Parent's Workshop Materials:
Booklists for Reading:
Parents and teachers can look to the Web for recommended book lists for reading. Invariably, they are maintained by reliable sources: public libraries, schools, and publishing companies. They are often arranged by grade level and/or age. Books for School-aged Children:
The Stratford Academy Library Web site:
Stratford Public Library web address:
You will need your Public Library to use to access the internet.
You can access the card catalog for the library.
Reserve a book if it is available with your library card.
Locate information from the library.
Tidbits of information on web sites addresses:
When reading a web site address on the address bar such as:
gov = government
org = Organization sites.
com = commercial sites
edu = educational sites.
Safety on the Internet:
The State Digital Library:
You will need to have out your public library card number to access the web site from home.
It is the internet public library site for children and it is user friendly with picture icons and descriptions of subjects and websites with descriptions on many different topics.
Fairfax Virginia Public Library:
On-Lion for Kids
Great Reads for Book Nuts
A book club where kids can talk about books they love to read.
Magazines on line:
TIME for kids
Time for Kids is an online version of the Time for kids magazine and is designed for elementary and middle school children. The website also is intended to be used with three in-class magazines – The world Report, News Scoop, and Big Picture. There is a section for parents and teachers and a section for kids.
Weekly Reader Galaxy
This is designed to accompany not only Weekly Reader, but also Teen Newsweek, Read, Current Science, Know Your World Extra, and Current Events, this site by the Weekly Reader Corporation offers sections for kids, teens, teachers, and parents. Each section has materials in three categories: Planet News, Check it out, and In the Spotlight. The initial screens are hard to read but the news items appear in separate windows and are visually appealing.
Kids Newsroom provides children with a safe, kid-friendly Internet site loaded with stories, pictures, contests, and opportunities for learning. Each week a new issue is added to the site with the latest news in sports, music, and entertainment, health, history, local events, and happenings around the world, all designed with kids in mind.
It has a variety of topics, games, Info topics, Global Warming, Weekly events, Teachers and Students Resources and more fun games.
Educational websites and fun activities:
School Discovery Site:
Site for homework helper and the site for parents.
A site entertaining science sites that explores health, science, and technology concepts through short educational animated movies. It appeals to both children and adults. (Note: some segments you may need to pay a membership fee)
It’s a terrific site for K-8 teachers and kids with lots of fun games, activities, and quizzes.
It is a site that features games, coloring pages, and teacher activities as well as Curious George information and memorabilia for the children.
Online Adventures of Captain Underpants
Author page for the story: Dave Pilkey’s home page:
The author of Captain Underpants books.
Harry Potter site:
Authors and Illustrators on the Web:
Scholastic Web site:
There are different games on different themes for reading, fun and educational reading, contest, puzzles, writing, and polls and surveys and a lot more.
Marshall Brain’s How Stuff Works:
This award winning site explains how a vast array of things works, from gadgets to space travel. Includes links to virtual factory tours, experiments, and suggestions for technology-based places to visit.
Over 5,000 math story problems for kindergarten through grade eight. Presently has a membership fee, but there are some free story problems based on “The Three Little Pigs” at the bottom of the homepage.
You can register for the Crayola community site.
For coloring and crafts:
Name that Candybar!
It is great for a passive program activity in the library media center. A health lesson might include the analysis of the food label information on candy bars. It includes cross-section color photographs of many popular candy bars.
It is a part of the Science Museum in Minnesota.
Ranger Rick Magazine
Big Backyard Magazine
National Geographic: features
http://www.nationalgeographic.com (general site to all magazines on line monthly)
It has much to offer at all levels and offers a number of online slide shows, educational games, activities in different magazines and connections to “Wild Cams” where one can watch nature in real-time. It is an outstanding resource; several of the features have received recognition for learning.
National Geographic Kids Explore Magazine – on- line
It has articles, games, videos, stories, and activities.
A web search engine for children and it is easy to use.
Word Central is a selection of words and activities in a fun and game way. Get to the different levels by using the sites.
Create printable word search, crosswords, maze, and math puzzles with this generation tool.
It gives tips, tutorials, and information about using digital cameras.
The Education Place for Students:
Click on the state – Connecticut and then go to the different activities at the bottom of the page.
This the web site for families and parents to read.
It has resources and much more for parents.
Six Flags Read to succeed grades 4-6 and Weekly Reader Corporation are working together and you can register on line and materials can be found at:
Read to Succeed Program (register for the 2009-2010 year.)
Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
It has information for parents, children and teacher in English and Spanish.
It has a variety if ideas and activities for parent to help their children with reading.
Parents can sign their children up for the activities section of the web site.
Book Adventures: Kids zone
Parents can sign their children up for the program and as they read books they can log in and join in the fun. It has prizes that children can select but they have to read and answer questions about the books. You need to register for the programs and you select prizes as you complete a book and take a quiz on it. It is FREE!
This has a variety of books and games to go along with the book. You can listen to stories on the computer.
Funology.com is where you can allow your kids to SAFELY use the Internet. We offer online activities and offline activities. You can find instructions for kids' games, recipes, craft projects, We offer fun, creative projects and activities to stop the "Mom, I'm bored" syndrome! Let your kids have fun on the Web!
We have tons of awesome stuff for you to explore! We have jokes, games, magic tricks, trivia, recipes ... you name it! We've got it! Presto is our mascot, and he is one cool dog that is always looking for fun stuff to do. Funology has tons of fun ideas and activities for kids of all ages.
These articles are for parents to read and activities to do with children and reading.
Articles and tips from A-Z.
Some of the articles are also in Spanish for parents.
Math & Science:
The White House
Cool Math for Kids
An amusement park of math and more fun and design activities.
Dan's Wild Weather Page
You'll find lots of information about all kinds of weather topics at this page. Learn about weather forecasting, tornadoes, lightning, and more. Some links are given to teacher resources, too.
You can read about famous mathematicians, or look at the Wonders of Math, or use one of their calculators . . . But the Homework Help Search Engine makes this site totally great - You tell it what grade you are in, and what subject you need help with, and the search engine finds the best sites for you.
Helpful tips for parents on the web site.
PBS – Public Broadcast System
A site for parents to read about TV and watching of TV programs with Children.
It has sites for games, music, and coloring for stories from TV programs for children.
For the older kids: programs, games, go figure, and more to share.
Enchanted learning produces children’s educational web sites and games which you are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment.
BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper:
BJ lists different web sites on many different subject areas if interest.
Discovery Channel Web sites:
It has a parent and students web sites to help and guide you through the sites. (some
segments of the site you have to pay top be a member but parts are freed.
The Math Homework Help has video clips of how to do the steps in the math problems. The video clips are short and helpful. The site lists other math activities and game to learn from and enjoy.
U.S. Department of Education.
NCES Kids zone site (variety of activities)
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids (Student’s Classroom - article)
The parents section has a variety of articles with helpful information about your children and learning. (Helping your child series)
Helping Your Child Use the Library
By Kathryn Perkinson. Another of the OERI booklets.
Great Web Sites for Kids (ALA)
It has many different topics and lists of resources for all children ages from ALA.
Library of Congress: for Kids and Families
From the ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication. Read stories especially chosen to be shared between parents and children, as well as nonfiction articles on topics of interest to children, and reviews of recent children's books.
http://reading.indiana.edu/www/indexfr.html (Family info Center)