help for all ages. The homework help section takes students through a four-step learning process to help them master the skill. It also provides students with the opportunity to practice problems online and has a “Calculators & Tools” section that you might find handy, especially if your child left his scientific calculator at school.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM)
Provides online manipulatives that help kids understand and apply math skills. Divided by grade level and concept strand, this is a great place to go to help kids learn how to visualize fractions, integers (positive and negative numbers), and other difficult concepts.
Webmath will solve math problems for you. To solve a problem, find the skill or topic your problem covers, then type your problem into the calculator. An answer will be given along with a short explanation. K-12 content is covered.
These library books might also be useful:
Help your kids with math : a unique step-by-step visual guide.
This is an illustrated guide for parents. It explains how to help your kids with different types of math problems.
Math coach : a parent's guide to helping children succeed in math
This book gives parents strategies to help their child succeed in math. It includes information about how to help tutor your kids and assist them with homework.
An illustrated math dictionary for kids.
Math for grownups
Helps to “reteach” the math you have forgotten so that you can apply it to every day life.
Math for moms and dads : a dictionary of terms and concepts-- just for parents
Explains terms and concepts in parent-friendly language. It includes information on how to help kids with math homework.
Math power : how to help your child love math, even if you don't
Instructs readers on how to help their kids love math. It includes information on how to make math more fun and how to help kids overcome math anxiety.
Parent guide to hassle-free homework
A guide to helping your child with homework. It includes information on helping provide a good climate for your child to do homework and advice on how to help students with different types of assignments.
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