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The 10 Apps and Websites Parents Need for the New School Year

The thermometer may still register summer-weather, but the calendar shows us that back-to-school time is rapidly approaching. So with that in mind, here is a list of ten apps and websites to make things easier for students and their parents as we prepare ourselves for a new school year.


  1. myHomework. Our technologically savvy kids need an equally technologically savvy way of keeping everything school-related organized. This app allows students to easily keep track of homework, classes, and assignments. Suitable for middle school kids and up.
  2. BrainPOP.comIf your worried that your child may need a refresher on some basic skills, head to BrainPOP or BrainPOPJr. This website has videos and interactive quizzes on a wide range of subjects including math, science, health, social students, reading, and writing.
  3. Is It Contagious?  This app answers the question for you when you’re not sure if it’s safe to send your child to school.  With information from the pediatricians of KidsHealth.org, the app provides images and text regarding symptoms, treatment, contagiousness, and prevention of more than eighty-five different medical conditions.
  4. Cozi Family OrganizerThe family calendar hanging on the kitchen wall doesn’t meet the needs for many families nowadays. This app allows the whole family to view upcoming appointments, events, shopping lists, to-do lists, and individual and family calendars.
  5. Flashcards+ by CheggThis app allows high-schoolers to create customized flashcards on their phones and then have those “flashcards” with them all the time. These flashcards also allow students to add visuals and diagrams. Perfect for students preparing for the SAT, Advanced Placement, and other standardized exams.
  6. School A to ZWhen you can’t remember the difference between an obtuse and an acute angle, or an acrostic and a haiku poem, use this app. This app is designed to serve as a parent’s “tutor” in a sense, so that the parent can help the child with homework. Also, children can use it to practice multiplication facts and spelling words as well.
  7. Live Homework Help If you are in possession of a Los Angeles Public Library card, then you have access to a free tutor. Tutors are available each day from 3:00pm – 10:00 pm to offer students (kindergarten through twelfth grade) homework help as well as test preparation.
  8. Cartwheel by TargetTarget is the go-to for everything you may need, and with this app, it makes your go-to for everything (or almost everything) your child may want. From school supplies, snacks, clothes, and shoes,Target has you covered. This app allows you to save even more on items you’d already be purchasing.
  9. Henryanker.comThis teacher-designed website features a variety of quizzes and practice sets for students in kindergarten through seventh grade. Subjects include math, social studies, keyboarding, and language arts.
  10.  Your child’s school’s website.  Most schools have one, and it may already be updated with beginning-of-the-year information, including school closures (four days during September for LAUSD schools), a list of upcoming minimum days, and the date for Back-to-School Night. If your child is headed off to a new school this fall, visiting the website and looking at pictures of the campus (and staff if available) will help your child feel a bit more comfortable the morning of the first day of school.

Wendy Kennar (389 Posts)

Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her nine-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at wendykennar.com.

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