School is in full swing for most of us with kids, and that means homework. If you’ve been out of school for a while, you know sometimes that means we need to learn or relearn right alongside our kiddos.

Unfortunately, sometimes the assignments given may as well be written in another language. Every parent has their academic strengths and weaknesses and eventually your kids are going to ask a question even Google can’t answer. What’s a parent to do?

Thankfully, there are a slew of websites online to help our children. Many of these resources are free to military families, making it even better!

  •  This website provides free homework and studying help to military families online when you need it. They advertise, “Get homework and studying help from a professional tutor any time you need it… Expert tutors are online 24/7 and available to help in more than 16 subjects, including test prep, proofreading, Math, Science, English and Social Studies.”

Eligibility for military families includes:

  • Dependent children of Active Duty personnel
  • Dependent children of Deployed Marine Corps Reserve personnel
  • Dependent children of Wounded Warriors/Survivors
  • Inactive/Part-time Reserve personnel and their dependents
  • Dependent children of Deployed Department of Defense Civilian personnel
  • National Guard personnel (deployed/active and part-time/inactive) and their dependents

Maybe you’re a homeschooler and you’re looking for some online educational or parenting resources as well. Here are a couple of my favorites to check out.

  • CYFERnet (Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network): This free website is chock full of information, from early childhood resources to K-8 Tools, teen assistance resources and more.
  • Literactive: Perfect for preschooler through 1st grade to provide phonic activities and tools for reading online.  This program is free with registration.
  • Khan Academy: A non-profit group whose goal is to provide free education worldwide. Students can discover and “make use of our extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web.”  Parents can also find help by viewing what their kids are learning while online.

Many parents find it difficult to teach their own children and sometimes it simply comes down to which learning style works best for each of us. Whatever you do, ask for help. Reach out to professionals and get assistance setting your child up for success. There’s no shame in saying we don’t have all the answers; it teaches our kids that we are human.

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