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America's Story from America's Library Website Poster Image
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Quirky stories bring history to life on this colorful, engaging website that offers a peek into American history using text, video, and photographs to illustrate the past.

Arcademic Skill Builders Website Poster Image
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Play lively math, vocabulary, and geography games for free on this helpful site. Many games feature shooting and kid-friendly characters such as elephants and aliens.

Biblionasium Website Poster Image
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A safe social-networking site where kids can log, review, and share favorite books. It's COPPA-compliant and helps kids learn how to talk about books and form opinions as they share thoughts with friends.

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper Website Poster Image
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Vast library of educational links, covering almost every topic that comes to mind, a boon for kids doing online research. Each category (for example, "English") is broken into subcategories (grammar, mythology, poetry, literature, and authors).

Book Creator App Poster Image
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Simple app lets kids craft their own ebooks to read or share. Users pick images, place text, and choose background colors.

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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.