Reader Reviews

November 2009

Jefferson in Paris

November 25, 2009 -- From Harlan, a reader from San Francisco, who is affiliated with the site.

For anyone interested in the years (1784-1789) that Jefferson and his daughter Martha (Patsy) spent in Paris, this site gives information on fashions, lifestyles, sightseeing, and architecture. It includes a lot about Jefferson’s daughter who arrived in Paris at the age of twelve. This site is good for preteens, teens and adults.


ScrapColoring – Creative Online Coloring

November 24, 2009 -- From Stephane, a reader, from Paris, France, who is affiliated with the site.

Online coloring pages that kids can color with colorful gradients and patterns, first name coloring and more.

Chess Boss

November 23, 2009 -- From Trevor, a reader, from New Jersey, USA, who is affiliated with the site.

Chessboss.com is a great resource for you to go on and learn all about the game of chess. The information on there is so vast and helpful it could improve your game tremendously. One of the things that I love about the site is its free, truly free, because unlike other free chess websites chessboss.com does not require you to register and give up your personal information. I have been playing non-stop since I learned how to play 1 week ago and I encourage you to check it out too!

Pandanda

November 20, 2009 -- From Crystal, age 12, from America, who is not affiliated with the site.

Pandanda is a site where kids can chat with friends. Of course parents have the ability to choose their chat choice. They have a choice between “Pre-selected Chat” or “Safe Chat”. Pre-selected Chat lets the child only chat by clicking on the sentence they would like to say. BUT if the child types a bad word (You guys should probably know what kind of words I mean), they will get warned. Second time they do, they will get banned from Pandanda for 24 hours. Pandanda is a very neat site. When he/she signs up for Pandanda they get to pick their own username and password, their chat setting (which parents approve or dis-approve by email) and they are a Panda bear so they get to chose their color. To find out the rest you’ll just have to go to the site.

Poptropica

November 20, 2009 -- From Crystal, age 12, from United States of America, who is affiliated with the site.

This site is for kids ages, I think, 6-14 or 15. It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been on Poptropica. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good site. It is a learning site kind of. If you’ve heard of them, Person Family Education made this site. Kids create their own character, pick out their outfit, they get to pick their own username and password and save their game. Plus they save different challenging “Islands” to earn “Credits” which is virtual money. They use this “Virtual Money” to buy special costumes and Limited Time Outfits and even more. They can save the island. I personally like a game called Time Tangled. There you have to “Save the Future” by going back in time and putting things in the past back in their rightful places such as the Declaration of Independance and so forth. It’s neat, and SO MUCH FUN! Kids, and maybe even teens will enjoy it. My older sister does. And shes an adult. I’m younger though. I have many accounts and very much love the site. And I hope all you adults and your children enjoy it as much as I do.

Bibliotechies

November 8, 2009 -- From Liz, a parent, from Scarsdale, NY, who is affiliated with the site.

Book recommendations for all ages. This site is made by a middle school librarian and teacher and every book is reviewed. The books included are ones that kids and teems love!

Sand Dollars: Math on the Beach

November 7, 2009 -- From Evelynsaenz, a teacher, from Florida, who is affiliated with the site.

One day at the beach in Costa Rica my daughter and I were digging in the sand making sandcastles when we ran across a live sand dollar. Finding a dead exoskeleton would have been exciting but finding a live sand dollar was unbelievable!

We held it in our hands and felt the tiny hairs on the underside of it’s body tickle our skin ans the animal tried to get away from us and wiggle it’s way back down into the sand. We turned it over and watched it’s mouth moving in the center of it’s flat body.We set it down in the sand and watched it filter sand and water through it’s body and out the five holes that radiate out from the center.

Then we started to feel just under the surface of the sand as the tide washes the waves back and forth and began to find more sand dollars. At first we found one or two. Then we found them by the tens. We soon realized that there were hundreds, thousands and possibly millions of sand dollars right there on that beach.

Talk about a teaching moment!

We spent the rest of the day observing, drawing, measuring and counting sand dollars. This lens is about the math that can be learned at the beach while observing sand dollarsl

Tales Of Curiosity

November 6, 2009 -- From Mark Warner, a reader, from England, who is affiliated with the site.

Tales Of Curiosity houses a growing collection of videos

They are all under 6 minutes in length and are designed to be fast and fun but also educational.

Subjects covered are The Life Of Nelson, Apollo 11 and the Space Race, the Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Life of Edward Lear, for a bit of fun there is the History of Vampires .. and much more. New titles are being added regularly

Pumpkins and Place Value

November 5, 2009 -- From evelynsaenz, a teacher, from Florida, who is affiliated with the site.

Pick the biggest pumpkin you can find. Cut off the top and smell the fresh pumpkin smell. Carving a Jack O’Lantern leads into a mathematical unit study of place value that incorporates all five senses.

Counting pumpkin seeds into groups of 10′s, 100′s etc. helps children understand our decimal system and prepares them in a concrete way to understand higher level math.

Scoop out those seeds, roast them if you like and count your way into a concrete understanding of place value.

Hwobot | Confused about school? Hwobot’s got an answer!

November 5, 2009 -- From Jerry, a reader, from USA, who is affiliated with the site.

Just not getting it? Post a question and let your peers answer! Those who are willing to help out, you’ll be rewarded too! Prizes are awarded monthly to top contributors. Free tutoring is also available per request.