Submitted by dlove on Tue, 10/12/2010 - 15:00Helpful Tips and Homework Tricks
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Online Homework Help
How can you find answers when you’re stumped? Help may be as close as a computer screen!! Here are a few places to try:
Yahoo! Kids School Bell http://kids.yahoo.com/directory/School-Bell
Yahoo’s School Bell contains links for language arts, science and nature, math and social studies. Students can submit questions to be answered, learn songs to help them memorize multiplication tables and parts of speech, and read about cultures, governments and flags.
Fact Monster Homework Center www.factmonster.com/homework
Find help for most school subjects here. You can read biographies of famous people, study with math flashcards and use reference materials (dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac, atlas).
Kids Konnect www.kidskonnect.com
Featuring an alphabetized list of hundreds of topics, this site is a great place to start for reports and projects. Students will find information about people, animals and more.
B.J. Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper www.bjpinchbeck.com
This site contains dozens of links to resources ranging from All Living Things to Webster’s Dictionary. You can also click on a school subject and find more information from the U.S. Census Bureau Map Finder or the Artcyclopedia art gallery.
Kid Info www.kidinfo.com/School_Subjects.html
Children can choose from a list of school subjects to find helpful links. At Language Arts, you’ll learn how to write a good letter or find a favorite authors on the Web. In the math section, you can play games to reinforce basic skills, try mind-bending brain-teasers and create five different types of graphs. This site also features history, geography, health, science and more.
Breaking up boredom
You may NEVER love homework, but there are ways to make it more fun!! Consider these ideas:
Start a homework group. Working with classmates is not only entertaining, it can increase understanding. For example, take turns explaining math problems, quiz each other on vocabulary words. When students teach each other, they boost their own skills.
Bring out your creative side. Write a poem about rainbows using different color ink for each line, turn a book report into a scrapbook project about the main character.
Involve the whole family. Hold a geography bee when you have memorized names of continents and oceans, ask family members to quiz you on a reading assignment, work together on a science project.
- Remove distractions – do homework in a quiet place that does not have distractions. Turn off the TV; don’t try to do homework in a room where siblings are playing.
- Establish a routine – set a specific “homework time” such as right after dinner. Get into the habit of completing homework BEFORE watching TV, enjoying the computer or using the phone, etc.
- Prioritize – work on those assignments that are due the next day. Then tackle the tasks that are due later. Use a planner/scheduling board so that projects are not left until the last minute to be completed.
- Get organized for tomorrow – pack your backpack before going to bed. Even the best homework effort doesn’t do much good if it is left on the kitchen table!!
- Keep supplies handy – make sure you have everything you need to get homework done and not have to start and stop to get what you need.
- Develop good study habits – schedule enough time for completing assignments every night and not run into the “last minute” approach to getting the work done.