By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Not flashy, but filled with good educational activities.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about a multitude of subjects, mostly through printable worksheets, activities, games, quizzes, articles, and links to other sites. Enchanted Learning's subjects include science, math, social studies, history, music, languages, geography, art, and more. Kids can also learn how to set their objectives for using the site and how to choose from the many resources for well-rounded academic development. This site isn't flashy and many of its resources won't wow kids who want more interaction. Enchanted Learning is full of solid educational resources for elementary school-age kids.
There's always something to learn or something new to do. The monthly activity calendar, in particular, sends the positive message to kids that almost every day can be a special learning day, celebrating a theme, place, event or topic of that day.
Products & Purchases
This is a membership-supported site, so buying a paid membership ($20 individual, $125 school) is encouraged. But a lot of content here is available to non-members. There's usually at least one other ad per page via Google Ads. Some app-related activities link to iTunes preview pages.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Enchanted Learning is an old-timer on the Internet scene and may not have a lot of the bells and whistles that kids expect, but it does have excellent educational activities, printables, games, and links to even more recommended content. While most of the content is free, it is a member-supported site. If you pay to join, you'll get access to a banner-ad-free version of the site plus printer-friendly pages and exclusive content. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Enchanted Learning.
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What’s It About?
More than 15,000 pages comprise this site, on topics as diverse as dinosaurs and dictionaries. Pictures illustrate the topics and draw you in to discover more. In the dinosaur section you can learn about dino anatomy and behavior, take dino quizzes, and try making dino finger puppets and masks. Check out the extensive collection of picture dictionaries that will help little explorers learn the alphabet and older kids practice their foreign language vocabulary. The dictionaries are linked into other activities, too, so if you select \"P Is for Palette\" you can click to learn about color mixing, download a printable color wheel activity, or click into hundreds of coloring book pages. There's also a collection of printable worksheets for every subject.
Is It Any Good?
With a parent's or teacher's assistance, kids will find a lot of fun educational activities, printables, and more on this site that has 30,000 pages with more added each day. If, however, a kid is just clicking around on their own, the old-school navigation and lack of flashy graphics may discourage them from digging too deep. That would be a shame, because this site is full of high-quality educational content.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why using a site that has pre-screened information might be easier and safer than finding the information using a search engine. Review Common Sense Media's Safety Tips for Elementary School Kids.
Families can talk about how kids can find their way around websites. Since this site doesn't have a navigation bar, parents can show kids how to use their browser's back and forward buttons and can point out the site's index, which provides an alphabetical list of topics covered.
- Subjects: Math: addition, division, estimation, fractions, graphing, measurement, multiplication, subtraction, Science: animals, astronomy, biology, ecosystems and the environment, plants, weather, Social Studies: cultural understanding, geography, historical figures, history, Arts: drawing, music, painting, Language & Reading: vocabulary, writing
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, set objectives
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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