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Parent Letter

Print the Excel Math parent letter in English or Spanish to send home with each student, asking parents to commit to working with and helping their student with math homework. Homework is provided in Excel Math from Grades 1 through 6 and may be provided halfway through the year during Kindergarten. Send home the Kindergarten/Grade 1 letter if you decide to give homework induring the latter part of Kindergarten. Also send it home to explain Grade 1 homework, which does not have the CheckAnswer.

For homework, students practice concepts from past lesssons, then verify their work with the CheckAnswer in Grades 2-6 (read more about CheckAnswer below).

We believe parental or family involvement in homework is very important.

Excel Math Parent Letters
(Explanation of Homework)

English Gr. K-1 Parent Letter   Gr 2-6 Parent Letter English   Gr. 2-6 Parent Letter Spanish

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CheckAnswers are used in Grades 2 - 6. This system allows students to verify their own work. The process involves adding together the answers of a set of 2-5 problems, and comparing the result with the CheckAnswer. The CheckAnswer is located in a box above each set of problems. Students should show their addition for the CheckAnswer.



Finding the CHECKANSWER above:

  • Take the sum of the addition problem in column (A), the answer from the subtraction problem in column (B), and the product of the multiplication problem in column (C).
  • Add these numbers (answers A-C) together.
  • The sum, CheckAnswer (D), should equal the number in the box. If not, students go back and check each of the four problems.


  • Watch for students who copy the answer to match the CheckAnswer and don't do the computation. The lesson sheets provide space for the students to show their work.
  • Addition is always used to find the CheckAnswer in order to keep the checking process simple.
  • Parents are encouraged to help their students with CheckAnswers. We want to encourage family participation and assistance with homework.