Dr. Rick's Favorites

Here is an ongoing list with some of my favorite educational, kids' and parenting Web sites, as well as a few books and games.



-Dr. Rick


Education Web sites:

http://www.bookadventure.org/: Great way to motivate kids to read the kinds of books they like, by their favorite authors. And, prizes, too!

http://www.starfall.com/: Phonics, stories, games, songs, reading instruction, fun and colorful

http://www.noggin.com/: Preschool commercial-free TV

http://www.pbskids.org/: Curious George, Word Girl, and things for parents and teachers

http://www.sproutonline.com/: PBS Kids Sprout for pre-K

http://oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/maths1.html: Math Magician – basic math facts and quizzes with certificates for success

http://www.freerice.com/: For each correct answer, 20 grains of rice to UN World Food Program

http://www.mathforum.org/dr.math: From the Math Forum at Drexel University

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/: Grammar Girl for middle and high schoolers

http://www.figurethis.org/: From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, tips and activities for students and kids

http://www.howstuffworks.com/: Learning how, well, stuff works

http://www.thefutureschannel.com/algebra/algebra_real_world_movies.php: Movies with real-world Algebra activities


Math literature Web sites:






Sites for mommies:

http://www.themomsalon.com/: Great tips for mothers of babies or young children to teach their children

http://www.mommygoggles.com/: The latest and greatest for mothers and kids

http://www.momsonthemove.com/: An inspirational space for all things motherly

http://pjmommy.com/: The parenting section offers useful education tools for families


Kids/youth sections of these sites:

http://www.fi.edu/: The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for science related topics

http://www.si.edu/: The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/: National Geographic

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/: Discovery Channel

http://www.nasa.gov/: NASA: really cool kids' section

http://pbskids.org/lions: Between the Lions: Another great site from PBS on reading

http://www.history.com/: History Channel: the games page for interesting quizzes for the whole family



The books of Jerdine Nolen, especially the ones illustrated by Kadir Nelson: Big Jabe, Thunder Rose, and Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life

The books of Don and Jenny Killgallon for learning how to write like a pro



Never underestimate the power of good, old-fashioned board games for teaching kids the fundamentals of math: Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, etc.


If you have a site you think I’d enjoy, please feel free to contact me and if it’s one of my favorites, I’ll list it here!

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