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Free Educational Enrichment Resources for Parents and Students

03 Jun

Department of Education – http://www2.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml?src=ln
A host of resources for parents of school aged children. This site gives information on Department of Education and White House education initiatives.

CK-12 Initiative – http://www.ck12.org/flexbook/
TONS of free online textbooks! The study guides can be located here ~~> http://www.ck12.org/flexbook/studyguides/

ThinkFinity – http://www.thinkfinity.org/parents-and-kids
Sponsored by the Verizon Education Foundation. This site is a wonderful resource for parents of children of all ages. There are many online activities and links to articles providing even more wonderful resources for summer enrichment.

Youtube for Teachers – http://www.youtube.com/user/teachers/videos
Guess what? You do not have to be a teacher to take advantage of this valuable resource. This channel is geared towards teachers as a supplement to the course content.

Discovery Education – http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/
Wonderful resources that thousands of teachers already use in the classroom. There is a tab for parents for enrichment activities outside the classroom.

Google for Educators – http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/
Another site geared towards educators and also available for parents. Parents are able to access many of the professional development opportunities meant for educators.

NASA for Educators – http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

NASA for Students – http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html

Nook by Barnes and Nobles – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy/download/index.asp
Provides free study materials and a free kickstart to college kit. When conducting a search, I found hundreds of free books for download to the free nook tool.

Education Week – http://www.edweek.org
A resource for educators that parents can still access. This site does not directly give enrichment activities, but by browsing this site, I was able to get ideas for use in my classroom.

ESchoolNews – http://www.eschoolnews.com
A resource for educators that parents can still access. This site does not directly give enrichment activities, but by browsing this site, I was able to get ideas for use in my classroom.
If there is no Internet access at the home, libraries will let you access the Internet and participate in these wonderful resources for free.

In the coming weeks, I will provide a separate review of many of these resources. I hope this blog post helps many. Please share. Stay tuned.

 
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