Simply having the confidence to read (and understand!
Think of yourself as your child’s math cheerleader. Do some research and find out if any local factories give tours.
Talk to the tour guide about how math is used to design and manufacture the product.
Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.
Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk.
Choose one your child relates and looks up to (an older neighborhood kid, for example).
Alternatively, pick a tutoring program that incorporates fun in the learning process.
For homework in reading, read together or ask your child to read aloud to you.
Ask questions throughout the course of the chapter or book: “Why do you think XYZ character felt or acted that way?
Check on him sporadically during homework time to see if he needs a hand or a quick break.
If your child needs your assistance to handle his homework, set up a space where you can be available to him while completing your own nightly chores (i.e., doing dinner dishes, packing school lunches, etc.).