Your children need your presence more than your presents.
We all want our children, grandchildren and the small people we love to receive the very best education we can provide them.
That’s where this Education Links Cheat Sheet comes in handy.
I have been thwarted by my children’s homework more times than I’d like to admit to.
Nothing makes me feel more lame than not knowing how to do my 5th grader’s Math or explaining something in great detail, only to be told that “my” way is no longer how students are taught this subject.
Flarp Nuggets! Pluto isn’t a planet any more!? That totally throws off my grade school rhyme.
NEVER FEAR… there are ways to combat the stupid that sets in when for the last several years the only people you spoke to were toddlers ( Mommy Brain is a legit disorder in my book) and further our own educations as adults so that we can assist our excellent young people with their studies.
I believe in trying to make the education process as enjoyable and creative as possible.
We encourage our children to use the links I have bookmarked on our computer to log in and “play” games.
Luc LOVES video games. He would happily glue himself to a video game for hours on end if we allowed him to be a giant potato.
I spoke to his teacher about his love of video games and how I could channel that passion in a more positive direction.
She suggested I put together an Education Links Cheat Sheet of websites for our kids to play educationally based games for their grade levels.
I was shocked to find over the years, how many great resources are available to us as parents and also offer our young people a place to learn while having a blast!
Each site offers something different… great worksheets, printables, guides to walk us adults through teaching the curriculum, games, fun quizzes, facts and truck loads of information.
I am not a teacher but I have 4 children which by all accounts does not make me the all knowing but it has made me have to reach out and figure it out for us often enough to realise that we all need a master list.
Plus my beautiful blogging buddy over at Big A Little a, threatened to abscond with my list in the dead of the night. I thought I’d save her the felony because those who care always share. If you have not met Roshni at Big A Little a yet, tap her name and like magic… Poof you’ll be transported over to her excellent corner of the Internet.
Education Links Cheat Sheet
www.primarygames.com math, language arts, science
www.zoodles.com Reading games & activities
www.pbskids.org/games Phonics, Math, games/activities
www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/math +, -, x & Division games
www.starfall.com Language Arts
www.weeklyreader.com Reading Comprehension
www.funbrain.com Math & Language Arts
www.ezschool.com woorksheets Language Arts & Math
www.eduplace.com Math & Language Arts
www.playtolearn.com Math- great for telling time & money
www.mrnussbaum.com many subjects- Math, Science, etc.
www.kidrex.org Math & Language Arts
www.sheppardsoftware.com variety of edu games
www.arbookfind.com AR Reading
Tip: Many new text books have online resources for parents as well.
ALWAYS look at the kiddos text books or ask your teachers if that is available.
We have also been able to check out the disk for several of our childern’s text books to download onto our home computer. This allows us as parents to utilise the links in the textbook with ease but it also allows our kids to not have to schlep SUPER HEAVY backpacks back and forth.
If you have a favorite go to link(s) that you use, please let me know and I’ll add it to the Education Links Cheat Sheet so we all can benefit!
We have much to juggle already.
We want the very best for our kids.
We don’t have to re-create the wheel when there are so many fantastic resources available to us.
Feel good about the kids sitting down at the computer and watch them become confident in their reading, comfortable taking quizzes, core math skills will become second nature and they will be learning while they play.
Not that I’d normally encourage cheating but we old folks have already served our time and need a little Education Links Cheat Sheet to keep it fresh, make it fun and learn a ton as we go!
Best of luck to you in this new school year!
Feeling sad for Pluto,
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