1. The Public Library:
Public Libraries offer free resources year-round. Every child should have a library card before starting pre-school.
Membership is free and Librarians are some of the wisest and most knowledgeable resource persons on the planet!
Need to find your nearest library? Check the Yellow Pages or online search engines for a location close to your home.
2. School Libraries:
School libraries are often an underutilized resource for assistance with class projects and assignments. Encourage your children to challenge the librarians with creative questions! As children expand their intellects, they also increase their productivity in the classroom.
3. Online Dictionaries:
Add the following online dictionaries to your children’s educational resource database:
- Yahoo! Kids Dictionary http://kids.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/englishWorld
- Word Central Student Dictionary
- Little Explorers Picture Dictionary
- Wordsymth – Educational Dictionary and Thesaurus
4. Software Programs:
5. After School Programs:
Check out programs available at your children’s school(s) and nearby community centers. For home study/online after school programs visit www.BrooksandBrooksFoundation.org .
All children need wise and trusted counselors and supporters. Why not consider arranging for your children to meet with family members or close friends every month? Brainstorming sessions with a mentor can help children develop innovative ideas for achieving success with home and school.
7. School Counselors:
School counselors are valuable resources children can approach with their questions about preparing for middle school, high school and college. The ideas they gain from these conversations can be put into visuals and added to your child’s vision book for each school year.
Kids Online Resources (http://www.kidsolr.com/) is an amazing online site for children from Kindergarten to College. The assembled resources on this one site may be the best single collection on the Web. You have to see it to believe it.
9. Government Programs:
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