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Essential School Tools Mobile Banner Website Poster Image

This site is easy enough for even the youngest computer users to play games and do activities that will help them begin the journey into reading and other kindergarten skills. Free to all public schools in the U.S. and Canada.

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.


California Academy of Sciences Website Poster Image

A section of the website for the California Academy of Sciences, a museum and research institution in San Francisco. Shows kids what's happening right now; videos and webcams show scientists in action and animals in their native environments.

Every Body Has a Brain Game Poster Image

Fun characters and a collection of exciting and educational songs, animations, and mini-games teach preschoolers about the human brain. All the characters are positive role models.

Mac, Windows
Fizzy's Lunch Lab Website Poster Image

What's for lunch? This satisfying PBS site teaches elementary schoolers about good nutrition, a balanced diet, and physical activity through fun, engaging characters and a variety of games, videos, music, recipes, and activities.


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Help Your Child at Home

  • Read with your child every day. Ask your child to explain his or her favorite parts of a story, and share your own. For a list of great books, check out the Essential Books list.
  • Ask your child questions that require comparing numbers, such as, "Who has more cookies, you or your brother?"
  • Model the kinds of social interactions you want your child to learn: Be polite (for example, say "please" and "thank you"), introduce yourself and your child when you enter a new place (such as a daycare or school), and talk about what it means to be a good friend.