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Learning should be fun! Try these out with your little one.

This is a kid-friendly page, but you should always supervise children on the computer.
Some sites may have annoying banner advertising although I try my best to avoid those whenever possible.
These are my hand-picked favorite resources. They are all FREE. I have personally witnessed children
ages 5 through 10 use many of these links for education.

I hope you find them helpful!

Links to Explore with Kids
Starfall
This site is great for really little ones. My son and I played on this site every day and he learned to say the entire alphabet before the age of two! My favorite is the sign language section.
TumbleBooks
This link will take you to a site where you can access a TumbleBooks virtual tour.
This is a fantastic resource for interactive e-books that will read aloud to your child.
They can also choose to mute the sound and read it themselves. The graphics are rich and the narrators are superb.
Certain titles even feature key words you can click on for further mastery of speech and language skills.
It’s probably one of my favorite online resources right now. Of course, no interactive website can take the place of a good old paper book, and we have plenty, but this is certainly a really great alternative. Since it’s digital it doesn’t waste space or trees. When I listen to the voice actors read the stories, I feel it makes me a better narrator for when I read paper books to my child. I take cues from the voices and styles I hear and then it makes reading aloud more enjoyable for me.
There is a small catch for such a great service, of course! The TumbleBooks service is NOT free; however, you can access it for free by clicking the link on a library website of your choice. The libraries and school districts pay for the service, so naturally they want you to access this service from their website. For that reason, I can not provide you with a direct link to a free TumbleBooks database here on my site. As of this publishing, one site does have a free link you can view. It might be a trial, but you can get a good idea of what the service is about. If your local library does not have TumbleBooks, I highly recommend you suggest it to an administrator or liason for your school!
The best thing to do is find the website for your local Library and use that as your resource. I know this sounds like a pain, but please trust me, IT’S WORTH IT! Once you locate a library site and bookmark it, then you’re only one more click away from TumbleBooks and just seconds away from a truly enjoyable reading experience with your child. My son just loves the little music that plays for the intros to each story. His face lights up and he starts wiggling.
I know what I’ll be spending my iTunes Gift Card on next time I get one!
As of this publishing, there are close to 100 apps to choose from and some are multi-title.
We highly recommend “One Duck Stuck” by Phyliss Root, Illustrated by Jane Chapman. We hope you enjoy it just as much!
Zoopz.com
Problem solving skills — great site for Kindergartners.
Math Magic
This is a great Math resource. Kids can print out a certificate of achievement.
This is great for 1st and 2nd graders.
Noah's Ark Memory Game
This is a fun little game that tests your memory. It’s addictive and it sharpens your memory!
Dance Mat Typing
Keyboarding skills are so essential and kids really love this site! It’s so much fun!
Touch Typing
This is a great site for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. You can customize typing lessons.
Peter's Online Typing Course
I used this site with all of my computer lab classes when I was a technician and lab teacher.
Mrs. Davis’ rule: “Less than 10 errors and less than 100 seconds before moving on to the next level.” Here is a tip: Pay close attention to when it wants you to press the space bar. A lot of kids get stuck on when to use the space bar. Also, make sure they’re not using the Caps Lock key in lieu of the proper way of using the shift key for capitalization!
SafeKids.com
This is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the internet and discuss online safety.
Family EDUCATION Network
This is a great site that covers a broad range of topics for all different age ranges. Be sure to check out the Girls’ and Boys’ Guide to Life where they discuss topics like how to communicate with your friends OFF LINE!
(like, oh my gosh! is that even possible?)
Don’t Gross Out the World!
From the makers of the link above comes a quiz that 4th and 5th Graders will take over and over if you let them! (Great resource if you’re planning a family trip outside of the country.)
Jan Brett's Home Page
This is one of the most adorable sites I have ever seen.
Wildly creative and great for crafts of all kinds. Buy ink for your printer now.
ASL Browser
If you are teaching your toddler Sign Language, this is a great resource. Look up a word you want to sign and an interpreter will sign it for you in a Quicktime movie right on your screen.
Before You Know It
This is a fantastic way to learn a language or other subjects using flash cards that even track your progress.
They offer both free and paid versions, but even the free version is really great.
HowStuffWorks
Pretty self-explanatory.
Free Software You Can Easily Install for Your Kids
Tux Paint
Free, Multi-Platform Computer Drawing Program. Think Photoshop for Preschoolers. I have implemented it on an image in 2 different elementary schools on over 200 Mac computers. I have taught many lessons using Tux Paint. It is a great tool for introducing very small children to the computer. Children of
all ages enjoy using Tux Paint. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you ever want any tips or ideas for lesson plans. Please check out the Gallery and you will be amazed at
how creative children can be when they use this software. Of course, nothing will ever replace traditional crayons and paints, but this is a wonderful tool for beginners that facilitates the introductory of muscle memory and simple hand-eye coordination while learning the basic computer skills that are so important in today’s learning environments. This software is open-source, so you can even modify the code or elements. I really hope you’ll check it out, play and enjoy!
Click here for an additional font collection I have personally compiled.
AlphaBaby
If a toddler is near, launch this and never fear! I love this app and it should be installed on every Mac that a toddler has access to. I usually keep it handy in my Dock for times when little fingers are a threat to a freelance project that is up on my screen. You can customize it and turn it into a great teaching tool for your infant or toddler. Teach them how to recognize other family members with photos, shapes, colors and letters.
Littlefingers Online Games
This site now works on intel machines with Adobe’s new Shockwave plugin.
Links for Parents, Early Childhood Educators & Advocates
Moms Rising
Good political resource for those who want to be “in the know”
Classroom 2.0
A Social Network for Teachers and Educators. Very passionate individuals
Time for Kids
A good home-school or early childhood education resource for parents and guardians
Sesame Workshop: Initiatives
Tools for parents and guardians to help prepare children
for challenges and life lessons


Links for Parents & Caregivers
Take a scroll down my link lane. These are the wormholes that keep me sane.

You too can bookmark and subscribe to these links and add them to your favorites so you can enjoy them later. These are my favorite links for adults, as in, the parents or caregivers of children. The content on some of these sites may not be appropriate for children, so please be wise and supervise!



The Missing Manuals for Your Kids
Just what you need to know when you need to know it.


Helpful Breastfeeding Resources
These sites really helped me through some tough times.
Dr. Jack Newman
Great educational movies on the subject. Click on the Videos icon on this site. Not for the squeamish!
Breastfeeding & Medical Drug Interactions
Not sure if you should take that cold medicine at 2 am when there is no one else you can call? Check here first.
Pumpin Pal’ Breast Pumping Accessories
If you have to go back to work and pump, get this hands-free neck sling thing.
There are so many reasons why this is a great thing to use. It kept me from breaking down into tears many a time.
Please contact me if you would like to know more and I’ll tell you all about it!
mybreastpump.com
This site has the BEST prices for breast pumps and accessories. I highly recommend it and it’s where I bought
my pump and all my supplies. (I shopped around so you don’t have to.)
Lilypie Tickers
Neat little accents for your blog, website or email signature. It’s almost as nice as wearing cute lingerie.
Feeding Solids & Making Your Own Baby Food
Want to make your own baby food and save money? These sites can help you like they have helped us.
Food Processors make great Father’s Day gifts!

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