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Online homework helpers and learning activities

Our last two columns reviewed some of the learning websites for younger children. This week we look at homework helper sites for older children.

Fact Monster includes homework help for a variety of subjects, from geography to writing to math to science. Each topic includes facts, timelines, quizzes and other self-paced learning tools. The site, which is free to use, is text-based and easy to navigate.

Scholastic.com’s School Success offers not only homework help pegged by grade level, but also helpful articles on how parents can best work with their children’s teachers, dealing with back-to-school jitters, and curricula guides for different grade levels. It also has a flash-card maker, a spelling wizard, and learning activities by grade level.

Enchantedlearning.com’s Zoom School has activities and quizzes for grade-school children across science, math, geography, and language arts. Although the site looks to be geared toward early-grade teachers, its activities can also be used by parents to help children directly.

BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper, created by a child and his dad back in 1996, is a site aggregator with links to other websites that offer help in math, English, science and computers. Links avoid websites with excessive advertising, and tend to be the “best of the best” when it comes to online learning. Homework Helper includes links to sites that help grade-school, middle-school, and high-school students.

No matter what age and learning level your child has attained, there are plenty of websites to help both you and your child.