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Middle School Matters http://middleschoolmatters.com/
Spelling challenges: www.ash.uoel.edu/ash/challenge.word.html
Reading & writing: http://library.thinkquest.org/5115/home.htm
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
All subjects: www.deweybrowse.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
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/
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/
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.