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4 Sites Students Can Use at Home

We have our first parent-teacher conferences this week. Often parents will ask me what more they can do at home to support their students’ learning (yippee!). I’ve compiled a few reliable, internet accessible resources to share with parents. As a bonus, most of these are free!

1. Wonderopolis

Wonderopolis produces a wonder of the day every day. Each “wonder” is explained with fun details and, usually, an interesting video. A recent wonder asked: Which bird is the wisest? This resource is a great place for kids to practice curiosity, exploration and defending their ideas.

2. MobyMax

MobyMax has educational games that begin with a pre-assessment, determining where students are starting and tailoring the practice to their specific needs. There are games for grammar, vocabulary, reading, math and many more. Many build fluency skills. The curriculum is limited to K-8.

3. Khan Academy

Khan Academy was at the forefront of the blended learning curve. Using video tutorial and aligned assessments, Khan Academy is a one-stop-shop for free lessons across a wide variety of subjects. I love their hashtag #YouCanLearnAnything.

4. A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl is the ultimate resource for books, movies (and toys) that encourage girl power. It’s a great recommendation for parents of girls who might be disinterested in the books they are reading or who need a source of inspiration.

5. Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance is a project by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It offers free curriculum resources on various civil rights events in American history. Teachers can order free resource kits that include a complete unit plan, classroom decorations and media. Their monthly magazine has other suggestions for promoting tolerant classrooms and schools.

Additionally, if your school is hopping on the blended-learning bandwagon, these sites are classroom friendly, too. Do you have favorite recommendations for continued classroom practice?
-¬‐ Annie Krut, M.Ed.

Annie is on a mission to teach kids the skills they need to be happy. She’s using neuroscience, the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Get the curriculum at and join the conversation on Twitter: @eighthugs