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'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?
|Subjects:||Science: animals, ecosystems |
Math: arithmetic, fractions, graphing
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading comprehension, spelling
Social Studies: geography, government, history
|Skills:||Self-Direction: academic development |
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving