## Growing math minds... Changing math mindsets

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Homework Support Kit

Kids need the appropriate tools at the ready in order to get their homework done. The list of appropriate tools may change as the child grows in their mathematics experiences. A shoebox makes a great container! If possible, each child should have their own kit that they take care of. This is part of learning to be responsible.

Environment: Kids should have a place to do their homework. Whether it is at the dining room table or a desk in their room, it should be large enough, well lit, and free from distractions. Children as young as 5 should get used to using a calendar for their assignments. This helps with organization in high school and college.

Routine: Kids should get used to doing homework at the same time each day. One way to start is to empty the backpack. Too many assignments never make it back out of the backpack! The child should also make sure to put their completed homework back in the backpack, ready to turn in the next day.

Tip: Have a “Homework Folder” or several, one for each subject. This keeps papers organized and handy!

Suggested Supplies to Have On Hand

K – Grade 2

· Several sharpened pencils with adequate erasers

· Markers

· Tape

· Scratch paper

· Lined paper

· Large-grid graph paper (click here to download)

· Ruler

· Objects to sort and count (for example a bag of different color beans, interlocking cubes, small pebbles, etc.)

Grade 3 – Grade 5

· Several sharpened pencils with adequate erasers

· Scratch paper

· Lined Paper

· Markers/ colored pencils

· Tape

· Medium-grid graph paper (click here to download)

· Ruler

· Objects used to solve problems (for example a bag of different color beans, interlocking cubes, small pebbles, etc.)

· Protractor

· Calculator

Grade 6 – Grade 8

· Several sharpened pencils with adequate erasers

· Scratch paper

· Lined paper

· Tape

· Markers/ colored pencils

· Medium-grid and small-grid graph paper (click here to download)

· Ruler

· Objects used to solve problems (for example a bag of different color beans, interlocking cubes, small pebbles, etc.)

· Protractor

· Compass

· Scientific Calculator

Grade 9 – Grade 12

· Several sharpened pencils with adequate erasers

· Scratch paper

· Lined paper

· Tape

· Markers/ colored pencils

· Medium-grid and small-grid graph paper (click here to download)

· Ruler

· Objects used to solve problems (for example a bag of different color beans, interlocking cubes, small pebbles, etc.)

· Protractor

· Compass

· Graphing Calculator