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Sites to Help Parents Help Their Children
When children try your soul, as they will,
When they cause you grief, as they do,
When they rouse your anger and provoke you to wrath, as is their way,
When they reduce you to tears and prayers, as often happens,
Love them.
Don't bother about anything at all
until you have first made clear to yourself
that your love for the child in question is holding firmly,
swelling warmly in your heart.
Then, whatever you do will be as nearly right as it is possible for human judgment to be.
by Angelo Patti

links verified 10/18/03
Reading | Math | Discipline | Family | General School work | Planning for the Future | Summer Learning | español

bulletReading Help
  1. The Compact for Reading Guide is a user-friendly handbook designed to walk your family-school compact team through the steps of building and implementing a Compact for Reading. It provides information, strategies, examples, and checklists to help parents, educators, and community members develop effective, workable compacts that can improve your school, increase family involvement, and increase student skills and achievement in reading.
  2. Early Childhood Activity Calendar which is filled with helpful tips and special activities that promote reading and language skills for young children. Calendar sheets for June 1998 to May 1999.
  3. Family Times - Scott Foresman says that you are your child's first and best teacher. To help you, they provide activity sheets (in .pdf format) which you can print for use at home. Kindergarten | First Grade | Second Grade | Third Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade | Sixth Grade
  4. Helping children learn about reading
  5. Helping your child learn to read – A parent's guide
  6. Helping Children with Learning Disabilities to Succeed - Learning To Read/Reading To Learn
  7. Is your child ready for Kindergarten? - The Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool has a sample question and 20 items. Each item is a set of four pictures and a question. Read the question aloud while your child looks at the pictures. Your child answers by pointing to or clicking on one of the 4 pictures and then clicking the Next button. When you've finished all 20 items, the screener will be scored automatically.
  8. Literacy and numeracy tip sheets for parents - suggestions from the Peel school district in Ontario, Canada
  9. Parents and Children Together - A project by the Family Literacy Center at the ERIC Clearinghouse for Reading, English and Communication. The magazine's goal is to further the cause of family literacy by bringing parents and children together through the magic of reading.
  10. Parents helping children learn to read (tips provided by Irvine Unified School District in Texas)
    1. Tips for Reading to Your Child
    2. Phrases that Encourage
    3. Questions that Encourage Conversation about Reading
    4. Concepts about Print
    5. Phonemic Awareness Activities For 4-5-6 Year Olds
    6. Phonemic Awareness Activities For 6-7 Year Olds
    7. Bibliography: K-3 Phonemic Awareness
    8. Ten Tips: Helping Your Child Read Effectively
    9. Breaking the Sound-It-Out Barrier
    10. Reading Tips for Parents, Primary Caregivers, and Educators
    11. Helping Children Develop Oral-Language Skills
  11. Simple Things You Can Do To Help All Children Read Well and Independently by the End of the Third Grade.
  12. Tutor Training Activities from NWREL - Parents, consider yourselves tutors and look at some of the activities that the North West Regional Educational Laboratory suggests.
bulletMathematics Help
  1. Cool Math for Parents has some suggestions for helping with homework and suggestions to help little ones get ready for Kindergarten.
  2. Helping Children Learn at Home: Math and Science Tips for Young Children
  3. Helping Your Child Learn Math
  4. Helping Your Child Learn Math with activities for children aged 5 through 13
  5. Helping your child learn math – A parent's guide
  6. Literacy and numeracy tip sheets for parents - suggestions from the Peel school district in Ontario, Canada
  7. Math and Young Children - a list of links classified by age level
  8. Math for the Fun of It
  9. Math, Science, And Girls: Can We Close The Gender Gap? From the National Network for Child Care's Connections Newsletter.
  10. Teaching children mathematics
  11. Teaching Math to Young Children - This is one of a series of webpages to help students understand math, and to help parents teach their children math.
  12. Teach multiplication tables

Discipline Suggestions

  1. Discipline Help -A discipline model for handling over one hundred different misbehaviors.
  2. Discipline for Young Children
  3. Family Fun magazine from Disney has tips on raising kids.
  4. Positive Discipline - Yes, they want to sell you a book. But, they also offer some free suggestions that are worthwhile.
  5. Positive Discipline: With Love and Limits (.pdf format)
  6. Single Parents and Win-Win Discipline
  7. Twenty Alternatives to Punishment from the Aware Parenting Institute
  8. Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home - In the complex realm of family discipline, stereotypes die hard. Read this article from the Family Education Network to find out more.
bulletFamily Life Resources
  1. Connect for Kids provides guidance for grownups. They have a variety of interesting topics.
  2. Family Education offers help for parents of children from age 0 to age 18.
  3. Family Fun magazine from Disney
  4. Helpful Tips for Parents and Caregivers of Elementary School Students
  5. Including Your Child - All children can succeed with the right supports. And when you are raising a child with special needs, finding the right supports and information can make all the difference in your child's learning and development.
  6. Keeping Kids Safe Online: Tips and Tools - If your children are On-line at home you should read these tips for valuable suggestions.
  7. Kidsource: articles and information that will help you raise your child from who is from 6 to 18 years old
  8. Listen Up! - a site for the parents of hearing impaired children
  9. Museums and Learning - A guide for family visits.
  10. National Parent Information Network
  11. Parent Brochures from ERIC - There are too many to list individually. Some of the topics presented are: "Can we strengthen children's self-esteem?", "What do parents need to know about children's television viewing?", and "Should gifted students be grade-advanced?" just to name a few.
  12. Parent Link List - Great Web Resources for Parents from ERIC
  13. Parent Talk Magazine - Research findings in education and ways to help your child.
  14. Parents Guide to the Internet is intended to help parents--regardless of their level of technological know-how--make use of the on-line world as an important educational tool. The guide gives parents an introduction to the Internet and suggests how parents can allow their children to tap into the wonders of the Internet while safeguarding them from its potential hazards.
  15. Parent's Toolbox - Smart ideas for moms and dads from Sesame Street Parents.
  16. PowerUP: Bridging the Digital Divide is an initiative to help ensure that America's underserved young people acquire the skills, experiences and resources they need to succeed in the digital age. They offer four web sites designed for progressively older children. You will find activities, art projects, web links, health issues and more.
    1. Power Up kids site
    2. Power Up kidsplus site
    3. Power Up teens plus site
  17. SafeKids.Com where you'll find tips, advice and suggestions to make your family's online experience fun and productive!
  18. Suggestions for Parents: Helping Students Achieve Self-Determination - (.pdf format)
  19. Teaching children responsibility - Teaching is a critical part of a parent child relationship.
  20. 100 Top Parenting Sites - Caution! This web site has some very good links. However, the administrators of this site solicit "subscriptions." The more a site pays, the higher its listing. Keep that in mind as you browse their links.
bulletHelping your Child with School work
  1. Design Your Future - This site's stated mission is to provide practical, inspiring, hands-on opportunities for young women to become aware of, explore, and pursue math, science, and technology-based careers.
  2. Families from Scholastic - Everything you need to encourage a love of learning (infant to middle school)
  3. Family Info Center - ERIC's family information center is dedicated to providing educational materials and services to parents who take an active role in their children's education.
  4. Helping Your Child Be Successful in School - suggestions from the Peel school district in Ontario, Canada
  5. Helping your Child Series - Pamphlets from the US Department of Education - Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills necessary to achieve.
  6. Helping Students Learn Social Studies - (.pdf format)
  7. Help Your Child Improve in Test-Taking
  8. Helping Your Child With Homework - A US Department of Education Article
  9. Helping Your Child With Homework - For Parents of Elementary and Junior High School-Aged Children
  10. Helping Students with Homework in Science and Math
  11. Parent's guide to helping kids with learning differences, and disabilities.
  12. Parents Helping Students - suggestions regarding a variety of school subjects
  13. Parents: Let's Talk - Links to articles about how parents can help their children learn.
  14. - A Website Designed for Parents of Kids with Learning Difficulties.
bulletPlanning for your Child's Future
  1. Funding Your Education provides general information about the U.S. Department of Education's federal student financial aid programs. It is designed for high school students and others considering entering a post secondary school for the first time.
  2. Getting Ready for College Early guidebook will help you and your children understand the steps you need to take during the middle and junior high school years to get ready for college.
  3. How can parents help students make life and work decisions after high school?
  4. Preparing Your Child for College. It's never too early to think about college--about the benefits of a college education and about ways to put college within reach academically and financially. Throughout their school years, students make academic and other decisions that affect whether they will be eligible to enter college. You working with others can help your child make these decisions wisely.
bulletSummer Time Learning Activities
  1. Learning Activities for the Growth Season - Seven weeks of activities for parents of elementary school children designed for the summer months.
  2. Learning Activities -The eleven sets of activities for language and math posted to these pages have been developed to help parents and caregivers work with students from Grade 1 to Grade 8.
  3. Summertime Funtime Activities from the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement Summer can be more than just vacation time for kids; it's also a great opportunity for parents to spend more time participating in learning activities with their children. Includes a calendar of daily activities for June, July, and August 1999.
  4. Summer Home Learning Recipes - for parents and children. Suggestions for four age groupings; K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12
bulletSpanish Language Pages
  1. The Internet - A Parent's Guide (El Internet Una Guía Para Padres de Familia) pdf document
  2. Activities for Reading and Writing Fun (Cómo Divertirse Leyendo y Escribiendo)
  3. Early Childhood Digest: Helping Parents Communicate Better with Schools (Ayudando a los padres a comunicarse mejor con las escuelas)
  4. Early Childhood Language Growth Chart (Cuadro de desarrollo y crecimiento para la primera infancia y niñez)
  5. A guide of practical advice on reading for parents (Una guía de consejos prácticos sobre la lectura para los padres)
  6. Education Resources for Spanish Speakers from the U S Department of Education (Recursos en español)
  7. White House pages
    1. Preschool - the different stages of cognitive development from birth to five years of age - (Preschool Esta sección ofrece orientación e información sobre las diferentes etapas del desarrollo cognitivo de su niño desde la primera infancia hasta los cinco años de edad.)
    2. Primary Grades - The key to educative success in the first years is in learning to read. (La clave del éxito educativo en los primeros años está en aprender a leer.)
  8. Frequent questions and answers on education from the U S Department of Education (Preguntas y respuestas frecuentes sobre educación)
  9. Helping Kids with learning difficulties - (Aquí podrá encontrar una amplia variedad de servicios, tanto para los padres como para los educadores.)
  10. How to help your child to be a good reader - Here you will be able to find an ample variety of services, as much for parents as for educators.(Cómo ayudar a su hijo ser un buen lector)
  11. Helping your child learn science (Cómo ayudar a sus hijos a aprender ciencia)
  12. How to help your child have success in school (Cómo ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito en la escuela) - pdf document - MS Word document
  13. How to help your child with homework (Cómo ayudar a su hijo con la tarea escolar) - pdf document - MS Word document
  14. Helping your preschool child prepare for school (Cómo ayudar a su hijo durante la edad preescolar) - pdf document - MS Word document
  15. Interactive Quizes (Cuestionarios Interactivos) in Spanish (en español)
  16. Ten Facts Every Parent Should Know About the No Child Left Behind Act (Diez datos que cada padre debe saber sobre la Ley Que Ningún Niño Se Quede Atrás)
  17. Helping your child through early adolescence (Cómo ayudar a su hijo con la temprana adolescencia)
  18. Helping your child use the library (Cómo ayudar a sus hijos a usar la biblioteca)
  19. Slide show for teachers helping them to offer advice to parents on homework (Guía del Maestro: Consejos para los padres sobre la tarea escolar)
  20. Suggestions for Students (Sugerencias Para Estudiantes) from the Bernardsville Public Library
  21. Tips for Reading Tutors (Consejos para los Tutores en Lectura) pdf document
  22. Practical advice for parents on homework (Consejos prácticos para los padres sobre la tarea escolar)
  23. Additional Educative Services: Fast reference for Parents (Servicios Educativos Suplementarios: Referencia Rápida para Padres) pdf document
  24. Publications and materials of the Publication Center (U S Department of Education) (Publicaciones y materiales del Centro de Publicaciones)
  25. Recursos en español - The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition has a long list of spanish language pages