Several fifth- and sixth-graders from Walnut Avenue and Cortez elementary schools got help with homework and a look at their future school this week (Oct. 11) during a Homework Partnerships workshop offered at Chino High. Carol Sweat, Chino Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) Parent, School, Community Specialist, worked with the elementary students’ parents on strategies they can use at home to assist their children with homework. Among the questions Sweat asked parents were: Do you set a regular time every day for homework? Does your child have the papers, books, pencils, and other things to do assignments? Do you talk to your child about homework assignments? Do you read the teachers’ comments on assignments that are returned? Is television viewing or video game playing cutting into your child’s homework time? Do you meet with the teacher early in the year before any problems arise? She also offered website links to parents on homework and Common Core math. Among those are: http://www.homeworkspot.com and http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/drmath.elem.html. While the parents attended that workshop, Chino High teacher Carol Ingram and Chino High students worked with the fifth- and sixth-graders on math strategies and manipulatives, which are objects such as blocks or colored shapes that allow children to learn mathematical concepts through a hands-on experience. Chino High’s folkloric dancers performed at the beginning of the evening, and Chino High’s Culinary Hospitality Occupations Management Pathway (C.H.O.M.P.) students provided light snacks.