Summer is a great time for soaking up the sun and splashing around the pool. Unfortunately, recently related research shows that kids’ learning also takes a dip.
Children from all economic backgrounds experience deteriorating math skills, and those in lower income families see reading and spelling skill loss as well, come summertime. Once the leaves fall and kids head back to the classroom, teachers often have to re-teach material covered in the previous school year.
Fortunately, having access to the Internet, and the abundance of learning materials available there, can help keep those thinking caps on even while the book bags are off.
Enter: Comcast’s Internet Essentials, which brings qualifying low-income families online year round by Internet for $9.95 a month. In addition, families who qualify have the opportunity to purchase a computer for less than $150 with the inclusion of digital literacy training.
Once online, families can access the top educational websites recommended by parenting.com:
• PBS Kids (pbskids.org) – Find learning games associated with fun PBS Kids’ characters including Clifford, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat and more.
• National Geographic Kids (kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids) – Engage with interactive and educational games, photos, videos and information.
• FunBrain (www.funbrain.com) - Discover educational games including math baseball and reading arcade for all age levels.
• Spatulatta (www.spatulatta.com) – Learn kid-friendly recipes and cooking tips with videos.
• NGA Kids (www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm) - Explore art adventures with help from the National Gallery of Art.
To learn more about Internet Essentials visit internetessentials.com or internetbasico.com for Spanish. Educators or third parties can visit internetessentials.com/partner. Parents looking to enroll students can call 1-855-846-8376, or for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.