What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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, 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|