When you don't know answers on your kids' homework, where do you go for help?

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Tamara - posted on 07/22/2011

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I google the book and the page number then the word help. Most of my kids books have a url in the front, If that dont work I google the title of the page and get a general idea of what to do.

If Hubby is home I say dad knows this and have him figure it out lol

Marylou - posted on 11/08/2011

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LOL..Ditto...Google is my best friend these days when it comes to homework....I don't know what I would have done back in the day with no computer...Whew!!

Karin - posted on 09/27/2011

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My husband first, then google. :D Wikipedia usually has the answers that we need for social studies, and Kahn academy usually has the answer/tutorial for math. (www.khanacademy.org) If we still don't get it, I Facebook our student's parents to see if they are having the same issue, and what their solutions are. :D Hope this helps!

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Clauricie - posted on 09/25/2012

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help me with my math homework and i'll do ur son's math homework.



jk but i SERIOUSLY NEEED SO MUCH HELP I DONT GET IT GAH I FEEL LIKE CRYING I HAVE SO MUCH HOMEWORK AND I DONT GET IT AHHH

Rabaab - posted on 03/02/2012

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Yeah the Internet but lol at least your homework is in English, I live in Switzerland and here we have it in German, just think about that.

Anne - posted on 02/25/2012

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Our family has an ongoing joke that if mum and dad don't know the answer we will ask Auntie Google!

Sigrid - posted on 02/10/2012

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The library. The internet. There's a wealth of information out there. It's only a matter of comprehending those information and utilising what you understand and passing them to your child. OR, just ask the teacher. There's no shame in asking, as one cant possibly know everything. Remember, we havent (well, last time I was at school was 12 yrs ago, at university) been at school for awhile, and those subjects may prove slightly challenging.

Sigrid - posted on 02/10/2012

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The library. The internet. There's a wealth of information out there. It's only a matter of comprehending those information and utilising what you understand and passing them to your child. OR, just ask the teacher. There's no shame in asking, as one cant possibly know everything. Remember, we havent (well, last time I was at school was 12 yrs ago, at university) been at school for awhile, and those subjects may prove slightly challenging.

Maria - posted on 02/05/2012

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There are many resources online for specific and general topics and subjects online. My boys actually used the Internet a lot for such, especially on courses we, as parents, after twenty-something years, we remember bits and pieces! lol...it's a godsend! :)

Carrie - posted on 01/21/2012

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My son is in 5th grade and I feel so terrible, I cant help him with his math. Thank God for his Dad, but he evn has trouble with some of it because of the way they teach it in school these days Augh....

Bobbi-Jo - posted on 01/03/2012

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I also like the Khan academy for math related stuff. My 11 yr old son with high functioning Autism, bi-polar, ADHD and sensory intregration loves the computer. For the past year and a half his teacher and I have tried to teach him his higher times tables, division and fractions. Finally this year I ran across the Khan website and one of his new teachers mentioned it during the same week I found it. Within two weeks he had mastered most of the multiplication chart, and understood division with two digit remainers and begining fractions. It doesn't give the answers but gives very easy to understand instructions on how to solve problems. My son actually enjoys it.

Bobbi-Jo - posted on 01/03/2012

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My boys are 17, 11 and 8. I help them if I can and if they need to research it then I sit at the computer and assist them in the search. Most of the time I also write or e-mail the teacher so she can be aware that my son needed help, that way maybe they can go over it again in class so we don't have a repeat of needing help again on future homework assignments.

Amy - posted on 11/27/2011

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My first line of defense is to ask my daughter how her teacher explained how to answer the problems. If she can not figure it out, she is to give it her best effort and then I will email her teacher. What usually ends up happening is she will send home her text book the next day and from there I can help explain thing a little easier. Math is taught so differently these days. Even if we do not use the districts approach to math, we show her work and how she got her answers and that seems to be enough.

Tania - posted on 11/26/2011

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My oldest daughter helps me alot w/ my 10 yr old twins, & if she can't help, then there is trusty old Google.

Megan - posted on 11/02/2011

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To be honest with you I write a note of the paper and the teachers have ALWAYS gotten back with me. The things they are teaching the kids are way different and ALSO the ways of doing it are different. Good Luck!

Misty - posted on 11/01/2011

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For the first school year where we live we have a new super intendent of schools He has banned homework for the entire county! Yes I did say banned. If the teachers think the kids need extra help they can bring home "practice" work but it cannot be graded like for a grade!!! Yes I hate it!!! I like for my kids to bring homw work so I can see what they are doin but they never bring home anything!!

Amanda - posted on 10/03/2011

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sometimes i go to the internet and try to look it up, but if i can't find it there, then most likely i'll either circle the letter or number of the problem if it's math and write something to the degree of "don't understand, please explain" next to it or i'll write a nice little simpe note to the teacher asking to explain what's supposed to be done. then too it depends on what type of teacher your child has. thankfully my girls have the kind where there's an open door policy, never hesitating to answer any questions or concerns.

Davaline - posted on 09/26/2011

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I ask my husband first and if we both dont know. then I go up to the teacher inpersona nd ask them to explain it. after all they are getting paid to teach and if my son didnt understand it the first time around then they pherhaps didnt explain it well enough for him.

Brandi - posted on 09/25/2011

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Sometimes.. but we have their Email addresses.. and some give us cell phone numbers..they like to be reached if you have any questions about their work..

Heidi - posted on 09/25/2011

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I type in the question on Bing to look it up. I just had to look up base ten blocks...

Shikha - posted on 09/21/2011

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hey why dont we rotate or share our childrens homework or study material. would really help in an overall development of our children

Louise - posted on 09/21/2011

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It's definitely a great chance to be HONEST, but interested. Tell your kid that you want to find out together! Make it fun!

Janelle - posted on 09/21/2011

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i can safely say i am NOT smarter than a 5th grader. google is the best thing. usually i make my daughter look it up on google, then share the answer with me so we both learn the answer.

Brandi - posted on 09/21/2011

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@Teresa, you would be surprised how hard kids home work is getting. My kids are learning stuff in elemantary school that I learned in Middle School.

Meg - posted on 09/20/2011

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I use google or dogpile.com. My son is in second grade. he does not have hard homework. I have showed him, that if I do not have an answer, I will check an encyclopedia (we have a set) or use a search engine. I have also talked with him about the fact some sites are more reliable then others. Take it as a teaching moment to teach the child how to research the question

Carlie - posted on 09/20/2011

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I'm going to assume you aren't actually doing your child's homework. Because you would be HINDERING your child by doing that, not HELPING. Your actions are also proving to your child that hard work is something he will NEVER have to do, because you will do it for him. But if I'm wrong, I apologize. Regardless, YOUR CHILD needs to retrieve that answer for you. YOUR CHILD is in school for a reason. TO LEARN. YOU, as a parent, can help your child get those answers to your question. Help your child with his/her homework, explain to your child that he/she should ask the teacher about it. Drop your child off and school, approach his/her teacher, and say, "When I was helping (your child's name) with his/her homework last night, there were some things we didn't understand, and I was hoping you could help (your child's name) him/her with it." It's not complete, but I knew you, as his/her teacher, would have a better understanding of how to help him/her, with this PARTICULAR assignment." If you say something in this context, you are admitting that even as a mother, there are some things you don't know that SHE knows. You allow her to feel important and significant in your child's life. You are also allowing her to TEACH your child-her job. You are also SHOWING your child the CORRECT way to handle things-by going to his/her teacher when they need help. And showing that it is ok to TRUST them. Good luck mama! No need to feel inadequate! We all have moments of "forgetfulness!!"

Aurora - posted on 09/20/2011

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I will actually go through the textbook if there is one to see how the textbook demonstrates the concept to come up with the answer, if that is possible. Then I use Bing if the textbook is not available or doesn't present the concept in a way that I can help my child.

Tracy - posted on 09/19/2011

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Make them research it. That's what they need to do in college, might as well learn how now.

Janet - posted on 09/17/2011

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we have several sites, my son has used like dictionary.com, mcas.com, math.com, bigy help.com, but the best thing is that he stays after once he realizes he's running or has run into problems, and works with the teachers he's got. btw he's in 12th grade and has stayed after since 12th grade on mon/tues/thurs and sometimes on fridays, but can't on wednesdays, no late buses and teachers have meetings on those days. but it's proven to be a lifesaver as he's told me time and time again. things that they're doing in school now we didn't get till we were into college! i don't understand it at all and don't attempt to help him as he's to far into it for me to understand and i never was good at math, and science as he'll have physics the next two trimesters. encourage him/her all you can and give plenty of love too! it's been working out for us here and he knows as we're low income and i'm doing my best which sometimes isn't enough, but he tells me he loves me for what i've been able to do for him which is a lot more than what i had when i was his age! i did have more free time to spend helping my grandparents as well as church activities. now my son has his own work for neighbors, gets paid a good amount and puts most away except when he needs something and i don't have the $$ to provide for it! but love, encouragement and interest in the areas of trouble are the best thing you can do to help if you don't know how to do what they're doing in school! also working with his teachers might help too!

Pat - posted on 09/16/2011

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Look online, call another mom, write a note to the teacher. Usually, their school books have the info you need to figure it out. Many schools have email addresses directly to the teacher, so let her know you are stuck. Good Luck (I worked with kids in the schools, but hated math. It's my weakest subject, and they teach differently now). Pat Nickerson (ECE)

Angel - posted on 09/15/2011

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i either ask a friend next door or call his papa and let him ask his papa the question but that is only if me or dad can help him out with it.

Jeanette - posted on 09/12/2011

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As my son would say "we ask Mr Google". If we have some time we will go to the library and get a book about the country or whatever the project is about.

Shawnn - posted on 09/09/2011

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Depends on subject. I took refresher college math when my kids started asking me math questions that I didn't understand. Didn't understand, because they have so drastically changed the way they present material now, and I didn't want to confuse the kids. So, took the math course, told the instructor that I needed to know how things were taught in today's schools, Very helpful, and I kept the book, just in case.

Generally, the kids are pretty self sufficient, homework wise, but google is always good

Sherri - posted on 09/04/2011

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@Teresa I am with Roxanne. I stopped being able to help my kids in math by 3rd grade. Not because I don't know it because they are now taught a completely different way that I have never even seen before and don't even understand. By fifth grade I stopped being able to help with Science. My middle one is now in 8th and the only things I can still help him with is Social Studies and LA, the rest he is on his own. We use extra help days quite frequently to help him if he is struggling.

Tanisha - posted on 09/04/2011

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If your child needs on-going help with homework. An inexpensive option for a tutor is to find a student from the local college. They often are available in the afternoons, and are willing to help at little cost and some may do it for free if their school or course work requires community service. A bonus is that students who are in an Education or Social Services/ Psychology major must go through a DOJ background screening as part of their program to be cleared for entry &/or graduation. Giving an added measure of safety in hiring them to help your child

Debbie - posted on 09/02/2011

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I also do the whole Google thing and sometimes have to re-learn something I had forgotten or learn a new way of doing what something. .... The way they teach math to elementary school kids has changed since I was in school. .... And it's not doing the child's homework, it's making sure they did it correctly or helping out if they can't figure out how to do it themselves. (Just referring to the person who said they don't do their child's homework for them.) I like to make sure what she does at home was done correctly so my daughter has to show me everything after she's done with it. .... There has been a time where my stepson was in 7th grade and even with Google I had no idea how to do his math problem which was quite disheartening since I even had trig/calculus in college and I had difficulty with a 7th grade math problem! (smile)

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