Back 2 School: 7 Websites for Kids

With school returning to full swing for teachers, kids, and parents, I will be sharing Back 2 School with you this week- a series geared towards parents from a teacher's perspective. I taught 3rd grade gifted and talented for 2 years, and I taught kindergarten last year. Even though I only have three years of teaching experience, hopefully I can share with you some ideas and insight that will help you and your child have a better school year.

Online resources can be some of the most beneficial tools that you can share with your child. Here is a list of some of my favorite websites for kids!  

7 Websites for Kids

1. Starfall.com  This website is mostly literacy based with activities ranging from beginning letter recognition for preschool aged readers, all the way to leveled readers for older students in kindergarten and in first grade. The best part about it is that it is totally free. I believe that they also have an app for the iPhone. 

2. FunBrain.com   Math and reading are the focus of this website, but there are other fun games mixed in, too. Geared more towards older elementary aged students, this site lets you create a user name and select your skill level. Ideally, kids can start at level 1 and work all the way through each level. The popular children's book series, Diary of a Whimpy Kid, even has a game on this site. 

3. BrainPop.com and BrainPopJr.com    As a teacher, I really enjoyed these sites. Brain Pop includes science, health, social studies, engineering and technology, and arts and music, as well as the core subjects of math and reading. The Brain Pop Jr. site also features these topics, but on more of an early elementary level. The only drawback to this site is that it does require you to purchase a membership, and it is pretty pricey. However, they do offer a free trial. I highly recommend it for a good broad coverage of all the subject areas. 

4. Scholastic.com   This website is another one of my favorites. At the top of the homepage there are drop down menus for parents as well as kids, that links you to games, activities to print, resources, and noteworthy articles. Scholastic is also my number one choice when it comes to ordering books for kids. They have such a variety of books to offer, and usually at rock bottom prices.

5. PBSkids.org   PBS is one of my favorite networks as a teacher. Most kids are familiar with the characters on this site, such as Super Why!, Sid the Science Kid, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Word Girl. They LOVE exploring the games and activities it has to offer. Super kid friendly, this website is extremely easy to navigate, streams educational videos, provides links to apps for parents to download, and even has a section for grown-ups. 

6. Storynory.com   Story Nory is a site that reads books to kids! Simply click on the title and hear the audio version of your favorite tale like Cinderella, Chicken Little, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. 

7.  Sesamestreet.org   Surprisingly, kids still get excited about watching Sesame Street. I used this website as a resource in my kindergarten classroom quite frequently to help reinforce skills. The videos on this site are exceptional. On the home page there are links to a parent's resource blog, information about Sesame Street ebooks for iPad, and an entire tab dedicated to parents. 

Hopefully some of these website will be useful to your child this school year! I hope I have shared with you some new ones that maybe you didn't already know about. 
Is there an educational, kid friendly website that your child loves that you would like to share? Leave the link in the comments. If you try some of these sites with your child, I would love to hear about your experiences, too! 

Much love, 

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