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Information Overload – Need a virtual tutor

Spent a few minutes with Google looking for a decent app or website we can direct our kids to for working on the skills and concepts being introduced in the classroom. We are open to a subscription service, but don’t want to commit without some endorsement or referral from a trusted PDDer. Sure, there is plenty out there for free, but weeding through advertisements and such makes it complicated and cumbersome at times – we’d also like to track progress. Any of you using anything you can recommend? Specifically looking for math, spelling and phonics for the K-5 audience.

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  1. Our kids came home from school with the idea to play Sumdog -- math interactive learning site.

    Once upon a time our 5th grader really hated practicing spelling. It was a direct conflict any time she got a word wrong. I got sick of it and for that year (first grade) entered the words into an online tutor.

    Your mileage may vary. But both are free.

    kerc | Dec 1, 2013 | New Comment
  2. Khan Academy is fantastic for math, and there are other subjects that they are adding, too. It is aimed for a little older than K-5. The site seems to start at 3rd grade math, but they do have lessons for simple arithmetic that a student encounters before 3rd grade. The lessons and practice is really good (I used it for myself for higher math).

    mbradshawlong | Dec 1, 2013 | New Comment
  3. I subscribed to IXL Math and English for a year. Accounts for two kids cost $100 for the year. You can try samples on the website. The drawback I saw was the site’s reward system. If the kid made one mistake, they’d be back to needing 5 in a row correct (or whatever) to earn their “sticker.” That part got frustrating, even though I the kids getting 90%, 80% right was OK. But they wanted to earn the reward, and sometimes that was too hard.

    Beverly | Dec 1, 2013 | New Comment
  4. +1 for Khan Academy. Our kiddo was doing it pre-3rd grade. I suggest doing your own learning side by side with your children. Model, don’t meddle. ;) — BTW, get them coding asap! We use scratch from MIT … it’s awesome, fun and even adults can do it.

    baci | Dec 2, 2013 | New Comment
  5. One recommended and used at some local schools for basic math facts is, and it is free. It is for practicing basic addition tables and similar. is a free reading/phonics site, also used at some local schools for pre-K through 1st grades. is another good one that is free and it covers math, language arts, and computer skills.

    MomAH | Dec 10, 2013 | New Comment

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