The venerable and often-quoted adage of “practice makes perfect” has always remained relevant regardless of era, faith, creed or culture. Your grandparents probably swore by it to your parents and almost certainly, you’ll be saying the same thing to your kids (if you haven’t been telling them over and over already).
Getting your children prepped for school – and ultimately life – involves rehearsal and preparation. Having the right practice aids for home use is very handy for moms and dads who aren’t really teachers but who just want their kids to stay on top of their game in school. Here are eight sites that have the resources for making learning easier, fun and more relevant for both kids and parents alike.
A homebrew family-friendly site made by a North American family, Kidzone offers various materials from preschool to Grade 5. Among the subjects available for printed worksheets are animal facts, math, science, geography and reading, and writing the English language. Kidzone also has a wide range of crafting activities to be shared with you and your little preschooler as well as a few online games that teach essentials like reading clocks and basic math skills. The site even has a printable materials page for things like awards, certificates and chores charts (gold star, anyone?) as incentives for your little one to put in that extra bit of effort.
An invaluable educational tool for Filipino children by cyber-entrepreneur Roxanne Flores-Aquino, this site is a veritable online cornucopia of subjects such as Filipino and Philippine geography. Relevant materials are published in English or Tagalog and some materials are free. For premium members of the site, more materials and benefits are available for download (such as answer keys). Of particular interest are materials on Singapore Math and Tagalog grammar, as the former is normally fairly expensive and the latter is quite scarce online. Schoolkid.ph’s materials are classified according to difficulty level as well, so parents can adjust depending on their child’s learning curve. In addition, the site also sells physical teaching aids, kits, books, toys and even costumes for school plays.