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Resources for Special Topics

National Center for Learning Disabilities A user-friendly resource for parents, caregivers, or anyone impacted by or concerned about learning disabilities (LD). Features guides for understanding LD symptoms and treatments in an age-appropriate context, from preschool through adulthood.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Learning Disability Resources

Detangling Dyslexia
Massachusetts Library System provides a webinar, assessment test, suggested book list and online resource links that define dyslexia and offer strategies for helping those who have dyslexia. 

iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia/Reading and Writing Difficulties Download this printable Wheel of Apps Guide produced by staff at CALLScotland.

Apps for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders  Download this printable infographic of recommended apps.

Children's Defense Fund This Washington, D.C.-based organization advocates on behalf of children at risk and children with disabilities.

National Runaway Safeline This site offers advice for teens who are having problems as well as general information for parents, teachers and concerned adults.

Prescription Drug Misuse/Abuse and Your Kids's information for parents about prescription drug misuse and abuse, including  ideas for what you can say to your kids, action tips for safeguarding medication in your home, warning signs, and helpful resources.  Digital Citizenship, Safety & Civility  A guide to Internet use & safety for young people, originally from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association.

What Book Should My Child Read?
Reading lists and book finding websites for children age 0-13.

Council for Exceptional Children A national organization for those involved in special education and gifted education.

Department of Education/Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts:  
Websites with information to support troop leaders
Troop Leader Mom (Girl Scouts)
Scouter Mom (Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts)

Homeschool Resources:
Blogs and websites that provide information, tips and advice for homeschooling.

The Homeschool Mom
Homeschool Diner
Curriculum Choice
Massachusetts Home Learning Association
AHEM:  Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc.  Resources for Homeschool Curriculum

Advice for New Homeschoolers from The Homeschool Mom
Massachusetts Homeschool Field Trips from The Homeschool Mom
The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Homeschool Curriculum from Curriculum Choice

In The News:
Fake News:  A Library Resource Round-Up  Resources for current news consumers to help evaluate information and decipher fact from ficton.
Websites to Visit

Parenting Advice & Information

PBS Parents - Advice for parents from the Public Broadcasting System. 

The Full Plate Blog - Mother-of-two Eila Debard Johnson runs this cooking blog for busy parents with recipes that are healthy, quick and easy to follow.

Wall Street Journal's "The Juggle" Blog's blog that provides news and views on work, caregiving and time management for working parents.

Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond juggles homeschool, career and life on a ranch and offers her recipes, family stories and advice for parents. 

Dr. Toy's Guide on the Internet  Information on hundreds of recommended toys and products for children.

iPad Apps to Support Creativity Download this printable infographic of recommended apps produced by CALLScotland.

First Palette Free kids' crafts, art activities, and printables designed to nurture creativity and the love of learning.

Great Group Games 
Your ultimate game group resource for free and fun youth party games, icebreakers, outdoor games, and more! Searchable by size of group, age of group, playing area, and type of occasion.

Inspire My Kids Inspirational stories, videos and projects for children and the adults in their lives.

CommonSense Media Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Our free resources include ratings and reviews of digital tools, a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.

Back to School:  Information to help make your school year run smoothly!

Resources for Educating Children

ARTSEDGE:  The Kennedy Center's free digital learning platform for arts education.
Resources include lesson plans, guides, audio stories, video clips, and more.

The Artist's Toolkit:  Geared for teachers, but young artists can find inspiration and useful hints by exploring the tools that artists use and seeing artists in action.  Contains an encyclopedia of basic art terms.

Bedtime Math Modeled on the bedtime story tradition, Bedtime Math is a daily blog that offers daily math problems instead of stories. Math problems are offered in three levels of challenge (preschool, kindergarten through first or second grade, and second grade and up).

Erintigration Resources for using technology in the classroom.  This website has a blog with ideas for integrating many devices, apps and online technologies into the classroom.  Disclaimer:  some resources are for sale and promote various companies, but there are also a lot of resources to download and use for free, as well as ideas on how to use free apps and technologies that you may already own.

Mother Goose on the Loose online resources for teaching and enjoying Nursery Rhymes with your baby or toddler.  
Nursery rhymes are perfect for babies and toddlers. They are short and simple to recite or sing. They include words that begin and end with the same sounds, helping children's brains to recognize syllables and hear similarities in patterns. Familiarity with nursery rhymes can lead to phonological awareness. The repetition in nursery rhymes helps increase a child’s vocabulary.  Research shows that children who enter kindergarten knowing nursery rhymes will have an easier time learning how to read.

Multnomah County Library's Every Child Fantastic resources for infant, toddler and preschool children.  Lists of recommended reading and music selections to encourage early literacy skills.

Born Learning Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

Common Core State Standards  Devoted to the task of defining Common Core State Standards, this site provides detailed definitions of what students are expected to learn. It serves as a resource to teachers and parents embarking on the education of young people, especially in the context of relevance to real-world knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in college and careers.

Education Week on the Web Online news from the world of education.

Edutopia:  K-12 Education Tips and Strategies that Work 
Success stories about what works in education in the six core concepts of integrated studies, project learning, comprehensive assessments, social & emotional learning, technology integration, and teacher development.

Get Set 4 Kindergarten This amazing guide to school readiness includes four sections that change monthly: kindergarten skills readiness, getting ready to read, health and wellness, and an information printout. Notably, each section includes book and website recommendations.

How to Smile:  Hands-on Science & Math A collection of hands-on science and math activities, created by staff from science museums around the country, this website is a resource for educators, homeschoolers, parents, and anyone looking to teach school-aged children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) using interactive, non-classroom methods.

The History Shelf of  A visual timeline of historical fiction, books and movies for all ages.

American Indians in Children's Literature:  Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. Scroll down for links to book reviews, Native media, and more.

NeoK12:  Educational Videos and Lessons for K-12 School Kids
Need an educational video to share with your students? This sites has hundreds of video clips, covering the subjects of science, math, health, social studies and English Teacher resources and teacher professional development programming for K-12 teachers FREE through our satellite channel and Video on Demand.

The Princeton Review  Great test preparation and practice resources

Explore Your Career Options  An interactive website from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Find the Right College for You  Learn about which colleges are similar to your interests and your strengths.

Office of Federal Student Aid  Information for students and families about applying for grants, scholarships, loans and work study jobs.