Homework and Study Skills Tips
Welcome to the Kelly STEAM Homework and Study Skills Tips Page!
Parents and families play an important role in their child's learning. Together, families and teachers can help children develop good study habits and attitudes to become lifelong learners.
On this page you will find answers to questions many people have about homework. It gives specific advice for helping your children and resources to better inform you on what your child is learning in the classroom. As always, if you have more specific questions, you can reach out to your child's team of teachers. Each staff members' contact information is available in the staff directory.
General Homework Information & Tips
Homework: A Guide for Parents
This online document provides a great overview for strategies to take for helping to encourage learning to continue at home with your middle schooler. It provides an overview of several actions that parents can take up in order to set up a supportive environment so that teachers, parents, and students can all feel like they are operating together.
Engage NY Math Curriculum
All of the math that’s done at KSMMS comes from an open source curriculum called Engage New York. This curriculum was developed to provide rigorous instruction in alignment with the Common Core Standards for Math. Since it is open source, any and all lesson materials are accessible to families. If you’d like to know what unit and/or lesson your student is working on, please feel free to reach out to their teacher. You can also access several practice worksheets, if your student is looking for extra support, as well as copies of all unit exams.
Common Core Math Standards
The Engage New York curriculum that is used at KSMMS is based off of the Common Core Standards for Math that can be found at the link above. These standards were developed as statements to help educators understand what should be taught to students at each grade level, and to what degree of difficulty.
Khan Academy is a great website for anyone who’d like to learn concrete strategies for helping their students with specific concepts in math. It has tutorial videos that are searchable, which can help instruct both parents and students who might be struggling with particular subjects in math. It also has practice problems that both parents and students can complete.
Great Minds: parent support sheets, homework helpers, games to play
This website has a great set of resources for parents including tips, homework helpers, and even a link to fun card games for developing math skills. Resources on this site are available in both English and Spanish.
Council of Great City Schools
The Council of Great City Schools website is also a great resource for learning more about how the Common Core Standards have changed math instruction. It has helpful overviews and tips for helping parents understand the changes, and also includes resources in both English and Spanish.
Grade Level Roadmaps
The link above is a subsection of the CGCS website. It has convenient roadmaps for each grade level that help parents understand what they can do to support students throughout their education.
Our school-based Instructional Specialist, Keith Sevigny, is also available to answer your questions or provide more information. He can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 823-4211 x7793.