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Make Beliefs Comix Website Poster Image
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Nifty comic-creation tool offers positive, upbeat messages. Kids can create their own comics using a charming cast of predrawn characters. Features a few religious reference.

Mango Languages Website Poster Image
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Inclusive instruction outshines other language programs. Offers more than 45 language courses and ESL instruction in 17 languages; designed to help travelers learn grammar, pronunciation, and conversation skills.

Mayan Mysteries Game Poster Image
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A story-based game in which players follow explorers on their journey to discover various artifacts and uncover details about the Mayan culture. Kids read about its geographical details and historical significance before answering quizzes.

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Mr. Nussbaum! Learning + Fun Website Poster Image
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Quick, before school starts: Send your kids to this edu-site to brush up on math, science, English, and social studies. Layout is a bit busy, but lots of games and opportunities for drill practice.

National Archives Website Poster Image
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Treasure trove of legal and historical records, documents, and other materials from the federal government. Most docs are online, but you'll have to send away for some. Kids can conduct personalized searches for family genealogy and other info.

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Help Your Child at Home

  • Discuss your family's history and stories. Brainstorm ways to use technology to capture the story effectively, and help your child create a presentation, song, poem, or essay that expresses the story's tone and main ideas.
  • Do simple math to accomplish a task: If you're building a box, how much wood will you need for the sides? Measure the length, width, and height of the box. How would you figure out the volume of water it would hold?
  • Start to talk with your child about bullying, including cyberbullying. Even though social media may be years away, plant the seeds now for helping kids understand appropriate interactions, and let kids know they can talk to you about it.