Websites and Technology Resources for Parents

Dear Parents,

We certainly live in a new world where technology is a new tool for children to use to learn. However, finding quality games and programs online can be a challenge.
We have collected some of our favorite websites to use with your children to help them extend their learning at home. As is often the case, websites come and go, so please excuse any links that do not work.
Let us know your favorite website to use with your child and we’ll add them to future editions of this resource.

Sincerely,
Margaret Adams, Director of Literacy, Language, and Title I maadams@malden.mec.edu
Pat Fish and Paul McCarthy, Title I Parent Coordinators Pfish@malden.mec.edu ,  PMccarth@malden.mec.edu

Arts

Creating Music

Creatingmusic.com is a children’s online creative music environment for children of all ages. It’s a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.  http://www.creatingmusic.com/

Music Room

Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science Songs http://www.suzyred.com/music.html

Queeky Paint

Draw and paint online. http://www.queeky.com/app

Tux Paint

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. http://www.tuxpaint.org/

San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony has created a website to teach kids about the symphony and its orchestra. http://www.sfskids.org/templates/musicLabF.asp?pageid=23


English Language Arts Grades K-2

GameGoo

Designed to help students in grades K-2 develop early literacy and language skills. http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html

Leading to Reading

An early literacy website “where young children discover the world of reading and grownups enjoy the journey.” Young children can read, sing, play, and explore a variety of subjects and books.

http://www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/leadingtoreading.htm

PBS Kids

Free, fun games and activities help develop reading skills. http://pbskids.org/

Starfall

Starfall.com teaches children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). www.starfall.com

Story Time for Me

Story Time For Me provides a unique and fun learning experience for toddlers all the way up through 2nd grade school aged children. http://www.storytimeforme.com/stories/1


English Language Arts All Grades

Big Universe

The Big Universe is a free website where you can create your book cover, write your story, and illustrate it using their large library of artwork. http://www.biguniverse.com/create

Book Adventure

Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes  for their reading success.http://www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard

Colorful vocabulary website designed for kids aged 7 – 13, featuring games, puzzles, and other fun learning activities. http://www.alphadictionary.com/ww/

Inkless Tales

Stories for pre-k through grade 8 stories with human voice recordings, developed by an author. Also includes tools to create your own stories! http://www.inklesstales.com/

International Digital Children’s Library

The online children’s library has a single purpose mission of providing free access to children’s literature from around the world. A free registration allows you to save favorite books, set your preferred language, and also bookmarks pages of books you plan to come back to. http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

Make Belief Comics

Allows the user to create their own comics online. http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

Spelling City

Spelling City has a subscription portion to its website. However, you can enter your child’s spelling words and have the computer to the test. They can also play free games online using the computer. http://www.spellingcity.com/

Story Cove

Story Cove brings you stories from around the world arranged under the names of the continents. You can open up the “story book” in your browser and let it playback the story for you. You can even play an animated version of the story.  http://classroom.storycove.com/classroom/

Story Maker

Allows children to write their own books online. http://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker/storymaker.swf

Story Online

Listen to real books read by popular actors. http://www.storylineonline.net/

Story Place

Listen to interactive children’s stories, play with on-line activities, print out take-home activities. http://www.storyplace.org/

Tar Heel Reader

Free online books created by members. Free membership allows you to create books as well. http://tarheelreader.org/

Vocabulary Building Games

The vocabulary games include an online word search, an online crossword puzzle, and hangman online. Users choose the vocabulary list that the online word game will use in the word game.http://www.vocabulary.co.il/


Guidance

ACT

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development.www.act.org

The College Board

The College Board provides information on colleges, scholarship, financial aid, and exams. www.collegeboard.com

MEFA

Applying for financial aid doesn’t have to be overwhelming. MEFA provides straightforward guidance and expertise you need to navigate each step of the financial aid process.www.mefacounselor.org

Your Plan for College

A website for parents and student to begin thinking about what preparations they need to make to prepare to go to college.www.yourplanforcollege.org


Math

Cool Math 4 Kids

Cool Math 4 Kids is a math site specially designed for what kids like and how they learn!  Math really CAN be fun and really can be easy to learn. http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

Figure This!
Which shape holds the most popcorn? Can you combine the stamps to make $1.77? These are just a couple of the problems you can ponder in this attractively designed collection of real-world math challenges. Updated regularly; includes resources for parents. http://www.figurethis.org/index.html

Free Online Math Games

Software company that has a huge selection of math games. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm

Johnnie’s Math Page

A collection of K-8 interactive math activities gathered by an elementary math teacher; great for individual practice. http://jmathpage.com/

Math Apprentice

Site is meant for middle school students. Choose a topic that you need help with, including: Math for Kids, Solving Math Problems, Math Tutoring, Help in Algebra, Geometry Tutoring, Trigonometry Tutoring, Learning Fractions, Math Games, and Linear Functions. http://www.mathapprentice.com/

Math Game Time

The developers of this website have collected free online math games. Games are arranged by grade level. Check out their apps too. http://www.mathgametime.com/

Math Playground

Math Playground is an educational site for elementary and middle school students where you can practice your math skills, play a logic game, and have some fun!http://www.mathplayground.com/

Multiplication

Lots of resources to help learn those multiplication tables. http://www.multiplication.com/

Solve My Math

These online games cover the basic skills needed for solving any math problem. Addition, multiplication, subtraction etc. and logic skills are the building blocks of further mathematical knowledge later on. http://www.solvemymath.com/math_games/

Think Math Games

Find here games that align to the Think Math program used in grades K-5.  http://www.harcourtschool.com/thinkmath/


Science

Bring Science Home

With the help of our partners, Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday that parents and their six- to 12-year-olds can do together.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=bring-science-home

Edheads.org

Edheads provides free, educational online games focused on science, math, and critical thinking. http://www.edheads.org/

How Stuff Works
This award-winning site clearly and concisely tells kids (and adults!) how different things work — from the everyday (how automobile engines run) to the unusual (how Jell-O sets).
www.howstuffworks.com

Kid’s Astronomy      

Powerful and fun resource for kids, exploring astronomy and other space related topics. Play games, learn through interactive applications, and much more. http://www.kidsastronomy.com/

Lawrence Hall of Science                                                                

Play online science games, download activities to do at home, and more cool stuff. http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
A perfect place for budding astronomers to learn about the galaxy. Kids can receive up-to-the-minute bulletins about space programs or use the multimedia section to view current images in space. www.nasa.gov/home/index.html

Ology from the National Museum of Natural History                

Fantastic, fun and educational site! Interactive games teach about astronomy, paleontology, and other “ologies.”  http://www.amnh.org/ology/index.php

Science Buddies: Parents Science Initiative

The Parents Science Initiative provides free online resources here on the Science Buddies website to help parents find ways to start a science dialogue, encourage a child’s interest in science, and explore science activities at home.

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/parents_science_initiative.shtml

Science Monster                                                                   

Covers all areas of science include lessons, games, and apps. http://www.sciencemonster.com/

Science News for Kids

Kid friendly articles to share with your kids about science and technology.  http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum, it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception—a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs and events that feed your curiosity. http://www.exploratorium.edu/

Try Science

Try Science is a collection of simple, hands-on, and perfect-for-home activities grouped by topic area.  They also offer a parent guide which includes a discussion focused on the importance of science, tools to help you find a science center anywhere in the world, and resources for teachers. http://www.tryscience.org/


Social Studies

United Nations Cyber School Bus
Translated into six languages, the rich content and resources on this United Nations–sponsored site let children participate in a global community over the Web.http://www.un.org/pubs/cyberschoolbus/

Geography World

A rich resource of links and activities for countries around the world. http://geographyworldonline.com/

National Geographic Kids
The best part of this all-round great site is the current affairs section, written in easy-to-understand language, so kids can keep on top of new archaeological digs and historical discoveries.www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/index.html

America’s Story
Take a fun and educational look at the stories of America’s past, brought to you by the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. http://www.americaslibrary.gov/

Kids Geo                                                                                 

An in depth online geology and geography textbook written for kids. Learn about the world beneath you. http://www.kidsgeo.com/

Peace Corps for Kids

Explore the globe and learn about making a difference as a Peace Corp volunteer in this interactive game challenge. http://www.peacecorps.gov/kids/

Voices of Youth

Children across the world have their say on current events on this site sponsored by UNICEF with a fine section on “Children and Work.”  http://www.voicesofyouth.org/


All Subjects

Cookie

Provides free online learning games, educational lessons plans, kids learning games, free games for kids, worksheets etc. The website is geared toward grades K-2. http://www.cookie.com/

Fact Monster
This is a one-stop reference source of kid-friendly facts and articles. The award-winning site also has loads of interactive tools that encourage kids to improve their math, spelling and vocabulary.www.factmonster.com

FunBrain

Parents can trust Funbrain to deliver a fun and safe experience for even the youngest children. http://www.funbrain.com/

Good Sites for Kids

A massive amount of websites on all subjects. http://www.goodsitesforkids.org/

Learning Games for Kids

These online learning games and songs for kids are fun, teach important skills for preschool and elementary school kids and they’re free. http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

Learning Reviews

A huge listing of websites for every subject area across the grades. http://www.learningreviews.com/

Mr. Nussbaum

This website offers dozens of interactive games specifically designed to pinpoint one or several essential concepts taught in elementary years, http://www.mrnussbaum.com/

Prongo.com

A huge collection of games across all subject areas. http://www.prongo.com/games/index.html

Thinkfinity

Thinkfinity’s popular website for teachers includes a section for parents covering all subject areas.

http://www.thinkfinity.org/parents-and-kids

Yahoo Kids

Like Yahoo for adults, it includes news clips, games, and a kid friendly search engine. http://kids.yahoo.com/


Typing

Dance Mat Typing

Online typing lessons designed for children ages 7-11. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/


Subscription Websites

These websites require a fee. However they do allow for a free trail period. Use the trail period to determine if they meet your child’s learning needs before enrolling.

English Language Arts

Reading Eggs

Includes games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.

www.readingeggs.com

Math

Dreambox                                                                   

DreamBox Learning Math is an online program with educational games that are individualized for student, adapting the curriculum just for them. It’s a fun, effective math learning environment. Unlike other math games that often sacrifice learning for entertainment, DreamBox delivers a rich, tailored learning experience. www.dreambox.com