I’m a big fan of hands-on tactics when it comes to teaching my son who is now going on age five. This doesn’t however mean that when it’s constructive, I won’t allow him some time on the computer to supplement his education. In fact, we’ve found a few websites that have been really helpful in his educational development.
While I think it’s important as a parent to be there to guide our son and ensure that such sites remain productive and instructive, I don’t mind when he’s online, since I’ll certainly accept the help in making the learning process not only educational but fun as well.
Starfall.com was one of my son’s favorite learning sites in his early days (between two and three years old). While the excitement has somewhat worn off since then, and as his father, I’ve tended to take over more of the teaching aspects of his education, we’ve found plenty of great educational material on this site.
It helped our son learn his letters and numbers, and since it’s a computer program, was easy for him to do on his own when mommy and daddy were a little too worn out, but was fun, yet educational for him. There are all sorts of games and activities on the site focused around learning letters and numbers, doing math, reading, understanding calendars, doing word hunts, and a variety of similar and related entertaining educational tasks.
The Dance Mat Typing site on BBC Schools is one of our more recent finds. I decided that while we had been doing plenty of work on our son’s handwriting, in this day and age, it’s just as important — if not more so — to know how to type well. Therefore, when I told my wife (who is an occupational therapist) that I wanted to start teaching our four-year-old to learn to type, and needed a good computer program for doing so, she recommended the Dance Mat Typing program on the BBC Schools website.
Our son certainly finds his typing program much more enjoyable than slogging away with dad practicing his handwriting. And although we’ve managed to balance the two fairly well, he just likes the Dance Mat Typing program better since it makes learning fun with songs, sounds, cartoons, and funny character voices.
The Sesame Street website might be one that many parents of young children have used over the years. With games, videos, and interactive learning experiences from the “Playlist” page (where we can even create our own playlist), there’s plenty at the Sesame Street site to keep our little one interested and educated, while at the same time having some fun.
While there are a variety of games and activities on the Disney website, our son loves the “Cars 2: World Grand Prix” racing game. While there is really little or no educational value to the game (besides a little hand/eye coordination), it’s a fun break for him to take from his learning activities, and it’s free, so we don’t mind it occasionally.
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