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Helping with Homework

Homework Help Now Online at Logan City Libraries

Live Homework Help connects students with expert tutors for live, one-to-one individual learning sessions using voice technology, chat interface, multiple whiteboards, advanced maths type tools, document sharing and browser control.

The service is available from Monday to Friday, 4pm - 8pm.

Have you membership number handy to log in. From the library catalogue click on the databases tab, enter your details and then select the Live Homework Help link.

 

Copyright for kids - This website is especially for kids. Go on an interactive adventure. Take part in all the activities. Discover what copyright really means. There is a test you can take at the end to see what you really do know! There are six questions with full answers provided on the next page.

 

 

An interactive version of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights is available at
http://www0.un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanrights/declaration/

 

These pages for teachers are also relevant for parents:

Internet Research

Information Literacy

Internet safety

 

Kids Search Engines

These services are designed primarily to serve the needs of children, either in focus, or by filtering out sites that some parents and teachers might find inappropriate for kids. These usually include sites that deal with explicit sexual matters, porn sites, violence, hate speech, gambling and drug use.

 

S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic web-based multimedia resource for educators, that promises to make a significant contribution to enhancing the teaching of information literacy skills to children. At no time in history has the ability to locate, organize, evaluate, manage and use information been more critical for today's learners. These skills, collectively referred to as information literacy, lay the groundwork for success in every phase of a student's life both in and out of school.

 

So, the math. Use the UNICEF publication, "What Your Donation Can Buy ," to show your child what a big difference even a small donation can make. For example, just seven cents buys a box of crayons for a child to use at school. Let your child parcel out the coins in their donation box in different ways, and pretend to "buy" a child whatever benefits they can afford. Seven cents here, seven cents there - pretty soon you've helped a whole classroom of kids. And your younger child will be learning about money. Your older child can practice dividing and multiplying (do I have enough for 20 boxes of crayons?), making change, and problem solving (how can I buy the most different things? How many lives could my donation save?).

I like this math moment, because it's yet another example of how math can make an activity more meaningful, rather than math being imposed as a hollow, distracting, "grown-up" driven add-on. In this case, using math can help your kids better appreciate the power of their donation.

More Fun Math for Kids

Summer fun Learning guide

"Students can lose one or two months worth of reading and math skills during the summer, which could prove troublesome the following school year," says Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., vice president of education for Sylvan Learning Center. "Summer is an important time for parents to share in everyday learning activities with their children and help keep them learning all summer long."

Sylvan Learning Center is offering parents this free activity booklet to help keep children's minds active during the school break and to nurture reading, writing and math skills with activities that are fun for the whole family.

 

BrainPOP is an educational program for kids of all ages with content spanning 6 main subjects including: Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health and Technology. Within each subject, you will find hundreds of short, animated movies that speak to kids in a language and voice that they understand. At BrainPOP, we believe that a strong foundation of facts is the key to building knowledge. Therefore, our movies strive to provide kids with an honest and real view of whatever topic or issue we tackle.

Visit Brain Pop

 

Helping your child with homework

Homework is an opportunity for children to learn and for families to be involved in their
childrenís education. However, helping children with homework isnít always easy. At
parent-teacher meetings and in conferences with parents, teachers often hear questions
such as:
Ŗ How can I get Michael to do his homework? Every night itís a struggle to get him
to turn off the TV and do his homework.
Ŗ Why isnít Maria getting more homework?
Ŗ Why is Jonathan getting so much homework?
Ŗ When is Suki supposed to do homework? She takes piano lessons, sings in her
church choir, plays basketball and helps with family chores. Thereís hardly any
time left to study.
Ŗ How can I help Robert with his math homework when I donít understand it?
Ŗ Do homework assignments really help my child learn?
This booklet helps answer these and other questions that parents, family members and
others who care for children in elementary and middle school often ask about homework.
The booklet also includes practical ideas for helping children to complete homework
assignments successfully.

 

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