Kids Language Arts
This site has resources for kids learning English as a first or second language, from vocabulary building exercises to guides to children’s literature. Also included are links to online dictionaries for children of all ages.”
National Museum of American Art
Teaching children to appreciate and understand art is challenging for most parents. At this Smithsonian Institution Web site, experts at the National Museum of American Art respond to questions about American art.
Children’s Literature Web Guide
The Children’s Literature Web Guide is a comprehensive guide to books for children and young adults. It includes lists of the best children’s books, music, and videos, and links to Web-based reading resources for teachers and parents.
The Distance Learning Resource Network
This Web site is run by the U.S. Department of Education Star Schools Program. It offers resources for anyone interested in finding out about distance education. Includes an annotated list of distance learning courses for grade levels K through college.
Yahoo has an extensive directory of distance learning resources on the Net, for K through university and beyond.
Educating.net is an extensive index of free and commercial distance learning resources for all ages, including continuing education and professional retraining.
Geography and History
This is where to go for historical facts, exhibits, books, and links for history lovers at or above high-school level.
3D Atlas Online
3D Atlas Online has Facts about everything geographic, from Afganistan to Zimbabwe. It also includes an educator’s area with links to other geography Web sites.
The History Net
The History Net is a frequently-updated Web site with articles and links about U.S. and World history. Interviews, profiles, and eyewitness accounts add a personal perspective that make historical events come alive.
General Education Resources
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) is an extensive online database of free and commercial educational Web sites, with well over 10,000 entries. You can search for resources by subject or grade level, pre-K through adult, or you can browse by subject or keyword (see “Polished GEM”).
Educational games for kids in grade levels pre-K through 6. The free, basic service includes advertisements — a subscription to an ad-free premium service costs $49.95 per year. (Requires Java and Macromedia Flash.)
This Discovery Channel uber-site has links to educational games and adventures, history and geography articles, and lesson plans for teachers and home schooling parents.
Minneapolis-based wwwrrr (pronounced “whir”) produces
wwwrrr@myschool, an interactive online tool that lets schools develop their own Web sites. The company also sells “InternetBasics: Fundamentals for Teachers,” an online training course for teachers, and is developing Web-based educational software for children.
Syndicated columnist Barbara Feldman serves up mini reviews and ratings for hundreds of kid-friendly Web sites covering topics from the arts to science.
FamilyEducation.com is a general education Web site for school-age kids and their parents. Although many of the downloadable programs are PC-only, the other educational resources make the site well worth a visit.
Brittanica.com is a free online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica that includes links to articles from such magazines as Newsweek and Discover as well as current news and sports. For $50, a yearly subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online gets you extra articles and search features.
World Book is a subscription-based ($49.95/year) online encyclopedia with extensive search functions. A 30-day free trial is available. (Some content requires special plug-ins.)
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
Another U.S. government site that includes links to hundreds of federally supported educational resources on the Internet is Federal Resources for Educational Excellence. The site is searchable by subject.
Nova Online ia an index to all the companion Web sites for the award-winning PBS documentary series. The site includes topics in science, history, and geography.
What better way to teach kids how to navigate the Net than a surfing contest? At CyberSurfari, kids and adults compete for prizes by searching the Internet for clues.
Math, Science, and Technology
This site showcases the current issue of Scientific American and includes an archive of articles from previous issues. “Ask the Experts” lets you browse answers to common questions like “Why do we sneeze?”
Are your children stymied by math? This site offers educational games, exercises, and articles to help kids of all ages get up to speed.
This site is a virtual version of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, and has special areas for earth, marine, and space science. It’s the next best thing to actually going to Washington, D.C.
Encyberpedia has links to mathematical Web sites for kids and their teachers.
KidsHealth is a wonderful resource for kids interested in learning about health. The site includes answers to common health questions (“Help! A bee bit me!”) and an interactive guide to the human body. (Requires Macromedia ShockWave plug-in.)