How do I help with homework?
The purpose of Eureka Math homework practice is just that...additional practice. The problems are very similar to the problem set completed in class. They get progressively harder from the first to the last question. We encourage students to use the homework helper in their books. Homework is not graded and also not meant to be practiced beyond 20 minutes of productive struggle. If it is a struggle beyond that time limit, please do not complete homework.
1. Read your teacher's weekly newsletter and look for what math module and lesson your child is participating in (this can also be in your child's homework folder).
2. Create a GreatMinds.org account. This will allow you to access free parent resources. CLICK HERE for the sign up page. Explore the GreatMinds website...it is user friendly but you will need to dedicate 15-20 minutes familiarizing yourself with it.
3. Access and download parent tip sheets to your GreatMinds dashboard account. These are detailed breakdowns of what your child is learning for parents and they are organized by lessons. CLICK HERE (Spanish version) for access.
4. Read Homework Helpers included in your child's Eureka Math Homework book. These are pages with helpful prompts on how to help your child through their math homework. Ask your child or teacher where you can find these with their homework.
5. Read a great breakdown of Eureka Math written by our 5th Grade team. This is a helpful summary of Eureka Math and its components. Access this summary in the right panel resources listed as "Eureka Breakdown."
6. Want more resources? Access EMBARC is a free online database which includes almost all of Eureka Math's components. It can be overwhelming...but it has almost everything if you want to dig deep. CLICK HERE for access. Additionally, the Parish School System has a very user friendly breakdown of Math Homework Support you can access by CLICKING HERE and selecting the grade of your child in the right hand corner of their webpage.
7. Possess a growth mindset about math. Do not say things like, "I've always been bad at math (even if it is true)," or "I hate to do math." Instead say, "I need to practice more at math to be good at it," or "I do not know how to do that...yet." At Lincoln, we are focused on a growth mindset, especially about math. We know that all our students can learn to be mathematicians. CLICK HERE to watch a video on a Week of Inspirational Math that our students watched at the beginning of the year. CLICK HERE to learn a little more about growth mindset.