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3 free fun learning-links for bright kids.

Updated on January 1, 2011

Raising a tiny Einstein is no easy task.

Do you suspect your child may be gifted? Or perhaps you've known they are for some time and are always on the hunt for stuff to keep their minds stimulated. Any parent knows that the internet, used carefully, can be a fantastic learning resource for their kids. Parents of gifted children find the internet of particular help because their children are self-motivated learners and websites like the ones listed below provide some much needed downtime for parents.

So, if you're looking for a place for your child to learn, here are some useful links. All of them will be enjoyed by most kids and gifted kids will find some of these links their new favorite place online.

Starfall

A fantastic resource for the child interested in the alphabet, reading, numbers and simple computer use. For a gifted toddler it's all they'll need to teach themselves to read. With a little guidance from you, you'll find your child will get a lot out of this site. It has no advertising and is completely free with no need to register. Click here.

Cool maths 4 kids

This site has plenty for a child interested in maths. The games section will please those suspicious of 'learning'. For the voracious learner there's enough here to keep them happy for a long time to come. Limited, low-impact, advertising and free with no need to register. Click here.

Brain Pop

Put together to serve as a schools resource, any parent of a gifted child will immediately see how this site is sheer brilliance. A lovable robot character called Robbie and his various friends will teach you child about everything from gravity to government, all in beautifully animated and well written style. This site is not free but a 5 day free trial is easy to set up. There's resources for a range of ages. Click here.


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    • Fertile Forest profile imageAUTHOR

      Fertile Forest 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I can quite see now you might instruct an 8 yr old on the responsibilities of the net although I do think there's plenty out there that no child should be exposed to and I'd submit that the law would agree.

      In any regard the above links are as much a suggestion to parents of the very young as it is to others. My son was reading at two (he taught himself). The sites listed were entertainment for him, not schooling per se.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      I don't think you intend that it should be an alternative, but as the mother of a gifted child that I home schooled, I think it should be an adjunct to, not the main part, of a child's education. An adjunct is an addition, not an alternative.

      My daughter, now 23, was taught how to keep herself safe on the Internet starting at age 8, but no one stood over her while she explored the Net. I believe knowledge is power and I do not believe in censoring children from life. Read my hub on preparing children for the unexpected.

      My daughter started learning about all the taboo subjects -- sex, death, abortion, money management, etc., before she could talk. I never told her she couldn't look at anything on the Net or read any book or watch any movie she wanted to. We had frequent discussions about things she might see and things she did see, and today, she is a very responsible young woman with a good attitude about life.

    • Fertile Forest profile imageAUTHOR

      Fertile Forest 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the comment. I think you are assuming this is listed as an alternative to everything else you end up doing with a bright child. These links help feed some of the rage to learn. Kids should always be supervised when using the internet.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      The sites you recommend here might be a good addition for children to practice what they're learning in school or at home. I home schooled my daughter and we didn't have Internet then, but I found that 3x5 index cards worked great for teaching/learning phonics. She was reading at a 2nd grade level at age 4.

      These sites look like they would be a good adjunct to regular lessons. I guess I'm just not completely comfortable with children learning important basic skills online without guidance and someone making sure nothing important is being missed.

      Voted you up, useful and interesting! Very good suggestions here.

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