Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 8 Winter Math
Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
Play Games
Connect with School Staff
Use Resources
  1. Ask your Child to Share
    Ask your Child to Share
    Ask your child to share with you any work he or she is doing in math class that strikes him or her as interesting. Some possibilities might include: Solving interesting problems involving cylinders and spheres, such as figuring out how much water fits inside a garden hose. Have students model real world linear relationships like rent, car payments or income.
  2. Create a Quiet Homework Area
    Create a Quiet Homework Area
    Create a quiet and structured area for your child to complete homework and practice math skills, making academic work a priority.
  3. Be Positive
    Be Positive
    Be positive about math and praise your child’s efforts.
  4. Help your Child Organize
    Help your Child Organize
    Help your child learn how to organize their work and assignments by checking their planner daily, reviewing their organization system with them (use of folders, binders etc.).
  5. Encourage Child to Speak Up
    Encourage Child to Speak Up
    Encourage your student to ask questions and to speak up when they are struggling.
  6. Look at Google Classroom
    Look at Google Classroom
    Look at google classroom with your child to see what teachers are posting and talk about it.
Video Resources
Connect with the School
Your child’s teacher is available to answer questions about your child’s progress and what they are learning in class.  Be sure to attend conferences, contact your child’s teacher via email, notes, and/or phone calls. Attend school events (i.e., Open House, Parent Math Night, etc.), as well. Review any work that comes home (corrected papers, classwork or homework) to see what your child is working on in class.
 
When talking with your child’s teacher:
  • Ask to see a sample of your child’s work.
    • Ask questions such as:
      • Is this piece of work considered good quality?
      • How could it be better?
  • How is my child’s progress measured throughout the year?
  • Is my child on grade level?
  • Is my child missing any assignments? 
    • Can the assignments still be made up?
  • What skills are most challenging for my child?
  • If my child wants to learn more about a subject, are there resources to help their learning outside the classroom?
  • Extra help can always be provided through team homework club as well as individual appointments.
  • Stay in touch through email with any concerns.
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