Reader Reviews

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Linens Direct Knitting Guide

July 11, 2014 -- Submitted by SilverbeanSam, a reader from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, who is affiliated with the site.

In my opinion, Knitting is a therapeutic activity that can help you unwind.

It’s also logical and methodical, which are useful things to learn as a child! (We all know that work can be exactly that way sometimes…)

This guide from Linens Direct will take you through the basics of knitting in simple terms and provide a glossary of terms you’ll probably see around while you’re researching your knitting projects.

You’ll learn what you’ll need to get started, what equipment you’ll need and how to get things off to a flying start.

There’s also basic explanations on different kinds of wool, needles and patterns.

A lot of this information is then condensed to really useful ‘Pointers’ that you can easily jot down and keep by your side as you and the kids get knitting!

The useful table of stitches that are used in patterns is another ‘printable’ resource that’ll come in handy as you get more advanced with the wonderful scarves, socks and blankets you’ll end up making if you enjoy it!

Posted in Knitting


DegreeStory

April 24, 2014 -- Submitted by Phil, a reader from Scottsdale, AZ, who is affiliated with the site.

DegreeStory is a free website for people to share college and career experiences. We collect real-world stories from people in all different fields and make them freely available on our site for anyone to read. This helps students choosing their first career field, or adults making a mid-career change, to get a more detailed, accurate picture of the different career options.

The idea behind DegreeStory is that many people choose their career field without a lot of information about what it’s really like. Once they finish school and start working, they often realize that there is a big difference between how they thought their career field would be and how it actually is. This is particularly serious in the current job market, where different fields have such different opportunity and potential.

DegreeStory provides that “missing piece” of the career decision puzzle – real experiences from real people. Reading their stories on our site can give someone a better picture of what the different career options are like and hopefully make a more well-informed career decision. Anyone who is already in school or working (or retired) can also share their own experiences on our site to help out others.

DegreeStory was launched towards the end of 2013. We currently have about 2,400 stories on our site, including about 1,000 general stories from all different fields and about 1,400 stories from teachers. We are working hard to increase our story base and hopefully get it over 100,000 by the end of 2014.

Posted in Career Explorations

NanoSpace

April 24, 2014 -- Submitted by Patrice Harris, a reader from Milwaukee, WI, who is affiliated with the site.

This site offers wonderful, free games that can be used by kids, teachers and parents to increase literacy in science in a fun, interactive and educational way. NanoSpace has more than 25 games and activities in an amusement park setting that keeps kids engaged while learning about science. Teachers can also find free resources including lesson plans and age appropriate worksheets in the Educator Resources of The Molecularium Project website.

Posted in Cool Science Experiments, Easy Science Experiments, Science for Girls

Scrabble and Anagram Word Solver

April 24, 2014 -- Submitted by Steve Race, a parent from United Kingdom, who is affiliated with the site.

This Scrabble based puzzle help website is also great for educational purposes, you can firstly solve anagrams using there free tool, you can define any word you enter simply enter a word and it generates the definition, synonyms, verbs, adverbs etc You can use this site to check to see if a word is acceptable in different dictionaries for example SOWPODS. The website is a great website to learn new vocabulary, solve your anagrams and find out definitions of words.

Posted in Scrabble

Good Riddles Now

April 24, 2014 -- Submitted by Madison Zablocki, a teenager from Mount Pleasant, MI, who is affiliated with the site.

A collection of riddles to test and work the brain that is added to on a daily basis. Read through hundreds of riddles quickly and revel the answer by simply clicking ‘show answer’.

Posted in Riddle Me This, Riddles, Riddles

Sight Words

April 24, 2014 -- Submitted by Mey Lau, a reader who is affiliated with the site.

The natural progression from learning how to sign and speak is learning how to read, and that’s why we developed our new website SightWords.com. We want to provide parents and educators with free digital and printable tools to help them teach young children to read.

SightWords.com has many free resources including:

-Grade-specific flash cards of more than 500 Dolch and Fry sight words

-Detailed instructions on how to teach children new words

-10 fun learning games

-Full tutorial on correction techniques

-Generators to make fully customizable Bingo cards, Snakes and Ladders game boards, Old Maid card sets, and more.

Everything in sightwords.com is absolutely free and designed to help your child learn how to read effectively from pre-k up to 4th grade.

Posted in Consonant-Vowel-Consonant

Typing Games Treasure

April 24, 2014 -- Submitted by Tom, a reader from Finland, who is affiliated with the site.

Funny typing games for kids.

Touch typing games have become one of the most popular ways to develop typing skills in the classroom through the level of interaction they allow and the variety of students which they appeal to. While playing, students are also learning hand eye coordination and muscle memory. These are two of the most important elements of mastering touch typing.

Typing games have proven to be effective when it comes to learning how to quickly pick up a new skill. Students are challenged at just the right times and rewarded upon completion. The element of completing a challenge in exchange for a reward whether it be a certificate of completion or otherwise is often enough to make the experience one that students will remember.

Posted in Typing Tutors

Jerry Lewis

April 24, 2014 -- Submitted by Tom Raymond, a reader from Mount Horeb, WI, who is affiliated with the site.

Web site dedicated to the life and performances of Jerry Lewis, one of my favorite movie clowns

Posted in Jerry Lewis

CreKid.com – Where Creativity & Imagination come to Life

December 4, 2013 -- Submitted by Tina J, a teacher from CA, who is affiliated with the site.

Crekid.com is a free drawing, writing, and story-making website for children, that promotes creative thinking and self expression.

Posted in Games for Preschoolers, Preschool Activities

“Happy Hanukkah” music video by Boys without Toys

December 3, 2013 -- Submitted by Boys without Toys, a reader from Portland, OR, who is affiliated with the site.

Hi, we are a young Jewish band from Portland OR. We thought you might be interested in our new Hanukkah music video “Happy Hanukkah to one and all”.
Please check it out!

Happy Hanukkah! And we hope you will enjoy the video!

Boys without Toys

Posted in Hanukkah