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Kids can learn information to help foster their interest in a wide variety of topics. Kids are encouraged to read and explore the material with their family members and further their knowledge by digging deeper into the subjects they're wondering about and interested in. Links to outside educational sites offer additional learning opportunities, videos supplement the written information, and a list of relevant vocabulary words related to the "Wonder of the Day" help build on each concept. Wonderopolis is a fun-filled destination that provides a fascinating outlet for curious kids of all ages.
Learning, discovery, and curiosity, as well as the concept of sharing the experience with family members, are strongly encouraged throughout.
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In an effort to encourage additional learning, there are outside links throughout the site, mostly leading to educational websites that offer supplemental information, but their content and advertising isn't monitored by Wonderopolis. The site also promotes its Thinkfinity sister site, an online community for parents and educators that's part of the Verizon Foundation.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WONDEROPOLIS is an informational site that asks and answers interesting questions about the world. Every day, a new "Wonders of the Day" question is posted, and each is designed to get kids and families to think, talk, and find learning moments together in everyday life. Sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and supported by a number of philanthropic partners, there are hundreds of wonder-filled moments for adults and kids alike, but it takes some reading to get them. The questions cover dozens of categories from animals ("Why do skunks stink?) to cultures ("What is zydeco?") to history ("Who is Uncle Sam?") to science ("What is space?"). Click on any question to find facts, information, suggestions for exploring further, useful links, and videos.
Is It Any Good?
Wonderopolis is smart in its simplicity. There are hundreds of intriguing "Wonder of the Day" questions posed (one per day, in fact) and kids can search by topic to find those that fit their interests. Find something you're wondering about and Wonderopolis offers more than just a simple answer, however. Click on a question and kids will discover more information along with some thought-provoking ideas and activities to encourage further contemplation and exploration. Each question leads to just one single page, but that page provides prompts that will encourage more questions, spark discussion, and ignite a bit of creativity. There's even a list of vocabulary words to read and remember. Young kids will definitely need a parent's help to read the questions and navigate the text-heavy answers, but there's something for kids of all ages -- and their parents -- no matter what you wonder about.
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