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Awesome Kids Sites

Friday, September 7th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Q:
My grandkids just started back to school this week and I was wondering if you knew of any good Web sites they could use when they come to stay with me. I’m looking for some educational sites that will help to keep them entertained. Do you have any suggestions?

A:
Of course I do! I’m so excited that you asked this question, because I think it’s so great that you’re already thinking about this for your grandkids. Summer is almost over and a lot of kids are going to be coming in from outside and they will be spending a lot more time on the computer. I know it seems like we’ve been doing a lot of back-to-school tips lately, but I think it’s an important topic to cover. Plus, I know a lot of you have children and grandchildren of your own, so in the end, it benefits everyone!

Alright, let’s get down to business. Today, I have 10 Web sites for you that are perfect for children ages K-12. Of course, there are several sites on the Web today that are good for children, but these are on the Top Ten list! So, go get your children or grandchildren, sit down at the computer together and begin your journey through these wonderful kid sites. Let’s go!

1.) Starfall – First up is Starfall! This one is geared more toward younger children who may still be learning how to read. The site starts off with teaching a simple concept of learning letters and how to pronounce them. It then goes on to offer some interactive reading, word search puzzles and it even has some school plays you can watch. And even better, it does all of that without charging you for any books, videos or anything. How great is that?! Starfall also has free teaching journals that all of you parents and grandparents can use to follow right along with the kids! Check Starfall out for yourself right here.

2.) Kids.gov – This Web site is good for children of any age. It’s basically an information portal that was created with kids in mind. The site consists of different links you can click on to visit both U.S. government and non-government sites. The sites are categorized by age groups and different subjects, so it’s very easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. On Kids.gov, you’ll find links for over 1,200 Web sites with subjects ranging from government agencies, schools, organizations and so on. The site offers up art projects, games, math and so much more for younger children and for older children, it has links to technology, health and fitness, science and more. It’s a perfect resource for all those school projects your kids will have to do this year as well! Check it out today by clicking here.

3.) Homework Spot – Next up is Homework Spot, which is one of the best homework helper sites available on the Web today. It covers homework related topics for all ages, including English, math, science, history, art music, technology, foreign languages, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much, much more. So, if your child or grandchild is in need of some help on their homework, tell them to give this site a try. It’s there just for them! Check it out here.

4.) Family Fun – School should be fun too and that’s exactly what this Web site offers! Here you will find some non-school related topics, but they are still educational and helpful for children. For example, you can find ideas for cooking, planning parties, travel, arts and crafts and so on. This site also has a lot of games your children can play that will help them learn as well. There are also several how to videos on this site that you all can watch together to learn how to do some pretty fun stuff! Click here to visit Family Fun today!

5.) SciVee – Are your children or grandchildren way into science? If so, this site will be perfect for them. SciVee is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, along with SDSC’s Supercomputer Center, and it basically aims to encourage students to publish their science fair papers and videos. So, if your little one comes up with a mind blowing science fair project idea in the near future, make sure they check out this site to enter it in for even more recognition! SciVee really has a cool thing going here. Check it out here.

6.) AOL Reference – If your children or grandchildren have to do a lot of research for their homework projects, they’ll definitely want to check out this site. AOL Reference offers a dictionary, thesaurus, translator, world atlas, as well as, plenty of additional information on such subjects as science, history, space and global warming. It also takes Web searching to a whole new easy level. It’s so simple to use and I just know your students will fall in love with it right away. Click here to take a peek at it for yourself!

7.) Seussville – By the name of this site, I bet you’ve already figured out that this one is geared more toward younger children, but either way, it definitely deserves a look see. Seussville calls in Dr. Seuss to aid in your children’s learning. On this site, your children can play games, print out coloring sheets and they can even create their own book. This one is even good for children who cannot yet read. It’s so cool, you’ve just got to check it out. Click here to do so!

8.) Creating Music – Do your students love music? If so, the Web site of Creating Music will surely entertain them. On this site, children can compose and play their own music. How awesome is that?! It’s very easy to use and with just a couple clicks, they can make their own piano notes and they can even add in different musical instruments as they wish. For example, if they want to add in a brass instrument, they can easily do so. They can even alter the tempo themselves or play their music backwards for a fun new sound. This site isn’t completely finished yet, but the material that is already on it is plenty to give your children something to do for hours! Check it out here.

9.) Surfnet Kids – If your young students are in need of some math help, Surfnet Kids can come to their rescue. On this site, kids can play endless electronic math games that will help them with their multiplication skills, along with other math skills. Surfnet Kids is the perfect substitute for flash cards and your children will enjoy it a whole lot more! Click here to check it out for yourself today.

10.) KidsClick – And last, but certainly not least is KidsClick. This Web site is the perfect search engine for grade school aged kids. This search engine features over 600 sources and with it, you can search under different themes and subjects. It even allows your children to search under the reading level they need, which definitely helps them to understand the material much better. With KidsClick, you can find results for reading, writing, arithmetic, computer learning, sports and recreation and so much more. This site was even developed by librarians, so you know it’s good! Check it out here.

So, there you have it. Ten awesome sites that will surely help your students to have a spectacular school year. Give them a try today!

~ Erin

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