Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12 to build background knowledge and reading comprehension. Research shows that kids draw on what they already know to master new vocabulary and content. This site offers classroom strategies, book and author recommendations, blogs, newsletters, research and reports as well as a Spanish link.
Party ideas, craft times, and amazing, fun things to do with your kids.
Includes resources for librarians, parents, caregivers, teachers, and cool sites for kids.
A bibliotherapy resource, recommending books for children facing difficult circumstances, such as: bullying, disability, parents divorcing, death of a family member, and family member with substance abuse problem.
From WGBH and Sirius Thinking for PBS Kids, this site features a new children's series that airs daily. Theo, Cleo, Lionel, and Leona, a family of lions with a ferocious appetite for books, helps kids learn how to read.
Based on the PBS TV show, this website features online games, videos, activities and printables. Learn about machines and construction.
Created by the United Way of America, the Ad Council, and Civitas, this site helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children and recommends simple actions parents can take to help their children be ready for school.
Answers the question "What job would you like to do?" and several career options are displayed. Questions such as "What is the job like?" "How do you get ready?" and "How much does this job pay?" are answered here. A great place to begin exploring careers provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Official web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, this site includes "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 1998 and 1997," the "Nurturing Fatherhood Report," and more.
Visit this blog, authored by bookstore owner Bianca Schulze, to learn about great new books for children.
Wonderful links to resources for parents, teachers, storytellers, writers, and illustrators. Lists Newbery and Caldecott winners and many other children's book awards.
The Official Home of Sesame Street. This is a test site featuring parenting information and Sesame Street activities for kids.
A natural science reference site for students and educators. Site includes resource databases in the areas of wildlife, biomes, adaptations, environment, trees and flowers, human anatomy, farm animals and space. Databases for younger children include fun mazes and habitats. This site helps educators with information on how to bring naturalists to your school for visits, as well as activities, nature trails and a science store from which to order materials.
A service of the National Adoption Center and Children Awaiting Parents. This site contains information on how to adopt, financial assistance, special needs and issues, and a photolisting of children available for adoption.
A kid friendly website that answer questions about telephones, televisions and other communication devices.
Looking for a good search engine for kids? GoGooligans is an educational search engine designed to provide kid-oriented search results.
The most complete and amazing reference to the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Including magical spells, potions, maps, lists of wizards and all manner of magical items and devices.
Created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System. After examining filtering technology, this group decided to focus on guiding users to good sites rather than the obvious limitations of trying to prevent users from accessing bad sites. Each link is reviewed for content, and includes a brief annotation, the number of illustrations, and the reading level of each site.
An early literacy website "where young children discover the world of reading and grownups enjoy the journey." Young children can read, sing, play, and explore a variety of subjects and books. Also available in Spanish.
From Enchanted Learning Software, this site allows children to explore the Internet and learn more about the words they have chosen. Access is via letter of the alphabet. Each entry contains a picture definition and a simple word definition. Many of the entries are also linked to outside sites that further develop the meaning of the word. Since the pictures are links, even pre-readers can surf with a minimum of help.
Includes facts and statistics about child abuse, parenting tips, and ways you can become involved in preventing child abuse.
From the National Dairy Council, this site features recipes, games and activities that encourage kids to make healthy food choices.
This site is focused on early childhood development and contains a wealth of resources for parents and care-givers.
A free and confidential service for the people of Southeastern Virginia. Their data base of over 8,000 organizations, groups, agencies, and programs provides updated information on services for a variety of needs including homelessness, AIDS, children's services, family services, women's services, volunteer opportunities, transportation, employment, and much more.
Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National Service, and the Department of Education to help every child in America read independently and well by the end of the third grade. Contains Activity Guides for families and caregivers which provide ideas to help young children learn about language with age-appropriate activities.
A free educational game for students, parents and teachers that tests the skills and knowledge of democracy and the election process.
Serves Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach with information and initiatives to make the most of the early years for our children.
A statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children.
Vicki Cobb is known for her science experiment books, and this site offers some of the best from her work. There are even videos of her grandchildren performing some of her experiments. A great resource for children and adults.
A story of the Civil Rights Movement framed by singling out important places and buildings around the United States, from W.E.B. DuBois homesite in Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s parsonage in Montgomery, Alabama.
A special kids site sponsored by the White House.
A searchable, browsable index of the Internet designed for Web surfers ages 7 to 12.
This site offers a variety that will appeal to preschool and younger elementary age children. Online and printable activities are available. In development is an area of "virtual worlds" where children can interact with their favorite characters like pirates and princesses.
Based on the PBS show, this website features activities from the show. It also has games. Meet the cast and learn some behind the scenes information.
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