Online Field Trip 2 - Chattahoochee Nature Center

Posted by michelle.sollicito on July 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This set of videos takes you on a fascinating tour of the Chattahoochee Nature Center - especially see the Butterfly Festival vids towards the end..

Tour of the Discovery Center

Fun with Electron Microscopes


Chameleon and Tarantula (sound is bad)


Chameleon Magnets and Tarantula



Huge Caterpillar


Eastern King Snake


Julia's Monarch Butterfly


Butterfly tent

Online Field Trip 3 - Reptile Encounter

Posted by michelle.sollicito on July 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Two part field trip to a Reptile Center near Myrtle Beach (South of the Border)

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My Educational Videos Channel!

Posted by michelle.sollicito on May 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I have reorganized my YouTube page so that now you can see all the playlists I have created for all the different types of educational videos.  I have also added substantially to the list!  Tell the kids its really easy to skip to the next video if there are any they don't like! ;-)

Here is the page

Here are the shortcuts to some of the best playlists

2nd grade vids

First grade vids

Kindergarten vids



Upper elementary education (3rd grade plus)


Teamwork, traits and personal safety




Online Field Trip 1 - Tellus museum pt 1

Posted by michelle.sollicito on May 14, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Can't afford the time or money to go on Field Trips? Take a Virtual Field trip to Tellus Museum by clicking below!!

Tellus Field Trip Pt 1

Tellus Field Trip Pt 2

Tellus Field Trip Pt 3

Tellus Field Trip Pt 4

Tellus Field Trip Pt 5

Some of my favorite educational websites

Posted by michelle.sollicito on May 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are some of my favorite websites for educating kids..


Kids Know It

Offers free educational music, movies, worksheets, over 500 free educational games, free educational posters.

It is described as the most popular educational website.

Includes some great features:

- free skymap

- free interactive Solar System ;

- free interactive human body

- free history explorer




The NASA website has a great selection of learning activities including fun games and cool search engines and divides them into grade groups (k-4, 5-8, 9-12 and Higher Education)


KidsOLR Education Directory

Help kids with their homework - this site directory helps them find resources on the web that will help them to research and do their homework

Includes a link to this page, their full homeschooling resource library (Great selection of sites!)



The best way to teach your kids the fundamentals of programming computers in a way that seems like they are just

playing a game and having fun!  Developed by Carnegie Mellon University.



Lots of online books for kids to read (interactive and fun!)


Kids Korner

Learn all about Energy - why we need it, how we create it, types of energy etc. from this beautifully designed fun website for kids



Netflix Educational Content

Posted by michelle.sollicito on May 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you are a "Netflix Mom" (and lots of you are - many are ditching cable and satellite and instead using Netflix to save money!) here are some tips to get the most Educational value out of Netflix! 

I am actually a "Streamer" and a "DVD renter" because I find there is a lot more educational choice that way. Note that some of the instructions below will only apply if you are a "Streamer" and some only if you are a "renter".

However, either way, Netflix is a great source of educational input for your kids.  Kids are quite happy to sit and watch Netflix with no help from mom!  But how do you ensure that they are watching good educational safe shows only?

Before you start on Netflix, be sure that it is going to recommend to your children the kind of movies you want it to recommend to them!

Use the instructions below..

Go to Taste Profile and on the popup menu select "Taste Preferences"

Top right select from the category type menu "Special Interest"

Go to Homework help and select "Often" for all the categories

Go to Children's Age and select the age of your child(ren)

Go to Sub-genres and select "Documentaries"

If you want your child to learn a particular language select a category type of Languages and then choose the language

Now go through all the Taste Preferences and put "Never" against anything your kids should never see (adults can always search for stuff they specifically want to watch of course).

Here are some recommendations of educational dvds for Elementary school age kids (and above) you can rent from Netflix if you are not a "streamer".

YouTube Educational Videos for kids

Posted by michelle.sollicito on May 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I have created collections of videos that kids will love to watch and will learn a great deal from! If you have no time to teach your kids its a great idea to simply sit them in front of these video collections and let them just watch the whole set!  They will learn a lot and will love learning this way!

Click here for Kindergarten level videos

Click here for First Grade level videos

Click here for Second Grade level videos

More to come soon.. if you keep using these same links you will find more videos added to the collection over time!

Also, if you have any tips of any other educational videos on Youtube, put them into a playlist that is public, and share them below in the comments!