Wednesday, August 06, 2008
a VERY cool site
Some of you are just like me: A busy mom, looking for ideas to entertain AND educate the kids. ESPECIALLY during the summer months, when too often you hear the slamming screen door along with the dreaded phrase, "I'm bored.."
So I look for cool educational stuff for my kids online.
Doesn't always work. But I am SOOOO sick of Sponge Bob so I am motivated.
While searching the other day, I found a Yahoo Group called ClickSchooling. It is FULL of daily activities. Sites to visit that are not only smart, funny, educational sites but Adam-approved-rocking-awesome-COOL sites, too.
So if you're hearing "I'm bored" way too often, or if you're looking for something to appease young homeschoolers, look up the Yahoo Group ClickSchooling.
An example: I cut & paste this directly from my e-mail:
Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8)
ClickSchool member Fran Wisniewski suggested this AMAZING website designed by a librarian to supply kid-friendly sites covering a variety of curriculum oriented subjects. Essentially, it's a database of links to children's websites on language arts, math, art, music, science, and more!
When you get to the site look for the menu on the left side of the screen that includes:
*I LOVE TO READ! - Great for enhancing any Language Arts curriculum - you'll find links to websites that feature children's award-winning authors and illustrators, online stories, picture books, and more.
*NEWS & MAGAZINES - Visit a virtual library of children's magazines that includes everything from Time Magazine for Kids to Zoobooks. Kids can also get the news from ABC, CNN, PBS and even the "Newseum" - an interactive museum of news.
*REFERENCE - Access all kinds of resource materials including online encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, and answers to your questions at this virtual library reference desk.
Once you are through exploring the amazing resources for Language Arts - check out what else is available for other subjects such as:
*ART - Find websites on art history, drawing and painting, paper art, and art games.
*MATH - Get a directory of sites that teach general math concepts, provide math games and activities, and math tools.
*SCIENCE - You'll find links to terrific science websites on topics such as aviation, dinosaurs, famous scientists, a microbe zoo, and much more.
*SOCIAL STUDIES - This extensive list of sites will provide you will all the curriculum you need for years of history, geography, and cultural studies.
*MUSIC - Explore sites that feature famous composers from Bach to Vivaldi.
*NEAT LINKS - Discover fun science sites, mazes, coloring pages and games.
*MUSEUMS - Take a virtual field trip to an online museum including the
Smithsonian and The Louvre.
While ClickSchooling has featured many of the sites listed in the "cybrary" - there are many that we have not previously featured. Bookmark this archive of terrific sites and use it as your personal online reference library whenever you need kid-friendly information on any subject or topic of interest.
This site gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!
Diane Flynn Keith
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