Second Grade: Step It Up
Get set for multi-night projects that require some research. “Spelling lists may include multi-syllable words and involve pluralization or contraction. Math problems will use double-digit numbers, and addition or subtraction problems may require ‘carrying over,’” says Chris Tobias, who leads school-skills seminars for students, parents, teachers, and educators and is the author of 101 Secrets to Passing Any Test.
companion: “Bring home some work of your own, or sit and take care of a house project while your child works nearby,” Tobias says.
A Helping Hand (but not a hand-holder): Let your child do her homework by herself, but check it once she's done. “If you find an error, go back through the problem together,” Tobias says.
Cyber Sleuth: Show her how to use reliable websites to ferret out facts for projects. If you don't know yourself, ask your child's teacher or librarian for pointers.
•BIG-PICTURE GOALS: ENCOURAGING INDEPENDENT READING; CONVEYING THE BASICS OF RESEARCH
•SECRET-WEAPON WEBSITE: IXL.COM ($10 PER MONTH) HAS FUN MATH GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS FROM THE PRESCHOOL THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVELS. SOME FREE ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE AS WELL.
•A TYPICAL NIGHT'S HOMEWORK: 15 TO 30 MINUTES