As one might expect, The Smithsonian has an excellent website. Included in this is their always interesting Around the Mall Blog. From there you can go in dozens of different directions including educational videos, games, and the photo of the day.
The University of Illinois has a lot of science and weather related activities for kids.
Just for Kids is their base site with links to many different topics. For example…
Tree House Weather Kids has a variety of activities that help children explore various types of weather.
The have all kinds of audio books for smaller children as well that cover topics such as insects, volcanoes, where food comes from, trees, the woods, etc.
The Library of Congress has a wonderful section online called For Kids and Families. There is lots there to explore for all ages.
There is also a section for Teachers which homeschooling parents would also find interesting. It also includes classroom materials on a variety of topics.
Caroline explored the BBC Science Clips site for a long time the other morning. Many of these science concepts are ones we haven’t explored yet in a formal fashion so this was a fun way for her to begin to hear the associated vocabulary and see them in action.
The site is broken down into age appropriate sections although naturally curious kids will probably explore all over!
Caroline hasn’t started reading Highlights. She has been reading High Five for about four years. My parents buy her subscription each year and let me tell you… Those magazines are WELL LOVED. LOL! They have been read and re-read and read again.
I haven’t shown her the Highlights for Kids website yet, but thought I would share it with everyone here who might have children old enough for it! The snowflake feature on there right now it neat!
Just discovered this and look forward to showing it to Caroline tomorrow.
ArtPad Digital Canvas allows you to paint online with a virtual paintbrush. All the fun of painting and none of the clean up! LOL! Okay, nothing can take the place of the real tactile painting, but this is a good alternative to play with once in awhile.
If you haven’t discovered ABCya.com, you should check it out. It offers all kinds of learning activities for grades K-5 in a variety of subjects. Caroline has really enjoyed practicing many basic skills on this free site.