I have to admit, I am really strict with my kids and their grades. Every once in a while I will get a comment from someone saying I am pushing them too hard and that kids don’t like to be pushed. They tell me that one of these days my kids will push back and then go the opposite way. I do not agree. I think I know my kids better than anyone else, and I think my kids enjoy being on the All A Honor Roll every nine weeks. I think it is a matter of pride for them, and I hope they continue to strive to be and do better.
Our school district is awesome. It is small and I love that they get the extra one on one that kids need to feel important. But even in a small school, kids have classes and classmates that set the pace for the year. It just isn’t feasible for each and every kid to work at their own pace, and it isn’t acceptable to leave even one kid behind.
That is why my go to site for education is https://www.khanacademy.org/. I have my own account, and all 3 of my kids have separate accounts. I started my account just so I could brush up on some math skills in order to help my kids with homework, and I continue to do it because I have learned so many things. I no longer cringe when my son comes to me for help with math, or when one of my daughters has a melt down over fractions. It really is like having a teacher living in your house! There are over 4000 videos to help you learn. It starts with basic stuff, so I would say most elementary students would be able to start. It does get more advanced as you go along, but you have to complete one skill before you can learn a new one.
This isn’t just a math site. They have science, history, and computers also. They even have a section just for test prep for the SAT’s! I have a daughter that took the ACT test last year, and we checked in to a few test prep classes. I’m here to tell you, they are expensive. This site? Not so much!
Oh, that’s right, I forgot to tell you the best part! IT’S FREE! That’s right, it doesn’t cost a thing. And it’s fun. When was the last time one of your kids had to be told to settle down while watching a math video? Or argue over who get’s to do their homework first? Give Khan Academy a try! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.