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Homeschool Tools

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we know a lot of parents who will be taking on new roles. Some as teachers, some as part-time working parents and some who will work full-time, try to help with homework and juggle the new schedule each district puts in place. There is a lot of room for errors when it comes to helping our kids - one for me is MATH! If my son asks me how to help, I fall short of understanding the new methods and in moments we are at each other's throats.

So, what are we to do? Tutors can be expensive, youtube is confusing and older siblings have had it, so I compiled a list of some of the sites we used during our Spring quarantine homeschool time that the boys responded well to. Some are just for teachers but what we saw during the lockdown was a lot of companies offering free access to parents and this should be considered for the fall, too.

1. Flocabulary - An educational site using hip hop to teach lessons

2. IXL - With cool virtual prizes for meeting math and language arts challenges, your class will be begging to spend time on IXL.

3. ABCya! - Our activities are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. We even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play!

4. - increases diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are — at their skill-level, in their schools, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.

5. GoNoodle - GoNoodle® engages kids every month withmovement and mindfulnessvideos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

6. Kahoot! - With a free Kahoot! account, you can get access to millions of ready-to-play games on any topic, in different languages, for children of all ages.

7. Prodigy - Our curriculum-aligned math content is designed by trained, certified educators -- because high-quality educational content ensures a high-quality learning experience.

8. Scratch - Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world.

9. Time for Kids - With exclusive access to TIME’s award-winning content, TIME for Kids is uniquely positioned to teach kids to recognize and value authentic and trustworthy journalism.

10. BrainPop - BrainPOP creates animated resources that support educators and engage students - in school, at home, and on mobile devices. Our content includes movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. All content is aligned to and searchable by state standards including Common Core.

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