Showing posts with label PBS Parents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PBS Parents. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Starfall - Interactive Reading Lessons and Games

Starfall has been around for years, but I've never featured it on Free Technology for Teachers until today. Starfall offers free online activities to help young students learn to read. Starfall covers everything from learning the alphabet to learning how to pronounce words. One of the best features of Starfall is in the "I'm Reading" section of the website. In the "I'm Reading" section students read short stories set in a variety of contexts. As students are reading, if they get stuck on the pronounciation of a word, they can click on any word in the story to hear it pronounced. This same concept applies to other activities offered by Starfall.














Applications for Education
Starfall could be a great way for parents to work their children to develop reading skills. Depending on the age of the child parents can help their children learn to manipulate a computer's mouse while helping them learn to read. Some children may be able to use Starfall on their own as an independent learning activity.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:

Guys Read - Getting Boys to Read
AdLit - Strategies for Teaching Adolescent Literature
PBS Parents - Educational Activities to do at Home

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PBS Parents - Educational Activities to do at Home

I'm not a parent (although I did recently become an uncle), but if I was a parent, PBS Parents is one website where I'd be spending a lot of time. PBS Parents has a wealth of resources addressing questions and issues common to new(er) parents. But those resources are not what I want to draw your attention to today. Instead, I'd like to point out the home education resources available on PBS Parents.

The education section of PBS Parents offers resources and ideas for teaching basic mathematics, reading, and science to children from age 1 through the first grade. One of example of the education resources is Science in the Kitchen. Science in the Kitchen presents parents with simple activities you can do at home to introduce children to very basic science ideas.

Applications for Education
If you're an early childhood educator looking for educational resources to recommend to parents to use at home with their kids, PBS Parents should be on your list of recommendations. Similarly, if you're looking for some educational activities that your kids' babysitter can do with your children, PBS Parents may be a good place to look.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
PBS Activity Pack - Music in Every Classroom
PBS Teachers Webinar Archives
Forum Network - The Best of NPR and PBS