Wednesday, January 11

THE FAIRMONT FIVE educational websites for kids

Kids love computers! Making the time they spend in front of them both fun and educational is where parents and teachers come in. Here are a few suggestions for websites that pique children's curiosity and engage their minds while providing a fun-filled online experience.
  1. Starfall is one of the best literacy sites for early childhood using games, songs and animation to introduce children to reading. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool-second grade.  A new Starfall More site also features K-2 math games.
  2. PBS Kids is a wonderful companion to PBS's educational TV programming with games themed to each show that cover reading, science, math and more. Great for preschool-third grade.
  3. Fun Brain was selected by FamilyFun magazine in its September 2010 issue as one of the top ten websites for kids. It provides a safe gaming environment that bridges learning and entertainment.
  4. Weatherwizkids was designed by a meteorologist and introduces children to the fascinating world of weather. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to give them the right tools to explain the different types of weather to children. Best for kids second grade and up.
  5. National Geographic Kids website has won a number of awards for design, innovation and educational content. Games, videos, quizzes and tons of fascinating facts make this a favorite for nature and animal lovers and kids who are super curious about the world around them.
photo from Microsoft World online photo gallery

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

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