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Sweet site lets kids write and illustrate original stories. Would make a fun after-school activity, as it's almost game-like, and kids can get into creating virtual environments featuring the characters they've brought to life.

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Terrific news/info resource boosts brain power and is a safe and wonderfully eye-opening place for kids to hang out online. Articles give frank facts (while leaving out disturbing details) about things like political assassinations and social injustices.

Smithsonian: TweenTribune Website Poster Image
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This site's prescreened stories will keep kids up on current events. The content runs the gamut from educational to fluffy, with substantial coverage of celebrities and brands.

Universal Reader Plus Website Poster Image
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Versatile downloadable text-to-speech reader summarizes and translates text, helping kids with comprehension and reading difficulties.

VocabularySpellingCity Website Poster Image
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City of fun, clever language games is worth visiting. Offers about a dozen free learning-based games and other activities, including vocab and spelling lists; kids also get logic and reading practice.

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Help Your Child at Home

  • Have your child practice writing through a real-world task, such as writing a thank-you note for a gift or writing a letter to family members or friends.
  • When saving money for a new purchase, have your child compare how much you have already with the total cost of the item. How much more money do you need?
  • Try something new with your child, such as a game or sport. Show him or her the importance of perseverance by offering praise for effort, not outcome.