One of the moms from our library Story Time was at a decision point last week. Did she enroll her daughter in Kindergarten, or try homeschooling?
She has decided for now to try out homeschooling and asked me if I had any online resources and did I know any local secular homeschool groups in Kansas City.
Here are some of the local connections for Kansas City. At the end you will find some fun learning games and cool online sites for kids.
KC Happenings on Yahoo
KC Happenings is a Yahoo Group. At over 300 members strong, you can opt to receive every email, or just the daily digest, allowing you to learn all about upcoming events in the area. It is predominantly geared for homeschoolers. Here is what they have to say on the site:
KC Happenings is an informational list for homeschoolers and friends. We will be sending announcements regarding activities open to all homeschoolers as well as information that may be of interest to homeschooling families. Because this group is secular, a wide variety of activities and information will be found here. Please feel free to take what works for your family and liberally delete the rest, while maintaining respect for all members of the group in regard to age, race, religious belief, sexuality and gender.KC Homeschool group
Join the group by clicking here.
Science City, Union Station and Crown Center
This area of Kansas City has a little bit of everything. With the two newest attractions Sea Life and Legoland, along with regular family and kids activities (puppet shows, bird exhibits and so much more), we have been getting quite comfortable with trips to Crown Center. There is also the Coterie Theatre, Kaleidoscope, and much, much more.
And don’t forget Union Station – where you can find even more entertainment – ride the train, visit the Planetarium or the City Stage Theatre, explore Science City or visit one of the special exhibits Union Station is hosting (currently the Titanic exhibition – I just have to go!).
Savings through Plum District
I got signed up for Plum District at this year’s Jiggle Jam. Plum District works the same as Groupon, except that it is on the lookout specifically for items that will appeal to Kansas City moms. I bought two tickets to Science City for just $8 the other day. Their site is easy to use, and can save you a pretty penny. Click here to sign up.
Online Games and Learning Sites We Currently Use
Emily has her own computer and I have set most of these up as bookmarks for her to click on. Here is just a small sampling of games and fun activities for the younger set. As with all things, please look over these websites before letting your child loose on them…
- 10 Ticks – http://www.10ticks.co.uk/mathsactivities.aspx
- ABC YA – http://www.abcya.com/
- BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/games/
- Classics for Kids – http://www.classicsforkids.com/
- Cookie – http://www.cookie.com/
- Discovery Kids – http://kids.discovery.com/
- Dolch Words – http://www.dolchword.net/dolch-pre-primer-games.html
- Free Typing Game – http://www.freetypinggame.net/free-typing-lesson.asp
- Fun Brain – http://www.funbrain.com/
- Kids Know It – http://www.kidsknowit.com/
- Knowledge Adventure – http://www.knowledgeadventure.com
- Morton Subotnick – http://creatingmusic.com/
- NASA – http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/index.html
- Nick Jr – http://www.nickjr.com/
- Online Free Spanish – http://www.onlinefreespanish.com/
- PBS Kids – http://pbskids.org/
- Starfall – http://www.starfall.com/
- Zoopz – http://www.zoopz.com/zoopz/zoopz2.html
This is just a small taste of what’s out there. What have I not mentioned that I should have? What sites do your children enjoy?