Director of Academics

Parent Academic Resources:

Reading/Writing:

AdLit.org

AdLit.org, or All About Adolescent Literacy, supports parents and teachers of students in grades 4–12. Take a look at this site if you have older children, because it offers information on college readiness and awareness. Another highlight is the “Ask the Experts” page, which allows you to submit questions about students and reading so a team of experts can help you find answers.

K12 Reader

This site offers free reading instruction resources for teachers and parents. If you’re looking for practice materials for your child, you can find worksheets and detailed program supplements for reading, spelling, sight words, grammar, phonics, comprehension, writing, and more.

Oxford Owl

This is a reading and math website that helps children ages 3 to 11. The “Expert Help” tab of the website’s Reading portion offers resources on helping struggling readers, encouraging reading, and working on issues including phonics, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Check out the ideas Oxford Owl suggests for games and activities.

PBS Parents

PBS Parents offers two reading-related sections under the “Education” tab. The age range extends from infancy to third grade. The “Reading Activities” section lists great ideas for reading on the go, making it easier for you to fit in practice throughout the day. If you’re looking for book recommendations, the “Bookfinder” feature is an excellent tool that allows you to search by age, book theme, keyword, and whether your child intends to read aloud or silently.

Reading Rockets

On Reading Rockets, visit the “Helping Struggling Readers” page if your child is having trouble learning to read. Click on “Start the Target the Problem!” activity to open a tool that defines a variety of reading difficulties, such as fluency and comprehension, and explains how kids, parents, and teachers can recognize signs of the difficulty. This tool also links to a “How to Help” page, which offers tips to both children and their parents regarding how they can work on the issue.

ReadWriteThink

The International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English are a couple of the partners sponsoring ReadWriteThink, a website that offers resources for grades K–12. Under the “Parent & Afterschool Resources” tab, visit the podcast section to find book reviews for different age groups. You can also find links to the “Activities & Projects,” “Games & Tools,” “Tips & How-To’s,” and “Printouts” pages.

Scholastic

In the “Parents” section of Scholastic, look for resources under the “Books & Reading” tab, such asReading Resources & Help for Ages 8–10. A new feature that stands out is the e-reader app, Storia.

Math:

Old Standards v. Common Core: A Side-by-Side Comparison of Math Expectations

“Understanding how the new standards will improve students’ math skills…”
View a comparison of math problems based on previous sets of standards to math problems based on the CCSSM to understand the greater focus by teachers and deeper knowledge by students called for in the new standards.

Council of Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards – Mathematics

The Council of the Great City Schools’ parent roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents and guardians about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning from kindergarten through high school. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.

Khan Academy Common Core Math

Here you will find interactive math problems aligned to every CCSSM. Students can work at their own pace through grade-level “missions” and track their progress through personalized dashboards. All problems are accompanied by step-by-step solutions specific to each problem. Successful completion of missions is charted on a progress report on the student’s dashboard while “coaches”—whether teachers, tutors, or parents/guardians—can see a student’s progress with access through a class code or coach ID. Learn more about these resources from Khan Academy founder, Sal Kahn, in this EdSurge article External link opens in new window or tab..

Homework Help Desk

Be A Learning Hero has partnered with other organizations to create the Homework Help Desk. With the CCSS, children are learning new concepts and strategies in the classroom. That means parents are learning them, too. The goal of the Homework Help Desk is to equip parents with the knowledge and support they need to help their children with homework assignments.

Science:

PBS Parents – Exploring Science with Children
Are you looking for ways to help your child engage in the world of science? PBS Parents offers great pointers to keep in mind as you explore science with your child.

NSTA Resource for Parents
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) gives tips on helping your child explore the world of science.

Science.gov
This site is an excellent resource that helps parents answer questions about various science topics.

Discovery Education
Discovery Education offers family resources that provide quality, relevant science material for you and your children.

Free Science Resources
This site provides great lessons, and other resources for studying topics in earth sciences, lifesciences, physical sciences, space sciences, and applied sciences.

Science Fair Project Ideas
The Science Buddies Parent page offers information and resources for parents about how to guide their children through a science fair project.

Trends International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011
This is the international study that ranks countries based on the results of a math and science assessment test.

Social Studies: