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5 Fun Educational Websites to Use This Summer

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I know, I know…it’s summer and you don’t want to learn anything. You want to sleep late, swim everyday, and be lazy. I get it. But…it sure makes going back to school a lot harder when your brain is all mushy from lack of use. We use these fun educational websites to keep learning from being b-o-r-i-n-g. Check them out and see if you agree!

Cool Math Games

My kids get bored doing math problems and so do I. This site has some fun games that teach your kids a variety of topics and they won’t even know that they are learning – and that’s an added bonus!

From the site:

Coolmath.com offers “math for ages 13-100″ — explanations that are easy to grasp on topics like algebra, pre-calculus and more. The creator of this site started out as a math teacher, and wants to help people finally understand — and even enjoy! — doing math.

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Fun Brain

This site has games for a variety of subjects and also has some cute little books. They even have some Diary of a Wimpy Kid stuff on there.

From the site:

Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.

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Duolingo

My kids are addicted. They LOVE this site in a way I never thought they would. Hayes prefers Spanish and Kat prefers French. I’ve learned a lot, too. Definitely check this one out!

From the site:

According to an independent study conducted by the City University of New York and the University of South Carolina, an average of 34 hours of Duolingo are equivalent to a full university semester of language education.

Participants took one university placement Spanish language test at the beginning of the study and one at the end. The improvement of language abilities was measured as the difference between the initial and the final language test results.

The study concluded that a person with no knowledge of Spanish would need between 26 and 49 hours (or 34 hours on average) to cover the material for the first college semester of Spanish.

Since a one semester university course usually takes more than 34 hours of work, this study suggests that Duolingo is more effective than an average university course.

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Scratch

I’m big on kids learning to code and this teaches them the basics – how to sequence events, how to create loops, and how to plan out a program from start to finish. AND it does it all in a really fun way!

From the site:

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

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Typing.com

Your kids need to learn how to type. They just do. This site is the best one I’ve found for helping kids learn this skill.

From the site:

TypingWeb is a free online typing tutor keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels. TypingWeb also offers officially sanctioned typing and 10 Key certification. Learn to type using TypingWeb’s teacher approved typing curriculum, or have some fun with our awesome typing games.

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