|From the Kenosha News on 1-22-06
Your children will and enjoy and maybe learn from these web sites
My curiosity about educational software, web sites, and gizmos, was
piqued by before-Christmas advertising. My now-teenage sons asked me how they learned the basics
without all the electronic toys when they were little. I'm not necessarily convinced that electronic
learning is better or necessary for youngsters, so I surveyed some of my colleagues at Carthage
about web sites and software they find helpful and engaging for their children. Here are some of
- aaamath.com– "My son is 8 years old and in second
grade. He loves this and I think it's great too!" The site has lessons and games for math at
- Nabisco.com– "The games are fun and many are
educational, too. Arithmetic, spelling, typing, etc. My son is 14 and enjoys the site." Who
would think that a cracker manufacturer would have so many games? Flashy graphics. Prompts to
install ActiveX if needed.
- Noggin.com– "Our 2 1/2 yr old loves it. Very easy
to use and interactive. Good educational games and fun activities."
- kidsprogramminglanguage.com –
"KPL is a free download and teaches C-like programming in a visual studio environment. Good
for 9-12 years olds; allows kids to create their own video games." You download the KPL kit
from the web site.
- Programs from Encore Software – "They have some Dr. Seuss games/books and a Reader
Rabbit game to help them learn numbers, shapes, sounds." See
www.encoresoftware.com for a list of software and
- Tonka Town software – "My son (now 4 1/2) likes the Tonka Town and Rescue Hero
software. More than anything, these two games help with mouse use and coordination." This
software is made by Atari and available for purchase on Amazon.com.
- pbskids.org– "My daughter enjoys games on the PBS
Kids Web site. There are Sesame Street, Clifford, and more games. They are in Flash format, so
nothing to download." and "Both of my children – age 4 and age 8 – love
- Mia: the Kidnap Caper software – For learning French or Spanish. See a review at
- www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee -
A new geography quiz is posted each day, appropriate for older kids and hard for some adults!
- funbrain.com– "According to my son, this is
useful for learning while having fun." A variety of educational games.
- starfall.com– "The only site my 8 yr-old visits
with some regularity – both at school and at home." Many reading exercises.
- yahooligans.yahoo.com - "My boys are 6 and 8,
and they like this (especially the games link.)" Another person commented that his sons use
this as their search engine. This would make a good home page for homes with children.
"My 4 year old daughter loves this." Fun activities for very young girls.
- NickJr.com– There's a section for parents, printable
pages to color, suggestions for parties, travel, and more.
Overall, I was impressed by the educational nature and high quality of the web
sites people suggested. Whether you choose to purchase software or let your kids use the internet,
they really can be learning.
By Carol Sabbar from the Kenosha News on 1-22-06