Spring Break is quickly approaching! The week vacation is a great time for parents and children to bond, whether you’re going out of town or staying home. It’s also a great time for children to practice academic skills … Here are three awesome websites that will help your children practice schoolwork during the one week vacation:
1. Starfall (http://www.starfall.com) – Starfall is a very popular website for young learners. Starfall has a variety of seasonal and thematic animated learning activities for children to learn basic concepts like letters, counting, body parts, and sentence structure. Starfall also has a series of read-along phonics books that teach the connection between letters and the sounds they make along with basic comprehension skills. The visual cues, such as arrows, happy faces, and X’s make this website simple for young children to navigate.
2. Learning Page (http://www.learningpage.com) – I discovered Learning Page while completing my Master’s degree in special education. What I really like about this website is that it allows parents to print thematic worksheets for grades PreK – 3rd in the areas of math, language, and science. Themes include oceans, zoo animals, dinosaurs, and more. Each theme also contains lesson plans with hands-on activities children can do at home or school. This is a great way for children to practice skills in an area where they may be struggling while learning more about some of their favorite topics. And since everything is divided by grade, parents know exactly where to go to find developmentally-appropriate activities for their children.
3. ABCya! (http://www.abcya.com) – Friends recently told me about ABCya! when I was compiling this list of websites. What a cool site! It has educational games for children in grades K – 5th. Each grade level offers about 15 unique games. The games focus on a variety of skills, such as grammar, spelling, vocabulary-building, and parts of speech.
What do you do to work on school-related skills with your children during a one week vacation?