StudyDog Recommends 10 Websites to Help Keep Children Learning This Summer
With no shortage of educational offerings, experts say learning websites are among the best ways to help kids improve their skills
Los Altos Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
Reading experts at StudyDog say children are utilizing the Web more than ever before. According to a report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop, nearly 80 percent of children ages 5 and younger use the Internet on a weekly basis. As technology continues to evolve, the Internet is becoming one of the best tools for young learners to explore a variety of subjects and interests while gaining new skills. Websites are customizable and able to adapt to the needs of individual learners.
“There’s no shortage of educational websites offering engaged learning opportunities. Websites are among the best mediums available that can help children continue to learn and grow in a multitude of areas,” said Deme Clainos, a spokesman for StudyDog, an online reading program geared toward elementary students.
Clainos recommended 10 websites that focus on keeping children entertained while learning new skills:
StudyDog is a highly interactive website that makes learning to read fun. The site teaches reading skills through phonics using games and fun characters. The lessons adjust to individual reading levels, taking into account unique learning needs. Progress reports are available immediately, so parents can quickly see whether the program is making a difference.
- Storyline Online features members of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation (SAG) reading popular children’s books. Celebrities like Betty White and James Earl Jones read popular children’s books in a video format. Each story is captioned, making it possible to read along. Suggested activities are also included to enjoy after the story.
- Funology.com puts the fun in science with a variety of experiments to try. Children can learn how to make a tornado in a bowl, create their own battery or even an indoor rainbow.
- The American Museum of Natural History created a highly interactive website called OLogy, geared toward teaching kids everything from anthropology to zoology in an enjoyable format.
- Learning math becomes less of a chore at FunBrain.com. Engaging games like Math Arcade and Math Baseball help make learning easier. The website also has a reading section that includes Web versions of popular books including the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” The site keeps reading fun with Mad Libs Junior games and comics.
- Peep and the Big Wide World uses fun characters to teach math and science concepts. The website has games, music videos, suggested offline activities and more.
- Children can learn more about music and the instruments used to create it on The New York Philharmonic website. The animated site looks like an actual symphony hall that takes kids to different parts of the building to learn about instruments, composers, writing music and more.
- Kaboose makes it easy to find art projects for children. Projects are searchable by age and include a list of the supplies needed, instructions and additional helpful tips.
- Kids can play games, watch videos and more while learning from popular characters on PBS Kids.
- Preschoolers can enjoy a variety of learning games at Fun School. The site also offers offline learning suggestions for parents.
StudyDog is a proven leader in helping children quickly learn to read and has helped more than 2 million kids master the basics. The company creates interactive reading programs specially designed for early readers pre-kindergarten through first grade. What sets StudyDog apart from other learning programs is how StudyDog engages future readers as young as three years old. Similar reading software is able to engage older students who already know how to read. But StudyDog uses games and other features to connect with younger children who haven’t learned to read yet. StudyDog’s Adventures in Reading series is used in more than 3,000 schools nationwide. The lessons were designed to meet state early learning standards and the guidelines of the National Reading Panel. Founded in 2002, StudyDog programs have been used in schools for the past six years. For more information, visit http://www.studydog.com or call 1-866-643-4449.