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Megaeducational Resources for Kids
Between science fair projects, advanced placement exams, science competitions and college preparatory classes, helping your children to get into college and to be successful in school is a full time job. It is important that as parents you play the role as parent and not surrogate student.
This means that you guide your children to resources that will enable them to do their homework and to achieve academic success, as opposed to doing their work for them. Fortunately, there are many educational resources that are at your disposal, if you know where to look for them.
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Your local school district is a great place to start your search for megaeducational resources. They can provide you with textbooks, articles and even access to seminars and parenting groups. Your school district can also be a great resource for finding information about extra support services that your child needs in order to be a successful student. These services may even be free of charge, if your child has special needs or if they demonstrate superior academic capabilities.
Other parents in your child’s class or school can also be a great resource for academic advice. This group of people have a diverse background in education, professions and culture. If they are willing, you may be able to exchange educational opportunities for your kids. For example, if one family speaks Spanish fluently and you are proficient in English, then you can have them provide Spanish emersion training to your child, while you assist their child with English. This is a great option if your kids are friends. This arrangement can also work with academic and music activities as well.
Government agencies have excellent websites that you can use to find materials that your children can use to enhance their education. Many government sites, for example, have pages and resources that are designed specifically for children and/or teachers. These resources include information about energy, biology and science, as well as instruction sheets for learning activities. Government websites are also a great place to find information on academic competitions that your child or children can enter. These competitions offer great prize packages such as scholarships, science equipment and educational trips to the capital, Washington, D.C.
Resources for Parents
The amount of research that students are required to conduct nowadays means that having 24/7 access to library materials is important, particularly if your child intends to go to college. While some communities have public libraries that offer extended hours, this is not the case for most areas. Fortunately, there are a number of great online libraries that you can subscribe to that will offer your students access to quality periodicals and textbooks. The price for subscriptions varies depending on the online library, however, some of these companies offer discounts for middle school and high school students. Look on your school’s website to see if they have an arrangement with an online library, in which case the access may be free for your student. Otherwise the subscription information will be found on the library’s website.
In addition to fee subscriptions, some public libraries also offer online access to their materials. To access these databases you will usually need a library card, a user name and a user password. For more information on this type of service you will need to contact your local public library.