Learning for Fun!

  • Curioity  

    I have been looking for fun resources for the kids. While I know that foundational skills are important to acquire, for me what is also just as important is fostering our kids curiosity which will help them become life-long learners. If one is curious, then one will become a life-long learner. So, I have some websites to, hopefully, encourage the kids curiosity. It might also spark parents curiosity which is a good thing. Our children model what they see at home. If they see that their parents are curious about the world around them, then they will be curious too.

    Remember, Albert Einstein said

    "Curiosity is more important than knowledge."


     

    Here are some websites to, hopefully, spark curiosity in everyone!

     

    National Park Virtual Tours

    Take a tour of our National Parks

     

    PBS for Kids

    There are all kinds of learning fun on this site and the kids love it!

     

    Time magazine's Time For Kids

    It is free, digital, and looks super fun. It is not something that most of them can read by-them-selves, but it would be a great reading experience with a parent, grandparent, older sibling, or anyone else. It will be a break from the Dr. Seuss books. :-> You can see/read all the back issues from the beginning of the year.

     

    National Geographic Kids

    Easy-to-Read Articles, Amazing Photos & Fun Games.

    Fascinating Stories About the World's Most Amazing Wildlife!

     

    Story Time for Kids

    Having an astronaut read to you! What could be cooler than that?

     

    Storyline Online

    This website has lots of books and they read them to your child.  It is a great resource especially if you don't have a lot of books at home.

    After hearing the story ask the kids these questions:

    • Retell me the story. (What was the story about?)
    • Who were the main characters?
    • What was the problem in the story?
    • How was the problem solved?Ask them any other questions you thought of when hearing the story.  Asking the kids these kinds of questions after they hear a story will help build their comprehension skills.

     

     

    Highlights for Kids 

    This magazine has been around since I was a kid (a while ago!). I loved it and always looked forward to receiving it in the mail every month. Now they have a fun website that the kids can go to! The kids, and adults, will learn all kinds of fun stuff. This is the kind of learning that the kids love. After learning some fun facts, go back and ask the kids to tell you what the fun facts were. This will help build comprehension skills.

     

    Highlights Kids YouTube Channel

    Highlights YouTube channel is very cool. There are a lot of fun videos for the littles.

     

    Switch Zoo

    This one will require an adult to help read the information to the child. The good news is that we adults will learn about lots of Animals and their habitats too. After learning some fun facts, ask you child to retell what they learned. This helps build comprehension skills.

     

    Good Night with Dolly

    Dolly Parton reading bedtime stories to children.  This starts April 2nd at 7:30 pm.  After hearing the story ask the kids these questions:

    • Retell me the story. (What was the story about?)
    • Who were the main characters?
    • What was the problem in the story?
    • How was the problem solved?Ask them any other questions you thought of when hearing the story.  Asking the kids these kinds of questions after they hear a story will help build their comprehension skills.

     

    Come back often!  I will keep adding links as I come across them.