As students are asked to do more in the classroom, parents feel less equipped to help at home. Many feel like they lack the knowledge to help and are frustrated with the "new ways" and "new methods" that look so different and are more confusing than the ways they were taught.
Parents, we understand and we feel your frustrations. There is, however, a very simple and extremely powerful thing that you CAN do to help your child! You can ask your child to explain. Ask them to tell you more! That's it? Yes! Questions like "Why is that so?" and "How do you know?" are the "finish line" of each lesson in the classroom. We want students to have a deeper level of understanding.
Memorizing facts and details does have its place, but we are moving beyond the "what" to "why" and "how." If you ask “why” and “how” questions at home, we can attach the correct term to it in the classroom. Having already explained something at home gives your child rich background knowledge and a much deeper connection.