As a former classroom teacher, I can attest to the fact that websites are becoming an important part of our children’s education. There are so many websites that offer fun ways to teach the foundational skills children need to succeed. The great thing about online educational practice is that it can also be accessed at home. Here are five of the best educational websites I’ve used in my classroom and with my own children at home.
5 of The Best Educational Websites for Children
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ABC Mouse is a great educational website for children learning basic skills. There are games, puzzles, books, songs, art, as well as other activities to help students learn reading and math skills, and about the world around them. An individual learning path is also available for each child where they can progress at their own pace. If you are a teacher, ABC mouse can be accessed in the classroom or at your home for free. There is a yearly fee for parents who are not educators. If you would like to learn more about ABC mouse, please visit their site at http://www.abcmouse.com
Starfall is another educational website where children can practice their age appropriate skills. There are interactive activities, songs, and printables for phonics, reading, and math skills through first grade, and select math practice for second grade students. There are also fun holiday themed activities that your children will enjoy. A free version of Starfall is available, as well as an expanded paid version at a very affordable fee of $35 a year. You can also browse their store for curriculum products, books, practice books, home school and classroom kits, as well as other teaching tools for use at home or in your classroom. You can access this site here.
Reading Eggs is a web based literacy learning program for 3 to 13 year olds. The online program is built on the 5 essential elements of reading instruction: Phonemic awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. They use over 500 highly interactive games and fun animations to deliver these elements of reading. Your child will complete lessons designed to help their reading skills progress in a particular order. They will also complete quizzes at certain intervals to ensure they have mastered the content they’ve been taught, and their results are emailed to you, the parent. This site offers a more advance program for older children called Reading Eggspress, and also Reading Eggs Junior, a program for younger children ages 2-4.
Mathseeds is a full math curriculum offered on the same site as Reading Eggs. Your child will complete lessons that teach numbers, shapes, addition, subtraction, as well as many other math skills in a specific order that gradually increases in difficulty. Like Reading Eggs, Mathseeds gives quizzes at certain intervals to check their understanding, and again, you will receive an email showing their progress. You can purchase Reading Eggs and Mathseeds separately, or together for a better price. As someone who has used both of these programs in my classroom and at home with my five-year old, I believe they are worth the money. If you would like to know more about these programs, visit their site here and sign up for a free trial.
When I worked in the classroom, I LOVED using GoNoodle for brain breaks and transitions into a new activity. This site has tons of silly songs and physical activities to get your child up and moving. Your children can practice skills while being active, or just use up some energy on a rainy day. The best part is that it’s FREE for school or for your home. You can create your account here.
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