Looking for some truly exceptional educational websites that provide tons of amazing ways to tap into your kid’s potential? Here are some of our top sites targeted to parents looking enrich learning at home — no textbook required.
Here’s an amazing resource for any film-loving family. This website offers painstakingly organized, incredibly in-depth information to incorporate film into your child’s education. Searchable by age (from 3 on up), title, subject (English, Social Studies, Biology, Sports, you name it), Teach With Movies gives parents background information on the film, including discussion questions, learning points and even worksheets (if you really want to drill down). Movies range from classics to contemporary films, as well as shorts and documentaries. A true gem.
Of course you could simply Google any question your kid might ask. But Whyzz, a question and answer site aimed at arming parents with kid-query info, is still a great resource. Parents can pick up tips on how to answer questions about disabilities, body issues, and even how to explain divorce to school-age kids. Also included are just cool “who-knew?” facts that are updated daily.
This is one of the coolest concepts out there: Using the bedtime story tradition as its model, Bedtime Math offers daily math challenges embedded within stories for elementary school-age children. The word problems come in three levels of challenge for different age kids.
This National Teachers of English website offers parents lots of creative ways to get kids reading and writing beyond homework assignments. Searchable by grade, activity or skill, the site offers an amazing selection of writing activities created by teachers. These are great for parents in need of creative ideas at home or if they’re volunteering at school.
Stumped on mixed numerals and dangling modifiers? This site helps parents struggling to help their kids with homework. Filter by grade and topic, or browse through the most frequently asked parent questions. Parents can read more about a specific concept or watch a quick video that explains it in more detail.
While this Bill & Melinda Gates site is targeted at high school students, parents will also find an outstanding collection of resources including tips for succeeding in school, educational games, a searchable database of scholarships and tools to help teens find a job to help pay for college.
Reading Rockers brings research-based strategies to help parents raise confident readers. The site is especially useful for moms and dads looking for help with struggling readers (see the “Help Struggling Readers” page, which offers ideas for parents to both identify and address specific reading issues).
This is a great resource for raising proficient and impassioned readers and writers: Hitting the topic from all angles, Scholastic offers book reviews, tips for encouraging kids to read on their own, and lots of printables including flashcards. All of the information is searchable by age and reading level, making it easy to find targeted resources. Parent Guides include reading and writing milestones per grade as well as at-home activities that can help children reach them.
Parents can find tip, tools and videos to better understand what public school children are learning in each grade and how they can help them succeed in school.
This innovative website and activities database starts with a free Strength Assessment, taken by your kids, that aims to identify their passions and unique strengths. From there, Thrively pairs those results with a list of in-person and remote activities, classes, camps, volunteer opportunities and more. Summer camps, after school classes and online courses include everything from archery to engineering, cooking to painting and much more. More than 140,000 activities are included.