Homework Hero: A Parent's Guide to Helping Their Kids with Afterschool Assignments

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Overwhelmed by the daily demands that homework places on your child, your family...and you?

Homework Heroes can help. This user-friendly guide takes a unique approach to homework, addressing both the psychological and the practical issues involved in creating a successful, more positive homework experience for everyone.

The introduction, by nationally recognized learning specialist Priscilla L. Vail, M.A.T., ...

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Overview

Overwhelmed by the daily demands that homework places on your child, your family...and you?

Homework Heroes can help. This user-friendly guide takes a unique approach to homework, addressing both the psychological and the practical issues involved in creating a successful, more positive homework experience for everyone.

The introduction, by nationally recognized learning specialist Priscilla L. Vail, M.A.T., addresses twenty important homework questions for you to consider, including:

* Do you and your child have a homework pact?
* Do your child's study skills and learning skills match the assigned tasks?
* Do your child's developmental and language levels match the assigned tasks?

Homework Heroes is also a quick reference tool that you can use to help explain important elementary school math, English, Science, and social studies concepts to your child. This instant review covers a variety of topics, including:

* Multiplying multi-digit numbers
* Declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences
* Potential and kinetic energy
* Map skills

Also includes:

* Insight on how to help your child approach factual questions, essay questions, and long-term assignments
* "Homework Heroics" sidebars with activities to help your child build essential skills

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743222587
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1902
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Developing Good Homework Habits

Location, Location, Location
Tools of the Trade

Essential School Items
Non-essential but Very Helpful Items
Useful Reference Items
How to Help Your Child with Hard Facts
How to Help with Creative and Long-term Assignments

Long-term Project Planning Questions to Ask Your Child
Communicating with Your Child's Teacher
What if You Get Stumped by Your Child's Homework?
Can You Make Homework an Enjoyable Experience?

Chapter 2: A Review of Basic Math Concepts for Grades 3-5

Number Sense and Numeration
Whole Numbers
Math Terms, Part I
Counting
Place Value
Adding and Subtracting Multiple-digit Numbers
Addition with Regrouping
Subtraction with Regrouping
Adding and Subtracting Larger Multiple-digit Numbers
Simple Word Problems
Multiplication and Division
Fractions
Math Terms, Part II: Fractions
Decimals
Percents
Algebra
Selecting the Appropriate Operational Symbol (+, -, X, ???)
Solving for the Variable
Math Terms, Part III: Algebra
Geometry and Measurement
Geometry
Lines and Angles
Two-dimensional Shapes
Circles
Triangles
Quadrilaterals
Three-dimensional Shapes
Manipulation of Figures
Measurement
Length
Units of Time
Units of Weight (or Mass)
Volume (or Capacity)
Temperature
Data Analysis and Probability
Data Analysis
Mean
Mode and Median
Range
Graphs and Charts
Probability and Odds

Chapter 3: A Review of Basic English Concepts for Grades 3-5

Grammar Skills
Spelling
Eight Parts ofSpeech
Nouns
Pronouns
Verbs
Adjectives
Adverbs
Prepositions
Conjunctions
Interjections
The Four Basic Sentence Types
Commas and Apostrophes
Capitalization
Forming Complete Sentences
Subject/Verb Agreement
Reading and Reading Comprehension
Building a Better Vocabulary
Synonyms and Antonyms
Homographs, Homonyms, and Homophones
Prefixes, Suffixes, and Word Origins
Context and Patterns
Understanding Words from Context
Identifying Patterns in Informational Text (Cause/Effect, Compare/Contrast, Sequential Order)
Literary Analysis
Common Literary Terms
Main Idea
Plot and Characters
Setting and Mood
Simile and Metaphor
Hyperbole and Personification
Major Literary Genres
Nonfiction
Fiction
Drama
Poetry
Writing Skills
Creative Writing
Informational and Persuasive Essays
The Brainstorming Session and Developing a Topic Sentence
Preliminary Research
Note-taking and Fact Gathering
Organization and Outlines
The Rough Draft
Revising

Chapter 4: A Review of Basic Science Concepts for Grades 3-5

Physical Science
Matter
States of Matter
Matter: Key Terms
Energy
Motion
Life Sciences
The Food Chain
Cells
Earth Science
Geology
Composition of the Earth
Tectonic Plates
Rock Types
Weather
Space Sciences
Explaining the Solar System
Long-Term Science Projects and the Scientific Method
The Scientific Method
Reporting the Results of An Experiment

Chapter 5: A Review of Basic Social Studies Concepts for Grades 3-5

Geography
Maps and General Map Skills
Economics
Supply and Demand
Production and Consumption
Goods and Services
Civics
The Declaration of Independence
The United States Constitution
Federal and State Powers
History
Fact-Based Questions
Essay Questions
Long-Term Social Studies Projects
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources

Chapter 6: Fencing Lessons

A Final Word
Homework on the World Wide Web
Other Books by Priscilla L. Vail, M.A.T.
Acknowledgements

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Introduction

Introduction

Homework Heroes: Grades 3-5

Homework is a fact of life for most children, but parents are often confused about their role in this daily drama and concerned about meshing homework with the general dynamics of personal and family life. While homework sometimes causes frustration and arguments for you and your child, it can also be a vehicle for cooperation, a source of pride and accomplishment, and an opportunity for fun and creativity.

Fantasy? No.

From my own experiences as a full-time teacher for over a quarter of a century, a parent of four children, a grandmother of six, a student of learning, a curriculum planner, and a designer and leader of teacher and parenting workshops across this country and abroad, I have some:

complexities to explore and strategies to share
cautions to mention and techniques to offer
issues to highlight and research to quarry
questions to raise and purposes to reinforce

These combinations can help you and your child reduce negatives to a minimum and enhance the positive aspects of a daily reality. You can be Homework Heroes to one another, and this book is designed to set you on your way.

If you have read some of my books or articles, or have heard me speak, some of what follows here may sound familiar. Good, that means we are already friends. For new acquaintances, my message is both realistic and optimistic:

Your child can succeed.
You can survive.
There is life after homework.

Collectors, Givers, and Tool Users

Students in grades three to five are collectors, givers, and tool users. They absorb and use language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), humor (puns and double entendre), numeracy (cardinal and ordinal numbers and process signs), large and small motor systems, intuition, and empathy. Children this age are solemnly interested in hales and codes, although they don't always abide by them. Restraint is unknown to them, and by the end of the day they are usually exhausted. Therefore, well-designed homework in grades three to five should emphasize review and rumination, offering opportunities for projects that match the student's internal rhythm, stamina, and intellectual level. These are years to solidify reading skills and to nourish and expand comprehension and language in math as well as language arts.

Because students in these years are gatherers instead of winnowers, such exercises as "finding the main idea" may overwhelm them. Every idea is a main idea to a gatherer. And finally, because of their natures, they prefer vigor to rigor.

As a parent, you will want to provide structures and examples of orderliness that show children how to organize themselves.

Copyright © 2002 by Anaxos, Inc.
Introduction Copyright © 2002 by Priscilla L. Vail, M.A.T.

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    I am a fourth grade teacher in an innercity school in Phoenix, Arizona. I provide this book to my parents at the beginning of each year. We use it regulary in our Parent/ Child Tutoring program!! I would highly recommend this book to all parents of a 3th, 4th, or 5th grader!!

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