Today’s students are being exposed to technology in ways that many of their parents never imagined. Students are being issued iPads at school to help foster their education. Additionally, teachers are sending home weekly newsletters via email, not hard copy format. Communications with schools are done through automated phone services and parents are reminded to show your child how to use the computer at home so that they will succeed at school.
For some parents, however, it is difficult to find or create supplemental activities for students at home. Many of the great websites charge for their services and learning programs. Fortunately, some great ones are available that teach and are fun for students. Some of my favorite include:
- Jump Start
- Discovery Education
- Awesome Library
- Handwriting Worksheets (create your own)
- Phonogram Page
- Khan Academy
These are only a few of the many online resources for parents and students to succeed. Arizona students are deserving of the best education that their teachers and parents alike can give them. Many things are taught in the classroom, but so much more is needed at home.
These online resources provide an opportunity for children to be self-sufficient, computer literate, and better prepared for the world that is rapidly changing before our eyes. Although they are learning, they are having fun discovering something new on these sites. From mathematics to science, history and grammar, kids will be able to build upon the concepts being taught at school, but at home. Parents, too, will learn from these sites and develop new ideas for helping their child learn on the go.
Learning should not be daunting and overwhelming 100% of the time. Learning should be fun.We all learn differently. Some through hearing, others through seeing, many through a hands-on approach. Through these online programs, children will be able to engage all three of these methods and learn so that they will succeed in every area of their lives.
As parents commit to their child’s success, so will their child commit to it as well. Parents set the bar for the child’s achievement. Not so high that they always fail. But not too low that they never strive to be better. The bar is set high enough to challenge your kid and enable them see the results of their hard work.
Aim for the moon; and if you miss at least you land among the stars.
Do you know of any great websites that you or your friends use at home? What about additional community resources? Please share them below.