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For Parents

To help parents and families stay involved in education, we want to share with you a few simple ways to stay engaged.

  • Establish a daily family routine.
  • Monitor out-of-school activities.
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Express high but realistic expectations for achievement.
  • Encourage children's development/ progress in school.
  • Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.


The following are just a few suggestions of the many ways you can be involved with your child's education:

  • Contact your child's teacher early in the school year and maintain communication throughout the school year.
  • Participate in parent/teacher conferences.
  • Ask the teacher what your child is learning and how you can support this at home.
  • Talk with your child daily about homework, classroom activities, and events.
  • Learn about school policies and expectations so you can help your child understand them.
  • Make efforts to stay informed of school and classroom events.
  • Model behaviors and attitudes you expect from your child.
  • Encourage and nurture your child's creativity.
  • Be proactive in making the school aware of your support for your child's education.
  • Talk with your employer about flex time so you can participate in school activities.
  • Establish a daily family routine.
  • Monitor out of school activities.
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Express high, but realistic expectations for achievement.
  • Encourage your child's development/progress in school.
  • Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.
  • Be positive when talking with your child about school related activities.


Educational Websites


Alphabet Printable Activities

Just as its title suggests, this website is full of great, printable alphabet activities for young children.

Colorín Colorado

Reading tips in English and Spanish for parents to use with children from birth through the third grade.

Fact Monster™

Find fun facts about most subjects and quizzes and games.

Fun Brain

This site provides fun word games like Mad Libs as well as on-line books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  There are other great math and learning games here too.

Florida Center for Reading Research

This website is a goldmine of literacy activities for adults to use with children.  Developed for teachers, it has activities broken out by age and developmental skill sets.

Grammar Glossary

An on-line resource for definitions of some of those tricky grammar concepts for grades K-6.

PBS Kids and Word Games

This is one of the many fun activities the PBS Kids website has to offer to children.  When you’ve finished with some word games look around the website for more.  Also check out Word Quest.

Parts of Speech

Offer Powerpoints for adults and interactive activities for children about the parts of speech and math.

Reading Rockets

This site provides lots of reading help for parents, mentors, and teachers.  It has a section entitled “Helping Struggling Readers” that is particularly helpful for anyone with reluctant readers or children who seem to be slower to catch on.

Reading A-Z

Thousands of downloadable, projectable, printable teacher materials, covering all the skills necessary for effective reading instruction. 

RIF’s Reading Planet

Offer interactive reading-based games, activities, and age-appropriate book suggestions for children to enjoy.

Sprout™ On-line

For the preschool set, there is Sprout on-line.  It has lots of games and activities that children 5 and under will enjoy.


Starfall is an excellent website with fun, interactive games and lots of other activities.  “Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).”


This is one of the most comprehensive on-line resources for adult and family literacy in the U.S. 

Vocabulary and SpellingCity

Children can enter their spelling and vocabulary words on-line and have this website make their homework into fun games.




Word Girl Synonym Toast

Offers a fun game allowing children to find synonyms for words and challenge their friends when they have finished.


Cool Math®

This site calls itself “an amusement park for math and more.”  It has games for young children in kindergarten through high school.

Math Cats

This website has lots of interesting math activities for children of all ages.

Math Playground®

This site calls itself “an action-packed site for elementary and middle school students.”  Here students can practice math skills, play logic games and have fun with math.

Roz’s Math-a-Rama

A fun and interactive site created by Houghton Mifflin Math with lots of grade-specific activities for children K-6.


Homework Spot

Offers help with homework in subjects ranging from science fair projects to math, history, chemistry, and English class.

Science Storybooks

This site uses animated storybooks to “help teach science in a fun and entertaining manner.”

Try Science

This site provides interactive science “adventures,” experiments, field trips, and live cameras located at various science centers in the U.S.

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