GREAT WEB SITES FOR KIDS


ABCya!
 
Make learning fun with a variety of educational computer games for kids. Learn new skills and improve old ones in areas such as math, language arts, and typing. 

All About Birds
 
Learn all about birds in this website created by the Cornell Lab of Orinthology. Bird names, species, location and history are all featured. Also included are bird songs and videos.

BBC Primary History

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/

This is a great history site for primary grades to learn basic information about a few specific periods in history and the people of the era. This visual site does a great job of including timelines and biographical information in a way that younger learners can understand and enjoy. The website is designed like a toybox and will allow children to really "explore" the different topics.


B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
 
One of the oldest and broadest directories of carefully chosen web sites for students, this father-son collaboration is a "go-to" destination for anyone with homework to do, a research or science project, or any other informational need.

Bedtime Math
 
Modeled on the bedtime story tradition, Bedtime Math is a daily blog that offers daily math problems instead of stories. Math problems are offered in three levels of challenge (preschool, kindergarten through first or second grade, and second grade and up).

The Brown Bookshelf
 
The Brown Bookshelf is a blog that shares 
great books for all ages written by African 
American writers.  Its mission is to increase 
awareness of the many African American
voices writing for young readers.

Butterflies and Moths
 
An extensive and growing resource about the types of butterflies and moths that are found in North America, as well as where they are found. You can also learn how to identify butterflies and moths, find a list of which species live in your area, and report ones that you see in your backyard.

Chess Kid
 
In a safe environment, discover the rules and 
strategies of chess.  Improve your game,
memorization skills, patience and 
sportsmanship with free online games,
tournaments and club matches with 
kids around the world.

CIA for Kids-Games
 
Find out what the CIA is all about, play games, and solve puzzles. Resources for various audiences including parents and teachers.

Climate Kids
 
Climate Kids offers kids clear answers to questions on global climate change through sections on weather, air, the ocean, fresh water, carbon, energy, plants and animals and technology. Includes educational games, activities, crafts, videos and information on green careers.

Common Core - State Standards Initiative
 
Devoted to the task of defining Common Core State Standards, this site provides detailed definitions of what students are expected to learn. It serves as a resource to teachers and parents embarking on the education of young people, especially in the context of relevance to real-world knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in college and careers.

Computer Science Student Network (CS2N)
 

The Computer Science Student Network (CS2N)  is a resource with engaging activities designed to teach students of all ages on how to program robots, animations, web pages, and games. CS2N is a collaborative research project between Carnegie Mellon University and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The site is designed to attract students who plan to pursue advanced Computer Science and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CS-STEM) degrees.


Dave Pilkey's Website-O-Fun
 
Meet Dave Pilkey in comic book form! Explore his books, videos, games and book app! Be sure to check out "Fun Stuff" for more activities and silly facts.

Engineer Girl

The Engineer Girl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities for girls and women.

Eyes on the Solar System
 
Control space and time with real NASA 
mission data. You can fly with NASA's 
Voyager or even hop on an asteroid 
all from the comfort of your own 
home or classroom.

Frabroom
 

Fraboom is the world's first LIVE interactive online children's museum. The site, which is ideal for children ages 6-12, specializes in engaging educational content that can work to strengthen the bonds between parents and kids through books, cartoons, classroom materials, websites, live presentations and interactive programming.


Fred Rogers Early Learning Environment
 

Early Learning Environment (Ele) helps parents and caregivers utilize media as a tool for PreK learning. The site offers a large number of learning activities in a variety of formats including songs, games, books, videos, and more.


Generation on Youth Advisory Council
 

Whether you are looking for something to do after school or to fulfill a service requirement, you'll find inspiration to change the world around you here. This interactive website has a volunteer position search, blogs full of personal stories, and offers project tips from young people like you!


How To Smile

A collection of hands-on science and math activities, created by staff from science museums around the country, this website is a resource for educators, homeschoolers, parents, and anyone looking to teach school-aged children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) using interactive, non-classroom methods.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 
This NASA site has videos, games, and projects about outer space, the solar system, and space exploration.  

Judy Schachner
 
Fun, festive, and full of fantastic resources, this author webpage includes interactive stories, games, print-outs, and educator resources.

Khan Academy
 

Students can make use of our extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web.


Kids.gov
 

Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.


Kids.gov

http://kids.usa.gov/

The US Government's website for kids explores jobs, health, art, school subjects and more. Choosing personal interests or researching your latest school report can be done on this website through text, games and informational videos.


KidsThinkDesign
 

Everything that people create or construct needs to be designed first--and whether the product is clothing or buildings, books, graphic art or gardens. This site offers just the tools to get young designers going on projects of their own. Those tools include design news, interviews with working designers in ten fields, suggestions for starter projects and even an online showcase for original work.


Mi Heroe

(Spanish site "My Hero" project)

http://www.miheroe.org

My Hero is a project to celebrate the best of humanity. Students can add to the project by submitting their own essays about their heroes. Mi héroe es un proyecto para celebrar lo mejor de la humanidad. Los estudiantes pueden aportar al proyecto por presentar sus propios ensayos sobre sus heroes.


Money As You Grow
 
Learn important lessons about financial responsibility for all ages. This site was developed by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
 

A user-friendly resource for parents, caregivers, or anyone impacted by or concerned about learning disabilities (LD). Features guides for understanding LD symptoms and treatments in an age-appropriate context, from preschool through adulthood.


The New York Times Education
 

The New York Times Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on NYT content. It includes lesson plans and resources for teachers as well as quizzes and activities for students 13 and older.


Olympic: The Official Website of the Olympic Movement
 

Find the winners of every event in every Olympics since 1896--along with slide shows and videos, career profiles of renowned athletes, virtual exhibitions about the ancient and modern Games, Olympics news, and descriptions of each sport.


Poisson Rouge
 

This is an online play environment for the youngest of computer users. Learn vocabulary, shapes, numbers, music, time and much more. Poisson Rouge is structured in a way that makes it easy for very young children to navigate. There is a very broad scope of content.


The Science Kids
 

Science kids provides fun and interesting information on science and technology, searchable by grade level. Find games, projects, activities and more!


Sci.Jinks
 
SciJinks offers information for kids on the subjects of weather, the seasons and earth's place in the solar system. Includes facts, videos, and printable posters and bookmarks.

Seymour Simon
 

Called by The New York Times "the dean of [children's science] writers," Simon offers information about himself and his books (over 250 and counting!) on his official site, along with study guides, science news and videos, a science dictionary and more.


Smithsonian Kids

http://www.si.edu/Kids

Smithsonian Kids includes a lot of information and activities about a lot of topics, including dinosaurs, world cultures, animals, outer space, history, and more…many of which are also exhibits at the Smithsonian museums.


Start With a Book
 

Themed books (fiction and nonfiction) and activities to engage children in reading and learning during the summer.  Helpful literacy tips, resources and printables for parents and caregivers. "Read. Talk. Explore."


Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

http://www.genome.gov/Glossary/

A wide range of genetic terms are explained thoroughly but concisely by leading experts in the field. Multimedia elements include downloadable pdf’s, audio clips with explanations of terms, and 3D models.

 


Tween Tribune
 

Daily news sites for kids, tweens and teens. From animals to entertainment, you will find the most compelling, relevant and interesting news all on one site! Registration Required. 


Tween Tribune en Español
        

Noticias diarias en español para niños y adolescentes.


TurtleDiary
 

Aimed at children from Pre-Kindergarten to second grade, this site offers over a thousand educational puzzles, games, projects, worksheets and more in areas from math and science to ESL and arts and crafts. Both paid and guest memberships are available.

 


Walking With Dinosaurs

http://www.walkingwithdinosaurs.com/dinosaurs/catalogue/

Created by the BBC, Walking with Dinosaurs features individual pages featuring interesting facts, images and statistics on particular dinosaurs.


We Give Books
 

We Give Books enables children to read a book online and after doing so, a physical book will be donated to a child in need through literacy programs around the world.  Created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation, it combines the promotion of literacy, both to the child reading online and the giving of books, and the concept of giving.


Wonderopolis
 

Spark children's imaginations by sharing a "Wonder of the Day" and exploring a "Wonder Playground." A project of the National Center for Family Literacy.



Bullying

Helping Kids Deal with Bullying (from Kids Health)
http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/bullies.html

Bullying (Great Schools Parenting Dilemmas)
http://www.greatschools.org/bullying.topic?content=4350

Bullying: Help your child handle a bully (from Mayo Clinic)
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bullying/MH00126

Teen Bullying: What Parents Can Do (an education.com article)
http://www.education.com/reference/article/teen-bullying-what-parents-can-do/

Stop Cyberbullying
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html

The Bully Project
http://www.thebullyproject.com/


Encouraging Your Children to Read
The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading. Check back often - we'll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading

Children Who Can Read, But Don't
 
Tips for Reading Aloud with Elementary School Children

Books & Reading, from Scholastic Parents, Home of Parent & Child Magazine
 
Choosing Books for a Reluctant Reader
 
Children’s Literature Web Guide
A general guide to what is on the web for Children's literature. From finding author sites, to award books to online book discussion groups you should be able to find it here.

Best Children’s Book.org
This website is created by teachers and general public. It's a good source if your looking for books by subject or level.
 

Helping with Homework

Virtual Middle School Library
Lots of links on this page, to sites that will help you with general education information, or with specific subject areas, like Math, Language Arts, Science, etc.
 
 
Family Education
This site is packed with 'back-to-school' information - and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here...)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, 'what parents need to know this school year', and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.
 
TLS Books Free Worksheets
Need a little more help with school work or wishing to educationally occupy your kids then this site is full of free educational worksheets for PreK to Grade 5.
 
Scholastic School Success
Tips from scholastic to help your kids succeed in school from PreK to grade 8
 
 
 

Parenting Tips

Parenting.com
The home website for Parenting and Babytalk magazines.

Health and Parenting Center
This site from WebMD covers popular hot topics in parenting and health, popular searches as well as access to their online parenting community.

Parents.com
Home website to Parents magazine

Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents
Great source for tips on talking to children about growing up

Internet Safety
On Guard Online - this site from the federal government provides tips for parents for navigation online safety including talking with your kids.
http://www.onguardonline.gov/

NetSmartz - this site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.
http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Cybersmart - this website created by the Australian government is great for resources and advice about being online safely for all ages.
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

FBI’s Parent Guide to Internet Safety - this is a direct link to the FBI's informational pamphlet to online exploitation and the risks to your children.
http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide/parent-guide

Dealing with Tragic Events
Fred Rogers Talks about tragic events in the news -
http://www.fredrogers.org/FRC/par-tragic-events.html

PBS Parents: Talking with Kids about the news -
http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/talking.html

National Association of School Psycologists: Talking to kids about violence - http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/talkingviolence.pdf

Sesame Street: Here for Each Other – Helping Families after an Emergency - http://www.sesameworkshop.org/assets/1192/src/HereForEachOther_vEng2012Modified.pdf


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