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

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!

Smartphone / Tablet Educational Apps

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

If you have a smartphone or a tablet, there are tons of educational apps available FREE (some are a small charge), and your kids will LOVE to play on them!

To download them just search for the names below on the appropriate store (app store on iphone/ipad) or Play on the Android.iPhone Screenshot 1

Here are some recommendations :

Younger kids -

TabTales (lots of downloadable stories - Goldilocks, Fox and Crow, Four Seasons)

Piano DX

Word Bingo

Math Bingo

Sight Words

Birdsong Quiz (fun)

Older kids -

Photo Touch Telling Time

The Electric Company (English Language)

Da Vinci (Art)

TapQuiz Maps (Geography)

My World Atlas Lite (Geography)

Move the  Turtle (programming)

Kids Math(math)

Math Drills Lite (math)

US Presidents (history)

Solar System(science)

Multiplication (math)

US History Timeline

Birdsong Quiz (fun)

My First French (Language)

Piano DX (music)

Websites for Kids

Posted by michelle.sollicito on May 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

These are links from EastValley's website.  Most of them are free to access.  A couple are only accessible if you have a loginid provided by the school (or you have to sign up yourself)- most Cobb County websites have logins so ask around if you live in Cobb County!

Kindergarten links

First Grade links

Second Grade links

Third Grade links

Fourth Grade links

Fifth Grade links

Keyboarding practice (This is KEY to all kids now!!!)

Links to all kinds of educational web pages

Posted by michelle.sollicito on May 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Most of these links are for early education / kindergarten through 2nd grade