Earlier in the week I wrote about my experience in talking with families about Common Core and Smarter Balanced in person was beneficial to me. I promised you a list of resources I shared with families. So here you are!
All of these websites are places where I have found either family support materials or content for parents about supporting learning under the Common Core at home. If you know of any other great websites to add to the list, please comment below!
1) Khan Academy – With a free subscription, students can practice working on math and science content. There are searchable videos that will help both students and parents how to complete different academic processes.
2) Achieve the Core – This website provides information about CCSS, as well as sample lessons and materials to use in teaching CCSS.
4) National PTA Parent Guides – Check out this website for ideas of how parents can help support what their students are doing at school. It also provides nice lists of what students can be expected to learn each year.
5) The Road Map Project – This will link you to a strong collection of online and in-person resources. Sign up for their mailing list and content will come right to you! A multi-million dollar grant is used to serve the families and students of South King County through 2020.
6) Smarter Balanced Practice Tests – It is extremely beneficial for families to practice taking the Math and ELA SBAC test before their students are in 3rd grade. Having experience with the types of questions asked on this summative assessment, as well as an idea of what computer skills might be needed, will help parents support their students at home.
Norman B. Rice said, “Parents are a child’s first teacher. Parents are key to student success. Parents want to be involved with the schools as a valued partner. We need to talk less and listen more to the people closest to the children.” I couldn’t agree more. With a school-family partnership, more can be achieved for students. Providing families with quality resources can help them easily support the hard work happening in the classroom!
I grew up here in Western Washington, wanting to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. As the oldest child in my family, I had plenty of opportunities to "practice" teaching my younger siblings. I enjoyed this. They may not have. :) When I'm not working, I enjoy outdoor activities with my husband and our two Australian Shepherds (whom are far too spoiled for their own good!). I also love spending time with my family, being an auntie (to the cutest kids ever to grace this planet!), hosting dinner parties for friends, crafting, taking photographs and shopping.