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Khan Academy : A go to source for education!


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.


7 thoughts on “Khan Academy : A go to source for education!

  1. This is cool – especially that you use it as well as your children. My go to site is http://www.learntobe.com. It’s a free online tutoring site where learners get one on one tutoring – or even face to face tutoring – with math. There may be other areas of learning but math is what we have used it for in my family. You get an account set up, and when you need help you request a tutor. The tutor comes on line and can talk to you, or you can see each other through the camera function and the teacher can walk you through learning how to do the math theory you are working on. Its for ages K-12 I believe.

    Elizabeth Rising Early, 31 Days

  2. I love that you opened your own account just so that you can brush up on your skills, bravo!! My daughter is a toddler but this might be something we’d consider in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this site. My stepson uses it regularly to help him with different projects and homework. I sit and watch with him to relearn what I forgot since I graduated 30+ years ago.

  4. My son is starting school this summer ek ! I will need to start using a site like this with him to help him along – he is going to be on of the youngest in his grade 🙁

  5. This sounds really cool – My little girl is almost 3, but my nephews are here every day after school, and I’m always looking for new things to help me help them! 🙂

  6. I think I will definitely need to do this when my daughter goes to school – brush up on some things so I can help her. Glad to know there are resources out there like this!

  7. I do have to say that I know how much her kids pride themselves on getting straight A’s and how proud mom is. I have been trying to find a website to help a couple of kids with their math along with myself when they come to me for help and I have trouble remembering some of the math. So as of now I will be using this site to help refresh my brain and to help the boys.

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