It is probably inevitable that in this day and age, our children are going to spend some time each day in front of a “screen”-computer or t.v. If you paid attention to my summer schedule you probably noticed that the Ant Bug has screen time every afternoon. The Ant Bugs screen time gives me one-on-one time with the Sweet Bee to get her ready for a nap, and gives me a little time to myself (I confess, I usually take a 10 minute power nap then).
Here are the sites that she most frequently visits.
Starfall.com: Where children have fun learning to read!
This is my number one recommended site. There are four levels: Starfall ABCs, Learn to Read, Fun to Read, I’m Reading. Everything is presented in a fun, interactive manner. The Ant Bug started using this site when she was 2 years old and she hasn’t tired of it yet. I can’t say enough good about it, so just go check it out.
PBS Kids: Curius George, Super Why, Sesame Street–all the favorites
NickJr.: Dora, Diego, Blue, etc.
Storyline Online: Actors read childrens books aloud
Spell with flickr: Have fun with letters doing things like this
Bembo’s Zoo: This is just really cool
As you plan out your summer, I just wanted to make you aware of a few great “freebies”.
Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act: Get free chocolate every Friday this summer (limit of 4 per household–I’ve already received one coupon in the mail)
National Park Fee-Free Weekends: There are 3 fee-free weekends at many National Parks this summer. Check this list for a park you might like to visit.
Don’t forget to check out your local library! Most libraries offer some kind of summer reading program with prizes and activities. Check the calendar for free events. Last week we went to a Music Together class and this week we went to a juggler show. Lots of variety and lots of fun!