This resource section is divided into Homework Resources, followed by Parent Resources, and organized by subject. Please scroll down to find those areas of interest to you.

If you’d like to search for a specific subject, just type it in the box in the upper right corner on this page and you’ll get all posts related to that topic.



The following websites provide parents and kids with information on specific subjects or ideas related to homework and projects. You’ll find everything from long division and vocabulary to photosynthesis and Newton’s law of gravity. Ideas for clubs and science fair projects too.

Use these to reinforce learning, help with homework, get another perspective on a lesson, practice math facts or review for tests. Most sites are free, some have fees (but they’re worth it) and the appropriate age range for each link is indicated. I’ve screened hundreds of sites and count these among my favorites: The animated characters Tim and Moby take kids through every subject imaginable. Well organized for grades 4-12 with lots of interactive lessons, videos and quizzes. Also available in Spanish and ESL.

Brainpop same Tim and Moby but for Kindergarten through grade 3.

DestinationImagination A parent run after-school program that sparks innovation and creativity in science, math and working together. Create a DI team at your school. Solve challenges, compete in tournaments, have fun. The kid version of the U.S. Census. Great info on states, regions, people, in easy to follow format. Another animated site for K-grade 8. Focuses mostly on math and reading. Fun games and interactive videos.

Handwriting without tears: advice, resources and worksheets for handwriting issues An academic website that provides free lessons and videos on all subjects for middle and high school with a focus on math. An in-depth resource for any information your child needs. Well categorized.

Khan An amazing resource. Over 100,000 on-line lessons for grades K-12. Covers all aspects of math, science, and history. Perfect for kids (and parents) who need a reminder on math formulas and science theories. A terrific site for all things related to biology, health and nutrition. Kids, teens and parents Lots of games and reinforcement for all subjects. Very visual, easy to navigate. A highly interactive site with many games and videos that reinforce lessons and ideas on all subjects K-8.

Bill Nye the Science You’ll find lots of good science info under For Kids and Teachers. Check out episodes and home demos. Also a great place to get ideas for the Science Fair. amazing site for science fair ideas and inspiration. Over 800 projects ideas. Great for pre-school through grade 4, covers lots of subjects. Fun activities and games. This is a subscriber based program that many schools use based on state standards for curriculum. Teachers will give out the user name and password if your child’s school has a license for it. Focused more on test prep. Good for tutorials.

Vocabulary/ Practice vocabulary and help feed the hungry. The more words you know, the more rice you give away. An online dictionary that also has some good vocabulary games

Best educational apps for kids

Other great sites:

kids national geographic

Yosemite national park



Here are some terrific websites for parents related to school, learning and education – organized by subject. If you have any suggestions or input on these resources, please contact me.


ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder:

Super-parenting for ADD by Edward M Hallowell M.D. and Peter S. Jensen, M.D. Ballantine, New York, NY 2008; Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. Ballantine, New York, NY 2005

 Dr. Edward Hallowell: Describes the Hallowell method, a strengths-based approach to the treatment of ADD, learning and emotional disabilities as well as medicinal and alternative treatments to ADD

Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD by Peter S. Jensen, M.D. The Guilford Press 2004

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents  by Russell A. Barkley  The Guilford Press 2000

Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD By Daniel Amen M.D.

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kohlberg and Kathleen Nadeau 2002 Routeledge New York, NY

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) The largest non- profit membership organization for individuals with ADD and their families. Excellent clearinghouse for evidence based research and advice

National Institute of Mental Health describes symptoms, causes and treatments of ADHD and printable information



A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive by Sally Ozonoff , The Guilford Press, 2002

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm Future Horizons, 2005 Award winning book

AutismKey - A complete list of autism foundations, organizations and treatment centers in the U.S. with website and phone numbers.

Asperger’s Association of New England: A non-profit that provides up to date information and support for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and their families’

Autism Speaks: The leading autism advocacy organization, dedicated to research for causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of children and their families.



Parents for Public Schools: A nonprofit group that educates, engages, and mobilizes parents to help improve schools, particularly those in underperforming urban districts

PTA (National Parent-Teacher Association): The largest child advocacy organization that provides lots of resources and ideas on how to advocate for your child or school policies and practices at the local, state and national level.

Stand for Children: A multi-state advocacy organization committed to improving public schools for all students. Provides resources and strategies for changing policy and practices in schools; covers many states and local chapters.

Students FirstPublic education reform with Michelle Rhee, former Superintendent of Washington D.C. Schools and education reformer leading efforts to change unions and teacher evaluations:

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy–The Special Education Survival Guide. Wright, Peter W. D., and Pamela Darr Wright. Harbor House Law Press, Inc. 2002 Place of publication: Publisher, Year. Special education law and advocacy; provides the latest updates on federal policy and state regulations:



(see also Media/on-line Safety)

Coloroso, Barbara. The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School–How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle. HarperCollins, New York, NY 2008 Place of publication: Publisher, 2004.

Simmons, RachelOdd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. HarcourtBooks New York, NYPlace of publication: Publisher, 2011.

STOP Cyberbullying: Provides information for children and adults on what cyberbullying is, how it works and how to prevent it.

Stop Bullying: US government campaign in conjunction with US Department of Health. Bullying 101 with definitions, prevention, statistics, state-by-state laws, and how to handle.

BullyFree: It starts with me! National Education Association campaign and website to end bullying. Prevention, resources and latest policy information.

US News and World Report: Are parents teaching teens to be bullies


Cancer in Family

The Mesothelioma Group –  Provides scholarships for students and/or cancer victim’s families and donates to local charities

American Childhood Cancer Society  -Helps children battle and overcome cancer; dedicated to cancer research and building awareness

 Pleural Mesothelioma - Free information, resources and support to help families overcome Pleural Mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.


 College – On Campus Support for Students

College guide for students with disabilities - an excellent summary of accommodations, accessibility and assistive technology available at colleges.


Communication and Parent –Teacher Conferences

The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other. Lightfoot, Sara Lawrence. Place of publication: Ballantine/Random House, 2003.

How to Talk so Kinds Can Learn at Home and in School by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish Scribner, new York, NY 2003

7 effective parent-teacher conference tips from TeachHub

Making the most of parent-teacher conferences from

Making Parent-Teacher Conferences Work for Your Child from Nat’l PTA

Tip for Productive Parent-Teacher conferences from 

Parent-Teacher Conference Tips for parents from 

Tips for parents on parent teacher conferences from The Learning Community 

Make the Most of Your Teacher Conference from Scholastic



Tough, Paul. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. Houghton Mifflin Company New York, NY 2008 Place of publication: Publisher, Year.

Wagner, Tony. The Global Achievement GapWhy Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need–and What We Can Do about It. Perseus Books, New York, NY Place of publication: Publisher, 2008

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” by Alfie Kohn Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY 2000

The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children by E.D. Hirsch, Jr Houghton Mifflin New York, NY  2007

Weber, Karl. Waiting for SupermanHow We Can Save America’s Failing Public Schools. Place of publication: Participant Media/Perseus Books, 2010 (book and documentary).

US Department of Education: The parents and families section of this website and Homeroom Blog provides a wealth of up to date information and easy to read research related to timely events in public schools and education.


School, district and state rankings:


 Kids Count: State-by-state education ranking that provides reams of data at every level and comparison charts. Based on public school enrollment and state standardized tests.

Family Education Network: Educational content and resources for parents, teachers and kids. Grade specific guidance, newsletters and online tools. 

State by State comparison of Education performance:

Snapshot of state by state (US Gov) and article on school facts

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Information about the state of education today 

Description of school building conditions


ELL (English Language Learners)

ColorinColorado – A bilingual site for families and educators of English Language Learners

WIDA: World-class Instructional Design and Assessment for ELL


Executive Functioning/Organization

Beyond Booksmart - Excellent resource for executive functioning coaching, consulting and workshops. Many blogs and videos on site; Located in MA and IL


Joyce Cooper-Kahn, PhD and Laurie C. Dietzel, PhD, Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning Woodbine House Bethesda, MD 2008).


Peg Dawson, Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (Guilford Press, New York, NY 2009)


Dawson, EdD, Peg, and Richard Guare, PhD. Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention, 2nd ed. (The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series; 2010).

Kidspiration: The visual way to understand words, number and concepts


Homework Help

The Case against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Children and What Parents Can Do about It (Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, 2006).

Homework help from National PTA with lots of resources and links:

Helping Your Child With Homework: How to help your child get organized, improve study skills, and learn best from their homework from

Top 10 Ways Parents Can Help with Homework from Family

Homework Help from Great Schools

Teach Your Kids how to Study from

20+ Ways to End Homework Hassles from Parenting Magazine

Homework: A guide for parents from the National Association of School Psychologists

Help for Homework; Homework Hub, Scholastic



Recent Research on All-Day Kindergarten


National Institute for Early Education Research on Kindergarten Readiness


Kindergarten Transitioning Tips from the National Education Association


Countdown to Kindergarten for Massachusettes:


Great kids book for getting ready for Kindergarten:

Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. By Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff. Puffin 2001

The Night Before Kindergarten. Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell. Grosset & Dunlap 2001

Kindergarten Rocks! Katie Davis, Sandpiper 2008


Learning Disabilities (see Special Education)


Learning Styles

Identify your child’s learning style from

What’s your Learning style? From Instructor Magazine


Media/On-Line Safety
Common Sense Media: A terrific site that reviews all movies, television shows, and videos and provides ratings to help parents make decisions on what’s appropriate for their kids Parental Control Software for Electronics http: //


On Guard Online: An easy to navigate site that helps parents help their kids stay safe online. Also in Spanish
WiredSafety: An online safety, education, and help group that provides information and education to Internet users of all ages; extensive information on cyber-bullying and privacy law.


2Smart4You: A site for the tween/teen savvy kid who doesn’t want to hear from parents. Uses comics and videos to explain how to use the internet safely and avoid cyber -bullies and predators.


Nutrition and Exercise

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Ratey, John J., and Eric Hagerman.Little Brown and Co. New York, NY 2008.


Keep Recess in Play: Hwy recess should not be held as punishment


USDA recommended dietary guidelines for adults and children


Role of Nutrition in Learning and Behavior


Junk food widely available at Elementary Schools


Creating a healthier environment in schools


How to Start a School Garden

All about School Gardening: and

Linking schools to community farms

Worldwide resource for combining food, gardens, learning and schools



Parent Involvement in Schools/Education Provides great information on school choice and how parents can help their kids get a great education Tips on all aspects of parenting with a solid focus on schools and learning

PTA (National Parent-Teacher Association): The largest child advocacy organization provides lots of great resources and ideas on how to get involved in your child’s education and help them succeed. Covers local, state and national PTA and parents involvement.  Helping parents help their kids succeed at school. Umbrella organization for PTO groups that includes resources, articles, and tips on all school related issues form Kindergarten through grade 8. Grade by grade advice.

PTO Today: magazine that provides parent groups and leaders with fundraising tips and ideas to improve schools; affiliated with

Straight Talk about Schools: Understand the System and help Your Child Succeed by Judy Molland. Free Spirit Press, 2007.

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family–School Partnerships. A. T Henderson, K. L. Mapp, V. R. Johnson, and D. Davies. New York: The New Press, 2007.


A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement. Henderson, Anne T., and Karen L. Mapp. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2002.


How to Talk So Kids Can Learn (at Home and in School). Faber, Adele, and Elaine Mazlish. Scribner, New York, NY 2003.


Harvard Family Research Project – Excellent research and support on child development and learning

The Basics – How to Help Your Child Succeed in School form the Department of Education


Parent Involvement Matters – Provides great resources on parent engagement and regular blogs of interest  Complete list of parent involvement resources


National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education:  Advocates for the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education; promotes relationships between home, school and community.
Center for Public Education, provides great overview of parent involvement and resources



Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less. Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy. Rodale, 2003

EncouragePlay - a great resource and reminder of how important play is to our children. Owner, counselor Janine also reviews many helpful book on social and emotional development.


The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally by David Elkind Da Capo Press, New York, NY 2007


Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Browne M.D. Penguin, New York, NY 2009 Play is more than fun: Stuart Brown’s Ted Talk


Play and Children’s Learning from NAEYC (The National Association for the Education of Young Children) The latest research on play, why play is an important part of children’s learning and development, the role of play in the classroom, and ideas to share with families.


Praising Effort vs Smarts

Why praising effort is critical to a child’s competence and success (Carol Dweck)


Why you shouldn’t tell kids they’re smart.


Praise and Intelligence: Why telling kids they are smart makes them act dumb from parenting Science


Five reasons to stop saying “Good Job!” by Alfie Kohn 2001



The Read-Aloud Handbook, 6th ed. Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook, 6th ed. Penguin Group New York, NY (2006).

Raising Lifelong Learners. Calkins, Lucy. (Perseus Books, Reading, MA 1997.


Reading Rockets Tips, advice and research on learning to read and reading with your children http//


Jumpstart: Activities, worksheets and resources to reinforce your child’s reading


Reading is Fundamental (RIF): The largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the US; delivers free books and literacy resources to those children and families in need; book lists, activities and resources also available


Read, Write, Think: Provides step by step reading and writing activities and resources to use with your kids after school


Reading resources and instruction: Reading instruction and resources for parents and teachers by grade level



When should kids start kindergarten? Does redshirting help, or hurt, a child?


Kindergarten redshirting is popular, but is it necessary?

Redshirting: Holding kids back from kindergarten A 60 Minutes report


Raising Resilient, Confident Children


The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy. Edward M.Hallowell, MD, Ballantine Books, New York, NY 2002


The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon 25th Anniversary Edition by David Elkind, Da Capo Press New York, NY 2006


Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Help Your Child Become More Responsible, Confident, and Resilient. Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein McGraw Hill New York, NY 2009. Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child.. Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein McGraw McGraw-Hill, New York, NY 2002 2002.


Your Child’s Growing MindBrain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence by Jane Healy Three Rivers Press, New York, NY 2004


Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success Madeline Levine, Ph. D. Harper Collins, New York, NY 2012


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Tough, Paul. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY 2012.


The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. Mogel, PhD, Wendy. Scribner, New York, NY 2001


The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life, Michael Thompson Ballantine Books New York, NY 2004


Negotiation Generation: Take Back your Parental Authority without Punishment by Lynne Griffin Berkley Publishing, New York, NY 2007


Your Child’s Strengths: A guide for Parents and Teachers by Jennifer Fox  Penguin New York, NY 2008


STEM  (Science, Math, Engineering, Technology)
Science Technology Engineering and Math education overview:


Khan Academy - An amazing resource of more than 100,000 on-line lessons for grades K-12. Covers all aspects of math, science, and history. Perfect for kids (and parents) who need a reminder on math formulas and science theories.


Destination Imagination: Create a DI team at your school. Solve challenges, compete in tournaments, have fun. Sparks innovation and creativity in science, math and working together.


Math games and activities:


Bill Nye the Science Guy: Lots of good science info under For Kids and Teachers. Also a great place to get ideas for the Science Fair.


Site for science fair ideas and inspiration. 800+ project ideas.


All inclusive site for science fair project resources and ideas


National Geographic for Kids; Social Studies and Geography


Discovery Channel – science, social studies and geography:


School Start Times /Teen Sleep Needs –

National Sleep Foundation – Information on Sleep Health and Safet


Do later start times really help students? Psychology Today


Understanding the Zombie Teen’s Body Clock, Wall Street Journal


Special Education/Learning Disabilities

Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems by Jane Healy Simon and Schuster, 2010


A Parent’s Guide To Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed Linda Wilmshurst, and Alan W. Brue.. Jossey-Bass 2010 Place of publication: Publisher,


Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy–The Special Education Survival Guide Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright, Harbor House Law Press, Inc. 2006 Place of publication: Publisher, Year). Website promotes latest laws and regulations. Very user friendly and informative:


Wrightslaw: All About IEPs by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright Answers all parents questions about IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans) Harbor House Law Press, Inc. 2010


The Council for Disability Rights: A Parent’s Guide to Special Education and Special Needs


National Center for Learning Disabilities: All inclusive website that provides basic information with great videos, evidence based research on learning disabilities, resources and support groups for parents and educators.


International Dyslexia Association: A comprehensive range of research, support and information that ensures barriers to reading and writing are removed.


NICHCY (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) National information center that provides information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth. Provides state by state resource guides.


The Friendship Circle: Special Needs resources for parents and educators; features best apps for kids with special needs


Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) Offers workshops and training, advocacy and resources to parents of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them. Located in Boston but serves the nation


PACER Center for Children with Disabilities A parent training and information center for families of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21. Provides support, workshops and resources. Located in Minnesota but serves the nation

Parents Helping Parents: Another parent training and information center for families of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21. Provides support, workshops and resources. Located in California but serves the nation.


Learning Disabilities Online: A  website with a wealth of information on all learning disabilities and special education issues.


Resources for the vision impaired:



Clark, Ron. The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck–101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers. Place of publication: Touchstone, 2011.


Results Now: How we can achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning by Mike Schmoker  Association for Supervision and Curriuclum Development, Virginia 2006


The Skillful Leader: Confronting Mediocre Teaching by Alexander D. Platt, Caroline Tripp, Wayne Ogden, Robert Fraser Ready About Press, 2000


American Federation of Teachers (AFT) The smaller of the two national education unions, though no less contentious, the American Federation of Teachers is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.


National Education Association (NEA)

The National Education Association is the largest union in the U.S. and one of the most powerful political forces in the nation. Committed to restoring public confidence in public education Not affiliated with AFL-CIO


Technology and 21st Century Skills

Mind in the Making: Galinsky, Ellen. The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Place of publication: HarperCollins, New York, NY 2010.


21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times. Trilling, Bernie. Jossey-Bass, 2009.


Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Wagner, Tony. Scribner, New York, NY 2011.


Partnership for 21st Century Skills A national organization that advocates for the readiness skills that all students need for career, college and life.


Education Connection Center for 21st Century Skills Encourages businesses, communities and schools to work together in digital age



I’ll update this list regularly and will continue to include links from these and other resources in my posts.