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Is a online ordering site of U.S. Department of Education's publications for parents, teachers, students, or anyone interested in education. Most publications are online or free.

A list of some key facts and terms that you should know about how this historic law helps your child.

Is a parent community dedicated to children's learning. Can select just the information and articles for your child's age level from baby to college.

Sys its mission is to "help children succeed in school and in life". Its an "award winning site that connects parents with information, with experts, and with each other to create a supportive and engaging community".

Find educational games, articles, and "parent-kid challenges" for you and your child.

Provides several articles by the University of Illinois extension service on how you can help your child succeed.

List of things to look for in the classroom, setting, playground, and more.

Goes through activities for grades K - 2nd, 2nd - 4th, and 4th - 6th grade.

There are a number of reasons why children sometimes fail to live up to their academic abilities. Understanding these root causes and determining which apply to each child is the first important step towards helping an underachiever.

Relates 8 lessons to be learned about middle school students.

Q&A on accountability, testing, reading, doing what works, teachers, creating safer schools, choice and supplemental educational services and Charter Schools.

Everything you need to encourage a love of learning.

An important feature of the No Child Left Behind Act provides that when a child from a low-income family is attending a low-performing school, federal money can be used to provide supplemental educational services for that child.

Advocates the involvement of parents and families in their children's education and to foster relationships between home, school, and community that can enhance the education of all our nation's young people.

Gives sections on sensorimotor play, pretend play, games with rules, and the adult role in children's play from infancy through the middle grades. (by ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, Ill.)

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  • Preschool

    Splits into activities for newborn-3 months, 3-8 months, 8-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 24-36 months, 3-4 years, 4-5 years, and 5-6 years.

    Lists ideas to promote reading and a list of good books.

    Provides a chart that lists what most children are capable of by what age in language development. Also lists what would be areas of concern that might need to be looked at by a pediatrician. Helps you catch potential problems in language development that could delay progress in school.

    Read sections on Where Is It? What Is It Like? How Do We Adjust To Where We Live? How Do People, Things, and Ideas Move From One Place To Another? and There Is So Much In the World. How Can We Look At It All?

    Talks about a weather log, sun, rainbows, clouds, air, and wind.

    Activities for children from infancy through age 6 from the U.S. Department of Education to help your child become a reader.

    Lists activities to do from birth to 5 years old.

    In everyday interactions with children, there are many things that parents can do—and do without lecturing or applying pressure—to help children learn to solve problems, to communicate mathematically and to demonstrate reasoning abilities. These skills are fundamental to learning mathematics. (activities for children in preschool through age 5)

    Find activities for children from infancy through age 5 (U.S. Department of Education).

    Is a voluntary family education and support program that begins prenatally and extends through age 5. The program is based on the beliefs that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers and that the early years lay the foundation for children's success in school and in life.

    Lists what to keep in mind when using or purchasing puzzles. (by the National Association for the Education of Young Children)

    The article rates activities as simple, moderate, or challenging.

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  • Parent / Teacher Conferences

    Parents and teachers should try to use the precious minutes of a conference to reach an agreement about a child's strengths and challenges and to uniteon the best ways they each can respond to them.

    At this meeting, you can develop a relationship with the teacher and present yourself as a team player in your child's education.

    Take this list with you to your next parent-teacher conference.

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  • Health and Safety at School

    Created by the Department of Education and Department of Justice. This guide was developed to help school personnel, parents, community members and others identify early indicators of troubling and potentially dangerous student behavior.

    Explains what to makes an exemplary after school program.

    Speaks of the dangers in putting too much in a backpack and what are the best types of backpacks to buy. Also gives some math activities which drive the point home. (study done at Johns-Hopkins)

    Presents in text, audio, and video what are the issues, goals, and what needs to be implemented to make our schools safe. It includes goals for all involved - school administrators, teachers, parents, and students.

    Provides tips on safely going and coming from school. (by U.S. Department of Education)

    Learn how keeping fit can help your child in school. "Long-term good health is less an accident than the result of good habits and wise choices." (by U.S. Department of Education)

    Lists ideas and activities for staying healthy.

    Has articles, videos, and resources for parents on school safety.

    Provides links to the latest information, model programs, research, and other links on school safety.

    Is a 6 page pamphlet on working with your school to make it safe for all those attending. (in PDF format so need Adobe Acrobat to read it)

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  • Homework

    This booklet helps answer questions that parents, family members and others who care for children in elementary and middle school often ask about homework.

    Put out by the Chicago public schools, you'll find an article and a 24 page brochure with everything you help you including checklists and practical ideas.

    Homework can involve parents in the school process.

    Explains the how, why, and where of homework.

    Provides 4 ways to help your children with their homework and a checklist to reinforce good homework skills. (by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

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  • Television

    Gives TV related activities and some suggestions about making TV viewing educational.

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  • Summer Activities

    Pick from sections on "What Needs Do Summer Programs Meet?"; "Who Should Make the Selection?"; "What Does the Selection Process Involve?"; "What Variables Are Important?"; and "What Financial Assistance Is Available?" (by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

    Divides practical & fun learning activities according to age - K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade (especially good set for this older group).

    Lists health, reading, writing, math, and social studies activities/games.

    Gives problem solving activities and methods on how to control their emotions.

    Lists reading, writing, math, and science activities/games.

    Gives a calendar with daily educational activities. (by U.S. Department of Education)

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  • Specific Concerns

    Provides tips and hints on test taking. (by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

    Provides you with a fill-in-the-blank forms for permission to take a different bus home, medication, field trip permission, and a school note form that covers being absent, late, dismissed early, permission to go home with, and comment section. Just print them and fill in the details.

    Read the reviews; view the list of best sellers; or find out what is new.

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  • The Arts

    What do parents need to know about arts programs in the schools? Find the answers at this site.

    Steps to take to bring art into your home.

    Provides art activities and practical ideas you can do at home. (by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

    Read sections on "Dance and Your Child; Benefits of Dance For Children" "Dance for Young Children; Where to Find Dance Instructors; Selecting a Dance Program" "From Words to Stories" "Your Child and the Visual Arts" and "The Theater and Children". (by The National Endowment for the Arts)

    This site was developed by the Art Gallery of Hamilton to stimulate an interest in art among elementary school students.

    Written by an eleven year old to parents on ways to help your children express themselves with art.

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  • History

    Gives activities for ages 4 - 11 that will help improve your children's history grades.

    Lists ideas and activities to explore geography. (by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

    Presents ideas and activities you can do with your child that add a historical viewpoint to every day events. (by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

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  • Reading and Writing

    Provides pointers and activities to encourage good writing skills.

    Activities for Reading and Writing Fun - Read this article from U.S. Department of Education on making reading fun. Activities are separated into preschool through grade 2 (the beginning years) and grade 3 - 6 (the years to encourage). (by U.S. Department of Education)

    Provides many suggestions to improve reading skills from preschool up. (by U.S. Department of Education)

    Lists activities to improve your child's reading. (by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

    Provides writing activities that are fun or just part of normal life activities that will strengthen your child's writing skills. (by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

    List articles by the National PTA, expert advice, and discussions on what parents can do to help their child read.

    Help All Children Read Well and Independently by the End of the Third Grade. Lists what you can do as a parent to reach this goal.

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  • Math

    Lists activities for grades K-1, for grades 2 and 3, and for grades 4 through 8.

    Read sections on the basics, important things to know, math in the home,

    Provides fun and practical activities to improve your child's math skills. (by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement)

    Teach your child to think with these age appropriate math activities It even has a section for parents to give the professor feedback or ask questions.

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  • Science

    Has sections on "The Meaning Of Science"; "When Should Science Instruction Begin?"; "Science Around The Home And Community"; and "Science Connections: Home and School". (by ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, Ohio)

    Science is a way of understanding the world, a perspective, and a pattern of thinking that begins in the very earliest years. That is why parental involvement is so important in a child’s science education. Families who explore the world together nurture scientific thinkers and good students!

    Young children ask their parents hundreds of questions. Insearch of answers, we use science to both enlighten and delight.

    Six ways Mom and Dad can coach and cheerlead.

    Gives excerpts from 101 Educational Conversations with Your Kindergartner -- 1st Grader.

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