VolunteerSpot was started as an online coordination tool to help busy parents be more active in supporting their children's education and activities. That's why when we learned about Otis Kreigel and his website, TheK5, we just had to share!
Otis has been a teacher for the past 12 years and recognizes that parents don’t have a lot of time but they want to help their kids succeed in school. To remedy this situation, he developed the The K5 website to share tips and techniques for helping children in grades K-5 -- he calls it 'Elementary Education for Parents'. We like that the majority of his time-tested advice is communicated through short, entertaining videos that give you a ton of tips and information quickly.
With state tests and end of semester exams right around the corner at many schools, we liked this video sharing Test Preparation tips for multiple choice exams. TheK5 videos run the gamut from preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences, to fun skill-building activities, to conquering family challenges like getting out the door on time in the morning. There is even a fun and timely video about Playing Hookey, covering which days NOT to miss and how to plan if you know your child will be absent. Some of the more popular videos are:
The K5 also has a traditional blog with quick tips on everything from The Three Rs, to great websites, important articles, printables and blog posts written by other experts in the field such as school psychologists, occupational therapists, chefs, literacy specialists, university professors and parents to help working with your child at home to be easier.
If you're a parent of child in elementary school or know someone who is, please head to TheK5 and check out the videos and resources - you'll be glad you did. You can also follow The K5 by signing up for their monthly email newsletter by clicking here. The K5 also accepts requests for topics and shares advice in a Q/A format – just email Otis [at] TheK5 [dot] com.