Helpful websites for early literacy and school readiness
Zero to Three Readiness Interactive: For ages birth to 3
- Information about how children develop school readiness skills
- Video clips that show children learning these skills
- Activities and fun ideas for helping children develop school readiness skills.
Top 14 Free Educational Websites for Kids
Updated April 23, 2014:
ABCya – www.ABCya.com– A ton of educational games and activities for grades K-5.
Fun Brain – www.funbrain.com – So much fun stuff that the kids might not even realize you are sneaking some learning in.
Highlights Kids - www.highlightskids.com – I can remember, way back in the day when I was a child, reading the Highlights magazines in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office. Now my kids have access to the same kind of great content online.
National Geographic Kids & National Geographic Little Kids –www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/ andwww.kids.nationalgeographic.com/littlekids/ - The kind of excellent offering you would expect from National Geographic. Videos, games, articles and more all designed to enrich your kids’ minds.
NGA Kids -www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/kids.html - Help introduce your children to art and art history. There are also interactive art projects you can make online.
PBS Kids – www.pbskids.org – Almost limitless activities from all of your kids’ favorite PBS shows. It’s not just Sesame Street around here. Something for everybody.
Random House Kids - www.randomhousekids.com – Lots of fabulous games and activities based on your favorite Random House books. The games and activities are free, and you can purchase books on their site also.
Seussville – www.seussville.com – Another website with great games and activites based on books your kids probably already know. You can also purchase books on the site.
Starfall - www.starfall.com – A reading website that takes your kids all the way from ABCs up to reading on their own.
Wonderopolis – www.wonderopolis.org –This website has allowed us to answer questions we didn’t even know we had. “Can one bad apple spoil the whole bunch?” or “Why don’t spiders get caught in their own webs?” This website is lots of fun for curious minds.
The Magic School Bus - www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/ Games and activities based on the classic series of Magic School Bus books. There is a great parent/teacher section that can help you develop some more structured activities to keep your kiddo in the learning frame of mind.
Clifford the Big Red Dog - www.scholastic.com/clifford/ Another great Scholastic website, this time featuring our favorite big red dog, Clifford. Plenty of games and printables to entertain your little ones. Maybe you can answer the question - how DID Clifford grow so big?
BrainPop (free stuff) - www.brainpop.com/free_stuff/ I know that the BrainPop website has a subscription service to get to their extended content. But have you checked out the free content that is available? Free educational BrainPop movies and games.
ABCmouse (www.abcmouse.com). A very comprehensive website with a ton of entertaining educational content for a preschooler.