DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Simple math problems and learning your ABCs are simple enough, but some homework is so tough these days that even parents have trouble doing it.
The National Center for Family Literacy teamed up with Google to ask parents whether they are ever unable to help their kids with homework.
While the survey may surprise some, it is demonstrates the dread that many parents feel when their child comes home with a book bag full of homework.
It found that nearly 50 percent of the parents surveyed admit to having a hard time helping their kids with their homework.
About 47 percent said they don't understand the subject matter themselves.
“The most alienating and scary moments in any parent’s life come when we feel powerless to give our kids what they need,” said Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL. “Our goal is to give families of all backgrounds and means the tools to take control of their own learning together - and the liberating thing about technology is we can now help them wherever they are, whenever they have a few free minutes.”
Parents often say they don't have time to sit down with their kids at homework time, so the NCFL offers five simple tips to help parents and their kids learn:
1. Get online: seek out resources, for yourself and for the kids like Verizon Foundation's Thinkfinity or Wonderopolis.org. Both are packed with content that aligns to Common Core State Standards and STEM topics currently taught in schools across the country.
2. Make learning fun: encourage your kids to dig deeper into whatever interests them, whether that’s a pet turtle, dancing or outer space, rather than relying on being told what to read.
3. Feed curiosity: spend just three minutes over dinner sparking questions with a simple thought starter, like “What would you pack for a trip to outer space?” or “Do you daydream?"
4. Wonder on the go: spend downtime during a commute or waiting in line exploring fun, educational apps you can try out together
5. Talk to teachers: don't be afraid to ask how to reinforce classroom learning at home - that’s not being a helicopter parent, that’s being helpful!
The survey was conducted between August 22 and August 25. It is based on 137 online responses.
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