Resources

 

Covers everything parents need to know about Internet safety and privacy for kids:https://www.lifecake.com/family-internet-safety-privacy/

Study.com offers preps students for such tests as the ACT, SAT, and GRE: https://study.com/

Grammarly for Chrome underlines in red grammar and spelling errors while typing, then collecting and emailing the list; errors can be corrected as made or later: https://grammarly-for-chrome.en.softonic.com/

Dualless allows student to split their screen so they can work in two tabs at the same time: https://www.addictivetips.com/internet-tips/dualless-split-chrome-windows-into-two-by-different-ratios/

Mercury Reader, formerly Readability, removes distracting ads, comment sections and other irrelevant content from articles while keeping useful features like photos: https://mercury.postlight.com/reader/

Noisli allows students to listen to ambient sounds like rain or even a cafe while working instead of distracting music. They can add multiple sounds to the same track or specific combination for different activities like writing or test-taking: https://www.noisli.com/

For VoiceIn Voice Typing, just place the cursor where you want to start typing, activate the extension, and start talking. Later, either dictate the punctuation or add it later: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/voicein-voice-typing/pjnefijmagpdjfhhkpljicbbpicelgko

Provides info on 32 destinations that welcome & accommodate those with special needs:https://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2012/06/06/32-vacation-destinations-for-individuals-with-disabilities-or-special-needs/

Today’s bikes offer various options to enable cycling for all but the most severely disabled: https://healthfully.com/352371-the-best-bikes-for-special-needs-kids.html

Addresses playground safety for those with a disability: http://nofault.com/2018/12/playground-tips-for-children-with-special-needs/

Ensures backyard success & future adventures for those with a disability: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/backyard-camping-for-kids-with-disabilities/

Guide to Financial Aid in Computer Science:  https://www.computerscience.org/scholarships/

Punctuation Guide (click to download)

Helps parents make great kids via videos, blogs & more: www.KidsDiscuss.com

Free research for educators: Educator Labs

Student Education Guide: Good Study Habits

Help with fractions for Students

School Grants for Single Mothers

Homework Helpers Student Resources

Homework Desk: Study Guides

Online Quiz and Test Taking Strategies

Live-Answers Homework and Education

Kids Discuss Parenting Resources

First Class Schools Resources for schools

Middle School Matters http://middleschoolmatters.com/

Clubmom.com http://www.clubmom.com

Spelling challenges: www.ash.uoel.edu/ash/challenge.word.html

Reading & writing: http://library.thinkquest.org/5115/home.htm

Research: www.factmonster.com

Research: http://yahooligans.yahoo.com

Research: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick

Research: www.learning.caliberinc.com

Research: http://www.time.com

Fun stuff: http://www.ajkids.com

What’s in a name? http://interactives.mped.org/view

Grammar guide: http://cctc.commnet.edu/grammar/

Grammar & writing: http://webster.commnet.edu/sensen.htm

Parts of Speech: http://www.school-house-rock.com/GrammarRock.html

Writing process info: http://www.angelfire.com/wi/writingprocess ?

Paragraph development: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ppt/paragraph.pps

All about words: http://www.wordcentral.com

Poetry for kids: http://www.poetry4kids.com/

All about words: http://www.dictionary.com

Cursive writing guide: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/letters/cursiveall.shtml

Math help: www.math.com

Math help: www.webmath.com

Dr. Math: http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

Homework Help: http://schooldiscovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck

On-line tutors: http://www.homeworkhelp.com/

Teacher assistance: http://www.pathwhelp.com

Helps parents stay connected with & help their kids stay smartphone safe: https://www.familyeducation.com/fun/mobile-apps/10-apps-parents-monitor-kids-mobile-use

Provides specific safety measures for kids & parents when on social media: https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-kids-safety-parents-best-practices-to-social-media-security.html

A comprehensive guide for parents concerned about cyberbullying: https://backgroundchecks.org/cyber-bullying-helping-the-bullied-stopping-the-bullies.html

Effectively teaches online safety with games: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-internet-safety-games-kids-cyber-smart/

Open-use guides: ComputerScience.org

Online Teen Safety Guide: https://staysafe.org/teens/

Math and Science: https://usinsuranceagents.com/quotes-calculate-resources-math-sci

English: www.eduplace.com

Science: www.phschool.com

All subjects: www.deweybrowse.org

Math: www.mathforum.org/dr.math

Math: www.hotmath.com

Math: www.mathcounts.org

Music: http://www.nyphilkids.org

Tips Booklets: http://www.tipsbooklets.com

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra: http://www.varsitytutors.com/free-accuplacer_arithmetic-resources

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra: http://www.varsitytutors.com/free-accuplacer_elementary_algebra-resources

Algebra: http://www.varsitytutors.com/algebra_1-practice-tests

ACT Math: http://www.varsitytutors.com/act_math-practice-tests

ACT COMPASS Math: http://www.varsitytutors.com/compass_math-practice-tests

Advanced Geometry: http://www.varsitytutors.com/advanced_geometry-practice-tests

All 120 Subjects: http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests

Dynamics of Space Flight – NASA: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/UEET/StudentSite/dynamicsofflight.html

Understanding Flight Dynamics:http://www.ellejet.com/understanding-flight-dynamics.php.php

ScienceNews for Students” https://student.societyforscience.org/topic/tech-math

Math Calculators – organized by Subject, Topic & Difficulty: http://www.calculators.org/math/

archKIDecture: http://archkidecture.org/

Fix-It Literacy Guide: http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/how-to-fix-it-yourself-101/

Become an Engineer: http://tryengineering.org/explore-engineering/become-engineer

Become a Doctor: Preparing for the MCAT: https://www.aclsrecertificationonline.com/acls-online-library-preparing-for-the-mcat.html

World Culture: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/places/find/

Cultural Norms and Anomalies in Rural Morocco: http://www.journeybeyondtravel.com/news/morocco-travel/cultural-norms-rural-morocco.html

The Encyclopedia of Earth – Geography: http://www.eoearth.org/topics/view/51cbfc78f702fc2ba8129e5c/

Ultimate Vocabulary Resource Guide: http://www.supersummary.com/vocabulary-guide/

Internet safety for young people: https://cooltechzone.com/internet-safety-guide

https://www.premierchoiceinternet.com/online-privacy/

English: www.eduplace.com

Science: www.phschool.com

All subjects: www.deweybrowse.org

Math: www.mathforum.org/dr.math

Math: www.hotmath.com

Math: www.mathcounts.org

Music: http://www.nyphilkids.org

Tips Booklets: http://www.tipsbooklets.com

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra: http://www.varsitytutors.com/free-accuplacer_arithmetic-resources

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra: http://www.varsitytutors.com/free-accuplacer_elementary_algebra-resources

Algebra: http://www.varsitytutors.com/algebra_1-practice-tests

ACT Math: http://www.varsitytutors.com/act_math-practice-tests

ACT COMPASS Math: http://www.varsitytutors.com/compass_math-practice-tests

Advanced Geometry: http://www.varsitytutors.com/advanced_geometry-practice-tests

All 120 Subjects: http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests

Dynamics of Space Flight – NASA: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/UEET/StudentSite/dynamicsofflight.html

Understanding Flight Dynamics:http://www.ellejet.com/understanding-flight-dynamics.php.php

ScienceNews for Students” https://student.societyforscience.org/topic/tech-math

Math Calculators – organized by Subject, Topic & Difficulty: http://www.calculators.org/math/

archKIDecture: http://archkidecture.org/

Fix-It Literacy Guide: http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/how-to-fix-it-yourself-101/

Become an Engineer: http://tryengineering.org/explore-engineering/become-engineer

Become a Doctor: Preparing for the MCAT: https://www.aclsrecertificationonline.com/acls-online-library-preparing-for-the-mcat.html

World Culture: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/places/find/

Cultural Norms and Anomalies in Rural Morocco: http://www.journeybeyondtravel.com/news/morocco-travel/cultural-norms-rural-morocco.html

The Encyclopedia of Earth – Geography: http://www.eoearth.org/topics/view/51cbfc78f702fc2ba8129e5c/

Ultimate Vocabulary Resource Guide: http://www.supersummary.com/vocabulary-guide/

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Academics asks a lot of kids—and you, too, so please send me any school-wise questions you might have—tips, too. I’ll personally respond to each one and then post it on my blog to help others. I look forward to hearing from you and working together.

How can I ever balance homework with after-school activities/sports and family life?

Finding balance is never easy, but it helps to make homework/studying a priority, while also encouraging at least one extra-curricular activity and outdoor play. Remember, we each get 168 hours to spend a week, and even including school hours, sleep, meals, eating time, family time, and so on, most kids find they still have countless hours available to them to do both homework/studying and other activities. To request time management charts, just shoot me an email, and I’ll scan them over to you right away.

Can a tutor really help my child?

Schooling/learning continue to evolve with tech and the Common Core curriculum, etc., and many parents are either too busy and/or feel they lack the expertise to help their kids with homework. So, yes, indeed, a good tutor can be incredibly helpful, and most schools can provide you with recommendations.

Is it okay for my child to listen to music while doing homework? How about having the TV on?

Music can, for some kids anyway, help settle them, but lyrics can be incredibly distracting, so pair it only with busy work, never textbook readings or test prep. That just doesn’t work. As for television viewing, make it a reward after all assignments and studying are completed to your satisfaction. Concentration requires a good deal of energy; tuning out music/TV eats up energy, too, so your child will tire even more quickly.

How can I help organize my child’s notebook?

For starters, stock up on notebook dividers, and then use one for each major subject, followed by one for notes, another for tests & quizzes, and the third for returned assignments. For health class and any electives, just one divider for each will do. OR, purchase a separate notebook for each subject–each a different color and each filled with four dividers: one with the subject name, plus one each for notes, tests/quizzes, and returned homework.

Is there any way to prepare for a parent-child conference? Should I insist that s/he be included?

You know your child best, but I would advise letting him know beforehand about the conference and then sharing most of what is said, focusing on the positives but addressing concerns and the steps being taken. Including your child is your call, with input from the school. Some encourage it, while others do not. Meanwhile, be well-prepared with questions of your own and concerns, too. Try not to get defensive, but instead work with the teachers and guidance counselor, putting in place strategies to be implemented both at school and at home.

How much screen time is too much?

Nowadays, most kids spend a good deal of classroom time using tech and even more so those engaged in what’s called “personalized learning.” Plus, in some cases, homework assignments are online. That makes limiting non-essential, at-home screen time even more important. Two hours a day should be max; less is better. Keep in mind that excessive screen time can result in sleep deprivation, obesity, anxiety, and other mental health issues. As for kids two to five, experts say one hour per day is the limit–and make it worthwhile.

How much sleep do teens need?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, young people should be getting between 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night, though many don’t come close, and that can affect learning and performance.