I’m pretty skeptical about the educational value of kids’ websites. Often it equates to more time spent playing games with fancy graphics. When a good educational website comes along, it’s gold. Kids really like to learn online, and if the learning is through an interactive game or quiz it’s even better. So, here is a list of some tried and tested websites that are both fun and educational:
This site actually helped my daughter learn to read. There are phonics sections for beginner readers, to comprehension sections for more advanced. I really like the “It’s Fun to Read” section, which enables kids to practice reading in the context of poetry, music, and art.
Click on “Warhol’s World” for a quiz about the life and art about Andy Warhol. Kids learn through the quiz. It’s short and sweet.
Khan Academy: I have already posted on this, but here it is again. Short videos on everything in math your kids will need to know from K-12, plus quizzes and badges.
IXL: K-9 math website aligned with standards in each Canadian province. In my daughter’s words: ”It’s superfun. The quizzes start from super easy, but you get promoted to harder stuff once you get better. They have quizzes on every subject we do in each grade, and you win badges.” This is similar to Khan academy, but there are no lesson videos. It is a great website for practice and the presentation is colourful.
BOOKS FOR KIDS.
Guardian Children’s Books. Includes contests, reviews written by kids for kids, interviews with kids’ authors, recommended readings in many categories, videos. Kids can sign up to submit their own reviews for publication. This is an OUTSTANDING website. Kids are able to explore a variety of literature, and there is a wealth of ideas and recommendations from people who have an extensive knowledge of literature. It’s a great motivator for reluctant readers.
HISTORY, SOCIAL STUDIES, CULTURE
EDSITEMENT. Grades 5 and up. This is a hodgepodge of all kinds of information on pieces of history, geography, art, and books. Kids can click on whatever piques their interest, and there is a great deal of choice. Some pieces will have games, and others do not. For curious kids, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore a variety of topics all in one site.
This list is far from complete. Please add to the list in “comments.” Would love to hear which websites you have found!