Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Make CCSS Learning Fun Parent Workshop at Bandini Elementary

Today we are hosting a fun interactive workshop for parents of current kinder through fifth grade students. We will showcase “Make and take" activities taught by teachers. Parents will learn how to use math manipulatives to help their child learn the new CCSS math standards and learn interactive ways get your child excited about learning with Common Core using technology. 

To access today’s slides, click HERE

Top 10 Websites We Recommend for Parents and Educators

1. Khan Academy is a free website comprising thousands of educational videos aimed at self-paced instruction. Although most widely known for its math videos, Khan Academy offers tutorials on a wide range of other subjects as well. Kids might find themselves using the site as part of a school assignment or as a way to practice math concepts for test prep. They might even want to explore the site for their own enjoyment. For math concepts -- from upper-elementary through college-level -- the site offers an almost unlimited number of practice exercises, organized by topic, with instant feedback and progress data. However, parents should know that the site will work best for kids who need procedural help, rather than conceptual understanding, whether they're looking for intervention or enrichment.

2. BrainPOP/BrainPOP Jr
Geared to helping kids from kindergarten to grade 12, this site offers tons of educational games and videos on subjects like social studies, math, science, art and history. BrainPOP Jr is great for little learners from kindergarten to grade three. Full access to the site requires a subscription, but there’s plenty of free content to explore.
3. Canadian Geographic Kids!
Magazine heavyweight Canadian Geographic has a kids’ site where tots can learn all things Canadiana. Here, they can explore a virtual map, find out fun animal facts and delve into educational videos and games.
4. DOGO News
Does your child love reading and watching the news? Created by a San Francisco mom, this kid-friendly news site is the perfect place for curious minds to catch up on current events, with articles written specifically for a younger audience.
5. HowStuffWorks
If your little one is constantly asking why and how, then this is the place for her. You’ll never have to answer a tough question again (well, maybe!).
6. KidsReads 
Here at Today’s Parent, we feel that it’s never too early to read. Nurture your little bookworm with kid-themed articles, book reviews and author bios.
7. NASA Kids’ Club
Blast off into learning with this galactic page where wee astronauts can do puzzles and games and learn all about the famous space program.
8. Science Bob
Let your kids geek out on this informative site. It’s the go-to spot for all things science, with experiments to try, research tips and a Q&A section.
9. Starfall 
A phenomenal resource for young readers, the site features tools and games that align with the school curriculum. This site is so fun, your kids will forget it’s educational.
10. Cool Math Games
As the name suggests, this isn’t a boring math site. Excite your little mathletes (or struggling academics) with this hands-on site that’s brimming with strategy, logic a
nd skill games.

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