Do you and your child dread math word problems?
Many parents report that even if their child can do the rest of the math homework, the word problems often pose a huge "hurdle" that neither parent nor student want to "leap over."
There are two main causes for this fear:
Read and visualize the story. (Do one sentence at a time if necessary).
Have your child talk about what he/she pictured. Who was in it? What were they doing? What were they trying to find out?
- Use the chart below to think through the information. Have your child say what he's thinking as he goes. This helps him reason through the information and develop the language that he eventually internalizes and uses on his own whenever doing word problems.