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Algodoo Game Poster Image

2-D physics sandbox fosters awesome inventions. Older kids can create and manipulate a variety of objects and mechanisms and change their properties using contextual menus.

Mac, Windows
Auditorium: The Online Experience Game Poster Image

Intriguing indie game combines music with puzzle solving. The combination of striking visuals and swelling sound creates a magical environment for kids that encourages trial and error.

Mac, Windows
BrainPOP Website Poster Image

A pay site with content aligned to state education standards. Includes videos, games, quizzes, and activities on school subjects as well as lessons on terrorism, war, reproduction, and alcoholism, all handled sensitively.

BrainPOP Jr. Website Poster Image

An audio-heavy pay site that creates animated curriculum-based content aligned to state education standards for elementary schoolers. Includes video, game, quiz, and activity sections for science, health, writing, reading, social studies, and math.

Classify It! App Poster Image

Great tool for building scientific-classification skills; kids group living things based on shared characteristics, such as the habit of building nests or scientific names such as "fungi" or "bacteria."

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad


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Help Your Child at Home

  • As school gets harder, help your child get into a homework routine. Set aside time each day, in the same place, at the same time, for kids to do homework and to start developing organizational skills.
  • Talk about age-appropriate news. Encourage your child to point out main and supporting ideas in a news story, and encourage him or her to come up with synonyms and antonyms for key words.
  • Cook with your child to help him or her develop an understanding of fractions. Experiment with volume: Show that one third is more than one quarter but less than one half.