It's ok to not remember 5th grade or 7th grade math. But you have here a GOLDEN opportunity to model figuring things out. This skill is more important than fractions anyway!
So... when faced with a stumper of a math problem, say that you don't know, can't remember, always had trouble with this yourself, and ask your child "how could we figure this out?" TOGETHER find a good website or call her school's homework support line or find a friend who's good at math or whatever. Make figuring out how to learn hard stuff the real point of the lesson. Your child will gain valuable skill in being resourceful, will get the point that just doing a shoddy job of her homework is not acceptable, and eventually she will learn to be resourceful first and ask you for help second.
at 5:20 PM on Mar. 23, 2009