Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter
#1. December 8, 2010
In preparation for an upcoming redesign over at Surfnetkids.com, I have been cleaning up some sections of the site. (And, parenthetically, for those interested in blogging and the world of Content Management Systems, I’ve been moving parts of the Surfnetkids site from Movable Type to WordPress.)
Anyway, the newest transition has been the Reader Review section, so it seems like the perfect time to re-introduce it.
Reader Reviews are user-contributed site reviews. We’ve been collecting them since 1999, and so far, we have accepted 2,365 for publication. You can browse them in several ways.
1) The most recent reviews are here: http://www.surfnetkids.com/go/reader/
2) They are also categorized by topic, and are linked from each of my column pages. So, for example, my column of site reviews on Cool Science Experiments: http://www.surfnetkids.com/cool_science_experiments.htm then links to Reader Reviews on the same topic here: http://www.surfnetkids.com/go/reader/reviews/cool_science_experiments/
Want to share your favorite, educational sites? We’d love to hear from you. You can do so here:
But please keep in mind, we only accept sites in English, with free, fun, educational content for kids and families.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Christmas Songs
by Barbara J. Feldman
Christmas Songs Printable (** for premium members only)
Covering the gamut from traditional Christmas carols to pop holiday music, these Christmas sites include printable lyrics, music trivia, and streaming online radio stations. May your holiday season be joyful and filled with music!
About.com: Guitar: Christmas Carols
“It’s never too early to prepare for Christmas song sing-a-longs.” And to help in that endeavor, About.com guitar guru Dan Cross brings us an archive of printable Christmas carols with lyrics and guitar chords. This page is full of kid-friendly songs (“All I Want For Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) but for more traditional fare, follow the “More Christmas Song Links” just below the list of children’s songs.
Calling itself “the most comprehensive Christmas song resource on the web,” Christmas Songs includes Christmas music trivia (with six interactive quizzes), links to sites with free Christmas sheet music, lots of printable song lyrics, and lists of top-selling Christmas CDs. “Jingle Bells is the most popular of all Christmas songs, but did you know it hasn’t always been associated with Christmas? The song was written by James Lord Pierpont and was copyrighted on September 16, 1857 with the title ‘One Horse Open Sleigh.'”
Pandora: Internet Radio
Not just another Internet radio site, Pandora is based on the Music Genome Project, a recommendation engine started in 2000 by “a group of musicians and music-loving technologists.” Pandora lets you create custom radio channels filled with songs that Pandora “knows” you will love. To craft your Christmas channel, start with their generic Christmas station (look under Genre Stations) and then customize it by rating songs (thumbs up or down) or build a station from scratch by seeding it with your favorite Christmas songs or musicians.
… Click to continue Christmas Songs .
#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …
Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Christmas Songs Printable
Christmas and Hanukkah Crafts Printable
Internet Radio Printable
Holiday Sweets Printable
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#4. Related Games
Christmas Song Trivia
Christmas and Hanukkah Games
Christmas Coloring Pages
#5. Surfing the Calendar
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Computer Mouse Developed
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Emily Dickinson’s Birthday
Dec 10, 1830
Human Rights Day
Dec 10, 2010
Geminids Meteor Shower
Dec 13, 2010
#6. Quote of the Week
“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~ (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) American author, transcendental philosopher. Click here for more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes.
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