Home From School? Great Free Educational Websites for Your Child Use That Will Help Them Stay at the Top of the Class
Learning When Not in School
Summer is time for having fun, going on vacation, playing outside and above all no school. It's a great time to make memories with friends and family, but it is also a time when your child could forget some of the skills he/she was taught in school. Fortunately, there are some great free websites that your child can go to that will not only help them practice his/her math, language arts, social studies, and science skills but help them learn in a fun way. I use many of these sites in the classroom with my students during the school year and they love them. I hope you find one that fits your needs and helps your child grow.
Starfall is a great website for children from the ages of 3-8, or students who need extra letter, word, and reading practice. They can work on their phonics and reading skills by playing games and listening to stories. You can also order a workbook, puzzles, games, readers, and other products that reinforce what your child is learning on the website. I used Stafall a lot when I taught first grade. It's fun, colorful, engaging and the student love it. If you really like the site you can join and download some additional apps that are available.
ABCya is a website that is designed for student in preschool through fifth grade. You can choose games based on the grade your child or based on your child's ability. The games cover different language arts and math subjects. Early childhood games focus on letter and sight word recognition while upper education games focus on grammar skills like subject-verb agreement, synonyms and antonyms, and letter writing. There are also games that are in Spanish that are designed to help English language learners practice their new language skills. For English speaking students there are games that teach Spanish. I used this site with my after school tutoring students as well as my English language learning students who had difficulty with the language.
Math Playground is a website that is filled with grade level math practice games. Students can practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills by racing cars and dirt bikes, playing tug of war, or shooting asteroids. If they know their basic facts students can go on to practice concepts like geometry, probability, fractions, and even algebra. There are so many fun games on this site your child won't even know he/she is learning. I taught fifth grade this past school year and my students loved being on Math Playground during computer time.
Fun Brain is a website that is designed to appeal to upper elementary school children. Children can practice their language arts and math skills by playing different high interest games. They can also read graphic novels online. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is one of the online books that is available and there are easy books available for younger children. The online books are a great way to get reluctant readers to actually read. My students loved this site.
Sheppard Software is a great sight where children can go to and practice basic math, grammar, science, history, and art skills while playing fun games. The games are broken up by grade level as well as skill level so students can adjust their play to meet their individual needs. The site includes games like: fruit splat, fruit shoot, balloon pop, bubble fun, matching, math man, and a dozen others. Advanced math subjects like fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, and algebra are also covered. I use this site in my 5th grade classroom as a review tool for state testing.
Go Have Fun
So that's it. Six fun, teacher tested kid approved websites that your child can use to keep up with his/her learning during the summer or anytime they are on vacation. Having them practice a half hour or even just a few minutes each day will help them overcome the "summer learning slump".