Khan Academy allows your child to learn at their own pace. As their Coach, you have access to tools that allow you to support your child’s learning journey.
As a parent or mentor, here are a few suggestions on how to use Khan Academy:
Have routine check-ins: Work with your child to set milestones for what they will accomplish that day, week, or month. It helps provide transparency, as well as build motivation through periodic milestones. One popular option is to keep a physical journal with the milestones and any scratchwork (there's something exciting about tangibly crossing off something on a list!). If you'd like to align goals to grade level standards, check out the Common Core map, which shows Khan Academy content aligned to the US-based standard.
Encourage and support: Use the data provided in KA to identify your child’s strengths and empower your child to overcome any challenges. For example, you might acknowledge an impressive badge that was recently earned, or encourage your child to take the hints or watch a video for an exercise that he/she might be struggling with.
Check on stats: Use the KA data reports to find out how much time your child is spending on KA, what is their focus and what they are struggling with
Learn with them: Role model what lifelong learning looks like. Either choose a new topic to learn together or just learn a topic separately.
Advocate for them: Talk to their teachers or other coaches about how to get involved and be supportive, or how Khan Academy can be integrated into their formal education.
There are three common functions for Khan Academy's math content:
SELF-DIRECTED ACTIVITY: If your aim is to provide a fun, educational activity for your child, encourage them to take the initial pre-test when they start, and work through the recommended skills. Given your child is learning on Khan Academy recreationally, if they so choose, feel free to encourage them to explore and try out new areas as well.
STUDY AID: If your child needs extra practice on specific skills, you can search for the names of those skills in the search box in the upper right. Alternatively, check out this Math Review list or the Common Core mapping (www.khanacademy.org.commoncore) to see how specific Khan Academy skills align with your child’s grade level curriculum.
A CORE CURRICULUM: If you are homeschooling your children or want to provide a learning option outside of school, you will want to align Khan Academy content to your curriculum. Check out the Common Core mapping of Khan Academy curriculum (www.khanacademy.org.commoncore) as a starting place to align to grade level curriculum. Also, check out these samples from classroom teachers.
WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS HELP OUTSIDE OF MATH? Khan Academy can be beneficial for non-math areas as well. If your child needs to focus in another subject area, use the LEARN menu in the upper left or the search box to find relevant content. Each topic is listed in order of more basic or conceptual content and builds to more advanced content, so starting at the top is recommended if there is not a set curriculum your child needs to follow.
A note on assigning content: Creating a hard copy worksheet or list outside of Khan Academy is the recommended method to share or assign curriculum with your child.
For more details on how parents are using Khan Academy, check out the section Khan Academy in the real world.