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Great websites for parents:

An excellent place to start researching topics on the web is called the Child & Family Webguide. This site reviews and rates websites using a "star" system that easily allows you to tell what the reviewers thought of certain websites. This site provides links to other sites and gives overviews of the sites along with the ratings that the sites received.


ERIC / EECE’S National Parenting Information Network has a website that has good links, too. It is another good place to start when researching things on the web. It also offers a chat room for parents.


ERIC Clearing House on Reading, English, and Communication and the Learning Association have developed a website.  This site helps parents prepare their children to learn.  It provides tips for parents and educators.


The next website if for parents of preschoolers who are trying to ensure that their children are adequately prepared when it is time to enter kindergarten.  The site addresses kindergarten readiness. 


Parents Magazine offers an interesting and informative site that is hard to leave! It has a lot of advertising around the edges but also offers nice tidbits of information from parents in the outer edges, too! It has some topics including pregnancy, advice on children by age, family time, and community. I found an article about whether or not children are ready for kindergarten and another on ways to raise happy children.


The Learning Network’s "Parent Channel" offers another neat place to start on the web. This site has lots of information and links to newsletters about specific topics and activities for children. There is both age and grade level specific information for parents of young children.


ADDitude magazine is a magazine for parents of children with AD/HD or for adults with AD/HD. The magazine has all kinds of informative stories and lots of great tips for things like organization, weight loss, time management, and the like. The companion web site is:


Another essential website for parents of children with attention problems is this one.  It has resources for parents and children.


Reading books  to children about different topics is a great way to help children process their emotions. We do this a lot in counseling because it helps children realize that they are not alone as they deal with certain issues or problems. The following website list all kinds of books that are suitable for young children (lower elementary grades). The topics range from things like adoption and death to conflict resolution and other contemporary issues like violence in our society. This is a great all-around resource!


The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has a neat website with lots of fact sheets for families. This website has different pages for different topics that parents may want to explore.


This website is quoted as being the "most comprehensive special education advocacy site of the internet." Pamela Darr Wright, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) put this site together. It has different topics relating to children who might have problems with attention or who might need special education services but also has an overview of child development.


Another resource to help you if your child has a learning disability is the site put together by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.


One website clearly states and explains the developmental stages of childhood as researched by Jean Piaget. These stages are very interesting to learn about and consider in relation to where your child is functioning. Sometimes we don’t realize that there are some issues that very young children just cannot grasp. If you are not familiar with Piaget’s work, I highly recommend you glance at this site.


PARENTS, don't forget to look at our Parent Resource Library. These books are available for parents to check out from the Cool Spring Elementary School library. Although our current collection is small, it includes some great reading.








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