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Homework Hotline opens for the school year - August 8th, 2016

Fractions, polynomials, and geometry- oh my! Don’t fret about coming across scary math problems. Homework Hotline teachers have huge hearts to help students find the courage to take on any of their homework help needs.

Hotline offers free tutoring services from certified teachers for K-12 students in Tennessee and is now open for the school year.  Hotline has most Tennessee textbooks and bilingual tutors who speak Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, and Somali. Call Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at  298-6636 or Sonic toll free 888-868-5777.

Follow Homework Hotline on the Yellow Brick Road to excellent grades this school year. Like Homework Hotline on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @HomeworkHelp4TN.

There’s no place like Homework Hotline.

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You Can Give to Us 6 Different Ways this School Year

Wait, wait, it’s way too soon! 

School starts in Nashville on August 3!

That means Homework Hotline opens for free tutoring on August 8. 

This year we want to provide 14,000 sessions of free tutoring and reading remediation to at least 5,000 students.  With your help, children learn!  Here are a few ways to help your Homework Hotline:

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Are you a MNPS teacher or a city employee?  Please consider giving to Hotline through your Metropolitan Nashville Consolidated Charities Campaign (MECCC).  Homework Hotline is agency 2884.

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Federal employee?  Give to Homework Hotline in your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  Homework Hotline is agency 84197.

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Read books? Listen to music?  Buy stuff? AmazonSmile will give us 5 cents for every $10 you spend if you pick us as your charity.  Log in here and select Homework Hotline.

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Shop at Kroger?  Pick Homework Hotline as your charity through Kroger Community Rewards here.  You use your Kroger card, children get free tutoring.

 

 

Just feeling charitable and want to help struggling students?  Please consider a gift to Homework Hotline. We appreciate your continued support. Let's get ready to rock another school year!

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Turn Gaming into Learning: Educational Websites and Games Your Kids Will Love

You haven’t had a childhood until you have died of dysentery. The Oregon Trail is just one of the many games Homework Hotline believes is an excellent way to learn while gaming.

Long gone are the days of Go Fish and Duck, Duck, Goose. In today’s age of digital technology, many kids spend time attached to a mobile device or computer screen playing interactive video games at some point in their day. In moderation, our kids’ attachment to this technology can be beneficial, especially if it relates to their education. There are many online resources and mobile apps that can help keep your child’s brain active over the summer.

Here are 10 of Homework Hotline’s favorite educational games and websites for kids:

Oregon Trail: Oregon Trail has been updated several times since its conception in 1971 and the updated version of the game still teaches children about an important period of time in American history through an interactive role-play. Hitch up the wagon and share with your kids the joys (and woes) of the Wild West.

PBS Kids Games: PBS has highly interactive educational games on their website making learning fun with all of their favorite characters from Arthur to Clifford the Big Red Dog and Word Girl.

National Geographic Kids: Let your child explore their sense of wonder on National Geographic’s website for kids with high quality content and games.

Fun BrainThis website has math, grammar, science, spelling and history games but also offers a very neat Reading Center with e-books for your child to read. They also have a Mom and Kid’s Playground where moms can monitor and play online games with their younger children.

ABCyaLet your kids play online on a website you trust. This award-winning website has games for grade levels K-5 developed by certified technology education teachers.

Dan Russell-Pinson: Dan Russell Pinson is the President of Freecloud Design, Inc. and the creator of popular educational games like Stack the Countries, Presidents vs. Aliens, and Monster Physics. Among his treasure trove of games, Pinson combines quirky graphics and strategy for players to learn neat factoids about geography and US presidents. Games can be found on his online blog here or in mobile app stores.

Habitat the GameIt’s never too early to teach your child about caring about our planet. In this environmentally friendly game, your child can adopt a virtual polar bear and see first hand the effect human consumption has on our planet and its other inhabitants and how we can do our part to fix it.

Number Run: Remember the wildly successful game, Temple Run? Number Run has the same concept, but with math problems. Your child can help a Panda escape a bully by solving math problems at a fast pace. This game is great for preparing your child for timed math drills.

BrainPop Jr.’s Movie of the Week: In this shortened version of Brain Pop’s successful movie quizzes, users can access a free 3-minute video each week where viewers are asked questions about the content afterwards.

Sight Words for Reading: For those just learning to read or giving a head start to baby Einsteins, this game helps children memorize the most common words in children’s literature to jumpstart new readers or improve developing readers.

We hope you and your kids have a ball playing all of these educational games. Make sure to call us during the school year with all of the fun things you learned.

 

 

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Summer is Served

Ice cream, barbecue, and picnics-- all yummy things served during summer, but wouldn’t it be nice to do some serving yourself?

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As summer days slow down, you may find a lot of free time on your hands. Take advantage of this time and teach your child about the importance of community service. As they learn new skills in their volunteer experiences this summer, watch as those skills transfer to their everyday activities during the school year.

Generosity begins at home. Children who volunteer at a young age are twice as likely to continue volunteering as an adult. For middle and high school students, volunteering can provide real world organizational and people skills needed for a lifetime.

 

Many times children are able to combine volunteering with a few of their favorite interests. Check out some of our favorite ways to give back to the community:

 

  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter
  • Participate in your community garden
  • Seek out intergenerational music programs at nursing homes
  • Help out at a rescue mission
  • Organize a donation drive for your favorite charity
  • Put together a neighborhood or park clean up
  • Raise money for your favorite charity through bake sales
  • Get involved with your favorite nonprofits
  • Deliver meals through a Meals on Wheels program
  • Volunteer at a food bank
  • Donate unwanted toys, clothes, and items to a local charity

Two search engines that can help you find community service opportunities in your area are Volunteer Match and Idealist.

Here at Homework Hotline, we are always looking for high school volunteers to help us around the office. If you or your child would love to volunteer at Homework Hotline this summer or take calls during the school year, email us at volunteer@homeworkhotline.info or apply here.

We hope you have a happy summer spent making our community a better place.

 

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10 Ways To Make Summer Reading and Writing Fun

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Cue Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. “School’s out for summer. School’s out forever.” Maybe not forever. Students are running free in the summertime sun. Teachers are dancing their way out of the hallways. It seems like everyone is welcoming summer with open arms-- except maybe parents.

It can be challenging to think of fun ways to keep your child’s brain engaged over the summer. Every skill they have developed over the school year can hit a slump without continued learning.

Here are some fun ways to jazz up your child’s reading and writing skills to make them literary rock stars this summer:

1. Start a reading list: Help your child make a personal reading list filled with books that they are interested in and would enjoy reading. Following a list will teach your child goal setting and give them a sense of personal accomplishment when they finish their list at the end of the summer. You can also reward your child upon completing the list to celebrate this accomplishment.

If you don’t know where to start with your reading list, check your child’s school website or contact their school office for their suggested reading list.

The Nashville Public Library is also hosting a Summer Challenge where students can read for prizes. Check it out here.

2. Start and adventure book or blog: Get your child a journal or help them start an online blog where they can document their summer adventures. This will help your child develop their writing skills and give them a reason to write daily. If your child is stumped on what to write about for the day, you can find summer time writing prompts here.

3. Plan and research a summer trip: Going on vacation? Have your child help you plan your family vacation. Whether it’s a trip to a local park, beach getaway, or camping in Yellowstone, have your child research the place or any major landmarks you are visiting. It’s like taking your child on an extravagant field trip after they learn fun facts about your destination.

As an added bonus: find books relating to your travel plans for your child to read while on long car rides and flights.

4. State license plate game: Going on a road trip? Keep your child engaged on a long road trip by giving them a list of states and having them check off each state license plate you see while driving. This will help young readers practice their reading while on the road.

5. Plan a pretend vacation: If you aren’t traveling this summer, have your child pick a place in the world they would like to travel to one day and help them research the country and it’s culture. Take them to the library to check out books on the country and open them to a whole new world from the comforts of your own home.

6. Learn about your neighborhood's history: Have your child pick out an old building or landmark near you and help them research the history behind it. Tennessee has a rich history filled with many interesting stories that can help a child transform their everyday surroundings into something more profound. Visit TN History for Kids to find a great resource on Tennessee’s history.

7. Write to a pen pal: Your child can stay in touch with their favorite classmates by having a pen pal! A great way to help your child keep their writing skills sharp over the summer is by having them write a letter to a classmate continuing the correspondence weekly throughout the summer. This will give your child something to look forward to and make them excited about writing.

Have a family "booknic": Take advantage of the sunny weather and make it a family affair by going on a family booknic. Pack a lunch and take it to the park or your family’s favorite outdoor spot and have everyone bring a book they want to read.

9. Write campfire stories: Have each member of the family write a story to share over a campfire in your backyard decked out with homemade smores.

10. Have a karaoke dance party: One fun way to help a child practice their reading is through music. Print out the lyrics to your child’s favorite songs and host a family karaoke night for everyone to perform their favorite jams.

These are just a few of Homework Hotline’s favorite ways to make reading and writing in the summer fun. Have your own fun ideas on how to spice up reading and writing? Share with us in the comments below.

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