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Family's Guide: How can I support my students with Math Skills at home?

Updated: Oct 26, 2021





At LCB Tutoring, I make this easier for parents to do! How? Well..your responsibility is to just be a parent when you sign up here. Whatever that looks like and feels like for you. When you hire me to be your student's Math tutor, my responsibility is to teach Math and help fill any gaps and advance them in the areas needed. All you have to do is just support the process! Every two weeks or every week (depending on the plan you sign up for), I send updates as well as tips and tricks on ways to support the Math concepts we are covering in tutoring at home. I do this in a way that doesn't require you to know the material or have to think too hard, basically the student does all the work and you just watch, listen, and ask questions! (Maybe even take notes, if you prefer!)


Now, if you are reading this and your student is not a part of LCB Tutoring, it's totally fine! Keep reading, the tips I will share is for anyone who has a student in school learning Math! If you're a homeschool parent, no problem, the tips can help you too!




Part 1: Meet your student "where they are" in Math


You can do this by talking to your student's teacher. Maybe you can do this monthly or biweekly, whatever you and the teacher agree upon. Find out what they are learning in Math and just ask the teacher: How can I support at home?

(If you are a part of LCB Tutoring, you don't have to ask, I will automatically in updates send you ways to support!)


Look up your student's curriculum which can be found with searching on Google. All you have to do is select your student's grade level and it gives you the standards!


If you are in Texas, it goes by the TEKS, and here are links by grade level to get to it:


Grades K-5: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Elementary%20Math%20TEKS%202nd%20Rdg.pdf


Grades 6-8:

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/MS%20Math%20TEKS%202nd%20Rdg.pdf


High School:

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/HS%20Math%20TEKS%202nd%20Rdg.pdf


Most other states follow the Common Core Standards, and here are links by grade level to get to it:


http://www.corestandards.org/Math/

(Just look on the right hand side, where it says "Kindergarten-Grade 12" and select the grade level.)


http://www.corestandards.org/wp-content/uploads/Math_Standards.pdf

(This is a 93 page PDF document, but it has a Table of Contents where you can find your student's grade level and seek those pages, and easily print it off if you prefer.)




Also, when you find the standards or TEKS you may ask yourself...how do I break this up? How am I suppose to understand it? Reach out to me if you need help with this! And, you can also check out the Youtube Videos from others on how to break them up:


How to understand/break up the TEKS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybl9r-vTi2c


How to understand/break up Common Core standards:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjU5LU72PlM




Part 2: Quick Tips and Tricks on How to support Math at home


  • Games involving Math (Hi, Ho Cherry-O, Yahtzee, Trouble, Monopoly, and so much more!)

  • Apps/Website on Math: Abcya, Math Playground, or Room Recess

  • Using Tactile objects: coins, beans, cut outs, stickers, food

  • Lots of online free printable(s) with Math concepts

  • Have students just show you as a natural conversation some things they learned

  • Create a nightly or every other night routine of a "Math Question of the Day"...To save you time, look at their work and choose one, or let them choose one!

  • Have natural math discussions (For example, if your student is learning about fractions...while cooking a pizza you could say: Cut this pizza into 8 equal slices for me, and grab 1/8 of the slice for yourself!)

  • If your driving or "on the go", ask questions to support Mental Math. (For example, if you are in SAMS Club, and you see a bag of chips priced for $3.25, you could ask, what place value is the 2 and 5 in after the decimal?)

  • Have a Math Vocabulary Wall in the home (or a journal just for Math Vocab words!)

  • Bring up Math during play time

  • Look for any indications of Math around the home

  • Money is always used and a good way to bring in multiple math concepts!

  • Relate Math to life!

  • As a parent, there's also lots of books in the library for kids and adults on Math! Choose and find a FUN one that is interesting to you!



The good part about all the tips and tricks listed is that here at LCB Tutoring, all of them are used naturally in our tutoring sessions, due to the fact that I use the "Whole Child Approach" to learning.


Click below to find out more about this approach to learning:

https://www.lcbtutoring.com/about-lcb


If you are a homeschool parent...you may be wondering..what if my student does not have a teacher, because I am the teacher? No worries! That's even better, because you know what they have been covering, and now you can move along to some tips and tricks!


Hope you found this blog helpful in knowing how to support your students with Math at home. Feel free to print this and keep it! Share this post with any friends or family who may be interested! Please also share the link on any Social Media pages you have!


Don't forget to ask me any questions or concerns you have with supporting Math. Even if your student is not signed up for LCB Tutoring, I can still offer limited advice to guide you!


1 question you can comment below if you like:


Which tip and trick from part 2 would you like to start off trying at home 1st to support? (I recommend only choosing 1 to start off and working on that one for 2-3 weeks before diving into another!)

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