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#1. April 20, 2011
Happy Passover to all my Jewish readers! My favorite brother-in-law (in all of San Diego county … ha ha ha!) presided over a wonderful seder on Monday night, complete with about eight YouTube videos projected onto their sloped ceiling. Very creative!
Here’s one very clever video that answers the question: What if Moses and the Pharoah had Internet access? How do you think the Passover exodus story might have played out on Facebook, Twitter and with the help of Google Maps? Find out in this cute video: http://bjf.me/gfdrC1
And a very Happy Easter to my Christian friends and readers. Wishing you all the wonders of the seasons.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Reading Games
by Barbara J. Feldman
Reading Games Printable (** for premium members only)
With the advent of the Internet, reinforcing reading skills does not have to be all about having your nose in a book. These educational game sites run the gamut from introducing phonics to preschoolers to fun online activities for middle school readers.
Earobics: Game Goo
Earobics is a K-3 “reading intervention” product from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. GameGoo is the free, online educational practice game component. For a list of educational standards addressed in each game (such as identifying the letters in words), follow the Home button to the Teachers & Parents link. The games (arranged on the menu from advanced to beginner) are colorful, noisy, fun and just plain wonderful.
Kabongo is both a free and paid learning environment, but the free games are so good and the paid games so inexpensive (just $4.95 each without any recurring membership fees) that Kabongo easily earned its five stars. To access the free games, create an account with your email address, and then click the link in the confirmation email. Kabongo consists of three animated gaming habitats (two of which were free when I visited) for ages four to seven. The games build reading skills with practice of letter and pattern recognition, listening comprehension and phonetic awareness.
Reading is Fundamental: Leading to Reading
Reading is Fundamental’s divides their online activity center into two age groups: Reading Planet for ages six to fifteen, and Leading to Reading for zero (zero?) to five years old. With great graphics and fun game play, these colorful online reading activities and interactive books are sure to please. To access Reading Planet (for kids over five), look for the link in the horizontal menu at the bottom of any page.
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Reading Games Printable
Phonics Games Printable
Reading Activities Printable
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#4. Related Games
Phonics Game Show
Reading is Fun Scramble
Read On! Timeless Authors Printable Crossword
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#5. Surfing the Calendar
National Park Week
Apr 16-24, 2011
John Muir’s Birthday
Apr 21, 1838
Lyrids Meteor Shower
Apr 21-22, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
Ecology Games for Earth Day
Apr 22, 2011
Endangered Species for Earth Day
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 23, 1564
Apr 24, 2011
Italy Liberation Day
Apr 25, 1945
World Penguin Day
Apr 25, 2011
National Playground Safety Week
Apr 25-29, 2011
Richter Scale Day
Apr 26, 2011
Ulysses S. Grant’s Birthday
Apr 27, 1822
#6. Quote of the Week
“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” ~~ Mary McLeod Bethune ~~ (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) American educator, author, African American cvil rights leader. Click here for more reading quotes.
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