If you’re a parent of an elementary school student, you might feel that the landscape is constantly shifting under your feet – from new standardized testing, to iPads in classrooms, to new blended teaching in the classroom. Luckily, Common Sense has launched, “Essential School Tools: The Modern Parent’s Guide to Kids’ Learning,” a super helpful guide that empowers parents to help their kids succeed in school. This is the first guide to include a lot of relevant, grade-by-grade advice to go along with the curated lists of the best teacher-approved apps, games, and websites. You’ll find that this information provides important context and tangible help when you’re trying to navigate new educational constructs. Check out one of our recommended games, such as Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and help your kids think critically not only about the subject matter but also about the media itself.