Now that school is out, it is time to enjoy sunshine, free time, and more learning. When students do not keep up their developed skills, they can easily fall behind. Starting the next school year having forgotten basic skills can make life stressful. Here are some websites that have great free games, ideas, and resources for preschool and elementary age kids.
The website www.funbrain.com has all kinds of great games and reading materials. Their intended audiences are kids in first through eighth grade. There are also some activities for younger children. The site is a favorite because it does not require personal information to use the resources. The reading activities include traditional reading texts and illustrated readings, comics, and fun games.
The website www.abcya.com is a great resource for all kinds of activities for elementary aged kids. There are a variety of math games and reading activities. The site even has typing games and puzzle makers. It is user friendly, sorting the activities by grade level, so most children can navigate through all of its brightly colored menus with ease.
If looking for a fantastic list of ideas about what to do outside, this one of the best. The discussion afterwards is a good read too. While learning online can be fun, if possible, getting outside to explore is very important. There are all kinds of lessons to be learned outdoors that are hard to do in a classroom, so enjoy the sun (just remember the sunscreen), and play to learn.
If completing a worksheet is more fun than playing a computer game, this website is great. It has free worksheets on a variety of subjects. While many kids love to play outside, enjoy nature, build stuff, play, and otherwise be active, having some worksheets around cannot hurt. Besides, some are great for long road trips or rainy days. Children can explore new ideas, have fun, and take a break from a glowing computer screen.