New microsite at tvokids.com provides a fun, creative work zone focusing on the toughest subjects in
Features TVOKids' curriculum-linked resources and videos from experts in
math, science and language
TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - How many angles of equal measure are there in
an isosceles triangle? What do plants need in order to conduct
photosynthesis? How do you turn a good idea into a well-written
paragraph? Every child tackling homework is bound to hit a stumbling
block, but perhaps the bigger challenge for kids is overcoming the
anxiety and frustration that often follow. What can kids do? Where can
they turn for help?
Support and encouragement are just a click away thanks to the newly
launched TVOKids Homework Zone, available now at tvokids.com. The TVOKids Homework Zone is a microsite that aggregates TVOKids'
massive inventory of kid and teacher-tested, curriculum-linked
resources into an easy-to-navigate and fun work zone. Primary
grade-school kids can practice and review concepts learned in school
and get problem-solving tips and tricks for three core areas of the
Ontario curriculum: math, science and literacy.
"We've heard from kids, parents and educators that these subjects are
areas of need," says Stacie Goldin, TVOKids' in-house educator/research
advisor. Goldin led the mammoth task of identifying the content
appropriate for the microsite, and tagging and categorizing resources
in a way that kids - and their parents - could easily find help. "As
parents, we often struggle to help our kids with homework because we
ourselves may have struggled in those subjects, especially math. One
key objective of the site is to help parents, not just kids, better
understand these subjects," she adds.
Kids can locate the subject they need help with and drill down to a
specific topic, be it perimeter or patterns; the animal kingdom or
outer space; or spelling and grammar. To illustrate these concepts, the
Homework Zone provides episodes of popular TVOKids-produced shows and
web games from some of tvokids.com's 160+ offerings, as well as new resources exclusive to the Homework
teacher videos featuring experts in each of the three subject areas
(math expert Troy Langevine, principal at Ellesmere-Statton Public
School; science expert Aldo Petrucci, vice principal at Edgewood Public
School; and language expert Wynne Ng, a Grade 2/3 teacher at Glamorgan
Jr. Public School)
printable activities and worksheets
interactive practise tools
general homework and study tips on things such as practising for the
Language expert Wynne Ng agrees that the TVOKids Homework Zone will be a
useful resource for the whole family. "Students are taught that nouns
are people, places and things and verbs are action words, but when you
ask them to identify the noun from the verb in a sentence they can't
transfer that skill. Even adults forget basic grammar," she says. "The
Homework Zone gives parents a chance to see how [grammar] might be
taught in a classroom and how they can kick-start rich conversations at
home with their kids."
She adds, "I wish I had the Homework Zone when I was in school. Instead
of just turning to the Internet as a source of gaming or entertainment,
students can use it as a tool to become accountable for their
Coupled with the TVOKids Homework Zone microsite is a bi-monthly, live
broadcast-webcast event in which students can connect directly with a
teacher and ask questions via email or phone on a variety of homework
topics. The next live TVOKids Homework Zone event airs Monday January
31 on TVOKids' afterschool block, The Space, and online on the Homework Zone microsite.
For more information, please visit the TVOKids Homework Zone at tvokids.com or homeworkzone.tvokids.com.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. Celebrating 40 years in 2010, TVO's
vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through
educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario
and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.
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