Mathematics is the sport of the mind, and just as with any other sport, you don't get proficient at it by playing in major tournaments; you get proficient by daily practice.  The key to success in this sport is the same as all other sports - EFFORT.
The only place achievement comes before effort is in the dictionary!

     There are over 100 major mathematical concepts in algebra and geometry that your child needs to master to be able to move on to higher levels of mathematics properly equipped for success.  Forty-three minutes per day for fewer than half the days in a year is enough time for me to present the ideas, but it is not enough time for your child to master the concepts.  There is only one alternative - homework.  In my experience I have found that homework is one of the most powerful learning tools that is available.  Not "drill and kill', but drill for skill.  Practice results in proficiency.
The fiddler who practices most plays best!

     Parents need to strike a balance in the management of their children's homework.  This means offering support and assistance but not taking over.  This enables children to learn and think on their own and to learn from mistakes.  It is important that parents monitor whether homework is done, and how well it is done, but guard against doing the homework for their children.
              You can’t learn to pull the wagon by riding on it.

     "A study by University of Illinois scholars ... discovered that the simple act of doing homework tests out as being more important to a child's success in school than race, class, or the parents' educational background."
The Globe and Mail, Fifth Column, November 3, 1995.


It helps children internalize by practicing skills previously taught.
It helps children learn, remember, and understand information.
It helps children understand the relationship between effort and results.
It helps children develop time management and organizational skills.
It helps children develop a positive attitude towards life-long learning.
It helps children take responsibility, show initiative, and be creative.
It enables parents to see their children's progress.
It keeps parents tuned in to what their children are learning in school.
It strengthens the ties between home and school.


     Be consistent yet flexible.  Agree on a study schedule and a homework plan at the beginning of each school year, allowing for the fact that some nights more time will be needed than others.  Each child needs a homework routine that fits his individual age, health, temperament, and study skills and weaknesses.
     Discourage personal phone calls and digital distractions during scheduled homework time.
     Establish a quiet, well lit study area with the proper tools for schoolwork.  This can be anything from a desk in a bedroom to the kitchen table.
     Ensure that children are not tired, hungry, or short of time.
     Help children understand what they're to do and why.
     Help children get ready to do their homework - for instance, by guiding them to first read the introduction to the chapter they have been assigned, or to look over the last work they did on the subject, or to review notes they took.
     Provide required knowledge and information for homework/study projects, for example by organizing a trip to the library.
     Teach children to work independently and help them learn to manage their time.

     As your children are reading their chapter, they should pause after each section and 'test” their understanding.  It helps to take notes of the main points as they read.  The act of taking notes and reviewing them will help children understand and remember.
     Involve yourself as the "audience" for ready practice of spelling, mathematics problems, reading, etc.
     Be sure children understand that homework is their responsibility.  Make yourself available but be clear about your role is as supporter and monitor. (You don't have to know how to do the work yourself to be a good supporter.)
     Good notes are important.  Encourage students to organize them immediately after class while the ideas are fresh, and to review them that same evening.  Students in my classes maintain spiral notebooks that contain notes from class as well as homework.
     Your children should review material more than once, well in advance, instead of ‘cramming' the night before a test.
     Show interest in what your child is doing.  Talk about successes and difficulties. Encourage your child to do well in school.  If you believe that the hours of studying are worth the effort, then so will your child.  Give praise when praise is due!
     Turn your child into the teacher. You play the part of the student.  As he teaches you, he'll be absorbing important information.
     Provide children with homework tools such as dictionaries, rulers, calculators, and so on.
     Expand interest in a subject by using supplementary material.
     If your child has difficulty with one subject, have his begin a homework session by completing that assignment first while he's fresh. Save his favorite subjects for last.
     Do your own "homework" while your kids are studying, if possible.  Pay bills, write letters, balance your checkbook, or read.  When kids see that study time applies to everyone, they'll be more likely to take it seriously.  The number one homework distracter is television.

     I promise that I will never assign busy work.  All homework is valuable, and all homework counts.

        Tell me how and I may or may not know how.  Show me how and I will know
                how for a day.  Give me homework for practice, understanding, review, and
                extension and I will know how for life.     Hansen

          If the brain were a muscle then class work would be the weight training, homework
     would be the roadwork, and tests would be the competitions.  Mathematics is the sport
     of the mind.  Build yourself up and get in the game; no one can keep you out of the
     game but you.  Hansen

       Doing homework is like making regular deposits in the intellectual bank.  This bank
     pays great interest, and just like money oriented banks, no deposit - no return.

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