What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this entertaining website features a wide array of educational games and activities to help reinforce what is taught in school. Elementary aged students will find fun interactive games that hone math, science, language arts, and social studies skills. An easy-to-follow color-coding system helps visitors determine which games and activities are appropriate for their age and grade level, and most games are customizable by skill level or they progress from easy to harder rounds.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- problem solving
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
With so many entertaining and interactive elements, kids are bound to find something engaging. However, the layout is a bit busy and ads are a big distraction.
There are lots of games and opportunities for drill practice, and many have solid potential for reinforcing learning. However, kids don't take much of an active role in shaping their experiences or learning from their mistakes.
A wealth of content ensures there is something for everyone. Many games have instructional videos, but once in the game, there's little help. Tracking progress through the site is limited to certificates for completing each game.
What's it about?
Greg Nussbaum is a fourth grade teacher in Virginia who began a small classroom site to assist his own students. The site has grown to a formidable online educational presence and is visited more than 5 million times per month. Full of custom interactive games and activities, MRNUSSBAUM was developed based on the idea that crucial concepts, themes, ideas, and fact sets taught in the classroom can be enhanced over the Internet through interactivity. It's widely used by K-8 teachers in computer labs and classrooms and provides a safe clearinghouse for elementary-level educational games.
Is it any good?
Although MrNussbaum's games aren't chock full of high-end graphics or complex interactions, they are smartly crafted, engaging tools that kids can access at home for fun or practice. With dozens of games in many subjects and a variety of interesting applications (such as Draggable Math) and activities, there’s something to supplement whatever students are studying.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how to find reliable information on the Internet. What are some safe places to browse? How can you tell which sites you can trust?
Why is it important to find age-appropriate information through a trusted site rather than through a wider Google search? What are the benefits of going to a single site like Mr. Nussbaum's that offer options and learning opportunities?
How does time spent on interactive learning games help supplement and reinforce traditional schoolwork? How does it make learning more interesting? Are there ways that media and time spent on computers can help your progress in school? Hinder it?