There are a ton of good educational websites available out there, and many of them are free. Here's a list of ten websites (well, actually eleven, but I am counting both of the National Geographic websites as one) that we have found to be fun and educational.
These are in alphabetical order, because I don’t want to play favorites. They are all also free.
ABCya – www.ABCya.com– A ton of educational games and activities for grades K-5.
Fun Brain – www.funbrain.com – So much fun stuff that the kids might not even realize you are sneaking some learning in.
Highlights Kids - www.highlightskids.com – I can remember, way back in the day when I was a child, reading the Highlights magazines in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office. Now my kids have access to the same kind of great content online.
National Geographic Kids & National Geographic Little Kids – www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/ and www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/littlekids/ - The kind of excellent offering you would expect from National Geographic. Videos, games, articles and more all designed to enrich your kids’ minds.
NGA Kids - www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/kids.html - Help introduce your children to art and art history. There are also interactive art projects you can make online.
PBS Kids – www.pbskids.org – Almost limitless activities from all of your kids’ favorite PBS shows. It’s not just Sesame Street around here. Something for everybody.
Random House Kids - www.randomhousekids.com – Lots of fabulous games and activities based on your favorite Random House books. The games and activities are free, and you can purchase books on their site also.
Seussville – www.seussville.com – Another website with great games and activites based on books your kids probably already know. You can also purchase books on the site.
Starfall - www.starfall.com – A reading website that takes your kids all the way from ABCs up to reading on their own.
Wonderopolis – www.wonderopolis.org –This website has allowed us to answer questions we didn’t even know we had. “Can one bad apple spoil the whole bunch?” or “Why don’t spiders get caught in their own webs?” This website is lots of fun for curious minds.
Now, I know I said this whole list would be free websites, but I feel like I would be failing y'all if I didn't at least mention the truly excellent website, ABCmouse (www.abcmouse.com). This is the most comprehensive website I have found with a ton of entertaining educational content for my preschooler. I gave the app 4 ½ stars when I reviewed it. And the app is a portal to this incredible website. There is a 30-day free trial, and then afterward it is $7.95/month or $79.00/year. If there is one I would recommend paying for it is this one.
As you start getting your kids ready to go back to school, take a look at a few of these websites to help keep them on track and ready to learn.
Kelli isn't quite counting the days until school starts. Not quite. But almost.