Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Funbrain Jr. — Just launched in time for summer, FunbrainJr.com is a free site that provides parents and young of learners with a fun, safe environment to play games, read stories and find printables. Content for preschoolers and kindergartners focuses on online games that help little ones build early math, literacy, problem solving, and computer skills. Games such as Mushroom Bounce and Bubble Up provide exposure to math through numeracy while A-Mazing Words and Rhyme Time focus on early literacy and beginning reading skills. Funbrain Jr. also provides online books based on well-known and beloved characters such as Olivia, Katy Duck, the Robin Hill School Series, and Stuart J. Murphy’s I See I Learn® Series through a partnership with Simon & Schuster Children’s Division and Charlesbridge Publishing.
Angry Birds Furious Forces— If you just did a double take about Angry Birds making my list, believe it or not, the most popular app can actually teach kids about physics while they fling their birds with a swipe of a finger. The new National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces!: The Physics at Play in the World’s Most Popular Game describes has Angry Birds gamers experiment with physics every time they pull back the slingshot. It’s a great read for elementary ages and anyone who is obsessed with Angry Birds because it provides an entry point to tackle serious science. The book discusses simple ideas of force and motion as well as complex notions of relativity and dark matter while offering simple experiments to illuminate the physics at work in the game and in the world around us.
eBooks through Scholastic’s Storia— One of the challenges that parents face is getting their kids to read during the summer. eReaders have been proven to be great motivational tools since one in five says he or she would read more books for fun if they had access to an eReader. To keep kids reading over the summer, Scholastic Summer Challenge is offering parents a free ebook from Storia®. Storia works on PCs, iPads, Android tablets, and Kindle Fires and if you don’t already have an account set up, you can download 5 free books when you sign up.
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