The other day, my husband asked me why I don’t do more blog posts of an educational nature. He liked my previous posts like Ready, Set, Learn, Story Time with Mama B and Learning through Games and thinks that I should focus more of my posts on how parents can help with the education of their own children at home.
I thought about it for a while.
He’s right. I should. I’m a teacher. I have a lot of ideas. Things I do in the classroom can be easily adapted to activities that parents can do at home with their kids. Why not?
And like that, it was decided.
Mama Teach Us was born!
Every Monday, my blog post will focus on the educational side of parenting. I will write about and share activities you, as parents, can do at home with your children which will foster learning through play time.
Let’s start right now …
As a First Grade Teacher, I’m always looking for educational websites my students can explore during our Language Arts time in the classroom.
I was introduced to Starfall.com by a colleague and have been using the interactive site as part of my classroom computer center. It’s a great supplement to any reading program at home or at school and it’s free to use. FREE!
The site is user friendly for kids. It’s a learn to read with phonics based program that kids aged 3 and up can learn to manipulate with guidance and practice. My Little B has been playing on Starfall since she was three years-old. (She’s computer savvy that way and gets those genes from her father, not me.) Not only is the website engaging, it also motivates the kids to want to explore more all the while they’re learning to use technology effectively.
Fun + learning = success!
I really should be Starfall.com’s official spokesperson: however, I’m not. I’m just sharing a good thing with teachers and parents because I love the website that much.
Educators and Parents can sign on and download all sorts of activity pages and mini-booklets for free. If you want more, like ready to go journals, workbooks and paperback readers that come as a set for your own home library, well then there is a fee. As a teacher, I subscribe every year for a class set of 25 level one workbooks and it costs me around $30 Canadian dollars. They even send me a class set of Starfall pencils for free. That’s not very expensive for an entire classroom resource.
Parents, you should check it out!
Get your kids on there and witness for yourself how much they will love it!
Little B plays on Starfall.com around 30 minutes to an hour a day. She turns 5 in May and is already reading three letter words. She knows all the letters of the alphabet by sight and sound and can manipulate all the games on Starfall without any help from me. My soon-to-be 3
year-old watches her play and wants to participate as well. Little H needs more assistance and that’s where her sister Little B steps in and becomes her guide. It’s so cute to watch them both interacting, learning and having fun ~together.
It’s the number one website my kids enjoy!