Thursday, April 26, 2012

4 Online Reference Resources to try today

Described as "The Preeminent Internet Publisher of literature, reference and verse, providing students, researchers, and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge."  Bartleby.com is a website to visit.  Also included are anthologies of poetry, fiction and non-fiction orations, essays, journals and so much more!

Digital Dutch is the the online Unit converter to help you convert almost anything to almost anything else.  Great resource for homeschool moms! 

Wordsmyth Children's Dictionary offers a simplified dictionary explanation for younger students, along with standard dictionary interpretations for older learners.  Need a thesaurus? Each definition includes a handy synonym list!  
Also included:
  • Quiz maker
  • Glossary maker
  • Puzzle Solver
  • antonyms
  • real audio pronunciations
  • new images and animations
  • thousands of new example sentences
  • a new entry presentation, and more.

Quoteland.com is one of the best online resources for finding and researching quotes.  Explore the multi-media reference library and discussion groups too!


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4 AMAZING Online Geography Resources

 By using multi-media geography resources you can make geography lessons come alive as you virtually transport your students/children to places they've never been before. 





 Take your students on a virtual field trip through the fifty U.S. states with Awesome America, featuring:  Amazing photographs and links to additional state resources (state symbols, facts, trivia, state parks etc). A great way to take a virtual field trip through the fifty states.


Earthcam.com links to live video cameras throughout the world.  Your kids can explore exotic sites around the world (as well as within the US) from your computer.  My kids enjoyed viewing  Times Square  and the Osprey web cam.  This site does require supervision as some of the cameras are located in areas you  may not wish them to see.


My favorite resource is World Heritage Tour that allows you to explore three-dimensional views of 277 famous destinations around the world.  Just use your mouse to "step inside the picture" and enjoy 365 degree views of the destinations you select.  Our family especially enjoyed viewing the pictures from Israel.




National Geographic is a wonderful resource for parents and educators.  Their website is both educational and inspiring, not-to-mention full of activities, videos, photographs, lesson plan ideas, and more.  Don't miss the new National Geographic Education website for parents, teachers and students (in beta).






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Monday, April 23, 2012

5 Free Online Reading Resources



Progressive Phonics is a FREE all-in-one reading program.  Registration is required. Users download the books (which can be printed or just read online) and worksheets for each lesson. There is also a discussion forum.

Starfall is a popular online favorite geared towards preschool- 2nd grade level students.  The site uses a systematic phonics approach to learning and is also a popular educational alternative to online video games. The majority of the site is FREE however an expanded members only area is also available which also offers math lessons/games.

Owl and Mouse Lettersounds is free educational software you can download to help your child make the connection between letters and the sound they make. 

Free Reading is a open source reading intervention program for students preschool-6th grade.  The FREE program covers 40 weeks of instruction (30 min day/5 days a week)On the site you can download resources including index picture cards and use a wordlist generator

If you would like to know what grade level your child is reading at you can download the FREE Reading Competency Test from the National Right to Read Foundation.

Get $50 Off Rusty and Rosy Reading Software

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