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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's nothing but valuable (OK, sometimes not really "valuable" as much as very cool: Do you know why curveballs curve?) information for students of all ages on this well-organized education portal. Most of the links will take kids off the site, but where they land is harmless and educational. Minimal text-only ads are usually related to the topic you've clicked on. It's just unfortunate that they look so much like the other legit content links on the site.
What's it about?
Got questions? Dig right in to this extensive collection of Web sites broken down by subject and age group to find the answers. Not only can you get straight-up homework help on HOMEWORKSPOT.COM, but you'll also get related news and links to other wonderful sites. In the section for middle schoolers, for example, you'll find links to sites on geography bees, immigration, and countries of the world. The reference desk area is a gateway to dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, and encyclopedias. Take your learning offline with the educational suggested things to do, such as downloadable maps you fill in. And writing tips offer help with essays and book reports.
Is it any good?
Many online homework hubs have tons of valuable information, but everything is so buried that kids never find what they're looking for, making the point of a site like this completely null and void. HomeworkSpot.com, on the other hand, has distinct age and subject categories are clearly divided so kids can go right to the subject they're interested in. And, with the many downloadable printouts, kids are encouraged to give their eyes a break and take their lessons off-screen. Now who said learning couldn't be fun?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's often better to go to a trusted site like HomeworkSpot than to Google to find the best age-appropriate, reliable information. What are the benefits of having search engines and sites designed just for kids? What are safe sites to browse? How can you tell which sites you can trust?