Keep Reading, Keep Reading, Keep Reading….
We are in our third week of summer and I’m hoping everyone has been able to grab some sunshine and enjoy it when they can. One benefit of the rainy weather has been more time to read!
If you are in a routine (see last week’s post) hopefully reading has been a fun part of your child’s day. Does that mean that your child will always grab a book on their own and go read, no probably not. I know that my daughters are two very different readers but I still have to remind both of them to do their daily reading and provide a little support to both. For my older daughter it is talking about her chapter books and helping find other titles that would be interesting to her. For my younger daughter it is helping her with the actual reading and trading off times where she is reading to me and I am reading to her, she also needs a lot of different books. She loves picture books and graphic novels, which are great, but they are both quicker reads which means more trips to the library. Another way to keep reading fun for her is to mix in some online reading resources. Here are a few that I like:
Note: even with these great online resources I still limit screen time for my children. Research continues to show how important it is to help students manage their screen time and to provide limits, even if they are on educational websites screen time should always be monitored.
Online Learning Resources
Our Jenison Elementary Weebly website has a variety of resources that make it easy for students to access quality online learning. You can see from the menu that there are resources from typing support to additional fun games. I would suggest taking a few minutes to look at the resources under the Classroom tab and under the Extras tab. You will find digital online books in tumblebooks, fun math games, science resources and much much more.
I also really like Discovery Education. Discovery Education has audio/video books, great informational text, highly engaging science videos, and so much more.
Other Online Learning Resources
This great article from Very Well Family also has a list of great online learning resources. Here are a few they highlighted in the article:
CoolMath calls itself “an amusement park of math and more.” Children can play online math games that help them with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, money and more. CoolMath is geared toward ages 13 and up, but sister site CoolMath4Kids.com is appropriate for ages 3 through 12. CoolMath-Games.com includes math games for preschoolers.
From the publishers of TIME magazine, TIME for Kids is loaded with interesting articles, photos, and videos. Politics, the environment, entertainment, sports, and health are just some of the topics covered. TIME for Kids isn’t as interactive as most of the other website on this list of educational websites for kids, but the site does tackle subjects that are in the news now while being written for an audience of children.
Watch animal cameras, learn interesting tidbits about animals, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries and try science experiments. These activities don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the National Geographic Kids website. There’s even a “Little Kids” section for the younger explorers in your house.
The Kidz Page has more than 5,000 pages of learning games and activities. Online coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles and word games are just a few sections of this massive site. Each holiday also has its own section of activities and games to enjoy with your children.
When your child wants to know why the sky is blue, how a tornado forms, or any number of other questions she can come up with on a daily basis, head on over to How Stuff Works. The articles break down subjects like autos, culture, entertainment, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos also round out your children’s learning experience.
One visit to Fun Brain and you’ll want to bookmark it for your kids. Math, reading, online books and learning games are just some of the site’s many treats. Fun Brain caters to preschoolers through 8th graders.
If you can look past the ads, you’ll find printables, games and other activities your kids will enjoy at NickJr.com. The games allow your children to explore their creativity, play dress-up, learn new music, put together puzzles and work on numbers and shape recognition.
Scholastic is one of the more unique educational websites for kids. This site, from the publishers of the educational books you find in schools, contains activities broken up by grades. Pre-K learners all the way up to seniors in high school can find learning activities geared toward them.
Author Study Peter H. Reynolds
If I am looking for a picture book that I know students from Kindergarten through 6th grade will enjoy I often look for a Peter H. Reynolds’ book. Peter is not just an amazing author he is an amazing artist and shares a positive message with each of his books. Here are a few student favorites.
The Word Collector
Wonderful book that demonstrates the power of words.
Students love how this book shows that everyone can be an artist and everyone has something special to share with the world.
This book illustrates how each person is unique and can dream in their own way.