Merry Bee Homeschooling: General Sites for Student Exploration
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It's not that you won't learn anything here, but these sites are better for roaming than for pinpointing specific information. And learning can be fun.

AOL@School at http://school.aol.com/
Students browse by level, with results filtered for appropriateness. Grade level ranges given (k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) differentiate the content interest but not the readability, thus younger students would not independently use this site effectively. Parents should explore the For Educators section.
BONUS.COM® the SuperSite for Kids at http://www.bonus.com/
NOTE: If an ad appears in all frames; click on the horizontal menu bar to get activities menus. BONUS.com organizes access to hundreds of interactive activities and sites for kids. The activity opens in a separate window so the student exploring links cannot roam outside BONUS. Section for teachers and parents has more activities targeted to school subjects or family fun. The user encounters many ad banners so requires savvy navigation (or guidance).
Enchanted Learning at http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
Browse the topics or enter keyword(s). Look for the special sections Zoom School with themes of elementary level online activities, and Little Explorers which is a picture dictionary in English or English-Spanish version with links to activities at related web sites. This site is supported by an online store.
FUNBRAIN at http://www.funbrain.com/
Educational, Interactive Kids Games for Learning. All levels. Exciting site for use in many areas: English, spelling, math, music, geography. Parent can e-mail Funbrain.com for results of tests taken online to track the progress of a child.
Great Web Sites for Kids at http://www.ala.org/parentspage/greatsites/
Find quality "safe" sites by clicking through organized annotated topical lists. Each site labeled as preschool, elementary, or middle school. Selected by a committee of the American Library Association. Link to site evaluation criteria.
Homeschooling Games at http://www.homeschooling.about.com/cs/games/
This entry page lists the categories of games and has several blocks of advertising. Once a category is selected, then the user is given the list of games. Select from puzzles, matching/memory games, action games, games for preschool/kindergarten, or games in a specific subject. There's something for preschool through grade 6.
MaMaMedia at http://www.mamamedia.com/
Fun activities and digital tools for kids age 12 and younger to explore. Links to 2000 safe and kid-friendly websites hand-picked by MaMaMedia editors. Optional free membership for password-protected exchanges. Grown-Ups section has activities for parent to do with a child.
MIKIDS at http://www.mikids.com/GamePlan/
This page of MIKIDS lists several games and puzzles using strategy and logic, some of which pit your skills against the computer. Clicking in the menu across the top gives a directory of game/activity links for each grade k-5. You may find certain games won't work with your specific computer system.
Primary Games at http://www.primarygames.com
Activities for preschool through age 9. Interactive online games and puzzles as well as printable activity sheets in language arts, math, science, and social studies. A curriculum matrix for each subject gives topic and grade level(s) for titles to help parent select an appropriate activity for child's learning. Initially need adult supervision since an advertising window appears on the screen. Child can do activities independently.

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