Good Sites for Kids

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Click here for a shortcut down the page to our international section!
There are links to homeschooling sites in Australia, Canada, New Zealand,
Scotland, and the UK, so far. Americans, you are definitely not alone.

 

 

The Prairie is My Garden by Harvey Dunn

 "The Prairie is My Garden" by Harvey Dunn. 
You may order a copy from the South Dakota Art Museum by clicking on the picture.

 

There's quite a bit of home school (or "homeschool") material on the web. For more info, Google "home school".
This page is here to support you Homeschooling folks. Also, please have a look at our Teachers and Parents section for
even more goodies! If you guys aren't "teachers and parents," who is? Our main site contains our listing of good educational
kid sites for you to check out. Just added! Homeschooling for English speaking countries outside the USA!

 


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Canadian flag Two Awesome Visuals on ADHD for Teachers from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
This page briefly goes over three types of ADHD, then goes straight to the "visuals", or infographics.
"To help teachers learn more about ADHD, here are two awesome infographics I want you to have a look at."
Rather than discuss them here, we'll let you take a minute to look them over. If you can use them, use them.
source : http://info.nspt4kids.com/adhd-infographic/

 

 

printerest buttonThree "Ways to get yourself ungrounded" sample letters from the Parenting Pinterest board of Stephanie Lavin.
Kids redeem themselves by doing necessary chores for points. "My kids got themselves grounded for being late to school,
so I thought I would use it to my advantage. I came up with a clever way to get them ungrounded."

 


 


 

 

4Kids Games  Various good math and language arts games. "4Kids is teaming with
Arcademic Skill Builders, who develop online games that offer a fun approach to learning math,
language arts, vocabulary and thinking skills."  We found these to be loud, fast, and good.

 

 

10 Cleaning Skills Your Kids Should Learn from About.com - Housekeeping. We could only find six of them on the page.
Six, 10, whatever. "Kids and a clean home don't always seem to go together. But in reality, your children can learn some basic
skills that will help keep the house more tidy. Here are some recommended chores that kids should learn." They're talking laundry,
dishes, making the bed, sweeping, mopping, and picking up. That's a good start. You can work up to folding clothes, mowing lawns,
raking, changing light bulbs, basic & easy plumbing repair, resetting tripped circuit breakers properly, painting, changing tires, etc
etc, before they grow up and (hopefully) move out.

 

 

10 LESSONS I WANT MY KIDS TO LEARN AND BOOKS THAT HELP TEACH THEM from No Time for Flash Cards.
10 important lessons and dozens of good picture books to help teach/reinforce those lessons. This review deserves more
time and space. "Picture books are valuable tools not only to teach lessons but to break the ice for parents and
teachers to dive in further and get to the heart of the lesson more easily...
I have been thinking about the core lessons I want my children to take out into the world..."

 

 

15 Terrific Turkey Crafts A list of 15 turkey activities for little hands, collected from around the web by
ABC Creative Learning. Ingredients are common craftsy and household items. Victoria says: "Thanksgiving is
just right around the corner and one of the best things are the fun Terrific Turkey Crafts that the kiddos are able to
share with family members. I love hanging my girls' fall art work on our walls to show our family friends their creativity.
Check out some of the fun turkey crafts below for some inspiration this Thanksgiving!
Read more at http://abccreativelearning.com/terrific-turkey-crafts/#SRe6hDCcW5V3FLIC.99"

 

 

15+ Sure-Fire Tips for Calming an Angry Child from Lemon Lime Adventures. "Do you have a child who can
get frustrated, angry or downright explosive? Do they need your help calming down? If you are a regular here,
you know you are not alone. Due to our son’s sensory needs and anxiety we deal with frequent meltdowns and are
constantly looking for ways to help him. I am excited today, because I have gathered over 15 resources and tips for
calming an angry child that are sure to help you and your child." Obviously not all of these will help with every child,
but some of them may help yours.

 

 

 

19 Free Resources to Learn Computer Science, Programming and Coding from Happy Trails Wild Tales
"Computer Science, Programming and Coding is fast becoming a fun and functional skill in today’s technological
world. Lucky for us, there is no shortage of free resources for those who’d like to learn and brush up on these
skills. I’ve compiled, here, a list of 19 resources for you life-long learners to embark on a journey of learning
to code!" Names, links, and information about 19 online places for learners to learn coding for free!
Read over them and click what looks good to you. Candy Cook, author of this blog, "is Georgia’s Official Outdoors
Explorer and a devoted homeschooling mom."

 

 

 

20 Mother’s Day Keepsake Gifts That Kids Can Make "Looking for some inspiration for a craft that the kids can make for
Mother’s Day? I’ve rounded up some of my favorite keepsake crafts that will make the PERFECT gift for mom. This list includes
crafts for children of just about any age, the younger ones will love the handprint & footprint art and the older ones will love
creating some colorful masterpieces. These would make the perfect gifts for grandparents too!" These are sooo cute!!

 

 

 

The 25 Best Art Materials for Kids! "The 25 Best Art Materials for Kids! Including The Artful Parent's top 10 can't-live-without,
all-time favorites." From Artful Parent. List includes things you know about and things you haven't thought of yet. This site
has plenty of other good things as well.

 

 

26 More Easy Christmas Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers from Happy Hooligans. "26 MORE easy Christmas
ornaments that are quick to set up and simple to do! All of the homemade ornaments in this collection are perfect for last minute
Christmas crafting sessions, and if your kids like to give hand-made goodies to friends and relatives, these make terrific
little gift and gift-toppers."

 

 

29 Dollar-Store Finds That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer "Beat boredom on a budget."
BuzzFeed has 29 photos of creative things you can make with things you might find in a local low-budget store
Each photo has links if you want to find out more.

 

 

40 iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities Parents of children with reading disabilities, and educators who work with learning
disabled students, are always looking for new tools to help the kids meet their potential and work through their disability.
This is a list of 40 iPad apps designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. The apps
are sorted into Helps, Fundamentals, Reading, Writing, and Spelling.
This article is posted at Educator Technology and Mobile Learning, where there are a lot more articles like this one.

 

 

50 Halloween Craft Ideas For Preschool from No Time for Flashcards Crafty stuff for the younger set. Includes some math activities.

 

 

75 TV Free Activities For Toddlers from No Time for Flashcards. Are you running out of things for your bored toddler(s)
to do? Want new things that will encourage safe exploration while developing motor skills and problem skills, too?
Are you out of ideas today? Then try these 75 safe and (mostly) non-messy activities! (We'd do #3 out in the yard.)
There should* be something on here the kids will like. "Kid tested, mother approved." (* Hey, dealing with toddlers here!)

 

 

200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More "This collection provides a list of
free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers.
It features free video lessons/tutorials; free mobile apps; free audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; quality YouTube channels;
free foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and free web resources in academic subjects like literature, history, science
and computing. This newly-released list is a work in progress. Please tell us if we’re missing something good." From Open Culture.

 

 

1,000+ Ideas About Education Glad to find this one! Lists of links, lists of free apps, special ed helps,
elementary math and science ideas, TED talks for teachers, TAG ideas, team building guides... There's a lot of nuggets
in the rich veins of this gold mine! You should go there and slowly scroll through this massive wall!

 

 

2,000 year old sock from Egypt

Nålebinding ("single needle knitting") is an early form of knitting.
Viking crafters were very big on this style.
This child's sock is from ancient Egypt, in Coptic style; wonderful how it has kept its colors!
Coptic Christians of Roman Egypt liked to make a separate pouch for the big toe.
Japanese work boots still have these today.

 

 

 

A2Z Home's Cool Homeschooling A large site worth investigating. Written with a focus on
the parent just beginning to home school. Subjects and ideas listed A to Z. Looked good to us when
we checked it out.

 

 

 

ABCya! "is a leader in free & exciting computer activities for elementary students
to learn on the web. All educational computer games and activities were created
or approved by certified teachers! Activities are modeled from primary grade lessons and
enhanced to provide an interactive way to learn. The activities incorporate content areas
such as math and reading while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten
and first grade games are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. You can also find
great elementary holiday activities here!" This site has everything, and it talks!
Time Travel (telling time) and Counting Money are among the best we have seen in
their respective genres. Technology, too. Plenty of things for every grade level K-5. Each
selection opens in a new window, so make sure your kids close it out at the end of each game.

 

 

A SIMPLE Handwriting Trick {FREE Printable} by thisreadingmama
Use these free pinted sheets to practice this trick.
It goes from known to unknown, using c and l as the starts of other letters:
"For example, a, d, g, and q are all formed by starting with the letter c.
My kids knew how to form a c, but would start in all kinds of places to write the other letters.
I also noticed that b, h, k and t all start by forming an l first." She designed progressively harder
writing lines to scaffold young writers. This is a fine example of adaptive and creative instruction!

 

 

Spinning gold starActivity Village Here's a site from the UK that will help out parents and teachers.
"Welcome to Activity Village, where you will find coloring pages, home school resources,
educational resources, kids crafts, puzzles, printables, Sudoku for kids and much, much more !
Click on the menu bars above to explore over 3000 pages of activities to help you keep your kids
busy!"  Tons of coloring pages! The site has a popup to start, x it out or just subscribe.

 

 

 

Afterschool Training Toolkit "Use these research-based practices, sample lessons, video examples,
and resources to support academic enrichment in afterschool." Valuable helps for literacy, math, science,
arts, technology, homework, AND professional development for anyone doing o0rganized after school programs
for kids. From the National Center for Quality Afterschool. WGBH Boston, the revered PBS station, is also
involved in this. This is a pretty useful site for grownups.

 

 

Alfy is a commercial edutainment site with good ed games and activities, as well as fun timewaster games
for when you need to do that. Well known and used by kids and teachers for years.

 

 

All Science Fair Projects Here's a site that has searched for and categorized all kinds of science fair
project links, and offers it to you free! 10 different topic sections, subcategories, lots of projects under
each heading. Look for ideas here!

 

 

Apples4theteacher.com - A Primary Website " We are adding more educational resources for teachers
and kids (pre-K-grade 6) every day. Excuse our 'dust' as we move into high gear! Our site includes interactive
learning games, quizzes, and worksheet generator tools by subject (creative arts, foreign languages, language arts,
math, science, social studies), articles, literacy coloring pages and more."

 

 

Arcademic Skill Builders has math and word games ready to play online. You may recognize some games from the
'80s and '90s here. Seem to remember playing them on TI99s and Apples, and they are still good for today!
It's worth your time to look these over.

 

 

Artists Helping Children "Children & Art Resources for the Budding Child Artist" Tons and tons of arts and crafts
resources for kids! There should be something in here for whatever you have in mind.

 

 

Atlanta Homeschool on Pinterest K-12 ideas and links, by subject and by grade. Lots of other ed links and activities, too.

 

 

BBC Skillwise "Improve your English and maths with Skillswise. Factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to help improve
your skills." From one central location, you can access all the BBC Schools quizzes! Also has a Tutor Center with lesson plans,
tracking sheets, and more. NOTE: BBC sites are in constant flux. If you can't find something, know it's in there somewhere,
probably improved - and they keep the old version for a while, too. Keep looking.

 

 

Back to School—Is Your Child Vaccinated? "As you help your kids get ready for school,
make sure they're vaccinated! Ensuring children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is
one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children's long-term health as well
as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community."
Chicken pox (NOT harmless), diptheria, measles, mumps, polio, and whooping cough are making a comeback.
Any of them can kill a baby or a small child. This site has vaccination schedules for different ages
up through teenagers and lots of other vital information.

 

 

Baldwin Project  is a large collection of public domain literature for children.  This includes everything from
about 1880 to 1922.  There is some pretty good stuff in here, all online.
One example is the original Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Kipling, with the original illustrations, part of the Jungle Book
(which is also in here).  Thousands of stories and hundreds of books are included.  A real treasury!

Warning:
Please remember, the world 100 years ago was quite different. Better in some ways, worse in others.
Some people would now label some of these works as racist, violent, too religious, etc. It is what it is.
You are the adult. Read them first. If you don't like something you see, don't share it with your kids. Period.
It's still a wonderful collection of "kid lit" and we are happy to include it here.

 

 

Basic Venn Diagrams Here's a quick introduction and suggestions for lessons for lower grades.
Venn diagrams are a quick graphic way to teach basic elements of logic.
A good grounding in principles of logic is essential to developing critical thinking skills.

 

 

A Book in Time has lists of well-known fiction and non-fiction books to supplement history teaching,
also how to make a timeline and other relevant crafts and skills. The crafts have some videos as helps,
and the literature is both good and traditional.
"I would like to suggest www.ABookInTime.com as a cool site for homeschoolers. It features reading lists,
maps, crafts, timelines, and more (all in chronological order) for supplementing hands-on history!
"
Thanks to Carol Henderson for the email about the site!

 

 

Download Brain Workshop logoBrain Workshop "What if a simple mental exercise could improve your memory and intelligence?
A recent study published in PNAS, an important scientific journal, shows that a particular memory
task called Dual N-Back may actually improve working memory (short term memory) and fluid intelligence.
This finding is important because fluid intelligence was previously thought to be unchangeable. Anecdotal evidence
suggests that the dual n-back task also enhances focus and attention and may help improve the symptoms of ADHD/ADD.
The game involves remembering a sequence of spoken letters and a sequence of positions of a square at the same time.
Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. Easy download, easy install.
Another SourceForge discovery.

 

 

Bratz to BFF's "Dolls' curvy, idealized bodies, overt makeup, and even skin tone can greatly affect the way young girls
perceive themselves... How do you provide a little girl with this traditional and sentimental gift without the potential of
harming her sense of self?" - Emerald Pellot #LittleThings.com. One Tasmanian mum's home project aims to "give old
toys a new lease on life and a more down to earth, natural looking style." - Sonia Singh, artist and mum.

How? As Emerald Pellot's headline says:
She Takes Off A Doll’s Face With Nail Polish Remover. When You See The Result You’ll Want One!
The video, which shows lots of little girls playing with dolls, is in the linked article. Sonia Singh's doll site,
Tree Change Dolls
, has even more dolls. Nobody thought this would go viral but did! It's tapped into a reservoir of concern.

 

 

And now for something completely different!

bread chem

 

 

Bug and Insect Crafts for Kids "How to Make Bug and Insect Crafts to use in Your Home School and Preschool.
Insect Crafts, Science, and Creative Writing Learning Activities for Home School. Use 'nature bugs' in your science
class to teach about insects and spiders, in your English class to promote creative writing or technical writing, and
in your art class to promote creativity." Bunches of inexpensive kid-friendly craft projects. Make various insects,
some spiders, and paper roly-polys (aka sowbugs, woodlouse).
Everything's illustrated, with written instructions and parts lists, like a cookbook's recipes!

 

 

Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation  This site is a curriculum guide for middle school.  It uses baseball and softball based
activities/lesson plans to cover health, mathematics, and physics.  All activities are PDF file downloads. 
There is quite a lot of good "stuff" in here!  Here is a chance to get your kids up and moving outdoors.
Take along a clipboard, stop watch, calculator, etc. and have fun! Thanks to Shelly Flack for this site suggestion.

 

 

 

Older kids could try this using names of states, provinces, counties, countries, rivers, lakes, oceans, you name it!

 

 

Charlotte Holter's portaportal is a very good portal with many links to various elementary/middle school
subjects and activities! We could just sit and look at this site. Love that green background - which doesn't look
so hot here but Really Works on her site! Excellent use of Javascript puts everything on one page. Just click on the
arrows next to the subjects. Very eclectic, there are Vikings, nanotechnology, bridges, Romans, flight, rainforests,
lighthouses, math, mammals, and marbles, to name some!

 

 

Chegg Homework Help- free material from this commercial site. "Chegg is one of the leading providers of
homework help for college and high school students. Get homework help and answers to your toughest questions in math,
calculus, algebra, physics, chemistry, science, accounting, English and more. Master your homework assignments with
our step-by-step solutions to more than 3000 textbooks. If we don't support your textbook, don't worry! You can ask
a homework question and get an answer in as little as two hours... our free members can still view 2 step-by-step solutions
from any book and in any subject they’d like. Additionally, we have a number of free offerings such as access to our glossary
of over 1,000 common tough definitions and a GPA Calculator. As it turns out, 80% of our users stick with the free products
and find it suits them well." They offer a free trial period. Answers to questions and help with textbook answers are excellent.
There you have it! Thanks to Heather at Chegg Homework Help for her emails.

 

 

pinterest buttonChild Magic A growing Pinterest page by Bee Lundgren. A mescellany of good ideas, creative activities, humor,
even stress management for kids. IMO for toddlers through primary grades.

 

 

The Children's Literature Web Guide from the University of Calgary. "The Children's Literature Web Guide is
an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children
and Young Adults." Lots of websites, discussion boards, book awards, best sellers, teaching ideas.
Nice to look at and well organized.

 

 

Downloads Children's Books Forever! "Free children's books that have become ...favorites around the world.
You can use them on Smartboard, PowerPoint, or overhead projectors." Prometheans, too, we might add.
All are in pdf format so can download and save them.

 

 

Spinning gold star Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project   Said to be the largest collection of illustrated antique
books online!  Oodles of stories indexed by reading level.

 

 

Downloads Childsplay "is a suite of educational games for young children." 14 games in all. We've used these with
5 - 8 year olds and the games are excellent! Free to you (GNU-GPL licensed) and ready to download and install.
Another excellent effort from an independent programmer. Newly renovated and still great. Scroll down to
Downloads in the middle of the page. Choose your "platform of choice" - Windows users click win.png.

 

 

Choosy Kids "The mission of Choosy Kids, LLC is to promote the development of healthy preferences. We are
committed to providing products and services that promote healthy decision making and healthy, active lifestyles.
We recognize that the first five years of life lay the foundation for learning and behavior preferences that may last
a life- time; therefore we focus primarily on young children and the adults who make decisions on their behalf."
All kinds of good things and activities for children and parents. We love their music and videos!

 

 

Classroom Resources from the National Science Foundation. "...a diverse collection of lessons and web resources
for classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families. Materials are arranged by subject area to help you quickly
find resources in your interest area, and then use them to create lesson plans or at-home activities."

 

 

Coloring for kids Free, printable coloring book pages! You can choose from 1000's of printable coloring pages.
Coloring pages for children of all ages with drawings to print and color. A large selection of colorings so your children
can find their favorite cartoons . More than 10,000 printable coloring sheets.

 

 

Computer Lab Favorites from Scholastic.com! "Here are all the quick, compelling one-session activities you need to
incorporate interactive learning and technology into your curriculum. Each activity requires no prep and can be completed
in 15-30 minutes... Use these 50+ activities in the computer lab." The ones we played are good! Tabbed by subject.

 

 

Conversation Pieces: Building Bright Ideas "My site targets students in grades 2-8, and it includes almost 200 book
recommendations, and some of those include online book quizzes (over 90), discussion questions, vocabulary lists, and
writing activities. I offer writing contests for students, and am adding a new section with Daily Writing Prompts.
The site also includes independent study project ideas, online vocabulary quizzes, and a math problem of the week.
Students can earn virtual badges in the Hall of Fame for Book Quizzes, Math Problems, and Vocabulary Quizzes when
they earn high scores in those areas. Teachers and homeschooling parents can incorporate many of these activities into
existing literacy and math programs, or use them to facilitate book clubs or enrichment activities."
Yes, all that and more is in here! What a treasure for teachers!

 

 

Polish flag Cool Coloring Pages "Cool Coloring Pages - Free educational coloring pages for kids. High quality, professionally
formatted in pdf file format. Perfect for home childcare providers, and parents teaching children basic concepts at home."
This great site has everything - animals by type, plants by type, shapes, calligraphy, countries, flags, crosswords, word searches,
telling time worksheets, dot to dot, holiday pages, lots more! Good site layout and graphic design, too. But wait, there's more!
"All the coloring pages on our site are free and printable! Download and print as many copies as you like for your personal use or
for the classroom. Color individual pages or download a bunch to make your own coloring book.
Cool Coloring Pages... Coloring pages for Your children !!!" The sites from Poland but it's all in English.
So thank you, Mr. Wiktor Chmur, for emailing us about your site.

 

 

The Craft Train "Crafty Ideas for Kids and Parents." Bunches of crafts (200?) organized by categories. It's all things kids can make.
Toilet Roll Bunnies
(cute!), egg carton jewelry boxes, tinfoil tiaras, and hundreds more ideas, all with parts lists and photos of steps.

 

 

Crafts and Activities for Chinese New Year from Enchanted Learning is a page with both crafts and printables, plus information
about the holiday. EL's usual excellent work here. 

 

 

Crystallized Icicle Ornaments with Borax - Make shimmering crystallized icicle ornaments with pipe cleaners, Borax and water!
It's a classic science experiment and a Christmas craft all in one!
From Happy Hooligans, "Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers".

icecicle ornaments for preschool

 

 

Curriki The Global Education & Learning Community. "At Curriki, the sole mission is to educate.
By building a world class learning environment that is community developed and supported, and publishing it
for free on the Web, Curriki works to ensure that anyone, from anywhere can participate. This is about No Child,
Parent or Teacher Held Back. This is about delivering access to free, quality curricula so that kids can go as fast
as they can." You truly owe it to yourself to investigate this site.

 

 

pinterest buttonCursive Monsters by funkylindsay on Flickr. Pinned by Alina Hensley via PediaStaff.
Your kids write their name in cursive and color in the gaps. Presto - monsters!

cursive monsters

 

 

 

Netherlands flagCyberkidz "is an educational platform for boys and girls in the age of 4 till 12 years.
By playing the educational games, children will practise subjects they learn in elementary school (PK-5)."
The games are sorted by year from age 4 to 12, using a sliding bar. There are dozens of fun, playable games
in every curriculum category, with new ones being added. This is an excellent site from the Netherlands.

 

 

Diagramming Sentences Once upon a time, all grade school students were taught this.
Like Latin, it's coming back into style in the educational community. Benefits include a better understanding of
sentence structure, better parsing, better writing, and better public speaking.
This page contains a decent Power Point about diagramming.

 

 

Discovery Education from the Discovery Channel. Featuring Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators,
Puzzlemaker for printable crossword puzzles, clip art, Lesson Plan Library, Brain Boosters, Learning Adventures,
Science Fair Central, lots more! You need to visit this site if you haven't already.

 

 

Dolch Word Lists from Jan Brett. "11 full-sized, printable lists with Jan Brett artwork."
Great Jan Brett art, 20 words per page.

 

 

Downloads   Drawing for Children is a great, very cool, free download (Windows only) from the Netherlands.
It says "drawing" but it has been used in computer labs for language arts, too! You can enter text and load files
from Windows Paint. "Drawing for Childen is a free drawing program for children with many nice options.
The best way to learn to use it is simply to use it. There is a document describing the use of the program.
For more information, see the readme file."

 


 

A whole bunch of dyslexia help!

Dyslexia information from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
(A large site covering various LD issues.) It has in-depth definitions, explanations, warning signs,
many articles for parents, and many resources.

Fonts for dyslexics - OpenDyslexic

OpenDyslexic font sample

Fonts for dyslexics - Dyslexie

Dyslexie font sample

 

OpenDyslexic "OpenDyslexic is an open sourced font created to increase readability
for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles,
and 2 typefaces: OpenDyslexic, and OpenDyslexic-Alta. It was created to help with my reading,
and is being updated continually and improved based on input from other dyslexic users.
There are no restrictions on using OpenDyslexic outside of attribution. (It's free.)
For attribution, a simple mention of the URL, and linkback where applicable is sufficient."
(We did that.) OpenDyslexic is constantly evolving based on feedback from users and educators.
Example: OpenDyslexic-Alta. The "a" in Alta looks something like the "a" in Comic Sans with a
heavier bottom. This font is open-source with volunteer developers.

 

Dyslexie offers another group of fonts, also designed to help dyslexics. Dyslexie seems more businesslike,
which could be an advantage for users. Dyslexie offers the Dyslexie Regular font free for home use only
(annual license). Their Bold, Italic, and Italic Bold fonts are sold for school and business use on an annual
license. At the bottom of the Home page are two videos about dyslexia and Dyslexie, which are well worth
your time. There is also a user manual for downloading.

 

Both OpenDyslexic and Dyslexie have rave reviews, some people prefer one to the other; Dyslexie is older
and proven, OpenDyslexic keeps improving and welcomes skilled volunteer help.
It is a matter of preference which one you use.

 

Lastly - some dyslexics report that color changes help. Every dyslexic is different, some colors may help some
to read better. Example (only): (Done entirely with Word.) Play with these fonts and ideas. Good luck.

color fonts for dyslexics

 


 

 

South Africa flagE-Classroom This fine South African site has bunches of free elementary school .pdf
worksheets to download.
These fun and entertaining sheets are well illustrated and are grouped by subject.
They also have printable Literacy Lesson Plans! This site is updated at least monthly.

 

 

e-Learning for Kids This is wonderful! "e-Learning for Kids is a global nonprofit foundation dedicated
to free and fun online learning for kids of all ages. (math, science, reading, health and life skills and
computers, )... Children from 5-12 build and improve basic skills with the best quality e-learning
courseware. Parents and educators have a pre-screened source of articles, research, and related links.
People in the business of education contribute their expertise." Dozens of online learning games in math,
language arts, science, computer, health & life skills (lots), and learning English.

 

 

 

Typical Eagle links entry

Eagles Internet Resources from the Grain Valley School District, Grain Valley, Missouri.
This is vast! A great and awesome resource for any school or district. Their lists of sites are
literally too long to list in this space! Here's a list of SOME of the main topics
(academics only - there are more). Be aware that each is broken out into many subtopics.
Each subtopic has a list of relevant sites:

  • Young Eaglet (preschool and Kindergarten)
  • Language Arts, Reading (listed separately)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Student and Teacher Resources (listed separately)
  • Once again, we urge you to "look upon these wonders, O Unbeliever, and be amazed."

     

     

    Downloads  Educational-freeware Check this site out!! "Welcome to www.educational-freeware.com! This site is dedicated to listings, descriptions and reviews of the best free educational software for kids and adults. Some of the software is web based (see the online section), and some is Windows software that you can download (see the downloadable section).  Many of the software titles are multilingual. In order to see what titles run in your language, you can list the software by language."

     

    Flag of NetherlandsEducational games from Digipuzzle.net. "On this page you can find the overview of the educational games from Digipuzzle.net. All games can be played full screen on a PC, a tablet (Android Tablets, iPad, etc) or mobile phone (Android, iOS)." Here's a diverse group of kids' games, from numeracy to multiplication, with some early language arts, some geography, time, hieroglyphics, and some money math. Here they are by subject with the number of games in parentheses:

  • Multiplication (8)
  • Addition (7)
  • Subtraction (2)
  • Fractions (3)
  • Learn to count (7)
  • Kindergarten games (2)
  • Language (3)
  • Topography USA (5)
  • Topography Europe (2)
  • Clocks (4)
  • History (2)
  • Money games (3)
  • A big Thank You to Marcel van de Wouw. These are nice!

     

     

    Edu Gain "Learn Smart" Here's an international site (free registration) that emphasizes mathematics.
    Their essay on opening children's minds to mathematics is a good read on its own.
    The site has two sections; Math Olympiad (Higher Order Thinking Questions), and General Math (online
    and printables drills). Not a site for slackers, kids will have to work and think here.
    Thanks, Anamika Sinha, for the email about Edu Gain!

     

     

    Spinning gold star Enchanted Learning  (The ZOOM sites people.) Amazing site! So much to see and do, so much to print off!
    You could probably run an elementary classroom and fulfill all state standards using this site's online lessons
    and its printable activities. Subscribers get tons of even more goodies to use.

     

     

     

    Flag of Canada Famous Canadians "The infographic is a virtual Canadian Hall of Fame and showcases influential Canadians
    who have contributed to scientific and social development, economic security and prosperity, and the creative arts.
    The infographic was designed to show visitors that Canada is home to great people who were visionaries and
    history-makers."
    This very informative page is from CanadaFaq, a site devoted to "Everything You Need to Know About Canada";
    geography, history, people, finance, education, economy, immigrating, jobs, etc.
    Kudos to Vera Johnes at CanadaFaq, for the email telling us about this fine web site.

     

     

     

    Figure This! You should really try this site out! En ingles y tambien en el espanol. "Welcome to the Figure This! Web site!
    Helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges. Figure This!
    demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all
    students. Figure This! Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students
    can do at home with their families." say to follow, engaging site with 80 printable math activities for you to try. Uses .pdf files.
    From NCTM and others.

     

     

    Financial Literacy For Kids and Teens! Here are links to 28 financial education sites for kids, tweens, teens,
    and teachers! Some have lesson plans, too. Earning, saving, investing, bonds, the stock market, stock portfolios,
    borrowing and interest, what banks do, checking accounts, the Fed, currency exchange rates, recessions, inflation,
    the history of money, and more!

     

     

    Downloads  Flash Cards free download game for Windows only. This really is a great game.
    "It's a simple flashcard program that covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You can select any
    one of the operations to practice on, or have the program mix them up. Though the default is 10, facts up to 100
    are selectable. Version 3.0 includes the ability to practice fractions. A timer or a clock runs in the background,
    and a count of correct/incorrect answers is displayed. This program is freeware. Enjoy."

     

     

    Free Mathematics Books 258 math books available online for reading or downloading.
    We're talking high school to university-level mathematics here. "Here is an alphabetical list of online
    mathematics books, textbooks, monographs, lecture notes, and other mathematics related documents freely
    available on the web. I tried to select only the works in book formats, "real" books that are mainly in PDF
    format...The list is updated almost on a daily basis.."

     

     

    Free Rice  "For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help
    end world hunger." BILLIONS of grains donated so far.  Improves vocabulary! You could have one student
    with a dictionary while another plays.

     

     

    Team Stop Signs FREE Team Stop Signs from Laura Candler, as posted in TeachersPayTeachers®.
    Many rave reviews for this idea! "The team stop sign is a management tool that I
    created years ago help manage the noise level during cooperative learning activities.
    Print them out on card stock, cut out, and laminate. If a team becomes noisy or off-task,
    place a stop sign in the middle of the team. Ask team members to be quiet for one minute
    and think about how they can work more effectively and quietly. This strategy is simple,
    but it’s effective for bringing down the noise level in your room and helping your students to refocus on the
    assignment. They can also be used when doing math and literacy centers."

     

     

    Free Worksheets for Kids from K-5 Learning. This is a commercial site with a good reputation.
    They offer quite a bit of free material. "Our website has free resources for preschool through grade 5 kids.
    We have:

  • math worksheets for grades 1-6, extensive and very organized
  • worksheets for preschool and kindergarten (letters, numbers, shapes and colors, phonics, etc.)
  • grammar worksheets
  • reading comprehension worksheets
  • cursive writing worksheets
  • over 25 multimedia reading and math lessons
  • Visitors can also download our ebook: How to Help Your Kids Succeed in School."
  • Mastering these worksheets would give students a solid foundation to build on. Thanks to Joy for her email.

     

     

    Frogland (AllAboutFrogs.org) The name says it all! Fun site with real facts about, and pix of,
    all sorts of frogs & toads. This very busy site will keep your kids very busy! Games, coloring, pix,
    facts and more facts, printables, stories, myths, more fun than a barrel of bullfrogs!
    Teachers' Corner has suggestions, links, and lesson plan outlines for class projects!

    Tropical frog

     

    Pinterest logofunathomewithkids.com is a Pinterest page with sensory based activities for toddlers and preschool.
    Pins are focused on the senses. 155 pins gathered from around the web. Emphasis is on home made,
    inexpensive goodies for kids to feel, grab, squeeze, small, and sometimes eat! "Safe, edible glow water",
    "Recipe for an ultra fun and stretchy Polka Dot Slime!", "Rainbow Soap Foam Bubbles Sensory Play",
    kid-safe glittery slime, "No-Cook Edible Chia, Flax, and Seedless Slime Recipes", and much more! Who knew
    little folks could have so much fun discovering so much!

     

     

    Download GCompris Our first app from France! Available in over 40 languages. "GCompris is an educational software
    suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10...Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities
    and more are being developed. GCompris is free software, that means that you can adapt it to your own needs,
    improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere." Computer discovery, color, sounds, memory,
    experiential, amusement, reading, mathematics, puzzles,telling time, money, and strategy games like Macala.
    Some of these will really make a child think! Another SourceForge find.

     

     

    Gambassa "Tools for Modernized Education. Designed to Work Together™" FREE for educators and students!
    "With the Gambassa educational platform you can instantly manage everything you need for the modern classroom:
    You can create virtual classrooms, ebooks, e-workbooks, online courses, as well as, adapt and leverage content
    created by others." The rest of their pitch is on their first page. Here's an example of a student made presentation.
    This has possibilities for teachers.

     

     

    Games for the Brain. "Play neverending quiz, memory & brain games to train your thinking."
    Around 40 games, some old, some newer, and the site is available in many languages. Easy to play, good for your mind.

     

     

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    George WashingtonGeorge Washington Quotes from Notable Quotes. Nine pages of quotes, around 25 to a page.
    Also has a good biography and a trivia quiz. Great for American history among other things.
    The man wrote quite well and knew his grammar.

     

    Gifted Education - A Resource Guide for Teachers From the BC Ministry of Education
    . Defining, detecting, strategies, process, lots more. A basic "how to" with resources in depth!

     

    Goldfish Climbing Trees (I Sued the School System) or, The People vs. the School System.
    Six-minute video by Prince Ea discusses the failure of our traditional classroom education system.
    This video speaks for itself. It's a springboard for discussion. Watch it and think about it.

     

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    Growing Beans on Cotton Balls from The Imagination Tree

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    "This is a really easy, visual way to teach children about root systems and is something
    I used to do with my school children each Spring time. Plus it’s very exciting to watch how
    FAST the plants grow! All you need for this easy activity is a glass jar or bottle, some cotton
    wool balls/ wads and a bean!" Anna Ranson is a veteran early education/art teacher and (now)
    stay-at-home mother of four littles. She has an amazing site full of low-budget activities and
    learning ideas for babies up into school age. There's a gallery of growing bean photos with
    descriptions of the learning going on. At the bottom are Extension Activities/Learning Links
    for older kids tie into science, mathematics, literacy, and PSHE (personal, social, health and
    economic education). If you like this, she has dozens? scores? hundreds? of other good things to try!

     

     

    Halloween Math Activities for Kids from No Time for Flashcards A list of fun and crafty
    hands-on math activities for younger kids, full of manipulatives. There are more at the bottom of
    the page under More Fun & Learning.

     

     

    Halloween Songs and Activities for Calendar Time We found this page at
    Fantastic Fun and Learning, where there are hundreds of activities, crafts, songs, movement,
    dances, arty things, ideas, and many links; all pre-K and K related. They, in turn, got these from
    similar sites. Very, very nice. Check out the Skeleton Dance!

     

     

    Hillbilly Housewife has weekly menus, inexpensive recipes, planners, and advice for people on a budget.
    "The focus here is on low-cost, home-cooking from scratch. The recipes are all tested in a real kitchen.
    The ingredients are affordable and readily available in most areas. "
    This is timeless advice for young parents on a budget, and it's free.

     

     

    Hoagies' Gifted Education Page The "all things gifted" page. This jewel of a site is trying to pull together
    all sorts of activities, ideas, and resources for gifted kids, parents, and teachers.
    As we all know, public schools always cut gifted funding first, so a site like this one can help a lot.
    They've tried to post something for every gifted kid, so there's a huge variety here.

     

     

    Homeschool.com "Your virtual home school" has links to many home school resources.

     

     

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    Pinterest-button.png Homeschool Pinterest by Jennifer Murphy Tieman Oodles of homeschool activities,
    ideas for teaching different parts of the elementary curriculum, and things just for homeschooling moms.

     

     

    Homeschool Skedtrack Best Sites "Submit, comment, or vote on your favorite Educational Site!"
    Look at all submitted sites at once or use the menu bar along the top of the page to look by subject area.
    They even listed Good Sites for Kids at least once! This looks like an excellent clearinghouse for homeschoolers.

     

     

    PinterestHomeschooling in Canada Ideas "Homeschooling Ideas & Resources from Canadian Homeschoolers!
    If you'd like to join, please send an email to thecanadianhomeschooler@gmail.com with your Pinterest URL.
    Please share any homeschooling inspiration, resources, curriculum ideas, support, printables, etc."
    A wide variety of entries for homeschoolers and schoolers, too.

     

     

    Home School Legal Defense Association A good source of information concerning home school legality
    in different areas of the world.

     

     

     

     

     

    Here's a veritable trove of Homeschool information and support for homeschoolers outside the USA!
    There are sites here from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. Use as necessary. Happy homeschooling!

     

     

    Homeschooling Downunder "Sharing ideas, teaching tips and
    resources for the homeschool journey. Homeschooling is legal throughout Australia, though regulations
    vary between states." This is a good how-to site on what you need to do, whom to contact, support groups, lessons,
    curricula, et c. It's a good sized site, too.

     

     

    Australia Home School – Directory by States and Territories Homeschooling regulations, government contacts,
    and support groups for every state and nationwide.

     

     

    spinning gold star Canadian Homeschooler is a mother of four who was frustrated using an American
    packaged homeschool curriculum that lacked any uniquely Canadian material.
    ".. in Canada our money is different and we do our temperatures in Celsius - not Fahrenheit, and
    we measure in metric. I hate teaching words without the special extra 'u'."
    She's made her own site featuring Canadian material. "I hope to help another homeschooling family as
    they look for Canadian tools." Organized by subject (with some extras), new discoveries and ideas are
    on the home page. She can be contacted via her site. This level of effort deserves recognition.

     

     

    Homeschool Canada "Our goal is to always be there to help guide people who are currently homeschooling
    or ones who need to be directed to the support and information they need to help them make an informed
    decision about home education." This award-winning site is heavy on explaining and linking to homeschooling
    regulations by province. It's a very good go-to source for that. They also feature new ideas on their home page,
    have links to other homeschool sites and blogs, and they have THE Canadian homeschool store.

     

     

    NCHENZ "The National Council of Home Educators New Zealand is an incorporated society set up to
    encourage, promote, inform and advance the cause of home education in New Zealand at a national
    level." Look through the Homeschooling in NZ menu selection, it is a very comprehensive guide.

     

     

    NZ Home Education Resources for the Kiwi Home Educator "Are you interested in finding out about homeschooling
    in New Zealand? This homeschooling site for New Zealanders has answers to your questions. Look through the
    menu options and click to find answers to legal and practical issues, qualifications questions and for links to websites,
    lists of email groups to join and generally find out about homeschooling in New Zealand."
    This compact, very organized site has valuable links to other NZ homeschool groups and sites.

     

     

    Canterbury Home Educators Is a good local homeschool site for Canterbury, NZ.

     

     

    The Home Educators Network Supports homeschooling in the Waikato District, NZ.

     

     

    Schoolhouse Supporting Home Education in Scotland "Welcome to the website of Schoolhouse
    Home Education Association, Scotland’s national home education support charity.
    Schoolhouse is a well established and respected source of independent information for parents, carers and
    young people who are starting out on the home education path, families who may be thinking about educating
    their children outside the classroom, and those who just want to know more about how home education works.
    We aim to provide reassurance that home-based education is not only a legal and successful alternative to
    schooling, but that is now widely practised in Scotland, and that information and support are freely available
    from Schoolhouse." Their deceptively small home page is actually evidence of good site arrangement.
    Click on anything up top in the green menu bar, and you'll be rewarded with a firehose flow of useful
    information and advice on all related subjects.

     

     

    Education Otherwise is the most well known UK Home Educator (HE) site.
    (Home Education means homeschooling/unschooling to non-Brits). We love their slogan -
    "Education is compulsory. School is optional." "This site provides information and resources for
    home educating families and those considering home education for the first time,
    including guidance on home education and the law, SEN and disabilities;
    downloadable fact sheets covering many aspects of HE; and links to local HE groups across the UK."
    This site has room to grow! Most localities in the UK are listed, with blocks to fill in when an HE
    group starts up there, or when a group notices they're not entered yet. A real fountain of information.

     

     

    UK Homeschooling This site has links to six good British homeschooling organizations, FAQs,
    and a link to Scotland Homeschooling (with its own list of good links).
    Unfortunately all the FAQ government links are 404'd or this blurb would be larger.

     

     

     

     

    Homeschooling – Science Kimberly Du Vall's Pinterest pages. Lots of science related links
    and fun kid science activities make for a dependable resource for home science teaching.

     

     

    HOT X: Algebra Exposed! Danica McKellar is back! This time she explains algebra to girls.
    Is she qualified? Here's her chops: "Best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing,
    Danica McKellar is also a three-time New York Times bestselling author, internationally-recognized
    mathematician and advocate for math education. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree
    in Mathematics, Danica has been honored in Britain's esteemed Journal of Physics and the
    New York Times for her work in mathematics, most notably for her role as co-author of a ground-breaking
    mathematical physics theorem which bears her name (The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem)." So yeah,
    she's qualified. What we like about this book, and all her math books for tween and teen girls is -
    she's been there & done that - she explains things in a special girl-to-girl BFF way, without dumbing
    down the math. Teen girls and co-eds use this book and it really helps!

     

     

    How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code This informative article from Lifehacker lists and
    discusses 10 free or inexpensive programs that will introduce kids to coding by letting them code.
    Scratch is on this list (hurray)! We've used Scratch with kids and they liked to play with it.
    Fun and colorful, Scratch is an MIT effort.

     

    Stykz "the first multi-platform stick figure animation program in the world" is another fun coding program,
    maybe for older kids. You'll want to read "What We've Learned About Teaching Kids to Code" near the
    bottom of the article, too.

     

     

    How to Teach Your Child to Wash Dishes from WikiHow. "Teaching your child to wash dishes can have many benefits.
    It can be part of your child's chores when he or she gets older and your child can have these skills for when he or she
    lives on their own when they are adults. Here is how you can teach your child to wash dishes if you are clueless on how
    to do so.
    Step-by-step illustrations show you the way. We would add, don't get the water so hot a child can't put their hands in it.
    Also, the rinsing off is where you use the hottest water if you are not using a dishwasher.

     

     

    I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate A Spoken Word video from Suli Breaks, British recording artist.
    Over half a million people worldwide have viewed this video. Looks like maybe half of them left comments!
    A protest against standardized, one-size-fits-all education systems. It's a pretty gripping video.
    (Warning: This video will make you THINK!) Also an advocacy of finding a career that you enjoy, following
    your dream instead of being a wage slave. Don't want to put any more words in his mouth, out of respect.
    GSFK agrees with the plug: You Have To Watch This!! Choose your own POV and discuss this with other viewers.

     

     

    If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I'd Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford.
    "Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women.
    And barely 1 in 10 actual engineers are women. Early in a girl's life, the toys marketed to her are usually
    things that don't encourage her to enter those fields. GoldieBlox intends to change that by teaching them
    while they are young that these fields can be fun — and apparently epic, by the looks of this super-genius
    2-minute video. Watch and learn." OK, yes it's an ad for educational toys, and an internet hit.
    However, if these or similar toys, or becoming a Maker like young Sylvia, can up the percentage of little
    girls who grow up to be engineers, mathematicians, scientists, or technologists - then it's surely worth it.

     

     

     

     

    Jon's Homeschool Resources From the site: "a source of neutral, non-commercial home schooling
    information". Says it is one of the largest and most visited home school sites. Click on Contents to begin.

     

     

    spinning gold star Josie's Poems It's fair to call this site "the biggest poetry website on the internet". "...knowing how
    very important rhyming and rhythmic poetry is for helping children develop phonological awareness, a key
    literacy tool, I’ve just written almost 900 poems for children of all ages." These are GOOD poems to read or to
    read aloud. The sort of poems that develop language skills, because they emphasize rhyming, rhythm, the way
    words sound in the head, mouth, and ear, and demonstrate the use of parts of speech!
    The haiku, cinquains, adverb poems, similes page is a shining example of how to teach poetry structure
    and grammar all at once! Read Apostrophe - Mr Blob and see what we're so happy about. There are ebooks,
    audios, and videos, too, and the chance to buy books (the rest of the site is FREE). This site is also used by ESL
    students in Europe. The English speaking world badly needs this sort of place on the web - so much of what is
    in here is no longer covered well (or at all) in many educational environments.
    We should have posted this site a long time ago.
    A big THANK YOU to Josie Whitehead, the teacher who created the site and most of the poems!

     

     

    spinning gold star Jumpstart is a familar name with subscription games and free goodies, too.
    A good sized free pdf worksheet section and more besides. Mostly for the younger set.

     

     

    K12 Academics "Since its inception in 2004, K12 Academics has established itself in the education
    community by creating influential and valuable information for teachers, students, parents & districts
    officials involved in the K-12 education system...This is the most comprehensive directory on the
    internet for afterschool programs. We have over 100,000+ pages of educational content that covers
    all demographics in the education system- parents, Students, teachers, Schools, district officials, etc.
    We are not just another website, but the website for education."

     

     

    K12Reader "Reading Instruction Resources for Teachers & Parents" Printable worksheets for Dolch words,
    handwriting practice. Lots of articles on everything from abstract nouns to finding a good reading program.
    Book reviews, games and activities to try, and reading topics.
    Teachers and parents will find it worthwhile to explore this site.

     

     

    KA has 100 free games indexed alphabetically; and by grade (pre-K - 6), subject (the 3 Rs plus Animals and Science),
    age (toddler to 12), and arcade games. There are mobile games, too. Down at the bottom there's an idex of all three
    sites' game, activities, worksheets, curriculum, resources list, and lesson plans.

     

     

    Gold Star Khan Academy "is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone,
    anywhere...We are complementing Salman (Khan's) ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed
    as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World."
    1800+ videos cover math from 1 + 1 up through differential equations; Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
    Organic Chem, Cosmology, Astronomy; History; Finance (BIG section!); Test Prep: SAT, GMAT, CAHSEE, IIT JEE.
    The videos are wonderful! This is amazing and FREE!

     

     

    KidPort "Kidport is an Internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. It provides
    a unique, multi-step program to create empowered learners, not simply good students."
    Kids click on a remote that sends them to Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Creative Arts, and
    Reference Library. From there they can go to grade appropriate online lessons. This is an excellent resource.

     

     

    Kids-Google is a list of safe-search sites for kids. Good listing, they all seem to work fine. Never underestimate a
    child's ingenuity, though - watch your little ones on the internet. Thanks to Alice Cherry for the email.

     

     

    KidsKnowIt Network (Now part of Education.com) A big array of sites covering elementary mathematics, astronomy,
    biology, dinosaurs, geology, geography, memory builders, spelling, and games. "These free resources were developed
    by teachers, parents, and experts from various fields to provide free learning opportunities for children all around the world."

     

     

    KidsOLR Kids Online Resources has lots of online lessons covering various parts of the K-12 curriculum.
    Their Telling Time activity is already in our Math and Telling Time section. 
    Way too extensive to cover it all here - go check it out.

     

     

    Kids' Pages for Small Ages features "free printable ESL flashcards, worksheets, coloring pages, an alphabet
    for teachers, parents and children, educative stories like Aesop's Fables, or fairy-tales by Christian Anderson
    or Brothers Grimm, online games and puzzles." Very colorful and kid friendly, with a good selection of printables.
    Thanks, Thea, for the email about your site!

     

     

    Union Jack Kids Activities from allkids This is allkids' big listing of kid sites by categories. This page features
    free colouring pages, Nursery Rhymes, Online Stories, Boredom Busters, Outdoor Activities & Games,
    Childrens Hobbies & Interests, Childrens Free Fun Sites, TV and Book Characters links, Kids TV show links,
    Kids Movies links with critiques and schedules (UK). Someone worked long and hard to bring this to fruition.

     

     

    Kids Software "is a blog about free software, commercial software and websites for kids. The blog is maintained
    by Marianne Wartoft, who also runs the site Educational Freeware." This site is packed with links to wonderful
    places such as Starfall and other fabulous destinations.

     

     

    kidsGoflash "Hi, need 30 minutes down time with your tots after running around? Looking for new materials for your
    kid's early education or home schooling? Want to teach them new words, animals, numbers, shapes, and more?
    Want to show them what they can do with a computer and the Internet? Take a seat with them, come to
    kidsGoflash.com, and explore this website with different kinds of interactive early education materials such
    as audio flashcards, clickable pictures, and learning games."

     

     

    Pinterest-button.png Kinder (981 pins) Here's a nice, craftsy page for the Pre-K and primary grades. Lots of ideas for the teachers:
    bulletin boards, classroom design, room and window decorations, etc. Hands-on art and crafts for little people,
    motor skill practice, pretending. A charming page with plenty of little treasures.

     

     

    Kizclub "Printables for Kids" This site has many, many printables in pdf format that cover the early
    learning/primary curriculum. These include ABCs, phonics, nursery rhymes, flashcards, animals, habitats, stories
    & props, extras, and more. No interactives, it's all tablework. You could make bulletin boards and all sorts
    of crafty things with these materials.

     

     

    Language Guide Want to learn alphabets and vocabulary words from other languages? "LanguageGuide.org
    offers free sound integrated resources for learning languages." The site features pictures of various things
    with written and spoken names in several languages. Words are pronounced by volunteer native speakers.
    Current languages are English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Hebrew,
    Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. Sponsored by Language Guide, a registered non-profit organization,
    the site is free to use but they do ask for donations. Uses QuickTime.

     

     

    Launch Pad: "Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! is a new literary & arts magazine devoted
    to publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews and artwork by children ages 6-12."
    This looks pretty good. A place where young artists and writers can show off their work!

     

     

    Leaves Nature Math Activity for Preschool "Children are naturally curious about the world around them.
    When you use things found in the natural environment to teach basic concepts, it is easier to capture and
    hold the attention of young children. Using leaves in the fall or spring is a perfect example!"
    "We inspected and talked about the actual leaves. We used different words to describe the leaves–soft,
    rough, waxy, prickly to broaden our vocabulary and develop oral language skills. Next, we sorted leaves
    by size and used more words to describe the leaves–tiny leaves, medium leaves, and some rather skinny
    looking leaves. We lined the leaves up and counted how many of each kind we had picked on our walk-
    which is a great classification activity! Create patterns with your leaves; group, sort, classify, and count
    – your children can practice all these math concepts." This is exceptional - using inexpensive,
    easily procured manipulatives to teach basic concepts to little ones.

     

    Learning Games For Kids "Educational games are a great tool for building foundation math and language
    skills that today's elementary school curriculum requires. These online learning games and songs for kids
    are fun, teach important skills for preschool and elementary school kids and they're free. Want
    educational games that help build skills in math, language, science, social studies, and more?
    You've come to the right place!" Also we love their site layout.

     

     

    Learning Planet This is a subscription site, but it has a number of excellent free online ed games.
    (They have many more activities available if you subscribe.) We especially liked Alphabet Action for pre-K
    and Kindergarten. The Students page menu is laid out for pre-K and K, 2nd - 4th, and 6th and up grades.
    Each grade level page has grade-appropriate math, literacy, telling time, counting, matching (1:1),and/or
    geography games. Make sure to try Rats (pre-K through 6th grade - use the arrow keys.)

     

     

    Lessons In Electric Circuits "A free series of textbooks on the subjects of electricity and electronics."
    Excellent free learning, just bring a brain and the ability to think and read. Consists of six online books:
    DC, AC, Semiconductors, Digital, Reference, and Experiments. Volume I starts with static electricitry and
    ends with explanations of capacitors and inductors. It's free, it's good, and it's on the web.

     

     

    LessonSnips "Welcome to LessonSnips! Free teaching lessons, lesson plans, worksheets, and more... "
    This site's offerings cover Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. The lessons offered
    are pdf files for easy saving and use. The lessons we looked at are reasonably short but comprehensive.
    Good pre-made lesson plans like these are a real time saver as well as a help to new teachers who haven't
    yet built up those file cabinets full of plans. (be they real cabinets or saved on media)

     

     

    Little Animals Activity Centre

    The Little Animals Activity Centre BBC have archived this web page and it's no longer updated. Still good, though!
    Make things with Micky Maker (simple crafts). Play word games with Digby Mole. Foxy Dancer plays rhymes or music
    games (1:1 correspondence/memory drills). Storybear reads three interactive stories aloud (already in Readalouds).
    Puzzlesnuff has puzzles and games. Count Hoot counts and plays numeracy games. Really a loveable sweet site.

     

     

    Little Discoverers: Big fun with science, math, and more! Sesame Street's STEM for early learners. This is a
    combination of games and videos for all six of the covered concepts: Experiments, Sink or Float, Measurement,
    States of Matter, Force and Motion, and Engineering. The concept buttons are arranged 3X2 on the sides of the
    video player. Each concept has 6 - 8 games and videos along the bottom of the screen, for kids to check out.
    Nicely arranged and does a good job of covering the very basic introductions to these concepts and ideas.

     

     

    Loving2Learn "Run off 100's of Books, Watch 100's of Educational Videos, and Play 100's of FUN Games!"
    Here's a big and well organized site with tons of things to do! Organized by subject and by age/grade,
    you can find all sorts of good things here. Check it out!

     


     

    Made with Code Google is launching Made w/ Code, a program to encourage girls to learn to program
    and possibly pursue careers in computer science. Made w/ Code is "a social initiative to create a coding
    culture for girls based on creativity and making. Made with Code will strive to inspire millions of girls to
    experience the power of code. The goal is to demonstrate how coding can help them to pursue, and reach,
    their dreams." Less than 1% of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science.
    "Coding gives you the power to create and invent things that could help millions of people with your ideas;
    sadly we’ve seen that bias and stereotypes are keeping most teenage girls from expressing interest in learning
    to code. We're launching Made with Code to inspire millions of girls to experience the power of coding and to
    see it as a way to have fun and achieve their dreams," said Megan Smith, vice president, Google.
    GSFK thinks this is a good idea.

     

     

    Code.org (The Hour of Code people) also offers K-5, 6-12, and university level Computer Science Courses
    online. It looks well worth trying in classrooms.

     

     

    MIT App Inventor jumps right into tutorials on how to make Android Apps! Yes there is also a Teacher Section
    with lesson plan ideas. Learn to write good apps and maybe get rich!

     

     

    What's the Best Language for a Beginning Programmer? an op-ed piece from Popular Mechanics Online,
    gives ideas on what language a secondary school beginner should start with. Java, Scratch (kids love Scratch),
    Alice, MVB, C++, Python, and App Inventor are covered and various opinions expressed about each.

     

     


     

     

    The Master List of Unschooling Resources from Weed 'em and Reap. "When you start your
    homeschooling/unschooling journey, or even if you’re just considering it, you need a master list of resources
    to help get you started! I’ve been working hard compiling this list for all of you!" This is a list of six books,
    18 unschooling websites;
    the Unschooling Blog Carnival [is one-stop shop to read from many different unschooling blogs. It’s a
    great way to see real life examples of others who have embraced the unschooling method of learning!],
    five Pinterest pages, 11 online learning sites for kids, eight DVDs of shows like Bill Nye and Blue Planet,
    some outside activities, some crafts and projects, and more. Worth looking at, for sure.

     

     

    Math Blaster the venerable game is now an online math learning station! The bulk of the online activities
    are subscription only, but there are oodles of downloadable pdf worksheets, sorted by grade level and
    by the basic operations.

     

     

    animated calculator gif Math Calculators! Here are 30 math calculators, each one calculates something different.
    Some are funny, others for serious work, all are accurate. Kitchen measurements, dog years,
    wind chill, map scales, planting, prime numbers, energy terms, weather, money, savings,
    time zones, binary, more, more, more!

     

     

    Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math. These are two books by Danica McKellar, of The Wonder Years,
    who grew up and earned a Bachelors in Mathematics. For Middle School girls (ages 11 to 14).
    "How to survive middle school math without losing your mind or breaking a nail." Her girl to girl style
    resonates with many girls. The math is sound and the problem solving techniques work. Using them this
    very evening with 11 and 12 year olds who are struggling with Least Common Multiples and Greatest
    Common Factors was rewarding. As any teacher knows, seeing students light up when they "get it"
    can make your day! This is a non-compensated endorsement.

     

     

    Math Games and Activities at Home with the Crazy Math Mom Seriously. Help your kids learn
    basic math and reinforce what the are learning at school. "Book mark this page because you will use
    these strategies/math games again and again." Ideas for teaching the four basic operations listed by
    grades 1 - 5. "Here is what you will find at this site:

  • Carefully designed games and activities that build on each other to fill in missed learning gaps.
  • All games and activities are aligned with National Math Standards, as well as general Global Math Standards.
  • Fun math games for all ages of children with free material.
  • Simple ways for parents build understanding of:
  • Addition, Subtraction, Multplication, and Division. All WHILE PLAYING GAMES....who knew?"
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    Math Worksheet Center "What is Math Worksheet Center? A huge K-12 math worksheets resource!
    8,000+ math worksheets. Complete math explanations! Not a plain old worksheet site! We give instructions
    on all core K-12 math skill areas. Math Worksheets Center is home to over 8,000 K-12 math worksheets,
    lessons, homework, and quizzes. We also offer over 130 free math teaching and learning articles."
    These are on their Mathtips page. This looks like an excellent site.
    You will have to subscribe for a nominal fee to get the most of what they offer.

     

     

    spinning gold starMath Worksheets Land "We now have over 4,000 PDF files that total over 12,000 printable
    pages. 100% free as always! Funny thing, I'm no where near done." At least a page on each of
    40 math topics - everything from Kindergarten Math to Logarithms, Linear Equations, Polynomials,
    Scientific Notation... Also indexed by grade level. Aligned to the Common Core standards. FREE pdf files
    to download/print! Thanks for the emails from "Julia, Retired Middle School Math Teacher, Mom of 3,
    Grandma of 4, and Tired"

     

     

    Miss Mary Mack Good ol' kids' impromptu hand clapping! This particular song is American, but no one
    knows its provenance. Kids do this on playgrounds, at home, and anywhere they might get bored
    (such as standing in a line in the hall). The links all feature the lyrics and demonstrate the various
    invented clapping rhythms, such as in these three videos. Two sisters do their version on a sidewalk
    in this clip. Someday, someone will get an advanced degree in Linguistics analyzing these clapping songs.

    Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
    All dressed in black, black, black
    With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
    All down her back, back, back
    She asked her mother, mother, mother
    For fifty cents, cents, cents
    To see the elephants, elephants, elephants
    Jump over the fence, fence, fence
    They jumped so high, high, high
    They touched the sky, sky, sky
    And didn’t come back, back, back
    Till the fourth of July, July, July

     

     

    Mixing in Math An after school math activity site for parents, teachers, and caregivers.
    "Mixing in Math activities are:

  • Quick ways to mix math in to what after-school programs already do: sports, snack time,
    arts and crafts, playground games;
  • Easy to prep;
  • Easy to lead. You don't need math background or special training;
  • Designed to be used with any school math curriculum and complement homework.
  • Free!
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    Mrs. Mitchell's Virtual School  is a list of links to good and varied educational and activity sites arranged
    by subject and grade.  We've mainly been using her Oceans links thus far.  A nice collection of links to "good sites."

     

     

     

    " is a fresh approach to content for kids with the perfect blend of fun and learning that helps the
    left & the right brained child learn through experiences. Mocomi.com endeavours to create the best and most
    comprehensive platform for kids in India." That would go for kids worldwide, too! Excellent site throughout.
    Take a deep breath..They have arts & crafts, coloring, drawing animals, printables (cards, puzzles, bookmarks, et c.),
    many online games, tons of Indian folk tales from all over the subcontinent (indexed by region/culture/tradition),
    lots of old-time English nursery rhymes and tales, educational pages (lots) with multimedia presentations (wow)
    and printables, covering maths, English, science, history, geography, general knowledge, and a lot more.
    - and lots of fairy tales from India!

     

     

     

    Montessori-Inspired Arctic and Antarctic Unit from Living Montessori Now. Lists many activities, downloadables,
    ideas, and resources for learning about the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and the continent of Antarctica. Aimed at
    younger kids and homeschoolers but could be adapted for use in classrooms or with older kids. We really liked the
    link to learning the continents that the Antarctica unit is a part of. Too many kids and adults do not know their
    continents, and schools seem helpless to change that. Some of the items are free to download or copy, for others
    there is a fee. Plenty of links to other Montessori-inspired and homeschool sites, too.

     

     

     

    National Children's Literacy Website "Because Children Need to Read - More than any other single skill,
    the ability to read - and read well - allows a child to succeed in school, learn about the world, function in
    society, and someday have decent job options. Enhancing children's literacy is at the heart of the Soho
    Center's NATIONAL CHILDREN'S LITERACY INFORMATION project - a national children's literacy initiative.
    The Soho Center is committed to promoting children's literacy in child care settings and home settings.
    Whether you are a family child care provider, a teacher in a child care center or Head Start program, or
    a parent of a pre-school or school-age child - there's a lot you can do." This site has quite a lot of good
    advice, tips, and resources for any child care teacher or home schooling parent. We are very grateful to
    Jeanna Beker, Director, The Soho Center for emailing us about The Soho Center and its excellent literacy site!

     

     

     

    Net Smartz Kids teaching children what to watch out for online with fun, interactive games and activities.
    Fun safe internet links for kids to Learn about Wizzywigs, Webville outlaws, and internet
    safety rules.

     

     

     

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    No Screen-time Until (free printable) from Your Modern Family
    "It can be easy for us to just let our kids lounge around and hop online or watch TV when they
    are bored, but my husband and I really try to keep a limit on those things. That is where our
    home rules come into play. The main idea behind this is to give our kids something “else” to
    get “lost in”… Sometimes kids just need a little motivation to get started (once our kids head
    outside to play, they forget about watching a movie or playing on the tablet). If I let them
    just sit & default to screen-time, it will consume as much time as I allow. Why not just
    encourage them to get out or do something ELSE first and see where THAT takes them?"
    They suggest this for summer or no-school days.

     

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    On-Line Math Worksheet Generator "With The Math Worksheet Site you can create an
    endless supply of printable math worksheets. The intuitive interface gives you the ability
    to easily customize each worksheet to target your student's specific needs. Every worksheet
    is created when you request it, so they are different every time." Free worksheets or you can
    subscribe for an annual fee and get lots more worksheets.
    Offered as a service by us with no endorsement implied.

     

     

     

    Downloads   Owl & Mouse Educational Software Great phonics software that reminds us of the
    old MECC Apple games of the 1980s. Free software for you to download and install, or play online.
    Their plug: "Help your child learn with games, software and educational activities from Owl & Mouse
    Educational Software. Early reading software—phonics software, alphabet games, and Dolch sight
    words in a fairy tale story. All of it FREE! Free online USA maps, world maps, map of Europe, map
    puzzles of the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, and many more.
    You can build your own castle and coat of arms—free downloads."

     

     

     

    Paragraph Writing in First Grade and Second Grade from The Brown Bag Teacher blog.
    This starts with tips for teaching paragraph structure that 2nd semester first graders can understand.
    This includes color coding the parts of a paragraph (what an idea!). Also includes strategies and
    examples of successful paragraphs. There are lots of links to other first grade curricula like
    First Grade Data and Graphing. An eight minute video on teaching paragraph structure is included.

     

     

     

    Pete's PowerPoint Station ("FREE Presentations in PowerPoint format & Free Interactive Activities for Kids")
    looks like a little homemade site for kids but it's HUGE inside! This site is set up with a model railroad theme.
    Pete's Presentations (Themes and Topics is the page title) lists 838 (yes, eight hundred thirty-eight)
    education topics, from ABC's to Zoo! Each Topic has links to that subject area, sometimes dozens of links.
    Not only PowerPoints (lots of them) but games and links to "good sites."
    Greta's Games has mostly academic games organized by subject. Often a dozen or more links per subject.
    Hannah's Homework Help Station
    has PowerPoints about doing research, and links to various research sites.
    You could spend a week looking in here! Anything you need for K-8, and some for higher schooling as well.

     

     

     

    Flag of IndiaPitara Kids Network Zillions of things for kids to do! This wonderful monster of a site is similar
    to the old Yahooligans! Play logic and word games, take quizzes, do crafts, use the reference
    section, read folktales, poems, and stories, investigate science, do fun mathematics!
    Some sections are in Hindi, for Hindi-speaking NRI kids who want to remain bilingual.
    There's something in here for everybody - students, parents, teachers, homeschoolers.

     

     

     

    Planning Playtime Pinterest-button.png From Utah, USA. "Awesome Educational Activities for kids, Crafts for kids, and
    other fun kid pins. Activities & worksheets for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, & first grade." We saw
    their paper cup math video on FaceBook and we knew we had to post this site! Just like their
    Pinterest blurb says above, they are all that. This mom of five and sibling of 11 has excellent offerings
    for younger kids.

     

     

    Practical Math Shortcuts For Everyday Life from Lifehacker.
    Five quick mental math techniques that let you:

  • Figure Out Your Yearly Salary From Your Hourly (or Vice Versa)
  • Use the Rule of 72 to Estimate Interest or Returns on Investment
  • Calculate a Tip In Your Head Quickly
  • Convert Between Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Figure Out the Annual Cost of Daily Habits
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    Prehistoric Animal Brigade This rhythmic little kids' song is from Australia! It's been popular down under
    for many years. Watch the videos, see the movement, and you'll quickly understand why! It's repetitive,
    gets kids up and moving, and it "Must be sung loud and raucously, with not too much attention to correctness
    of lyrics."

    This version, "Our Keira singing the Prehistoric Brigade song", shows that even awesomely cute
    toddlers claim the song as their own.

    Alternate Version 1 Audio only, a female chorus sings, accompanied by a big band.
    Alternate Version 2 Audio only, part of the Josephine's Action Songs For Children series, sound track
    written for dancing.
    Watch them all, then make up your own!

    The Prehistoric Animal Brigade (M L Reeve)

    Listen to the chorus,
    Of the brontosaurus (some versions use "brachiosaurus")
    And the stegosaurus
    Down by the swamp.

    Along comes a dinosaur,
    Making such a loud roar,
    Thumping with his feet and going
    Stomp, stomp, stomp.

    Pterodactlyl flapping,
    Long beak clacking,
    Big teeth snapping,
    Down from a tree.

    Here's a woolly mammoth,
    Tusks all curly,
    Joins the hurly burly.
    Oh dear me!

    What a noise! (What a noise!)
    It's the boys (It’s the boys) (some versions: "It's the noise")
    Of the Prehistoric Animal Brigade!

     

     

    Preschool Halloween Songs and Music from Everything Preschool. "Our Preschool Halloween Songs
    and Music contains the most complete Early Childhood Education Halloween Songs and Music Ideas
    on the internet." Has lyrics for twelve Halloween songs. This site also has Halloween crafts, games,
    preschool science (counting and crafts), five printable coloring pages, lots of well organized recipes
    for gross Halloween stuff, and bulletin board activities. Everything Preschool also has lesson plans
    and themes for teacher's use. "Our site contains Over 30,000 Preschool Education Activities Separated
    into over 100 Themes, 26 Alphabet Areas, & Lesson Plans."

     

     

    Printable Fact Triangles from HelpingWithMath. "Fact Triangles are similar in some ways to flashcards
    although they are a better way of showing and practicing Fact Families. Fact Families are sets of three
    numbers that can be divided or multiplied together. Fact Families help develop the understanding of the
    relationship between multiplication and division." Kids often wrestle with the concept of fact families.
    This printable sheet can help.

     

     

     

    Project Gutenberg "Free eBooks from Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free ebooks.
    Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free Kindle books,
    download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously
    published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of
    thousands of volunteers. Project Gutenberg offers 40,000 free ebooks to download." The original
    is still the greatest! We like to just browse by Author or Title.
    Now they have self-publishing to the cloud! "From Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free
    eBooks, now comes the free Authors Community Cloud Library, a social network
    Self-Publishing Portal. This Portal allows authors to share their works with readers as well as
    allowing readers to provide comments, reviews and feedback to the authors. Every eBook has its
    own Details Page, Star Ratings, and Reader Comment area."
    Simply stunning. It's free, go get it!

     

     

     

    Quizlet "The world learns on Quizlet. We make simple tools that let you study anything, for free."
    You can study anything, alone or in groups! Teachers and students can look for existing quizzes
    that meet their needs, or they can make their own quizzes and add them to Quizlet's library.
    Take a quiz, review subjects, spell the vocabulary words, play various games to test knowledge!
    Works on desktops or mobile devices, iOS and Android both! "#7 app in the free Education category
    of the app store." There's a teachers section, too. You can create accounts (free) and keep quizzes there!

     

     

     

    Quizzes.cc - Online Quizzes, Tests, Trivia, Worksheets, and Free Games "... provides math quizzes for
    teachers and students. You can create a quiz and select the range of numbers you'd like to use.
    Students can grade the quiz online and generate new problems for more practice." Quizzes for all four
    elementary operations, plus times table quizzes and a nice metric conversion chart. There are also
    children's literature, science, and geography quizzes. Secondary students can practice metric conversions,
    some middle school science, and world geography. Thanks to John @ Quizzes.cc for the email!

     

     

     

    Rainbow Jar

    Rainbow Jar A Kids' Science Experiment. Written by a National Board-certified
    Kindergarten teacher. For pre-K and K-1 learners. Teaches the concept of density.
    Use common household ingredients to make a rainbow jar.
    Article includes the materials list, recipe, photos, and lesson plan.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Reading Rockets "is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources
    on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
    We bring the best research-based strategies to anyone helping a young child become a strong,
    confident reader. The project includes PBS television programs (also available online and on DVD);
    online services (ReadingRockets.org and ColorinColorado.org); professional development
    opportunities; and a robust social community on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr."
    (edited by us) Big sections on: teaching reading (lots of tips & ideas), helping strugglers (ditto),
    A-Z list of topics ("a rich library of classroom strategies" 44 topics!), children's books and authors
    (including booklists and how to choose books), fun things to order, and more.

     

     

    St. Patrick's Day Craft Party! Step by step with photos Making crafts for the holiday followed by
    a treasure hunt around the house and yard to find clue cards. Easy to adapt to a classroom.

     

     

     

    Saxon Online Basic Fact sheets Saxon is on this list because we have used Saxon material and
    seen it used by others. Saxon has a deserved reputation for good, straightforward 3-R stuff that works.
    Definitely worth a look.

    Saxon Math Basic Facts Sheets

     

     

     

    5 fun cutting activities to help toddlers and preschoolers develop their scissor skills from happy hooligans
    "Little people exploring their world through good, old-fashioned play". Here are five "fun scissor exercises for
    children to strengthen fine motor skills. Introducing interesting materials for your child to cut up is a fun way
    to help little hands develop their cutting skills." Jackie covers practical tips and suggestions about littles using
    scissors, and then covers (1) Using scissors with play dough, (2) Cutting up drinking straws,
    (3) Cutting styrofoam meat trays, (4) Cutting paint chip samples, and (5) Using Scrapbook scissors or scissors
    with a fancy edge. Very well done, we thought.

     

     

     

    Downloads Scratch cat logo

    Scratch is a free programming language primarily for 8 to 16 year olds. It has an online community where
    kids can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with others from all over
    the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason
    systematically. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided
    free of charge. Find out more by clicking on the cat!

     

     

     

    Downloads Sebran's ABC - Free Software For Kids "It's never too early for your child to become familiar
    with letters and numbers. Sebran's ABC's colorful pictures, pleasant music, and gentle games teach letters,
    numbers, simple math, and rudiments of reading." Free to you under GNU license. Reviews are posted on
    the site. We've "field tested" Sebran with 5 - 10 year olds. The games are good, they work.
    Kids like them, too. Thank you to Marianne Wartoft of Uppsala, Sweden, who wrote this fine software!
    You can fine various good places to download Sebran, just Google Sebran.

     

     

    Secular Homeschool "Where secular homeschoolers ARE the majority!"

    The Secular Homeschool Community
    The home for: Eclectic Homeschoolers * Freethinking homeschoolers * Non-religious homeschoolers
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Introductions and Welcomes
    Homeschool Curriculum
    Secular Homeschooling
    Homeschooling Styles
    Homeschooling Issues
    Homeschooling Extracurriculars
    Homeschooling Middle and High School
    In Other Words
    Good Secular Reads
    Cooking and Recipes
    Homeschool Links and Info
    Secular Swap
    Polls and Surveys
    Private Forums

     

     

     

    The Seed Site for Teachers and The Seed Site for Kids are parts of a larger site called
    (wait for it) The Seed Site. "A website devoted entirely to seeds!", This is a vast site from
    the UK with tons of information about seeds and thousands of photos. The teacher section
    has lots of overhead-friendly pix of flower parts, seed parts, dispersal, germination,
    kinds of plants, profiles of 200 plants, and info about using copyrighted images.
    The kid section has kid-friendly sections about starting out, planting, germination,
    seed saving, and a plant database. We thank the people at The Seed Site for their email!

     

     

     

    Six myths about vaccination – and why they’re wrong Australian article demolishes
    six urban rumours about vaccination. This article's six talking points are worth remembering,
    if you ever need them counter the ignorance and hysteria, and the vicious lies some weird
    people spread.

     

     

     

    Smart Girls logo
    Amy Poehler's Smart Girls "My name is Kara and I work for the webseries 'Smart Girls'
    with Amy Poehler. We have an amazing new series that showcases awesome girls from all
    around the globe and we think it would be a perfect fit for your website." It is!
    It's called Amy Poehler's Smart Girls and you really ought to go there and watch some
    of these videos!

     

     

     

    SoftSchools.com Another excellent big site full of online games and printable worksheets for all grades and
    all subjects, with plenty of lesson plans! If you register you can create your own quizzes, word searches,
    matching games, and worksheets. This seems to be the coming thing with these sorts of sites.
    "SoftSchools.com provides free math worksheets, free math games, grammar quizzes and free phonics
    worksheets and games. Worksheets and games are organized by grades and topics. These printable
    math and phonics worksheets are auto generated."

     

     

     

    Spider Web Fine Motor Activity "excellent way to develop fine motor skills" using easily available materials.
    "Beyond the learning aspects of this activity, it is simply a super fun game! It kind of reminds me of the game
    Operation because you have to concentrate on keeping the tweezers in between the yarn and pull up gently so
    that you don’t drop the spider or get it caught on the yarn." Four items are needed and substitutes could
    be used. There is a list of easy instructions.

     

     

     

    Spiders! This is a nice spider unit for lower elementary kids, with lesson plans ready to go.

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    starfall.com logoStarFall A neat, phonics-intensive site for pre-k through second grade.
    Stories, movies, and games! Progressive levels let kids read or be read to. Every time we
    went to this site with K-2 kids, we found something new and great!
    This site WILL keep those busy little brains going for a whole computer lab session! Thanks, Tia

     

     

     

    Stepducks "Sometimes you just need to talk to someone!" This is a site full of resources for
    step-families. It has practical advice, links to other support sites, activities and references for:
    Stepfamily Support, Family and Parenting, Marriage Support, Divorce Support, Single Parents,
    etc. Meet the Stepducks has some typical stepkid characters, what they are like, how they
    act. "You'll Swear You Know These Kids!!" Good luck, stepfamilies. You are not alone;
    we are not alone.

     

     

     

    In other words, let the kids wiggle.

    Stimulation for Apspergers

     

     

     

     

    Stop Bullying Now! "Welcome to the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign. You can learn all
    about bullying and what you can do to stop it. Take a look around and you’ll find games
    and cartoon Webisodes that help you Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!"
    Great material with sections for kids and adults.

     

     

    Student Resources Online from School District 91 - Nechako Lakes, British Columbia, Canada.

     

     

     

    Super Coloring "Search through 47744 colorings" Here's another coloring (or "colouring") site for
    pre-K through adult. Coloring online or download the pictures. There are seven pages of classical art
    (1st 2 1/2 pages are biblical art, the rest are not), 1 1/2 pages of Tinkerbell and friends, pages and
    pages of cartoon characters (yes, they have Pokemon!), even a dot-to-dot section. You can even
    submit your own. This is a neat find. Thanks to editor Kate for putting this together.

     

     

     

    Teachers Pay Teachers "An open marketplace for educators where teachers buy,
    sell and share original teaching resources. TpT's mission
    is to empower teachers by bringing together those who
    create curricula with those who are seeking fresh new approaches in the classroom. Teachers work
    hard and deserve extra compensation for all those hours spent lesson planning. Newer teachers
    and those looking for ideas can save time and leap ahead in competency by learning from veterans.
    We strongly believe that the ensuing exchange lifts all boats and leads to the better sharing of
    best practices." This is HUGE! We urge you to stroll around the site until you feel at home. Teachers
    worldwide post here. Some of it's free, some of it's fee, and it's all good! Start a blog, share your
    stuff, make money.

     

     

    Teach, Learn, Repeat "Create Free Quizzes & Exams Online. Nothing to download. Create a quiz
    right from your browser...Anything you create can be freely shared, or can be reserved for personal
    learning, or corporate asssessment and certification. TLR Members create their own content, but
    have the ability to leverage shared content by peers or groups." This concept has definite
    possibilities. It's another fine site brought to our attention via email. Thanks to Mr. Dan McAvinchey.

     

     

    Teach Math with Legos! Also known as "An Incredibly Effective Way To Develop Your Child’s Math
    Skills With LEGO Blocks", as shown in DYT. "School teacher Alycia Zimmerman regularly uses Legos
    to help develop basic math skills among her pupils. Lego blocks, she finds, offer a great opportunity
    to explain fundamental math concepts and calculations in a way which is immediately understandable
    for young minds."
    Lego Math

    "So for those who can’t find the right words or who find they haven’t got the patience to help with
    their kid’s math homework, here are a few examples which Alycia uses. Each and every one of them is
    incredibly simple, but seriously effective."

    Examples shown in the article include: Parts vs. whole; Fractions; Square numbers; and Exploring mean,
    median, mode, and range
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    Teach the Children Well "is a collection of links to sites carefully selected by a teacher for students as
    well as their parents and teachers. The site was designed for elementary grades but many of the sites
    will also be of interest to older students. Elaine M. Doolittle, M.Ed." There are big lists of sites on all
    sorts of topics. A necessary site for your bookmarks. Interesting site layout, too.

     

     

     

    Union Jack Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers Wow! "Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers" is a big site
    from the UK that has lots of written out activities, lesson plans, worksheets, pdf files, etc, for the elementary
    curriculum. It's broken down by subject. There is great "stuff" in here. We were all impresssed by their easy
    prime numbers activity. Better yet, you can rate activities and leave comments - very nice for busy teachers!

     

     

    teAchnology Ok, here's a site boasting 30,000+ free lesson plans (indexed various ways), 8,000 or so free
    printable worksheets, 275,000 reviewed sites indexed by professional interest, holidays by month, etc., etc.
    You need to take the time to look this place over.
    If you can use a hundredth of this free material, you'll be ahead. Thanks, "Opsmart Matti".

     

     

     

    Downloads   Tellin' Time is a free download game for Windows only. "I put this together for my kids to practice
    reading the time off of an analog clock. It's based on a flashcard type game where an analog (12 hour) clock face
    displays a random time. The child is then expected to enter the "digital equivalent". A four minute timer runs in
    the background, and a count of correct/incorrect answers is displayed. This program is freeware. Enjoy."
    You can change times and the number of questions.

     

     

     

    That Quiz Click this link now!! Scalable, customizable quizzes in all levels of K-12 mathematics. Geography,
    languages, cell structure, elements, periodic tables, anatomy, conversions. Their righteous pitch:
    "What is ThatQuiz?

  • A free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing.
  • An online grade book providing fast analysis of class and individual student progress.
  • An exchange for teachers to share the resources they create.
  • A skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.
  • Registration is free and teachers who register receive complete record-keeping of student grades. They have access
    to more precise test-generation tools, can create single tests with questions from different categories, can create
    matching and multiple choice questions, and can access a public test library. There is no reason for students to
    register, since the additional features are only useful for teachers.

     

     

     

    Twisty Noodle "Twisty Noodle has thousands of coloring pages and worksheets for kids. You can customize your
    coloring page or worksheet by changing the font and text. Change the font to block, D'Nealian, or cursive for great
    writing practice. " VERY useful site for teachers and homeschoolers.

     

     

    Undoing School from Fractal Enlightenment Using several videos and supporting text, this powerful essay puts
    forth the idea that schools are failing kids by trying to prepare them for the workforce instead of helping them
    to learn what want to learn, in a one-size-fits-all educational environment. It makes interesting reading,
    and the videos are quite good.

     

     

    U.S. Presidents Here's a valuable site with amazing amounts of information about all 43 U.S. Presidents!
    Click on any portrait in the matrix of 43 and read the facts. "Currently, U.S. Presidents offers brief overviews
    of the 43 presidents by way of outlining the major points taken from the following three areas of each president's
    life: Early Life/Pre-presidency, Presidency, and Post-presidency/Legacy." J.W. Smith, the creator and curator of this
    website, plans to expand it to include Vice-Presidents, First Ladies, and much more. You should read over his About
    section to find out more about that and the site. While you're there, check out Roosevelt!
    Thanks to J. W. Smith for the email.

     

     

    UpToTen

    All the way from the island of Mauritius out in the Indian Ocean comes this wonderful site
    for kids! Isn't the internet great? "UpToTen has been building prize-winning early-learning games and
    activities since 1999. Your child will love the reassuring, friendly world that our unique games inhabit. S/he will
    have enormous fun whilst building independence on the computer. UpToTen.com is completely independent.
    We do all the illustrations, animations, design, music and dialogues ourselves, and lovingly bring them
    together to make positively reinforcing games in a warm and welcoming play-area. UpToTen free, UpToTen Premium,
    UpToTen @ School … With over A THOUSAND educational games and activities for children aged up to ten years old!
    A safe place to play and learn where your child will feel right at home, right away."

     

     

    "This is a pretty long list but you will find Useful Websites"
    A humonguous list of sites that perform various actions to help teachers! Worth bookmarking!

     

     

     

    ‘I Will File A CPS Report’: Pediatrician’s Blunt Message About Vaccines Is Going Viral
    Vaccines work. Do not argue. Vaccination is NOT controversial. Get your offspring vaccinated. Read Dr Ginsberg's post.
    Debating vaccination is like debating gravity - science does not care if you believe it or not! Watch the video.
    Why are old forgotten diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and whooping cough making a comeback?
    Because too many young parents are not vaccinating their kids, due to hysteria or peer pressure.
    This makes their innocent children a public health menace. People who don't vaccinate should be forced to do so by court order.
    Make sure you vaccinate on time, too. Those shot schedules were set by experts.
    Please do not alter them just because YOU don't like watching your kid cry. Your kids overreact because they learned that
    behavior from you! Be a good parent. Be a responsible citizen of your country and the world. Be an adult - get it done.

     

     

    Virtual Nerd from Pearson "Real math help. Over 1,500 video lessons covering Middle Grades Math
    through Algebra 2." Over 2,600, now. Also, Geometry has been added. All are organized by topic.

  • 407 tutorials in Middle School Math
  • 700 tutorials in Pre-Algebra
  • 714 tutorials in Algebra 1
  • 540 tutorials in Algebra 2
  • 270 tutorials in Geometry
  • 1384 in Common Core State Standards - Grade 1 through High School Statistics
  • 351 tutorials in SAT Math
  • 403 tutorials in ACT Math
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    Visual Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online    Why go to Google or Wikipedia for all your info?
    "The Visual Dictionary Online is an interactive dictionary with an innovative approach.  From the image
    to the word and its definition, the Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference. Search the themes
    to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a word by viewing the image it represents. Explore the
    Visual Dictionary Online and enrich your mind. Perfect for home, school or work. Discover a visual
    world of information!"

     

     

    Vocabulary worksheet puzzle makers Free from LessonCorner.
    This site allows you to make your own crossword puzzles, word scramblers, and word search,
    or have the site make them for you in any of 20 subject areas! The site-made puzzles do not repeat,
    either. Nice! The menu is easy to use and you can move back and forth in the process.
    LessonCorner
    asked us to look at their free material, and we found it to be useful for teachers
    and homeschoolers.

     

     

     

    Webster's Online Dictionary  with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation
    "Earth's largest dictionary with 90 modern and 10 ancestral languages."

     

     

    What Makes Jam Set? – The Chemistry of Jam-Making
    You, too can teach practical kitchen chemistry by making delicious jam!
    The free downloadable and printable graphic in this article takes a look
    at the science behind jam-making, and how jam sets.

    Chemistry of Jam making - tiny

     

     

     

     

     

    Why Homeschool A blog we found. "Mission statement: On this blog we explore why homeschooling
    can be a better option for children and families than a traditional classroom setting. We'll also explore
    homeschooling issues in general, educational thoughts, family issues, and some other random stuff."
    There's some good reading and discussion points here, also we liked the style.

     

     

    The WriteAtHome Blog The goal of this blog is help young adults learn to write better. This blog has
    several dozen tips on the proper use of various literary devices, such as figures of speech. "100 Ways
    to Say 'Bad' " is one of three entries designed to broaden vocabulary while teaching about shades of
    meaning. Check these out and go through the rest of the blog entries as well. Their commercial site,
    Write At Home.com, is aimed at homeschoolers ("We teach writing so you don't have to!"). It looks
    like it could do the job. Anyway, the three entries:

  • 100 Ways to Say "Bad" and its downloadable poster (with definitions for every word)
  • 250 Ways to Say "Went" and its poster, no word definitions (Get the dictionary!)
  • 100 Ways to Say “Said” and its poster, no word definitions (Get the dictionary!)
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    The Year’s Best Art and Creativity Books for Kids from Tinkerlab. "Creative Experiments for Young
    Innovators... Tinkerlab supports parents and teachers who want to raise confident and creative thinkers,
    through child-directed and process-oriented projects. We’re so glad you’re here!" Click here to learn more.
    Oodles of projects in outdoors, art, science, sensory, upcycling, tinkertots, baby, toddler, and school-age.
    So when this site has a list of 12 top art and creativity books, it is worth reading. Teachers and parents,
    go read over this list, you'll be glad.

     

     

    Zooniverse "We make citizen science websites so that everyone can be part of real research online."
    Currently there are 94 active projects where volunteers can help online! "If you're new to the Zooniverse,
    we suggest picking a project and diving in - the same account will get you into all of our projects, and you
    can keep track of what you've contributed by watching 'My Zooniverse'."

     

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