Category Archives: Pre-School

Topmarks – Educational Search Engine

If you’re anything like me, you spend forever searching the internet for that ‘perfect’ resource to help illustrate your point on a topic, or to engage a student whilst teaching a new skill.  Hours tick by, and you end up ‘exploring’ a variety of sites you may use ‘one day’ …. but not really what you were looking for. 🙂  Wouldn’t it be great if there was one location you could go that has already screened the educational sites, and weeded out the less than useful resources?  Well …. I found just such a site called Top Marks.

Topmarks is one of the largest independent educational websites in the UK.  It was established in 1998 with the aim of making it easy to find the very best free educational resources whilst providing a safe environment for children to use the world wide web effectively for learning.

According to the site, all of the content on Topmarks is carefully reviewed by qualified teachers and regularly re-checked because of the changing nature of the web.

The site has resources for just about every learning area you could want, interactive whiteboard resources and a great parent section.

We show how you can help your child with learning to read, a vital skill for accessing knowledge and information in the modern world. Our Learning Numbers article has advice on how you can help pre-school children learn and understand numbers.

What a great inclusion to the site!  Helping guide parents to enhance their child’s learning at home.  The parent section includes:

  • Cook to Learn
  • Sand & Water Play
  • Learning Numbers
  • Learning Words
  • Homework Help
  • Learning to Read
  • Toys and Games

Take the time to have a look around.  I am sure you’ll be excited by what you can find …. and how quickly you were able to find it!!! (I know I was 😉 )

e-Learning for Kids – Great Resource!!

e-Learning for kids vision is to be the source for childhood learning on the Internet – available from anywhere and without charge. Established in late 2004, e-Learning for Kids is a global, nonprofit foundation dedicated to fun and free learning on the Internet for children ages 5 – 12. They offer free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding; and we’re building a community for parents and educators to share innovations and insights in childhood education.

A fantastic site with lots (and lots!) of resources to use in your classroom.  Something for just about anyone!

ABCya! – Educational Games

ABCya! has free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children’s educational computer games and activities were created or approved by certified teachers. ABCya! educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.

ABCya! games and activities incorporate content areas such as math and reading while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade games are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Great kids Holiday games and activities are available in grade level sections!

These games would be great on the IWB! 

  • Look for the word clouds section for a kid friendly version of the wordle site!

Literacy Center.net – Early Childhood Literacy Resource

With a four year old son of my own that is heading to Prep next year, I have been looking around for some easy to use activities he can do to help him get interested in schooling.  I came across this site, and while I was testing it out, he came over and took over from me!!  After about 45 mins, he finally looked up and told me what a good time he was having – can’t get a better recommendation that that 🙂 Whilst it is primarily a pre-school site, ESL learners could also benefit from it.

The Literacy Center Education Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to deliver free, professionally-designed, education material to preschool-age children. Utilizing the power of the Internet, they distribute education material directly to children in their homes, libraries, and schools.