Preschool Learning Online Games

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I find sharing games for preschoolers?
    I teach Sunday School, and am looking for games that encourage/teach about sharing for my kids.

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to any teacher store. Like the united Arts and ABC learning online... I just found this website it is pretty good and it has links to each of the games
      http://fun.familyeducation.com/preschool/early-learning/33390.html

  2. QUESTION:
    Are there any decent home schooling curriculums for preschool?
    I'm looking into home schooling my 3year old and have been looking online for some sort of general guideline. I would like some sort of idea what a typical schedule would be like. I'm sure once I get started I will build a routine that suits us but am overwhelmed on how/where to start. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You do not need a formal curriculum for homeschooling, especially at the preschool age. You also do not need a schedule-a routine is good. There is no set schedule for homeschooling-you find what works for your family/child and go with that.

      First, I suggest you visit the Worldbook Encyclopedia website. Click on parents, and then on Typical Course of Study. They have a Scope and Sequence for each grade level from Preschool-12.

      I also like What Your Preschooler Needs To Know by E.D. Hirsch. It is available from your local book store and/or library, as is What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know, What Your First Grader Needs To Know, etc. The same company (Core Knowledge Foundation) publishes the Preschool sequence and K-8 Sequence which we briefly used and still have as a reference.

      One of my favorite books is Ready for Kindergarten. I believe the author is Susan Wilcox, but I could be wrong. I purchased this book from Amazon, and the cover is a peach and lavendar check.

      A child the age of your 3 year old should learn while having fun and exploring the world. So, use limited formal learning time and instead utilize educational manipulatives, such as puzzles, and games, such as Memory or Chutes and Ladders.

      Websites can be fun! Check out http://www.LetterOfTheWeek.com, http://www.StarFall.com, http://www.PBSKids.org, and the sites for Nick Jr. and Disney. Look for things that are "Out of the Box" as well, such as live webcams from zoos. And, speaking of zoos, their websites usually have educational activities and information as well.

      Go to as many places as you can-the children's museum, the art museum, the aquarium, the zoo, etc. Look for programs in your community for history, art, music, science, etc. and take advantage of those.

      Most libraries and/or book stores have a weekly story time for toddlers and preschoolers, with activities.

      Find a homeschool group in your area. They will be able to give you feedback on any materials they have used and will probably let you look through it so you can determine if it would work for you and your child before wasting time and money.

      I hope this helps, and wish you the best!

      EDITED TO ADD:

      We also really like BrainQuest-a card game available at most book stores. JumpStart software is great as well!

  3. QUESTION:
    Where is the best place to sell my educational materials for children of all ages online?
    I work through another company selling toys, games, books and software for children and parents and was curious on the best places online to share my products. I personally love the products and feel very passionate about providing children and parents with the best learning tools to make learning more fun and meaningful.

    • ANSWER:
      I would offer samples to preschools, daycare setting in exchange for them passing out flyers or brochure with your information. Like some book clubs do they offer if the parents order so much then the classroom earns books, also you can set up a web site and try to get that information out as much as possible

  4. QUESTION:
    I want to start preschooling my child at home who is 3 years old?
    Does anyone know of any good resources that I can find for preschool worksheets & materials online or anywhere else that has been helpful for their child. Any good suggestions would be great too. She is 3 so her attention span is kind of short but she's very smart. She can count to 15 & can recognize her numbers 1-9. She knows her basic shapes & basic colors & can also count from 1-8 in spanish. I am working with her on the alphabet especially right now. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't be worrying about worksheets and formal lesson plans for a 3 year old. The main benefit to an actual 'preschool' at this age is social -- she can spend time with other kids. The academics are (or should be) just a very minor part of the program.

      Keep learning fun. Read books together. (Take her to the library and let her pick out books.) Talk about the books and the stories, and ask her to find the word on the page that starts with G. Play games. When you go to the grocery store, ask her to put 5 peaches in the bag. Beyond that, there are lots of computer games available that can make early learning 'more fun'. ("Reader Rabbit" and "Jumpstart" games are 'classics' [if anything digital can be considered a classic...] and I'm sure there are many others.

  5. QUESTION:
    Any do at home preschool curriculum that you can print out?
    I am looking for a good online source. My four year old son has been to preschool but summer is coming and I would like to keep up on it. It would be neat to have a daily schedule that I could print out... but just really looking for someone else that has used it. I have researched but would love to hear what ya' all have used! My son is 4 and will go into kindergarten in fall of 2012.

    • ANSWER:
      This is one I've seen a lot of people recommend
      http://www.letteroftheweek.com/preschool_age_3.html
      but we didn't use it.

      Instead, we went to the library a lot, to story times there and to check out books, read the books to him at home. Many libraries have lots of great resources, including phonics DVDs, fun science materials, and more. Throw in some board games, trips to the zoo or nature walks to look at and talk about nature, crafts to practice skills such as painting, cutting and pasting, stringing beads, and more (which will help build the fine motor skills needed for learning to write well), and he'll do just fine. If you are really worried about it, bookstores and discount stores have inexpensive workbooks of preschool worksheets to keep him from forgetting what he's learned.

  6. QUESTION:
    Will my 3 year old child ever desire to learn her ABCs and 123s?
    We have a 4 yr old who soaks up books and is already advanced in her preschool class. Then we have a 3 yr old who is determined not to learn her letters and numbers. I'm truly worried that she's going to grow up illiterate or flipping burgers. We read to the girls every night and try to get my 3 year old to learn. Will her learning switch ever flip to on? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sure she will eventually, and all kids are different of what they like. She may like dolls this year, but may like princess next year...ect. I'm sure once she get's around other kids her age in school, it'll be a fun experience for her. My 2 year old loves this website(we tried it out since she was 1) and it's actually very educational! It's http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=30&e=gameslanding&mcat=game_infant,game_toddler,game_preschool&site=us
      It has online games and fun activities, for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. :) everything from numbers, colors, shapes, abc's....and more.

  7. QUESTION:
    How does Kindergarten Online Home schooling work?
    I left my old high school years ago and did online course. I don't plan on having a kid yet, waiting a while. I seen they do Kindergarten tho. How does that work? Also i'm not sure if its a good idea to home school that early. I know public schools are no good from my experience, but kindergarten was okay for me. 3rd grade and up it started to get bad.

    • ANSWER:
      My little sister who is four is homeschooled along with me,and she is a very smart little girl. All you have to do is work with the child one on one (something they cant get in school) on the things that you want them to learn early on. Also nick jr. and disney both offer preschool online programs where children can play games but learn at the same time. Jumpstart I have found works wonders. As for socializing there are parks,classes,and homeschool meetings with other children Some are even turned into mini vacations. Homeschooling gives you alot of time to spend with the chold also and the child learns that you are their parent not the school. There are also homeschool groups you can find through yahoo that can give you alot of help and alot of things for you and your child to do. All you have to do it go to yahoo groups and time in (your state) homeschoo group and a few will pop up. Hope I helped and good luck to you :)

  8. QUESTION:
    Should I buy a home school curriculum for my (almost) 3 year old?
    Is it a waist of money to buy an online home school curriculum before a child is school age? I've already started teaching her (alphabet, letter sounds, word recognition, etc.) and I would really like to have a curriculum to follow. Is it unnecessary? Or is it never to early to start? We are on an extremely tight budget, but I feel like her education is one of the most important things to pass on to her...Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think you need to get a prepared curriculum, such as older children use. I think you should just work and play with your child, and teach her what comes up in daily life. If you have trouble knowing what to do, there are guides available. I particularly like My Father's World Toddler and Preschool packages. These are not book lessons, they are packages of foam puzzles, sorting games, lacing, etc. with instructions on how you can use these to teach your child in a way that is more like play. Another good option is Before Five-in-a-Row. With this, you read children's books to your child, and do some suggested activities related to the stories. These are both very good options, and you could choose which you think your child would enjoy more, ore you can do both.

      An online curriculum is not good for a toddler or preschooler. A child that age needs human contact, and human interaction. Most online/computer-based homeschool curriculum doesn't start until 2nd grade, after the child has learned to read and write.

  9. QUESTION:
    What in heaven's name motivates parents to pursue formal education for their toddlers?
    Serious responses only, no ranting from early child hood education experts, I would like to know what motivates parents.

    On numerous occasions, I come across questions from parents who want their toddlers to receive some sort of "formal education".

    1. Can you (parents), explain to me how this "early formal education" is supposed to benefit these babies?

    Many young children are utterly burned out, and exhibit behavioral problems around the 4th grade (ages 8 - 10), and their love of learning has taken a huge nose dive.

    Often times parents will then decide to withdraw their children from school to be home schooled, thinking there is a learning problem.

    2. How come that with all the information available about the disadvantages of early schooling, do we still insist on "formal education" at such a young age ?

    Book resource:
    Better Late Than Early, by Dr. Raymond Moore, and Dorothy Moore.
    Thank you for your answers; this is a reoccurring topic even among home school families who are just starting out.

    Children should be allowed to learn at their own pace, and parents need to guide them in developing their own strengths.

    SmichelleHolmes, thank you for your courteous, answer. You pointed out many myths parents have come to believe about early childhood education.

    Personally I have never felt the need to live vicariously through my children, or proof my parenting skills by having them perform at a high academic level.

    Each child should have the opportunity to become what they were meant to be, not what parents think they should be.

    The seeds of success are, love, acceptance, encouragement, more love, and being there to cheer them on.
    Refugiotrans, The Hurried Child: Growing up to fast to soon by, David Elkind Ph.D. is indeed a good book.

    • ANSWER:
      Mostly, I believe it is fear. Fear that their child will not be at a competitive level with peers when they start Kindergarten.
      To those parents:
      Parents obviously don't get a baby manual, nor do they get a step by step guide on how to teach their children properly. Most of us just wing it and pray they turn out fine. Others that have had some training in the field of child development have a general idea. Nothing is absolute. Google theories on learning, and you get an array of answers on both ends of the spectrum. I say, give your child as many opportunities for safely exploring the world they live in. Schooled or stay at home, The most important thing...Be There, participating, and answering their Q's. You can fit most of the material, that schools require prior knowledge of, into daily games and activities. Look for those "teachable moments". Don't assume someone else will instruct them. Get to know your own child's capabilities as well as weaknesses. Try out the theories that interest you and judge for yourself if it's working and tweak where needed.
      I have over 11years in a preschool environment both administrating, and teaching the youngest of minds in a group setting and my conclusion that I have come to is that now, I stay at home with my 21/2, & 4yr old. I research and gather materials from stores or online, talk to other parents for advice and ideas. I teach them my values.
      This is not to say, there isn't a need for quality programs, I just wish pre-parent couples would at least consider what they have to offer their own children and adjust lifestyle choices accordingly. Good Luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    My 4 year old is having trouble with colors and numbers?
    I just got my son's preschool trimester report and he is not consistent with his colors and numbers. I've talked to other parents who have 3 year olds with a bigger vocabulary. Me and my wife are very quiet people and are having a hard time relating to our son. We really love him a lot and I would like to know if there are any online sites that could help me to interact more with him. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      "It's time for you to be dumb." I jokingly say this to some parents sometimes. There's something about the idea that the child will be able to figure it out better than the adult that gets them interested in learning. Here's what I mean and I'll give you an example with an idea I have.

      Get a cheap, wooden train. You don't have to get the whole train set (though you can if you want to). Also get a simple children's book with numbers and colors.

      Paint the train cars with different colored numbers on the side. If your book has numbers in colors, paint them that color.

      When you play it with him, pretend like you want to put them in order, but are REALLY confused. "Is the red car number 1? Or is it the blue car?" Have your son help you out. If he doesn't know, go get the numbers and colors book and look it up with him (this will also be good. It shows him that it's ok to not know information and ok to find it out.)

      Every time you play, you stay at the same level (or get worse) and he is able to improve over time. You don't have to play this with a train. But I would find a similar type of toy he is interested in.

      1-10 can be hard for some kids to swallow at once. I'm curious if the teacher is trying to play "catch up" and teach him the whole thing. I wouldn't dive into 10 yet. From my experience, teaching 0-9 first THEN teaching 2 digit numbers is more beneficial in the long run. But I would start off slow...0-3. When he has that, move it to 5. When he has that, you can introduce 6-9 as well in your games. Take it a little at a time and you'll see that once it clicks, he's got it. You'll know when it's time to move on.

      I have also had luck teaching 0-5 first. Then 6-9 next (without the 0-5.) Then once the child has both understood, they are ready to put them together.

      I've realized that "acting stupid" usually works with a lot of children. If they can teach something to you, they'll develop a mastery beyond what you can give them otherwise. He'll probably catch on later that you're playing then it will become funny and he'll want to do it just for the laughs.

      Keep it fun and keep it educational. But, overall, have him teach you as best he can and have resources around to go to if he does not know it. If he can count, a simple chart of 0-9 might be the only number resource you need. Then he can count to see what the number is.

      Matt

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any free online programs for preschool aged kids that can ready them for kindergarten?
    She is ready to learn, but because of her birthdate she will have to wait one more year before entering into public schools. She will be 3 weeks shy of her 6th birthday when she does start kindergarten. I would really like for her to be ahead of the game, especially due to her slightly advanced age.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.learntheletters.com

      Educational games for:
      Learning the alphabet, learning the numbers, learning the colors, learning the shapes, learn how to count, learn adjectives and many more.

      Fun, Colorful and kid-friendly site.
      Play educational learning games for as little as 5 minutes per day and your kid will be ahead of the game.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the ethical and legal implications of giving your child benadryl just to make him sleep?
    This is a topic that must be discussed in my nursing class.

    I know that is morally wrong, but I need to broaden my opinion and be able to back it up. Any answers, advice, websites, experiences, or any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, let me admit from the beginning that we've given my son benadryl to make him sleep on planes (we also do things like schedule flights during nap/sleep times etc. to try and make it as easy as possible on him) and I actually think giving benadryl is a better choice than destroying your child's routine, overstimulating them, and creating a negative experience for the grumpy toddler and all the other passengers on the plane (when travelling a short hop with my infant daughter, I just breastfed her for the whole flight to help with the ear popping and keep her happy and when now that my son's in preschool, I just pack games/books/puzzles for him instead). Yes, my husband is a nurse and he doesn't have an issue with using benadryl on occasion for sleep. Even my pediatrician, when suggesting benadryl to help with allergic reactions suggested that we time our dosing to "work to your advantage."

      That said, I wouldn't give benadryl every night because I wouldn't be teaching my child how to fall asleep on his own and equipping him with lifeskills, thus failing in my parental role. If I were over-using benadryl to the point where my child was sleeping/"drugged" all the time, then I wouldn't be fulfilling my responsibility to provide him with an educationally rich learning environment and I'd be preventing normal social development and learning. Drugging your child because you lack parenting skills is morally wrong and people who do so need help. As a nursing student, you're probably better equipped than people online to discuss long term effects of over-exposure to unnecessary drugs.

      However, I don't think it is quite as black and white as you make it, there's a lot of common sense that needs to be factored into the slippery slope. I have no problem with the few times we've used benadryl "just to make him sleep" on planes, but I would have questions about parents making it a regular practice and would consider parents who exceed the recommended dosage to be abusive. One of the best things a nurse can do is get to know their patients, listen to them, and provide them with information. Some of it is making a judgment call. As a teacher, I'm a mandated reporter, but I get to know the families of the students in my class and I can tell the difference between a family that judiciously uses spanking as a consequence for poor choices and a family where the adult hits their child in anger. Hopefully, as a nurse you will develop the same discernment.

  13. QUESTION:
    How should I home school my 5 year old daughter?
    My 5 year daughter can not start school because she missed the deadline. The deadline is Aug 31 and my daughter turned 5 years old on Sept 8. Any suggestions on how to get started?

    • ANSWER:
      Since she is 5, she might be ready to learn to read. If she is, you could use any basic phonics program and begin teaching her all the sounds of the letters of the alphabet. Then she can learn blends and how to read simple words.

      But the problem is, if you are planning to send her to public school next fall, and you've already taught her to read, she will be so far ahead that she'll get easily bored. That's something to think about. Maybe you'll enjoy homeschooling so much that you'll decide to continue with it. : )

      There are lots of things you can do. Just remember to make it fun. She should work on holding a pencil and writing her name or drawing pictures. Arts and crafts projects are great. As far as phonics and reading, she would love the site called Starfall. My kids have always loved it. It's fun.

      http://www.starfall.com/

      There are so many fun sites like that and other free resources that you can find online. She would probably enjoy playing some educational games on the computer. You can take her for nature walks, go on field trips, make some simple recipes together, etc. Here is a link about homeschooling preschool that has a list of detailed ideas. It should be helpful for you.

      http://freehomeschooladvice.com/gpage14.html

  14. QUESTION:
    Noah Ark lesson for 3 year old preschool sunday school class?
    I am teaching my daughters 3 year old sunday school class. This sunday they are learning about Noah Ark. Any ideas of what I can bring for the kids or what I can do with them.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a good story in your lesson to read to the kids, just act it out as you go. Pretend to help Noah build the Ark. Bring play tools for the kids if you have them, or they can just pretend to saw the wood, hammer it together, paint tar or something on the outside to help make it more waterproof, etc.

      Next you could make paper bag puppet animals (find some cute cartoon animal heads online that you can cut out and let them color and then glue on bags to make puppets. Make pairs of animals so there are 2 kids with the same animal. Then you can play a game where they find their matching animal pair. You can all work together to "gather the animals" and help lead them onto the "Ark" that you built. (Maybe make a circle of chairs where the Ark is or something.)

      Finally, once you, the kids, and all the animals are safely on the Ark you can have them help you shut the HEAVY door and all pretend to make rain and storm noises. If you have another teacher to help you, maybe she could flash the lights for some lightning! Then you can all pray together and thank God for all his help building the ark and gathering the animals, and for keeping us safe and guiding us in our lives just as He helped Noah and his family.

      Anyway, those are a few ideas. I teach a three and four year old class on Wednesday nights and they LOVE to act out the Bible stories. It's always really fun! For a snack you could do some kind of rainbow theme - although I don't have a specific idea for that right at the moment! Have fun!

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any free childrens Educational websites?
    I am a homeschool mum and like to use the computer with my 2,5, 7,and 9 year olds.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a whole bunch of links, some of them are free.

      http://www.starfall.com (Free learning site)
      http://www.handwritingforkids.com (Free worksheets)
      http://www.enchantedlearning.com (Free learning site with purchased membership)
      http://www.abcteach.com (free learning site with purchased membership.)
      http://www.homeschooldiscount.com (on line catalog)
      http://www.sonlight.com (on line catalog)
      http://www.abeka.com (on line catalog)
      http://www.homeschoolstockroom.com (on line catalog)
      http://www.rocksolidinc.com (on-line catalog)
      http://www.christianbook.com (on line catalog with homeschooling section)
      http://www.earlychildhoodlinks.com (links to lots of sites)
      http://www.kn.att.com (has some learning links)
      http://www.first-school.ws (free preschool stuff)
      http://www.wxdude.com (Meteorology studies)
      http://about.com/education (information)
      http://www.freeworksheets.com (free worksheets after membership purchase)
      http://teacher.scholastic.com (some free worksheets and activities)
      http://www.tlsbooks.com (LOTS of free stuff-no membership required)
      http://www.mathsisfun.com (free activities and games)
      http://www.coolmath.com (free activities and games)
      http://www.dltk-kids.com (Lots of ideas and activities)
      http://www.auntlee.com (Free games and activities)
      http://www.funbrain.com (Free games and activities)
      http://www.brainpopjr.com (Games and activities, membership required)
      http://www.iknowthat.com (Free activities, registration required, but no fee for registration)
      http://kidsites.com (links to lots of sites)
      http://www.eclectichomeschool.org (Online newsletter and catalog)
      http://www.rainbowresource.com (Curriculum company, request their print catalog, you'll never see all they offer on the website unless you know what you are looking for)
      http://www.donnayoung.org (Lots of free homeschool helps, links to some free software, educational fonts, schedules for popular curriculum, record keeping forms, etc.)
      http://alphaphonics.com (On-line catalog)
      http://www.triviumpursuit.com (mostly ideas and articles, with some resources)
      http://themathworksheetsite.com (Math worksheets, membership fee required)
      http://startwrite.com (Handwriting program for sale)
      http://www.letteroftheweek.com/index.html (Free curriculum for preschool to age 8)

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some fun Pre-school activities to do with a 5 and 6 year old?
    I am having a little trouble finding stuff to do with these kids i babysit. Can anyone give me some ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I thought the same thing...5 and 6 year olds are not in preschool anymore...but that's besides the point. :-)

      * This age loves to make things... help them make playdough or clay that dries. They can paint the clay shapes after they have dried.

      * introduce oil pastels...it's amazing what they can do with them. Watercolors, painting.

      * science experiements are very much a fun thing to do with this age. Check your local library for science experiment books or search online.

      * board games are usually enjoyed.

      * teach a skill that you know...or are learning how to...knitting, crocheting, sewing, piano playing, etc...it's amazing how much these kids enjoy this and learn quickly.

      * arts and crafts are usually enjoyed ... check the clearance racks at Michael's, Wal-Mart, Meijer, etc. You may wish to get on the Oriental Trading or Hands-On Fun catalogs mailing lists. Lots of good ideas...you don't always have to purchase the kits...you can create them yourself.

      * do you have them at meal time? Have them help you plan the meals and make them.

      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    Where do you find information on Home Schooling, based on the American curriculum?
    My children attend school here in Canada, but I would like to supplement their education, by home schooling them with an American based curriculum. Any ideas on where to find this, or does anyone have any advice on home schooling?
    As a side note, I do plan on spending many months travelling throughout the US for work and will bring my children with me. Also hope to move to the States and eventually enroll my kids in school there. Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      America doesn't really have one curriculum. Each State is different, and even within the same state, each district is a little different.

      In addition, most states do NOT require homeschoolers to follow exactly what the Public School does.

      However, I'd be happy to suggest some homeschooling resources.

      For math I like Horizons for K-6 and Teaching Textbooks for 7-12th.
      Horizons, (note that the worksheet packets are not necessary, just the books):
      http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1215186219-1880631&subject=10&category=2173

      Teaching TExtbooks:
      http://www.teachingtextbooks.com/Default.htm

      For language arts there are many great things out there, too many to list. I suggest something with lots of literature once the children are reading well. Hewitt homeschooling has some great material.
      http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com

      For science I like the "Christian Kids Explore..." series. Though I don't know if you are a Christian, and if you aren't you might not like it too much.
      http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/Christian+Kids+Explore+Biology/009231/1215186219-1880631
      http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/Christian+Kids+Explore+Chemistry/014429/1215186219-1880631
      http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/Christian+Kids+Explore+Earth+%26amp%3B+Space+Science/037814/1215186219-1880631
      http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/Christian+Kids+Explore+Physics/041404/1215186219-1880631

      For History I like "The Mystery of History":
      http://themysteryofhistory.com/index.shtml

      I also like to vary what I use; for example next year my studies will be based on a Unit Study called "Galloping the Globe".
      http://www.geomatters.com/products/details.asp?ID=158

      There are many wonderful programs available, I wish you luck in finding the best one for your family.

      Here are some other links you might find helpful:

      http://www.starfall.com (Free learning site)
      http://www.handwritingforkids.com (Free worksheets)
      http://www.enchantedlearning.com (Free learning site with purchased membership)
      http://www.abcteach.com (free learning site with purchased membership.)
      http://www.homeschooldiscount.com (on line catalog)
      http://www.sonlight.com (on line catalog)
      http://www.abeka.com (on line catalog)
      http://www.homeschoolstockroom.com (on line catalog)
      http://www.rocksolidinc.com (on-line catalog)
      http://www.christianbook.com (on line catalog with homeschooling section)
      http://www.earlychildhoodlinks.com (links to lots of sites)
      http://www.kn.att.com (has some learning links)
      http://www.first-school.ws (free preschool stuff)
      http://www.wxdude.com (Meteorology studies)
      http://about.com/education (information)
      http://www.freeworksheets.com (free worksheets after membership purchase)
      http://teacher.scholastic.com (some free worksheets and activities)
      http://www.tlsbooks.com (LOTS of free stuff-no membership required)
      http://www.mathsisfun.com (free activities and games)
      http://www.coolmath.com (free activities and games)
      http://www.dltk-kids.com (Lots of ideas and activities)
      http://www.auntlee.com (Free games and activities)
      http://www.funbrain.com (Free games and activities)
      http://www.brainpopjr.com (Games and activities, membership required)
      http://www.iknowthat.com (Free activities, registration required, but no fee for registration)
      http://kidsites.com (links to lots of sites)
      http://www.eclectichomeschool.org (Online newsletter and catalog)
      http://www.rainbowresource.com (Curriculum company, request their print catalog, you'll never see all they offer on the website unless you know what you are looking for)
      http://www.donnayoung.org (Lots of free homeschool helps, links to some free software, educational fonts, schedules for popular curriculum, record keeping forms, etc.)
      http://alphaphonics.com (On-line catalog)
      http://www.triviumpursuit.com (mostly ideas and articles, with some resources)
      http://themathworksheetsite.com (Math worksheets, membership fee required)
      http://startwrite.com (Handwriting program for sale)
      http://www.letteroftheweek.com/index.html (Free curriculum for preschool to age 8)

      http://www.homeschooling.about.com/cs/learning/a/courseofstudy.htm (this has a list of what is typically covered in each grade, along with links to on-line resources to help teach it.)

  18. QUESTION:
    Homeschool parents: I am going to homeschool my daughter because of her severe peanut allergy.?
    She is preschool age right now, and we will begin kindergarten next August. I am in need of any information, any websites, any advice, any books or anything that you think would help us in this venture. I have 3 older kids that attend public school, but due to my daughter's allergies, it is best that she be homeschooled. Thanks for any information.

    • ANSWER:
      Start by looking up your local state laws on homeschooling. Each state has their own laws and, in my experience, the sites that claim to list the laws for every state often have errors on them, so go to a site specifically for your state. In fact, your legislature probably has the laws listed online, where you can read them for yourself and they may be much more readable than you expect.

      Also look for at least one local homeschool support group. Yahoo! Groups is a good place to start looking. Or ask at your local place of worship. Or at a local public library (lots of homeschoolers spend a lot of time at the library so librarians often know them). Or even ask your local school district--sometimes they keep records of a few local homeschool support groups. Some of these groups are solely online (helping parents get to know local laws, resources, educational options, etc.), while others meet in person for park meetings, field trips, etc. to give your child a place to meet other children and you a place to meet other homeschooling parents. Even if you never go to a meeting in person, these groups can give a lot of help in getting started.
      (Note: I've been in such groups with several kids who had severe allergies. Most homeschool parents were more than willing to accomodate the needs of the allergic child at park meetings and such, so don't feel that you won't be able to participate.)

      Check with the local library. Many have a lot of homeschooling resources these days. In addition to the expected books and videos, many offer great programs and classes, or even have some curriculum items that you can check out, as well as a number of books on homeschooling methods and ideas.

      http://www.worldbook.com has lists of "typical course of study" for each grade level to give you ideas on the sorts of things typically taught at each grade level. This can be helpful to new homeschoolers who are worried about missing some important subject.

      With kindergarten, I'd suggest starting with focusing on reading and math and fun. Read aloud to her a lot, from a wide variety of books and materials. There are lots of great resources for teaching phonics--we loved the "Leap Frog" series of DVDs and related games and toys and used some inexpensive workbooks from a discount store; libraries often have lots of beginning reading materials and resources, too. Math can start with counting lots of things, pointing out numbers along the way, and eventually introducing adding and subtracting. There are a lot of fun computer games to help. But mostly, we worked on exploring the world around us--planting seeds and watching them grow, looking at bugs and other creatures as we took walks, playing to see what sinks and what floats or how colors mix or anything else we could think of. We played board games and did crafts or used inexpensive science kits or watched fun educational videos. Keeping it fun will help her to learn faster and make learning in the future easier, too.

      Good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can someone suggest a good Numbers (Counting Game) for my ESl classes?
    I teach here in Bangkok Thailand about 150 students aged 6-12. Tomorrows lesson is about counting 1-20 and then the kids are suppost to say how old they are after being asked "How old are you?". I want to make it fun for them so i told them we would play a game. I have done a search on many ESL websites but am having a hard time finding a fun game to get all the kids involved. Can someone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      The following links and sites will help you in dealing with numbers in interesting ways with children :

      Kaboose Math GamesFun for Kids! Online Games with Math. Child Safe Site. ... In no time at all, you'll be counting like the big kids you know! Fishing for Numbers ...
      resources.kaboose.com/games/math1.html - 35k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

      Learning to CountKids Domain Math Games. 5 stars. The preschool section of Funschool is a cornucopia of great Java games. Among the counting activities are Number Matching, ...
      www.surfnetkids.com/counting.htm - 39k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

      JSTOR: Counting-Out Rhymes of ChildrenNursery rhymes and jingles are made to do service in the plays and games of children, as is apparent from the frequent mention of such counting-out rhymes ...
      links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0002-7294(190401%2F03)2%3A6%3A1%3C46%3ACROC%3E2.0.CO%3B2-S - Similar pages - Note this

      Math Games and Activities for kidsFree educational elementary and preschool math games and online lessons. Free online math activities for kids. Math lessons on counting backwards, counting, ...
      www.apples4theteacher.com/math.html - 73k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

      Fun With Numbers: Counting Games For The Classroom4 Jul 2006 ... You can even use hand motions with these kinds of counting games for children, often kids will learn the song faster when you use hand ...
      ezinearticles.com/?Fun-With-Numbers:-Counting-Games-For-The-Classroom&id=236306 - 47k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

      Welcome to Play Kids Games.com - online kids games, alphabet games ...Solve the math problems. Seahorse Counting. Use your counting skills to free the seahorse. ... Division . Click here to be notified of new games. ...
      www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm - 31k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

      People Counting Solutions
      World beating Customer and Visitor
      Counting Solutions
      www.intelligentcounting.com

      Number Challenge
      2+3-8/4-2+6=? Answer this in 9 secs
      Score 250+ & you WILL get thru IIT
      www.schoolgames.in

  20. QUESTION:
    What is a good web site for free Spanish learning activities for a three year old?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I did some searching online and i found a few websites that you might want to check out... Most of the stuff is free but some websites you'd have to pay a fee to access more of the lessons... They are:

      http://www.first-school.ws/theme/teddybears.htm

      http://www.enchantedlearning.com/categories/preschool.shtml

      http://www.learn4good.com/kids/

      http://www.homeeducationresources.com/FREEspanish.htm

      http://www.nickjr.com/travel/car_games/shows/dora/index.jhtml

      Hope these help hope you enjoy and good luck!!!

  21. QUESTION:
    do you know any sites that i can print worksheets off?
    i want to print out worksheets for my brother is there any sites i can print worksheets off. He's in Kindergarten!

    • ANSWER:
      Free Printable Worksheets for Preschool through ...
      www.tlsbooks.com/ - Similarto Free Printable Worksheets for Preschool through ...

      1 day ago ... Print free worksheets for preschool through sixth grade, print free coloring pages, view our reading tips, book reviews, and much more.

      [ More results from www.tlsbooks.com ]
      Preschool and Kindergarten Worksheets
      www.kidslearningstation.com/ - Similarto Preschool and Kindergarten Worksheets

      Worksheets for kids. Thousands of printable worksheets for preschool and kindergarten lesson plans. Alphabet worksheets, number worksheets, color ...
      Preschool Palace
      preschoolpalace.org/

      Preschool Printables. Preschool Worksheets. Preschool Curriculum. Free preschool lesson plans. Preschool Activities, Lesson Plans and Curriculum.
      Kindergarten Worksheets and Preschool Worksheets - School Sparks
      www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets

      Free printable preschool and kindergarten worksheets for early childhood development.
      KidZone Preschool
      www.kidzone.ws/prek_wrksht/index.htm - Similarto KidZone Preschool

      KidZone Preschool. Alphabet Recognition and Printing Practice: Alphabet Recognition Games · Hidden Letter Worksheets - Alphabet Recognition ...
      Preschool Worksheets and Preschool Games
      www.softschools.com/grades/preschool/ - Similarto Preschool Worksheets and Preschool Games

      Preschool worksheets and preschool games: Phonics and Math Games and worksheets including Couting games, Counting worksheets, Addition Online ...
      Preschoollearners.Com
      www.preschoollearners.com/ - Similarto Preschoollearners.Com

      Large number of free printable preschool worksheets with elaborate classification . Covers English, Maths, Science, Geography, Things we do, Things we use, ...
      Free preschool and kindergarten printables and worksheets.
      www.lilbunnyhops.com/ - Similarto Free preschool and kindergarten printables and worksheets.

      Free preschool and kindergarten worksheets and printables, coloring pages, activities, connect the dots, graphics and anything to help children learn their abc.
      Handwriting Worksheets and Printable Activities for Preschool ...
      www.first-school.ws/theme/handwriting.htm - Similarto Handwriting Worksheets and Printable Activities for Preschool ...

      Handwriting worksheets and printable activities to learn and practice handwriting suitable for preschool, kindergarten and early elementary.

  22. QUESTION:
    Any good sites to spend my time?
    I'm so bores and tired of myspace, I really need some good sites any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.stardoll.com/
      Stardoll is a paper doll dress-up community site for everyone who enjoys fun, fashion and making friends.

      http://gaiaonline.com/
      http://habbo.com/
      http://moove.com/

      http://there.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://kaneva.com/

      http://roblox.com/
      http://neopets.com/
      http://smallworlds.com/

      http://clubpenguin.com/
      http://frenzoo.com/
      http://www.meez.com

      http://goanimate.com/
      GoAnimate, a platform that allows people to express themselves through animation without having to learn to draw or install any software.

      http://www.faceyourmanga.com/
      Face your Manga gives you a chance to add originality and style to your world: create and print your face, turn it in a work of art and amaze all with an original gift.

      http://www.doppelme.com/
      With DoppelMe you can create a cool graphical likeness of yourself, your friends, family or any group of people for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, blogs and almost anywhere else on the web.

      http://www.alpoy.com/
      Alpoy is a site where you can easily create and animate avatars. Create avatars from your photos, resize and rotate images. Then, edit your avatar, make them personal.

      http://www.loogix.com/
      Loogix allows you to create animated pictures and animated effects from your photos. Just upload at least two photos (maximum ten), select desired size and speed and click to ''Generate Animation'' button. On the result page you can find link to your animation, you can send to the friends just from the form on the website. Loogix also provide you with HTML code, that you can put to your Facebook, MySpace, Orkut etc.

      http://www.gifup.com/
      GIFUP is your personal GIF animation and avatar generator. Simply upload images from your computer or get them from Flickr or any web site and let GIFUP do all the magic. You get your animated avatar, banner or GIF slideshow in a sec. You may then save it to your computer, share it with your friends or post it on Myspace, Hi5, Friendster, Blogs, Forums.

      http://www.voki.com/
      Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters: animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.

      http://dressupgames.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/
      http://i-dressup.com/

      http://girlsense.com/
      http://roiworld.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/

      http://www.zoodles.com/
      Zoodles is a kids browser based on Adobe's AIR platform that aims to give kids a safe place to play and learn online. With the Zoodles Parent Dashboard, you can view everything your child has been doing online, see reports on the things they are interested in, and really understand, and participate in your child’s learning journey. You can also see which educational skills your child has been developing.

      http://kideos.com/
      Safe, funny, screened videos for kids with all their favorite characters. Each video on Kideos has been screened by the site Video Advisory Council before it makes it onto our site. The goal is to empower parents to feel comfortable allowing their child to spend time on Kideos, while also making sure children have a thoroughly entertaining experience.

      http://www.raylit.com/
      Raylit is an effort to achieve that objective. It has been specifically designed for 3-7 year old kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade, taking into account their mental and physical development. Raylit features a healthy balance of learning and entertainment interwoven together into an interactive and engaging personalized experience for each kid.

      http://ekoloko.com/
      Ekoloko is a educational, virtual community where kids discover the world, virtual and real, through fun games and quests, while absorbing the values, knowledge and skills that will help them become more responsible and involved individuals.

      http://kidoz.net/
      The KIDOZ browser is a protected environment made for young kids that enables children to surf sites ,watch videos and play games. The system blocks links, scripts and any other attempts that lead to sites and content which have not been approved, preventing them being viewed by the children.

      http://www.tweegee.com/
      Tweegee integrates social networking, digital content, and interactive tools to offer a complete online platform for Tweens and Pre-teens. Tweegee provides Tweens with the ability to take full ownership of their online activities, to create their complete personal web sites, communicate via web based email and organizer, engage in rich multiplayer games, read news most relevant to them, author their own articles and much more – all on one platform and at one destination

      http://www.zoeybot.com/
      ZoeyBot is an educational service designed for kids between the ages of 7 and 13. This website describes ZoeyBot, but to actually experience it you need to load the ZoeyBot Virtual Desktop by clicking on the green button on the main page, or the image on the right.

      http://www.kidzui.com/
      Kidzui is a kids' browser that makes surfing the Internet fun and easy for kids aged 3-12. KidZui offers over 500,000 websites, pictures and videos for kids to look at. The content is reviewed by teachers and parents so your kids can surf independently.

      http://totspot.com/
      TotSpot is a place for parents to publish a page about their kids and share with family and friends. It's part online babybook, parent journal, and social network. Childhood is an ongoing story and TotSpot is the first site that makes it super easy for parents to securely share their kid's story with friends and family.

      http://www.moshimonsters.com/
      Visitors to MoshiMonsters can adopt their very own pet Monster, give it a name and design its color scheme. Each Monster has a lively personality that develops the more it is played with. Monster owners can make new friends and connect with existing friends through a wide variety of safe social networking features such as Monster blogs, Newsfeeds, pinboards and buddy lists.

      http://www.childnet-int.org/
      Childnet International mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Helping children and young people acquire new “net literacy” skills and giving advice to industry, organisations, parents, teachers and carers about Internet and mobile safety.

      http://www.yoowalk.com/
      http://www.hangout.net/
      http://www.kickfly.com/

      http://www.smallworlds.com/
      http://www.kaneva.com/
      http://www.vside.com/

      http://www.vastpark.com/
      http://www2.frenzoo.com/
      http://www.meez.com/

      http://www.avartize.com/
      http://www.loogix.com/
      http://www.kickfly.com/

      http://www.alpoy.com/
      http://www.doppelme.com/

      http://www.faceyourmanga.com/
      http://goanimate.com/

      http://www.gifup.com/
      http://www.voki.com/

      http://www.loogix.com/
      http://www2.frenzoo.com/
      http://make3d.stanford.edu/

      http://dressupgames.com/
      http://girlsense.com/
      http://skybreezegames.com/

      http://i-dressup.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/

      http://missoandfriends.com/
      http://thefairies.ca/
      http://stardoll.com/

      http://dollwizard.com/
      http://glitterfy.com/
      http://elouai.com/

      http://thedollpalace.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://beaconstreetgirls.com/

      http://games2girls.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/
      http://girlsense.com/

      http://cartoonnetwork.com/
      http://www.girlambition.com/

      http://www.befunky.com/
      http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/11-sites-to…
      http://www.cartoonme.com/en/
      http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index…
      http://dailybooth.com/

      http://www.fav20.com/
      http://favtabs.com/

      http://www.tweegee.com/
      http://kidoz.net/
      http://www.doink.com/

      http://www.toondoo.com/
      http://www.stardoll.com/
      http://www.kidzui.com/

      http://www.whyville.com/
      http://www.allykatzz.com/
      http://www.yamod.com/

      http://www.jitterfingers.com/
      http://www.beaconstreetgirls.com/

      http://weeworld.com/
      http://secondlife.com/
      http://moove.com/

      http://kaneva.com/
      http://activeworlds.com/
      http://gaiaonline.com/

      http://there.com/
      http://roblox.com/
      http://neopets.com/

      http://kongregate.com/
      http://shockwave.com/
      http://gamesville.com/

      http://habbo.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://missbimbo.com/

      http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/…
      http://www.linkopedia.com/kids.html

      http://www.stumbleupon.com/
      http://only2clicks.com/
      http://www.rawsugar.com/

      http://www.streakr.com/
      http://www.KiiRaa.com
      http://bonzobox.com/

      http://www.fav20.com/
      http://www.speedymarks.com/
      http://www.onsugar.com/

      http://www.blogflux.com/
      http://www.visualcv.com/
      http://www.retaggr.com/

      http://www.lastpass.com/
      http://notify.me/
      http://www.vitalist.com/

      http://embedr.com/
      http://storytlr.com/
      http://www.blerp.com/

      http://www.pageonce.com/
      http://www.thismoment.com/
      http://www.flipmytext.com/

      http://www.ourstory.com/
      http://www.dailyme.com/
      http://www.tangler.com/

      http://tarpipe.com/
      http://www.gizapage.com/
      http://www.ulteo.com/

      http://www.blist.com/
      http://sleep.fm/beta
      http://www.penzu.com/

      http://joyent.com/connector/
      Simple, powerful, web-based software that provides small team with email, calendars, contacts, bookmarks, secure backups, and web hosting.

      http://www.webasyst.net/
      WebAsyst is a suite of online services for group or personal use. All services are tightly integrated and can be accessed from one account that requires single login.

      http://www.hi5.com
      http://www.tagged.com/
      http://www.friendster.com/

      http://en.netlog.com/
      http://www.ning.com/
      http://badoo.com/

      http://www.buzznet.com/
      http://www.zorpia.com/
      http://ping.fm/

      http://www.power.com/
      http://www.bligoo.com
      http://us.smeet.com/

      http://www.koinup.com/
      http://www.kaneva

  23. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any sites that are great for fun and sorta killing time?
    I was recently on, like neopets and stuff like that, but it got kinda boring. I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions of fun websites similar to that type of thing. I'm open to plenty of stuff, just looking for ideas. Thank guys! :)

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.stardoll.com/
      Stardoll is a paper doll dress-up community site for everyone who enjoys fun, fashion and making friends.

      http://gaiaonline.com/
      http://habbo.com/
      http://moove.com/

      http://there.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://kaneva.com/

      http://roblox.com/
      http://neopets.com/
      http://smallworlds.com/

      http://clubpenguin.com/
      http://frenzoo.com/
      http://www.meez.com

      http://goanimate.com/
      GoAnimate, a platform that allows people to express themselves through animation without having to learn to draw or install any software.

      http://www.faceyourmanga.com/
      Face your Manga gives you a chance to add originality and style to your world: create and print your face, turn it in a work of art and amaze all with an original gift.

      http://www.doppelme.com/
      With DoppelMe you can create a cool graphical likeness of yourself, your friends, family or any group of people for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, blogs and almost anywhere else on the web.

      http://www.alpoy.com/
      Alpoy is a site where you can easily create and animate avatars. Create avatars from your photos, resize and rotate images. Then, edit your avatar, make them personal.

      http://www.loogix.com/
      Loogix allows you to create animated pictures and animated effects from your photos. Just upload at least two photos (maximum ten), select desired size and speed and click to ''Generate Animation'' button. On the result page you can find link to your animation, you can send to the friends just from the form on the website. Loogix also provide you with HTML code, that you can put to your Facebook, MySpace, Orkut etc.

      http://www.gifup.com/
      GIFUP is your personal GIF animation and avatar generator. Simply upload images from your computer or get them from Flickr or any web site and let GIFUP do all the magic. You get your animated avatar, banner or GIF slideshow in a sec. You may then save it to your computer, share it with your friends or post it on Myspace, Hi5, Friendster, Blogs, Forums.

      http://www.voki.com/
      Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters: animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.

      http://dressupgames.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/
      http://i-dressup.com/

      http://girlsense.com/
      http://roiworld.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/

      http://www.zoodles.com/
      Zoodles is a kids browser based on Adobe's AIR platform that aims to give kids a safe place to play and learn online. With the Zoodles Parent Dashboard, you can view everything your child has been doing online, see reports on the things they are interested in, and really understand, and participate in your child’s learning journey. You can also see which educational skills your child has been developing.

      http://kideos.com/
      Safe, funny, screened videos for kids with all their favorite characters. Each video on Kideos has been screened by the site Video Advisory Council before it makes it onto our site. The goal is to empower parents to feel comfortable allowing their child to spend time on Kideos, while also making sure children have a thoroughly entertaining experience.

      http://www.raylit.com/
      Raylit is an effort to achieve that objective. It has been specifically designed for 3-7 year old kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade, taking into account their mental and physical development. Raylit features a healthy balance of learning and entertainment interwoven together into an interactive and engaging personalized experience for each kid.

      http://ekoloko.com/
      Ekoloko is a educational, virtual community where kids discover the world, virtual and real, through fun games and quests, while absorbing the values, knowledge and skills that will help them become more responsible and involved individuals.

      http://kidoz.net/
      The KIDOZ browser is a protected environment made for young kids that enables children to surf sites ,watch videos and play games. The system blocks links, scripts and any other attempts that lead to sites and content which have not been approved, preventing them being viewed by the children.

      http://www.tweegee.com/
      Tweegee integrates social networking, digital content, and interactive tools to offer a complete online platform for Tweens and Pre-teens. Tweegee provides Tweens with the ability to take full ownership of their online activities, to create their complete personal web sites, communicate via web based email and organizer, engage in rich multiplayer games, read news most relevant to them, author their own articles and much more – all on one platform and at one destination

      http://www.zoeybot.com/
      ZoeyBot is an educational service designed for kids between the ages of 7 and 13. This website describes ZoeyBot, but to actually experience it you need to load the ZoeyBot Virtual Desktop by clicking on the green button on the main page, or the image on the right.

      http://www.kidzui.com/
      Kidzui is a kids' browser that makes surfing the Internet fun and easy for kids aged 3-12. KidZui offers over 500,000 websites, pictures and videos for kids to look at. The content is reviewed by teachers and parents so your kids can surf independently.

      http://totspot.com/
      TotSpot is a place for parents to publish a page about their kids and share with family and friends. It's part online babybook, parent journal, and social network. Childhood is an ongoing story and TotSpot is the first site that makes it super easy for parents to securely share their kid's story with friends and family.

      http://www.moshimonsters.com/
      Visitors to MoshiMonsters can adopt their very own pet Monster, give it a name and design its color scheme. Each Monster has a lively personality that develops the more it is played with. Monster owners can make new friends and connect with existing friends through a wide variety of safe social networking features such as Monster blogs, Newsfeeds, pinboards and buddy lists.

      http://www.childnet-int.org/
      Childnet International mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Helping children and young people acquire new “net literacy” skills and giving advice to industry, organisations, parents, teachers and carers about Internet and mobile safety.

      http://www.yoowalk.com/
      http://www.hangout.net/
      http://www.kickfly.com/

      http://www.smallworlds.com/
      http://www.kaneva.com/
      http://www.vside.com/

      http://www.vastpark.com/
      http://www2.frenzoo.com/
      http://www.meez.com/

      http://www.avartize.com/
      http://www.loogix.com/
      http://www.kickfly.com/

      http://www.alpoy.com/
      http://www.doppelme.com/

      http://www.faceyourmanga.com/
      http://goanimate.com/

      http://www.gifup.com/
      http://www.voki.com/

      http://www.loogix.com/
      http://www2.frenzoo.com/
      http://make3d.stanford.edu/

      http://dressupgames.com/
      http://girlsense.com/
      http://skybreezegames.com/

      http://i-dressup.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/

      http://missoandfriends.com/
      http://thefairies.ca/
      http://stardoll.com/

      http://dollwizard.com/
      http://glitterfy.com/
      http://elouai.com/

      http://thedollpalace.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://beaconstreetgirls.com/

      http://games2girls.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/
      http://girlsense.com/

      http://cartoonnetwork.com/
      http://www.girlambition.com/

      http://www.befunky.com/
      http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/11-sites-to…
      http://www.cartoonme.com/en/
      http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index…
      http://dailybooth.com/

      http://www.fav20.com/
      http://favtabs.com/

      http://www.tweegee.com/
      http://kidoz.net/
      http://www.doink.com/

      http://www.toondoo.com/
      http://www.stardoll.com/
      http://www.kidzui.com/

      http://www.whyville.com/
      http://www.allykatzz.com/
      http://www.yamod.com/

      http://www.jitterfingers.com/
      http://www.beaconstreetgirls.com/

      http://weeworld.com/
      http://secondlife.com/
      http://moove.com/

      http://kaneva.com/
      http://activeworlds.com/
      http://gaiaonline.com/

      http://there.com/
      http://roblox.com/
      http://neopets.com/

      http://kongregate.com/
      http://shockwave.com/
      http://gamesville.com/

      http://habbo.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://missbimbo.com/

      http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/…
      http://www.linkopedia.com/kids.html

  24. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any input on when a child should start school, ie: pre-school, kindergarten, what age for what?
    I have a late four year old, she just turned 4 in November, what should she be doing at this point? If you have time to break it down I REALLY appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      I also have a late 4 yo (Dec birthday) daughter
      I teach preschool at home.
      IMHO the things you should teach before entering a traditional school setting include:
      Shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, heart, star, oval, octagon, hexagon
      Colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, pink, brown, white, black and gray
      Teach writing numbers to 20, recognizing numbers to 30 or higher, counting a set of objects to 10 - start slow here, perhaps even introduce some addition and subtraction concepts using manipulatives. My daughter can tell time to the hour...one day she expressed an interest, she we played games and learned about it.
      It is important to follow your child's interest.
      She should also learn the sound each letter makes and be able to write them as capital letters, lower case at this age is still quite difficult...but perhaps the summer before starting school you could introduce this...my granddaughter who is 5 in a couple weeks is just now beginning to write lowercase letters. When you teach writing, use a standard writing program, don't just wing it - it is important to learn to write letters correctly...if you teach your child the letters the wrong way, it is very difficult to re-teach the correct letter formation process. (A good thing to remember is all letters are made from the top down....never from the bottom up.)
      She should also know her full name, address and phone number, birthdate, age and parents' names.
      Definetly do some phonemic awareness activities with your daughter...read nursery rhymes, can she recognize rhyming words...create them? Play game where you say a word slowly, one sound at a time, and ask her to push the sounds together and say the whole word...for instance, you say /d/ /o/ /g/ and she says dog...be sure not to add /uh/ onto the end of your sounds...keep them clipped. Once she has mastered that, turn it around and give her the whole word asking her to say it back to you slowly. Teach her to listen for the first sound she hears in a word....then the last sound...then the middle. Teach those vowel sounds solid!
      This will be a tremendous help to her when she starts to read. My daughter is reading 3 letter words, and spelling them too...just from playing games such as these.
      There are lots of resources available online, as well as in your local library on phonemic awareness...educate yourself so you can train your child correctly.
      Happy learning! What a joy this age is!

  25. QUESTION:
    Im a preschool teacher and I need some new ideas for math and literacy learning centers?

    • ANSWER:
      Fishing for sounds: Cut out fish and put a picture of an object that starts with a letter they have learned/are learning on each one. The children have a chart with 2-3 letters on it and they pick a fish and choose which column it will go in (i.e. book goes in the B column). Use objects they have learned when learning the letters on the fish. They can pick up the fish with their hand, or you can put a paper clip on each one and put a magnet on the end of a pole/stick so they can really fish.

      Have students make a collage of things they find in a magazine that start with a specific letter.

      Scavenger hunt around the room to find objects/toys that start with a certain letter.

      Pictures journals: they can draw a picture and then tell an adult what it is for a caption (adult written or some children can trace it)

      Have children use wiki sticks to form letters (write the letter large on a piece of laminated construction paper and then the children with the sticks to 'trace' the letter). It can be used with short words too.

      There are many stories online that they can listen too (some even have the marker that moves word to word as it is read).

      Math:

      Tangram puzzles: the colored blocks with different shapes that they can build a certain design on top of a template.

      Many websites have math games that preschoolers can even do.

  26. QUESTION:
    Any dolls with glasses for small children?
    Our 15 month-old daughter has to start wearing glasses. She has two sisters who do not (they're all the same age - triplets). I thought it would be nice to have an age-appropriate doll that also had glasses they could all play with - nothing necessarily geared for special needs children nor any "collectible" dolls. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      One route you can take it to purchase an "empathy doll". These are dolls used by classroom teachers (mainly preschool teachers) to teach children about love and accepting children who are different. As someone who's worked extensively with preschool aged children, I can't stress the importance of exposing children to dolls that don't all look like "super models".

      Lakeshore Learning is my favorite place for this type of doll. Sometimes their direct links don't work, so I will include item numbers just in case. You have to buy the glasses seperately, but you get two pairs, plus two hearing aids. The item number for the glasses are LC1147 and they are under :
      http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Catalog_Id=1&Product_Id=2745&RememberCatalogId=1&Status_Code=ACTV&uniq=2007yr%3A8mth%3A9day%3A23hr%3A34min%3A45s%3A234ms%3A+

      The dolls are under and they can go in the bath tub, which most little girls love. They are so easy to take care of as well. There is a different item number for each doll.
      White Boy Doll - LC4124
      White Girl Doll - LC4123
      Black Boy Doll - LC4128
      Black Girl Doll - LC4127
      Asian Boy Doll - LC4130
      Asian Girl Doll - LC4129
      Hispanic Boy Doll - LC4126
      Hispanic Girl Doll - LC4125
      Native American Boy Doll - LC4122
      Native American Girl Doll - LC4121

      http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Catalog_Id=1&Product_Id=2925&RememberCatalogId=1&Status_Code=ACTV&uniq=2007yr%3A8mth%3A9day%3A23hr%3A38min%3A7s%3A187ms%3A+

      Beyond Play is one such store that has these dolls. The dolls are rag doll style, and run around , the glasses will cost you an additional but you get a pair of both dark and regular glasses:
      http://www.beyondplay.com/ITEMS/D899.HTM

      You can buy doll glasses online at web pages like the one below, and you can also buy doll glasses at some craft stores that sell doll parts such as Michael's.
      http://adollysworld.com/doll_glasses_1.html

      http://www.dollclothesstore.com/Doll_Accessories/Glasses.htm

      If your child likes Arthur, maybe get an Arthur doll with glasses:
      http://www.amazon.com/12-Arthur-Friends-Removable-Clothes/dp/B000F7DMWQ/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-5532844-1691368?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1186726061&sr=8-1

      There is an adorable TY Beanie Kid named Luvie (a girl) with pink hair who wears glasses:
      http://www.bbtoystore.com/store/BK_luvie.html

      I like the idea about Build A Bear that someone mentioned. You can build all kinds of stuffed toys there, all different animals, not just bears, and purchase glasses for them, however it's definately not a doll.

      There is a really neat Doodle Bear with glasses that any little girl would love:
      http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Stylin-Doodle-Glasses-Markers/dp/B000F3T3YQ/ref=sr_1_8/102-5532844-1691368?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1186725205&sr=1-8

  27. QUESTION:
    how to get help funding my daughters homeschooling?
    hi everyone... I live in michigan and my daughter is going to be starting preschool soon. I am lowww Income. I also get assistance but its not enought to even cover what we eat in a whole month. so anyways what i was wondering if theres a homeschooling program that is state funded. Ive searched everywhere and cant find anything plzzzz help

    • ANSWER:
      You will probably not find a free online school for a child just entering preschool, since she is below the mandatory age for schooling. There are online schools for kids as young as kindergarten, but not for every state. These schools mostly use workbooks instead of computers. You can try Connections Academy and K12 to see if they serve your area.

      However, you really don't need to spend much if anything at this age group. Just keep your child home, spend time with her playing games, going on field trips, and visiting museums and libraries. She will get a wonderful education by your side.

      Libraries have preschool reading and activity programs, and videos and museum passes, at no charge. Many museums and zoos have "free admission" days. Field trips can be as simple as a trip to the supermarket, a visit to a community garden, a nature walk in the woods.

      If you hook up with other preschool parents in your area, you can all have great group activities like doll-making using scraps and found objects, game days, group visits to the local fire department or pumpkin patch, and more.

      The best education for a preschooler is to learn how the world works, which she can do as well if not better at home and out and about with you than she can stuck in a classroom all morning.

      (And even beyond preschool - I homeschooled my son for three years through middle school on practically nothing, using just the library and trading curriculum materials with other homeschoolers!)

  28. QUESTION:
    where can I find preschool childrens programs on the net?
    Am looking for, shapes, colors, alphabet, numbers, words, all edu. areas for in home studies for pre schooler.

    • ANSWER:
      Try these websites as well as enchanted learning:

      http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2601&e=gamesByAge&mcat=game_preschool&site=us
      http://www.learningplanet.com/parents1.htm
      http://www.learningplanet.com/stu/kids1.asp
      http://www.learn4good.com/kids/index.htm

      This website also has a heap of free online books that you will find informative.
      http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/pages/preschoolers.education.html

  29. QUESTION:
    My daughter is 5 and does not speak English yet. Suggestions please on great online course of English.?
    She needs to learn to use the computer too, especially the mouse, so something game and fun based. Up to now only found sites that are too advanced for her or too complex, that or are just worksheets or teaching individual words. We need something that will get her communicating.

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously you need to expose her to as much English as possible through TV shows, English people, etc. However, if she has little English, she would benefit from something more structured so that she feels more confident when dealing with English speaking children.

      The best online course for a 5 year old we found was Teach Kids English. http://www.teachkidsenglish.com. It teaches English with interactive puzzles, songs and stories, so she'll get plenty of mouse practice. You do have to pay for this one, but if was much, much cheaper than the other DVD based courses available like Muzzy, and seens to be just as good. We use it at our preschool and the kids love it - we all join in the songs and the English speaking kids love this too.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some avatar chatting websites?
    There used to be like coke music and stuff. That was really fun. Then there was dollieden.com but they changed it to where you have to download it. Are there anymore of those kinds of websites?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.stardoll.com/
      Stardoll is a paper doll dress-up community site for everyone who enjoys fun, fashion and making friends.

      http://gaiaonline.com/
      http://habbo.com/
      http://moove.com/

      http://there.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://kaneva.com/

      http://roblox.com/
      http://neopets.com/
      http://smallworlds.com/

      http://clubpenguin.com/
      http://frenzoo.com/
      http://www.meez.com

      http://goanimate.com/
      GoAnimate, a platform that allows people to express themselves through animation without having to learn to draw or install any software.

      http://www.faceyourmanga.com/
      Face your Manga gives you a chance to add originality and style to your world: create and print your face, turn it in a work of art and amaze all with an original gift.

      http://www.doppelme.com/
      With DoppelMe you can create a cool graphical likeness of yourself, your friends, family or any group of people for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, blogs and almost anywhere else on the web.

      http://www.alpoy.com/
      Alpoy is a site where you can easily create and animate avatars. Create avatars from your photos, resize and rotate images. Then, edit your avatar, make them personal.

      http://www.loogix.com/
      Loogix allows you to create animated pictures and animated effects from your photos. Just upload at least two photos (maximum ten), select desired size and speed and click to ''Generate Animation'' button. On the result page you can find link to your animation, you can send to the friends just from the form on the website. Loogix also provide you with HTML code, that you can put to your Facebook, MySpace, Orkut etc.

      http://www.gifup.com/
      GIFUP is your personal GIF animation and avatar generator. Simply upload images from your computer or get them from Flickr or any web site and let GIFUP do all the magic. You get your animated avatar, banner or GIF slideshow in a sec. You may then save it to your computer, share it with your friends or post it on Myspace, Hi5, Friendster, Blogs, Forums.

      http://www.voki.com/
      Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters: animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.

      http://dressupgames.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/
      http://i-dressup.com/

      http://girlsense.com/
      http://roiworld.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/

      http://www.zoodles.com/
      Zoodles is a kids browser based on Adobe's AIR platform that aims to give kids a safe place to play and learn online. With the Zoodles Parent Dashboard, you can view everything your child has been doing online, see reports on the things they are interested in, and really understand, and participate in your child’s learning journey. You can also see which educational skills your child has been developing.

      http://kideos.com/
      Safe, funny, screened videos for kids with all their favorite characters. Each video on Kideos has been screened by the site Video Advisory Council before it makes it onto our site. The goal is to empower parents to feel comfortable allowing their child to spend time on Kideos, while also making sure children have a thoroughly entertaining experience.

      http://www.raylit.com/
      Raylit is an effort to achieve that objective. It has been specifically designed for 3-7 year old kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade, taking into account their mental and physical development. Raylit features a healthy balance of learning and entertainment interwoven together into an interactive and engaging personalized experience for each kid.

      http://ekoloko.com/
      Ekoloko is a educational, virtual community where kids discover the world, virtual and real, through fun games and quests, while absorbing the values, knowledge and skills that will help them become more responsible and involved individuals.

      http://kidoz.net/
      The KIDOZ browser is a protected environment made for young kids that enables children to surf sites ,watch videos and play games. The system blocks links, scripts and any other attempts that lead to sites and content which have not been approved, preventing them being viewed by the children.

      http://www.tweegee.com/
      Tweegee integrates social networking, digital content, and interactive tools to offer a complete online platform for Tweens and Pre-teens. Tweegee provides Tweens with the ability to take full ownership of their online activities, to create their complete personal web sites, communicate via web based email and organizer, engage in rich multiplayer games, read news most relevant to them, author their own articles and much more – all on one platform and at one destination

      http://www.zoeybot.com/
      ZoeyBot is an educational service designed for kids between the ages of 7 and 13. This website describes ZoeyBot, but to actually experience it you need to load the ZoeyBot Virtual Desktop by clicking on the green button on the main page, or the image on the right.

      http://www.kidzui.com/
      Kidzui is a kids' browser that makes surfing the Internet fun and easy for kids aged 3-12. KidZui offers over 500,000 websites, pictures and videos for kids to look at. The content is reviewed by teachers and parents so your kids can surf independently.

      http://totspot.com/
      TotSpot is a place for parents to publish a page about their kids and share with family and friends. It's part online babybook, parent journal, and social network. Childhood is an ongoing story and TotSpot is the first site that makes it super easy for parents to securely share their kid's story with friends and family.

      http://www.moshimonsters.com/
      Visitors to MoshiMonsters can adopt their very own pet Monster, give it a name and design its color scheme. Each Monster has a lively personality that develops the more it is played with. Monster owners can make new friends and connect with existing friends through a wide variety of safe social networking features such as Monster blogs, Newsfeeds, pinboards and buddy lists.

      http://www.childnet-int.org/
      Childnet International mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Helping children and young people acquire new “net literacy” skills and giving advice to industry, organisations, parents, teachers and carers about Internet and mobile safety.

      http://www.yoowalk.com/
      http://www.hangout.net/
      http://www.kickfly.com/

      http://www.smallworlds.com/
      http://www.kaneva.com/
      http://www.vside.com/

      http://www.vastpark.com/
      http://www2.frenzoo.com/
      http://www.meez.com/

      http://www.avartize.com/
      http://www.loogix.com/
      http://www.kickfly.com/

      http://www.alpoy.com/
      http://www.doppelme.com/

      http://www.faceyourmanga.com/
      http://goanimate.com/

      http://www.gifup.com/
      http://www.voki.com/

      http://www.loogix.com/
      http://www2.frenzoo.com/
      http://make3d.stanford.edu/

      http://dressupgames.com/
      http://girlsense.com/
      http://skybreezegames.com/

      http://i-dressup.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/

      http://missoandfriends.com/
      http://thefairies.ca/
      http://stardoll.com/

      http://dollwizard.com/
      http://glitterfy.com/
      http://elouai.com/

      http://thedollpalace.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://beaconstreetgirls.com/

      http://games2girls.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/
      http://girlsense.com/

      http://cartoonnetwork.com/
      http://www.girlambition.com/

      http://www.befunky.com/
      http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/11-sites-to…
      http://www.cartoonme.com/en/
      http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index…
      http://dailybooth.com/

      http://www.fav20.com/
      http://favtabs.com/

      http://www.tweegee.com/
      http://kidoz.net/
      http://www.doink.com/

      http://www.toondoo.com/
      http://www.stardoll.com/
      http://www.kidzui.com/

      http://www.whyville.com/
      http://www.allykatzz.com/
      http://www.yamod.com/

      http://www.jitterfingers.com/
      http://www.beaconstreetgirls.com/

      http://weeworld.com/
      http://secondlife.com/
      http://moove.com/

      http://kaneva.com/
      http://activeworlds.com/
      http://gaiaonline.com/

      http://there.com/
      http://roblox.com/
      http://neopets.com/

      http://kongregate.com/
      http://shockwave.com/
      http://gamesville.com/

      http://habbo.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://missbimbo.com/

      http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/…
      http://www.linkopedia.com/kids.html

  31. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for free preschool & elementary and games for children that they can play online. I'm looking?
    for educational, videos they can watch with Cartoon characters. Can someone give me a list of popular websites and ones you think they will like. I can't find variety of websites that they will like. Thanks Confused Grandma

    • ANSWER:
      My little brother ( who is five) always wants to go on jumpstart.com its a kid friendly game where they create there own character and i believe do learn basic preschool and elementary game. Hope this helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    Do you know any websites where I can buy Anime coloring books from Japan?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some sites for you to check out. Hope you find what you like.

      Anime Pictures
      Originating in Japan, anime is no longer specific to the Japanese market. ... Preschool Activity | Coloring Book | Math Tutor | Online Kid Game ...www.coloring-page.com/anime.html - Cached
      Pikachu and his Pichu friend Coloring Pages @ The Doll Palace
      ... from the game began to appear in their own anime movies, shows, manga, books, ... Japan Hello Kitty by cougar1123 / All by this member ...thedollpalace.com/coloring-pages/sec53-Pokemon/... - 76k - Cached
      Cardcaptors - Cardcaptor Sakura Coloring Pages @ The Doll Palace
      Free interactive coloring pages for kids in unique online printable coloring book. Upload any picture and create personalized printable coloring pages that you and ...www.thedollpalace.com/coloring-pages/sec119-Cardcaptors.html - 78k - Cached
      How to Draw Manga / Manga University: MU Books: Fairy Fashion (Dover ...
      Fairy Fashion (Dover Coloring Book) - Illustration - MU Books - Official Website and Online Store ... Anime & Game Characters Kit. How to Draw Manga Books ...howtodrawmanga.com/bookstore/...&x=Fairy_Fashion_Dover_Coloring_Book - Cached
      Anime Book Japan on eBay
      Shop at eBay for great deals on Anime Book Japan items. ... TOTTOKO HAMUTARO COLORING Book - Japan Anime Kids Study, ends May-19 6:11 pm PDT. ...search-desc.ebay.com/search/search.dll?query=anime+...&sosortorder=2
      Anime - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      History|Terminology|Visual characteristics|Distribution
      ... in Japan".[15] Non-Japanese works that borrow stylization from anime are ... Coloring is added to give eyes, particularly to the cornea, some depth. ...
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime - 151k - Cached

      Jump To Japan Book List
      Here are some great books and web sites to learn more about anime and Japanese culture. ... Coloring Book. by Ed Sibbett, published by Dover Coloring Book ...www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org/JTJBookList.html - Cached
      Japanese Comickers: Draw Anime and Manga Like Japan's Hottest Artists ...
      Japanese Comickers: Draw Anime and Manga Like Japan's Hottest Artists, by Comickers Magazine, a Trade PB from ... Coloring Book. Comickers Coloring Book ...harpercollins.com/books/9780060513559/Japanese_Comickers/index.aspx - 64k - Cached
      JLIST.com Search : japanese books
      Do you love Japanese stuff? J-List is a wonderful toybox of things from Japan, with hentai games, Japanese anime goods, doujinshi and manga, and more! You've got a ...www.jlist.com/SEARCH/japanese_books - 134k - Cached

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know if "Gamefly" has rental games a 4-5 year old can play?
    I thought it might be fun if Gamefly (sorta like netflix, but video games) had games that are made for preschool age children. I have almost every game system. Normally my son plays online learning games like nickjr.com noggin.com playhousedisney.com sproutonline.com..
    and yes I have looked at the actual site. Can an actual parent or someone that KNOWS answer please?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    How should I prepare my daughter for Kindergarten? She did not attend pre-school.?

    • ANSWER:
      Contrary to popular belief by the teachers unions, a child who does not attend preschool will be ok. She will need to be able to follow directions, know shapes, colors, ABC's and 123, and have most of the phonics type background - the B says Buh, write her name and most letters, etc.

      If she can do each of these things, she will be fine. Honestly, there is no reason to panic or drill her with workbooks and flashcards. (If she enjoys these types of things, great. If not, you can work with her as games and during everyday activities.)

      Reading to her and teaching her in everyday life is a great way to spend these few months before she starts school. If all of a sudden you go into high gear "getting her ready" and she senses any worry or anxiety in your voice or how you are doing this, she could begin to wonder if there is something wrong with her and this could really backfire.

      One thing that my kids love (my children and the kids in my home daycare/preschool) are file folder games. They are so simple and fun, and great little time fillers, doing a lot of work like flash cards, but they don't feel like it. You can google preschool/kindergarten file folder games (free) and just print them, put them in a file folder and if you want laminate them. Quick easy and great.

      If your daughter struggles with letters/sounds of the alphabet, may I suggest getting LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD for her to watch? It is at Walmart for about 10 bucks, and usually at the library. After watching this 30 minute video a few times, she will have all 26 down pat. (We have kids younger than 2 knowing them thanks to this wonderful video.)

      If she's ready for reading, there is a great program online called Click and Read. It puts learning to read into a game (can you tell I am big on games) and is easy enough for a young child to play. (You should do this with her though, so you know what is being worked on.)

      Best of luck and I am sure she will be fine!

      Happy day!

  35. QUESTION:
    My friend's 5 year old can read and mine cannot?
    I have a friend who's son started to read before he turned 5. Mine son turned 5 a couple months ago and still can't read. I read to him, and I try to teach him some. He has been going to preschool for a couple years. Should I be worried? When is it normal for boys to start reading?

    • ANSWER:
      No, don't worry at all. Not all five year olds can read. My older son was the only one in his preschool class who could sit and read a whole book(with like 8 words on each page) and knew his ABC's when he was two and my three year old doesn't even know his ABC's and can't talk half as good as my older son did at that age. He was the only one who could read in his preschool class(he was four) and the other kids can read just as good as him when they learned how. Like someone said, all kids learn at different paces. Sometimes I don't think my three year old son will ever learn his ABC's or anything because he is so obsessed with numbers and doesn't care about letters.

      My sister's little boy really didn't start reading until he was 6 1/2 and now he is a great little reader(he is eight now). So if I was you, I wouldn't worry at all. I would try to buy him phonics toys that has letters on it and teaches the sounds. My older son learned that way and learned his sounds and it is kinda like he put the words together when he first started with the sounds from his toys. I would buy books and read, read, read to your son(which I know you are doing that.) Let him try something different like playing online games that teaches reading or buy him an Innotab or Leappad and those will help too. I don't know why we worry so much about the little things as parents, but I think we all do that. Like I said, I don't think my three year old will ever learn his abc's!! lol

  36. QUESTION:
    Thinking of Homeschooling any suggestions?
    I have a daughter who is always behind in her schoolwork and really starting to feel inadequate to the point that she wells up with tears at the mention of schoolwork. She is in first grade, this is not a good start to a life long journey of learning, by the way we live in the best school district in the state.

    • ANSWER:
      I homeschool my two boys and the lady I sit for pays me extra to hs her dd for preschool. I HIGHLY recommend you hs if you have the will and the ability. Two big things to remember with hsing at ANY level is: one day at a time...you're not talking about geometry and calculus yet. Second...it's not forever unless you want it to be. She can re-enter public school when she is ready. You can email me, I started hsing my now 4th grader when he was in K. He has TONS of confidence, he gets ONE ON ONE education, I teach him the way he learns best, rather than plunking him down in a group of 30 kids and droning on at a chalk board...I use manipulatives, pc programs, games, baking to learn fractions, printouts from sites like enchantedlearning.com etc etc. When he needs a break, he gets one. We hs year round, so he doesn't forget half over the summer, but our hs days are short. He learns things he WANTS to learn about. When he showed an interest in pirates, we got books from the library, coloring pages from the internet, we built a ship, made our own course on a map, created a flag, etc etc. HSing is the BEST at your dd's age, because you can take ALL the pressure off of her, and teach to what she needs, one thing at a time if you like. If she is currently crying over math, take a break from the usual math stuff, and play dice games instead! Just because it's fun, doesn't mean you can't use it for school. Think outside the box, teach her fast math skills by having her play games! Teach her spelling by only drilling in the car, and make it fun! See what I mean? And don't let the folks that know NOTHING about hs except for the freaks they find on tv worry you about socialization. There are hs groups in your area to help. There are groups online. There are church groups and public sports and music lessons and play groups for socialization.

  37. QUESTION:
    is there a site where i can play games online with my baby?
    abc songs or any learning games

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=10&e=gamesLanding&mcat=game_infant,game_toddler,game_preschool

      http://www.toddletoons.com/

      http://www.kneebouncers.com/

      :)

      Edit: Actually, I just played that "Wake Up Sammy" game on Knee Bouncers and it's kind of scary when you hold the key down and his smile gets all zoomed in on the screen...Lol.

  38. QUESTION:
    Fun games to teach small children math?
    Ages 3-5.. teaching them math for the first time (games)? Just the very basics.. to cover like counting.. etc. Fun & creative.. (please note: the game will be played with 4 kids at a time who are in kindergarden) -- They will be assigning one table to each group.. so whatever the game is, needs to be done on this table. Thank you all so much!

    • ANSWER:
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      Free educational elementary and preschool math games and online lessons. Free online math activities for kids. Math lessons on counting backwards, counting, counting ...
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      Fun Math Games for Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st to 6th Grade ...
      Math games and fun interactive exercises for math practice, games for kindergarten, first grade, graders, second grade, third, math for children, math for kids ...
      www.math4children.com/games.html

  39. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for learning toys for an autistic child, any suggestions would be great!?
    Would like to know if anyone know of any good sing along toys, or learning laptops, or good videos

    • ANSWER:
      There are many choices but what is right for one autistic child is not necessarily good for another. Carefully selected sing along CD and DVD's are great. Everything from "The Elephant Show" to "School house Rock" imparts information and is easily absorbed. My son loved the "Reader Rabbit" computer games although I am sure there are more sophisticated ones now. Amazingly enough he liked typing tutorials at a very early age.

      Look for social stories that teach adaptive skills. They must be very concrete without the need for a great deal of emotional understanding. If you go to www.autism-society.org you will find many recommendations. Remember that most individuals with autism are highly visual learners. The more you get them to watch and read, the more impact you will have.

      Depending on the age, subscribe to an online service called "Brain Pop" www.brainpop.com

      It has short, concrete presentations of factual information followed by quizzes and activites. The characters are appealing without requiring emotional sophistication. The characters read the questions and answers to you so reading is not an issue.

      Simple legos are great teaching tools. You can use legos to teach parts of speech, spatial relations and other skills. The lego websites call for problem solving (spatial relations) and exercise the imagination. Never give up on legos, there are middle school and high school lego robotics teams. Legos are not just preschool toys.

      Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    can anyone please give me some links for preschool activities?
    i will be babysitting my cousins little girl and staying home with my son. i was going to put my son in preschool, but when my cousin asked if i would watch her daughter i said yes. i want to teach them at home the things they would learn in preschool.they are different in age though. my son is 21/2 and her daughter is 31/2. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I looked through a few of the online options and this one looked interesting:

      Preschool Activities-Free Preschool Lesson Plans-Pre K Games-Kids
      Preschool activities, free preschool lesson plans, pre k kids games, preschool crafts, healthy kids snacks & activities to teach kids at home or in ...
      www.preschoollearningonline.com/ - 34k - Cached - Similar pages

      I reached this by googling "preschool learning".

  41. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend any good websites for 5 year old girls?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.raylit.com/
      Raylit is an effort to achieve that objective. It has been specifically designed for 3-7 year old kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade, taking into account their mental and physical development. Raylit features a healthy balance of learning and entertainment interwoven together into an interactive and engaging personalized experience for each kid.

      http://kidoz.net/
      The KIDOZ browser is a protected environment made for young kids that enables children to surf sites ,watch videos and play games. The system blocks links, scripts and any other attempts that lead to sites and content which have not been approved, preventing them being viewed by the children.

      http://www.keepaboo.com/
      Keepaboo enables you to collect, preserve and share the precious moments of your child's life. Keepaboo provides you with a complete online documentation solution, replacing traditional baby books & scrapbooks. With Keepaboo you can run a parent diary, create picture galleries, record important developmental milestones, track your child's growth, save memorable quotes, and more.

      http://www.kidthing.com/
      Kidthing leverages the power and global reach of the Internet to deliver fun and engaging learning content from leading companies and content cretors to kids everywhere, yet keeps them off Web Browsers and all of the inappropriate and potentially harmful things that they can encounter.

      http://totspot.com/
      TotSpot is a place for parents to publish a page about their kids and share with family and friends. It's part online babybook, parent journal, and social network. Childhood is an ongoing story and TotSpot is the first site that makes it super easy for parents to securely share their kid's story with friends and family.

      http://zefty.com/
      Although Zefty functions like a bank account, there's no real money involved. Parents set up each child and specify how much allowance they get and how often. It's their money, you as a parent are simply holding it for them - so the mom and dad are the bank.

      http://kidmondo.com/
      http://www.zoeybot.com/

      http://kids.audible.com/
      AudibleKids is an engaging, interactive community of parents, their kids, and educators that promotes the fun of storytelling through audiobooks. Listen to books, read and post reviews and share your favorites with others.

      http://www.kidzui.com/
      Kidzui is a kids' browser that makes surfing the Internet fun and easy for kids aged 3-12. KidZui offers over 500,000 websites, pictures and videos for kids to look at. The content is reviewed by teachers and parents so your kids can surf independently.

      http://www.moshimonsters.com/

      http://www.e-learningforkids.org/
      Children from 5-12 build and improve basic skills with the best quality e-learning courseware. Parents and educators have a pre-screened source of articles, research and related links.

      http://www.toondoo.com/
      ToonDoo is a cool, comic-creating tool. ToonDoo is a unique place for free and customizable online games of educational value for children of all abilities. You can now just drag-drop or click to create comic strips that express your views, opinions, angst or to just have fun.

      http://www.stardoll.com/
      http://www.activeallowance.com/

      http://www2.shidonni.com/
      Sihidonni is an innovative startup, developing a software based online imaginary world for kids. Shidonni provides a virtual universe, where kids and their parents can create their own imaginary world, play & share games, have fun and interact with each other in a friendly, non-violent environment.

      http://www.tweegee.com/

      http://ekoloko.com/
      Ekoloko is a educational, virtual community where kids discover the world, virtual and real, through fun games and quests, while absorbing the values, knowledge and skills that will help them become more responsible and involved individuals.

      http://www.doink.com/
      DoInk is a place to enjoy art and animation, and make your own. Draw and animate online easily, collaborate with friends and other artists by reusing props. There's an audience here for you - So if you want to be entertained, learn something new, or create something fun, do it on DoInk.

      http://sketchfu.com/
      Sketchfu is a website where people communicate with each other through drawing

      http://tucoola.com/
      Tucoola provides a platform that allows partners and developers integrate Tucoola's algorithm in their products. Tucoola will provide a growing community access to Tucoola’s children enrichment products and content created by Tucoola’s users. Tucoola is focused on parents and children aged 2-8 market segment.

      http://storybird.com/
      Storybird is a service that uses collaborative storytelling to connect kids and families. Two (or more) people create a Storybird in a round robin fashion by writing their own text and inserting pictures. They then have the option of sharing their Storybird privately or publicly on the network. The final product can be printed (soon), watched on screen, played with like a toy, or shared through a worldwide library.

      http://www.zoodles.com/
      Zoodles is a kids browser based on Adobe's AIR platform that aims to give kids a safe place to play and learn online. With the Zoodles Parent Dashboard, you can view everything your child has been doing online, see reports on the things they are interested in, and really understand, and participate in your child’s learning journey. You can also see which educational skills your child has been developing.

      http://kideos.com/
      Safe, funny, screened videos for kids with all their favorite characters. Each video on Kideos has been screened by the site Video Advisory Council before it makes it onto our site. The goal is to empower parents to feel comfortable allowing their child to spend time on Kideos, while also making sure children have a thoroughly entertaining experience.

  42. QUESTION:
    I know this question has been asked about a million and one times but i need some girly sites!?
    Lol ok i am having this girly feeling striking in me and i need some sites. Lmao but none of those celebrity dress up stuff. Something like american girl doll type stuff or a site about a girly book. Oh and there any logic sites, like stuff that exercises your brain.
    i am very into history and english, so any girly sites that offer that?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.stardoll.com/
      Stardoll is a paper doll dress-up community site for everyone who enjoys fun, fashion and making friends.

      http://gaiaonline.com/
      http://habbo.com/
      http://moove.com/

      http://there.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://kaneva.com/

      http://roblox.com/
      http://neopets.com/
      http://smallworlds.com/

      http://clubpenguin.com/
      http://frenzoo.com/
      http://www.meez.com

      http://goanimate.com/
      GoAnimate, a platform that allows people to express themselves through animation without having to learn to draw or install any software.

      http://www.faceyourmanga.com/
      Face your Manga gives you a chance to add originality and style to your world: create and print your face, turn it in a work of art and amaze all with an original gift.

      http://www.doppelme.com/
      With DoppelMe you can create a cool graphical likeness of yourself, your friends, family or any group of people for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, blogs and almost anywhere else on the web.

      http://www.alpoy.com/
      Alpoy is a site where you can easily create and animate avatars. Create avatars from your photos, resize and rotate images. Then, edit your avatar, make them personal.

      http://www.loogix.com/
      Loogix allows you to create animated pictures and animated effects from your photos. Just upload at least two photos (maximum ten), select desired size and speed and click to ''Generate Animation'' button. On the result page you can find link to your animation, you can send to the friends just from the form on the website. Loogix also provide you with HTML code, that you can put to your Facebook, MySpace, Orkut etc.

      http://www.gifup.com/
      GIFUP is your personal GIF animation and avatar generator. Simply upload images from your computer or get them from Flickr or any web site and let GIFUP do all the magic. You get your animated avatar, banner or GIF slideshow in a sec. You may then save it to your computer, share it with your friends or post it on Myspace, Hi5, Friendster, Blogs, Forums.

      http://www.voki.com/
      Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters: animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.

      http://dressupgames.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/
      http://i-dressup.com/

      http://girlsense.com/
      http://roiworld.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/

      http://www.zoodles.com/
      Zoodles is a kids browser based on Adobe's AIR platform that aims to give kids a safe place to play and learn online. With the Zoodles Parent Dashboard, you can view everything your child has been doing online, see reports on the things they are interested in, and really understand, and participate in your child’s learning journey. You can also see which educational skills your child has been developing.

      http://kideos.com/
      Safe, funny, screened videos for kids with all their favorite characters. Each video on Kideos has been screened by the site Video Advisory Council before it makes it onto our site. The goal is to empower parents to feel comfortable allowing their child to spend time on Kideos, while also making sure children have a thoroughly entertaining experience.

      http://www.raylit.com/
      Raylit is an effort to achieve that objective. It has been specifically designed for 3-7 year old kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade, taking into account their mental and physical development. Raylit features a healthy balance of learning and entertainment interwoven together into an interactive and engaging personalized experience for each kid.

      http://ekoloko.com/
      Ekoloko is a educational, virtual community where kids discover the world, virtual and real, through fun games and quests, while absorbing the values, knowledge and skills that will help them become more responsible and involved individuals.

      http://kidoz.net/
      The KIDOZ browser is a protected environment made for young kids that enables children to surf sites ,watch videos and play games. The system blocks links, scripts and any other attempts that lead to sites and content which have not been approved, preventing them being viewed by the children.

      http://www.tweegee.com/
      Tweegee integrates social networking, digital content, and interactive tools to offer a complete online platform for Tweens and Pre-teens. Tweegee provides Tweens with the ability to take full ownership of their online activities, to create their complete personal web sites, communicate via web based email and organizer, engage in rich multiplayer games, read news most relevant to them, author their own articles and much more – all on one platform and at one destination

      http://www.zoeybot.com/
      ZoeyBot is an educational service designed for kids between the ages of 7 and 13. This website describes ZoeyBot, but to actually experience it you need to load the ZoeyBot Virtual Desktop by clicking on the green button on the main page, or the image on the right.

      http://www.kidzui.com/
      Kidzui is a kids' browser that makes surfing the Internet fun and easy for kids aged 3-12. KidZui offers over 500,000 websites, pictures and videos for kids to look at. The content is reviewed by teachers and parents so your kids can surf independently.

      http://totspot.com/
      TotSpot is a place for parents to publish a page about their kids and share with family and friends. It's part online babybook, parent journal, and social network. Childhood is an ongoing story and TotSpot is the first site that makes it super easy for parents to securely share their kid's story with friends and family.

      http://www.moshimonsters.com/
      Visitors to MoshiMonsters can adopt their very own pet Monster, give it a name and design its color scheme. Each Monster has a lively personality that develops the more it is played with. Monster owners can make new friends and connect with existing friends through a wide variety of safe social networking features such as Monster blogs, Newsfeeds, pinboards and buddy lists.

      http://www.childnet-int.org/
      Childnet International mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Helping children and young people acquire new “net literacy” skills and giving advice to industry, organisations, parents, teachers and carers about Internet and mobile safety.

      http://roiworld.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/

      http://missoandfriends.com/
      http://thefairies.ca/
      http://stardoll.com/

      http://dollwizard.com/
      http://glitterfy.com/
      http://elouai.com/

      http://thedollpalace.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://beaconstreetgirls.com/

      http://games2girls.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/
      http://girlsense.com/

      http://cartoonnetwork.com/
      http://www.girlambition.com/
      http://www.vside.com/

      http://quibblo.com/
      http://funtrivia.com/
      http://myyearbook.com/

      http://allthetests.com/
      http://quiztron.com/
      http://gotoquiz.com/

      http://www.friv.com/
      http://www.kosmix.com/
      http://www.odeo.com/

      http://www.love.com/
      http://www.gamesonly.net/
      http://gamebalance.com/

      http://www.meez.com/
      http://mruptime.pingdom.com/
      http://www.doyoupoken.com/

      http://www.visualcv.com/
      http://www.farkie.com/
      http://www.mikogo.com/

      http://www.gamesforthebrain.com/
      http://brainist.com/
      http://www.lumosity.com/
      http://www.sharpbrains.com/teasers/
      http://www.positscience.com/

      http://www.mindpowernews.com/BrainPower.…
      http://litemind.com/boost-brain-power/
      http://4mind4life.com/blog/2008/02/06/50…
      http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/brain.sht…

      http://onlineclock.net/
      http://www.bebo.com/
      http://www.stumbleupon.com/

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/s…
      http://www.readnrock.com/?p=38
      http://www.sonnyradio.com/leapfrog.htm

      http://intelligence-test.net/part1?m=2
      http://intelligence-test.net/part1/
      http://www.robmathiowetz.com/

      http://www.healthcare4me.net/20-ways-to-…

      http://www.iqtest.dk/
      http://www.highiqsociety.org/noflash/non…
      http://www.flashbynight.com/test/

      http://www.amazingposts.com/2007/07/word…

      http://www.freerice.com/
      http://www.matchspecial.com/quizzes/addi…
      http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fu…

      http://www.rrrrthats5rs.com/games/dont-s…
      http://www.colorquiz.com/
      http://www.fwdemails.com/2008/09/15/hunt…

      http://www.wrongway.org/cube/solver.html
      http://www.smart-kit.com/games/sprout/
      http://www.thedailyriddle.com/category/m…

      http://www.folj.com/lateral/
      http://www.folj.com/lateral/fact.htm
      http://www.webriddles.com/allriddles.php

      http://www.gamesforthebrain.com/

      http://www.quibblo.com/
      http://www.quiztron.com/
      http://www.the-n.com/

      http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/index.c…
      http://www.helpself.com/quiz.htm
      http://www.3smartcubes.com/

      http://www.intelligencetest.com/
      http://www.queendom.com/iq.html
      http://www.iqtest.com/

  43. QUESTION:
    Any free preschool online educational games ? Autism pre-K games?
    Looking for a great online site for preschoolers , especially for pre-K with autism .

    • ANSWER:
      I was also going to suggest Do2Learn. It's a great website! I also like the website FunBrain: http://www.funbrain.com/

      This is a link to the Math Arcade on FunBrain: http://www.funbrain.com/brain/MathBrain/MathBrain.html

      Enchanted Learning also has some coloring sheets and activities that can be done online: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

      This page lists some other online activities and games: http://www.positivelyautism.com/volume2issue4/section2.html

  44. QUESTION:
    what is a good preschool number game?
    like one where it is fun for them to learn how to count and I don't want an online one

    • ANSWER:
      Whatever your theme is for the day (such as groundhogs since that is coming up) - make enough for each child in the class - put numbers on them and have the children find them. Then challenge them to line up according to their numbers. We do this almost every month with a different character and it's amazing how good they get at it and I love the cooperative play because they are all helping each other to figure out which number comes next. Sometimes it's wrong -but we always have fun and learn!

  45. QUESTION:
    Online PreSchool games?
    what are some good online games for a 2 year old to play to learn shapes, colors and animals? My lil boy will be 3 in october, but we are tryin to get him some games to play, he can already count to 7, spell his name and he knows some animals and animal noises... but we wanna work with him more... so if you know any good sites online i can use and let him work with i would greatly appreciate it.. =)

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some good products for kids to learn counting, numbers and animals.

      Numbers & Counting Books, Game, DVD and Cards For Kids
      http://www.worldbook.com/all/item/1354-brainy-baby-numbers-counting-pack

      Shape and Color Books, DVD and Game for Preschool Kids
      http://www.worldbook.com/all/item/1352-brainy-baby-shapes-colors-bundle-pack

      Animals Board Book, DVD and Game for Preschoolers
      This fun set includes the DVD, board book and flashcards on all things animals in one convenient value pack! Includes: 45-minute DVD, 16-page board book and 36-piece flashcard set. Learning while playing, best interactive learning package for preschool kids!
      http://www.worldbook.com/all/item/1351-brainy-baby-animals-bundle-pack

      Or if you only want some only games, here is a good one.
      http://www.worldbook.com/all/item/494-kids-learning-site-Interactive online games that will give preschool children hours of fun learning time and help them understand and practice the key concepts from the targeted story book.

  46. QUESTION:
    Looking for great preschool PC games?
    He guys,

    Just after some great PC games for 2-3 year olds. Not after free online games but actual PC games.

    Would like games on colour, numbers to maybe 20, maybe alphabet, shapes :)

    An game ideas would be lovely and if you can briefly describe them would also be great. I would like easy simple games

    Thanks again

    • ANSWER:
      Play educational games together and have fun.
      http://www.learntheletters.com

      Educational games for:
      Learning the alphabet, learning the numbers, learning the colors, learning the shapes, learn how to count, learn adjectives and many more.

      Fun, Colorful and kid-friendly site.
      Play educational learning games for as little as 5 minutes per day, practice makes perfect
      If you like the site, please tell your friends!

  47. QUESTION:
    what is a good site for an 11 year old?
    hi my name is ariana when ever i am on the internet i usually go on fantage but then i get bored and i come here so i want to know any good and fun sites for me to go on i have a webkinz but i think it is boring if you put up account sites make sure you can sign in as an 11 year old. it would mean a lot to me.THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.zoodles.com/
      Zoodles is a kids browser based on Adobe's AIR platform that aims to give kids a safe place to play and learn online. With the Zoodles Parent Dashboard, you can view everything your child has been doing online, see reports on the things they are interested in, and really understand, and participate in your child’s learning journey. You can also see which educational skills your child has been developing.

      http://kideos.com/
      Safe, funny, screened videos for kids with all their favorite characters. Each video on Kideos has been screened by the site Video Advisory Council before it makes it onto our site. The goal is to empower parents to feel comfortable allowing their child to spend time on Kideos, while also making sure children have a thoroughly entertaining experience.

      http://www.raylit.com/
      Raylit is an effort to achieve that objective. It has been specifically designed for 3-7 year old kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade, taking into account their mental and physical development. Raylit features a healthy balance of learning and entertainment interwoven together into an interactive and engaging personalized experience for each kid.

      http://ekoloko.com/
      Ekoloko is a educational, virtual community where kids discover the world, virtual and real, through fun games and quests, while absorbing the values, knowledge and skills that will help them become more responsible and involved individuals.

      http://kidoz.net/
      The KIDOZ browser is a protected environment made for young kids that enables children to surf sites ,watch videos and play games. The system blocks links, scripts and any other attempts that lead to sites and content which have not been approved, preventing them being viewed by the children.

      http://www.tweegee.com/
      Tweegee integrates social networking, digital content, and interactive tools to offer a complete online platform for Tweens and Pre-teens. Tweegee provides Tweens with the ability to take full ownership of their online activities, to create their complete personal web sites, communicate via web based email and organizer, engage in rich multiplayer games, read news most relevant to them, author their own articles and much more – all on one platform and at one destination

      http://www.zoeybot.com/
      ZoeyBot is an educational service designed for kids between the ages of 7 and 13. This website describes ZoeyBot, but to actually experience it you need to load the ZoeyBot Virtual Desktop by clicking on the green button on the main page, or the image on the right.

      http://www.kidzui.com/
      Kidzui is a kids' browser that makes surfing the Internet fun and easy for kids aged 3-12. KidZui offers over 500,000 websites, pictures and videos for kids to look at. The content is reviewed by teachers and parents so your kids can surf independently.

      http://totspot.com/
      TotSpot is a place for parents to publish a page about their kids and share with family and friends. It's part online babybook, parent journal, and social network. Childhood is an ongoing story and TotSpot is the first site that makes it super easy for parents to securely share their kid's story with friends and family.

      http://www.moshimonsters.com/
      Visitors to MoshiMonsters can adopt their very own pet Monster, give it a name and design its color scheme. Each Monster has a lively personality that develops the more it is played with. Monster owners can make new friends and connect with existing friends through a wide variety of safe social networking features such as Monster blogs, Newsfeeds, pinboards and buddy lists.

      http://www.childnet-int.org/
      Childnet International mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Helping children and young people acquire new “net literacy” skills and giving advice to industry, organisations, parents, teachers and carers about Internet and mobile safety.

      http://gaiaonline.com/
      http://habbo.com/
      http://moove.com/

      http://there.com/
      http://marapets.com/
      http://kaneva.com/

      http://roblox.com/
      http://neopets.com/
      http://smallworlds.com/

      http://clubpenguin.com/
      http://frenzoo.com/
      http://www.meez.com

      http://goanimate.com/
      GoAnimate, a platform that allows people to express themselves through animation without having to learn to draw or install any software.

      http://www.faceyourmanga.com/
      Face your Manga gives you a chance to add originality and style to your world: create and print your face, turn it in a work of art and amaze all with an original gift.

      http://www.doppelme.com/
      With DoppelMe you can create a cool graphical likeness of yourself, your friends, family or any group of people for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, blogs and almost anywhere else on the web.

      http://www.alpoy.com/
      Alpoy is a site where you can easily create and animate avatars. Create avatars from your photos, resize and rotate images. Then, edit your avatar, make them personal.

      http://www.loogix.com/
      Loogix allows you to create animated pictures and animated effects from your photos. Just upload at least two photos (maximum ten), select desired size and speed and click to ''Generate Animation'' button. On the result page you can find link to your animation, you can send to the friends just from the form on the website. Loogix also provide you with HTML code, that you can put to your Facebook, MySpace, Orkut etc.

      http://www.gifup.com/
      GIFUP is your personal GIF animation and avatar generator. Simply upload images from your computer or get them from Flickr or any web site and let GIFUP do all the magic. You get your animated avatar, banner or GIF slideshow in a sec. You may then save it to your computer, share it with your friends or post it on Myspace, Hi5, Friendster, Blogs, Forums.

      http://www.voki.com/
      Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters: animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.

      http://dressupgames.com/
      http://cartoondollemporium.com/

      http://i-dressup.com/
      http://girlsense.com/

      http://roiworld.com/
      http://everythinggirl.com/

  48. QUESTION:
    3 and 4-year-old games?
    Hello,

    I need to come up with some games to play with 3 and 4-year-olds. I am taking a practicum class at my local college. For the class, I have to do an end of the semester activity with the children thanking them for being so wonderful during my practicum hours. I am having trouble coming up with some games to play with the children. I do not really want old games like "Musical Chairs" or "Duck, Duck, Goose". Looking online, I am only seeing sites giving examples of online games, which will not work inside a childcare.

    Any ideas?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!
      Here are a few I have done with my students in the past and they loved them.

      Sock Match Preschool Learning Game
      Good for color matching, large motor development, listening and following directions
      materials needed: different colored socks ( I used ones my own preschooler had out grown)
      Separate children into two teams. Have children place their hands behind their backs. Give each child on one team a different colored sock, giving children on the other team the matching sock. Once each child has a sock say find your match. The children first look at their sock then try to find the child who has the matching sock.

      Winter Gear Relay Preschool Learning Game
      Good for large motor development, cooperative work/play, Materials needed: 2 coats, 2 pairs of boots,2 hats, and 2 pairs of mittens, 4 laundry baskets/boxes
      On one side of the room place2 laundry baskets containing one set of winter gear each.
      Have children form two lines on opposite side of the room.
      In front of each line place an empty basket.
      To play have children race to the basket across from their line; put on the coat, boots, hats and mittens.
      They then skip to their line where they must remove winter gear and place them all in the basket, then they move to the end of the line.
      The next person puts on the winter gear and skips back across to the opposite basket.
      They replace all winter gear into the basket and race back to their line and the next person starts the cycle again.
      Play continues till each team member has had a turn.
      Option: May be played with props from other seasons or props for community helpers.

      Hope these help!
      Holly

  49. QUESTION:
    are there any games with religion like civilization 4?
    in civilization 4, you can create a religion, its monasteries, missionaries, priests, and holy cities.
    but are there any online or downloadable games that uses religion like. im not talking about christian preschool games where you name the verse, pray, learn about easter or the holidays or that kind of stuff

    • ANSWER:
      Europa Universalis 1,2 and 3
      Europa Universalis Rome
      Crusader Kings and Victoria all use religion with Victoria you can't really convert anyone.

      Crusader Kings includes Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Judaism, Islam, and Pagan.

      For Europa Universalis 3 they have Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Reformed, Sunni, Shiite, Buddhism, Hindu, Conformism, Shinto, Shamanism, and Animism. You can send missionaries.

      Victoria has them but they don't do as much in that game. Europa Universalis Rome you have the religions around during the Roman period.

      Seems like religion plays a minor part in the Total War Games.

  50. QUESTION:
    Preschool learning website?
    I am looking for a free online entertaining site where my 4 year old daughter can learn what she needs to know before attending kindergarten. Ive tried to teach her myself, but she is a very active child and wont sit still for more than 5 minutes, when I try to teach her to read, or learn songs.

    • ANSWER:
      www.starfall.com My daughter loves that site. But you can also go to pbskids.org they have games that teach the kids their shapes colors numbers.


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