Homework is an important part of your child’s learning process in science. To help support your child, here are some helpful tips…
Staying consistently organized is an important structure in doing well in school, in any class! You can help your child stay organized by doing the following:
- Provide a consistent study place for your child to do their homework.
- Have the following materials available: paper, pencils, calculator, and ruler.
- Encourage your child to write down assignments in their planner while at school (we do in class every day!) and to look in their planner at home.
- Help your child maintain an organized binder. Some kids need a lot of help in this department, but all kids need an organizational system to be successful!
Helping With Homework
When your child gets stuck, encourage your children to figure out as much as they can by themselves. You can do this by suggesting the following:
- Look at the work that was done in class. The homework is always practice of the skills we learned in class!
- Look at the notes we took in class.
- Check the class website under the appropriate content area.
If your child still needs help, you can ask the following questions to guide them through the problem solving process:
- Gathering Info: What do you know? What are you trying to find? Have you solved problems similar to this?
- Starting: How can you organize the information? What strategy could you use to start solving it?
- While Working: Do you see any patterns or relationships that will help solve this? What assumptions are you making?
- When Solved: Is your answer reasonable? Where can you check to make sure its correct?
If your child is still having problems, encourage them to come see me before or after school!
In addition, there are plenty of other ways that you can support your child’s science learning at home:
- Encourage your child to talk about the science that they learned in class.
- Talk about how you use science at home and at work.
- Look for activities which require your child to use their science skills. For example, a walk in your backyard is filled with science (i.e.: ecology, evolution, biology).
- Watch science related programs on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel then discuss the concepts in the program.
- A trip to the Ecotarium in Worcester, MA is an amazing and inexpensive way to learn science.