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Sites – September 2009

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Improve Student Performance: Reading

The key to a successful education is mastery of reading and communication, and this resource pool courtesy the U.S Department of Education does have a sizable amount of information on the subject. All the links included in this page are to professional organizations specializing in early reading and getting off to a good start, so naturally they’re recommended – especially to students for whom English is a second language.

http://www.ed.gov (search for “improve student  performance: reading”)


CNET Laptop Guide

Back to school probably means a new computer for a lot of kids, so might as well read up on the latest technology and requirements. With Windows 7 just around the corner, getting an idea of what a laptop entails these days is definitely important. That way, when you’re ready to take the plunge, all of those specifications won’t come as a surprise. 

www.cnet.com (search for “back to school PC reviews”)

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Disney’s Family Fun Back to School Guide

Who’d have thought Disney would be so helpful getting ready for school? Well, in this page they have a plethora of ideas for extra curricular activities, help with homework, parent involvement and even making the most of those first day of school memories. Now that last one is something we should have thought of all those years back! 

www.familyfun.go.com (search for “back to school guide for parents”)


Alphabet Soup

These guys continue to update their site, even though the design looks like it’s still 1998. But don’t let that deceive you, just look at their recently-penned back to school 2009 portal. It’s brimming with cool stuff, like back to school games, books and poems. Sure, the idea is to prepare teachers for the first day of class, buy we always told you, there’s nothing like a bit of the inside track. 



Great Schools

The Great Schools experts continue to share, this time focusing on ten things to do when getting ready for the first day of class and trying to adjust to a new school environment. A lot of this sounds really obvious, but you’d be surprised. At any rate, Great Schools is still a wonderfully useful site, and one you should certainly check out before the new academic calendar is upon us. 

www.greatschools.net (search for “back to school”)



l What do we need now? Supplies, lots of supplies. Going back to school, regardless of age and grade, calls for buying tons of school supplies. Plus let’s face it, getting all that gear is quite fun, because every year there are new trends to get to know on top of the old classics. Staples is our favorite place for school shopping, and even if you don’t order anything from them, the site will undoubtedly give you many good ideas. 

www.staples.com (search for “back to school 2009”)


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