New York, NY August 22, 2006– It is Back-to-School time and Scholastic.com, the trusted online destination for children, parents and teachers, is launching new Back-to-School features and educational materials to make the home-school connection and keep kids one step ahead this fall. Parents and kids can visit www.Scholastic.com to access great Back-to-School guides, parent blogs, homework help, and the best products that will make Back-to-School fun. With all these offerings, Scholastic.com is the “Back-to-School Central” for families.
Free Online Content for Parents:
This fall, parents can go to www.scholastic.com/parents for expert advice and a host of resources to help them stay connected with their kids and navigate Back-to-School:
*Internet Safety Tips–While the Internet can be a valuable resource as a learning tool for kids, it can also pose a danger. Featuring expert advice from Common Sense Media, Scholastic.com introduces great tips to help parents protect their children during online time.
*Back-to-School Articles–Scholastic.com offers valuable information to help families gear up for Back-to-School, such as “10 Ways to Make the Switch from Summer to School,” “10 Ways to Celebrate the New School Year,” “10 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Kindergarten,” ” The Best-Kept Secret About School Success,” “Making the Move to Middle School,” “10 Tips for Cell Phone Safety,” and “Make ‘Boring’ Books Better.”
*An ABC of Great Books–For parents who struggle to find the right reads for their children, Scholastic.com solves this dilemma with a new series of reading lists for fall, categorized from Kindergarten through Grade 8.
*Two NEW School-Year Blogs– Today’s moms and dads are turning to the Internet and online experts for advice and information. Scholastic.com is helping to build an online community that connects parents with an expert through two new parenting blogs–Grade School Mom and Pre-School Mom. Every Thursday, parents have an opportunity to solicit advice from Scholastic.com’s Parenting and Kids Editor-in-Chief, Sylvia Barsotti–herself, a mother of three. To subscribe to these blogs, visit www.scholastic.com/parents.
*In this on-demand world, parents want the latest parenting information through every age and stage, so that they can take an active role in ensuring their child’s school success,” says Sylvia Barsotti, Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic.com. “Scholastic.com takes the latest and best expert advice and puts it into the hands of parents at the click of a mouse.”
Free Online Content for Kids:
Homework can sometimes seem boring to children. For a surprisingly fun alternative to the homework routine, kids can logon to www.scholastic.com/homework to find help with their studies:
Homework Hub–Intended for elementary and middle school students, the site has a cool robot theme and features four key skill-building sections that help enhance kids’ study, organizational and research skills. Kids can have fun with Book Report Sandwich Station, an online tool to create book reports and Flashcard Factory, where they can create their own study cards.
Shop The Scholastic Store for Back-to-School:
The Scholastic Store at www.ScholasticStore.com offers a great array of products to help kids get organized for school and build their own home study resource library. Visit the resource center of the online store to find what you need by:
Essential Subject–Shop for great at-home materials by subject and age group–Math, Science & Discovery, and Social Studies. From Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework ($9.99; Age 9-12), to Coming to America: The Story of Immigration ($12.76; Age 5-9), The Scholastic Store keeps school-aged children learning and having fun at home for Back-to-School.
Learning Tools–Parents can also shop The Scholastic Store by age group, to find exciting materials for home use to help build upon the skills that kids are learning in the classroom:
*Winning Workbooks–ScholasticStore.com offers a variety of workbooks to help parents support their children at home. In addition to workbooks on social studies, ScholasticStore.com offers resources that focus on learning the alphabet, counting skills and basic vocabulary such as the Kindergarten Basic Skills Book: Alphabet and Fine Motor Skills ($5.99; Age 5-6); SmartPads!: Numbers Counting Grades PreK-1 ($7.99; Age 5-6); and 100 Words Kids Need to Know by 5th Grade ($12.95; 9-12). Workbooks are categorized in groups by age and grade-appropriateness.
*Reference Library–From the Scholastic First Dictionary ($14.95; Age 6-9), to the Scholastic Children’s Thesaurus ($16.99; Age 9-12), to Social Studies and Science books such as How Things Work ($7.99; Age 5-8), parents can open up a new world for the school year and beyond, with a vast selection of reference books to help build a work station at home.
*Electronic Learning–From the Leapster Learning System ($69.99; Age 4-9), to GeoSafari’s Field Explorer Kit ($21.95; Age 5-9) and Talking Microscope ($24.95; Age 5-9), educational electronics from ScholasticStore.com make an excellent complement to any home learning station.
*Just for New Schoolers–From activity sets like the Super Work Bench ($19.95; Age 3-5), to Klutz’s activity book, Amazing Lacing ($9.95; Age 4-8), and Clifford’s Phonics Fun ($12.99; Age 4-8), or classic books such as the Amelia Bedelia 40th Anniversary Collection ($11.99; Age 4-8), ScholasticStore.com helps parents get their little ones off to a good start.
**Additional Back-to-School products are available online at www.ScholasticStore.com.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company’s Internet site, www.scholastic.com