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Learning Games for Kids

17 Jun

This website, Learning Games for Kids, has quite a variety of free games and videos covering all subject areas.  The games are fairly simple and easy to play, and focus on basic skills.  They even have keyboarding skill games to help children improve typing skills.

Learning Planet

16 Jun

Well, summer time is here, and I’m on the hunt for some fun, free websites for the kiddos to play/learn on.  Learning Planet has some fun, cute games that are very learning oriented.  There is a subscription area for teachers that can be set up and individualized for students.  I also found a section titled “worksheets” that currently has pdf files for a min-book.

Starfall

15 Jun

If you’ve been around a classroom for long, you’ve probably heard of this website.  Starfall is a great website for beginning readers, and they are working on adding more for kids who are more proficient.  It is a great website, with interactive books for children, developed to focus on phonics skills while keeping things fun.  There are also games, printable books, and other interactive activities, all with the focus of keeping learning fun!

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

2 Jun

Poetry, fairy tales, and a unique twist!  This book of poems, based on popular fairy tales and their characters, intrigued me immediately.  Each poem is written in two directions.  Read down for one take on a character or situation, and then the poem is flipped for you, giving a totally different perspective on the same subject matter.  For example, using all the same words in a different order, she delivers two poems about the tale of Goldilocks.  The first one is from Goldilocks’ perspective, claiming that the bears left the door unlocked and weren’t home, and she’d meant no harm.  The second describes the distressing scene the bears found in their own home after Goldilocks made her notorious visit.  Quite clever!