Friday, October 19, 2007
A beautiful site for parents and teachers!
This is one of my favourite sites, which provides free learning and reading skill guide for parents and teachers. Kids can also enjoy the stories and other activities at the site.
"Their mission is helping parents and teachers build children's learning skills."
This site was launched on October 31, 1995.
* Chateau Meddybemps is named as one of the seven best language arts sites for elementary teachers.
* An average of more than 64,000 unique visitors view the site during typical months. Just under 200,000 visited during October. The numbers also jump around Easter. That's a lot of children, not counting the parents, siblings or teachers looking over their shoulders.
* The site is well respected by parents and educatiors. Close to 6,000 other sites (many from far corners of the world) provide links to meddybemps.com.
* Reviewers for the International Reading Association (IRA) named Chateau Meddybemps the third best phonics site for children. A book called 101 Best Sites for Elementary Teachers placed our site among the top seven language arts sites.
Purpose of this site: (In their own words)
"Chateau Meddybemps was created for two reasons:
1. (The serious reason) To enable parents and teachers to help young children strengthen learning skills in unique and playful ways.
Rather than provide level after level of a particular type of activity, we simply encourage parents to use our site to explore the fun in learning. Discuss this. Play with that. Answer a riddle. Learn about letters of the alphabet. Count, color and create. Write a story.
In all these activities, skills overlap. A child builds self-confidence, develops new abilities and enjoys learning.
By using this site, you can participate, guide and share in the pleasures of discovery. By following this model, you can build skills using all sorts of materials in your child's environment. You will also strengthen the bond between you by sharing experiences.
We recommend that you read the Parent's Guide or Teacher's Guide. These guides:
1. Explain how children learn
2. Describe the sequence of skills development
3. Compare a variety of skill-building tools
4. Tell you how to make learning fun
When you have appropriate expectations, working with your child will be a rewarding experience for both of you. Building skills takes time, but you will see progress and your child will be much more likely to succeed in school.
2. (The playful reason) To share the characters and stories of the island of Meddybemps - because they're just too much fun to keep all to ourselves."
Bed time stories link: Bed time stories
Teacher's Guide Topics:
* Use Language
* Develop Social Skills
* Develop an Understanding of Math Concepts