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Summer's end is here. America's 45 million K-12 students are taking one last run through the sprinkler and heading for the school bus. From parent guides to school supplies, the Web can help as you and your child formulate a back to school plan of attack. Once school is in session, the Web can provide even more assistance. Ready to click back to school in high-tech fashion?

The Web offers some great resources for parents preparing to send their children to school. The Parents Talk site has recently featured a series of columns written on topics like entering a new school and planning for the upcoming school year. Need more details on your child's school? Visit its Web site.

Nothing to wear? Take a peek at Wal-Mart Online. Whether you need a dictionary for French class or a silver-plated flute for band, Wal-Mart Online has it. If you're shopping for educational software, check with Children's Technology Review before you buy. The magazine has reviewed more than 3,000 titles and can help you separate the serious stuff from the fluff.

Once the school year is rolling, the Web can become an even greater asset as a study guide and homework helper. The U.S. Department of Education offers great suggestions on how to help your child learn, study, and achieve success in a wide variety of areas. Students can find help at sites like Refdesk, where they can browse resources in just about every subject area, and HomeworkSpot, a resource dedicated entirely to homework help and educational tools. Discovery Education's Homework Helper is another great one to call upon for help in math, English, social studies, science, and more. Can't solve a math problem? Send it to Dr.Math. Not sure where to put that comma? Consult Strunk's Elements of Style. If you're still having trouble finding the answers, head to Ask Jeeves for Kids. This site allows visitors to submit questions in plain English and yield sites that will point to the answers.




It's the beginning of the school year, and the slate is clean. Hopefully, with the help of the above resources, everyone in your family will bring home a smile with the first report card!

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