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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.

TypingClub Website Poster Image
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Highly engaging lessons and games help kids learn to type. From basic lessons on lowercase letters to using capitals, numbers, and even symbols, almost every aspect of standard keyboarding is covered.

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.

Word Central Website Poster Image
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Kid-friendly definitions make site a great reference. Offers a full children's dictionary, word games, and daily buzzwords. The exercises give kids an opportunity to better their vocabulary and learn about the origins of language.

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Help Your Child at Home

  • Create a family vocabulary blog: Use social media such as Pinterest or a collaboration app such as Evernote to save interesting words your family finds and discuss them together.
  • Take note of real-life chances to discuss times tables; if your family eats three meals a day, how many meals do you eat in a week?
  • Develop a politeness policy, including behavioral expectations for your child and other family members. Make it clear that taking turns, listening, and saying "please" all are important at home and at school.