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Children and Sports - CNN

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4 to 12
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While intended primarily for parents, this is an article that physical education and health teachers will find useful in bridging the gaps between the expectations of students, parents,...more
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While intended primarily for parents, this is an article that physical education and health teachers will find useful in bridging the gaps between the expectations of students, parents, and schools when the topic of sports arises. The presentation is straightforward, and it includes listings of appropriate activities for children of various ages. The article also encourages regular physical activity, while stressing the importance of age-appropriate choices and intensity in sports.

tag(s): sports (96)

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Coaches may find this one useful when parents' ambitions outpace those of their sons and daughters.
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Grow Up Reading - West Bloomfield Township Public Library

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K to 3
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This Web site, developed by a public library, is filled with excellent information on instilling a joy of reading in young children. Includes helpful book suggestions, book selection...more
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This Web site, developed by a public library, is filled with excellent information on instilling a joy of reading in young children. Includes helpful book suggestions, book selection tips, and a list of do's and don'ts when reading aloud.

tag(s): reading lists (73)

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Keep your primary students interested in reading even during summer vacation by sharing this resource with parents before the end of the year.

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Children's Picture Books

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1 to 3
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This site provides guidance for teachers and parents in selecting the perfect picture book for a child and offers suggestions for instilling a life-long love of reading in young students....more
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This site provides guidance for teachers and parents in selecting the perfect picture book for a child and offers suggestions for instilling a life-long love of reading in young students. Includes book reviews and links to author and illustrator Web sites. This is a wonderful resource to share with parents via your classroom, school, or library newsletter.

tag(s): reading lists (73)

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Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs - American Foundation for the Blind

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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and...more
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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and hearing impairments, vision problems, and developmental disabilities.

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Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Disabilities - Schwab Learning

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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education,...more
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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education, and connecting with other parents who share similar concerns. Sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter, participate in an interactive message board, or personalize your visits to the site with the "My Page" feature.

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Going Back to School - Kidshealth

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Back-to-school time can be especially traumatic for students who must face the transition from elementary to middle school. This article, especially designed for parents and teachers,...more
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Back-to-school time can be especially traumatic for students who must face the transition from elementary to middle school. This article, especially designed for parents and teachers, discusses the common but negative emotions students may experience as they return to school. Includes tips on minimizing first-day anxiety, thoughts on what students can expect from their teachers, and suggestions for recovering from a "bad start" to the year.

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Kids Search Engines - Search Engine Watch

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2 to 6
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This resource provides a concise overview of special search engines aimed specifically at kids. Also includes helpful tips for enabling filters on major search engines. Note: search...more
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This resource provides a concise overview of special search engines aimed specifically at kids. Also includes helpful tips for enabling filters on major search engines. Note: search engines are continually being devoured by other search engine companies, so even the reputable folks at Search Engine Watch occasionally have links to sites that have suddenly changed names!

tag(s): search engines (65)

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Checkpoints for Progress - US Dept. of Education

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This helpful checklist of reading and writing skills outlines what parents should expect to see from their children at each grade level. The site provides reading lists and practical...more
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This helpful checklist of reading and writing skills outlines what parents should expect to see from their children at each grade level. The site provides reading lists and practical tips for helping students to hone their language arts skills.

tag(s): reading lists (73), writing (358)

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Use these "standards" as a means of checking student achievement, and being sure to align objectives and assignments with these general expected skills. It might be a good idea to show these objectives to students at the beginning of the year, to give them a good idea of what to expect.

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Be Safe for Kids - Children's Hospital - Pittsburgh

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2 to 7
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Use this site to teach young students how to avoid common injuries in a variety of circumstances: in the sun, around water, near vehicles and traffic, during sports practices and ...more
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Use this site to teach young students how to avoid common injuries in a variety of circumstances: in the sun, around water, near vehicles and traffic, during sports practices and games, and even in their own yards or playgrounds. Animated instructional cartoons - narrated by kids - and interactive quizzes are liberally sprinkled through the site.

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Teacher2Teacher - Drexel University

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This helpful question-and-answer service is a great resource for teachers and parents who have questions about teaching mathematics to their children. Visitors can search archives by...more
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This helpful question-and-answer service is a great resource for teachers and parents who have questions about teaching mathematics to their children. Visitors can search archives by topic areas or grade level, ask a new question, or discuss math education in the Lounge. Free registration will qualify you to receive an electronic copy of the site's newsletter.

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Scared of Cyber-Bullies? - CBS News

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School bullying has taken a high-tech twist. This CBS article, with accompanying video and interactive features, describes this alarming trend and provides information for parents and...more
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School bullying has taken a high-tech twist. This CBS article, with accompanying video and interactive features, describes this alarming trend and provides information for parents and teachers on how to protect children and teens from cyber crime.

tag(s): bullying (52), safety (92)

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Though short, this article provides teachers and parents with an awareness as to the extent that cyber bullying can go. Discuss with students the consequences of online-bullying, and use this article to show the effects it can have on it's victims.Encourage students to bring the article home to parents, or take the middle man out and post it on a teacher wiki or webpage to allow parents instance access. This would be an appropriate prerequisite before a project that requires virtual interaction, such as googledocs, (reviewed here), or any other online classroom resource.

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High School: the Big Kahuna - Castleworks, Inc.

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Help your middle school students feel a bit more confident about entering high school with this kid-friendly site that addresses many common fears and anxieties. Topics include "Getting...more
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Help your middle school students feel a bit more confident about entering high school with this kid-friendly site that addresses many common fears and anxieties. Topics include "Getting Prepared," "Bigger, Faster, More," "Small Fish Again," and "Get Extra-Curricular!" A printable journal page offers a structured way for kids to record their feelings and questions, while a reading list of adolescent fiction provides great suggestions for those who want to read more about the topic.

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Growing with Media - PBS

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1 to 12
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Media have a profound effect on the creative, social, physical and intellectual development of a child. This excellent resource gives parents strategies for helping children develop...more
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Media have a profound effect on the creative, social, physical and intellectual development of a child. This excellent resource gives parents strategies for helping children develop healthy TV habits, resist advertising, think critically, and evaluate information for credibility. The site explores common questions and dilemmas encountered when dealing with kids and TV, suggests daily activities, and provides links to additional resources.

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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Family Communications

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1 to 2
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The charm and delight of Fred Rogers' beloved television series is recaptured in this interactive site that gently engages and guides young children. An on-line coloring book entertains...more
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The charm and delight of Fred Rogers' beloved television series is recaptured in this interactive site that gently engages and guides young children. An on-line coloring book entertains while strengthening fine motor skills; the storybook feature combines sounds and graphics to encourage early readers; an interactive house and neighborhood provide choices and adventures as children independently explore the Land of Make-believe. Also includes recipes, activities, videos, and resources for parent and teachers. Created by PBS.

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Career One Stop - Department of Labor

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We have yet to find a definitive career planning web site, but this offering from the US Departments of Labor and Education does a nice job of helping students sort ...more
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We have yet to find a definitive career planning web site, but this offering from the US Departments of Labor and Education does a nice job of helping students sort out career options by both industry and education level. There's also a listing of which industries are growing most rapidly. While the site include many professions requiring a 4-year degree, job titles like engineer, physician, and attorney that require the most training are curiously absent.

tag(s): careers (132), college (43)

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National Runaway Safeline

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6 to 12
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors,...more
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors, and anyone else who works with young people who have run away (or may be thinking about doing so) and their families. In addition to location and confidential contact services, the site offers a wealth of resources for both families and young people. This is a quiet problem whose dimensions are far larger than many realize. The site includes resources for homelessness, as well.

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In the Classroom

Check out the "Let's Talk" free runaway prevention curriculum for lessons you can use for specific situations or concerns.

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Science Behind Drug Abuse - NIDA

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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on ...more
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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on the decline in drug use among teens. The coverage also includes ecstasy and the "date rape" drugs. Counselors and nurses may find this one particularly useful.

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug posters using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

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Fire Safety for Parents - FEMA

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This site offers a complete on-screen primer on fire safety for parents of young children. We suspect it was designed for group instruction, though it works fine for individual use...more
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This site offers a complete on-screen primer on fire safety for parents of young children. We suspect it was designed for group instruction, though it works fine for individual use as well. This one's worth adding to your Favorites for safety topics.

tag(s): fire (25), fire safety (11), safety (92)

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Share this link with parents on your class web site or in your newsletter during National Fire Prevention Week.
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Traffic Safety for Kids - State of New York

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New York State offers this set of pages about traffic safety for children. While the design isn't particularly child-friendly, there is good content and plenty of illustrations. ...more
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New York State offers this set of pages about traffic safety for children. While the design isn't particularly child-friendly, there is good content and plenty of illustrations.

tag(s): safety (92)

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Teachers may be able to use this one effectively if they provide some guidance in working with the material.

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Parents' Choice Foundation

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This non-profit organization recommends books and educational toys and games for young people. ...more
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This non-profit organization recommends books and educational toys and games for young people.

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Teachers may want to suggest this one to interested parents.

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