Kids often learn the most when they don’t even realize they’re learning. Online games are great for that. But the game has to be (a) fun, (b) easy to play, and (c) smart. Plangman ticks all those boxes. Kids will not only enjoy Plangman, but they’ll be thinking ahead, reading a […]
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This is a wonderful game that hits all the right notes: reading, strategic thinking and fun. Kids won’t even realize they’re learning–plus, it’s not lame (if you’ve ever played an online game that’s “good for you,” you’ll see how important that is, and how rare). You use your computer’s arrow […]
Here are some good ideas to help boost your child’s literacy without leaving the back seat. (Them, not you. You’re driving. Hands on the wheel!) The post also has ideas for apps and in-car activities for kids. From Scholastic.
I’m a freelance journalist who is also involved in children’s literacy. A few years ago, I brought those two aspects of my life together to co-create: TeachingKidsNews.com (TKN). (Here’s the story of how TKN got started: an interested parent + an enthusiastic teacher.) TKN provides daily, kid-friendly news. For each article we […]
Monkey GO Happy, Guess? is an odd game, yes it is. But it’s fun. Kids’ll like it. And you can’t deny, it’s all about words. The online game is one of a series of simple, quirky word games by PencilKids. In Monkey GO Happy, Guess? (the spelling and punctuation of its name belie its […]
We’ve talked before on GKR about the three most important things you can do for your kids to get them reading. (Hint – there’re in the sidebar, over there on the right-hand side!) The fine people at 49th Shelf, a Canadian literature site, have allowed me to talk a bit […]
Here’s a smart, fun game that’s great for literacy and for improving typing skills. In Must Pop Words, letters – inside bouncy balls – fall down and accumulate at the bottom of the page. You have to type words using the letters. Every word you type erases those letters. If […]
“Mr. Morton is the subject of the sentence and what the predicate says – he does!” Thanks to Tina, via her FB page, for this.
Your kid will love this. You draw a stick figure, and the website brings it to life. There is a literacy component, because the site takes the stickman through a plotline. You’re given instructions like, “draw a key in my hand” before he can open a locked box. Kids have […]
This is the video that’s recently gone viral. If you (and your kid) haven’t seen it, you must – it’s lovely. One-minute and 52 seconds of delightful, stop-motion, book-adoration. Visited the bookstore “Type” in Toronto this morning and got the back-story: Apparently a couple of filmmakers (Sean Ohlenkamp for one) […]