With everyone stuck remote learning, I thought now would be a good time to share some of the websites my kids enjoy. Each of these websites teaches something. Some are more educational than others, but when it can be difficult to hold a child’s attention it can be worth giving all of them a try. Most of these are based around reading skills.
11 Great Websites for Kids
Story Online is a website that your kids can go to and listen to and watch stories being read out loud. One of the books they can listen to is Polar Express. There are also activities that accompany each story. This site is best for children grades kindergarten to 4th.
Tumble Book Library is also a website that your kids can go to a watch and listen to a book being read. These books can be read in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian!
http://www.poptropica.com/ – My kids enjoy making their own funny characters and playing around in this virtual world.
http://www.starfall.com/ – This site is good for younger kids who are learning to read. Their website offers loads of free educational games, books, and songs that help teach reading, math, and language arts for kids as young as pre-K t up until they are in 3rd grade. There is a paid option but we only used the free stuff.
http://www.janbrett.com/ – Jan Brett is an author and illustrator that my kids learned about in kindergarten. They enjoy looking at her website, which has games and coloring sheets based on her books.
http://www.funbrain.com/ – All kinds of learning games.
http://www.pbskids.org/ – This has lots of games based around their tv shows. I really like the different themes that they have each month. This month my kids have been learning about conservation through the various games.
http://www.nps.gov/goga/forteachers/onlinegames.htm – These games are by the Nation Park service and have unique games for learning about geology and many different species.
http://reading.ecb.org/ – This is a very neat website that bring book to life for the kids through different methods. Such as reading one page at a time and drawing a picture of what you saw in your mind and then putting it with music.
http://www.tickettoread.com/ – This is a fantastic website that has lots of activites to get your kids reading and keep them learning more and more.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic Learn at home is an online reading curriculum that focuses on reading skills for preschoolers through 5th grade for $5.99 per month. They have books, articles, and read-alongs designed to keep your child engaged and learning about the world while they exercise their reading (and listening) skills. In addition to stories and videos, there are quizzes, games, active play ideas, outdoor activities, and even crafts, all packaged in easy-to-use lessons. Only one membership is needed per family.
Websites are a great tool, but another tool for making your child a better reader is simply sitting with them and reading together. A child that is read to a lot has a larger vocabulary.