Recommended Website lists for kids, parents, and educators.
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Recommended Websites for Kids
Learn about the greatest places on Earth!
The Science Museum of Minnesota has put together a list of some of the greatest places on Earth. Among the "greats" are such places as Tibet, Greenland, Amazon, and Madagascar. Select the area you want to explore and learn about the wildlife and the physicality of the land through photos, explorer journals, sound and video clips, and activities. This is a great place for a child to learn about geography and biology–and great place to satisfy the curious child in us all.
Do you like puzzles, games and brain teasers?
Some former editors of GAME magazine have created a web site for their company called Puzzability, and they’re offering some free brainteasers for you to try. You will find daily and weekly games–many clever (and tough) ones. http://www.puzzability.com/puzzles/index.html (recommended by Franklin Yang, GAME magazine devotee)
Create a cartoon!
Use 16 Color Cinema and Windows Paint / MacPaint – style tools and you can create a simple ten-frame animation in a few minutes (depending on the speed of your Internet connection). Create and submit something scintillating, and the Webmasters may even post it for everyone else to see. Plus, if you like the program, you can download it to your computer so you can animate without the World Wide Wait. http://www.16color.com/
Make & send a free greeting card!
Backpacking the A.T.
Learn how two young young hikers from Hacienda Heights set out on a 2,158 mile, 6-month hike from Maine to Georgia with their two dogs.
Recommended Websites for Parents and Educators
John Saxon was so confident that a traditional curriculum grounded in the basics would result in academic success that he offered his materials free to any school on a pilot basis. (See success story about Sacramento using Saxon math). Visit this site and see how math (and reading) can be taught in a systematic manner.
RHL School- Free Learning Resources (recommended by Fay Wong )
Free worksheets for teachers and parents to copy and distribute to their students. Subjects include reading comprehension, math & problem solving, English basics and reference skills. The weekly materials are aimed at students in the public elementary through middle school levels. Excellent for homeschooling parents and teachers looking for materials for teaching, reinforcement, and review. Be sure to check out their forum for comments and links to other sites.
Test your child’s math ability with math problems presented at these web sites. The difference between what the Japanese expect from their 12-year olds and what Americans expect is truly frightening, even as American educational leaders talk about our world-class standards. The answers to the Japanese math problems are explained in detail, and the additional problems make a good learning tool.
Are you concerned about math and science education? Become informed about the current "math wars" and what you can do about it. This web site was started by parents who became concerned that the "new math" was depriving their children of the math education they needed.
The Tech Museum of Innovation is in San Jose. However, you can make a virtual visit through their web site. Enjoy the online exhibits on robots, satellite-building, color-mixing, and DNA. Look up PC-related terms in their webopedia. Check out their weekly top 10 technology sites.
A list of Web sites with info about Shakespeare’s life and times, his works, the Globe theater, Elizabethan insults, and more. Also a site for students and teachers.