Children's Educational Tools: Free Online Learning Tools

Many companies will try to convince you to spend money on the latest and greatest children's educational tools, some of which may genuinely help your child learn. Before making any major purchases, however, you may want to check out some of the free resources available on the Internet. Continue reading to find out about a few websites that you may find useful.

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ReadWriteThink's Learning Resources

The English/language arts learning tools at ReadWriteThink's website are designed to help children in grades K-12. Your child can use these tools while working on a specific school assignment or simply to practice topics such as grammar, analyzing and writing. There are also lesson plans, worksheets and activities, like comic creators, which you can use at home.

Some of the main educational tools offered by ReadWriteThink are the student interactives, which are online activities. Most of these interactives require Adobe Flash to function, so make sure that you have a recent version of Flash downloaded and installed on your computer.

Educational Games and Activities from Fun Brain

For fun math and reading activities, Fun Brain is a solid resource. The games here can be organized by topic or by appropriate grade level. Fun Brain also offers e-books, Mad Libs, puzzles and comics.

One of many math games available from Fun Brain is 'Math Baseball'. The object of the game is to swing and hit a baseball by correctly solving math problems. You can select the type of math problem and level of difficulty for your child.

For English/language arts practice, your child can play 'Stay Afloat', which is a hangman-style word game. The object is to keep a boat from sinking by correctly guessing the word. You can customize this activity by choosing the types of words used. The categories include science, geography, sports music and history.

Educational Tools from Discovery Education

Look no further than Discovery Education for free educational tools for your child as well as parent and teacher resources. The K-12 subjects covered at Discovery Education's website include health, performance arts, visual arts, world languages, social studies, math, science and English/language arts. In addition to free games, animations and articles on these topics, there are also video tutorials that can help your child learn visually.

Discovery Education also offers a math resource called Webmath. When your child enters a math problem into Webmath's system, the site solves it and gives a detailed explanation of how your child can do the work. With this explanation, your child may be able to solve similar problems on his or her own.

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