There is such a plethora of entertainment out there—just how do you go about selecting movies, TV shows, video games, apps, books and music that all members of the family can enjoy? This site reviews a lot of content for several age groups — from two and three-year-olds to teenagers — to select family-friendly fare that is also entertaining and absorbing. It also advises caution on sharing favourite films and TV shows with children as some movies and shows that we might have once considered innocuous might turn out to be frightening for younger children and contain bad language or adult content.
It also features educational materials that parents and teachers can use to train students in the ethical use of digital media. There are modules on digital safety, searching, privacy, how to protect your creative work, send email and more. All these modules are designed keeping in mind the relevant age group. For example, the module on search for students in kindergarten is very basic, as compared to that for Grades 1 and 2, where keywords are introduced.
Parents and teachers can also locate a lot of advice on a wide range of topics, from social networking for children, to the influence of celebrities on their kids, to cyber bullying. Scroll through feature articles, answers to readers’ queries on preventing children from multitasking (which could lead to distraction) or finding suitable role models for teenage girls.
Kids and sports are a winning combination—which child would much rather not read about football, baseball or basketball than all the ‘ologies in school? This is a companion site for the Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine and features games, video clips, photographs, blog posts and news stories. Kid reporters are a part of the setup and post their video clips, reports and opinions regularly on the site.
The games on this site are based on popular sports—so you can play golf to escape a haunted island, fight pirates launching tennis balls to steal your treasure, play all kinds of racing games—some in outer space–or win points at snowboarding or skiing virtually. Photo features on the NFL draft, the US First Lady’s fitness programme for children and suitable sports gear are included. You can participate in art contests every month—there are also T-shirt and cap contests, where you could not only come up with a winning design, but actually have people buy items with your designs on them. Blog posts cover a wide range of topics, from a straightforward report of the Society for American Baseball Research’s annual convention, to fantasy casts for films starring athletes to unusual sports—underwater hockey and bossaball—played in the summer. That said, this site is heavily US-centric and is still in the beta stage.
An interesting online database of free audio stories, where you can find a mix of fairy tales, original stories, educational ones as well as those adapted on myths and histories. These are simply narratives which can also be downloaded for free. A must for children who like reading or are into creative writing as those in the age group of 8-12 year will really find it enthralling. The stories have been professionally read making the broadcast quality really good and best part is that all these are free. Recent additions have been nursery rhymes as well as junior stories which are quite enjoyable and fascinating. You can also find the audio versions of classics such as the Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling and much more. So next time you don’t wish to carry books around you can always download the multilingual audio version and carry them on your iPods or phones and listen to them at leisure. Educational plans based on the stories are a definite add on.
When education becomes fun and stories with teaching values become entertaining kids begin to enjoy more. You can find all this and much more on this website. If you are looking for audio stories in English and Spanish then search no more. This site is a treasure trove of modern stories with fairytale characters; educational information for both parents as well as teachers; and most of all that you can select stories based on values such as wisdom, friendship, generosity, love, gratitude, obedience and much more. Additional includes innovative tips and tricks to education young minds, how to write stories as well as workbooks on values. You can also download the PDF form of these stories.
An exhaustive database of quiz questions on a wide array of subject. The categorization is quite easy and the questions are interactive and the results can score can be viewed once all the answers are submitted. If you are preparing for competitive exams then it is a must visit site. You can find specific questions on KPSC, AIEEE Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry for previous years up to 2002; Engineering and Technology; Finance & Accounting; analytical questions; and subject specific questions ranging from arts and literature to History and Geography and much more. There is a special section for kids too where questions are based on birds and animals; cartoon characters; fruits and plants and general knowledge. You can even participate in various contests and challenges and compare your results with contemporaries and other members.
An illustrative and interesting collection of online storybooks for children of all ages. Few must reads include the ‘Fruit Salad’, ‘Little Miss Mary and the Big Monster Makeover’, ‘Tiger Son’ and ‘Wind Song’. You also have the option of downloading them on your phone and can easily enjoy the audio version as well. Exciting addons are riddles, a bunny bee maze and an online interactive colouring book with the option of printing them at leisure and colouring them with crayons, pencils or colourful markers. Jigsaw puzzles, games and quizzes make this site even more fascinating for kids of all ages.
The fun and frolic begins here for kids with the most loved characters namely, ‘The Cat in the Hat’; ‘Dinosaur Train’; characters of ‘Sesame Street’; and ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood’. There are interactive games, videos, colouring pages and much more. You may also find the animated series for 3-6 year olds that encourages basic scientific thinking skills as kids learn about life science, natural history and paleontology. This can be done by exploring a variety of animals, which helps children in developing their inquiry skills and knowledge needed to help them think, talk and act like paleontologists. The narrations and videos are quite interesting and easy to navigate. Once the children get the hang of it they can enjoy and spend hours learning the interesting way. A great selection of videos for children to watch and learn!!!
There is a special section for parents and teachers which help them in procuring lesson plans and planning different activities for children.
When learning becomes fun and enjoyable and young children learn their first words that is a proud moment for all parents. This site helps children in learning phonic, which includes vowels, consonants and similes. Navigating through this site is quite easy as you can first learn sound, phonics, letter names & sounds, words and letter positions and commonly used words that help in correct pronunciation. The audio with each section clearly helps in identification of words and if quite helpful for parents who wish to teach their children correct pronunciation.