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Phonics videos my a UK year 1 teacher

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There are over 200 free YouTube hosted videos from Mr Thorne, a year 1 primary school teacher in the UK, that can help parents with English, reading, spelling, and early literacy for their children. The videos should be engaging enough to hold the attention of four, five and six year olds.


Written by markuos

October 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Kahn Academy

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I have to take my hat off to Sal Kahn for a truly immense resource. What he has achieved with the Kahn Academy is nothing short of incredible.

He’s single handedly generated 1000+  instructional videos covering subjects including:

What a wealth of information. This has to be place in the category alongside Academic Earth and Udemy.

LabTV – Science and Engineering Videos

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LabTV online by the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) has some interesting videos about science and engineering for older kids. There are over 50 videos from two seasons of webisodes, helping to capture kids’ imaginations and instill an interest in engineering.

Physics explained by cartoons

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Marvin and Milo are a couple of cartoon characters on the website that explain how to do some experiments to display physics principles. The cartoons will engage the kids and draw them into the science. The instructions below are clear and simple to follow. There is a dropdown menu to access all the other experiments in the set.


I really like the look of this site and I’ll be returning to other parts of the website in the future.

Written by markuos

October 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm


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KidsClick is a websearch facility specifically for kids as a safe place to explore and learn. It doesn’t use web spiders or search bots to create its content ‘catalogue’ like other search engines. Instead it is created by librarians, who check the content for suitability. Humans checking the content should mean that it is always appropriate for a younger audience to access. If you have other suitable sites that you think could be added, then you can submit them for inclusion to KidsClick.


Written by markuos

September 13, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Music Lesson – Learning to play piano

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These sites might be of interest if you are wanting to learn how to play the piano.

Zebra keys has 50 lessons of various difficulties aimed at children 13 and over or parents wanting to help their children learn. It has flash animations showing video and sound to help you along.

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PianoNanny is a well written explanatory site guiding you through from the initial principles of learning to play. It covers starter, intermediate and advanced studies.

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Written by markuos

July 23, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Meet Me at the Corner

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Thanks to Donna Guthrie for putting me on to this one.

Meet me at the corner is full of educational videos for kids; who can also create their own videos and send them for editing and display on the site. This looks good, and I’ll be having more of a look around. I liked the simple instructions about how to make a video podcast, very nice for instructing children (and adults for that matter).

meet me at the corner