How do you help your thirteen year old with math homework that you believe is over his level?


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Bridgette - posted on 10/05/2009




get a tutor. Don't underestimate him. Encourage him. If kids are given excuse they may take it to the advantage especially with homewor. I would also talk to his teacher. Most are will ing to help.

Diana - posted on 10/05/2009




YES, He has a special ED teacher that he sees a few times a week and I talked to him today, he explained that he can do the math but he is still having trouble with the understanding of the material. Those skills are what we are helping him with now. It is frustrating to me that at this age they are doing math that a high schooler would be doing back in the day.

Jodi - posted on 10/04/2009




Diana, my 12 year old had problems this year. I have found out that his new school he is doing Year 7 level maths in Year 6, so he started the year behind, and it was very frustrating. I am very lucky that there is a great Special Education Unit at my son's school, and I have maintained communication with the Special Ed teacher and managed to get some written materials from her so I can help him with it, in addition to his extra classes. We are now at the end of the school year, and it has been a great help - I am more comfortable now that he is ready for high school in a few months, and he is a much happier boy :)

Do you have special ed teachers, or access to additional tuition (maybe from an older student) in your school. I know in my son's school, they have all of these programs, but he is in a private Catholic college. I am not sure what might be available where you are.

Rose - posted on 10/04/2009




You relly have to speak with his homeroom teacher and find out why, the math that is coming up at this time is new to me also but I have been blessed with better than average kids on this subject and one that was in the same situation as yours and after speaking with his teacher he was moved and put in a group that he could deal with the work on a I can understand level and then progressed to a different level when he catches on. hope this helps

Diana - posted on 10/04/2009




He tries alot to get the math and it is hard for me sometimes to explain it when some of it I don't know the answers to either. We are trying to figure it out.

Lisa - posted on 09/12/2009




Help him from the beginning, and take it slow until you think he gets it. They wouldn't make a habit of teaching a subject so quickly that the students can't keep up, so try to give him more credit and do your best not to express your feeling that it's too much for him, because if he knows you don't believe he can do it, then he won't feel like he can either. Be optimistic, and he may surprise you.

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